Jeep launches limited edition Wrangler and Renegade to celebrate its 80th anniversary
Jeep is celebrating its 80th anniversary by launching special editions of its Renegade and Wrangler models.
The 80th Anniversary Series versions of the two models will be available to order from spring. Prices will be confirmed closer to launch.
Both limited editions are based on the current best-selling trim variants but add unique styling details, badging and equipment.
Based on Limited trim, the Renegade 80th Anniversary gets 18-inch alloys, LED lights all round, privacy glass and a revised seven-slot grille with low-gloss Granite Crystal colouring. It also gets a unique commemorative badge.
Inside the cabin, the badging is also apparent on the black leather seats, complete with tungsten stitching, and the floor mats. There’s also unique graphic elements in the infotainment system, including smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB radio with GPS navigation and Uconnect services.
A host of driver assist systems are also fitted as standard. These include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning plus, lane departure warning plus, intelligent speed assist with traffic sign recognition, front and rear parking sensors and drowsy driver detection.
Engine choices are limited to petrol-only, with buyers able to choose from the the 118bhp 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder or the 148bhp 1.3-litre turbo four-cylinder. Both are front-wheel drive only, though the 1.3 gets a dual-clutch transmission as standard.
The same grille treatment is found on the Wrangler 80th Anniversary, though it’s in a metallic Neutral Grey. The trim colour also extends to the headlight and foglight bezels, plus full LED headlights with auto high beam are fitted as standard. The Wrangler also comes with two-tone 18-inch alloys, a body-coloured hard-top, plus commemorative badging and plaques.
Inside the cabin there’s the same black leather as the Renegade, but in addition there’s also a leather-wrapped dashboard and Berber floor mats. And for the first time in a Wrangler, the new Uconnect app-based services — as also included in the limited-run Renegade — appear.
Only one engine choice is available for the Wrangler 80th Anniversary, the 268bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Like all variants in the Wrangler line-up, the 80th anniversary edition is Trail Rated, the brand’s guarantee of a model’s superior go-anywhere capability. Featuring the Jeep Command-Trac four-wheel-drive system, it uses the Selec-Trac full-time two-speed transfer case to continuously monitor and manage the torque sent to the front and rear wheels to ensure the Wrangler can master even the most challenging off-road tracks.