I love the overall design cues, which, I agree, may be the next gen Grand Cherokee (I hope, I hope...). I don't care much for the WK, but this looks pretty cool, especially with a nice lift, some meats and rocker protection on it! That front end is very agressive-looking.
In it's proper afore-mentioned form (lift, tires, rock rails), it's the first design I've seen that I would consider worthy of replacing my WJ. :jammin:
Is this suppost to be a jet plane or an off road vehicle? I really don't care for the design. It's lines look appropriate for a vehicle designed for speed, something like a recent era "muscle car", but with bulkier and fatter proportions and big wheels and tires. The rear fender flares look ugly as sin. They don't appeal to me at all. To each his own, though!
I think the design is pretty interesting. If it were to come out it would no doubt see a higher roofline and less glass perhaps. It may be no big deal to the wrangler guys, but a good solid axle offroader that mimics an suv over the traditional wrangler form is a nice alternative, unlike the wk, which is just an onroad perpetuation of the grand cherokee design.
1994 Bright White ZJ... 4" driving lights, and custom rusted rear hatch mod.
If this is a Jeep thing... I hope someone understands.
[SIZE=1]Black 94 ZJ Laredo 4.0L 42RE/NP231 Command Trac
Sylvania Silverstars, Alpine CD Head Unit, Pioneer 3-Ways in the Doors, Blacked Out Grill, Kolak Exhaust, Clear Corners, Bilstein Shocks, Gas Tank Skid, Rear Hitch, Hitch Wiring, TC Skid, Hellwig RSB, Military FSB, Brembo Front Rotors, OME SS, B&M Supercooler, RE Tie Rod, Limited Power Leather Seats, 30x9.5 Toyo Open Country ATs, Optima Red Top
Next Mods: Upgrade Battery Cables, Sliders, Black Steelies, 3" Lift, Rear Locker, Bumper, HO Alternator, Winch, Driving Lights[/SIZE]
Isn't visibility important when off-roading? It would be impossible to see out of this.
Everyone does realize this is a CONCEPT, right? Obviously the roofline will change. It's supposed to spur thoughts of the Range Rover Sport, while pushing styling to outrageous new levels. I don't like the lower gap between the mid-level hump and rockers either. It's too busy-looking, but will probably be toned-down for any kind of production.
As far as ground clearance, do I need to stress the meaning of concept, AGAIN?! Aside from the appearance of being more of a street racer, you have to look at the potential. How many jeeps currently have great ground clearance? The JK Rubicon and JK Unlimited Rubicon are the only ones that have respectable clearance. The WK is lower than even the non-Up-Country WJ, the Liberty is okay, but needs a lift for any real off-roading, and the Commander is a joke with trail-rated badges.
As with any Jeep meant for the trails, imagine the Trailhawk with a lift and big meats, as with my posted alterations.
I love jeep and what they used to be but more and more I hate the way they change the vehicles.... The 2 biggest things I hate about them?
-- Since the WJ's it seems that the grands are getting smaller. I'm sorry but if I wanted a small SUV with little to NO cargo space I would by a Wrangler or a lame Rav4. I want the mid to big size SUV... NOt something as big as an Expedition or Excursion. Even the new Explorers have more space than the previous models.
-- The other thing that drives me crazy is they seem to be getting less and less off road capable from the factory. (Excluding Rubicon anything).
I'm sorry but I like Jeeps original vision that every vehicle had good ground clearance and very capable.
Ok, rant over.
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