Jeepster Beach Like Deja Vu at 2021 Easter Jeep Safari

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai
jeepster beach like deja vu at 2021 easter jeep safari

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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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  • SoCalMikester SoCalMikester on Mar 23, 2021

    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.

  • Syke Syke on Mar 23, 2021

    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).

  • Ajla "launched as the GX550 offering a 3.4-liter" I know some people rip on pick up or performance car buyers for insecurity but it is funny that premium vehicle buyers need inflated designations like this because "GX340t" won't get their d*cks hard. Although Lexus isn't alone in this, it's even better here because they went from GX470 to GX460 back in 2009 and no one died over the decrease. The IS500 and LC500 are still matched to their displacement but maybe they'd sell more if it was called LC650? 🤔
  • ToolGuy Q: Is it time for ToolGuy the non-early adopter to purchase an EV for long-term ownership?A: No, it is not.(Get this stuff ironed out and I'll be back later.)
  • Theflyersfan Why take the effort to cover the back plate when the front plate is visible in a couple shots?
  • Jeff S I saw a You Tube on this recently that said this truck was going to be midsize and just an EV. I hope that this truck is a true compact and that it will have ICE and hybrid as well especially a plug in hybrid. Matthew please keep us informed of any additional information that is released about this truck. This is good to have more competition in the compact truck market with Toyota already planning to release the Stout and GM talking about a compact truck.
  • SCE to AUX Whoa, I like the looks of that thing.