By on March 23, 2021

Jeepster

Blend a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with a 1968 Jeepster Commando and what do you get? A throwback that epitomizes why you build concept vehicles. I have to imagine it was as much fun for the designers, as it was the fabricators and the PR team that gets to display them this week at Easter Jeep Safari.

The second-generation Jeepster Commando body has been masterfully tailored to fit a current model Jeep JK chassis. Everything you need, and nothing you don’t.

Jeepster

Using the original chrome trim from the Jeepster is a bit of pure nostalgia, and it does make you think ‘what if’ Jeep had continued to produce this iconic two-door. The Jeepster had a certain sportiness, and an empire blue one that sat in front of Randall AMC-Jeep in my hometown of Mesa, Arizona certainly caught my eye.

Jeepster

On the update, someone on the design team or one of Jeep’s PR mavens is a craft beer aficionado, tabbing the colors as hazy IPA and zinc oxide. According to mrbeer.com, hazy IPAs are known for their tropical, juicy, hop flavor and aroma, and smooth mouthfeel. This golden color on the Jeepster Beach concept approximates what you see if you poured a Rogue Newport Daze into a frosty glass. The angular rear fascia or tailgate panel is what gives the Commando a look of its own, then and now.

In case you’re wondering, there’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with custom calibration that increases the engine output about 25 percent above any production version to 340 HP and 369 lb.-ft. of torque, proprietary information that Jeep doesn’t share with the automotive aftermarket. The twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger is mounted directly to the cylinder head, along with a cooling circuit for the turbo, intake air, and throttle body for added responsiveness, performance, and fuel economy. An eight-speed automatic transmission is mated to a 4:1 transfer case. The Jeepster rolls on 35-inch tires, adding a bit of aggression not present on the AMC original.

Jeepster

Removing the JK’s rear seat leaves plenty of cargo room, and in this case space for a chromed roll bar. The Jeepster Beach renderings show a topless version, but I’d like to see either a removable hardtop similar to that of the original Chevy Blazer or a convertible soft top. Both tops were offered on the original Jeep Commando, and following their styling would be the finishing touch on a very appealing design exercise. Removal of the carpeting and use of rub strips on the cargo area is also reminiscent of the short deck that closed out the space between the convertible top and body.

Jeepster

Red leather seating, door trim panels, and center console seem a little out of place on a true beach cruiser, but this could be the fantasy of designers who only get to the beach a few days a year, and don’t quite understand the need for drainage holes in the Jeep’s floor. A vinyl interior would be more in keeping with the hosed-down attitude of a true beach cruiser. Overall, it’s a concept we’d like to see Jeep put into production.

[Images: Jeep]

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17 Comments on “Jeepster Beach Like Deja Vu at 2021 Easter Jeep Safari...”


  • avatar
    Lie2me

    How cool is this? If Jeep were to put out something cheap and fun like this (aka Samurai) in the sub-$30K category… I’m sure there’s a million reasons why they can’t/won’t, but it’s a category sorely missed :(

  • avatar
    Pig_Iron

    Like all nice concepts, this will never be built. I have yet to see a Bronco. It’s been 18 years since the concept model.
    :-/

  • avatar
    Safeblonde

    The exterior retro color pallet would be required if this vehicle was offered. I cannot say I love the large tire size and yes I get this is supposed to be a beach cruiser needing sand-handling tires.

  • avatar
    mcs

    It’s amazing how fast they can jump in the vehicle, reposition it so the setting sun is still in the background, then photograph it, then reposition it again several times so quickly the sun doesn’t have time to set./sarc. No shadows cast on the interior photos despite the angle of the “sun”. It looks like a bad rendering. It’s probably real with just the backgrounds photoshopped in. Still, it looks bad.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Neat vehicle, but they’re going to charge everyone out the a** for it.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Sigh. Off-road kit is going to be the fake convertible tops and buckle straps of the 2010s. The sooner this craze over anything with a lift and big tires ends, the better.

  • avatar
    TimGtoolman

    ARRRGGGHHHH!!! Build me a CJ7 or CJ8 Scrambler. PLEASE! I’ll keep my Wrangler for daily driving. Or give me a Scrambler and a Ramcharger. I’ll buy both…honest.

  • avatar
    Imagefont

    That is the most galactically stupid thing I have ever seen.

  • avatar
    SoCalMikester

    buy a 2 door wrangler, remove rear seats and take the top off. BOOM! thats basically all this is, just goofier looking and more expensive.

  • avatar
    Syke

    I definitely like it, but have to agree with dal20402: The sooner this lifted crap ends, the better. You have no idea what a pain these things are, unless to do a lot of riding on two wheels (both motor and pedal).

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