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Jeep: Losing Sight Of Their Heritage
Upon login this morning to my Google Plus page.. Yes I'm sorry to admit that I have a G+ page.. Anyway, I'm following several Jeep type sites when I take noticed of "Jeep" posting images of concepts. Mind you I have seen several of these concepts before.
The one that I flat out don't like and disapprove of is the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which takes on the appearance of a small Asian style minivan, I posted a comment on their page indicating my displeasure with how jeep is handling their future. Because of Fiat's ownership merger and Fiat’s influence in the jeep’s new designs etc.. About only thing I see coming from this, is that Fiat has been producing some very powerful engines and I look forward to seeing and hearing great things when the Diesel engine is unveiled.
I can not get over the fact that when we drove a 1999 (TJ) Wrangler which drove like a tank.. We thought that it would be our last one. But due to a bad decision and bad advice.. we bought a Jeep Commander.. which was the worst thing we could have done. Right away we set out to get back into a Wrangler.
At that time Jeep had just introduced the new Wrangler with the powerful fiat engine.. but after several attempts to actually buy a new jeep, we settled for a used 08 Wrangler. Also I wasn't thrilled with the color of this slightly used Wrangler ether. Over time, the color has become a non-issue and we're still planning on upgrades thou slow in coming this year.
Two other concepts caught my eye as well.. Yet current wrangler owners are at odds with at least one of the concepts.. Seems the "new" or future wrangler is lighter and beefier looking sort of speak. All images I've seen of this new wrangler seem to point to Jeeps past.. which is a good thing.
The new wrangler sort of reminds me of the old Jeepster and at one point I thought I heard it said that this concept started out as the New Jeepster, but later changed to Wrangler. One concept that really takes me back is the jeep truck. sort of reminds me of the Willys flatfender or Honcho pickup.. which I sorely miss.
Lastly, I just see Jeep heading in the wrong direction and because of Fiat's influence on with the small car market.. Jeep will continue to appeal to and draw away those drives of Hyundai, Toyota etc with their new Grand Cherokee.. With yet another unveiling,The new 2015 Jeep Renegade takes on a Nissan Cubeish Factor and again.. we disapprove. Is this Jeeps attempt to revamp the Compass or Patriot and just slap on a new name.
Who are these people that claim “Best in Show” or “Most Award Winning SUV” etc.. Apparently the people voting have never spoken with a 30+ year veteran from the days when jeep’s meant something. Jeep, you’re going down the wrong road and it’s going to get bumpy real fast..