Necessity may be the mother of invention but even Willys-Overland, the original Jeep's builders, had no idea that they were creating a truly timeless automotive icon when they accepted a US military challenge to design and build an all-terrain vehicle in just 60 days.
"Jeep vehicles have defined the authentic SUV and set the benchmark for off-road capability and freedom since they were first produced in 1941," said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand - FCA Global. "In honor of the brand's 75th anniversary, we have created eye-catching, special-edition models of each vehicle in our lineup that celebrate the unparalleled history of the legendary Jeep brand."
To ensure the special editions stand out among their peers, they will be offered in a choice of three Jeep-model exclusive shades of Green (a small selection of standard color palette options are also available), plus contrasting orange accents. Each vehicle will sit on low gloss bronze wheels, sport a unique interior and of course special 75th Anniversary badging.
The 75th Anniversary Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited editions will be offered in Sarge Green with bronze colored wheels and headlamp surrounds. The models also get unique rock rails, and a body-colored front grille, while inside the heated seats are trimmed in leather with mesh inserts.
Recon Green is the color choice for the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. But as well as a special paint finish, the Grand Cherokee turns up the style even further with a unique front fascia, grille and headlamps. The look is completed by gloss black body accents. This means the orange accents move to the interior, adorning the seats as a contrast stitching color instead.
The Renegade gets new grille surrounds, fog lamp bezels and roof rack in a bronze finish to go with its Jungle Green exterior finish, and inside there's a Beats Audio system.
Finally, the Compass and the Patriot also gets new bronze exterior and interior detailing while a power sunroof, remote start and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are also standard equipment. Both are offered in Recon Green.
All models will be in Jeep showrooms in the first quarter of 2016.