The changing face of Jeep on display at SMMT

29 May 2013 #SMMT News

The latest exhibit on show at SMMT is Jeep past and present, with the latest Jeep Wrangler and a Jeep CJ7 from the 1980s.

Jeep was established in 1941 when it was used as a military vehicle in the Second World War. It has since become a well known 4×4 brand that has been used by military and public alike. It remains one of America’s favourite off-road vehicles.

The latest Jeep model has kept the original’s iconic shape but, you don’t have to get up close to these cars to notice there are distinct differences between the two. The off-road features are still prominent in the newer Jeep, but is more focused on practicality than its 80s counterpart and features a host of equipment that boost its comfort.

In November, the Wrangler Rubicon managed to hold on to its title of 4×4 of the year. It won the 4×4 Magazine award for its versatility, in that it was a car that could be used every day on the roads, for off-road driving and it demonstrated good versatility in switching between the two areas of usage.

The latest version of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, which has now been on our roads for 10 years, is on sale to UK buyers – more information is available at

The orange 1981 CJ7 on display in SMMT’s showroom has been carefully restored as part of a two year project and is one of Jeep’s heritage models.

Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space.

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