Posted by mike on 1998/6/4 0:00:00 (678) reads
A reader reports that the 2001 Cherokee (code named KJ) might be styled similarly to the Jeep Dakar concept car (and may even carry the Cherokee Dakar name). This report has not been confirmed so any further information on this topic is welcome.
Jeep World has a picture of the Dakar concept Jeep (along with pictures of some of the other Jeep concept cars).
A Chrysler press release describes the Dakar:
Jeep designers made room for two additional doors by stretching Dakar's wheelbase to 108.5 inches (2756 mm), almost 15 inches (381mm) longer than the 1997 Jeep Wrangler. "With a longer wheelbase, we are able to offer additional space for passengers and their gear," said Trevor M. Creed, Chrysler Corporation's Design Director. "We are also able to further improve the ride by positioning backseat passengers in front of the rear axle as opposed to directly on top of it."
To enhance the sense of being outdoors and further build on the adventuresome spirit of Jeep Wrangler, Dakar was given a new windshield, side glass and all-new steel roof. The roof offers a variety of features including a full-length built-in tubular roof rack, as well as a manual canvas sliding sunroof, front-mounted rally lamps, spare tire storage, and strategically-placed access handrails that run the length of the D-pillar. The spare tire is clamped on to the roof bars and features a special sliding mechanism which allows for easy, quick, no-hassle removal.
Other multi-purpose features include a folding shovel integrated into Dakar's front fender, jerricans built onto the rear tailgate, and an adventure module designed to fit inside of the rear door that features a night vision scope, binoculars, flashlight and compass. "Always be prepared," said Creed. "You never know where Dakar's spirit of adventure may take you."
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