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Jeep Gets Nostalgic With 75th Salute Concept Vehicle

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Jeep Gets Nostalgic With 75th Salute Concept Vehicle

Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept

Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept (Credit: Jeep)

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.

Steven has been writing about cars and other transportation issues worldwide for over ten years. His love for cars started long before he can remember, with Corvettes and 911s being his first car-crushes. Since then, he has owned many types of vehicles and has come to appreciate a wide variety of models, the diverse car culture groups, and the automotive industry in general.

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