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Concept/DemonstrationThe "Other" All-New Jeep (sort of)
Posted by mike on 2001/1/26 0:00:00 (2359) reads



It's a little known fact that there were two all-new Jeeps introduced earlier this month at the North American International Auto Show in Detriot - in addition to the 2002 Jeep Liberty, the generous folks at DaimlerChrysler gave us a new Jeep concept car - the Jeep Willys. According to the press release:

"Pure American" Jeep® Design Incorporates Cutting-Edge Plastic Technology

The back-to-basics, composite-bodied Jeep® Willys concept vehicle pays homage to Jeep vehicles of the past while showcasing the design and technology of the 21st century.

"We designed this concept vehicle with the self- expressive, free-thinker in mind," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President - Product Design, DaimlerChrysler Corporation. "The Jeep Willys' usefulness and versatility were developed to exist in ecological harmony with nature while being perfectly suited for the rigors of an active lifestyle. Call it the pure American."

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.

Willys' chiseled body lends substance and visual weight, suggesting a low center of gravity with a long wheelbase (95 inches/2413 mm) and wide track (58.9 inches/1496 mm front, 59.4 inches/1509 mm rear).

The 2,900-pound (1315 kg) curb weight of the Jeep Willys allows a 15:1 weight-to-horsepower ratio.

"My 'pure American' design philosophy for the Jeep Willys led me to the very clean, precise and mechanical appearance," said Jordan Meadows, Product Designer at DaimlerChrysler's Pacifica Design Center in Carlsbad, Calif. "However, it still shows traditional Jeep design cues, such as the trademark grille and wheel arches and its commanding feel on the road, as well as off the beaten path."

This visual character is carried on in the interior. Willys' spacious interior sports a light palette in colors and materials. Featured are brushed aluminum and aqua and grey leather with Starbrite Silver accents.

"In detailing Willys' interior with an honest look and feel, we reinforced the versatile Jeep lineage," said Meadows. "The Jeep Willys is a prime example of a vehicle embracing its past while looking to its future."

Emphasizing the combination of heritage and modern technology, the concept comes equipped with a Sirius Satellite Radio. It offers digital quality audio with crystal clear reception coast-to-coast from more than 100 news, sports and entertainment channels, of which 50 music channels are commercial-free.

The Jeep Willys is powered by DaimlerChrysler's 1.6-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine that has been supercharged to deliver 160 horsepower (120 kW) and 155 lb.-ft. of torque (210 Nom). 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.

Custom, independent short-and-long-arm front and multi-link solid rear axle suspension with coil-over-shock set-up and sizeable 22-inch wheels with P235/840R560 PAX tires embraces the "go anywhere" attitude synonymous with the Jeep brand.

Estimated performance figures include a sprint to 60 mph. (97 kph) in 10.2 seconds and a top speed of almost 90 mph. (140 kph).

"The custom suspension and supercharged powertrain were engineered to preserve the rugged capabilities that the Jeep brand is known for," added Creed. "We wanted the DNA of the Willys to speak to the heritage of its ancestors. We were looking for the most efficient yet stylish way to capture the spirit of classic Jeep vehicles enhanced with modern technology. Marrying 21st century technology with 20th century tradition, the pure American Willys captures the bare essence of the Jeep brand."

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Ramblerman
OK, the styling department has to do something with their time to justify their existance. It's easy to see that the influence comes more from the D than the C. I'm not against change or new ideas, but damn, Sam, can't they do any better than this? There's no cargo space to speak of. There's no engine to speak of. Why not have an I-6 torque monster of about 300 cu. in.? There needs to be a manual box, too. The plastic sounds like it's going to be very expensive if you like to play in the dirt and rocks. I think I'd prefer canvas to leather for the seats.

Why not leave the Jeep line going the way it is for the urban commuters, and do the Willys line for those of us that don't need all of the leather, CD players, AC, power windows, and cup holders? And bring back the trucks, too.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Karen
Well, how much is this one going to cost? I've always thought that Jeeps were overpriced, but worth the money--this doesn't even look to be worth the money it takes to mold the plastic it's made of--I'm all for recycling, but what do you do if you have an accident, replace the whole frame? I think this one should stay in the "concept" bin...we won't even talk about the 4.0 engine, nuff said...

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: John
If you build it they will come!!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bob
Crazy Jeep- Points well stated!

The Jeep Willys shares the same front and rear
suspension as that of the new Liberty. Could the
folks at DC be telling us something here?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Ron Sherlin
In a round-about-way I like the concept. However, with the countless after-market products
(off-road) available for Jeeps these days, why would this type of concept vehicle be offered. I go off-roading every weekend and I can't imagine the costs to repair one of those 100% recycled body panels. Just over 150lbs of torque. You've got to be kidding. This thing better have one heck of a crawl ratio to be of any use. And 22 inch tires. Guess you wouldn't want to damage one of these. Get back to the basics. After all, isn't that what has made and kept Jeeps famous. Keep it real guys. No real Jeeper would even start to buy this "look what I've got" Jeep. But if this is truely the future of Jeep, at least add the components necessary to perform like a true of road vehicle.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jon
"We designed this concept vehicle with the self- expressive, free-thinker in mind," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President - Product Design, DaimlerChrysler Corporation. "The Jeep Willys' usefulness and versatility were developed to exist in ecological harmony with nature while being perfectly suited for the rigors of an active lifestyle. Call it the pure American."

Call it nauseating drivel! Who writes this crap? In all my years in public relations I never wrote such incoherent nonsense as this for quotes in news releases. Sounds like it was written by a girl who drives a Sebring. I like the name, though.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Steve
here is my comment....have the designers of that weird lookin buggy committed immediately, that's not a JEEP in my books, will they actually put that in showrooms across the continent, God help us JEEP lovers!!!!!! Please get rid of that UGLY beast right now......and the LIBERTY is a big loser too, get those guys thinkin JEEP again!!!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: rich
Plastic? Leather?
Remind the designer about off road rocks, trees,
etc. How much to replace the tupperware parts?
Leather on a vehicle embracing the willy's
heritage? Bullshit! i don't mind the design, it's
better than the Liberty,but it still sounds like
an upscale. overly priced showpiece for the soccer
and cellphone set. i can see the Hollywood agents cruising down Sunset in these things already...

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Griff
Hmmm... Not bad. The design says Jeep 10 times more than the KJ. I think this is a better direction for Jeep to go than the "every bodys the same" SUV trend (aka the KJ). As for powertrain... ha ha funny, a I-4. Is this the same Chrysler that is intent on having every vehicle have the same parts bin engine. I figured they would have thrown a 4.7L V8 from the WJ or atleast that pansy 3.7L V6, But a I-4. Where did they get that, a PT Crusier? Not much power, good torque probably but you still need power. The design itself could be better but its better than the KJ. Long live the KJ!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Rick
Shoot the poor bastard, before the infection spreads to another vehicle! -- dang, that's one ugly vehicle! To D-C's credit, at least they're thinking outside of the box.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Utah
I think it looks great....in a Mad Max meets Jeep kind of way.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Babinus
Sean,

what happens when brother and sisted have sex? That's right, people like you are born!

Take your Ford T way of thinking and CJ5 nostalgia and go smoke more dope.

you loser.


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Scott
here is my comment:

Basically it's a dusted off Icon concept vehicle. What's with thSupercharged e I-4? Why don't they just slap in they new V-6 or V-8 that they've got in the Liberty and WJ respectivly? If they're going for off road ruggedness and dependability a supercharger is on item that would be OFF my list. Not to mention the lame 22" rims. It would be nice for a roadster that rarely if ever sees off pavement duty but that's about it.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Griff
Lets hope that the folks at DC aren't trying to tell us something by having the Willy's have IFS. The may have been able to slip the KJ through the woodwork with only alittle controversy but if they made the wrangler or something like the Willy's IFS there would be alot of mad people. I think Jeep forgets the reason alot of us like their trucks, the reason being they are simple to work on. Jeep needs to slow down the sudden throw in of all these complicated systems and remember the phrase all of our high school shop teachers told us, K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid). I guess the shop teacher of the person who is heading Jeep design forgot to tell him that from the looks of the vehicles and concepts. Long live the Solid Axle!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: rich
Yeah I'll think outside the box! Bcause youre
right..the Willy looks cool, but as usual,look
in the rear,NO FRIGGIN STORAGE SPACE! so all your
extra stuff has to go...OUTSIDE THE BOX!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: CrazyJeep
Wow, once again we, as Jeep fans, are severely divided.

What I like:
I like the composite body panels. Lets not forget that the Original Willys Jeep was made from STAMPED body panels on the same machines that could have made washing machine and refrigerator sides. We have come a long ways. My understanding is that you can whack a tree or rock pretty hard and the body panel just pops right back. I crave the thought that those ugly saplings on the trail won’t scratch my paint off, cause the paint is actually IN the composite. I like the looks, great ground clearance! To be honest, the more I look at it, the more militant it looks! COOL! Where can I put my winch?

What I don’t like:
Hate the engine. Forget that it’s a I-4 with next to no torque or USABLE power! Its supercharged! How long will that engine last on the trails where heat can build up VERY quickly and it doesn’t really have any place to go! If superchargers were the future for us 4 wheelers why aren’t more people using them? They are useless if you are a rock crawler, they can’t help you when your engine dips in to the mere hundreds of RPM’s. And if you are gonna run the mud, you are gonna need BIG tires and 160 HP ain’t gonna turn ‘em awfully fast! I hope the bolt pattern on the hubs will accept the 'ole 15 inch wheels for serious wheeling. Finally, lets stick with the manual shift! ‘Nuff said!

I agree that its good to see Jeep is thinking outside the box. Don’t forget that this is NOT the first time a vehicle of this type has become a concept for Jeep. Remember the ICON? Wouldn’t it be nice if Jeep gave us a forum to express our views CONSTRUCTIVELY and they used our advice and criticism? But I can think of a few people here that might ruin such an opportunity for us with their less than objective points of view! We ALL need to think outside the box!



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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Rich
here is my comment I'm not sure if I'd trade in my '93 Grand Wagoneer for one, but you have to admit...even from a block away, there is no mistaking it for anything but a Jeep. I wouldn't trade my leather seats for anything, except maybe heated ones (your butt can get kinda cold on Chicago mornings) I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that Dodge will build the Powerwagon.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Utah
Hey Sean....you are a bit of a goof. I still think that this "concept" Jeep looks good. I am so happy for you that you have a 99 Cherokee Sport, but I don't see what that has to do with anything, as far as this new concept is concerned. I drive a 2000 Cherokee Sport....but that really had no effect on my opinion. It's only a "concept" for a new type of vehicle....not the boogey-man hiding in your closet that keeps you sleeping at night with your light on. So you don't have to be afraid of it. If you don't like it....look the other way.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Brian
I like the concept of a back to basics Jeep. The plastic body would be quite resistant to rocks, branches and shopping carts as well. As for the styling-the front is o.k. and it gets kind of weird after that. I suppose you can only form bends in PVC so many ways though. Leather seats wouldn't take well to a hosing out after a trail ride.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: jesus quintana
Looks like Pontiac's attempt to built a Jeep. There are lines in places where there shouldn't be and lines going in directions that they shouldn't. Besides the look - why use a 1.6L supercharged engine? Isn't torque needed to travel offroad? Anyway, let's hope DC keeps this as a concept only.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: 00XJFLA
That's not a Jeep, it's a RubberMaid storage shed with a Jeep grill. If you want to sell units build the REAL Willis Jeeps, just like they were during WWII, make them safer, and put a reasonable price on them. To Hell with high tech! Jeeps are not supposed to be high tech! When will they learn?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Sean
UGH DUH UGH... I have a 99 Cherokee Sport
and the Willys gives me the willies. Read
some of the reviews....4 cyl, Auto, & it has lime
green wheels and pink trim ..... you wuss!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Skip
Looks good, but how well does it perform offroad? They still need to bring back the V8.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Sean
Q: What do you get when a Jeep Cherokee
mates with a VW New Beetle?

A: The Jeep Liberty

Q: What do you get when a Jeep Wrangler
mates with a VW New Beetle

A: Jeep Willies
....recycle it now!!! It SUCKS!!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: steve citron
here is my comment: While the styling is cutting edge, I fear it's first encounter with a set of california lava rocks will leave a PERMANENT impression on the PLASTIC. At the very least, sheet metal can be rebent and welded or "leaded to look presentable again by the owner. Corbon fiber tech is VERY technical and needs very expensive machines to be repaired and molded. I also have doubts about an ALUMINUM frame in the outdoor twists and banging that comes from off road trails, like exist in the deserts and forests/mud pits I have traversed! Not to mention those BUTT UGLY 22 inch wheels!!
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