Black and Tan and Willys Models for the JL Wrangler

Jeep announces a new special edition model and a returning one from the JK for the 2020 Jeep Wrangler JL

A popular favorite from the JK, the Wrangler Willys will be coming back as another model for the 2020 Jeep Wrangler JL but a new model will appear along side it, the Black and Tan. How are they optioned out and which Wrangler version are they appearing on? Read on to find out.

Why Either One?

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Jeep Wranglers have had a tradition of creating niche markets within its own niche. Owners are always proud to state they own a Rubicon, Recon, or any of the other special editions Jeep has released. Many times, its more than just a simple reskin or decal package as they will feature unique options to those special Wranglers. “Special editions are a perfect way for Jeep to connect with customers and feed their ideas and passion into the brand and its vehicles,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “Wrangler Willys harkens back to the original Jeep while Wrangler Black & Tan offers a unique look with a tan top. We are proud that both new models will add to the wide appeal Jeep Wrangler already offers.”

The Willys

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The Willys was quite the popular special edition of the JK when it showed up as the Willys Wheeler in November 2013 as a 2014 model. It was a roughly bare bones Sport model of the Wrangler but given a Dana 44 rear axle, BF Goodrich KM Mud Terrain Tires in LT255/75R17, rock rails, and Jeep’s trail kit. That kit consisted of a D-ring, tow strap, and gloves with Jeep branding on them. Best of all, it wasn’t limited to the Unlimited four-door as you could get it with the regular two-door Wrangler.

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Fast forward five years and the JL is getting the Willys treatment, too. It’s much the same story as the Willys Wheeler just with a JL, better brakes, and slightly bigger tires. You start with the JL Sport S, add in a limited-slip rear differential, Rubicon rock rails and shocks, heavy-duty brakes, and 32-inch tall Firestone Destination M/TZ tires.

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The Willys gets the unique hood decal, 17-inch wheels in black that have a gray pad print, and a gloss black sport grille. You’re also not limited to a single color as you’ll get a choice of 10: Black, Granite Crystal, Sting Gray, Billet, Ocean Blue, Firecracker Red, Punk’n, Hellayella, Mojito! and White. Finally, the Willys will come in two-door or four-door models. Prices start at $33,740 for the smaller Wrangler while the family hauler version (four-door) starts at $37,240. You can order the Willys right now by going to your local Jeep dealer.

Black and Tan

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You’d be forgiven for thinking of the cigarillos, but the Jeep Wrangler JL Black and Tan is a Jeep Wrangler JL Sport that comes with a tan soft top while the exterior colors are all standard JL pigments. The 17-inch wheels come in Machine Granite with Bridgestone Dualer A/T tires. Instead of rock sliders like the Willys, the Black and Tan gets a set of side steps but comes with low gloss badging.

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What really sets it off is its interior. The Wizard Black painted instrument panel mid-bolster is matched by a set of Heritage Tan cloth seats. It also comes standardly equipped with the Technology Group that comes with Jeep’s Uconnect radio with a seven-inch display screen and dual-zone climate control.

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It comes in both two-door and four-door versions of the Wrangler JL Sport S. Two-doors start at $32,940 while four-doors start at $36,440. You can begin placing orders for the Black and Tan now at you local Jeep dealer.

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