When Jeep originally introduced the four-door Wrangler with the JK generation for the 2007 model year, purists were disgusted. A four-door Wrangler? How dare they! Daimler ruined everything! Well, maybe Daimler’s dry and rigid governing style wasn’t the best for a car company that would eventually go on to create the 840 hp Dodge Demon after the divorce, but there’s no denying the appeal of the four-door Wrangler and what it did for JK generation sales. And it did not kill the two-door, by the way, as both body styles continue to co-exist in matrimony today. It seems, however, that an appetite for a throuple is growing, as Stellantis just introduced a three-row Jeep Wrangler for the 2021 SEMA Show, dubbed the Overlook concept. And we should do anything but overlook it.
JL Jeep Wrangler Overlook Three-Row Concept: The Details
The Jeep Wrangler Overlook concept is a full foot longer than the standard JL Wrangler Unlimited four-door we see on sale today. Nestled in that extra space behind the second row of seats is a third set, exchanging cargo space for people space.
Those extra seats are also plopped right over the rear axle, so the third row sits higher than the front two. Anybody that’s had a K2-generation GM SUV or older knows what I mean here. As a result, there’s a safari-style custom rear roof with extra windows, reminiscent of the Land Rover Defender of yore. The roof adds 5 inches of overall height compared to the standard Wrangler. Front row passengers of the three-row Jeep Wrangler Overlook concept enjoy fancy single-piece roof with a pop-up glass section, while the interior otherwise features black leather and bronze accents.
On the outside of the Jeep Wrangler Overlook, there’s a custom hood, a narrower front bumper for an improved approach angle, and a widened rear bumper to protect the longer tail from expensive damage. This three-row Jeep Wrangler also gets custom front bumper lights, Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) A-pillar lights and tubular side steps, while riding on a Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) 2-inch lift kit, Fox shocks (perhaps from the Gladiator Mojave?), along with 20-inch wheels with chunky 37-inch tires.
To us here at MC&T, this three-row Jeep Wrangler feels like a logical next step for the JL family. But is there actually space for it on the showroom with the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L or Wagoneer? Considering how different all three of these three-row SUVs are in nature, we like to think so.