The year 1941 needs no introduction to any Jeep Wrangler enthusiast. It was the first year of official production for the original Jeep from Willys. Since 1941, Jeep has continued to make top-notch off-roading vehicles. The Jeep ’41 Concept is an ode to over 80 years of 4×4 tradition and history.
Upon first glance, fans of the original Willys Jeep will instantly recognize and appreciate the olive D.R.A.B. matte green finish of the ’41 Concept. Bringing that heritage into the next century, Jeep utilizes their 4xe hybrid powertrain on the ’41 Concept.
This electric-vehicle hybrid technology is capable of achieving 49 miles per gallon equivalent, or MPGe. The ’41 Concept can even run for 21 miles on standalone electric propulsion. This 4xe powertrain consists of two electric motors combined with a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Obviously there is a high-voltage battery system to go with it.
An eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission keeps you in the optimum torque range at all times. Some of the most notable details of the ’41 Concept include powder-coated steel bumpers and stylish wheel flares.
Since the original Willys MB was purpose-built for the U.S. Army, the military theme of the ’41 Concept is very cool. You expect a vehicle like this to be capable of going anywhere which is exactly what the original Willys Jeep could do. It forever changed the way off-road vehicles were designed and built.
Other highlights of the ’41 Concept include a Warn winch and a JPP bumper hoop. You will also notice it has the desirable JPP half-doors offering even more of an open-air experience when you have the top down. That is just a Jeep tradition at this point.
Speaking of the roof, the Jeep ’41 Concept features a soft-top tan cap. This hybrid Wrangler sits on a JPP two-inch lift kit to give it a very aggressive stance and plenty of ground clearance for off-road adventures. The 35-inch mud-terrain tires wrap around body-matching olive drab 17-inch wheels.
As Jeep says, this finish is fit for a five-star general. There is no official word if the ’41 Concept will ever make it to production but many people will want one if it does. Stay tuned to Jeep for more details regarding the ’41 Concept in the future.
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