The Jeep Wrangler JK is the latest version in a long line of historic short wheelbase Jeeps. Meant to go off road, anywhere, anytime, it's the best know trailing vehicle in the world. Come now, I'm sure you've heard of the Jeep JK Wranglers. You know, Earth's Mightiest Heroes? Oh wait, that's the Avengers .... hmmm. Well, that's sort of the same thing isn't it?
Jeep JK Wrangler Takes On the World
The Jeep JK Wrangler
is the latest, and up to 2016, the most modern of the Jeep line. And when we say Jeep line, we're talking from the Willys MB
, the CJ-series (CJ5
and the CJ8 Scrambler
), the YJ
, the TJ
, and now the JK. History, heritage, or American know how, whatever you want to say of it, the JK Wrangler masters it's reputation as one of the most capable off-road 4x4s ever made. The JKs Wrangler Jeep began in 2007. Though the first use of the name "Wrangler" goes back to 1986 (those Jeeps were also known as YJs). The "YJ" letters are the Chrysler/Jeep factory designation. Those two letters for Wranglers separate the models, so you have a YJ, then a TJ and, finally, the famous JK Wranglers.
The JK Wrangler differs from previous models in many ways. The front windshield is curved. The front grille is slanted (though it still retains the seven "slat" look that's traditional on Jeeps). The Unlimited models have 4-doors. In fact, if you see a 4-door Jeep, you know it's a JK right away - it's the only production 4-door Wrangler made so far.
The Heart of Jeep JK
By the time the JK came around, the straight sixes were an engine of the past. Now they came equipped with a 4-cylinder or a V6. The JK platform was entirely new from any Jeep that had come before it. The JK is wider than previous models (by a little over 3 inches), and the 4-door model has a longer wheelbase of 116 inches. Ever since it's initial release in 2007, the JK Wranglers have sold in the millions. While it has more creature comforts and electronics than earlier Jeeps, it's still know as the best off road vehicle in the world. Oh, and who set the 2007 Guinness World Record for highest altitude attained by a 4-wheel vehicle? The JK Wrangler Rubicons that scaled Chile's Ojos del Salado
, the highest volcano on Earth. Yeah. Earth's Mightiest Heroes indeed.