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Concept/DemonstrationJeep FC Concept is Big
Posted by mike on 2012/4/3 11:01:00 (25289) reads

Wow. Just what do you say about this Jeep concept vehicle unveiled at the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari a few weeks ago? First of all - it's big. And different. And totally something not expected.

The official press release states that the Jeep Forward Control was built from 1956 to 1965 and offered a clever packaging solution. It kept overall length at a minimum for maneuverability but maintained a full-length cargo box for utility. For 2012, Jeep has created a modern version of this classic: the Jeep Mighty FC concept.

To create the Jeep Mighty FC concept, the design team started with a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon and repositioned the cabin over and ahead of the front axle, lengthened the wheelbase, and added a custom built drop-side cargo box. The cab utilizes a roof from the Mopar JK-8 conversion kit, as well as a custom-designed front clip. The Wrangler-based interior has been enhanced with bold, heavy-duty Katzkin leather and a unique color scheme. The cargo area is handled by a full-width, drop-side tray-style bed that measures more than eight feet in length.

The New York Times "Wheels" blog says:

The Jeep Mighty FC concept lacks the smooth countenance of Stevensís design, instead wearing the grafted face of the Wrangler, the descendant of the original Jeeps, over two prominent search lights. It rides atop a lengthened platform donated by a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon. The eight-foot bed is built with side-access doors, and the roof is sourced from the Mopar catalog, the JK-8 conversion kit. Interior appointments include generous, if not particularly utilitarian, swaths of leather.

The vehicle appears remarkably high, with huge ground clearance for its portal axles, also sourced from Mopar. The axles alone cost from $11,000 to $12,500 each, a point of consideration for home hobbyists. Many parts of the vehicle were sourced from specialist suppliers like Hanson, Warn and Teraflex. Off-road aficionados may enjoy simply reading aloud the laundry list of aftermarket suppliers whose wares are worn by the big Jeep.

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Posted: 2012/10/11 10:12  Updated: 2012/10/11 10:12
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 Re: Jeep FC Concept is Big
This is very unusual. And it's not like the current models. Not often redesign is like retro. Jeep can be set a new direction for the other automakers: leave as many exterior parts from the past and add under the hood and in the interior the best technological achievements in the present. Turned cool and fresh.

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Posted: 2012/4/15 7:39  Updated: 2012/4/15 7:41
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 Re: Jeep FC Concept is Big
Awesome concept, even though it (nor any similar looking variant) will NEVER make it to production, it sure sparks interest in the brand!

I'm soooooooooooo disappointed in the Graphics Department though... where's the gawdy sticker crap (Mountains, Yetis, Geckos, Island scenes) we all love sooooooooo much??

Very clean, interesting, nostalgic concept. Nice work, Manley! Now build a utilitarian JK-8!!

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Posted: 2012/4/5 0:36  Updated: 2012/4/5 0:36
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 Really a Big Improvement for Concepts
This is just a concept folks. Anybody recall the first Rescue 4-door on a Cummins Ram chassis?

Here's a question - do you remember when concept vehicles were pioneering and innovative? Remember when Amazing new possibilities were revealed at car shows and automotive engineers were praised not only for being inventive but resourceful in just how realistic these concepts are?
Here is a great example of retro meets utilitarian.
This is a concept from near stock parts, with amazing capabilities that far and away move the brand into new territory where this brand Jeep, is very highly regarded worldwide.
This version of the FC with it's portal axles not only surpasses the Overlander crowds (who love the DoKa by AEV) and goes into the Unimog, KAZ, MAN territory at a reasonable price point (I'm guessing $50K based on the Rubicon/portal axle pricing).
Combine this kind of creativity with the Jeep/Fiat dealerships round the world, and now you've got something!

More FC-type concepts, and less Trail-Hawks.

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Posted: 2012/4/3 14:12  Updated: 2012/4/3 14:12
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 Re: Jeep FC Concept is Big
Brilliant! OK, how about a smaller, tough truck with the same looks that could go up against the Toyota Tacoma and other mini pickups?

The design is like nothing else currently on the market. Retro, and very cool. Definitely a Jeep.

Of course they'll never build it...

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Posted: 2012/4/3 15:43  Updated: 2012/4/3 15:43
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 Re: Jeep FC Concept is Big
I saw a JK8 driving around Sugar Land, Texas the other day. So, you can get a jeep pickup today if you really want one.
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