With roots traceable back to World War II's Willy MA and MB, Jeep has today unveiled a new military-inspired special-edition Wrangler, the 2012 Wrangler Freedom Edition.
Like all other Wrangler special-edition trims, the Wrangler Freedom Edition is no more than a badge and trim job, with no mechanical changes. The Wrangler Freedom Edition pays tribute to U.S. military servicemen and women, while also paying respect to the brand's World War II military heritage.
The Wrangler Freedom Edition will be available in three colors on the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited: Deep Cherry Red, Bright White, and True Blue, the last of which is exclusive to the Freedom Edition for 2012. The Wrangler Freedom Edition also comes with a star decal on the hood and right rear quarter panel, and an "Oscar Mike" (military jargon for "on the move") star badge similar to the U.S. Air Force's roundel, mounted on the fender. Other exterior touches include 17-inch Mineral Gray wheels from the Wrangler Rubicon, a matching grille, and body-color wheel arches.
Inside the Wrangler Freedom Edition gets black seats with silver stitching, "Oscar Mike" logos stitched on the seats, and silver accents.
Jeep was mum on just how many 2012 Wrangler Freedom Editions would be built, but told us it's safe to say at least a couple thousand will be built. The Wrangler Freedom Edition will cost $29,065 for two-door versions, and $31,570 for four-door Unlimited versions. Both prices include destination. Jeep will donate $250 from each Wrangler Freedom Edition to the Fisher House Foundation and the I Support Foundation military charities. The Wrangler Freedom Edition is available now at Jeep dealers.