Our North American fans made it very clear that a Jeep needed to be included in this project, as it’s the quintessential Icon to represent a massive piece of 4×4 history.
The Jeep Wrangler is a compact SUV that was designed to uphold the historic legacy of the Jeep brand, while offering a fun, ‘go-anywhere’ vehicle that was well received by enthusiasts and the everyday public.
While Jeep Wranglers and their CJ predecessors never presumed to be luxury vehicles, the TJ generation was a big advancement with additions like coil sprung suspension, safety air bags and a redesigned interior that brought this 4×4 up to modern standards. The 4.0L was the most popular engine choice, having been used by Jeep from 1987 through to 2006, pushing out around 141 kW.
Changes to the TJ’s chassis, suspension and axles greatly improved the Wrangler’s off road capability. The solid front and rear axles, coupled with the highly articulating Quadra-Link suspension setup, allow these vehicles to flex and crawl over almost any obstacle.
- 10 years in production, from 1997 – 2006
- Available with the venerable 4.0L AMC straight 6-cylinder engine, or a 2.5/2.4 4-cylinder option
- 80% of the component parts of this generation were newly designed for the 1997 release
- Starting in 2004, the stretched Wrangler Unlimited (“LJ” or TJ-L) was added to Jeep’s lineup
- Removable top and doors, with a fold down windshield
- 3.93m total length, with a 2.37m wheelbase
- The Jeep name is derived from the military designation GP (for General Purpose)
- 4 trim levels, 10 ‘special editions’ including Tomb Raider and Sahara movie tie-in models