What are Jeep Easter Eggs?
Did you know that they’re some fun secrets hidden across your Jeep, some that you may not even know about after driving your trusty SUV for years? That’s right, for almost 25 years now Jeeps have been home to a variety of easter eggs across each model, a little hidden signature feature or design flourish that simultaneously represents the iconic history of Jeep with the dedication to perfecting even the smallest details. How did these easter eggs start, and, maybe most importantly to you, where can you find these hidden marks on your vehicle? Follow along with us at Southside Dodge as we dig into the background of Jeep easter eggs, highlight some popular ones then send you out on a hunt for your own!
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History of Jeep Easter Eggs
All the fun started back in the late ‘90s with the 1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ. The iconic 7-bar grille on this redesign was duplicated into the cowl thanks to Michael Santoro, who wanted to further highlight the uniqueness of Jeep models. This inaugural Jeep easter egg actually had a fundamental purpose alongside its fun design flourish, as it allowed more air to get into the vehicle. Ever since that initial little easter egg was implemented in the Wrangler, Jeep designers have had fun putting unique touches all across every vehicle. You can find easter eggs in such places as the head and taillights, window trims, cupholders, instrument cluster, liftgate and many more secretive places.
Where to Find Some Popular Jeep Easter Eggs
We’re not going to spoil them all, that would take the fun and excitement of finding these little flourishes for yourself, but here are some of the most popular Jeep easter eggs found across the lineup:
- The iconic 7-slot grille (found on most Jeep models)
- A Willys Jeep climbing a rocky hill (found on the Jeep Wrangler’s windshield)
- A pair of flip flops (found on the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator’s cowl)
- A little gecko (found on the Jeep Compass’ dash)
- The Loch Ness Monster (found on the Jeep Compass’ rear windshield)
- An X, symbolizing the bottom of gas cans seen on older Jeeps (found in the Jeep Renegade’s tail lights, cupholders and on the roof)
- A spider saying “ciao, baby!” (found on the Jeep Renegade’s fuel door)
- A tiny sasquatch (found on the Jeep Renegade’s rear windshield)
- An orange paint splatter (found on the Jeep Renegade’s tachometer redline)
- Topographical map of Moab, Utah (found on the Jeep Renegade’s centre console cubby)
Now that you have some idea of what to look for, happy hunting on your own vehicle! Find some for yourself? Let us know, we’d love to hear all the latest goodies you find on your vehicle! Keep watch for new models because who knows what easter eggs may be hidden in Jeep’s future.