Have You Found Your Jeep Easter Egg?
Did you know that your Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Grand Cherokee, or Jeep Gladiator has easter eggs? And no, we don’t mean the painted or plastic kind, though Jeep easter eggs are full of surprises! Since 1997, Jeep has included a homage to one of their designers or a piece of Jeep history somewhere on each of their vehicles. Take a look or come on by Forest Lane CDJR in Dallas to see how many you can find!
A Humble Start for Jeep Easter Eggs
In 1997, Michael Santoro was tasked with redesigning the Jeep Wrangler, but without the budget for a complete redesign. Santoro only had the leeway to work on the cowl (the piece covering the gap between the hood and windshield), the hood, a few plastic parts, and the grille panel — the rest of the Wrangler was to be a carryover from an older model YJ. To add to the pressure, Chrysler brought in some staffers from Jeep Jamboree, a popular off-roading weekend celebration of all things Jeep. They pleaded with Santoro to keep the Jeep Wrangler true to its boxy, simple roots, so he realized he had to follow their wishes.
However, Santoro wanted to leave his own mark on the Wrangler, too. So he implemented what became the first of Jeep’s proud easter egg tradition: a repeat of Jeep’s trademarked seven-grille bar on the cowl of the Wrangler, to let air into the interior in style. Ever since that first easter egg, Jeep has been leaving little touches here and there on pretty much every Jeep for sale since. For a long time, few people if any noticed them, but that all changed last year when Jeep owners started sharing their finds on TikTok. Since then, Jeep easter eggs have served as a viral reminder of the longevity and uniqueness of the history of the Jeep brand.
Where to Find Your Jeep’s Easter Egg
Depending on your Jeep model, there are a couple of places to look for your Jeep easter egg. If you’re having trouble finding your used or new Jeep’s easter egg, here are a few hints to help:
The iconic 7-grille bar design can be found in some form on all Jeep models.
On the Jeep Wrangler, you can find a vintage Willys Jeep climbing a rocky hillside on the windshield or a pair of flip flops in the cowl, a tribute to automotive journalist Rick Pewe.
Look closely on your new Jeep Renegade to find a Willys MB on each wheel, a “419” (the area code of the manufacturing plant) on the bed, flip-flops on the cowl, and a nod to the military roots of the Jeep with a three-pronged design around the Jeep logo on the steering wheel.
On the back window of many Jeep Cherokees, you’ll be able to find a Willys Jeep climbing a hill. Sometimes it’s chased by a T-Rex or a Bigfoot!
Other easter eggs to look out for include a spider shouting “Ciao, Baby!” on the fueling door, a lizard under the windshield wipers, a topographical map of Moab, Utah, and myriad other little nods to Jeep and American history.
New Jeep Dealership in East Texas
As you’re driving your Jeep SUV around Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, or anywhere in the DFW region, you can be proud that your vehicle is a member of a long line of rugged Jeeps that don’t take themselves too seriously. When you’re ready to add to your Jeep family, come to Forest Lane Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to find your new Jeep!
Our Jeep dealership is conveniently located near the intersection of I-35E and I-635. No matter if you’re looking for a new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, a used Jeep Grand Cherokee, a new 2021 Jeep Gladiator, a used Jeep Gladiator, a 2021 Jeep Wrangler, or even a used Jeep Wrangler, our team of expert Jeep enthusiasts will find the best Jeep model for you! Even if you’re looking for a custom lifted Jeep or a custom paint job, we are the Jeep dealer near Dallas for you; our certified Jeep technicians here at Forest Lane CDJR can get you any customization you can think of, so you will get the Jeep of your dreams! If you ask nicely, we may even help you find the easter egg on your new or used Jeep!
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