Brilliant Jeep Luminator Concept At The 2017 Easter Jeep Safari: Photos, Exclusive Video, OpinionsPosted in Moab Experience: 2017 on April 14, 2017
The Jeep Luminator was one of seven concepts that Jeep and Mopar brought to the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The big news here is lighting, and lots of it. But not just any lighting, much of the lighting is high-tech and groundbreaking. The lighting was jointly developed with the Automotive Lighting division of Magneti Marelli and includes underbody rock lights, LED projector bi-function headlamps, A-pillar-mounted LED spotlights, LED spotlights protected behind the windshield, and a hood-mounted LED light bar module with active spot and dynamic following technology. Heck, Luminator even has a drone landing pad on the roof with a lighted drone.
Here you can see a collection of detailed photos, exclusive video, and our opinions on the Luminator. Make sure to check out the other six concepts that Jeep and Mopar brought to Moab here at fourwheeler.com!
Ken Brubaker, editor, Four Wheeler: “This is my favorite of the 2017 concepts. I hate weak lighting on a 4x4 and I’ve often whined in editorials, stories, to my wife, and to anyone that’ll listen about the lousy lighting on production 4x4s and the need for things such as an upgraded lighting package on 4x4 vehicles. The Luminator blew me away. It doesn’t matter what direction needs to be lit, the Luminator’s lighting completes the task and then some.”
Jake Headlee, contributor, The Enthusiast Network: “Jeep stepped up their game in the lighting department to put together the Luminator. There are some awesome unique features that can literally light up your life. I especially like the rear whip light that has a speed-based light color change. Red for under 3 mph, yellow for under 3-7 mph and green for over 7 mph. That way you can easily tell what someone is up to from a distance.”
Sean Holman, content director of Truck & Off-Road Group, The Enthusiast Network: “One needs to look past all the bolt-on lighting and really look deep to see that the real story here is some incredible lighting technology. Less about the style and more about conceptualizing where the future of lighting can take us, we appreciate the shot in the dark of what is coming next.”
Rick Pewe, editor, Jp: “The Luminator concept is a salute to the lightbar craze currently sweeping the nation. With more lumens packed on board than a dwarf sun, even the LED technology can’t keep the voltmeter from taking a dive when every switch is flipped. Unique to the build is the side x side-style stinger antenna with the tricolor function- red for stop, yellow for coast, and green for go. The most interesting evolution is the inside lightbar-- behind the windshield! With promises of no glare or wind noise, unfortunately it needs fans (wind noise) too keep them cool. Eventually this may be overcome as lighting technology advances. It’s a bright thought.”
Fred Williams, editor-at-large, 4-Wheel & Off-Road: “I like to joke that lightbars and excessive lights are the future mullet of current Jeep accessories, but the Luminator does have some great concepts. I really dig the lightbar mounted behind the windshield to delete wind noise. It needs to be tucked up a bit tighter to the ceiling for more visibility, but the idea is so “duh, why didn’t I think of that” that I hope it’s got a strong patent, as knock-offs must be in the wings.”