Jeep is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2016 and has already marked the occasion with an entire lineup of 75th Anniversary Edition vehicles. Today, the brand took things one step further, debuting the Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle.
The Wrangler 75th Salute pulls inspiration from original military Willys Jeep. Based on a two-door Wrangler Sport model, the Wrangler 75th Salute has no B-pillars or doors, just like the Willys, and is painted in a WWII style olive drab color scheme. 32-inch military tires, hood latches, a rear-mounted spare tire, steel front and rear bumpers with tow hooks and low back canvas seats expand on the army look.
Under the hood is Fiat Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, of course. The V6 gives the Wrangler 75th Salute 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, which is a far cry from the’ 60 horsepower and 85 lb-ft of torque the Willys’ 2.2-liter four-cylinder provided.
“We are creating this unique Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle in celebration of the brand’s legendary history, and to demonstrate that 75 years later, today’s iconic Jeep Wrangler is instantly recognizable and clearly connected to the original Willys MB,” Mike Manley, global Jeep brand boss, said of the Wrangler 75th Salute.