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Kahn Design’s New Custom Jeep Is Unexpectedly Sane, And We Like It

Built in collaboration with the Chelsea Truck Company, the new Kahn-customised Wrangler is far from crazy, and it’s all the better for it

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Kahn Design’s newest Jeep Wrangler design crept into our inboxes a few days ago, but we’ll own up to not seeing it right away. Let’s be honest, it’s quite a departure from the days when anything with a Kahn badge was… challenging.

Showing much the same new degree of restraint as the company did with its run-out special edition London Taxi, the new 4x4 is all the better for it. You’ll need to take a deep breath before saying the name, though; the Jeep Wrangler Chelsea Truck Company Night Eagle Black Hawk Edition is quite the mouthful.

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It combines a beefed-up exterior with a luxurious leather-clad interior. On the outside there’s an Iron Man vented bonnet with matching wider wings, a new bumper and a four-slot grille backed with ‘industrial’ mesh.

New details span the likes of four ‘cross-hair’ exhausts measuring 100mm across, a Chelsea Truck Co. spare wheel cover, Tron ring lighting and LED headlights at the front, and bright new LED daytime running lights.

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It rides, predictably, on new wheels. They are satin black 7.5x17-inch Jeep ‘1941’ style items wearing 285/70 R17 Cooper Discoverer all-terrain tyres for maximum traction on that gravelly, muddy incline up to the Waitrose car park.

Inside things are less reserved. Black leather seats feature a dozen or more trim inserts, with contrasting stitching everywhere for a pretty busy look. Some of the trim inserts have been pressed into a honeycomb pattern that is echoed on the centre armrest and roof frame.

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Naturally this Wrangler has removable roof panels for sunny days. It’s painted in a Volcanic Bronze satin finish that won’t like getting scratched, but it will look mega under direct sun.

Under the bonnet is a 2.8-litre diesel engine, left in its standard 187bhp guise. It’ll grumble its way to 62mph in 9.7 seconds and max out at 99mph, but, in a Wrangler, that really is fast enough. Fuel economy is claimed at the 35mpg mark but we suspect any buyers of the Kahn-modified Night Eagle Black Edition will care more about the way it looks than how often they visit the pumps.