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Concept/DemonstrationOfficial Daimler Press Release on Jeep Rescue Concept Vehicle
Posted by mike on 2004/1/5 0:00:00 (983) reads

Here's the official word(s) about the Jeep Rescue concept vehicle appearing at the 2004 NAIAS

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

Combine 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.

"Jeep Rescue is the supreme trail search and research vehicle -- one that only Jeep could build, " said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President - Chrysler Group Design.

Classic Jeep Design Taken to An Exciting New Dimension and Extreme

Starting with a modern interpretation of the timeless, classic Jeep, the Rescue not only hints at a future design direction for a large Jeep -- it builds on the rugged Jeep heritage to forge an exciting new dimension for the Jeep brand.

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

A Rugged Foundation

Featuring all-new body-on-frame construction with hydroformed frame rails and riding on an 80-inch wide chassis with 123-inch wheelbase and 37-inch tires, the Jeep Rescue is built for anything thrown its way. The front hydropneumatic suspension combines with the heavy-duty link-coil rear suspension to give the Rescue its solid footing on all terrain. The suspension has adjustable ride height and an additional 4-inch lift available for fording. The aforementioned 37-inch tires feature an MTR tread and run- flat capability, negating the need for a spare. On-board tire pressure control has the ability to "tune" tire pressures for maximum traction on all surfaces.

Unequalled Rescue Capability

Powered by a Cummins Diesel 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 4-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 winch - front and back    

"The Jeep Rescue is Jeep capability taken to maximum extreme and that, being Jeep, is unmatchable," said Creed. "It is everything the Jeep brand represents -- in a vehicle equipped for unequalled search and rescue service."

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: MIKE K.
If they don't build the Rescue they are crazy. Every person I no that see's the form and components of it starts to salivate. People that would never consider an H2, want the Rescue. I bet if they build the rescue, in less then two years the H2 will have a Diesel available to try to keep up with the Rescue's sales.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: John
Extra! Extra! Good news! Daimler Chrysler are hinting more with making JEEP RESCUE literture for their dealers! It is my understanding that Daimler does not print out literature so soon on a concept unless, they are interested!I have personally found from internet news that jeep rescue is making it's debut globally with astounding success!However, continue to send letters making your request for a production of this beast!
Send letters: Daimler Chrysler Corporation
Customer Assistance
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2766

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: MIKE K.
I have been a GM man for 42 years of driving, if they build the Rescue I will be a Jeep man and get my eye off that Hummer 2. I will give them 3 years to build it, and I dont care about the cost. I dont need all the options, just a few. I wish they would decide one way or another and give a projected date so I can stop thinking about that damn Hummer.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Dak
Well, if DC does end up building it I hope they don't build it in "Electric neon green" or any other hideous color. (see Wrangler) Yea, it'd stand out in a crowd, but, for the wrong reasons. I definitely like the direction the Rescue shows (unlike the Treo concept) and hope they stick to their guns. (i.e.. don't show the Dakar and come out with the Liberty) Here's to dreaming.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Troy
I think jeep made a mistake with the Liberty (dumping the Cherokee). Is it just me or does the Liberty seem like an attempt to make a girl friendly Jeep? Then they took the Grand Cherokee out of price range for most of us (like the Hemi idea though). Don't see many Grands on the trail because they cost so much. Hate the idea of spending 50k on a vehicle I'm going to ding up on the trail before it's paid off. We need a reasonably priced,30k to 40k, Cherokee replacement. If the Rescue can be built for a reasonable price it will be the next Jeep in my driveway. (right next to the Gladiator.)

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jon
Rich
I did read your post and totally agree. I think Jeep can have many vehicles in their lineup without resorting to a full-size SUV. Dodge made than decision a few years back and they seem to be doing just fine without one.

Jason, I have a Grand Cherokee and a Wrangler and love them both. I also have one child with friends. If he only brings one friend and my wife is with us we can take the Wrangler. If he has two friends we take the Grand and if he has four friends one of his friends parents drives their mini-van! It's that simple. If I had a family of four or five I would probably not be driving a Jeep right now, nor would I drive a many other vehicles that wouldn't fit my lifestyle at the moment.
If we want Jeep to suceed they need to be putting their efforts and resources into vehicles that will do well and that they can sell bunches of. That means a Grand Cherokee size(and maybe that means a streched 7 passanger version), Liberty/Cherokee kind of vehicle, Wrangler variations such as the Unlimited, a four door(Dakar or Rescue?) and yes, maybe even a mid-size truck.
The full size market is very crowded right now and there is plenty of other vehicles I would like to see them come out with before a new $50,000+ SUV.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: rich
Jon, the public has already turned on them. If you
read my post you'd see you weren't alone in your
opinion.
Unfortunately, alot of folks out there have money and gas to burn, and H2 sales are brisk!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jason
Jon Im sorry you dont have more faith in your Jeeps than that. Ive pulled a dual wheel ford box truck that was stuck out with my 98 wrangler that had a 4 banger in it.That was before I traded it in for a 2000 wrangler with a six in it.you see Jon some guys actually do more than just play with their Jeeps!And speaking of playing Ive had alot of fun making those three kids!And one more thing I have a mint J20 in my drive that I welcome you to hook any of your pussy toys up to! Ill bring the chain!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jon
Is it just me or does anybody else think that bigger is not always better? I guess I must be the only one out there that can't afford nor need nor think that a Jeep needs to be a school bus. Dodge has a new one. Jason, I think you should of thought about this before you had your third kid.

I guess just as many think that Jeeps need to be "trail rated", don't want IFS, need to look tuff etc., I don't think that they need to try to compete with the overweight, sluggish, gas-guzzling full size SUV's. I think that any Jeep should be able to pull another Jeep out of the mud and I don't believe a Wrangler could get a Ford Excursion unstuck!
I like the idea of Jeep producing a mid-size, Dakota-size truck again as I had a couple of Comanches and really liked them.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jon
The Rescue needs to be Grand Cherokee or smaller in size. I agree with Rich about the backlash towards Hummer and these giant SUV's. I think the public is going to turn on them soon. It is just like the late 50's and last 60's when cars got huge, gas guzzling and ugly. Jeep needs to maintain somewhat of a earth-friendly vehicle image even if it really isn't.
I believe you can have a very "trail rated" vehicle and still have it be mid-size and efficient. If you need to haul 5 to 7 passengers often you need a mini-van.
Does anyone take a vehicle the size of an H2 off-road anyway?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jon
"they want to sell as many SUV's, built as cheaply as possible, to as many people as they can, for as much $$$ as possible."

Isn't this the goal of any manufacture?

I think many people think DC should only be selling Jeep specialty vehicles to only hardcore offroaders and the to hell with the rest of us.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OILBURNER
I also agree that it's sad Jeep let itself slip from the full-sized truck market. I would be Very interested in seeing a 4-door pickup version of the Rescue concept. It would really be a trick for Jeep to actually produce something even remotely similar to the Rescue, though - it would be a Huge step Away from their current course of products.

And those of you who believe the TJ will always have straight axles and a frame, you had better prepare yourselves...

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bowser
That is one sweet Jeep. Change the interior just a bit, install the NV242 or Quadra-Drive t-case and I'd certainly buy it.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: JASON
Jon its nice to know that after driving nothing but Jeeps all my life I now need to trade my Grand in on a nice mini-van.You see we just had our third child and the back seat is getting a little tight.But I guess like most people if "me" isnt envolved you could care less.Well Im still holding out for third row seat because Jeeps in my blood.As far as some "full size backlash" I see Ford and GM are really suffering considering they are kicking the shit out of Jeeps sales.Make no mistake Jeep needs a full size SUV even Toyota was smart enough to build one.And as Ive said many times Jeep needs to get back into the the Full Size Truck scene again.Its pretty bad when Nissan offers a full size truck and Jeep doesnt, whats this word coming to? I know some of you guys dont think so but they are beating us our own turff and that sucks!Jeep use to rule the 4x4 world and I think its time DC gets off its ass and takes it back.We need a full line of vehicles to chose from.And by DC making a truck again doesnt mean it is selling against its own Dodge Ram. Wake up ! Its a winner either way.Why the hell do you think Lincoln & Cadillac are making trucks? When you cast a bigger net youll catch more fish.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: rich
ScramblerKen has it down on this stuff. But,I actually hope they don't build the Rescue so big!
There is so much backlash against huge SUV's, and the Hummer seems to be the poster boy target for this. I love the Rescue, just maybe along the size of the old Cherokee or Wagoneeer.
Ken's also right about future safety issues, side
airbags, unibody design, and most horrible, lowered chassis and bumpers! So buy your TJ or TJ Unlimited while you can! I would like to see alot of the Rescue's design ideas put into the Liberty
or a possible Dakar-like vehicle.
Also we don't need the "Asshat" emails.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Hobgoblin
Ken i have been reading your post for some time now. I must say the are well written almost book like. You must be an english teacher or majored in the subject, LOL....

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Here is my comment
Oh I wouldn't worry about past concepts not making it into production either....... GM wasn't putting out Hummer H2's and H3's, Toyota wasn't about to introduce an FJ Cruiser, and Nissan wasn't a force at all back then. DC knows with things as they are now, Jeep needs something in the line up FAST....and I think they just hit a home run with this one.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Here is my comment
Hey, let DC worry about where they build it. They never said they were going to build the Dakar, it was always a long shot. Whatever I was watching yesterday, think it was CNBC not sure, the DC guy they had on said the Rescue was designed specifically to compete with new Hummer models and to reenforce the Jeep image. He said it would almost certainly make it to production in a similar form to what they were seeing at the show. That sounds pretty good to me.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: HoJoPo
If they build it, and it's priced reasonably (around $50k or so well equipped.) I'd buy one to replace my Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins H.O.

Looks like it has the prototype Cummins hybrid diesel / electric drive train in it.

If they put this on the market, it'd kill the H2 sales. Would be sweet revenge for DC after the failed lawsuit over the H2 having a seven slot grille.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Martial
As a long time Jeep owner, (on my 5th Jeep) I’m really exited about the “Rescue”. The CJ’s & TJ’s are great but I had to go to a Cherokee for the space. Rescue is like a CJ on Steroids! Looks fantastic!! Pricing was mentioned above… True “Jeepsters” aren’t going to be sold on “under-carriage cameras and stainless steel gearshifts” Who do we take it back to when something needs fixing? A mechanic or Future Shop? Market it as a big toy. A large version of the CJ’s and TJ’s but please, no “rear facing cameras” Mirrors have been fine for centuries. Ideally, we want something that is not too hard to fix. Something we can open the hood and at least be able to make out the major components. Auto industry has become far too technical. Guys, maybe I’m dating myself here (carbon dating:~) but can you remember when your Chevy wouldn’t start and you stuck a screwdriver in the carb to let more air in? Usually that did the trick. Ok, I’ll go along with GPS if necessary but not as a 1500 option. You can get a hand held GPS for 100.00 and you can take it with you if you need to go on foot. Bush bars and some 6 or 8 inch driving lights would have looked better than the long-range lights they have on the roof rack. Don’t try to pkg it with the likes of that Cadillac SUV (whatever they are calling it now) or that H2 – To me that is not even a Hummer. Those are not true off roaders. Those are people that just want a big car. It makes me laugh when I see a boat like that with road tires. Isn’t that a sort of oxymoron? So Jeep people unit. We want it bigger, more rugged, much like an H1, simpler and off road tires should be standard not an option. The Rescue should definitely not be in the “Luxury SUV” price range either. More than a CJ ok, but the goal should be less than a new Cherokee. The market will be less than that of the Cherokee. Its not really a family car so for those few(er) of us that like this type of vehicle, keep if under the high price radar or we’ll all be buying 5 year old Cherokee’s putting a lift kit on and 37 inch mudders instead.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ScramblerKen
Ok, I'll be uncharacteristic and make this short (not a long book)

For those that want to see a new production Jeep (the Unlimited) and the specifications, Jeep updated their web site:

http://www.jeep.com/wrangler/index.html?context=homepage&type=main

By the way, the Unlimited will be a 2004 1/2 not a 2005.

Happy Jeepin....

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ScramblerKen
As far as the ‘Rescue’ going production, I doubt it. When was the last time a concept vehicle from Jeep ever went production? With the current DC management team, I doubt the PT cruiser would have ever made it to production. The current DC management is not risk takers. Now I think some portions of this design will end up in the next generation Wrangler (Model year 2007/calendar year 2006).

Notice the 7 slot grill is at an angle not perpendicular. Also notice the change made for the front turn signals. You will also take note that the windshield is slightly curved and not flat like the current Wrangler. I would not be surprised that these changes make it in the 2007 Wrangler. The flat windshield has been a safety concern for some time, and the perpendicular grill reduces gas mileage. Remember, concepts will hint at future directions. Jeep always stated the Dakar helped define the Liberty (yeah, 4-doors and round headlights…I think that is all they got on that one).

It generally takes 3 to 5 years for a major redesign or new vehicle to go from drawings (concept) to production. Jeep has no place to build such a vehicle like the Rescue, and the updates/changes occurring at the Toledo plant are to accommodate the 2007 Wrangler and the second generation Liberty.

In looking at some of the other concepts and the directions Jeep is being forced to head (thanks to DC management), my guess is we will see the next Wrangler loosing the fold down windshield. Too much of a safety problem. When the 2005 Grand Cherokee specifications come out, if the I-6 is not listed, expect the 2007 Wrangler to use the V-6 from the Liberty. IFS from the Liberty, that is very likely too. One of the pushes from DC management is more sharing of components. The 2005 Grand Cherokee is suppose to use the Mercedes M-Class platform, which is partly why there will not be a 7 passenger Grand Cherokee.

Now scarier is the possibility of the Wrangler becoming uni-body (no longer body bolted to a truck frame). It is costly to build vehicles in this manner, and since Jeep is planning on letting the OEM build and paint the next generation Wrangler body, this might happen. The original M-Class was body on truck frame, and that was switched over in the last couple of years. To meet even more safety rules, they might even lower the Wrangler so the bumper is not up so high. One of the future safety changes planned is to have trucks with lower bumpers so they are not too tall when they collide with cars. Hopefully Jeep will start playing with test mules, and we might get a better idea of what is going to happen. As I said in the past, the next generation Wrangler could be a very strange beast.



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

owning a 98 wrangler, 95 cherokee, 82 scrambler, 52 willy's truck, 48 willy's truck an 47 willy's cj i say bring it on. would buy it quick like. yeeehaaawwww go jeep go. oh by the way all of the above are in good shape and are used on our ranch and no whimpy vehicles are allowed especially hummers cause they wouldn't couldn't keep up except with a bulldozer making a road fer em.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Dutch
I would buy it in a heart beat! BUILD IT, PLEASE!!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ScramblerKen
Yes Jon, many changes to the 2007 Wrangler will be defined by safety issues, but the plan to use uni-body is not for safety reasons. IFS is not because of safety either. Using the V-6 instead of the I-6 or not developing a new engine is an economic decision driven by DC management. DC management is also pushing for more sharing of components in the line, and that is not because of safety.

To the anonymous verbal poster, yes, the comment is Jeep will ‘likely’ build it, just like they said it was likely they would build the Dakar, Compass, and Scrambler. These are also the same guys that said the XJ was going to be around even after the Liberty was introduced.

Don’t get me wrong, the Rescue might make it some day, but I doubt it. I don’t think DC plans to use Jeep to fight or compete with the Hummers. Hummer H1’s go for over $100K, and H2 is over $50K. Mercedes could easily push the G-Wagon or upgrade the M-class to be more in-line with competing with the H1 and H2. The H3 is still just a concept, and GM has not decided if they will ever build it.

Additionally, where would they build the Rescue? The upgrades at the Toledo plant are for 4 vehicles. The new vehicles are, the 2007 Wrangler, the 2nd generation Liberty, and 2 new vehicles that are derivatives based on the platforms for the Wrangler and Liberty. The concept is to test the water to see what level of interest. After that, more research and planning will have to go into the product, as well as work on the manufacturing process and lining up suppliers for the various components. If they do build it, it will be many years before we see anything.

DC management is not the Lee Iacoca risk taker types. What wild and risky things have come out of Mercedes in the past 10 years? DC is hurting financially, so you think they are going to dump a lot of money into a niche market like competing with the Hummer?



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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Here is my comment
Oh and to the one complete ASSHAT who didn't whine about this, dude you can have your stupid Dakar, I'd take this any day of the week.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Martial
As a long time Jeep owner, (on my 5th Jeep) I’m really exited about the “Rescue”. The CJ’s & TJ’s are great but I had to go to a Cherokee for the space. Rescue is like a CJ on Steroids! Looks fantastic!! Pricing was mentioned above… True “Jeepsters” aren’t going to be sold on “under-carriage cameras and stainless steel gearshifts” Who do we take it back to when something needs fixing? A mechanic or Future Shop? Market it as a big toy. A large version of the CJ’s and TJ’s but please, no “rear facing cameras” Mirrors have been fine for centuries. Ideally, we want something that is not too hard to fix. Something we can open the hood and at least be able to make out the major components. Auto industry has become far too technical. Guys, maybe I’m dating myself here (carbon dating:~) but can you remember when your Chevy wouldn’t start and you stuck a screwdriver in the carb to let more air in? Usually that did the trick. Ok, I’ll go along with GPS if necessary but not as a 1500 option. You can get a hand held GPS for 100.00 and you can take it with you if you need to go on foot. Bush bars and some 6 or 8 inch driving lights would have looked better than the long-range lights they have on the roof rack. Don’t try to pkg it with the likes of that Cadillac SUV (whatever they are calling it now) or that H2 – To me that is not even a Hummer. Those are not true off roaders. Those are people that just want a big car. It makes me laugh when I see a boat like that with road tires. Isn’t that a sort of oxymoron? So Jeep people unit. We want it bigger, more rugged, much like an H1, simpler and off road tires should be standard not an option. The Rescue should definitely not be in the “Luxury SUV” price range either. More than a CJ ok, but the goal should be less than a new Cherokee. The market will be less than that of the Cherokee. Its not really a family car so for those few(er) of us that like this type of vehicle, keep if under the high price radar or we’ll all be buying 5 year old Cherokee’s putting a lift kit on and 37 inch mudders instead.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Mudslinger
The main points in the Jeep Rescue in my opinion are giant tires, tire inflation system, turbodiesel engine. There's nothing comparable on the market except the Hummer H1, which is a monster on size and weight. I'd definately buy a Jeep Rescue with full off road gear. Finally an offroader which you can take to the woods immediately from the dealer without spending $$$ for extra equipment first!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: LoneWolf
James, I once shared your cynicism for Jeep's future and DC's lack of vision regarding the Jeep brand's uniquely American heritage.

That said, however, I believe the Rescue concept is the proof that things aren't going to be so bad as you think.

Some things may change for the TJ's replacement (TK), but I think we're likely to see a Jeep that rides on a real frame, has real live axles and, most certainly, knows how to leave the pretenders on the paved path.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: James Hash
I'd like to be optimistic about this one, but c'mon - we all know Jeep too well. Of course it's a great concept, and if priced properly ($30's-$40'sK) it would sell like hotcakes, beating the pants off any Hummer offering. But it ain't gonna happen people, so stop drooling. DC mangement isn't interested in producing good vehicles worthy of the Jeep name - they want to sell as many SUV's, built as cheaply as possible, to as many people as they can, for as much $$$ as possible. Anyone that thinks otherwise is high. And the vast majority of their buyers have NO INTENTION whatsoever of ever driving their vehicles off road, EVER, and THEY are the people Jeep will cater to now more than ever. Not only do I expect never to see another capable Jeep after the TJ dies in '06, but -no b.s here- fully expect to see some kind of "crossover" or minivan type vehicle in the works soon. No joke. They don't care about us, and won't again as long as DC owns them. Jeep is screwed. I give them maybe 8 years to live....

So do what I do the next time you see some poor "street bound" Jeep - say a quiet little prayer of thanks for those folks who are taking good care of our future used Jeeps! We're gonna need them....

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Here is my coment:
Don't you people frigan read??? DC already stated at the auto show it is very likely they will build the rescue??? And WTF wouldn't they???.... only a complete ASSHAT would say this isn't a real Jeep!!!!!!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jon
It sounds as if we see major changes in the Wrangler that it is not because of DC management but federal safety laws. Look how different the current Wrangler is from one 25 years ago. I think that the Wrangler can evolve like it has done for the last 60 years. I don't think 2006 is the end of the Wrangler. Also, there is nothing wrong with safer.
As far as the Rescue concept making it to production, I think there is a very could chance we will see something like it. Jeep said they would be adding several new vehicles to the line in the next few years. I can't believe Jeep will sit back and let H2, H3's happen and not compete with them.
I can understand why many Jeep fans have become cynical regarding the direction Jeep has been
going the last few years but I still believe in them and that they will continue to produce vehicles I will want to drive.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: HoJoPo
I meant $50k for the Rubicon package equivalent... 37" MT/R tires, adjustable suspension, central tire inflation, locking differentials, Cummins TD, 10KW genset, GPS navigation, heated power seats, etc...

The base should be about $30k for this... it's a full sized vehicle. 80" width, 123" wheelbase puts it 1" narrower than the H2 and the same length wheelbase.

Jeep / Dodge needs a full-sized SUV, and this should be it. Offer the 4.7L as the base engine, with the Hemi and H.O. Cummins as upgrades.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: jon
I don't think $50,000 is reasonable for a Jeep.
They need to keep the price in the $25,000 to $35,000 range for hardcore Jeep fans to afford. I suspect the new Grand Cherokee is going to be expensive considering it is going to share a platform with the M-Class. Jeep needs something between a Liberty and the Grand in price. It is hopefull that this won't be as big as the H2 as it only seats 5. I betting that it will be ready in two years to go head to head with the H3.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Rob
It's about time. Let's just hope they build it, and their not too late to the game!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Walt
Back when Jeep showed the Dakar, there was lots of strong interest. The story I read, and tend to believe, is that the Dakar was based upon a stretched Wrangler chassis. The problem was, that the stretching of the chassis would require a complete re-qualification and re-testing. While the interest in the Dakar was strong, it wasn't strong enough to make it cost effective (ie, yield a good profit) to produce.

Now, we see the 2004.5 Wrangler Unlimited with, guess what, a stretched chassis.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Weldon
Do like I did and write to DaimlerChrysler to express your interest in a Rescue production model. Here's the address:

DaimlerChrysler Corporation
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2766

SUBJ: JEEP RESCUE

I'd buy a Rescue in a heartbeat!

Let's hope our efforts in expressing interest in the Rescue prove fruitful!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: JoeCal
I LUV IT, I have a Liberty, a Cherokee ( the original genuine one) and a Wrangler - none of which can haul my Airstream. That Rescue would be one Sweet Tow Vehicle. Maybe downsize it a bit, price in the mid 30's. Yahoo!!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: prion
here is my comment I just saw the Jeep Rescue at the NY
Auto Show - it's Awsome!

The guy showing it said that it's received favorable
feedback, so it's "gone beyond the concept stage". Expect
to see it as a production model in about 2 years at around
the low 30s price.

Oh - and please don't forget to call/write DC about this. It's
about time they came out with something REALLY exciting.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: sage
Above I meant that the H2 is a joke!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Sage
Personally I think the Jeep Rescue is awesome!!
Jeep definitly need's to keep to it's true American tough off-road heritage! The H1 is a joke huge expensive gas guzzling joke! Though the H1 was on the right track it's still way to expensive and to big to be true off-road capable so all the hummers are good for are status symbol's!! Jeep definitaly need's a "Rescue" type vehicle it need's to be the cherokee size and I'v been saying for year's that the industry need's to be useing more diesel technology! DC should be taking more inpute from true Jeepsters ! We should all write DC and express are feeling's! Please anyone with Jeep info please contact me @ shadeh2o@comcast.net ! thank you and please feel free to comment!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ryguy
to all of you who are worried about the size and gas mialage of a large suv need to go find a yugo.
You are uninformed! i have a dodge ram with a cummins engine and it gets a hell of alot better mialage than the 9mpg my friend gets in his hummer. I have to laugh at people worrying about the size of a vechile "to each his own" some of us do need the space and i'll tell you that i would rather be in a rescue than a grand cherokee when little ol granny t bones you in the side!!
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