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Jeep Wrangler 2021: Unlimited Willys limited edition coming to Australia in April

John Law

Jeep has revealed a limited run of Wranglers celebrating the marque’s 80th anniversary in Australia with nods to the original Willys Jeep.

Just 130 examples of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys will land on Australian shores in April and start from $61,941 before on-road costs.

The Wrangler Unlimited Willys is based on the new Night Eagle specification with some handy equipment borrowed from the rough-and-ready Wrangler Rubicon.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys 2021-3
The Wrangler Willys takes inspiration from the military CJ-3A Jeep.

Like the iconic CJ-3A Willys Jeep, this new limited-edition Wrangler is equipped with everything you need to get into the bush and nothing you don’t.

While the Wrangler may be on price parity with utes like the Toyota Hilux SR5 and Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior, the American off-roader is a lifestyle vehicle with more in common with the playful Suzuki Jimny.

Jeep has taken inspiration from the military Willys Jeep for the bonnet decals, while there is a new 4×4 sticker around the rear to celebrate the brand’s off-road heritage. The Wrangler’s roof panel and doors can be removed left at home – though it’s not for the faint of heart.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys 2021
Like all Jepp Wranglers, the Willys’ roof and doors can be left at home.

As in the $60,950 ($66,696 driveaway) Wrangler Night Eagle, the Willys features an 8.4-inch touchscreen, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, premium nine-speaker sound system and LED headlights.

Additionally, the Willys adds a mean black grille, 17-inch alloy wheels finished in black, a heavy-duty Dana rear axle borrowed from the Rubicon and a limited-slip rear differential. 

Active safety features include AEB, adaptive cruise with stop & go, blind-spot monitoring and reverse camera. ANCAP awarded the Wrangler a three-star safety rating.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 2021-4
Hardcore off-roaders still have reason to go for the Rubicon with its locking diffs.

Hardcore off-roaders will still be best served by the Wrangler Rubicon, though, which benefits from lockable front and rear differentials and sway-bar disconnect for its $67,450 ($73904 driveaway) price.

When it arrives in April, the limited-run Wrangler Willys will only be available in the longer four-door Unlimited body style.

Under the bonnet will be a familiar 3.6-litre petrol V6 that produces 209kW of power and 347Nm of torque hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. 

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130 examples of the Willys Unlimited Wrangler will land in April this year.

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys will arrive in April this year, with sales capped to just 130 units priced from $61,941 before on-roads.