We’re pretty sure that the designers that created the original Wrangler were more interested in winning the bet (about increasing the off-road angles of the car) with their colleagues from the engineering department than the actual looks of the thing, but, amazingly, modern times have turned the Wrangler into a styling icon.
If you drive one of these in a modern city, you’re aiming for a cool image and thus many customers will also venture into the styling part of the aftermarket brochure Mopar (the Chrysler Group’s parts and accessories division) offers for the car, not just the technical one.
We think we know how the Wrangler’s styling cues were created. The designers used a Willis body as a starting point. They drove the car over a mine field and created those humongous wheel arches. Next, they took a beam from under the chassis and used it as a front bumper.
When the creation process was almost completed, they reminded that they had forgotten to add taillights to the car, so they strapped in a pair from an agricultural machine. Oh and they also placed a rollcage inside the car, just to make sure that it’s ok to drive with the top off. The result? Something we love. A timeless design that reminds us of a 44 Magnum revolver.
The Wrangler is one of those cars that pleases the eye in any color, but some shades are more special than others and the metallic orange of our test car really turned the Wrangler into a declaration of coolness. The beefy tires show you that this is a car that means business, but the fact that they’re fitted to rather stylish alloy wheels doesn’t take things too far down the utilitarian pathway.
The Wrangler definitely stands out wherever you take it and is a car for the extroverts from this point of view, but it doesn’t come with the flashiness of a Range Rover, for example, so you’ll never be regarded as a guy that’s trying too hard to look cool. The car also comes with rugged details that help with this, such as the hood, which uses old-school clamps to be kept in place.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Did you people actually believed that chancing the color of the Wrangler and removing the... ahem... top would actually make me change my mind about this piece of metallic junk? Is it that difficult to comprehend? Let me sum up your review in one line: the Jeep Wrangler makes no sense at all if you are... ahem... filthy rich.
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