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Tailgate Warning Icon
When it comes to classic shapes, there's nothing like the silhouette of a Jeep Wrangler—except maybe the new Ford Bronco. Where other manufacturers use some boring low-res 3D model of a generic depiction of their product, Jeep's tailgate and open-door warning light reminds Jeepers of more than just a loose latch.



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Willys Wheels
Our 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Diesel was covered in Willys signage. There's one on each wheel, including the spare, and a few more hidden elsewhere. For 2020, Jeep now offers a Willys Edition, built on the Wrangler Sport S, which carries specific features like the Willys hood decal, LED headlights, and a gloss-black sport grille.



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Grille on the Hood
It's a pretty important part of a car but Nobody pays attention to it—until now. Yes, the seven-slit grille makes an appearance on the hood where the windshield wipers attach.



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Dimensions
We doubt anyone is going to stop you on the street and ask how long the wheelbase is on your two-door Wrangler, but these days anything is possible. If it happens, your answer can be found conveniently riveted to the tailgate. Specs listed for Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited include overall length, wheelbase, water-fording depth and speed, overall width, and track width.



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Morse Code
Morse code proved as vital during World War II as the Willys Jeep itself. It was the quickest means of communication at the time between ships and airplanes, as well as across continents when you needed to keep track of enemy troop movement. What does this plastic transmission encode? JL. But it's all dits and dahs to us.



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Ignition Animation
In June 1940, the United States Army solicited bids from 135 automakers for a light reconnaissance vehicle, one that would be tough enough to last beyond World War II. Three companies responded: Bantam, Ford, and Willys. The Willys-Overland won the contract in July 1941, and the Army requested 16,000 revised MB models at a unit price of $738.74. That's why the year 1941 is so important and appears in the gauge cluster every time you start your Jeep. Also, a Wrangler drives across the bottom of the center cluster.



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Willys Windshield Silhouette
Found in a corner of car that's rarely scrutinized, the bottom corner of the passenger side of the windshield, a Willys drives up the frit. The what? The little black dots that border the glass is known as the frit, a black enamel added to the glass to help bond it to the vehicle. You can pretend it's volcanic rock. We're all entitled to our fantasies.



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Steering Wheel Secrets
If this one's hidden right under your nose, we suggest changing your seating position. Look closely at the center of the Jeep Wrangler's steering wheel. The three notches around the circle surround are a tip of the hat to the three-spoke steering wheel on the Willys. Neat, huh?



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On the Buttons
The interior of the latest-generation Wrangler is one of its biggest improvements. A bigger infotainment screen and improved ergonomics with texture and depth across the dashboard make it more adventurous and less base Dodge Charger than the previous generation. Not to be overlooked, the buttons for both recirculating air and hill-descent control use the iconic Wrangler shape.



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What's in a Taillight?
A closer look at the taillights reveals a familiar face. Maybe this one was done on purpose, or maybe it's just shapes being shapes, but the illuminated outline looks somewhat like a Willys front grille. It might be a very subtle nod to the original Jeep. Or maybe it's the head of a hammer or a frosty mug of your favorite lager. Maybe it's just a taillight?



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Willys Knob
Only offered on eight-speed automatic Jeep Wranglers, the thick gear knob holds another Willys design element, as seen on other parts inside and out.



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What's This Called?
There's no place too hidden, obscure, or small for Jeep designers to hide these nods to Jeeps of the past. We found another example of the seven-slotted grille on the cover for the forward facing radar camera. Jeep tells us the slots also help disperse heat, and although you would normally call it a coincidence, this was done intentionally to pay homage to a classic.



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I think they are reaching on the taillights.

Also they did not catch the flip flops.
 

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Thought this was going to be diesel specific at first. The steering wheel was a good nod that I didn't know about though.
 

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The LED tail lights on my JLUR have a grill and lights on embossed on them. The MOPAR floormats have a T-Rex on them (rear) as well as topo lines. The headlights (non-LED) have a grill and heeadlights in black.
 

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The distance-based cruise control shows a 1941 Jeep as the vehicle the radar locks onto in front of you while driving.
 

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I was surprised to see a set of flip flops on the plastic piece that runs across the hood by the windshield. WTH? Flip Flops?

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I was surprised to see a set of flip flops on the plastic piece that runs across the hood by the windshield. WTH? Flip Flops?

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Supposedly, the flip flops were put there as a nod to Rick Péwé, who had input into the design of the JL, and supposedly has a fondness for wearing flip flops.
 

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I figured they would note that there are 7 columns of buttons between the volume and tune knobs on the larger radios too.
 

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Supposedly, the flip flops were put there as a nod to Rick Péwé, who had input into the design of the JL, and supposedly has a fondness for wearing flip flops.
It's like the man doesn't even own shoes. And apparently the hatred of shoes has worn of on Freiburger, although not quite as thoroughly.
 



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