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About Time…

April 19, 2005

In 1997, Jeep unveiled its Dakar concept vehicle, which was essentially a four-door, hard-top Wrangler.  It was a great concept, and one that everyone figured Jeep would build.  It was a no-brainer. 

Jeep_dakar_front

Alas, the Dakar remained a concept and never saw production.  Instead, Jeep went forward with its KJ platform, which became the Liberty.  The Liberty is a good enough vehicle, but many, myself included, wish that Jeep had built the Dakar instead.

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Well, now it looks like they are going to, just ten years late.  It was announced today that the new Jeep Wrangler will come in the traditional 2-door, the long-wheelbase Unlimited, and an all-new four-door variant when it arrives in 2006.

That’s right.  They are finally building a four-door Wrangler.  Chances are, with all the new safety mandates, it will be a hard top.  Just like the Dakar.

Now, nobody’s actually seen this new 4-door, but if they execute it properly, it could become a serious contender for next vehicle, whenever that time may come.

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