Twenty Five Great Jeep Concepts From The Past

This week Jeep introduced some amazing concept vehicles, specifically the Mighty FC (Forward Control) and JC-12 concepts. All of us here at Hooniverse love them – they’re just amazingly awesome and we all want them, especially the FC. Unfortunately neither of those will ever be built. 

While discussing if we should or shouldn’t run the pictures of those new concepts, which are now all over the internet, we have concluded that we should instead run pictures of Jeep concept vehicles from the past. You see, Jeep has a history of making fantastic concept vehicles none of which were even remotely intended for production.

After the jump we look at some of the many Jeep concept from the last two decades or so. All of us here prefer the production-ready concepts rather than production vehicles with aftermarket bolt-ons or wild-ass-hair one-offs. Those real-life concepts, such as the new FC, give a glimpse of what once was and what could have been.

This is not an all-inclusive list. In my research I have found many more Jeep concepts but their pictures were not always good or the concepts themselves were just insignificant, such as the Fender (as in the guitar) Jeep Wrangler. There is a number of horrid Jeep concepts in this list too – I left them in there intensionly in case you thought that the Compass is the worst Jeep ever.

My favorites from this list are the production-ready and tough J8 and the awesome Nukizer 715. I also love the expedition ready Wrangler Overland. Those latest concepts have been created by a team called “Mopar Underground” which is said to be Jeep engineers working outside of work hours. Take a bow guys, those are great. Too bad the bean-counters, industry experts, marketing specialists, and product managers will never allow these vehicles to see the light of day.

1990 Jeep Freedom Concept


1991 Jeep Wagoneer 2000 Concept


1993 Jeep Ecco Concept


1997 Jeep Dakar Concept


1997 Jeep Icon Concept


1997 Jeep Wrangler Ultimate Rescue Concept


2000 Jeep Commander Concept


2000 Jeep Varsity Concept


2001 Jeep Willys Concept


2001 Jeep Willys 2 Concept


2004 Jeep Liberator CRD


2004 Jeep Rescue Concept


2004 Jeep Treo Concept


2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept


2005 Jeep Hurricane Concept


2005 Jeep Jeepster Concept


2007 Jeep Trailhawk Concept


2008 Jeep Renegade Concept


2009 Jeep JT Concept


2009 Jeep J8 Sarge


2010 Jeep Lower Forty


2011 Jeep Wrangler Overland


2010 Jeep Nukizer 715 Concept


2011 Jeep Wrangler JK8 Independence Concept


2011 Jeep Wrangler Pork Chop Concept


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