Jeep Gets Nostalgic With 75th Salute Concept Vehicle
In case you’ve somehow missed the mountain of marketing collateral from Fiat Chrysler that 2016 is Jeep’s 75th anniversary, here’s one more reminder. The uber-American brand that started out serving in the military and winning World War II is getting a new Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle.
As you can expect, the concept hearkens back to a time when Jeeps featured a gas tank under the driver’s seat and handles at each of the four corners of the exterior. Those specific designs aren’t applied to a Wrangler, which would be awesome and far too expensive. Instead, Jeep used a Wrangler Sport, stripping it down to what it calls “function over form.”
Gone is all that foofy crap you’re used to in modern Jeeps. This concept has steel wheels, non-directional tires, steel bumpers and scratchy canvas upholstery so you can remember that driving a Jeep is supposed to be a duty, not a luxury.
To give off a decidedly military vibe, the Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept has an olive-drab appearance, no doors and no B-pillars. Other than those design cues, the vehicle is just a modern Wrangler. It uses the same 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, etc.
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