SEMA 2007 Preview: Jeep Wrangler Ultimate
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The Wrangler Ultimate is one of two Jeep concepts making their SEMA debut this year (the other is the Jeep JT). Though we saw it last spring at the Chrysler Proving Ground, we have much better pics of this pampering Jeep than last time. The Ultimate is based on the Wrangler's four-door Unlimited model with a 3-inch lift kit and 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires wrapped around handsome forged 18-inch aluminum wheels. Along with an array of exterior appearance upgrades including an experimental 'Liquid Charcoal Pearl Coat' paint job, the interior has been completely redone as well, including new upholstery that's a mix of leather and orange mesh fabric. Entertainment for when your not crawling over rocks is supplied by a MyGIG hard drive-based multimedia system with LCD screens for each rear passenger seat. To help the Wrangler get over those rocks, a 392 cu.in Hemi crate motor has also been installed under the hood. So which would you prefer, the Wrangler Ultimate or the Jeep JT pickup?
The Jeep Wrangler Ultimate with 392 HEMI® from Mopar
Designer: Mark Allen, Chief Designer – Jeep/Dodge Truck Studios
The name says it all.
The Jeep Wrangler Ultimate with 392 HEMI from Mopar is a concept vehicle that answers the question "how far can you go with the new Jeep Wrangler?" Beginning with the all-new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon®, the design team set out to create the best of the best – combining high style and materials with the best off-road machine ever offered by Jeep.
The suspension is enhanced with a 3-in. lift to clear the massive 35-in. BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires mounted on custom, polished Alcoa Forged 18-in. wheels. The exterior is chromed out courtesy of Mopar:
fuel filler door
tubular side steps
To complete the look, the exterior is coated in a wildly experimental 'Liquid Charcoal Pearl Coat' paint.
The Wrangler Ultimate's real story is its interior. Taking cues from rugged adventure sports bags and accessories, the team created a high style and detailed interior compartment that is as tough and beautiful as the exterior. Seating surfaces are clad in durable orange mesh fabric and dark slate gray Nappa/Province leather – bound with a heavy black-leather baseball stitch. Instrument panel details are treated to a stunning Argent Pearl/Satin Silver paint combination, reinforcing the machine character for which Jeep is known. The interior is also home to the exclusive MyGIG™ Multimedia Infotainment System. There are also DVD screens for passengers in the front and rear.
To provide authentic performance on the trail, the team also dropped in a 392 HEMI crate motor.
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