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A pair of butch Jeeps has been given an elegant French makeover.
To demonstrate their solidarity as the automotive marketing partner of the Paris Boat Show, Jeep enlisted Style & Design to create a pair of 'Nautic' concepts based on the four-door Wrangler Unlimited, which features a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel mated to a 6-speed manual transmission capable of 200hp and 302lb-ft of torque. Finished in classic black and white, there's not much to separate the vehicles save for their polar opposite coloration. So for white, read 'navy black.'
The Wrangler Nautic White offers "all the comfort, design, and elegance of a sailing boat," inspired, as it is, by the world of sailing. Bright-white leather features on the seats, steering wheel, manual shift boot and passenger grab handle, while 'deck-finish' faux-wood trim is found on the steering wheel spokes, dash and door trim, and center console. A chrome grille, white taillight surrounds & bumpers, and teak-style trim for the running boards and cargo cover feature on the outside, while decking has been fitted on the cargo floor and gleaming chrome covers the door handles, mirrors, fuel-filler ring and the spare tire's outer rim.
As an appropriate finishing touch, white leather has been used on the face of the spare cover and the fenders. The concepts also house white canvas chairs under a matching canvas awning that can be affixed to the cargo area posts, so a leisurely lunch can be enjoyed upon arriving at the boating club. Unfortunately, these gorgeous French Jeeps are set to remain concepts so viewing the photo gallery is as close as we're ever going to get to them.