Just in time for winter, Jeep has announced two new arctic-themed models
, arriving at Jeep dealers prior to the winter solstice. Those wanting topless fun in the summertime can opt for the 2012 Wrangler Arctic (which is also available in four-door Unlimited trim
), while buyers wanting a more conventional SUV can choose the 2012 Jeep Liberty Arctic.
Based on the Jeep Wrangler
Sahara, Wrangler Arctic models come in Winter Chill, Bright Silver or Bright White paint, and include a body-colored hardtop to keep out the cold. Fender flares are sprayed in color-matching paint, too, and the front fenders get commemorative “Arctic” badging.
Further styling enhancements include a “yeti footprint” graphic across the driver’s side fender and hood, a black hood decal, a black fuel filler door and taillamp screens.
For those wanting maximum traction through deep powder and slush, a Wrangler Rubicon wheel and tire package is an available option, and it includes unique 17-inch wheels shod with 32-inch off-road tires.
Inside, buyers get black fabric seats with Polar White accents, orange trim and “Arctic” logos. Door panels are accented in orange, while grab handles and vent rings get sprayed in Arctic White.
As you’d expect from a winter-themed package, front passengers get to enjoy heated seats, and deep rubber winter floor mats with the Jeep logo complete the package.
The 2012 Jeep Liberty Arctic carries much of the same design themes and content both inside and out, but it’s available in Mineral Gray as well as the other three colors. Liberty Arctic buyers get an “Arctic” hood decal instead of the “yeti footprint,” but we doubt that’ll be enough to sway buyers one way or another.
The Liberty Arctic comes with 16 inch aluminum wheels wearing all-terrain tires, but no upgrade package is offered on Liberty models. Tow hooks are included, for pulling the traction-challenged out of roadside ditches, and Liberty Arctic models also get blacked-out headlights and standard fog lights.
The Wrangler and Liberty Arctic models are the latest in a string of Jeep
special editions, including the recently announced Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 edition