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The Jeep Safari Concept At Jeep Safari: What Do You Like On This Lighter, Wide Open JK?

Posted in Moab Experience: 2017 on April 17, 2017
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When the head of Jeep Design says that a concept vehicle is asking a lot of questions of the viewers it seems to us that the concept may have many hints to future vehicles. Mark Allen, when revealing the Jeep Safari concept vehicle told the media that he was interested in feedback on it, and that tells us it’s chocked full of ideas that may be on a future vehicle.

The front grille of the Jeep has retro CJ styling, while the bumper has large openings for a lighter look and feel. Plus, the overall dimensions have been massaged slightly from standard JK.

The Safari concept was made to allow back seat Wrangler Unlimited passengers much more visibility. The top is translucent, much like those big UPS trucks, giving passengers outdoor daytime lighting without the glaring sun of a clear sunroof. The back seats have a slight turn towards the windows so kids can enjoy the view and not just spend their ride staring at a cell phone. The doors are clear plastic from top to bottom and the B-pillar is replaced with just a rollcage tube to give the back seat occupants more visibility.

The billet roof rack integrated into the hardtop with a docking drone that passengers can control while the driver drives is a cool idea. It allows prerunning the trail from the back seat. Hmmm, or maybe it’s a bad idea, if you don’t really want a back seat driver telling you what to do. Either way we like the integrated roof rack hardtop.

We mentioned before that the Safari has a unique front grille unlike other JK jeeps and we also really like the bumpers that just feel lighter and more open. The Jeep has a billet roof rack, but it feels just as nimble and airy as the rest of the vehicle. Of course the white paint and day-glow paint only adds to the look and feel. There is even a drone on the roof that back seat passengers can fly allowing them to scan the surroundings and maybe even spot the driver over obstacles all from the back seat of the vehicle.

The C-pillar window is great. There is a billet structure that helps support the top but has visibility for additional light and scenery. The great thing about a vehicle built for passenger visibility is that it inherently adds to the driver’s off-road visibility on obstacles.
The JK unlimited B-pillar has always been a weird body detail, especially with the doors off. We like the look of a big door opening, and using the rollcage B-pillar instead of the body B-pillar. We’re not as excited about the rearward opening rear doors. But the translucent roof panel is something we will be stealing for a future project vehicle someday.

The Safari concept is high tech, modern looking, and has unique features that we would love to see in future wrangler offerings. So we’ll forward the question on to you, love it or hate it?

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