Jeep Will Sell You A Wrangler With The Steering Wheel On The Wrong Side

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This will confuse would-be hijackers.

When it comes to off-roading, the Jeep Wrangler is one of the default choices. It's supremely capable, which is why many enthusiasts enjoy modifying them. In the past, we've seen the Wrangler subjected to weird body kits and even turned into a limo. We've also seen Jeep itself release stupidly expensive versions of the SUV, but the latest release is one of the cheapest, yet also one of the strangest. Simply called the Wrangler RHD, this is, as you'd imagine, a Wrangler with the steering wheel on the righthand side.

Starting at $38,925, it's not the cheapest spec available, but what's it for?

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While the vehicle is legal to drive in the US and available to anyone with the money for it, the Wrangler RHD is aimed at a very specific target market. Some of our older readers may be aware of Jeep's former partnership with the US Postal Service. At the time, the USPS used Jeep-based mail trucks for its rounds, but while the roads have improved vastly for the most part, the USPS still employs mail carriers in remote and rural areas of the country who use their own vehicles, and it's these people that Jeep is aiming the new Wrangler at.

Roadside mailboxes are common in many of these areas, so having the driver closer to the pavement in a vehicle that can take some mud and rocks makes sense.

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In case you missed it, the previous-gen Wrangler also got this treatment from 2011 to 2018, with no explanation given for the two-year absence besides an assumed lack of interest. It would seem that demand for such a vehicle has sparked again, but what do you get for your $40k? Well, the usual Jeep mainstays like a removable hardtop and doors, four-wheel drive, and chunky bumpers are included. You also get black fabric upholstery and a basic infotainment system with no nav or apps, but a nine-speaker Alpine audio system is available.

Other options are minimal and include the $995 Cold Weather package with heated front seats, a heated steering, and remote start. If you're looking for a basic yet quirky off-roader, this may be the one, but be warned: you can only have this model with the 2.0-liter turbo-four and an auto box, giving you 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

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