05-13-2017, 09:49 AM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Calgary, Alberta
The back seats aren't for adults, adults need their own Jeeps.
The problem with making the rear seats very adjustable is that they don't have a lot of spare space underneath unlike other vehicles that can pop in stow-n-go seating with the amount of spare space they have to work with, usually because they don't have a driveshaft going the whole way down, or they've given up ground clearance for added floor space.
The other issue is how much the rear wheelwells intrude into the cabine, you can't really tilt back far without the JLU losing width and going from JLU 3 'person' (kid really) width to JL 2 kid width.
Because the JL(U) will be longer it is likely that they can give a little more, room to tilt through a pivot point, but likely not improve a true reclinability, without it giving up leg space.
Fold flat would be nice, and something I would like in order to not add stress to items in the back. This too may be possible due to a a change in length arrangement if they move some of the ZF's length into the cabin, the only issue I see is that the transfer case seems to be in the same spot as in the JK(U), so likely not much (if any) length added in the cabin area itself, and most of it in the engine bay, but could be an inch here or there.
They could also achieve this by changing the thickness and layout of the rear seat backs. They don't need to be as thick as they are now, but a reduction in those dimensions would likely lead to comments from reviewers and owners in the reducion in depth and lead to psychosomatic 'feeling' of less comfortable seats even if the ergonomics were imoroved.
Also an inverse challenge to the fold flat, I would like to see slight additional bolstering of the two main rear passengers to keep folks from flinging side to side on the trails.
The rear seats in the JL(U) will never be meant for long trips for adults, for kids most of the time they'll have some other seating between them and the factory seats, so,longer rides aren't as much of an issue, they just need to be child-seat friendly, which they currently are, but they could be improved, mainly for speed of install and removal,for people always reconfiguring.
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