Jeep Rolls Out 75th Anniversary Editions; Yes, Patriot, Compass Too

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
jeep rolls out 75th anniversary editions yes patriot compass too

If you didn’t know it was Jeep’s 75th anniversary this year, it’s your fault for not paying attention. Pretty much all of the automaker’s SUVs are rolling billboards for its “Since 1941” branding, and now Jeep is officially doing something to celebrate.

Jeep launched its 75th Anniversary lineup Wednesday, which includes special editions for all its models. All of the Jeeps are candied in some sort of “macho” green — Jungle Green, Sarge Green or Recon Green — with bronze wheels, some sort of opening roof, and available cloth.

Oh, and there are a bucket-full of badges everywhere so you can feel special edition too.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited receive the heaviest special edition backhand. Based on Sahara trims, the 75th Anniversary packages add steel bumpers, a body-colored grille and rock rails. The Wrangler starts at $35,570 and Wrangler Unlimited starts at $39,370. (A comparable Sahara costs roughly $2,500 less.)

Jeep also dressed up the Grand Cherokee with a unique front fascia, 20-inch wheels and cloth seating inserts for $37,770 to start.

There are also special-edition garbs for the Cherokee and the Renegade, which run $30,870 and $26,370.

For the Compass and Patriot — which may or may not make the Jeep 100th anniversary highlight reel in 2031, that’s not my call — there are special editions, too. Those unloved, but phenomenally inexpensive Jeeps right now, get bronze wheels and Recon Green paint and I kind of want one now. Is that weird?

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  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Jan 07, 2016

    I wonder if part of the 75th Anniversary package is quality, reliability and durability for these Jeeps? I can't believe how many people consider Jeeps reliable. If they were that good do you think where reliability and durability is required off road Landcruisers, some mid sizers, Patrols, and military G Wagens (many countries) would be the vehicles of choice? Even Land Rovers are the preferred vehicle in lieu of a Jeep. Why is this so????? I still don't understand why someone would drop 20" rims on a Grand Cherokee??? Wouldn't it be better to supply the vehicle with a better off rod suspension??? We have numpties here in Australia that buy midsizers, remove the 16" or 17" rims and drop 20"-22" inch rims on a 4x4. I suppose it's a free world.

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    • JustPassinThru JustPassinThru on Jan 07, 2016

      @Big Al from Oz Not quite fifty years. Much of the AMC legacy, which may have been partly form their inheriting the old Willys/Kaiser ironmonger engineers...much of that carried forward into the early '00s. The XJ was a wondrous achievement - a tough unibody SUV with, once the Chevy V6 was abandoned, an equally-tough set of engines. I speak from experience here, having had Jeep vehicles with both the 232 six and the derived 2.5 four. Couldn't kill either of those engines - and that's not just my experience or opinion. The six was preferred for the power; but the four was more than adaquate for routine use. Towards the end those were supremely-well-engineered - but more to the point, they could take a licking and keep on ticking. In any event, memories follow car marques. Today's Jeep sales are on cultural or personal memories of Jeeps as tough vehicles. Those the GMC line of rebadged Chevy trucks and CUVs. That's stood them well, even after abandoning manufacture of real trucks...but comes a time when it's recognized for what it is. Who thinks of GMCs these days as anything remarkable, other than a marketing effort of badge-engineered vehicles? Jeep in a decade will be the same.

  • An innocent man An innocent man on Jan 07, 2016

    And to properly honor this milestone, after 75 miles the vehicles will fail to start.

  • George Who’s winning the UAW strike? Nobody.Who’s losing the UAW strike? Everybody.
  • Zznalg Now, a slam of Subaru. I own an Outback Wilderness. Subaru has capitulated to lawyers and the regulatory environment to render life with their vehicles quite unpleasant. A few cases in point: The vehicles won't allow you to drive one MPH without ALL the seatbelts fastened. You cannot pull a Subaru out of a garage or parking space with no seatbelt without the car screaming at you. First there is the annoying beeping. After a few seconds Subaru ups its game and raised the volume ridiculously. To get it to shut up, I've even had to turn off the car and open a door. It is not enough to put it into park. The beeping continues. I am Not talking about driving without a seatbelt. I'm talking about 1 MPH maneuvers in one's own driveway. Next, the car's auto-breaking is tuned to slow you down or even slam on your brakes at every possible opportunity. The other day, my Wilderness decided to do just that almost resulting in my being rear ended. For NO reason. Next, the Outback Wilderness' transmission is tuned to prevent forward motion. It does its best to NOT GIVE POWER in nearly every situation unless you keep the accelerator depressed for more than 1-3 seconds. This is actually unsafe. In fact at highway speeds, when one presses the gas, the car momentarily reduces power and slows down. The paddle shifters help. But overall, Subaru has so neutered the Outback Wilderness to make a potentially great vehicle quite a drag to own and actually unsafe, in the service seemingly of preventing lawsuits and satisfying the EPA. I know not all of this may apply to the Crosstrek Wilderness but if you test drive one, you would be advised to look for these flaws.
  • Undead Zed I'm not particularly interested in the truck, but do look forward to the puns that the marketing department may try to work into the adverts."Visit your local dealership and go for a Flash drive today."
  • Art_Vandelay UAW leadership always brings up CEO pay. Yet they never bring up that their last deal would likely have been better for membership had they not been on the take from those same CEO's. UAW members have far more beef with their own leadership than senior management of their companies.
  • IH_Fever Another day, more bloviating between the poor downtrodden union leeches and the corporate thieves. But at least pantsuit guy got a nice new shirt.