Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its Jeep brand by smearing matte bronze finish across the model range in a series of special edition trim options.
Indeed, it was 75 years ago that Jeep began building its Willys models for the military, with civilian models hitting the market around the end of WWII; we feel it fair to point out that Chrysler has only owned Jeep since 1987, when it bought the brand from its previous owner, American Motors Corporation.
Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models get the priciest of the 75th Anniversary packages, which brings a load of functional kit for the $4,995 premium over the Sahara model. Outside, there’s low-gloss bronze finish on the wheels, tow hooks, badging, bumpers, grille, and headlight accents; a power-dome hood with functional air vents; multimedia touchscreen stereo with 6.5-inch; and unique-to-package off-road rock rails. Inside, Jeep adds leather-faced heated seats with mesh inserts and accent stitching; a 75th-Anniversary grab handle (whatever that means); and Moroccan Sun interior accents. Mechanically, this special edition sticks with the Wrangler’s basic Command-Trac 4×4 system, and Dana 30 front and Dana 44 rear axles.
The Grand Cherokee gets two 75th Anniversary packages, one available on Laredo models, the other an add-on to Limited trim. For $2,995, Laredo versions get unique grille, headlights and front facscia, 18-inch bronze wheels, Gore-Tex seats with ombre cloth mesh insert, tangerine accent stitching, and embossed 75th Anniversary logo. The Limited 75th package is $3,995, and adds 20-inch wheels, heated leather-faced seats, blind spot monitoring, power sunroof, and an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment with navigation. Both packages share bronze tow hooks, grille rings, fog light bezels, lower fascia applique, roof rails, and badging.
Limited versions can optionally be fitted with a luxury group that brings a panoramic sunroof, Alpine stereo, bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, perforated leather upholstery with ventilated front seats, dual bright exhaust tips, rain-sensing wipers, and power tilt/telescoping steering.
On the Cherokee, the $2,995 75th Anniversary group adds bronze wheels, badges and trim, Gore-Tex seat inserts with tangerine accent stitching, dual-pane sunroof, and an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen stereo.
A 75th Anniversary Renegade builds on the North model, and for $2,495 adds bronze wheels, grille surrounds, fog light bezels, roof rack, tail light applique, rear fascia, and badges, a BeatsAudio stereo, and the MySky open-air roof system.
Even the aging Compass and Patriot get some love. Here, the $1,395 75th Anniversary packages build on the High Altitude trims, and bring bronze 18- (Compass) or 17-inch (Patriot) wheels, with roof rails, front fascia applique, rear step pad, badges and tow hooks in the same finish. Other stuff includes a unique 75th badge, leather-faced seats with ombre sport mesh inserts, light bronze interior bezels, remote start, soft tonneau cover, and the 2.4L engine and six-speed automatic transmission.