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Jeep chose to launch their 75th anniversary series as an extra cost option in 2016 — dating their anniversary to before the Jeep was actually named, and before Willys-Overland started making them for the public. The irony is increased when one considers that the company arbitrarily chose 1925 as Chrysler’s anniversary, though the first Chryslers were made in 1924, and Chrysler was essentially a continuation of Maxwell Motors.
In any case, there are numerous small changes, possibly foreshadowing changes to Jeep styling in future years. All 75th Anniversary special-edition Jeeps will be available in an exclusive green paint (Sarge Green, Recon Green, or Jungle Green, depending on model), low-gloss bronze wheels, bronze and orange exterior accents, seats with embossed logos or an ombre mesh fabric. The series will be available in the first quarter of 2016.
The Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary edition starts at $35,570 ($39,370 for the four-door), including destination. It is available in Sarge Green, Black, Rhino, Mojave Sand, Bright White, Billet Silver and Granite Crystal, and includes 17 inch wheels, front and rear tow hooks, and front and rear steel bumpers, all in low-gloss bronze; a body color grille with the bronze grille throats and headlamp rings; a power dome hood with functional air vents; heated leather-trimmed seats with mesh inserts and stitching; grab handle; Silent Armor tires; rock rails; Command-Trac 4x4 transfer case with 2.72:1 ratio; Dana 30 front axle and heavy-duty Dana 44 rear axle; 3.21 or optional 3.73 axle ratio; and a 6.5-inch touchscreen radio.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary edition starts at $37,770 for AWD models and is sold in Recon Green, Brilliant Black, Bright White, Billet Silver and Granite Crystal. It includes a unique front fascia, grille, and headlamps; exclusive wheels and low-gloss bronze trim; embossed cloth or leather seats; glossy black body accents; blind-spot monitoring; power sunroof; and an 8.4-inch radio. Allpar observers noted that the front fascia had many changes, and seems to have lost its “smiley face.”
The Jeep Cherokee 75th Anniversary starts at $30,870 (AWD) and is painted Recon Green, Brilliant Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Rhino, or Granite Crystal. It is based on Latitude and adds 18-inch wheels, low gloss bronze trim, new seat inserts, dual-pane sunroof, and the 8.4 stereo.
The Renegade AWD starts at $26,370 and is painted Jungle Green, Alpine White, Black, Omaha Orange, Mojave Sand, Glacier Metallic, Granite Crystal, or Anvil. It adds to the Latitude with low gloss bronze 18 inch wheels and exterior trim; Beats audio. and the open air roof.
The Jeep Compass 75th AWD starts at $25,470 and is sold in Recon Green, Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, or Granite Crystal. The bronzed parts are the wheels, roof rails, front fascia applique, rear step pad, badges, interior bezel paint, and tow hooks (AWD only). It also has a power sunroof, remote start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 2.4-liter engine, and six-speed automatic transmission. The Compass is in its final or penultimate year.
The starting Patriot 75th AWD starts at $23,470 and is sold in the same colors as the Compass; it is based on Sport and adds bronze 17-inch wheels, roof rails, front trim, rear step pad, badges, interior bezels, and tow hooks (with AWD). It comes with the same options as the Patriot.
Also see: Allpar’s Jeep section • the 2016 Detroit Auto Show
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