Here’s what you need to know about Jurassic Park jeeps

In the case of famous media franchises, Jurassic park is high on the list. Since the 90s, there have been several films in the science fiction genre revolving around a (failed) scientist’s attempt to create an amusement park with cloned dinosaurs, and they have been well received by the public. Well, mostly.

Really, Jurassic park has gathered all kinds of viewers, from the most devoted fans of the story to those who are uninspired by the quality of the adaptation, but are willing to set aside some free time for a light adventure film. What kind of viewers are we, you might ask?

As you’ve probably expected, we’re only here for the vehicles. Jurassic park has offered many impressive rides over the years, and most of them were, according to the theme park setup, advanced off-roaders ready to take on the most demanding conditions (and escape from dinosaurs). These included the Ford Explorer, Hammer HMC4, Mercedes-Benz ML 320, Kawasaki Teryx4 LE and many others.

Today, however, we want to talk about Jurassic Park jeeps that have pretty much stolen the show from other rides in the franchise. More specifically, the famous Jeep Wrangler YJ and Jeep Wrangler 4xe are on our list.

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The original Jurassic Park Ride: The Good Old Jeep Wrangler YJ and its many appearances

Via: Wikimedia Commons/Pat Loika

The most notable Jeep vehicle used in the first Jurassic park the film is the Wrangler YJ Sahara, which the staff uses to get around the park. The Jeep Wrangler YJ is a small off-road four-wheel drive vehicle produced from 1987 to 1998. After the CJ series, the Wrangler YJ had improved handling, safety and interior, ensuring more comfort for passengers and not only impressive off-road capabilities.

With a robust, yet comfort-oriented design, the Wrangler YJ was the perfect fit Jurassic park franchise. When the entire park is built on science fiction details and dinosaurs roam, at least some parts of the story have to be based on real life, right? In Jurassic Park, vehicles serve that purpose, reflecting the needs of park operators dealing with terrain challenges.

Jurassic Park features a total of five Jeep Wrangler YJ rides, and each one serves a specific purpose. One picks people up from the tour, the other two take visitors to the trails and so on. For the film adaptation, the Jeep Wrangler YJ received sand beige paint, red stripes and the Jurassic Park logo on the sides, which is the style that this vehicle is now known for (and will probably remain so for many years).

One thing that highlights the outstanding popularity of Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler YJ is its wide availability in the car market. Not one but many YJ owners decided to customize their rides to match the Jurassic Park style, and you can find some of these available for sale, even more than 20 years after the first movie was released.

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Continuing the partnership: a glimpse of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe from the Jurassic-World-inspired commercial

Jeep Wrangler 4xe speeds up the road.
Via: Stellantis Media

When the newest film in the franchise hit screens this year, Jeep saw an excellent opportunity to capitalize on its long-established acting popularity. As Jurassic World Dominion makes for an epic end to an era, it couldn’t do it without the mention of the Jeep that was present in the original film.

That’s why Jeep and Universal Pictures collaborated to make a unique commercial after Jurassic World Dominion release. This 30 second broadcast has already traveled the world and features not the first Jeep Wrangler YJ, but the modern Jeep Wrangler 4xe – quite fittingly.

Of course, the commercial pays homage to the first film (and the vehicle in it). But it also highlights the evolution of both the Jurassic Park series and the Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is now an electric plug-in that takes off-road adventure and comfort to a new, more sustainable level, and Jeep saw an opportunity to emphasize that.

How does the commercial show this new electric Wrangler’s capabilities? In a very subtle and slightly odd way, to be honest. The spot shows a Jeep Wrangler 4xe owner scrolling on his phone while his ride is charging. He actually daydreams about having a pet Carnotaurus and going on off-road adventures with it. The Carnotaurus even sleeps in the back of the vehicle, enjoying the silent electric drive mode. But it was all a dream, which the owner realizes when he snaps it out after being eaten by the Carnotaurus’ mother.

Yes, the commercial is pretty odd if you ask us, but we guess Jeep got what it wanted – to tie in with Jurassic Park and its new million-dollar movie. We have yet to see if it will positively affect sales of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe.

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