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The Grand Wagoneer looks weird because its pillars are all* body color, so let's fix that

Illustration for article titled The Grand Wagoneer looks weird because its pillars are all* body color, so lets fix that
Photo: Jeep (Fair Use)

Oh look, another Grand Wagoneer post! It’s been playing tricks on my eyes and I figured out why it bothers me: except for the blacked out A-pillar that’s part of the 2-tone roof, all its pillars are body color. Not only did Jeep make these pillars body color, it accentuated them by giving the windows chunky metallic trim. It’s weird.

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Most SUVs disguise at least one of their B- and/or C-pillars, and pretty much all cars with 2-tone roof panels hide most or all of their pillars. In the case of the Grand Wagoneer, I didn’t have to look far for an alternate idea: Jeep did a pretty good job with the 2-tone roof on the Compass.

Illustration for article titled The Grand Wagoneer looks weird because its pillars are all* body color, so lets fix that
Photo: Jeep (Fair Use)
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Overall this is a much more successful 2-tone roof design than the one on the Grand Wagoneer. So I decided with the Grand Wagoneer to keep the piece of metal trim that separates the roof from the rest of the body, black out the window trim, and black out the B- and C-pillars while leaving the D-pillar body color. Here’s my quick n dirty photoshop attempt at bringing it over to the Grand Wagoneer.

Illustration for article titled The Grand Wagoneer looks weird because its pillars are all* body color, so lets fix that
Photo: Textured Soy Protein
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Now this isn’t exactly like the Compass because the Compass pillars are more disguised and not full-on separate pieces of sheetmetal (which I just darkened here along with the window trim) but you get the idea.

Should’ve been more like the Compass roof treatment.

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