Stellantis, which has its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, has announced its Jeep brand is introducing half doors for the Jeep Wrangler.
The new offering is meant to enhance the outdoor driving experience Jeep is designed for and includes production styling, security, and occupant protection. With lower window ledges, the half doors provide improved visibility while driving on- and off-road.
The half doors are available for two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler models through the Mopar Custom Shop as part of an original new-vehicle purchase in the U.S. and Canada. Mopar, based in Center Line, is the automaker’s aftermarket company.
With production-level materials and build quality, the half doors are designed to keep included power mirrors, blind-spot detection, passive and non-passive entry handles, and power locks working. Swapping from full to half doors can be completed in minutes, and the doors use the existing hinge locations and the same wiring connections.
New upper-window assemblies create a weather-tight seal and feature zippered plastic windows for quick removal. Two materials are offered for the assemblies: base-model vinyl that matches the production soft-top roof or premium acrylic that matches the premium soft-top roof. Each upper-door frame section uses a tool-free, dual-guide post feature for easy installation and removal.
The dual-door group with base-model upper-window assemblies cost $2,350 for a two-door and $3,995 for a four-door. For the premium-model upper-window assemblies, it costs $2,550 for a two-door and $4,395 for a four-door.
In related news, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $73,500 for its launch edition, excluding a $1,495 destination fee. It offers 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque from its 6.4-liter V-8, and full-time 4×4. The vehicle is expected to arrive in dealerships this quarter.
It also offers a functional hood scoop connected to the Hydro-Guide air intake system to feed the engine. The hood scoop also separates water – up to 15 gallons per minute – to enable the Rubicon 392 to traverse water up to 32.5 inches deep. The vehicle also offers a dual-mode performance exhaust.
“Our Jeep enthusiasts asked us for a Wrangler powered by a V-8 engine, and we listened,” says Jim Morrison, vice president of the Jeep brand North America. “The result is the quickest and most powerful Jeep Wrangler yet, loaded with standard off-road performance features that make this Jeep Wrangler incredibly capable of covering the most rugged terrain. This new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 broadens the meaning of Jeep Wrangler 4×4 capability and gives off-road enthusiasts something they can’t get anywhere else backed by the factory: V-8 performance and a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds.”
Chassis changes include a 2-inch factory lift, upgraded frame rails, unique suspension geometry, heavy-duty brakes and FOX high-performance shocks. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 masters low-speed downhill descents by using the V-8’s engine braking, revised transmission torque converter lockup control, and a 48:1 crawl ratio to manage vehicle speed without the driver needing to use the brake pedal.
The interior includes leather seats with bronze Rubicon 392 stitching and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a first for the Jeep Wrangler.