Jeep Shakes Up the Jeep Wrangler Color Options Mid-Model-Year
The Jeep Wrangler lineup is experiencing a few shakeups when it comes to color options, including the discontinuation of the ever-popular Bikini Blue — that awesome bright metallic teal introduced in 2019. Bikini Blue remains an available option on the Renegade model, but strangely enough, Jeep actually removed it from the Wrangler’s list of color options, along with Mojito! and Punk’n Metallic, but introduced an all-new hue in exchange: Sarge Green. When the 2020 model year opened, Jeep offered the Wrangler in the following colors: Black, Bright White, Granite Crystal, Sting Ray, Billet Silver, Hella Yella, Punk’n Metallic, Firecracker Red, Mojito!, Bikini, and Ocean Blue Metallic.
Some experts find it unusual that an automaker would change color options in the middle of a model year, but to Jeep’s benefit, the brand did add a dark, military-style color to the Wrangler’s paint options. When pressed for more details, Jeep’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), declined to comment whether or not the unusual changes had anything to do with supply issues due to the ongoing pandemic. As production ramps back up, changes to vehicles wouldn’t really be out of the ordinary. Other experts joked that given how 2020 is going so far, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to offer a paint color born for World War II — it even feels appropriate for the moment.
Unlike the three discontinued paint colors, Sarge Green is a rad no-cost option. The olive appearance looks like it was chosen from a United States Army motor pool supply shop, a callback to America’s 1940s war depository. In fact, upon further examination, the arrival of Sarge Green is just another extension of the Wrangler’s military heritage. Looking back, it turns out this isn’t the first time a military-issue olive color coats the exterior of a Jeep Wrangler as the brand has built a special-edition Wrangler Willys that featured green-painted wheels, star accents on the body, and military-style white lettering.
These days, the closest Jeep gets to its original military vibe is through the Jeep Wrangler Willys trim. In fact, Jeep offers two different options when it comes to the Wrangler Willys trim — one based on the entry-level Sport trim, and another higher-tier, more richly equipped trim in the middle of the Wrangler lineup. Both offerings come in two- and four-door configurations and are distinguished thanks to the “Willys” lettering in military font on the side of the hood. There’s also an old-school “Four-Wheel-Drive!” logo on the tailgate, along with black-painted wheels clad in 32-inch Firestone off-road tires. Jeep Wrangler Willys also include hardcore shocks borrowed from the Rubicon trim, a black-painted grille surround, and rock rails.
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