2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Rolls into LA

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2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Rolls into LA

Jeep doesn’t have much to say at the L.A. Auto Show this year. The SUV builder didn’t even bother with a press conference.

But there is at least one product sitting in its booth worth taking a second look at: the 2014 Wrangler Willys Wheeler. It’s a special edition for the 2014 model year meant as a tribute to the Willys off roaders that birthed the Jeep image of today.

As such, it is gets a limited slip differential along with 3.73 gears and off-road tires. A set of rock rails protects the undercarriage. It also gets a two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. As with the normal Wrangler, a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 provides 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both a six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic are available with the special model.

It would probably already be a looker with the added off-road gear, but Jeep didn’t stop there. The body is finished in gloss black paint with Willy’s branding on the hood. There are also 17-inch aluminum wheels

Pricing starts at $25,795 for the two-door model while the four-door Unlimited version comes in at $29,595 with arrival planned early next year.

GALLERY: 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler

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Discuss this story at our Jeep Wrangler forum.

  • Joe Rock

    Upgraded with a Dana 44 rear axle?? What is the standard rear axle in all Jeep Wranglers – a Dana 44. The front axle is a Dana 30. The Rubicon gets a Dana 44 front Axle. It is just a Jeep Wrangler with a sticker and rock rails. Please do a little more research before you call something an upgrade.

  • Chris Ven

    And hence why the manufacturer never called a press conference!

  • Josh

    gloss black? Maybe my monitor is way off, but that looks like gray/ dark gray to me

  • awild

    The only off road additions I see are the 4 mud tires. It’s a good looking Jeep, but are they really trying to pull people in by calling it a Willys Wheeler sitting on standard axles and t-case? Why not put more Rubicon parts on this, or even make it a top end edition of the Rubicon?

  • American

    meh.. nothing to see here..you would think if they were going to brand it a willys it would have been a little more top end

  • Mark

    They could have at least gave it flat fenders like the Willy’s did have. How about Rubicon axles, two lever T-case? Boring, it’s just stickers and bling.

  • Fred Johnson

    Gloss black paint? It looks like grey paint.

  • Fred Johnson

    rock rails aren’t standard on wranglers.

  • Fred Johnson

    Nice looking. I like it. They can’t load it up with Rubicon stuff and sell it for $25k, not enough buyers.

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