After the Sand Trooper was introduced back in 2012 at the SEMA Show, Mopar upped the ante with the Sand Trooper II. Set to make its debut at the 2013 Moab Easter Jeep Safari, the Sand Trooper II features the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, which delivers 375 horsepower and 400 ft.-lb. of torque. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, which sends the power to the Mopar eight-lug front and rear Portal axles for added ground clearance.
As you can see from the photos, the vehicle is equipped with Jeep Performance Parts prototype forged beadlock wheels that carry 40-inch off-road tires. Thanks to these, the Sand Trooper II has a menacing stance.
In terms of design, the Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper II by features Mopar exterior enhancements such as satin black grille, hood lock, front and rear half-door and window kits, front and rear off-road “Shorty” modified bumpers, Warn winch, Mopar flat fenders, rock rails, a vented hood, LED off-road lights and headlamps, Rubicon 10th Anniversary swing away rear tire carrier, trailer-tow hitch receiver, black taillamp guards and locking fuel door, and a Jeep Performance Parts badge.
Same theme is continued at the interior where we find Mopar slush mats, black door-sill guards, under-seat and center-console locking storage, locking below-floor storage box, trunk storage box, side sun visors, grab handles, Trailside winch kit and leather seats.
Jeep Wrangler offers unmatched off-road capability with its legendary 4-wheel drive. It is also built with more than 70 years of 4x4 engineering experience under the auto company’s belt. Wrangler continues to deliver a front and rear 5-link suspension system, a body-on-frame design, electronic lockers, and live axles. Now, Jeep Wrangler offers two transmission options: a 6-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic gearbox.
Engineers at Jeep have meticulously optimized the ride as well as the sound characteristics of the vehicle’s body-on-frame design. Not to mention the Jeep Wrangler’s new powertrain. Moreover, new motor adaptation, new transmission adaptation, and revised suspension calibrations help with the overall improvements. These improvements are instantly evident on-road and off-road.
Furthermore, the sound quality of the interior is significantly improved through the refinements in the vehicle’s powertrain mounting system, through noise damping in its firewall, and through the inclusion of Jeep Wrangler’s first engine cover. All these effectively isolate the Wrangler’s cabin from noises that are coming from the road surfaces and from the engine itself.
On the outside, the noise from the vehicle’s engine is barely audible when idle. With the Wrangler’s new 3.6L V-6 engine, all the accessories are directly mounted to the engine without any accessory bracket. This helps ensure that the accessories, including power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, and alternator, are firmly anchored and are less susceptible to noise and vibration.
In addition, shocks have been retuned and have been designed to deliver optimum balance between rugged off-road capability and advanced on-road handling.