Jeep designers made room for rear doors by stretching this
prototype's wheelbase to 108.5 inches, almost 15 inches longer than the
Wrangler. The drivetrain featured a four-speed automatic transmission
behind the 4.0 liter inline six. It also had a new windshield, side glass,
and steel roof with built-in tubular roof rack and sliding canvas sunroof.
The interior was trimmed in wood and leather. Other
features on the Dakar included a folding shovel in the front fender,
jerrycans on the tailgate, and an adventure module inside the rear door
with a night vision scope, binoculars, flashlight and compass.
Experience with this concept vehicle was used in the development of the
Liberty SUV which hit the market four years later.(Jeep
Also on The CJ3B Page, see Jeep Dakar Toy.
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