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Concept/DemonstrationNew Jeep Concept Vehicle Debuts - the Jeep Rescue
Posted by mike on 2003/11/19 0:00:00 (1243) reads

Longer than a Wrangler, Shorter than the Dakar.

Jeep RescueDaimlerChrysler debuted two new concept vehicles in Detriot on Monday: the Dodge Sling Shot and the Jeep Rescue.

DaimlerChrysler officials describe the Rescue as being designed for "extreme driving conditions".

From TheCarConnection.com (full article also contains info about Wrangler Unlimited and 2005 Grand Cherokee - thanks to ScramblerKen for the link):

The other concept was the Jeep Rescue, an obvious attempt at answering the Hummer H2 with a huge Wrangler. Chrysler intends to answer Hummer's expected H3 SUV with a Wrangler-inspired SUV within a few years. And it is working out a business case for an entry-level Jeep to be priced below $20,000.

Additional links for more information and photos:
http://www.autonews.com/news.cms?newsId=7058
http://www.detnews.com/2003/autosinsider/0311/18/a01-328608.htm (thanks, "detroit")
http://autotelegraaf.nl/vanonzeredactie/?id=19836 (in Dutch, thanks "CJ Jack")
http://autotelegraaf.nl/vanonzeredactie/images/19837.1.gen.jpg (photo from Dutch article, thanks "CJ Jack")
http://autotelegraaf.nl/vanonzeredactie/images/19838.1.gen.jpg (photo from Dutch article, thanks "CJ Jack")
http://autotelegraaf.nl/vanonzeredactie/images/19839.1.gen.jpg (photo from Dutch article, thanks "CJ Jack")

DaimlerChrysler also announced 8 of the 9 new vehicles that will go on sale in 2004. Included in the list are the 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the redesigned 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. More on these in the coming days...

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: BigBoy
This is the vehicle I have been waiting for. Bought my wife a Liberty, don't know how much time my beloved Cherokee has left in it, and then this comes along. I guarantee this vehicle will be a huge success and maybe make DC realize what a great franchise they have. Cheers to the Rescue being my eighth Jeep (I'll keep my fingers crossed)!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: rich
Cj Jack..I stand corrected! Sorry, I told you Iwas in a bad mood..I'm slapping myself as we speak. Sorry I confused it with that old custum
job on the Jeepunpaved site! I'll be more careful
while venting in the future.
Anyway, I like this vehicle! Its what I've always

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: BulletBob
Well, this is certainly refreshing to see, not only these designs but the plans that Daimler management is saying. Maybe the light went on and the smelling salts have made their rounds.

Sounds like Daimler realizes now they have an
extraordinary franchise in Jeep.

My wife and teenage girls saw the Rescue and just
flipped over it. Jeep will sell the hell out of that model if it comes to fruition. They do need to freshen up but not waterdown their line.

We own a YJ & TJ and our kids adore them as do ALL their friends. The appeal of Wranglers on
youngsters is just amazing. Even my wife likes the TJ.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ScubaGear
just reiterating most of what's been said here, but just in case the suits at DC are listening... this Jeep rocks! not since the first pics of the Dakar have I seen a Jeep concept that didn't send me away screaming "what the h*ll are they thinking". but this is a new jeep i would actually want.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bowser
I agree Wyatt, I think it's time to put Hummer in its place; it is derived from the Jeep and not the real thing. The Jeep is the original 'go anywhere' and 'do anything' vehicle.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Frank Paris
I for one am disappointed the Scrambler has been cancelled. The old Chrysler always found successful "niches" and I think they would have found the Scrambler would have fit he bill. No one is making small personal size pick ups anymore.

After purchasing one Chrysler, two Dodges, one Plymouth and four Jeeps (all new) over the years it appears I will be going to some other manufacturer to meet my needs.


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

Spoke with a rep from chrysler yesterday.. Just talking about the new products comming out.

He said from what he has seen and been told. The liberty renegade is probably going to go to a more squared look in the back.. Mainly alot of people of said they liked the old cherokee look better than the new round look.

But he said he that it is still all up. I tried drilling him on the new grand. IF it is going to be IFS or a live axle up front.. He said they wouldn't say. Hmmnnn.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: KJC
CJ Jack, are you refering to the Jeep Ultimate Rescue concept on the Jeep site?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: DothanTJ
Just offer us a diesel and a V8 in the Wrangler.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: jon
This has to be getting close to what everyone is wanting in a Jeep. From looking at all the announcements over the last few days from DC it appears things are going to get back on track.
A bigger Wrangler. A revised Liberty (at least appearance), a new Grand Cherokee, maybe a full size Jeep to compete with the new Hummer and an entry level vehicle. I am sure DC has been reading all of our posts on this site and have developed all these new products just for us. : )

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: sid
I would love to have one of these rescues. I would like to see the Hemi in it. Its too bad the inline 6 will be a thing of the past.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Kerry Downs
Well here we go again, I guess Jeep was afraid that they might sell some Scramblers! But we couldn't have that! Let's build some more Jeeps to put on the dealer lots to collect dust! I have purchased 3 new Jeeps since 2000 and was looking forward to my new Scrambler!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Tejkesd
Thank Goodness No More Scrambler it was UGLY and sure would have sat on lots with huge rebates after the initial purchase by the people whom really wanted one. After that it would be a hard sell...Of course IMHO...

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

I don't know much about the H2 except that owners complain about it always being in the shop. Also dealer charges are insane and it's full of cheap plastic.

If they want to sell the H3 to the masses then it looks like they need to resolve some reliability issues.

Plus H1 owners don't like the H2.

It's time for Jeep to blow away the H2 with some cool rigs.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Canuck Jeeper
Something everyone is forgetting is that Hummer & Jeep are 1st Cousins...if I'm not mistaken, AM General was originally a division of AMC, so the 7 slot grille was a natural choice for the hummer when they designed it back in 1979...what sucks is DC should have bought out Hummer instead of GM & none of this would be a problem.
By the way, I hate the H2...its just a watered-down Hummer for those with "short-comings", but still too afraid to drive the real thing.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: rich
This vehicle(Rescue) looks so much better (and more practical in scale) than a freakin H2.
Also, slap a 4 inch lift on the new Wrangler
Limited, and you have an exact copy of AEV's
112" Wrangler conversion

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bowser
Clap Trap, hummer is the one who copied Jeep in the first place. What do you mean that Jeep is now imitating the humvee?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: KERRY DOWNS
ScramblerKen, Thanks for the kind words, I guess some of us love Scramblers and some don't. I will let Jeep know of my disappointment. I am looking into the AEV Brute.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: rich
Everyone keeps bitchin that the Rescue looks like a Hummer. Well, ya! Hummer2 took alot of design cues from Jeeps. Then along come the H3? Smaller, and a direct competitor to Jeeps like the old Cherokee, even looks like one.
It seems to me the Rescue was on the drawing board, when Jeep saw the H3 concept popping up,
and Chrysler freaked, and decided to push that
suit over the 7 slot grill.
Hummer is the copycat here...

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: schmack
If hummer is making vehicles that look more Jeep-like, than of course a new jeep is going to look like a hummer. IMO, the rescue concept is more in line with what we see as traditional jeep looks and abilities in an up-to-date design. If they actually make the rescue, i'll buy one.

Here is a question. Why would Jeep redesign the front end for the new Liberty Renegade which is just a trim level? Maybe to accomodate a live axle? Probably just wishfull thinking.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Clap Trap
How horrid! If I wanted a hummer, I'd buy a hummer. Jeep is being idiotic to basically copy the hummer and just slap a Jeep grille on it. Maybe AMG will sue DC for copyright infringement - wouldn't that be a hoot!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: CJ Jack
KJC

Rich thought (in the previous article thread) that the Rescue was in reference to the Ultimate Rescue (from a few years ago) on the Jeep site, not the new concept. But we got that cleared up.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Here is my comment
Holy friggan crap I can't believe it, DC is actually going to make an awesome Jeep vehicle again!!! I'd buy that in a second!!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ScramblerKen
Kerry, I too was looking forward to getting one of the new Scramblers. I would recommend to you and others that you write or e-mail Jeep to let them know your disappointment. I have, and I know many others have too. I’m not saying we are going to convince Jeep management to change their mind, but you never know. The positive thing is the Jeep Unlimited is essentially the Scrambler with a different bolt-on roll cage and hard top. Maybe if enough customers write-in, Jeep might be convinced there is a “business case” to build them.

I do give credit to Daimler-Chrysler for giving us some hope with all of this talk about future Jeeps. It’s been a while since we heard positive news that the brand was going back to what Jeep really stands for. Hopefully this is not just “smoke and mirrors”.

For those that would like to see some photos of the proto-type of the Jeep Unlimited, I found these while scanning the web:

http://www.cj-8.com/images/newcj8/fd796836.jpg
http://www.cj-8.com/images/newcj8/fd796990.jpg

Please keep in mind these are early proto-types, and the final production version could be different.

I wonder how this affects AEV? They produce stretch Wranglers and the awesome Brute pickup truck. Their stretch models have a different wheelbase than the Unlimited. I wonder if they might be able to adapt the ‘Brute’ or something similar to the new Unlimited frame? I believe the Brute is built on a 117 inch wheelbase, and the Unlimited is around 104 inch. Now if AEV could build a ‘mini-Brute’ on the Unlimited frame, maybe they could make the price more affordable than the $35K for the Brute. Just wishful thinking.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Carl
Now this is more like it!

Jeep needs to get off their butts and design something that can compete visually with the Hummer.

Scrapping the Scrambler and going with a more Dakar styled Wrangler is the better choice.

You people actually liked the Scrambler? The photos of it I saw were ugly as hell.

I'd purchase a Jeep Rescue in a heartbeat if they were made available, maybe the Jeep Unlimited will be similar in style.


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: mmp
I think that when DC acquired Jeep they really didn't know what to do with it because they didn't fully understand what the Jeep brand name represents. But, I think that they are slowly starting to realize that Jeep isn't just another brand of SUV and that they can't treat it as such. They are begging to see that they are not just responsible for deciding the future of a car brand, but that they are also responsible for the preservation of an Icon.

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

This would be a cool vehicle to produce since the Dakar was never built.

It's great to see Jeeps that look like Jeeps!

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

Im all for a larger selection of engines... maybe DC has plans for these newer jeep models, there are rumors of new HEMIs under development, including a V6. Here is the link from TheHemi.com

"http://thehemi.com/news.php?id=20030929-1"

Maybe we will find something like this as a possible replacement for the 4.0?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Dan Fischer
The rescue is the type of vehicle Jeep should be looking to build, not some sissified road-not-capable vehicle that has been talked about. Remeber your roots!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: CJ Jack
So I guess this isn't the "Rescue versoin [that]has been around for atleasat 4 years on the jeep site..it's just a specialty
custom job", eh Rich? Next time, take a look at the images before you spout off.
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