We’ve spent quite a bit of time on- and off-road with the latest Jeep Wrangler, and it’s the best one yet, offering easier removal of body parts, better on-road handling, tons of modern tech, and still as capable as ever. Read on for some of our favorite aspects of the new Wrangler.
Inspired by the classic 1960s truck bearing the same name, the 21st century Jeep Gladiator has the 4×4 capabilities of a Wrangler, with a 5-foot truck bed. It can be equipped with a removable roof, its doors can be popped off, its windshield folds down, and it rides on up to 35″ tires.
Jeep borrows a bit of thunder from its Dodge SRT cousins, packing a 707hp Hellcat supercharged 6.2L V8 engine under its hood, and big Brembo brakes. We can’t think of too many other vehicles that can go 0-to-60 in 3.5s, devour off road trails, and tow up to 7,200 lbs.
Do you hate waiting in traffic? The Hum Rider solves this problem by widening its wheels to ride between the lanes, then rising up about nine feet in the air to drive right over traffic jams. We want one, but sadly it’s just a promotional stunt for Verizon’s Hum car gadgets.
LEGO Ideas member Chiho Kim’s proposal for a kit based on the iconic off-roader. The model even comes with a net to secure things at the back as well as emergency cones. Chiho has since updated the model with larger tires, a light bar, fog lamps and a winch.
As part of Jeep’s 75th anniversary celebration, the company made a one-off homage to the original Jeep – the Willys MB. Based on a Wrangler Sport, the 75th Salute has a 286hp 3.6L V6 engine, a six-speed manual and old school military wheels and graphics.
To demonstrate the off-road and water fording capabilities of its Renegade Trailhawk compact SUV, Jeep UK sent Olympic snowboarder Aimee Fuller on a journey through an 820 foot-long white water rafting course. Now when can we see Aimee take it snowboarding?
Sam Fankuchen spoke with Petrolicious about his 1970 AMC Jeepster Commando. He loves the classic SUV not only because it’s great for California’s beaches and dirt trails, but also because it lets him connect and hopefully inspire the people he meets on the road.
Bruiser Conversions turns Jeep Wranglers into monstrous off-road pick up trucks that they call the JK Crew. Each build varies in specs, and this particular unit’s already been sold, but the shop can fit it with custom suspension, bumper, tube doors and more.
For the price of a real Jeep beater, Capo will give you an extremely realistic Wrangler scale model. For instance, it has working disc brakes and multi-link suspension. Here’s the kicker: it doesn’t come with the electronic components needed to make it run.