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Jeep Wrangler shows off Willys Wheeler Edition

The Jeep Wrangler hasn't changed much over time, simply because it hasn't needed to. Its classic style and off-roading capabilities have helped make it one of the most desirable vehicles of its kind. Its basic frame has served as the canvas for many unique models and Jeep modifications, and that is part of the reason why the Wrangler spawns tons of special, limited edition vehicles. 

Any driver who is a fan of the Jeep - and its many special editions - will likely be enthralled by the Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition. This vehicle comes with an array of special features that sets it apart from the standard Wrangler while also making it a viable option for an off-road vehicle. 

A look back
One of the most appealing aspects of the Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is its throwback style. It was created as a way to honor the very first civilian Jeep, the Willys-Overland CJ-2A, which came onto the scene in 1945. When it first entered the public view, it was renowned for its functional amenities and off-road ability - two characteristics that have been mimicked for the 2014 Willys edition. 

"The new Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is a Jeep purist's dream, delivering a Jeep vehicle that harkens back to the original, classic CJs of the 1940s," said Mike Manley, president and CEO of Jeep brand. "This new Jeep vehicle delivers pure functionality and rugged capability in a unique package that recognizes the origins of the brand." 

The total package
At the heart of the Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is the focus on functionality that was a hallmark of the earliest civilian Jeeps. Drawing inspiration from the Wrangler Sport, the Willys Wheeler Edition boasts rock rails, mud terrain tires and the new Jeep Trail Rated Kit, which includes a tow strap and D-Ring. Its exterior includes a glossy black grille with matching front and rear bumpers. Willys hood decals and high-gloss 17-inch black wheels set off the all-black paint.

Powering the Jeep is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine. That motor can reach 285 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque. Drivers can choose from a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Off-road driving is easier with the low-range gear ratio and the Jeep Command-Trac 4x4 part-time, two-speed transfer case. 

The Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is set to go on sale in early 2014, but it will make its public debut at the 2013 LA Auto Show.