The history of the Jeep Wrangler

The automobile industry is a dynamic one. Newer models of
cars are being churned out day in day out. This has been the trend adopted by
Chrysler, the manufactures of the Jeep brand. Jeep Wrangler is one of the
popular Chrysler products. It was unveiled in the year 1987. Owing to its
versatility, the Wrangler can serve off road and daily commuting purposes. The Wrangler
goes by such other names as TJ and YJ.

The roots of the Jeep go back to the early 1900s when the US
army was in need of a manufacturer who’d come up with sleek, lightweight and
vehicles that could sustain all terrains for their reconnaissance missions. The
army wanted the manufacturer to come up with prototypes within a period of 50 days
in the World War 2. The contract was won by Willys-Overland beating Ford and
Bantam Car Company.

The first Wrangler to be produced in 1987 went by the name YJ
and its production plant was in Ontario, Canada. It was after 1992 that YJ
production was transferred to the Chrysler plant in Ohio. The YJ models had
three different engine specifications: 2.0, 4.0 and 4.2 liter. From 1991-1994
more options were added including fog lamps in the front fenders and additional
cup holders. These models came with a 15 or 20-gallon gas tank. Production of
these Wranglers went on until 1995 and approximately 700,000 vehicles had been
manufactured.

As from 1997 to 2007, the new Jeep to be manufactured went
by the name TJ. This model had 3 different engines: 2.0, 2.5 or 4.0 liter. TJs
came in two different forms; either as two-door convertible or two-door truck.

The Wrangler Rubicon (named for the famed Rubicon Trail in the Sierra
Nevada Mountains) was introduced in 2003. It featured front and rear
Dana 44 axles with the Rock-Trac four-wheel drive system, diamond plate
rocker panels, 16-inch alloy wheels, and Goodyear MTR P245/75-R16 tires.. It replaced
Wrangler Sahara as the highest priced and with the highest available options.

Jeep Unlimited was launched in 2004. It
had a much bigger interior space and had four doors . It held the title for the highest offering of
Jeep Wrangler until 2006.

Jeep undertook a total design overhaul in 2007 which led to
the production of the new model dubbed JK. JK came with a two-door Wrangler and
four-door Wrangler Unlimited versions. The JK Wranglers came with a 3.8 liter
engine and a six-speed manual transmission.

The Wrangler has proven to be a huge success owing to the
numerous awards attached to its design and value. The Jeep Wrangler JK was
voted the most access friendliest in 2006, proving the high regard customers
hold for the version.