SHINING STARS: Jeep 75th Anniversary models gathered in the South Australian outback as part of the brand's birthday celebrations. Special edition Renegade, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Wranglers are now available featuring optional military-inspired colours.
SHINING STARS: Jeep 75th Anniversary models gathered in the South Australian outback as part of the brand's birthday celebrations. Special edition Renegade, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Wranglers are now available featuring optional military-inspired colours.

Jeep launches special edition 75th Anniversary models

This looks quite the party in the desert, what's it all about?

It's been 75 years since the Americans created an icon, and there's cause for celebration. Willys produced the first model we recognise today as a Jeep with its wartime MA and MB models in 1941, and at war's end offered we common civilian folk a version called the CJ-2A. Voila! A 4x4 SUV for work and lifestyle. And guess what, we're still buying 'em today.  

So Jeep are up to something to mark the occasion?

Absolutely, and why not? Jeep has a very loyal following with deep respect for its history so offering something a bit special on this diamond anniversary makes perfect sense.  

Okay, what have we got?

Special edition models of course. In a nutshell, special paint and features for the Renegade, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler two-door and four-doors.  

I do love me a bit of army green to live out my G.I. Joe fantasies, and the colours do look quite cool.

Without question. Sorry we got the Jeeps covered in red dust in the South Australian outback or you'd be able to see the lovely hues a bit better in the photos. The names are quite wonderful too. Recon Green for the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, Sarge Green for the Wranglers and Jungle Green for the Renegade.   

Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition launched as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki
Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition launched as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki

Have they got optional decals so I can put a US Army star and serial number on the bonnet?

The Jeep PR crew didn't mention it, but I'm sure you could commission a local sticker shop to knock you something up. It would work with these special editions: Jeep is embracing a proud military past and with so much damn seriousness in the motoring world these days it's nice to see such cool colours and kit on these 75th Anniversary cars. 

Jeep Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition launched as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki
Jeep Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition launched as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki

A fleet of military green Jeeps, happy days.

Er, best let you know those green colours are only optional, despite these being Limited Editions. You need to fork out $500 for non-white colours across the range. You could argue they should all be green, but Jeep is making sure it doesn't lose sales if any shoppers aren't partial to those army shades.  

So, if you want your 75th Anniversary Wrangler Unlimited in Mojave Sand or Grand Cherokee in Granite Crystal it's all possible.

Only exception is the Wrangler 2-door: quite rightly you're given green only.  

Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition launched as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary, pictured beside the origin of the species: a 1942 Willys MB. Photo: Thomas Wielecki
Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition launched as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary, pictured beside the origin of the species: a 1942 Willys MB. Photo: Thomas Wielecki

Each to their own I suppose. So what other goodies do I get on these specials?

Lots of bronze! For the Renegade you get low gloss bronze 18-inch alloys, bronze roof rails, grille throat rings, fog lamp surrounds, lower rear fascia, tail lamp surround and badging.

You get orange accents for the Jeep and Renegade badging, plus a very cool "75th Anniversary" bronze badge for the doors. Inside you get tangerine and pearl dual tone accent stitching on the black cloth seats.  

The Cherokee offers similar kit, the Grand Cherokee likewise but with 20-inch alloys and bronze rear step pad applique. The Wranglers bring 17-inch bronze alloys, Rubicon rock rails, body coloured grille with the bronze grille throats and unique off-road rails outside, and in the cabin debossed 75th Anniversary logo for the black leather and vinyl seats, and the passenger grab handle.  

Badging used as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki
Badging used as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki

Are they going to cost me more than the normal versions of these Jeeps?

With all those extra features Jeep aren't going to give them away I'm afraid.  

The Renegade 75th is based on the 2WD Longitude model and is up $1500 to $33,500 before on-roads.

Cherokee 75th is based on the 3.2-litre petrol 4x4 Limited and is up $3000 to $45,000; Wranglers are based on the Overland trims and are up $1500 to $51,000 the two-door and $55,000 the four-door.

You can get a 3.6-litre petrol or 3.0-litre diesel AWD Grand Cherokee based on the Limited trim; both are up $2500 to $64,500 and $71,500 respectively.  

Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition launched as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki
Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition launched as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki

Sounds reasonable for limited editions that make collectors get all hot under the collar. But just so I know, how exclusive are these things?

We'll be getting a total of 200 75th Anniversary Grand Cherokees, 180 Renegades, 100 Cherokees, 75 Wrangler Unlimited four-doors and 15 Wrangler two-doors.  

Okay, couple of things. First, the 75th Anniversary Renegade is only available in two-wheel-drive?

That's right. Jeep's rather smartly opted to choose higher volume sellers in the range to sprinkle the 75th Anniversary love upon.

Yep, the Trailhawk 4x4 Renegade is the more purist Jeep, but it isn't as popular as the city-suited front-wheel-drive versions. I'm fine with that. I'd love to see a few Jungle Green 'Gades sporting military stickers parked up outside the hipster cafes.   

Jeep Renegae 75th Anniversary Edition launched as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki
Jeep Renegae 75th Anniversary Edition launched as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki

Next point then, that Grand Cherokee looks a bit different doesn't it?

Well spotted. See this 75th Anniversary edition as a preview to the facelifted version due in the next few months. That's why you're seeing a restyled grille, headlamps and front fascia. Perhaps more importantly, you also score new components such as electric power steering and weight saving aluminium suspension parts.   

The 3.6-litre petrol also gets a power bump from 210kW to 213kW and a fuel economy improvement from 10.4 to 10.0L/100km thanks to a stop-start system and revisions to the exhaust and new valve lift and valve timing systems.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition launched as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki
Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition launched as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki

Absolutely. Though we don't know what other features may be included when the full updated Grand Cherokee arrives.  

Enough of this then, how was the party?

Dusty. It's hard to question any Jeep 4x4's Trail Rated abilities, and we gave the 75th Anniversary range some tough terrain punishment.

The Flinders Ranges region in South Australia was our playground, and we climbed loose rock trails, sand dunes and traversed steep dry river beds. Aside from the odd puncture, there was nothing stopping these Jeeps: they were in their element.  

We were also given a Wrangler to do circle work on a flat and very dry plain on a private property. I can't pretend that wasn't fun. Who knew Wranglers enjoyed drifting so much in plumes of red dust?  

Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition launched as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki
Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition launched as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki

Are you now a Jeep fanboy then?

Well, it is their birthday. Jeep is a proud name and quite rightly celebrates a history of innovation and serious off-road capability.

It's not hard to see why the brand has a strong and loyal fanbase, plus let's not forget Jeep helped win World War II as well. That may have been three-quarters of a century ago, but that's a pretty strong start for a brand to build on.  

Worth getting a 75th Anniversary model then?

Relatively speaking you're not paying a whole lot more for some lovely looking additional features.

If you were about to buy one of these models anyway, what's a few extra hundred bucks to get something that looks a bit different, a tad more special?  

Just make sure you give a nod to Jeep's origins and get yours in green.  

BEER O'CLOCK: A well-deserved cold one to mark the 75th. A few war stories at the bar, anyone?
BEER O'CLOCK: A well-deserved cold one to mark the 75th. A few war stories at the bar, anyone?

Vital statistics

Models: Jeep 75th Anniversary Editions for Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited, Cherokee and Renegade.  

Special features offered: Military-inspired paint, unique design bronze wheels, bronze body and interior accents, 75th Anniversary debossed seats, and Willys Jeep silhouette badge.  

Prices: 75th Anniversary Editions: Renegade 1.4T FWD $33,500; Cherokee 3.2L 4x4 auto $45,000; Wrangler 4x4 2-door $51,000; Wrangler 4x4 4-door $55,000; Grand Cherokee 3.6L 4x4 $64,500; Grand Cherokee 3.0D 4x4 $71,500.  

Jeep 75th Anniversary models gathered in the South Australian outback as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki
Jeep 75th Anniversary models gathered in the South Australian outback as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki


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