History of Jeep Wrangler


 History of Jeep Wrangler

History of Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most iconic vehicles in the USA. It’s one of the few vehicles that has enjoyed continuous production since its inception. The body styles of the Wrangler have evolved over time. However, the Wrangler can trace its origins to the Willys MB of WWII. Also, it was commonly referred to as a jeep.

There’s plenty of speculation as to where the name Jeep originated. However, the most commonly accepted theory is that the name hails from a Popeye’s comic character who would “go anywhere and do anything”. The civilian jeep or CJ was designed after World War II when the Allied victory was certain. It was available in May of 1944.

The Willy retained the original frame of a Jeep but added a tailgate, lower gearing, and a canvas top. The spare tire was placed on the side instead of its original position on the trunk. However, the Jeep looked quite similar to the Wrangler, which is beloved by many today. In 1986, the Chicago Auto Show witnessed the debut of the Wrangler YJ. It sported a new face courtesy of its rectangular headlights while retaining the same body and frame that the CJs enjoyed. The Cherokee lent the Wrangler YJ its suspension and interior. Moreover, the Wrangler YJ was much more comfortable than the CJ and handled better.

The CJs were meant for off-road driving, while the Wrangler was designed to off-road on the weekend and also serve as a daily driver. In 1994, Jeep began offering an option for an automatic transmission. Many people scoffed at the idea of a Jeep with automatic transmission. However, the addition converted many people who were on the fence about a Wrangler.

The Wrangler enjoyed a couple more iterations. The true second-generation Wrangler was the TJ and was introduced in 1996. The third-generation Wrangler was the JK, which launched in 2006. In 2018, the Wrangler JL was revealed. It offers plenty of exciting new features that distinguish it from the JK while still honoring its legacy as a WWII vehicle. It’s quite exciting to see how the Wrangler has grown, and many are keen to see what Jeep will do with it next.


Source: Jeep