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Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Rugged and Unique 1998 Jeep Jeepster Concept

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Jeep Jeepster Concept Front

Applying the name Rubicon to anything in the Jeep lineup means that it’s ready to handle adventures as grueling as the Rubicon Trail. The 1998 Jeep Jeepster could easily be a contender with a 4.7-liter, 16-valve, V8 engine that debuted in the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The concept started as an attempt to make a crossover, an exercise in pairing up all the off-road capability of a Jeep with the interior of a sports car. Jeep wanted it to be as fun to drive as it was functional. Once called “Project Grizzly,” the Jeepster name was eventually chosen as a nod to a rare 1950 Willys convertible.

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Ground clearance of 5 and 3/4 inches on road could be adjusted to 9 and 3/4 inches for off-road driving through switches on the center console. It had short overhangs, a 4-speed automatic transmission, and an aluminum skid plate in the side sill. It also sported front tow loops integrated into the hinge modules of the forward-hinging hood.

A bright red paint job accentuates unique headlamps, a lower hood, and a distinctive tapered design in the rear. Inside, it gets a military-inspired design, four-point seat belts, a GPS, altimeter, and a grade and roll indicator. Its striking design inside and out make it a truly unique Jeep concept.


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