New Jeep Wagoneer gets classic wood body panelsOctober 11, 2020
Jeep’s Design Department has unveiled a classic version of the all-new Jeep Wagoneer SUV. The car received wood panels on the sides of the body. According to a brand spokesman, this version of the SUV will not be sold.
The American Jeep Wagoneer has long been a very popular off-road vehicle of the last century. The car, which was produced from 1963 to 1991, was one of the most important models of the Jeep company. This is also the third time that the same generation of the same vehicle has been produced on an assembly line. The car has been assembled for 29 years.
Another distinctive feature of the Wagoneer is quite aesthetic – the presence of wooden body panels.
So it could be expected that the concept of the new Grand Wagoneer SUV (pictured below) could still receive wood panels on the sides of the body.
But that never happened, and thank you (or not) for that, I must say to Ralph Gilles, head of design at FCA, which includes Jeep. As part of his interview, Mr. Gilles admitted that the design team had presented a mock-up of the Grand Wagoneer with wood paneling, and this render was done as a joke.
There’s a good reason not to release the wood-paneled version of the SUV in the exterior of the all-new Wagoneer. “It was necessary to balance the familiar features of this model with modernity in the revived SUV. That is why the wooden trim had to be abandoned.”
Not so long ago, our publication wrote that an inexpensive Jeep Wrangler analog went on sale. This is the Mahindra Thar all-wheel drive SUV, which will be available in the Indian car market. The cost of the car is more than half that of the Jeep Wrangler.
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