I have been planning for the day that I could get my new MK2. Learning that they have deleted the glass door feature REALLY bums me out.
I currently have a 2003 Jeep GC and use the glass door all the time. In the summer, every time I take the dogs anywhere, I open the window and they love it. I open when I am hauling gas cans (for the mowers or snowblower). I have used it to allow boards to stick out the window. My ex-sister-in-law, just purchased a 2014 MK2 Limited with all the options (basically a Overland without the pained trim). She has discovered that automatic tailgate has real benefits but she constantly realizing how often she used just the glass feature on her 2002 Jeep GC. She is constantly concerned about the tailgate hitting her garage door.
In my estimation it was a deletion of an option to save money based on a (Jeep's) perception of how often it was used.
Jeep was one of the first real utility vehicles ever built. The loss of this option clearly provides less utility. It's a disappointment. Jeep has done so much to improve the quality and really refine the brand. As utility features (like this disappear) it becomes nothing more than a luxury SUV. There are a lot of luxury SUV brands out there. Ultimately the question remains, will the loss of this specific feature create loss of sales? Answer is, not likely a noticeable difference.
I haven't always been a Jeep fan. I have owned many types of SUVs (three Fords, an Infiniti FX45, and a Jeep) throughout the years. When, I bought my current Jeep four years ago, I went for an older model Jeep with features that served my life's needs. In the meantime, Jeep won me over. I will be forced at this time if I want a new Jeep to go without this feature.
As you can tell I feel passionate about the topic.
Still bummed, trying to accept.