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Concept/DemonstrationIntroducing the Jeep Hurricane Concept Vehicle
Posted by mike on 2005/1/10 0:00:00 (2221) reads

That Jeep Got a Hemi? Yeah - Two of Them!

Hurricane ExteriorShow-stopping concepts and extreme expressions of the Chrysler Group brands aren’t new: Dodge had its Tomahawk and Chrysler, the ME Four-Twelve. But when the Jeep® Hurricane blew onto the 2005 North American International Auto Show stage, it raised the bar for the Jeep brand.

"Jeep Hurricane is simply the most maneuverable, most capable and most powerful 4x4 ever built," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Chrysler Group Design. "It pays homage to the extreme enthusiasts’ Jeep vehicles in form and off-road capability, but is a unique interpretation of Jeep design. Simply stated, it is the extreme example for the Jeep brand."

Hurricane represents the continued success of bold concept vehicles for the brands as a means of demonstrating Chrysler Group’s creative and mechanical expertise. For example, powerful powertrain performance is an understatement considering the Hurricane is not just HEMI-equipped, but HEMI squared. There are two 5.7-liter HEMI engines in the vehicle: one in the front and one in the back. Both engines deliver 335 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque – a total of 670 hp and 740 lb-ft of torque.

Can you have responsible excess? To test the theory, we equipped both HEMI engines in the Jeep Hurricane with the Chrysler Group Multi-Displacement System (MDS). Depending on the driver’s needs, the Hurricane can be powered by 4-, 8-, 12- or 16-cylinders. All of that translates into buckets of torque for climbing obstacles other 4x4 vehicles can’t even comprehend. In addition, it has the power and traction to move from 0-60 in less than five seconds.

The power is delivered through a central transfer case and split axles with a mechanically controlled four-wheel torque distribution system. The front and rear suspension is short/long arm independent with 20 inches of suspension travel, controlled by coilover shocks with remote reservoirs.

Hurricane InteriorThe vehicle has 14.3 inches of ground clearance, and incredible approach/departure angles of 64.0 /86.7 degrees. These are nearly vertical angles – combined with 37-inch tall tires, so the Hurricane won’t meet much that it can’t climb. The Jeep Hurricane is the only vehicle on the auto-show circuit that provides its own turnable feature.

The vehicle features a turn radius of absolutely zero, thanks to skid steer capability and toe steer: the ability to turn both front and rear tires inward. In addition, the vehicle features two modes of automated four-wheel steering. The first is traditional with the rear tires turning in the opposite direction of the front to reduce the turning circle. The second mode is an innovation targeted to off-road drivers: the vehicle can turn all four wheels in the same direction for nimble crab steering. This allows the vehicle to move sideways without changing the direction the vehicle is pointing.

"Out in the wilderness, changing direction in minimal space can mean the difference between an afternoon of adventure and a distress call back to the trailhead," Creed said. "The multi-mode four-wheel steering system on Jeep Hurricane is designed to offer enthusiasts the next level of performance and unexpected maneuverability."

The one-piece body is shaped of structural carbon fiber, and forms the chassis that would be offered through a traditional frame. The suspension and powertrain are mounted directly to the body. An aluminum spine runs under the body to both connect the underside and to function as a complete skid plate system.

The design is lightweight with high strength, and it boasts functional appearance. Jeep Hurricane is an honest, minimalist approach to its design augmented with the Jeep signature seven-slot grille, two seats and no doors. On the inside, occupants will be surrounded by exposed carbon fiber and polished aluminum with Black Thunder and Tiluminum accents.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: xjgary
I agree with the many posters who want to see more turbo diesels and diesel/hybrid electric powerplants. One or two hemis would be fun, but my next vehicle is going to get much better fuel mileage than my XJ. The world is running out of cheap easy to drill oil. Engines that burn alternative fuels and that have low fuel consumption attract my interest much more than one with 2 gas guzzlers while driving in a circle.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OnlyOneJeep
The more you look at "Hurricane" is it me?..or is that a HINT of the new Compass/Scout?? Looks like a small entry level Neon/PT Cruiser size evolution, no?

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

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: BigBalls
This is a pimp machine with balls, but DCX is too much of wimp to do anything but a concept vehicle.....

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: wamp
too bad it will never come out, that thing has balls....and whoever said it wouldnt rock crawl....im pretty sure it would do better than just about anything out there. Thats the most hardcore jeep out there...but with two hemis it will be out of just about everyones price range :(

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Eddo
Awesome! Real jeep will hate it because it is not a rock crawler, but oh well guess they miss out on the fun then. It looks like a neat desert racer.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: diesel
Great concept but make those two engines diesel

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: jeef
Fun stuff, looks like an old dune buggy on steroids or something. Hemis? Gawd, you're kidding. Get an engine or two that doesn't need oxygen, you could send this thing to other planets. I am impressed, but would I buy this? Build the Dakar, Ill buy THAT. Anybody thought of making an after-market body kit for the Wrangler Unlimited that looks like the Dakar?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: carter
I think the Hurricane is exactly what a concept vehicle
ought to be. It's innovative, it pushes the limits of what a
jeep could be. It has caused a stir in the press, which
has brought Jeep some needed publicity. Well done.
Now build me a Dakar. The Gladiator will do in a pinch.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Rod
Completely over-the-top, like a concept should be.
Obviously, dual Hemis will never see production, but
please, oh please, let a V-8 be available in a bobtail
Jeep again. Unless it can only be engaged in low-
range, 4-wheel steering that extreme will be fraught
with liability issues. And it makes me nervous enough
when IFS keeps popping up on Jeeps, but let's never
see all-wheel independent suspension on a short-
wheelbase Jeep. Remember the MUTT M151 death
trap?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ROCKFACE
HOLY
AP. I wish they had a video of it doing some crawling!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ???
Are you guys BLIND???? That is an almost EXACT replica of the Warthog from Halo, honestly i cant beleive nobody has mentioned that. Obivously jeep will not mass produce this concept but i expect to see replica's of it driving around by Halo geeks.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Mike#2
Thanx for agreeing with my opinion...

I understand that it is just 'an' opinion, but we need to face facts. I hate to sound like a "GREENIE", but global oil production will peak in this or the next decade. Clean Diesel is the way to go...It uses a simpler refining process, and one barrel of oil yeilds more gallons of Diesel fuel than Gasoline.

As far as powerplants go, 2 HEMI's look tough, and may even be tough, but I think that a Diesel powerplant at one end of the torque distribution hub, and a high-torque electric motor at the other end, with a battery pack to provide hybrid assist, electric-only power, and regenerative braking is the way to go.

Remember, an electric motor produces maximun torque at 0 (ZERO) rpm, so there is no off-idle lag, no turbo lag.Electric hybrid power would be great for rock-crawling, because you could crawl at 1 rpm, reduced 4:1 (!)

As far as the TREO goes, it may be ugly, but it is the direction all cars are going in the future. Look up any electric car site, or any alternative energy site.

High-end electric battery storage is about 250 amp-hrs/KG...That is 250 amp-hours per kilogram, or 2.2 lbs of battery weight...When batteries reach the 350-400 amp-hr/kg range, there will be no further use for the internal combustion engine as we know it. At best, a small engine will burn diesel, natural gas, or alcohol in the form of a gen-set, but there will be no physical connection between the engine and the wheels, not unlike the JEEP COMMANDER concept (not the upcoming COMMANDER production vehicle), just a genset providing power to a battery storage set, which in turn would be distributed to the wheels by an ESC (electronic speed control)


Furthermore, there is the STERLING engine, which uses no internal combustion, only external heat, and can burn any fuel, including Diesel, gaoline gas (methane, butane, propane, etc). The stirling engine is not practical when used in a conventional engine-trans-driveshaft-differential setup (but it has been done, AMC almost introduced one in the 70's gas crisis, almost.)
But the STIRLING would work well as a gen-set motor, running at almost a constant rpm, letting a battery storage set absorb energy-requirement fluctuations, and increasing rpm when battery capacity dwindled (like when you drive through the mountains). The excess spent energy would be recovered at some point through regenrative braking, but that would be dependent on battery capacity.

Either way, this is the direction automobiles are going, and I think JEEP should be looking to the future. Mabye next year, jeep will show the HURRICANE with alternative energy powerplants like I have discussed.



As far as the TREO goes, it is one UGLY duckling, but a step in the right direction






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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OnlyOneJeep
sorry Webster it's INTELLIGENT not inteligent nor intelegent.................

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Erin
I want one!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: AutoShow
There are more pics of the Hurricane on the Jeep website under Jeep Life | 2005 Auto Show. There is also press info and specs for both the Cane and the Gladiator as well as more pics of the Gladiator. Oh, by the way, the Gladiator is SFA!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: epic
I too was expecting to see the Commander at this autoshow. Oh well, I guess we can wait for another few months, we've only been waiting about 10 years for Jeep to do something new. ...On to the Hurricane concept, that grill has the look of the Liberty but the front end looks so much better then the Liberty. Maybe for the next Libery redesign, they can make it look like this.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: jeep fan
Now if Jeep can develop this remarkably engineered vehicle, why can't they provide us with something as simple and practical as a six-speed manual with crd diesel in the Wrangler and perhaps even its other vehicles? While I applaud these feats of engineering prowness, most of us are struggling with low mpg jeeps and the high cost of fuel. If Jeep had rolled out a Wrangler with diesel with six speed at the show, I would be at the dealership today ordering it.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: RUBICONTRAIL.NET
The Jeep Commander will be unveiled at the 2005 New York International Auto Show.

The press days are March 23 through March 24. The show is open to public March 25 through April 03.


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Traditional Ol'-Skool Jeeper
I am running up the lion's back.....

I am running up the lion's back....

Im running out of breath....

I'm having a heart attack....

I just tore my sleeve off....

I'm jumping off the lion's back....

AHHHHHHHHHHH....WHHHYYYYYY JJJEEEEPPPP....WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYY???????????!?!?!!?!?!??!?!!?!?!?!?!


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: carter
Sort of off-topic. Does anyone know why the
commander didn't show up at the Detroit auto show? I
heard several months back to expect to see it there.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: I must be dreaming!
here is my comment If Jeep can build this. Then
why can't they design and build a worthy Grand
Cherokee. I'am so sorry that Diamler ever merge
with this american company. I hope jeep can compete with the rest of the market. It doesnt
look hopeful.

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

Unbelievable!!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: XJ Canman
Aside from the funky hood it looks pretty cool. As for real jeepers not liking it...BULL! If it performs like they say it will I doubt anything else will compare.

Way to go Jeep, make it a diesel and it will be an awsome production vehicle.

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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

Great Concept vehicle. Great interior! I like the Gladiator front end more though. This front end is too 'frog eyed' like the Liberty Limited and Sport.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: WTJ
Thank you, OnlyOneJeep, for enlightening me even further on
the shared components and technologies between past GM and
Jeep vehicles. My problem with GM’s Hummer brand is that none
of AM General’s technologies and design characteristics (four-
wheel independent suspension, portal axles, completely flat
under-body, etc.) are evident on Hummer vehicles, with the
obvious exception of the H1. The H2 and upcoming H3, which is
to be manufactured in Shreveport, Louisiana along-side the
Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, share nothing in common
with the real Hummer, except for a massaged exterior design.
However, the H2 and H3 share very much, in fact too much in
common with their Chevrolet/GMC counterparts. Jeeps are
unique in that their platforms are not used with other brand’s
vehicles, yet. But, with the forthcoming Scout model to be based
on the next-generation Dodge Neon/Mitsubishi Lancer car
platform, such a statement will be moot. Hummer vehicles do
have an advantage over current Jeep vehicles (excluding the
soon-to-be classic Wrangler TJ), which is in terms of road-
presence, they certainly command attention from the public,
whether it be either positive or negative.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Allen
Build it and they will come.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Mark
not impressed jeep should stick to its proven tradition upgraded vehicles are necessary but this has no appeal whatsoever to most of us real "jeepers"

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OnlyOneJeep
WTJ respond Part 2...And last to least important; The Buick 215CI Aluminum motor was sold to Land Rover for used in their line for many years....concluding in the last generation of Dicovery(2004) I believe....So in my opinion Jeep and GM's "kissing-cousins" parts sharing has always been present...Jeep was built as a hodge-podge of parts anyway-(Ford, Willys, Bantam)...it just sounds like some people slam Hummer for no reason if just out of jealously...Hummer brand PROVES why GM is a heavy hitter..and goes to the meat of the matter when it produces a series (H1,H2,H3)..It's what DCX has failed to do the past few years...Hopefully with MORE concepts like Hurricane (with a more masculine interior) and NOT like the wimpy '02-present Liberty and '05 GC will Jeep have a fighting chance.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OnlyOneJeep
To WTJ's comments..I respond. Though as the Hummer brand of vehicles do rely on GM for their platforms and powerplants...(H1,H2,H3) to say that Jeep shouldn't or couldn't or never did is laughable. Hummer is built in or near the old AM General plant by AM General assemblers. (split of from Jeep)....
The XJ and YJ series were intertwined with many GM parts..from columns to powerpalnts and other hardware pieces.....
The Gladiator/Wagoneer were planted with GM sourced powerplants and drivetrain from '67-'69 or so.....
The "Dauntless" V-6 so highly regarded in Jeep ads in the '60's were produced from old Buick toolings/cast....on and on and on....

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: jessie
Jeep has done it again ,showing the world who has the right stuff for 4x4's,This has to give h2 people nightmares,I hope they build it I want one

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Schmack
This is the way to do concepts. Don't make something that would be so easy to produce (i.e. Dakar) that people will be upset when it never sees the light of day. Build something that really pushes the envelope and shows off some new technologies.

Good job Jeep!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jimmy J
Shouldnt an American preview Jeep!!!

That German accent kills me, every time I see one of the phonies try to talk about Jeeps as if they really even care about them.

Liked Jeep better when it was in Lee Iacoka's hands.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: BulletBob
Fun, Fun, Fun 'til Daddy took the car keys away.

Sure it's a fat chance it will ever be built. But it pushes the envelope, creates excitement and the biggest part of it, as an earlier poster mentioned
,is assessing reaction to selected styling cues.

Like surveys that have cleverly disguised loaded questions, covering up what the surveyor is really after, many of these vehicles do the same thing.

It's smart business at a relatively low cost, puts an extra kick in the engineering and design staff steps, and gives the marketers reams of useful "dope".


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: reader
While the concept is really slick, it certainly doesn't look like anything that's going to be mass produced anytime in the next few years. Jeep has really lost my interest with the latest generation of Grand Cherokee... too bad they didn't have more imagination on the latest grand... oth, some of the hurricane technology looks interesting.

Now if DC could come out with something like a jeep version of their E320 CDI V6 diesel for the grand cherokee and liberty vehicles, that would get me interested in actually buying something in a hurry. Looks like they are better dreamers than builders.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: GLAD
Jeep truck ... Turbodiesel! ... am I the only one who thinks it's sweet to see those both in the same story? I find it hard to believe that we won't be hearing word of that diesel in the wranglers soon.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: WTJ
The Jeep Hurricane is an incredible vehicle with innovative
technologies, which are likely to be implemented in future Jeep
vehicles in the coming years.

Contrary to DMoore’s belief that “Hummer is still dominating the
off-road market,” many individuals will find such a proclamation
to be factually incorrect as Hummer (A.K.A. Chevrolet with Z71
package) has never dominated, and likely never will control
anything but a miniscule fraction of said market when compared
to reputable four-wheel drive manufacturers such as Jeep, Land
Rover, and Toyota. All these manufacturers vehicles are
genuine--not GM parts-bin Chevrolets masquerading in a
laughably tacky, faux-HMMWV body.


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

NevR2B4us2buy! Hell, U can't even buy a V8 in any Wrangler.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: DMoore
Not bad...but over the last few years we have seen plenty of concept vehicles. It's time to start putting some on the market. The new GC is nice and the Rubicon vehicles are nice but obviously it didn't take much work to come up with the few extra options that they have over the regular Wranglers. The up and coming "Commander" looks like it will be nice with some needed extra room but I doubt it will be any more extraordinary than the new GC. Hummer is still dominating the off road market. No...I'm not that fond of their vehicles other than the H1 but you have to give it to them....they think up a vehicle and then they build it for market. COme on Jeep! You had better get with the program!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Schmack
I'm fully expecting Jeep to evaluate reactions of the front end on this thing and the front end of the Gladiator to decide on the look for the 2007 Wrangler. Personally, I like the looks of the Gladiator better.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Schmack
I'd pimp it. Now just give me some details on my new tow vehicle a.k.a. the Commander.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Here is my comment
I don't care what hardcore people say, that thing is the balls!!!!!!!

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

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Cpl Fitz
This is a Marine Corps Jeep if I have ever seen or driven one. The old Mutt's were ok and did their job. Even had fun in them. But this is a whole new level. Change out the carbon fiber with kevlar or other protective plating and this twin Hemi will do it splendidly!

Urrrahhhh!
Semper Fi!

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

My good, good friend WEBSTER read between the lines (check the word baboon to follow later) it is INTELLIGENT not INTELIGENT ALSO SEE, IT IS AN AFFORDABLE NOT A AFFORDABLE (MISTAKES ARE INTENTIONAL MY DEAR FRIEND). And to think you are a jeep fan Ai Ai Ai

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OnlyOneJeep
Hopefully the TJ's '06/'07 replacement will do that...A simple utilitarian Jeep w/ diesel with a 6speed manual would be a great addition with of course the "bells n' whistles" Rubicon for $35K...I hope DCX reads this board...Some of us still want a Stripped Basic Jeep that's AFFORDABLE & EFFICIENT!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Webster
sorry SOUTH AFRICA, but it's inteligent not intelegent

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Renegade
Mike, you have a great point. I wonder why that wasn't the natural move in the first place. All the talk of diesel engines isn't only here. Got to figure alternative fuel has been tossed around at Jeep, too. Isn't Ford supposed to be putting out a hybrid SUV (Escape or somesuch)? I'd think that if they can put two in the Hurricane, they could make one diesel and the other elec. Best of both worlds. It's not like the military won't go for it, the army has some hybrid vehicle in use now from what I understand.

Bytheway... has anyone heard anything about the GM Autonomy project lately? That Treo looks like it was designed for just that concept.

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

There are better and more cost effective ways to produce show stoppers or do surveys.

Stop the BULLSH.....T and give us a affordable 4 door turbo diesel Rubicon Wrangler to answer Land Rover Toyota and Nissan Safari.

DC Jeep must learn that Jeep supporters are intelegent 4x4 lovers, treat us as such and not like baboons.

Should you consider us baboons so be it but, remember we are old baboons and that makes the difference.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Mike
It's OK I guess...BUT...

Replace 1 engine with a diesel, replace the other one (Front or Rear, take your choice DCX) with a high torque ELECTRIC motor and add a battery storage set, run the power through the common torque splitter thingie, add some portal hubs to the 4 Wheel I.S., and you have the PERFECT SPECIAL FORCES scout vehicle, not to mention the PERFECT environmentally friendly JEEP.

Think about it...shut off the engine, run in electric only mode, and you have electric silent approach...Run it in hybrid mode and you can rock crawl at idle, accelerate faster than a corvette, with the mileage of a PRIUS, as well as have regenerative braking to help recharge the batteries, mabye even get fancy and add a small STIRLING gen-set to recoup lost heat energy from the IC engine.

Either way IF, and only IF JEEP were to introduce 4WIS, this would be the way to go

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OnlyOneJeep
WTJ if I could get a H1 for the price I paid for my YJ I would be happy....And I agree the H1 or HUMVEE was/is as strong as an icon as MB/CJ/YJ/TJ....and to go further..more AM General stories..the M50 made to replace the venerable DJ postal Jeep was also strongly sourced from the GM/AM General parts dumpster...from the "Iron Duke 2.5 to the column and undercarrige (M-Van Astro/Safari) and the Corvette Denso starters that M50 was truly a parts swap meet! Jeep even though a cupla ugly ones passed thru (Liberty, '05 GC) is still the one to beat!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Renegade
Sorry, fellas, you'll have to excuse me... I just crapped myself, that thing is so beautiful. Now sure, that's a little unpsetting, but not nearly as upsetting as the memory of the last time this happened...

When I laid eyes on the Dakar.

Hey, look, it's a sore spot. No, I haven't forgiven them for not producing such a worthy, necessary, & doable addition to the line, and I have a sinking feeling that this is another such tease. Granted, as a concept vehicle it should showcase and wow and blahblahblah, but I've noticed more than a few other companies that have put production cars that were at least a poor man's version of the concepts. When will we get ours?

If they built something REMOTELY close to that I'd be all over it. Will I see it at an auto expo winking at me? Will I hear rumors about it? Will I whince in pain when I realize that the next Jeep is a disappointment of Liberty-proportions? Only time will tell.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: 96 XJ Owner
I dont think that the Hurricane concept will ever built as-is. i think that the suspension and drivetrain willl be applied to a jepp in hopes of getting a military contract. Crab and skid steer are only starting to be designed into military vehicles. so jeep may be able to get a contract for a light weight scout using this vehicle as the demo model. and maybe if it is built for the military a civilian version will be made.

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