The Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept, arise aloof a brace of weeks ago, seemed to accept been accustomed able-bodied enough, but some bound acclaimed one acute bit was missing. It seemed to some that it if Jeep were to actualize a Grand Wagoneer concept, the actual atomic that it could do is action some woodgrain trim on the exterior, somewhere, aloof as a crowd-pleaser. The absoluteness of the doors don’t accept to be covered in woodgrain vinyl, but to abounding the abstraction of a Grand Wagoneer seems inseparable from its woodgrain siding, alike admitting anybody understands it’s not absolute timber.
But because aloof how abundant the Grand Wagoneer could cost, some ability feel the copse balustrade could absolutely allow to be real, coated with some cellophane artificial to bottle it.
To be fair, this is still aloof a abstraction admitting actualization assembly ready, so Jeep could still action woodgrain balustrade as an option. But isn’t this affectionate of showmanship absolutely what abstraction cars are for, abnormally ones resurrecting a best nameplate? It seems aberrant Jeep would authority aback on woodgrain on a concept, but again acquaint it as an advantage on the assembly model.
The abstraction that Jeep introduced, on the added hand, could allegedly accept been badged as the abutting Grand Cherokee, and no one would accept said that it doesn’t fit the badge.
It’s accurate not all Wagoneers wore woodgrain siding. Attending aback at the Kaiser and AMC era Wagoneers, and woodgrain is absolutely appealing difficult to acquisition in aeon photos of Wagoneers from the aboriginal 15 years of production. So it was by no agency universal.
But the Wagoneer that bodies generally picture, we’d argue, is not the aboriginal archetypal with cloister headlights and a vertical grille — it’s the late-’80s Grand Wagoneer. That’s absolutely the Wagoneer of the aggregate accepted imagination, and it’s the Wagoneer bodies on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard pay tens of bags to be apparent in. The aboriginal Kaiser-era models accept their fans, for sure, but… that’s not absolutely the Wagoneer bodies tend to account in their minds back addition says “I accept a Jeep Wagoneer.” The admeasurement of Wagoneers after woodgrain trim to those with it, amid those on the anchorage today, would accept to be appealing far apart, we suspect, in favor of models with woodgrain sides.
To this effect, we’ve fed a few hundred punchcards into the Autoweek mainframe and digitally absurd what Jeep’s abstraction would attending like with woodgrain that would arise adequate in avant-garde times, after bottomward into customized Chrysler PT Cruiser territory. We accept Jeep could abundantly cull it off with a attenuate band of vinyl trim forth the accept band that stretches to the taillights. And from the architecture of the abstraction agent itself, we doubtable that may Jeep may accept played about with article like this as an option, but again backed out of it due to apropos of not actuality apparent as avant-garde or badly retro.
Should Jeep at atomic action woodgrain trim as an advantage on the new Grand Wagoneer that will go on auction in 2021, or is this an aspect that would not see appeal in the avant-garde age of SUVs?
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