A Star Wars-themed Wrangler May Soon be a Reality
Movie-themed vehicles from automakers are not necessarily new. Back when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story first came out, Nissan conveniently paired up with the beloved franchise thanks to its conveniently named Rogue CUV. Now it looks like it may be Jeep’s turn to pair up with the movie franchise as a Jeep Wrangler Stormtrooper model was just spotted by spy photographers. The brand already has a sponsorship deal with Disney, as evidenced by earlier promotion of The Lion King in numerous Wrangler ads. The recently-spotted Wrangler is likely connected to the upcoming Star Wars film that premieres in a few months, and just like the Nissan Rogue, the Stormtrooper Wrangler is suspected to make its big debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Experts claim that the Stormtrooper Wrangler is not an aftermarket Wrangler because it had visible manufacturer’s license plates while it was out on a road test. In essence, the Stormtrooper Wrangler belongs to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. What makes this Wrangler special? Well, there are various decals that can be found throughout the SUV, including a Stormtrooper helmet on the fender, while a whimsical landscape graces the side. There’s also white fenders, a white roof, and a white rectangle on the hood with unseen graphics. Spy photographers mention that the hood graphics were not truly visible, so they did not get to identify all of the features and aesthetic changes.
Photographers also pointed out a small Stormtrooper badge on the back of the Wrangler, adjacent to the spare tire, along with a Mopar sticker on the passenger-side rear glass. Near the landscape graphic on the side of the Wrangler there’s also an outline of a classic World War II-era Willys MB and the year 1941, a callback to the original utility vehicle that would become the Wrangler. The Stormtrooper Wrangler also has a bit of an extra kit, with off-road lights mounted near the base of the A-pillars and on the front bumper. Photographers also mentioned that there were several spots along the side of the vehicle — specifically around the rear door handle and in the center of the fenders — that appeared to have been attachment points for camouflage.
What do the experts think of this Wrangler? Judging by the Mopar sticker, experts think that a possible Stormtrooper package will be available via Mopar Parts and it’ll be timed and paired off with the release of The Rise of Skywalker in December (2019). Additionally, 2021 marks Jeep’s 80th anniversary and the 1941 and Willys MB decals could imply that it’s a special anniversary edition as long as Jeep pushes its release to the Spring of 2020 so it can pass as a 2021 model. That’s likely a stretch, but we will find out more in the upcoming weeks as promotion for the upcoming film ramps up and the Los Angeles Auto Show nears.
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