Honoring our nation's military.
The Stellantis brand is no stranger to honoring our nations military with sellable, badged-up special edition vehicles. We've seen the Dodge Challenger and Charger Stars and Stripes edition, the Ram Built To Serve lineup and there have been plenty more. For this Memorial Day the brand introduced the Jeep Freedom Editions, a full selection of military-themed Jeeps. We suppose the off-roader does have a connection to military service.
"At the Jeep brand, we are proud of our military heritage, with origins that date back to 1941, and the Freedom special editions are a tribute to all who have served and continue to serve," said Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep Brand - North America. "This Memorial Day, we honor those who have made the greatest sacrifice for their country and support those who continue to serve through these special editions."
The Freedom special-edition vehicles come with unique exterior features including the large "Oscar Mike" military star decal on the hood, matte black/Satin Carbon wheels and accents and an American flag decal along the side of each vehicle. For Wrangler and Gladiator, this also includes an "Oscar Mike" decal on the rear tailgate. Oscar Mike, using military language, means the letters O and M, which stands for On the Move.
There are no performance updates for the Freedom Editions, which means you get the usual selection of four-cylinder engines and a Pentastar V6 for more expensive models. Jeep notes that it not only donates $250 to the United Service Organizations (USO) with every Freedom edition sold, it also give all active and recently retired service members a $500 Military Cash Bonus across its Jeep 4x4 lineup.
The 2021 Jeep Renegade Freedom edition starts at $26,285. That's up from a base price of $22,850, but four-wheel drive is standard, normally a $1,695 option. The Compass is $27,090, up from $24,095. The Wrangler is $36,210, up from $28,575. The Wrangler Unlimited is $39,465, up from $32,075. The smaller Jeep Cherokee Freedom Edition is $27,995, from $27,005 and the Grand Cherokee is $37,085, from $34,645. Those two are offered in 4x2 configurations as well as 4x4. And finally, the Gladiator Freedom costs $42,015, up from its base price of $33,715.
We don't know if this is the best way to honor our servicemen and women, but if you were already looking at buying a Jeep, and you like the monochromatic colors and badges, we see no harm in buying one of these, taking your $500 discount, and adding $250 to the USO coffers.