JL Special Moab Edition – The First of Many

The JL hasn’t even been out a year and already we get a special edition model. The Moab Edition is a name you may already be familiar with from the previous JK.

Jeep was especially fond of special edition Wrangler JK models. Call of Duty, Moab, 10th Anniversary, Mountain, Altitude, Hard Rock, and several more littered the line up with rehashed parts strewn about until most were barely distinguishable from the last.

The new Moab Edition differs from the JK in a couple key areas. It’s not available as a 2 door at the moment and it does not get the optional locking rear differential.

The new edition does get a couple of interesting features. First, it comes with the full-time transfer case. The Selec-Trac system made a return to the Wrangler and it comes as part of the Moab Edition. The upgrade to the standard Sahara transfer case also comes with constant velocity joints instead of universal joints in the front axle.

Hard to say if this is positive or negative. Most people want aftermarket axles with the CV joints similar to the RCV axle setup, others prefer a traditional universal joint for its simplicity and ease of use.

The special edition comes with 32-inch mud-terrain tires, steel bumpers, rock rails and a standard limited slip rear differential. So while this edition may not be a fully capable off-road monster able to take the most punishing trails Moab has to offer, it will do everything most weekend warriors want or need with the added comfort of the Sahara edition.

Other features for the Sahara-based Moab Edition include a Rubicon hood with a big Moab decal, LED headlights and taillights, 17-inch Rubicon wheels, and a body-color hardtop.

The interior is leather clad, there is Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation. That upgrade comes with the Alpine sound system and a whole lot of creature comforts.

The four-door only Moab Edition starts at $52,695 with destination fees. It should be at your local dealer very soon.

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Louis Puglisi

Hard to imagine why companies like Jeep offer a 50k vehicle and don’t ALWAYS at least “offer” a locking rear??? Just seems like a major mistake. Wonder what engineers are thinking.. or maybe I’m too hardcore of a thinker??? 🙂

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