Is This the First Special Edition Jeep Wrangler JL?

The Jeep Wrangler has entered a new generation, but we have yet to see the first of the many inevitable special editions that will launch. Well, this might be it, according to the folks at JL Wrangler Forums.

A member of the forum sent in a photo of a dark silver JL Wrangler on a car hauler. As the forum points out, this Wrangler has a number of special parts that distinguish it from your standard model from the factory, including different rock rails, black tow hooks, black wheels, a gray Jeep logo, and BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KM2 tires, as well as factory steel bumpers. The hood features the Moab decal, hinting this could possibly be a special Moab edition. The forum points out this decal is in the parts catalog for the new Wrangler. Jeep launched a Moab edition of the last-gen JK Wrangler for the 2013 model year.

JLWranglerForums said it’s trying to confirm whether this is a special edition Wrangler or something else entirely, such as an aftermarket model. But it’s worth noting that this vehicle was spotted in Auburn Hills, Michigan, near Fiat Chrysler’s headquarters. It was being transported in the area alongside other Wranglers, although all the others were eventually unloaded while the special model remained on the hauler, the forum member said in a post.

Although Jeep hasn’t rolled out a special edition yet, the Wrangler already offers quite a bit in terms of variety. There are more than 200 Wrangler products from Mopar, including performance parts and accessories. Jeep will add a diesel Wrangler for the 2019 model year, and a Wrangler pickup is also expected sometime soon.


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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Starts at $33,240

After revealing major updates for the 2019 Miata, Mazda has announced pricing information for the RF hardtop. Base prices start at $33,240, up $435 from last year.

The entry-level Club model comes with Bilstein dampers, a shock tower brace, and limited-slip differential when paired with the standard six-speed manual transmission. A Brembo/BBS package, costing $3,770, brings front Brembo rotors and calipers, red-painted brake calipers, a rear bumper skirt, functional side sill extensions, and other upgrades. One step up is the Brembo/BBS/Recaro package that adds Recaro bucket seats and a black-painted roof to the mix for $4,670. Club models with the six-speed automatic begin at $33,840. For $450, buyers can opt for a safety package that includes lane departure warning and a feature that helps avoid collisions at low speeds.

Grand Touring RF models start at $34,230, up from $33,645 from a year ago. This assumes drivers pick the standard manual transmission. This version is available with a $750 GT-S package, which comes with a black roof, front shock tower brace, limited-slip differential, and Bilstein dampers. Prices for automatic models begin at $35,305, and an extra $300 will get you Auburn Nappa leather. Grand Touring models receive heated leather-trimmed seats, rain sensing-wipers, navigation, automatic headlights, auto climate control, and a host of other standard features.

For the new model year, Mazda increased power throughout the Miata lineup. The 2.0-liter engine now delivers 181 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, an increase from 155 hp and 148 lb-ft. Other upgrades include a new exhaust system, standard rearview camera, and a telescoping steering wheel.

The 2019 Mazda Miata RF goes on sale in August. Mazda will announces prices and timing for the updated soft-top Miata at a later date.

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF pictured.

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Airstream Rolls Out Basecamp X-Package for Hardcore Trail Blazers

The new Basecamp X marks your go anywhere camping spot. Airstream, the classic silver bullet trailer maker, offers a new Basecamp X-Package for the extreme camping crowd.

The present Basecamp is a remodeled version of the 2007 style that was designed with Nissan Design America.

“Our Basecamp X encourages you to go on bigger adventures. You can tackle rough roads and cold-weather driving with confidence, ” said Bob Wheeler, Airstream CEO and president in a statement.

Airstream’s new X-Package checks everything off of your camping list and includes a 3.0-inch lift kit for added ground clearance, stainless steel front stone guard, solar front window protection, Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain rubber, and a sporty black shadow wheel design.

There’s a bathroom, a kitchen that seats five, and a comfy bed for two. The Basecamp X-Package gives its adventurers the ability to eat, sleep, lounge, play, and cook all in one vehicle. It can’t get any better than that.

With a base weight of just 2,635 pounds and top trailer capacity of 3,500 pounds, Basecamp X can be towed with most small mid-sized SUVs and crossovers.

It can be yours for about $39,600. For more details visit the maker’s site here.

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