Jeep's Been Busy
Meet the Modern Take on the Willys MB, and the Upcoming Wrangler Pickup
The Willys MB is an American automotive icon. The square-jawed 4×4 was immeasurably helpful in WWII and has inspired the styling of every Jeep since. Today, Jeeps are a mainstay at off-road parks and 4×4 trails to the point where it’s hard to mention “overlanding” without picturing a slotted grille flanked by round headlights. Jeep knows this, and that’s why they’re celebrating the original Willys MB’s 75th birthday with the 75th Salute concept.
Based on a heavily modified Jeep Wrangler Sport, the 75th Salute concept brings back the delightfully simplistic style of the mid-century war hero. The B-pillar is gone, the roll bars are gone, the doors are gone, the 16-inch steel wheels are wrapped in old-style non-directional military tires with an additional spare mounted at the rear — truly old school. Thankfully there is a modern Pentastar V6 and six-speed manual transmission. As far as special-edition cars go, this one ranks as an instant all-time great.
Not much is known at the minute, but Motor Trend spied a camouflaged test vehicle with a similar body to the Wrangler Unlimited. A Jeep Wrangler pickup has been eagerly awaited ever since Jeep boss Mike Manley announced they would actually make one. Though the Wrangler pickup is still in testing stages, a 2018 production date seems likely. Read the Story