Few brands churn out more special edition vehicles than does Jeep. Take the JK Wrangler generation for example: over ten years it had special editions such as the Polar, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, Dragon, Arctic, Altitude, Freedom, Backcountry, Black Bear, Willys Wheeler, Islander, Mountain, Moab, 70th and 75th Anniversary, and so on. Usually these packages are little more than trim-specific paint and a set of decals. Special? Not so much.
Jeep is also known for tormenting us fans with its Moab Easter Jeep Safari concepts. Big, bad, brutal– but existing solely as concepts and never set for production. These are the “what we could do” versions of, always making us drool, but never on sale for us to actually buy. Finally, though, things are looking different.
Enter the new Three-O-Five variants of the JL Wrangler Unlimited and Gladiator. This is the middle-ground where “special edition” meets “never-going-to-happen” concept car. These vehicles don’t start and end with paint and stickers; no, they employ, true tangible hardware. Focused on making already capable vehicles already more so, and making them more fun to drive at that, these Wranglers and Gladiators are seriously special. The limited run— just 305 units total— adds to that.
The pair was debuted at the Miami International Auto Show and pays homage to the city with its name referencing the 305 area code. In order to match the trucks with the outdoorsy and beach-centered locale’s heartbeat, Jeep dug through the Mopar parts catalog and selected very choice parts for these builds.
All Three O Five vehicles can be optioned to raid the Mopar parts catalog for the following: 2” lift kit, steel bumper, winch, tube doors, LED light kits, 17” aluminum wheels, rock sliders, and Katzkin leather seats.
Just two colors are available: Bright White or Punk’n Orange. And only two vehicles are available: the Wrangler Unlimited Sport S, and the Gladiator Sport S. All Three O Five Wranglers feature the 2.0-liter turbo engine, ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, LED headlight package, Sky OneTouch roof, all-weather floor mats, and, yes…a decal package. This would be a truly great setup to have in the Miami area, where heat is omnipresent but you still want to have open-sky access. Three O Five Gladiators utilize the tried-and-true 3.6L V6, body-color fender flares, all-weather floor mats, and a black grille to match that of the Wrangler.
This is a great way to show off the Mopar accessories and parts and to build a very solid yet humble set of vehicles in the process. Of course, the trucks shown are optioned sky-high with the aforementioned parts and accessories, but they look fantastic and undoubtedly perform equally so. I’m a huge Jeep fan, a Miami lover, and perpetual critic of Jeep’s so-called “special editions.” But these feel— and look— special. They’re unlike anything the brand has done before from a “production” standpoint. It’s about damn time.