July 16, 2016 - Since 1941, the Jeep name has symbolised a unique family of go-anywhere, do-anything vehicles first developed for military use, and after 1945, continually adapted for a wide variety of civilian applications.
The Jeep brand is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2016, and to mark the occasion, a commemorative one-of-a-kind Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle is being created today as a tribute to the brands legendary history and military heritage.
We are creating this unique Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle in celebration of the brand's legendary history, and to demonstrate that 75 years later, todays iconic Jeep Wrangler is instantly recognizable and clearly connected to the original Willys MB, Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand FCA Global said.
Since they were first produced in 1941, Jeep vehicles have been the authentic benchmark for off-road capability, having mastered more terrain, led more adventures and provided drivers more freedom than any other vehicle before or since.
The 'function over form' of the original Jeep military service vehicles is evident in this unique concept vehicle. The Wrangler 75th Salute concept a modern interpretation of the Willys MB is based on a 2-door Wrangler Sport, and highlights rugged functionality with heritage design cues including the absence of B-pillars and doors.
The exterior features an olive-drab color scheme that was first seen on military vehicles 75 years ago and is present throughout the Wrangler 75th Salute concept.
Features including 16-inch steel wheels wrapped in 32-inch military non-directional tires, hood latches, a rear-mounted spare tire, steel front and rear bumpers with tow hooks, and low back canvas seats all echo the original military Jeep vehicles. Other features include custom wood hood blocks and side mirrors as well as bronze commemorative fender badges.
The Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle was built on the same assembly line that has produced the Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio, for decades, and is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.