The Jeep Farout is the off-grid adventure car we really need
Want to escape the crowds? This Jeep Gladiator concept is basically perfect
We like the Jeep Gladiator. A lot. But will we like it as much with a diesel engine up front? And one called EcoDiesel, at that?
To help soothe the transition of an all-American pick-up into quite-European power, Jeep has identified how to please our immature little minds: a wildly adventurous concept car with all of the bells and every single whistle.
This is the Jeep Farout, a sequel to the Jeep Wayout concept we took on a wild adventure in 2019. Remember 2019? The Wayout was the star of Jeep’s annual Easter Safari back then, but alas 2020’s was cancelled – we needn’t touch on why – and we’re being shown the concepts we could’ve had in a more remote, less hands-on way.
Which is a shame, as we’d dearly love to get our hands on this. There’s that new 260bhp, 442lb ft V6 diesel up front, and a 16 foot by 7.5 foot deployable roof tent at the back, providing sleeping for four. In the middle, you’ve a set of 37in all-terrain tyres at the southern end of some Fox shocks, while the interior has had a complete overhaul – particularly the section where you’d normally find the Gladiator’s bed.
“Long gone is the cold, monochromatic look and feel of a traditional overlanding vehicle,” we’re told, the Farout’s hindquarters possessing a wood-lined cabin resplendent with ambient lighting, a refrigerator and stove plus hanging storage racks and table and chairs for eating. A go-anywhere mobile house to escape the crowds? We’ve never been more in.
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