Jeeps Of SEMA: The Good, Weird, and Ugly

    A perspective on the mind-boggling array of Jeeps at the 2017 SEMA Show

    JP StaffPhotographerStuart A. BourdonWriter

    The SEMA Show is like nothing else in the automotive world. It reached its 50th year in 2017 and was bigger than ever, filling every square foot of the massive buildings making up the Las Vegas Convention Center, including the entire front parking lot where the drifting and driving action was happening, and then spilling out into a handful of huge temporary structures to house all the new exhibitors.

    It was a good bet that once again Jeep vehicles on display would be numerous, perhaps more so than any other brand. We were not disappointed. Not only did FCA have some cool new sheetmetal to show off in the way of a video revealing what we’ve all seen so much of by now (the all-new 2018 Wrangler JL), but a full wall of ready-to-go accessory and performance parts for the Jeep JL too. Possibly more interesting than that were the hundreds of Jeep vehicles on display from one end to the other of the sprawling convention complex that stretched for nearly a mile. Almost every model, build, or treatment could be found. Here is our list of hits and misses. We call it the good, the weird, and the ugly.

    They say there’s a bad apple in every barrel, and since there were quite a few barrels of Jeeps at the 2017 SEMA Show, the inevitable occurred. Among the less-than-attractive Jeeps we found at the show were this white JK body/FSJ nose combo donk, a chained-up and over-cooked JK, and this attempt to make a Renegade look cool with tubular half-doors. We’ve said it before: If you want to pick a fight, call somebody’s Jeep ugly. But that’s not what we’re doing here; we are simply suggesting that these could have been done better.

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