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The 1991 Jeep Wagoneer 2000 Was Large Enough To Eat The Moon

Photo: Jeep
Photo: Jeep

Jeep never put the 1991 Wagoneer 200 concept into production and that’s probably for the best. Had there been more than a single example built, it is likely that the Earth would re-orient its own orbit due to the vehicles’ prodigious mass.

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Note the TV in the dash. Photo: Jeep
Note the TV in the dash. Photo: Jeep

It is difficult to overstate the troublingly large proportions of the Wagoneer 2000. It rides on 20 inch wheels wrapped in 335-section tires all around. The wheelbase is 138 inches. By contrast, the Jeep Commander, built at the height of Bush Era excess, rode on a 109.5-inch wheelbase. That Commander was large enough to serve as a reasonably-sized apartment building. The Wagoneer 2000, certainly, could have been repurposed as a building site for constructing a new space shuttle, or perhaps made seaworthy and deployed among our nation’s budding fleet of Zumwalt-class destroyers.

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“The sleek four-door Jeep Wagoneer 2000 multi-purpose vehicle is a preview of what a future Grand Wagoneer might look like,” wrote the Japanese periodical Car Styling in its March 1991 issue, following that year’s North American Auto Show. “With the huge tires at the vehicle’s extreme corners, the Wagoneer displays masculine stability, but the wheel base is long enough to make us far-eastern islanders wish for a four-wheel steering system.”

Note the scale of how gargantuan this concept was. Scan of a page out of Car Styling magazine, issue 81.
Note the scale of how gargantuan this concept was. Scan of a page out of Car Styling magazine, issue 81.

Overall length was 198.1 inches, and it stood 67.5 inches tall and 80.3 inches wide. The aforementioned Commander was a good foot and a half shorter, and half a foot narrower, though it was a few inches taller.

Jeep proposed putting a 5.2 liter V8 under the hood of the Wagoneer, which is fine, as the car only ever was a mockup, not a running prototype. Good. A full-weight version of this concept SUV would have crushed the ground beneath it and collapsed the planet straight down to its molten core.

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But really, would we need this blue Earth if we had the Wagoneer 2000? We could all easily fit in there. It has the room, by the looks of it.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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goat7
son of a motherless goat (PSA: wash your hooves)

Overall length was 198.1 inches, and it stood 67.5 inches tall and 80.3 inches wide.

Yah! *cracks whip*

That’s 2-feet shorter than the current Suburban, by the way.