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The Life of the Jeep WranglerHere at the Chelsea Truck Company, our passion for vehicles is company-wide. However, whilst our interests lay in the industry as a whole, the focus of today’s post will be on the life of one vehicle in particular.
The Jeep Wrangler began its journey in 1986 when it was first established by American Motors. While the first model proved to be a slow seller, the second model, The Jeep YJ, proved to be a bit more successful on its release in 1987.
The idea behind this model was to enhance comfort during daily travels.
In 1996, the Jeep TJ was introduced to the market with a variety of alterations in comparison to the first-generation models. This model was fitted with coil-spring suspension, whereas the YJ used a leaf spring system. This new feature ensured a greater range of suspension movement in the vehicle. This model ran until 2006, however; 2004 saw the birth of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was designed to be a lot wider than the TJ model around at this time. During its prime, it was also known to be the first 4x4 convertible available in the United States. It featured a whole host of changes and improvements, from airbags fitted in the side of the vehicle to an advanced navigation system.
Sales of both the Jeep Wrangler and the Unlimited model were drawn to a close in 2006. However, at this time, the JK (yet another version of the Wrangler) was introduced. Unlike the models before it, this version of the Wrangler underwent a total re-design. This meant changes in appearance and operation for the four and two door vehicles that were available for purchase. However, this decision to alter its design proved unpopular, and many who used the cars as an off-road vehicle claimed that it wasn’t as easy to control.
In the same year, an updated version of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was released, along with the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.
By this point, the Jeep Wrangler had already established itself in the car market. This meant that designers had to tread carefully when altering original designs and implementing advanced modifications. As a result, this model followed a similar pattern and design, with a small enhancement in its size to provide more room for present and future advancement.
2006 proved to be a busy year for Jeep as in this same year, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was also born.
Last but certainly not least is the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude. This model was created in 2012 and sales ran until 2013. Fitted with new standard features such as dark exterior accents, this model is said to have been inspired by the Wrangler Sahara.
This is just a short history of the Jeep Wrangler and how it has developed since its first release in 1986.
Here at the Chelsea Truck Company, we specialise in and sell new and used 2 and 4 door Jeep Wranglers, so you can live in the present while enjoying a slice of the past. If you’re interested in any of the vehicles listed on our site and would like to enquire, feel free to get in touch today. We would be happy to take your call.