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Old 05-12-2017, 10:42 PM
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JLU Back Seats

JKU back seats--not the most comfortable, no angle adjustment...

any talk of more adjustment features in the back seats of the JLU????

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Old 05-12-2017, 10:58 PM   #2
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One of the big reasons I'm waiting for the JLU is for better back seats. I also want them to fold down flush with the trunk area.

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Old 05-13-2017, 07:24 AM   #3
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One of the big reasons I'm waiting for the JLU is for better back seats. I also want them to fold down flush with the trunk area.
That won't/can't happen without reducing the cargo area behind the seats because you would have to raise the floor to be flush with the seats.

I think as long as the back seats are bench seats, you will not see a back adjustment because it affects everybody in the back seat. I could be wrong though. I honestly find my JK seats very comfortable.
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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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I think as long as the back seats are bench seats, you will not see a back adjustment because it affects everybody in the back seat. I could be wrong though. I honestly find my JK seats very comfortable.
Yeah, as long as it's a 60/40 split hard to adjust; though they could do a 40/20/40 split bench and allow the outer seats individual adjustability, but it's still a challenge (especially because they also fold down) and also added cost likely for minimal return due to other constraints.

It would be interesting if they kept the 40/60 split and then offered slight adjustability to just the 40 part, as a single '[email protected]' adjustable seat. I doubt it would happen, but it would provide proper guidance and set expectations from the start. I'd just love to see it from a vehicle & design enthusiast perspective of a company taking control of the narrative and saying, yeah, we hear you, but there are realities you need to come to grips with.
Would never happen, but would like to see the change to address the 'softer side of Sears' buyers who really should have a Lexus instead.
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Cool Remove the back seat .

The easiest solution is to remove the back seat just like we did in the army ; anyone who wants to ride along can lounge inside just like we did in the army .

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