The Frankfurt Auto Show is in full swing, and much of the attention has been focused on European automakers and their offerings. Largely consisting of smaller vehicles and innovative new designs, most of the action surrounding the auto show didn't appeal to avid fans of off-road diving - until Jeep stepped into the spotlight.
As the American brand unveiled a new option that should have many off-road vehicle lovers salivating, it also launched a new niche of machines that may spawn some other creations in the near future. Before looking too far ahead, however, take a look at some of the facts and features surrounding the automaker's surprise: the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Polar special edition.
Jeep's big reveal
Jeep is no stranger to the world of off-roading - in fact, as most people know, it's one of the staples of the industry. So although it is not surprising to see the manufacturer create a vehicle designed for off-highway adventures, the timing and niche of the Polar was a bit more shocking. That hasn't dampened the enthusiasm for the machine, however, with many already praising the special-edition Jeep.
During the auto show, the Polar was unveiled as a four-door Jeep, but it will also be available as a two-door ride. Drivers will also be able to select their preferred engine from either a 200 PS 2.8-liter Fiat diesel or a 284 PS 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, Auto Evolution reported. These powerful motors allow plenty of flexibility for future owners, who should be able to make certain Jeep modifications without having to worry about the functioning of the vehicle.
More about the Polar
While the hype surrounding the Polar will certainly - and rightfully - revolve around its capabilities, the impressive exterior of the vehicle should not be overlooked. The first thing you're likely to notice is the Hydro Blue paint color, a vibrant shade that is perfectly complemented by pitch-black accents on the front grille and plenty of sleek gear like the 18-inch gloss black wheels.
The vehicle is also equipped with many extras that will be extremely useful for off-roading. A limited-slip rear differential is designed to provide top-of-the-line traction on any terrain. With Trac-Lok anti-spin qualities, it should keep the machine functioning in any situation, and it even goes so far as to direct torque to the tire that has the best grip on the ground to improve safety.
Well suited for the cold
With a name like Polar, you know the Jeep is going to be ready to handle the cold. Its capabilities are not just limited to the standard snowfall and freezing temperatures typically found in winter, either. The Polar is a heavy-duty machine ready to handle severe climates and extreme conditions more associated with Arctic tundra than general off-roading sites.
On the inside, heated leather seats maximize comfort, and white accents create a unique look. To go along with this revamped appearance, there is a new leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, Hydro Blue instrument dials and a 6.5-inch infotainment screen. As if that wasn't enough, the Jeep has a Polar badge emblazoned directly on the automobile. You can find it on the front fender flares, where it shows off the coordinates of Vostok in Antarctica, which is more commonly known as the location of the lowest-ever recorded temperature.
The Polar may not be for everyone, but it is certainly an interesting look at some of the potential options in the world of off-roading.