It’s been a good run.
As far as Jeeps go, the JK Wrangler was pretty special. Having been around for donkey’s years and captured the hearts and minds of thousands in that time, the JK Wrangler will remain one of the more memorable iterations of the Wrangler name, having racked up considerable sales for the brand since its arrival in 2006.
But with the new JL-Wrangler coming, it’s time to say goodbye to the JK, and Jeep’s lined up a couple of special, limited-run models to commemorate the best-selling Wrangler of all time. Dubbed the ‘Golden Eagle’ and ‘Freedom,’ they command a bit of a premium over the standard models but hey, who said goodbyes were frugal?
Regardless of Golden Eagle or Freedom Wrangler, you’re going to get the same 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 mill, with the Golden Eagle getting a choice of either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic, while the Freedom gets only the auto. Power is rated at 209kW and 347Nm, with power going to all-four wheels, aided further by Jeep’s ‘Command-Trac’ system.
The Golden Eagle model will be limited to just 120 units for our market, and will be available with either two- or four-door bodystyles, both built off of the Wrangler Sport trim. The two-door car with the manual transmission will be available from $42,990, while an automatic 4-door will set you back $49,490. For the $4000/$4500 premium, Golden Eagle cars get unique Eagle bonnet decals, a tan-coloured canvas top, painted fenders, and 18-inch alloy wheels finished in a pretty bronze colour.
You also get bronze accents in the grille, round the headlights, and the rock rails.
The cabin hasn’t been spared treatment, with a 6.5-inch touchscreen system, an Alpine audio set (which is excellent), black fabric with contrast bronze stitching, replete with ‘Golden Eagle’ logos on the front seats. You’ll also get floor mats of the all-weather variety, matching painted accents on the grab-handles, round the air vents, and on the steering wheel.
The Freedom edition is, unsurprisingly, inspired by the Jeep Wrangler’s military service, featuring bits and bobs that pay homage to that. The 150 units earmarked for our market will command a $3000 or $3300 premium depending on the bodystyle, but an automatic gearbox is standard fare.
You’ll find a Freedom star decal on the bonnet, and on the three-quarter panel out back. You’ll also find a blacked-out grille, body-coloured fenders, more black detailing on the grille and round the headlights, and 18-inch alloys finished in ‘granite crystal.’
The cabin gets things like a black leather/vinyl/fabric combination, with silver accents and a ‘Jeep’ logo stitched into the backrests. You’ll also find vinyl on the doors and the centre console lid, while cabin trim is painted in iron grey, though the steering wheel gets a finish in satin chrome. There’s also a scattering of badging that say ‘Oscar Mike,’ which apparently refer to the military phonetic alphabet and signify the phrase ‘On the Move.’ Right.