Thursday, August 30, 2007

2007 Jeep® Trailhawk

The Jeep® Trailhawk concept merges the core off-road features of the new body-on-frame four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with an all-new on-road open-air concept vehicle. Built off the new Wrangler platform, the Jeep Trailhawk is a more refined highway cruiser without sacrificing any of Jeep’s legendary off-road capabilities.

“The key to the look of the Trailhawk,” said Nick Vardis, Principal Exterior Designer, “is the vehicle’s distinctive proportions, due in part to its 116-inch wheelbase. The dash-to-front-axle dimension is dramatically long, giving the vehicle a sense of forward motion, while the front and rear overhangs are tight and abbreviated.“

Vardis said the body side is muscular and broad-shouldered, with the sheet metal pulled into shape, much like a drawn arrow in the bow of a skilled archer. Even the pillars are pulled back. The forward motion of the body is further accented by the drive of the raising beltline.
The stance is broad, and the wheels, pushed to the corners of the vehicle, are enclosed in robust flares dramatically offset from the body.

Partly trapezoidal in shape, yet not asymmetrical, these angular, crisply-contoured wheel flares reinterpret one of Jeep’s fundamental design cues.
“The flares are stretched and pulled taut at one end,” Vardis said. “Each presents a ‘long side’ angled toward the center of the body.”

The body in turn tapers toward the front in plan view to expose more of the flares and accent the wide stance. The flares enclose large 22-inch, five-spoke wheels, each with a hefty 34-inch overall diameter. The specially-crafted tires are accented by a red stripe, with the red color repeated on the exposed brake calipers.

The lower body, which kicks outward along the bottoms of the doors, intersects the flares crisply. Tucked beneath this horizontal element is a recessed running board, accented by a silver molding. A tall trapezoidal vent, located at the front fender-front door cut line, is home to the circular Trail Rated badge.

The Trailhawk’s long hood is fronted by a signature seven-slot Jeep grille angled rearward to match the lean-back surface of the forward flares, with the slots filled with a mesh texture. Bracketed between the grille and the flares, the chamfered headlamps mimic the lean-back stance. Beneath their clear flush lenses, HID projector beam quad lamps nestled into twin “telescopic” polished aluminum barrels light the way forward while LEDs, configured in parallel stripes provide park and turn signals.

The main headlamp units are cropped diagonally across the top. They peer out from an angled brow, giving the vehicle its bold, sinister look. In front view, the left and right lamps evoke the hooded eyes of a bird of prey.

The taillamps mimic the look of the headlamps, including the striped turn signals, with the surface of the liftgate carved away. The vehicle’s upper structure is set onto the lower body, encased by a crisp, chamfered 360-degree molding that runs around the greenhouse, accenting the high, arching beltline. At the base of the windshield is a seven-slot cowl screen that reprises the grille.

The body is painted in Argent Pearl high-gloss, with the flares and lower body a slightly darker low-gloss variant.

The side windows retract fully into the body, leaving no B-pillar above the belt, while the diagonal quarter windows are also fully retractable. Gray-tinted twin longitudinal glass panels over the first- and second-row seats and the glass panel over the cargo compartment are removable, as is the swing-up backlight. With all the glass lowered and removed, the Trailhawk offers occupants virtually the same open-air ambience as a typical soft top Jeep. The fixed central spine contains overhead lighting and several integrated storage bins.

The four-passenger interior is dominated by two major design elements —the cross-car instrument panel (I/P) form and a full-length central spine which forms the floor console. The AC outlets, center stack compass/inclinometer, and the dimensional, double-deck “biplane” gauges are housed in circular casings having the appearance of machined aluminum, with detailing matching headlamp surrounds. The two-tone leather-wrapped aluminum steering wheel features vertical individual switches for lights and speed control.

Riding the transmission tunnel, the console’s raised walls create a full-length open bin, handy for the storage of sundry items. Within the console’s side rails, two front/rear combination armrest/storage bin modules, movable via concealed tracks, can be positioned fore-aft at the occupants’ discretion. Using the familiar touchpad technology of laptop computers, a flip-out pad for the remote control fold-away flat screen navigation unit is housed in the forward armrest.

The open console’s unique utility is enhanced by the relocation of the transfer case ‘Terrain Selector’ switch to the center stack of the I/P. Also, there is the use of an electronic gear selector/park brake lever mounted to the right side of the steering column to continue this effect.

Additional storage is available forward of the drop-open center stack control module, and in the lower door trim panels. The driver and three passengers can relax in individual premium leather seating in Bark Black and Firewood Orange. The vehicle’s floor is a durable spray-finish with integrated non-slip heel pads, practical for all-weather use.
In the cargo area, each quarter panel houses a removable, portable “audio pod” sound system. Handsome in their rectangular dark gray cases accented with silver circular speaker bezels, each “pod” is fitted with a dock for an MP3 player. For carrying of first aid or road hazard gear, jerry-can style boxes in easy-to-find Firewood Orange are mounted forward of the speaker “pods.”

The utility of the cargo area is enhanced by a drop-down tailgate featuring integral concealed storage, four cup holders, and a sliding Load ‘N Go cargo tray with movable partitions that roll rearward for easy retrieval of stored items.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

2006 Jeep® BLUETEC

Jeep® revealed the cleanest diesel powertrain in its class at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The BLUETEC Grand Cherokee is the latest engineering concept in advanced powertrain from the Chrysler Group, and it features clean-diesel technology developed by DaimlerChrysler.

The BLUETEC Jeep Grand Cherokee engineering concept demonstrates yet another possibility for ultra-clean diesel passenger vehicles in the U.S. The DaimlerChrysler BLUETEC technology will be capable of producing the cleanest diesel vehicles in the world. These next-generation innovations have the potential to meet the most stringent emissions regulations worldwide, including emissions standards in all 50 U.S. states.

BLUETEC may also include an oxidizing catalytic converter, a diesel particulate filter and an innovative system for reducing nitrogen-oxide emissions — a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. SCR is an exhaust gas treatment system that converts nitrogen oxides into nitrogen and water vapor by adding ammonia as a reducing agent in a catalytic converter. These technologies can be used in various combinations depending on the specific needs of the vehicle, packaging and market requirements.

The BLUETEC Jeep Grand Cherokee Engineering Concept is built with all of these technologies. Today’s clean-diesel vehicles improve fuel economy by an average of 30 percent while reducing carbon-dioxide emissions an average of 20 percent over similar gasoline-powered vehicles. This allows BLUETEC passenger cars and light trucks to be the cleanest diesel vehicles in the world.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

2005 Jeep® Patriot

In September 2005 Jeep unveiled its Patriot concept that eventually saw production in early 2007. The Jeep Patriot is a compact Jeep 4x4s intended to deliver fun, freedom, utility, capability, as well as the potential for exceptional fuel economy and interior flexibility — all at a great value.

With the potential for a fuel-efficient all-new 2.4-liter World Engine and a state-of-the-art 2.0-liter diesel (for international markets), the Jeep Patriot concept hinted at the inclusion of a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which eventually made it into the production model.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

2005 Jeep® Compass

This is a sketch of the Jeep® Compass concept vehicle, which made its world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) on Sept. 12, 2005. The Jeep Compass concept broadens the global appeal of the Jeep brand. It’s a contemporary styled Jeep concept that targets new buyers who might not have previously considered the brand. Compact and nimble, Jeep Compass concept is the right size for world markets and is designed to offer a fun-to-drive experience, performance and fuel economy unexpected in the highly competitive compact SUV segment. The Compass made it to production in 2006, to the dismay of Jeep loyalists who for the most part affirm that it dilutes the brand.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

2005 Jeep® Hurricane

The Jeep Hurricane concept is billed as the most maneuverable, most capable and most powerful 4x4 ever built. Simply stated, it is the extreme example for the Jeep brand.

There are two 5.7-liter HEMI engines in the vehicle: one in the front and one in the back. Both engines deliver 335 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque – a total of 670 hp and 740 lb-ft of torque.

Both HEMI engines in the Jeep Hurricane are equipped with the Chrysler Group Multi-Displacement System (MDS). Depending on the driver’s needs, the Hurricane can be powered by 4-, 8-, 12- or 16-cylinders. All of that translates into high torque for climbing obstacles other 4x4 vehicles can’t. In addition, it has the power and traction to move from 0-60 in less than five seconds.

The power is delivered through a central transfer case and split axles with a mechanically controlled four-wheel torque distribution system. The front and rear suspension is short/long arm independent with 20 inches of suspension travel, controlled by coilover shocks with remote reservoirs.

The vehicle has 14.3 inches of ground clearance, and approach/departure angles of 64.0 /86.7 degrees. These are nearly vertical angles – combined with 37-inch tall tires, so the Hurricane won’t meet much that it can’t climb.

The vehicle features a turn radius of absolutely zero, thanks to skid steer capability and toe steer: the ability to turn both front and rear tires inward. In addition, the vehicle features two modes of automated four-wheel steering. The first is traditional with the rear tires turning in the opposite direction of the front to reduce the turning circle. The second mode is an innovation targeted to off-road drivers: the vehicle can turn all four wheels in the same direction for nimble crab steering. This allows the vehicle to move sideways without changing the direction the vehicle is pointing.

The one-piece body is shaped of structural carbon fiber, and forms the chassis that would be offered through a traditional frame. The suspension and powertrain are mounted directly to the body. An aluminum spine runs under the body to both connect the underside and to function as a complete skid plate system.

The design is lightweight with high strength, and it boasts functional appearance. Jeep Hurricane is an honest, minimalist approach to its design augmented with the Jeep signature seven-slot grille, two seats and no doors. On the inside, occupants will be surrounded by exposed carbon fiber and polished aluminum with Black Thunder and Tiluminum accents.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

2005 Jeep® Gladiator

The Gladiator is billed as a lifestyle pickup with all of the rugged functionality of the famed Jeep Wrangler. It is a super utility truck that features an open-air canvas roof, removable doors and fold-down windshield so driver and passengers can get in touch with the outdoors, and an expandable pickup-truck bed and clever storage compartments to offer truly useful cargo capacity.

Jeep enthusiasts will likely recognize the Gladiator name from the 1962 fullsize pickup truck model. Other Jeep elements on today’s Gladiator that blend style and function include the seven-slot grille, an open-air passenger compartment, a Command Trac® part-time 4x4 system, front- and rear-locking differentials, a front winch and full skid plates.

While the heritage rings true, Gladiator is also a thoroughly modern pickup, offering more utility and storage than would be expected in a vehicle scaled for maneuverability and ease of driving.
There is a driver-side cabin-storage access panel as well as a lockable storage panel in front of the rear wheel. The 4-foot-wide bed space is expandable with storage that can extend inside the cabin when more length is needed. The bed can be transformed from its standard length of 5 foot, 8 inches (1,725 mm) to 6 foot, 8 inches (2,026 mm) with the midgate expanded, and ultimately to 8 foot, 11 inches (2,723 mm) with the midgate expanded and tailgate down.

Gladiator is powered by the modern and efficient 2.8-liter, 4-cylinder common-rail turbo diesel engine that provides 295 lb-ft of torque and 163 hp. It delivers ample power to all four wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission and a traditional part-time transfer case.

The front and rear suspension are multi-link designs for a smooth ride over all surfaces with plenty of suspension travel for capable off roading. Coilover shocks are used at all four corners for superb control. The rear incorporates dual, concentric springs for a comfortable ride while offering a 1,500-pound payload. Key off-roading specifications include a ground clearance of 13.7 inches (348 mm), break-over angle of 23.2 degrees and an approach/departure angle of 47.6 /38.0 degrees, respectively. Tires in the front and rear are 34 inches in diameter (265/75R18) mounted on 18x8 inch wheels.

On the interior, Gladiator is follows a contemporary, utility theme. The color palate includes Armour Green with Dark Slate Gray accents. The seats are weatherproof and the interior is designed for hose-out ease of care. Gladiator features GPS, a navigation system and a communications system.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

2004 Jeep® Rescue

Designed for the most extreme situations and unforgiving conditions, the Jeep® Rescue concept is not only the ultimate type of search and rescue vehicle, it is the ultimate execution of a Jeep off-road vehicle.

Combining legendary Jeep off-road capability with state-of-the-art search and rescue technology, the Jeep Rescue is designed to reach areas in the harshest, most daunting mountainous and desert areas.

The Rescue can be configured to run almost totally “open,” with folding front windscreen and a retractable backlite, a sliding glass sunroof in front, a fold-forward canvas roof in the rear, plus, all four doors are removable.

The Jeep Rescue features an all-new body-on-frame construction with hydroformed frame rails and riding on a 2,062 mm (81.2-in.) wide chassis with 3,106 mm (122.3-in.) wheelbase and 940 mm (37-in.) diameter tyres. The front hydropneumatic suspension combines with the heavy-duty link-coil rear suspension to give the Jeep Rescue its solid footing on all terrain. The suspension has adjustable ride height and an additional 102 mm (4-in.) lift available for fording water.

The large diameter tyres feature an MTR tread and run-flat capability, negating the need for a spare. On-board tyre pressure control has the ability to “tune” tyre pressures for maximum traction on all surfaces.

Powered by a Cummins Diesel engine with massive power and torque – 239 W (325 hp DIN) and 814 Nm (600 lb.-ft.) – and featuring seating for five, the Jeep Rescue’s primary mission is rescue capability, and its list of rescue and safety equipment is impressive:

-AC electric power (10 kW) generation in the field
-3-D topographical mapping software and topographical navigation system
-Under-chassis, point-of-view cameras for avoiding danger in its path
-Passive, infrared (thermal) cameras for search and rescue
-Satellite telephone, VHF radio, digital video recorder with satellite transmission capability
-Retractable four-point harnesses for vehicle occupants
-Exterior perimeter lighting
-White LEV lighting for long-distance visual search and reduced power use
-Folding seats in rear compartment of vehicle
-Remote control winches – front and back

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

2004 Jeep® Treo

An interpretation of where the Jeep® brand could go in the future, the Jeep Treo is the next-generation, urban-active Jeep – one that will allow it to thrive in a city or campus environment, yet one that will easily take its owner to the trailhead. All of this adaptable with the ability to use fuel cell technology.

Treo’s design is matched by its alternative propulsion system. Imagined with an efficient, hydrogen fuel cell powering all four wheels via dual electric motors, the Treo is designed to operate in all conditions – while being sensitive and accountable to the environment.

Treo – a name meaning “three” in various languages - comes from the concept’s unique 2 + 1 seating configuration, which can be changed to accommodate a 2 + gear scenario. The Treo’s “face” presents a bold new Jeep signature – despite the concept’s compact dimensions.

The classic Jeep design elements – the seven slot grille, large “eye” headlamps and the prominent windshield presence – are freshly nuanced and then enhanced by a purposeful lower-front bumper with rugged, oversized tow hooks, slightly exposed front suspension component and bolt-on fenders.

The Treo’s shape narrows front-to-back, and culminates in a dramatically tapered tail, which is augmented by twin, high-mounted spar wings that serve a triple functional role as running, brake and tail lamps, cooling air intakes and as the exterior mounting points for twin Jeep Rubicon bikes.

An advanced drive-by-wire system provides a functional detail to the Treo interior, which in turn allows for instant adaptability for either left- or right-hand drive. The steering column, pedals and instrumentation are all contained in one module – a single piece of sculpture that can be easily slid to either side of the car – which mounts to a one-piece structural beam (a second module contains the radio, GPS and HVAC controls in a touch screen that is removable).

This unique functional design feature, combined with the added visibility provided by the Jeep see-through grille and its creative greenhouse design, contribute to the Treo’s roomy, airy interior – allowing it to take full advantage of natural and ambient light sources.

The overall effect of the Treo interior is one of spaciousness and usability. Future-tech materials mesh with tactile textures and surfaces, which results in an interior environment that’s bright, open and functional. The Treo’s rear seat can be folded to store more gear, although the front wheels from the exterior-mounted Jeep Rubicon bikes can be stored in the back without disturbing the rear passenger.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

2002 Jeep® Willys2

Continuing the momentum of its award-winning 2001 Jeep Willys concept vehicle, the Chrysler Group design team celebrated the North American premiere of the Jeep Willys2 concept at the 2002 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Willys2 was developed to exist in harmony with nature while being ready to venture out in the rugged wilderness. Willys2 will go anywhere and do anything at any time, featuring unsurpassed approach and departure angles and ample ground clearance.
Incorporating cutting-edge plastic technology and a lightweight aluminium frame, Willys2 sports ultra-modern interpretations of trademark Jeep design cues including the seven-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel arches. Shown by the Chrysler Group in prior concept vehicles, injection-moulded plastic bodies save up to 50 percent in manufacturing costs and weight and are nearly 100 percent recyclable.

While its battle-proven World War II ancestor, the American hero Willys MB, was made of sheet metal, this concept was built in carbon fibre to simulate the weight savings that could be achieved with injection-moulded plastics. Jeep Willys2 is finished in "Action Green" metallic paint.

The removable hard top comes equipped with a roof rack featuring a full-size spare tyre holder and an integrated luggage carrier, as well as bindings for multiple kinds of outdoor gear. Three auxiliary search and rescue lamps emphasise the "go-anywhere, do-anything" attitude that is core to the Jeep brand.

The Jeep Willys2, which weighs approximately 1350 kg (3,000 lbs.), is powered by a 1.6-litre, in-line four-cylinder engine that has been supercharged to deliver 120 kW (160 bhp) and 210 Nm (155 lb.-ft.) of torque. Its four-speed automatic transmission is coupled with a shift-on-the-fly transfer case with full-time four-wheel drive and low-range modes. Estimated performance figures include a sprint to 96 km/h (60 mph) in about 10 seconds and a top speed of nearly 140 km/h (90 mph).
Willys2's chiselled design lends substance and visual weight, suggesting a low centre of gravity with a long wheelbase (2413 mm/95 in.) and wide track (1496 mm/58.8 in. front, 1509 mm/59.4 in. rear). The vehicle features a custom independent short-and-long-arm front and multi-link solid rear axle suspension with coil springs at all four wheels.

The spacious interior blends colours of aqua and silver, providing an honest and mechanical appearance. Translucent plastics allow for a new approach to Jeep design while remaining true to the brand's legendary versatility.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

2002 Jeep® Compass

The Jeep Compass, in its world premiere at the 2002 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is a concept that feels at home in an urban environment while possessing the free spirit of a performance rally car. Inspired by the 1998 Jeep Jeepster concept and built on a Jeep Liberty platform, Compass also offers a great combination of on-road dynamics and off-highway capability. Aptly named Compass, this latest Jeep concept will be pointing consumers in its segment toward tomorrow.

Chrysler Group's Pacifica Advanced Design Center in Carlsbad, Calif., was tasked to design a Jeep concept for 'millennials', the next-large emerging group of consumers now-age 24 or younger. This group will outnumber the 'Baby Boomer' generation. The Jeep brand has the third highest percentage of 'definitely consider' of all brands among those buyers, as shown by the 2001 Vehicle Experience Study.
Like a rally car, the two-door Jeep Compass has all-wheel drive, a short wheelbase and a low center of gravity to hug the road. Compass features a lightweight steel 'uniframe' construction and a 210 bhp. (157 KW), 235 lb.-ft. (319 Nm), 3.7-liter PowerTech V-6 engine, offering ample power whether traveling on pavement, gravel, dirt or snowy city streets.

The 'Force Green' exterior paint is reminiscent of a military color scheme. Even as the instrument panel looks like the cockpit of a fighter jet with technical dials and gaugesthe interior is still simple, uncluttered and functional.

Slot machine-style rotating controls operate all primary functions, while the gauges are reminiscent of traditional watch faces, and the air vents have classic aeronautical design. A sturdy grab handle covers the width of the instrument panel, as a visually strong 'backbone' runs throughout the entire interior. This design element is mirrored by a full-length overhead console. The instrument panel features a multi-functional docking station with LCD screen.
Four bucket seats offer all occupants a command-of-the-road seating position, comfort and support. The seats are trimmed in green leather and Goretex with 'G Force Green' soft touch grommets. The rear buckets fold to create a flat loading surface, executed in low-gloss stainless steel with integrated tie-downs in the side trim. True to its Jeep heritage, the interior features a molded rubber floor. The spare tire is incorporated into the rear hatch.

Jeep Compass conveys an expressive personality in its exterior design with details such as fender length running lights, and stainless steel brush guard and sill panels with the Jeep name. The roof features a unique diamond plate textured liner with integrated tie-downs, developed to take the abuse of any type of hauling.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

2001 Jeep® Willys

The back-to-basics, composite-bodied Jeep® Willys showcases the design and technology of the 21st century.

The Willys, unveiled at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, features plastic body-technology, allowing for a radical approach to Jeep design while remaining true to the brand’s legendary capability. Shown in several concept vehicles designed by the Chrysler Group, injection-molded plastic bodies save up to 50 percent in weight and manufacturing costs and are nearly 100 percent recyclable. The molded-in-color plastic allows designers to create shapes not permitted with stamped metal, such as the crisp, rigid lines that give the Willys its high-tech, machined appearance.

The Jeep Willys’ lightweight aluminum frame-web is similar to technologies found in today’s top performance sports and military equipment. While its battle-proven, World War II ancestor was made of sheet metal, this concept was built in carbon fiber to simulate the weight savings that could be achieved with injection-molded plastics. Frame-web technology molds the one-piece carbon fiber body to an aluminum frame, giving the Jeep Willys industry-leading rigidity.

Designed with a sense of adventure, the Willys creates a fresh, ultra-modern interpretation of the legendary Jeep brand. Confidence-inspiring shapes such as the seven-slot grille, the uniquely executed wheel arches, the extremely short rear and the vehicle’s athletic stance maintain true Jeep character.

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