Nimble CJ-5-Inspired Jeep Shortcut At Moab EJS 2016 Day 3: Exclusive photos, video, opinions
Smaller than the current Wrangler
The Jeep Shortcut was one of seven concept vehicles that Jeep and Mopar unveiled here in Moab, Utah, at the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari, and we were there with cameras blazing! The Shortcut is a carefully crafted take on the legendary CJ-5.
Here you can see exclusive photos, a video, and our thoughts on the Shortcut. Make sure to check out all the exclusive content on the other Jeep concept vehicles here at fourwheeler.com!
Sean Holman, content director, Four Wheeler Network: How can you not love a retro red nod to the CJ lineup complete with red Faygo soda adorning the cup holders.
Fred Williams, editor, 4-Wheel & Off-Road: I like the Shortcut and the idea of a smaller than current Wrangler two-door, something light and nimble as a great entry level Wrangler, but I wonder how many of the styling cues of this concept will make it to production, if any. The low-back seats and CJ-style rollbar are not likely just because of safety regulations, but I think the stubby front nose and trimmed up rear corners could be a hint at future product. The drop-down tailgate doesn’t seem feasible with the need for a swing-away tire carrier after the ease of use of the current tire/tailgate. I do think the use of plaid seat panels is smart, though maybe not as popular with most 4WOR and Four Wheeler readers, it could be very hip to the great number of female Wrangler buyers. Plus the general “cuteness” of this Jeep will definitely attract a buyer outside the normal Jeep crowd.
Christian Hazel, editor, Four Wheeler: I was giving Mark Allen some grief for putting a CJ-7-sized door opening on his CJ-5-esque Shortcut but there’s so much in this thing that appeals to me. From the super lightweight CJ bumpers to the retro Coke cooler in the back, this one just nails the carefree spirit that owning a Jeep in the 1960s and 1970s embodied.
Ken Brubaker, senior editor, Four Wheeler: The Shortcut was my favorite of the seven concept rigs brought to EJS 2016. I love the size, which translates to incredible agility. I also like the outstanding visibility. Both of these things are key to a good 4x4. I wish we could order a vehicle like the Shortcut, preferably “stripped” with a low price tag.
Harry Wagner, contributor, Four Wheeler Network: I like the nostalgia factor but it drives just like a two door JK. After the Pork Chop and Stitch and now the Shortcut I think that Jeep is trying to tell us something. I expect the next Wrangler to have some lightweight technology carried over from one of these concepts.