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Rockin’ Jeep Switchback Concept At The 2017 Easter Jeep Safari: Photos, Exclusive Video, Opinions

Posted in Moab Experience: 2017 on April 13, 2017 Comment (0)
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Photographers: FCA

The Jeep Switchback was one of seven concepts that Jeep and Mopar brought to the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The Switchback highlighted Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts, including Dana 44 axles, a 4-inch lift with remote-reservoir Fox shocks, 10th Anniversary steel front and rear bumpers, a Rubicon winch, cold air intake, and heavy-duty cast diff covers. Switchback also has some cool concept bits like hood and half-doors, hardtop, roof rack system, and off-road windshield lightbar.

Here you can see a collection of detailed photos, exclusive video, and our opinions on Switchback. Make sure to check out the other six concepts that Jeep and Mopar brought to Moab at fourwheeler.com!

Our Opinions

Ken Brubaker, editor, Four Wheeler: “I like the hardtop with increased visibility, but overall, I’m indifferent to this Jeep. Its name makes me think the Jeep is pleading to be switched back to stock.”

Jake Headlee, contributor, The Enthusiast Network: “One of the only concepts that is within a reasonable range for the average jeeper to build. Lots of cool features on a readily available JKU platform come together into a balanced vehicle.”

Sean Holman, content director of Truck & Off-Road Group, The Enthusiast Network: “Covered in bolt-on Mopar accessories, I think this is the perfect Jeep to switch back to stock when your lease is up.”

Rick Pewe, editor, Jp: “Bolting a bunch of excess aftermarket weight from the JPP catalog onto a JK does not a good wheeler make. While the door cutouts are sorta cool looking, they are fully non-functional except to let in bees, bugs, dust, and wind. A fully integrated build plan with a purpose would be better than a hodgepodge of products on an already good chassis.”

Fred Williams, editor-at-large, 4-Wheel & Off-Road: “The two items I really want to see come to fruition from the Switchback are the half-doors with cut outs and the hardtop with the sky windows. The top windows are reminiscent of the Land Rover Discovery, but they make the back seat experience so much better. The half-doors with windows improve daytime floor hunting for dropped items, and adds a great new view for off-road driving.”

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