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Concept/DemonstrationJeep Treo Concept at North American International Auto Show
Posted by mike on 2004/1/18 0:00:00 (624) reads

The ...um, er... interesting Jeep Treo make an appearance in Detriot

We took our time posting this story from the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) that took place in Detriot earlier this month - seeing how "popular" the Jeep Treo was when it was first announced. Our coverage of the Treo led to an extensive list of Reader Reactions - many of which were not all that favorable.

Regardless, with DaimlerChrysler showing off the Treo again, we felt the need to provide you with a portion of their press release.

A vivid new interpretation of where the Jeep® brand could go in the future, the Jeep Treo exemplifies the idea of “fluid imagination” thinking in a stunning, unexpected package – a form and presence that challenges the brand’s traditional dimensions, but in the end, can still be viewed as authentically Jeep.The 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 the freedom of fuel cell technology.

Advanced, Efficient, Environmentally Accountable Propulsion

Treo’s forward-thinking design brief is matched by its equally forward-thinking 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.

A Bold New Jeep Signature

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 componentry 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.

Unique Interior Packaging “Driven” by “Drive-by-Wire” Controls, Advanced Materials

An advanced drive-by-wire system provides a fascinating 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.

It is important to remember that this is only a concept vehicle - highly unlikely that it will ever be mass produced - it's main purpose is to demonstrate new technology that might make its way into future Jeeps.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ebrown
I'm quite intriqued by the Jeep Treo for two reasons, either of which might encourage Daimler Chrysler to go into production with this concept car or one very much like it.
I am an older person living of a rural area of at a wintry latitude of the U.S. For local travel, minor shopping mainly, a Treo as presented in 2003 would be superb for my use.
Too, much of this area is served by rural mail carriers - often awkwardly dispersing mail from the right side of their lefthand-steering private cars. The Treo, or something slightly larger for increased cargo and perhaps higher to defeat our snowy weather, would clearly serve their needs both on and off the job.
The thought here is that Jeep might first engage the USPS in this country to enable fleet sales and then to attract all consumers.
A problem remains with providing hydrogen fuel cells economically and establishing a distribution system broad enough to support the wide use of this kind of car.
I hope the responsible people at Jeep read this and would, or anyone else for that matter, comment back regarding these suggestions.
My best to all.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: killa
you clown people all suck elephant nuts - obviously you are not jeep people - a jeep is a jeep - no matter if it is concept or not - it still represents the brand - do us all a favor "clowns" and go back to the circus and stay out of the comments section.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Gay
Anonymous

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Anonymous
Gay

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bozo
I wish I had one of those Trios so I could show up at the gay clown convention in flaming style.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Anonymous
Gay

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bozo
Ja, you can ride vif us. All 15 uf us gay Diamler clown car designer midgets vill be goink to de convention en de Trio, hee hee hee.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Leio The Clown
Can I ride you I mean with you.......

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Gay
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