One of the most coveted Jeeps of all time is a relatively low-volume, stretched version of the regular 1997 to 2006-generation Jeep Wrangler. It’s called the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Let’s look at how this elongated Wrangler combined key on-road and off-road traits to become a legend in the Jeep community. In America’s rockiest and muddiest off-road circles, the 2004 to 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Advertisement “New 2004 1/2 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Gives Customers A New Choice,” read the DaimlerChrysler (remember that?) press release from January 6, 2004. At the Detroit Auto Show, the company was launching a stretched version of its “TJ” Jeep Wrangler, which had debuted for the 1997 model year with round headlights replacing its predecessor’s controversial rectangles, coil springs and a suspension similar to that of the first-gen “ZJ” Grand Cherokee taking the place of an antiquated leaf spring design, and lots of additional creature comforts. The company could probably never have guessed at that time that this new stretched Wrangler would—despite rather modest sales—later become the holy grail of Jeeps for many diehards. Advertisement The concept of taking a short Jeep and offering a stretched model is a bit of a tradition. In 1956, Willys-Overland grafted… Read full this story
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