Design,Engineering,Jeep | July 09 2018

Jeep® takes a throwback summer road trip with a Wagoneer Roadtrip concept

Families annually take to the nation’s highways for the traditional summer road trip when school is out and, for generations, a Jeep® vehicle has been their choice when looking to explore the country.

The Jeep brand paid tribute to this time-honored tradition this year with a Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip concept vehicle for the 52nd Moab Easter Jeep Safari.

Jeep® Wagoneer Roadtrip Concept

The concept vehicle, based on a 1965 Wagoneer, harkens back to a summer family vacation to Yellowstone National Park. To make this concept a reality, designers from Jeep started by locating the Wagoneer in California on Craigslist.

“It was clean and rust free,” said Mark Allen, Head of Jeep Design. “What we tried to do was modify it, but not look like we really touched it.”

To do this, great care was taken to keep the heritage and charm of the original steel body of the Wagoneer while most of the modernizing took place underneath the skin of the vehicle.

The chassis and drivetrain were updated with a boxed and reinforced frame, Dana 44 front and rear axles with lockers, four-link suspension with coilover springs and 17-inch steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain tires. It’s also powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 and is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.

Subtle tweaks were made to the exterior of the classic SUV with reshaped wheel wells, bumpers and integrated rock rails along with a razor grille.

More noticeable on the exterior of the vehicle is the unique color scheme that was created for Wagoneer, mintage green. The original glass windows were replaced with Bottle Green architectural glass.

Inside the vehicle, the headliner was replaced with wicker-style material and the original front and rear bench seats, door panels, kick and rear panels, were trimmed in Oxblood-colored leather.

Jeep® Wagoneer Roadtrip Concept

In addition to the enhancements, modifications and changes to the physical vehicle, there were smaller items to further personalize the Wagoneer, including:

  • Stickers from various vacation destinations
  • Wooden skis and fishing poles
  • Postcards
  • Classic suitcases
  • The family dog (a stuffed German shepherd)
  • A custom cooler fashioned from period-correct luggage
  • A tool box created from the valve cover of this Wagoneer’s original 230 Tornado OHC-6 engine

“I wanted it to be the picture perfect road-trip car,” Allen said.

For information about the Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip, visit our previous Moab Easter Jeep Safari blog posts.

Edward Cardenas

Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it
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Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it as a communications professional. I have also experienced the thrills of the industry while riding in a race car at nearly 200 miles per hour. Having this breadth of experience, I look forward to drawing upon my experiences to bring a wide range of stories, photos and videos about Chrysler, FIAT and Alfa Romeo to FCA Digital Media. When I’m not covering my brands, I’m spending time with my wife and two boys.