Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle & Freedom editions on sale in Australia

April 30, 2018

Jeep Australia is getting ready for the introduction of the next-gen Wrangler, by sending off the current JK model with two special editions. Welcome to the Wrangler Golden Eagle and the Wrangler Freedom.

Starting with the Golden Eagle, Jeep has taken the Wrangler Sport and added a number of special features and unique visual highlights. From the outside fans will spot the exclusive ‘Sunrider’ soft-top roof, paired with some 18-inch bronze-painted aluminium wheels.

The special edition is inspired by the iconic Golden Eagle special edition from the 1980s. It draws its inspiration from military Jeeps. Some of the interior highlights span from tinted windows, an Alpine stereo system, and special embroidered Golden Eagle front seats.

For the Wrangler Freedom, this takes its inspiration from Jeeps used on the battlefield in the 1940s. The exterior is finished with a number of decals, including a Freedom Star on the bonnet and rear quarter panel, green Oscar Mike badge, a green Trail Rated badge, and a Granite Crystal 7-slot front grille. It’s also based on the Sport variant, but it comes with a premium black ‘Sunrider’ soft-top.

Power for both models comes from the 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine that produces 209kW. In Golden Eagle form buyers can select between two-door and four-door body styles, with either a six-speed manual or five-speed auto. Meanwhile, the Freedom comes in two- and four-door guise but with a five-speed auto only. Speaking about the special editions, Guillaume Drelon, Jeep Australia brand director, said:

“With lineage that can be traced back to the legendary Willys Jeep – which were once produced here in Australia – these Wrangler heritage editions tie back to Jeep’s military origins with the ‘Freedom Edition” and to one of the most popular special editions back in the 80s with the ‘Golden Eagle’. We are very excited to bring them to Australia and pay tribute to Jeep’s heritage with these two stylish and bold Limited Editions.”

Just 120 examples of the Golden Eagle are up for grabs, and 150 of the Freedom models. Starting prices are as follows (excluding on-roads). See further below for the highlights of each.

Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle 2-door manual – $42,990
Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle 2-door auto – $44,990
Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle 4-door manual – $47,490
Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle 4-door auto – $49,490

Jeep Wrangler Freedom 2-door auto – $43,990
Jeep Wrangler Freedom 4-door auto – $48,290

Golden Eagle features:

Exterior

  • 18-inch Bronze painted aluminum wheels
  • Body colour 3-piece hard top
  • Deep tinted sunscreen rear windows
  • Body colour fender flares
  • Premium Tan Sunrider soft top
  • Black painted 7-slot Jeep grille
  • Bronze accented grille throats and headlamp rings
  • Rock rails
  • “Golden Eagle” decals and bronze accented “Jeep” badge

Interior:

  • 5.0-inch Uconnect touchscreen radio
  • Alpine premium speakers
  • Black cloth interior trim with light bronze accent stitch
  • Embroidered “Golden Eagle” logo – front seats
  • Vinyl front door armrests and centre console lid with light bronze accent stitch
  • Mopar black all-weather slush mats
  • ‘Moroccan Sun’ painted interior accents:
    • Passenger grab handle with silver coloured bolt heads
    • Door grab handles with silver coloured bolt heads
    • Steering wheel bezels
    • Air conditioning vent rings

Freedom

Exterior:

  • 18-inch Granite Crystal painted alloy wheels
  • Granite Crystal painted 7-slot Jeep grille
  • Black grille throats and headlamp rings
  • Body colour fender flares
  • Rock rails
  • Premium Black Sunrider soft top replaces Black Sunrider soft top
  • Badging & Decals
    • Freedom Star – bonnet
    • Freedom Star – rear driver side quarter panel
    • Green “Oscar Mike” badge
    • Black fender decal
    • Green “Trail Rated” badge
    • Black “Jeep” badge – front grille

Interior:

  • Black McKinley leather / vinyl / cloth interior trim with Silver accent stitch
    • Embossed “Oscar Mike” logo
    • Stitched “Jeep” logo
  • Vinyl front door armrests and centre console lid with Silver accent stitch
  • Iron Grey painted interior accents
    • Passenger grab handle with Silver bolt heads
    • Door grab handles with Silver bolt heads
  • Mopar black all-weather slush mats replace carpeted floor mats
  • Satin chrome painted steering wheel bezels

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.