The Latest and Greatest of Jeep’s Winter Editions

We all know that when it comes to Jeeps and overcoming obstacles, they have it covered.  Whether it be climbing rocky mountains, splashing along muddy trails, or slushing through snow blanketed highways, Jeeps are made for any terrain. That’s the wonderful thing about them, they can go anywhere and do just about anything, even save you from another winter getting stuck in the snow.  

This winter, while you’re looking out for 4-door Jeep Wranglers for sale, keep an extra eye on the special winter editions Jeep has to offer. With specialty modifications, these special winter editions remind us all that winter is just as good a time as any to get outside and play. Although you can quite easily, don’t just trudge through the snow filled streets, or sit stuck inside all winter! Power through that pile of hard snow the plow has so lovingly deposited at the end of your driveway and get outside to enjoy the rest of winter in your brand new winter edition Jeep Wrangler. With winter quickly approaching, now is the time to get into your next Jeep.

Jeep’s Newest Edition: 2016 Backcountry

2016 Backcountry purple

If you’re thinking that maybe this is the winter you take your family and/or loved ones up north for the holidays to experience magical snowfalls, cuddling under warm blankets while sipping hot chocolate and warm cider there’s one vehicle you should be sure to rent: Jeep’s brand new winter edition, Backcountry.

The Wrangler Backcountry is made for snow lovers, and while that may not be you, yet, it will be after this trip. Based on the Sahara trim, (aren’t they all?) the Backcountry has a unique off-road front and rear powder coated bumper and sits on 17-inch Rubicon wheels. With five colors to choose from, Hydro Blue, Black, Bright White, Granite Crystal and Xtreme Purple, you’re sure to stand out no matter the sleepy ski villa you make your Holiday getaway.

Should off-roading not be your speed and you prefer something a bit more luxurious and cozy, the Backcountry also comes in a Grand Cherokee. This Backcountry Grand Cherokee SRT Night makes a statement with glossy black accents on the roof, rear spoiler, front grille bezels, B and C pillars as well as the side window surrounds. The 20-inch split five spoke wheels are finished in more black, but this time it’s a satin finish. The interior is done in black Laguna leather with silver accents which contrast to the exterior color pallet: Velvet Red, Billet Silver, and Granite Crystal.

If driving in the snow seems a bit daunting for you, no worries. The SRT Night is powered by a 6.4L V8 engine that delivers 475 horsepower which is more that enough power to solidly get you safely through any snow covered streets, storm or wintry mix…yes, they have those in the great white north and it has nothing to do with your holiday song selection.

The 2016 Backcountry will be available for your 2015 holiday vacation and ready for pickup by the end of November.

2014 Polar Edition

polar edition

Only two short years ago Jeep decided it needed to keep the chilly nights alive in our driveway. Once again based off the Sahara trim package only furthering its appreciation for irony, Jeep has a wonderful sense of humor.

Available in two and four door configurations, one of it’s most unique features are the badges which showcase its latitude and longitude location namesake. That is to say that if you were to map the location of the given latitude and longitude, it would bring you to the place where the most severe temperature was ever recorded on Earth: Antarctica. Jeep chose this specifically to serve as a reminder that their vehicles are meant to go everywhere on this planet, even the in the most severe temperatures.  

The 2014 Polar Edition is complimented with a whole host of mechanical components that help it maintain control in severe climates and icy conditions. Coming standard is a Trac-Lok anti-spin rear differential that can be combined with available electronic locker inside the Dana 44 axle. Up front, a Dana 30 is turned by the part-time Command-trac NV241, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72-to-1 low range. Automatic climate control, heated front seats, always appreciated in the freezing climates, and Electronic Vehicle Information Center are all included and smart for winter driving.  Same drivetrain as other Wrangler’s, 3.6L Pentastar V6 with 285 horsepower and 260 lb/ft of torque. Drivers can choose a 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.

2012 Arctic Edition

2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Arctic

In 2012, when Jeep was having a hayday with special editions, they were mostly celebrating warm climates like the Mojave or Islander. However, that same year Jeep introduced another edition, one for the snow bunnies and snowmen in us all: the Arctic Edition. In a simple twist of Jeep fate, the Arctic is based on the Wrangler Sahara, meaning it shares the same body frame, and aside from being special editions, the comparisons end there.

Looks wise, the Arctic is available in two or four door configurations and sits on 17-inch wheels wrapped in the Rubicon’s hunky 32-inch tires. Adorning the body are “Arctic” fender badges, a body-colored roof and fender flares, black fuel door, tail light guards, hood strip and special “yeti footprint” decals on the fender and hood. While the exterior body comes available in three colors, Bright Silver, Bright White and Winter Chill, the various blacked out elements on the exterior offer a stark contrast.  

Ready for the cold-weather, I mean, Arctic weather, because Arctic doesn’t just mean cold, it means freeeeeezing, is the interior which is suited for the toughest temperatures. Heavy duty heated black cloth seats outlined in orange stitching and piping matches the warm leather steering wheel. Arctic logos can be found on the front seat backrests and slush-ready floor mats.

Powering this beast through the wintery snow-laden streets, trails and mountain tracks is the Pentastar V6 engine that is backed by a 6-speed manual transmission. An optional 5-speed automatic is available, as well.

The 2012 Arctic Edition was also made available in the Jeep Liberty Sport 4×4. Featuring a color scheme similar to the Wranglers, a fourth exterior color was made available for the Liberty: Mineral Gray. Along with the Wrangler, the Liberty received the same fender badges while the hood decal is unique and misses the opportunity to celebrate any snowy mythical beasts. A few more appointments are added to the interior of the Liberty which the Wrangler missed out on: heated and power-adjustable seats with vinyl bolsters, nine-speaker Infinity audio system with a touchscreen. Also, the price on the Arctic Liberty is a bit lower than the Wrangler and Unlimited. However, the Liberty doesn’t get the Pentastar. Nothing to complain about, a 3.7L V6 powers 210 horses which isn’t shabby, but won’t power through snowbanks with the same amount of force.

Jeep Winter Editions Have You Covered 

Whether you do or don’t decide to make this the year you won’t get stuck in the snow at the end of your driveway, in the middle of the street or while coming down the mountain, know that Jeep is waiting for you to realize your worry free 4WD days are waiting for you. Their specially modified winter editions have you covered so whether it’s avoiding being stuck inside all winter or wanting to get outside and enjoy the snow and mountains, Jeep has exactly what you need. There is no other vehicle on the road that can safely deliver you through the best and worst weather conditions. Jeep Wranglers Unlimited guarantee composure and excitement, but most importantly safety on the roads this winter, wherever you may be.



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