53 Cool Concepts... Part XLI...

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Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
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If you aren't familiar with the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, it is Jeep's best performing off-roader.  When it was introduced, it became an instant hit with the enthusiast community.  The option list read like the first mods a Jeeper would want to order up:

  • Dana 44 axles front and rear
  • Selectable, air-actuated locking axles
  • 4:1 low range transfer case... heavy duty, too
  • Heavy duty skid plates
  • Bigger, more aggressive tires
  • Nerf bars to protect the sides

And then there is the Jeep Grand Cherokee.  It has been Jeep's most luxurious vehicle since its introduction... and a pretty good performer in the dirt in its own right.  The Orvis Limited, only built for a couple of years, even featured a slight lift, tow hooks and the most aggressive tires ever put on a Grand Cherokee.  Unfortunately, that was it...

What if?

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 425 PS
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Many of the components that make the Rubicon cool all but bolt-on to the Grand Cherokee.  The axles, the transfer case, the tires...  Everything else would be pretty simple.  A couple of inches of suspension lift, rocker protection, beefier skid-plates.

With the Hemi V-8 available in the Grand Cherokee (which a LOT of Wrangler owners would LOVE to have), coupled with the hard-core off-road equipment from the Rubicon, wrapped up in a luxurious package, Jeep would have a major winner.  If nothing else, it would get the journalist tongues wagging and a lot of attention for the brand.

Isn't that the purpose of concept cars?

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Just stopping by to invite you to the 2nd Annual ActiveRain Super Bowl Party. Hope you’ll come and bring some friends!

Feb 06, 2011 12:59 PM #1
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Lane....have really met my match here; when I was first pricing a 'new car' for me, I wanted a Jeep; found a Jeep on Gratiot just N of 16 mile road [dealership] ; located a color that was great; realized that the top DID remove as I wished; did not listen to any of the tech items...BUT was totally deterred when i discovered that is was a Manual drive 7 worse was met with laughter when I asked if it came with automatic.  I knew then I was NOT jeep material--this post of yours only enforces that discovery.  LOL
Have a great week ahead.
Barb

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