Jeep is coming out with a new special edition of the 2014 Jeep Wrangler based on the Wrangler Dragon Concept from last year’s Beijing auto show. The concept was based on the Chinese dragon because 2012 was the Year of the Dragon, and the Dragon Concept Jeep was apparently so well-received that it is going into production.
Now Jeep will be building a production version of this concept, called the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition. Based on the Sahara trim of the four-door Wrangler Unlimited, the Dragon Edition is an appearance package that adds Dragon-inspired styling elements to the Wrangler inside and out.
The exterior is painted black with a body-color hard top. Bronze Satin Gloss accents adorn the front grille slats, headlights, Jeep badges, and special matte black wheels. The front and rear bumpers are painted gloss black and a giant charcoal dragon decal starts on the hood and runs along the whole driver’s side of the Wrangler. Another dragon decal can be found on a special black spare-tire cover at the rear.
On the inside, the same black and bronze color scheme is present, with black Nappa leather seats and a special Satin Bronze trim on the outer seat bolsters, center arm rest, and steering wheel that is meant to imitate dragon scales. There is a dragon graphic overlay on the gauge cluster as well, and the floor mats are bronze to match the Satin Bronze accents elsewhere.
The overall look is practically identical to the concept, which featured the same color scheme and dragon graphics throughout. The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 producing 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices include a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual, and, like the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara it is based on, four-wheel-drive is standard equipment.
When it goes on sale this fall in the U.S., the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition will start at $37,090 with destination, $4500 higher than the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara.