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The Jeep Wrangler Polar to Debut in Frankfurt

The Chrysler Group has announced the first of their Frankfurt Motor Show debuts with the new Jeep Wrangler Polar – a special edition package for the European market that is designed to commemorate the coldest place on Earth.

The Jeep Wrangler Polar package is available on both the 2- and 4-door Wrangler Sahara models with the same basic features regardless of the layout chosen. The Wrangler Polar begins on the outside with a great looking new Hydro Blue paint scheme including a body colored hard top accented by gloss black 18 inch wheels, door handles, mirrors and Mopar bumpers. Finally, Jeep loves distinct badging on these special edition packages and the Wrangler Polar is no exception with a large decal running along both sides of the hood and unique fender badging with the Polar logo and the coordinates of 78° S and 106° E. These coordinates point to Vostok, Antarctica – where the coldest temperature on Earth ever (-128.56° F) was recorded . Those who do not like the Hydro Blue can also pick Silver Metallic and Bright White but in pictures, this new blue looks too good to pass up.

On the inside, the Jeep Wrangler Polar special edition wears heated black leather seats with Pearl White accent stitching and the Polar logo embroidered on the upper seat back area. To contrast against the predominantly black interior, the HVAC bezels, passenger’s grab handle, door grab hands and steering wheel feature a Ceramic White finish. Finally, in addition to the premium infotainment system mounted high on the center stack, the Wrangler Polar features a unique gauge cluster with a blue background and Ceramic White trim rings.

The Jeep Wrangler Polar will be available in the first quarter of 2014 but unlike the American Wrangler – the European Wrangler Polar comes with a standard diesel engine. This oil burner measures 2.8 liters and packs 200 horsepower and 339lb-ft of torque when mated to the 5-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can also mate the diesel to a 6-speed manual transmission but with that setup, the torque output drops to 302lb-ft. Buyers in select markets who want more horsepower and less torque can also opt for the Pentastar 3.6L V6 with 284 horsepower and 256lb-ft of torque but the Pentastar is only available with the automatic transmission. The Wrangler Polar is yet another package designed to point out that the Wrangler can go anywhere and the model destined for the Frankfurt Motor Show debut features a beefy Dana 30 front differential and a Dana 44 units out back along with a Command-Trac 2-speed differential and a Trac-Lok rear differential.

The bad news is that with this new Jeep Wrangler Polar coming with a standard VM turbo diesel engine, it probably won’t show up in the US market. This new special edition Wrangler Polar looks terrific in pictures and it probably looks just as great in person (honestly, Im loving the black and blue design) but there is only a mention of a European launch date. That means no Antarctic themed fun for American buyers but with the frequency of these unique special edition Wrangler packages, I would expect that hardcore Jeep lovers will have something new to pick from in their local American dealerships before long and if enough consumers demand the Polar package – you never know what the Chrysler Group will decide to bring to dealerships. If nothing else, hopefully the new Hydro Blue will surface in the US market.