What is the Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition?Last Updated August 4, 2019 | C.J. Tragakis
The Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition is a special version of the beloved American 4x4, featuring a handful of cosmetic upgrades. Launched in 2012, the final year for this edition was 2018 as Wrangler JK production came to an end. Though this Jeep is essentially just a dressed-up Wrangler Sport S that’s military-like in appearance only, a portion of each sale went to the USO, a non-profit organization that supports those who serve in the U.S. armed forces.
Exterior of the Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition
The Freedom Edition was offered in every traditional Wrangler color (though we have to say the military green “Tank” seems most appropriate), and also featured an exclusive “True Blue” when it was released in 2012. Though it skipped 2013, the Freedom Edition was brought back in 2014 due to popular demand and offered the unique color “Hydro Blue” during that model year.
Though not at the level of the Rubicon, you were able to get some off-road accoutrements on this special Wrangler, like the Jeep Trail Rated Kit, heavy-duty rock rails, and a Dana 44 heavy-duty rear axle.
The Freedom Edition added a premium soft top, a “mid gloss” granite crystal (gray) grille, and gray bumpers on the front and rear. For 2018, a heavy-duty winch-ready front bumper was added.
The 17” aluminum wheels were painted granite crystal to match, and this Wrangler rides on upgraded Goodyear Wrangler white letter tires.
The most obvious giveaways that indicate a Freedom Edition Wrangler are the military-style decals on the exterior, including a prominent star on the hood. There are also body-color fender flares, a black fuel filler door, black taillamp guards, an “Oscar Mike” fender badge, and a Pantone “Trail Rated” badge.
Interior of the Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition
There’s not a ton that differentiates the cabin of this special edition Jeep versus the rest of its Wrangler brethren. The seats are the most distinguishable feature, being leather-trimmed with a hexagonal pattern fabric in the center, as well as silver accent stitching.
Perhaps the most notable addition is the embroidered “Oscar Mike” logo on the front seats. This is a military phrase that stands for “On the Move," fitting for this go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle.
You’ll also get Jeep’s all-weather slush mats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. There are some subtle iron gray accents, contrasted by Quicksilver painted accents on the door grab handles, vent rings, and instrument panel. The Connectivity Group and Power & Convenience packages were included with this special edition.
Honoring American Troops
As the Freedom Edition is designed to pay tribute to U.S. service members, a portion of each sale was donated to the USO, an organization dedicated to helping members of the military as they come home.
Even for those that are used to seeing Jeep’s eclectic special editions, the overt, pseudo-military badging and decals could be a little too over-the-top. For a civilian vehicle, many will regard the vibe as a little bit too “G.I. Joe.”
The cosmetic add-ons aren’t enough to add much value to this vehicle as a collector’s item, so the overall value is likely to remain about the same as similar Wranglers. However, the fact that this is still a trail-ready Jeep at the end of the day, plus the added bonus of knowing that some of the sales price went to a good cause, is enough for some to say that this 4x4 has earned its stripes.
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