Short clip shows Jeep's evolution, from the 1941 Willys MA to the 2016 Wrangler Unlimited 75th Anniversary Edition.
Jeep is in a festive mood as it lights the 75th candle on its birthday cake, and to celebrate the milestone it has released a video which looks back at some of the company’s most important models. It all started with the 1941 Willys MA, and since then many vehicles with the iconic seven-slot grille have rolled off the assembly line.
Besides the Willys MA, another vehicle mentioned in the clip is the Wagoneer which is set to make a comeback along with the Grand Wagoneer. Both are set to arrive in production form as luxury models towards the end of the decade and will share the architecture with the next-gen Grand Cherokee.
As you would expect, several Wrangler models are highlighted in the adjacent video, including the latest 2016MY 75th Anniversary Edition. The next iteration of Jeep’s famed model is scheduled to arrive before the end of next year as a 2018MY and will be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission. We know it will go on a diet thanks to a lightweight construction, and will be offered in select markets with a diesel. Recent spy photos have shown it will get a turbocharged four-cylinder engine which will be available alongside the familiar 3.6-litre V6.
But until then, other models are set to see the light of production day. The first of the bunch will be the Compass & Patriot replacement which will be unveiled in the months to come before entering production early 2017. Later the same year, Jeep will launch the Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with a mighty supercharged 6.2-litre V8.
To prepare for the future, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has decided to invest more than $1 billion in its assembly plants in Ohio and Illinois in charge of making Jeeps. Bolstering the brand will help create 1,000 new jobs and we already know there’s a new exciting product on the horizon in the form of a Wrangler-based pickup.