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Concept/DemonstrationJeep FC Concept is Big
Posted by mike on 2012/4/3 11:01:00 (25290) reads

Wow. Just what do you say about this Jeep concept vehicle unveiled at the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari a few weeks ago? First of all - it's big. And different. And totally something not expected.

The official press release states that the Jeep Forward Control was built from 1956 to 1965 and offered a clever packaging solution. It kept overall length at a minimum for maneuverability but maintained a full-length cargo box for utility. For 2012, Jeep has created a modern version of this classic: the Jeep Mighty FC concept.

To create the Jeep Mighty FC concept, the design team started with a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon and repositioned the cabin over and ahead of the front axle, lengthened the wheelbase, and added a custom built drop-side cargo box. The cab utilizes a roof from the Mopar JK-8 conversion kit, as well as a custom-designed front clip. The Wrangler-based interior has been enhanced with bold, heavy-duty Katzkin leather and a unique color scheme. The cargo area is handled by a full-width, drop-side tray-style bed that measures more than eight feet in length.

The New York Times "Wheels" blog says:

The Jeep Mighty FC concept lacks the smooth countenance of Stevens’s design, instead wearing the grafted face of the Wrangler, the descendant of the original Jeeps, over two prominent search lights. It rides atop a lengthened platform donated by a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon. The eight-foot bed is built with side-access doors, and the roof is sourced from the Mopar catalog, the JK-8 conversion kit. Interior appointments include generous, if not particularly utilitarian, swaths of leather.

The vehicle appears remarkably high, with huge ground clearance for its portal axles, also sourced from Mopar. The axles alone cost from $11,000 to $12,500 each, a point of consideration for home hobbyists. Many parts of the vehicle were sourced from specialist suppliers like Hanson, Warn and Teraflex. Off-road aficionados may enjoy simply reading aloud the laundry list of aftermarket suppliers whose wares are worn by the big Jeep.

Concept/DemonstrationPanda-Based Jeep in 2013
Posted by xjgary on 2011/3/22 6:53:14 (4056) reads

This article was submitted by reader XJGary with some additions by Mike.

JP Magazine has a write-up about the new Panda-based Jeep. They said it really is coming to the US in 2013 and it will be open top, confirmed by 5 different inside sources. Jeep is currently working hard on it. The two possible engines are the 1.4 L gas and the 1.3 L Diesel.

The name is still being kept under wraps (if in fact anyone knows what it is), but what we do know is that it will be smaller than the Wrangler. For comparison, the current Panda has a 90-inch wheelbase, is 62 inches wide, and 139 inches overall length-so it would be comparable to a CJ-5 in size.

From XJGary, "They have a really lame artist's rendering in the article, but they admit to having no clue as to what it will look like other than a 7 slot grill. Llike many, "JP" was concerned that Jeep would just slap a new badge and grill on the new gen Panda. I'm hoping for something better that will get great fuel mileage (a diesel please!), look good, be fun to drive, fit tall people, and be able to handle tough trails. My hope is a mini Wrangler that is a retro flat fender."

Concept/DemonstrationJeep Pickup Confirmed?
Posted by mike on 2010/9/30 13:44:12 (4094) reads

I've received a couple of unconfirmed reports this morning that a Wrangler-based 1-ton pickup has been confirmed at a "Dealers Principles" meeting. The vehicle is said to come with a turbo diesel engine and go on sale during calendar year 2011.

If anyone can add to this, please do so in the comments below.

Concept/DemonstrationChrysler CEO Teases Dealers with Possible Jeep Pickup Truck for 2012?
Posted by ScramblerKen on 2010/9/19 7:10:40 (6873) reads

Last week at a show for Chrysler dealers in Orlando, Florida, a hybrid Jeep pickup truck was shown (no photos were shown). Of course no confirmation on this being built, but an article in egmCarTech states a Jeep pickup based on the 4-door Unlimited was given the green light and will appear in showrooms 3rd Quarter 2011.

From AutoNews:

Jeep CEO Michael Manley concluded his presentation to dealers by saying: “You never know what might show up in your showroom someday,” according to a person who attended the meeting. Manley then walked off the stage, and the pickup truck appeared.

Manley said nothing about whether Jeep will produce the pickup.

From FourWheeler:
Identical to the Wrangler from the B-pillar forward, the teaser had a small quarter window behind the front door and there will be some storage behind the front seats. Unlike the J8/Sarge this pickup had a true bed with a gap between it and the cab. The Unlimited-based pickup is said to retain the JKs link-coil suspension. In order to maintain pickup proportions and keep a useable bed length, the JK pickup did have an extended rear overhang and like the Gladiator, this concept had the spare tire mounted to the side of the bed.

From PickupTrucks:
Industry sources have told us that production of the Jeep pickup is expected to start in the third quarter of 2011, with the pickup badged as a 2012 model. It’s said to be based on the four-door Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited platform but with a two-door regular cab configuration with extra space behind the front seats for storage.

We have been teased for years on a Jeep Wrangler based pickup for years, but here is hoping they actually will come through. With the Ford Ranger due to end production, this would leave the small pickup truck field open, so who knows. Maybe Jeep sees the opportunity. I also suspect they are waiting to make this a 2012 as the Wrangler is due for a new engine. I doubt we will see a diesel, but then again, you never know...

Thanks to reader Renegade for additional information on this story

Concept/DemonstrationJeep EV Test Drive (Updated, with video)
Posted by mike on 2008/11/18 8:26:00 (3263) reads

MotorTrend got some time with the Jeep EV and posted a writeup in the blog:

Acceleration in the Jeep EV is strong and smooth, ramping up power progressively where the vehicle just keeps pulling and pulling up the speedometer at an almost unnerving pace. Because it's all electronic, the console-mounted stick shift is gone and the gear selection is done by pushbutton just below the Navi screen. The Navi screen itself allows for several different screens to help the driver monitor all sorts of vehicle parameters like battery temperature, power levels, strength, range, charge/discharge direction and more. Our biggest beef is that the steering setup isn't quite dialed in and the battery pack, from underneath the vehicle, looks like the thickest skidplate you've ever seen (but we're told there is no compromise in ground clearance.)

This is a great article with a bunch of photos that give a good indication of where the Jeep EV is heading.

UPDATE (11/19/08): Chrysler just posted this video from the event:

Concept/DemonstrationJeep JT May Not Be Dead Yet!
Posted by MarkH on 2008/9/30 12:15:04 (5021) reads

From the Sept '08 issue of Ward's Auto World:

The Jeep JT, a pickup based on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited SUV, and the Dodge Demon roadster both bowed in early 2007, just as Chrysler found itself faced with an ownership change that severed its access to the considerable investment and intellectual capital of what is now Daimler AG.
"They're concepts, but we're shopping them around looking for, maybe, partnerships," Gilles says.

Of the two, the JT presents "an easier proposition," he says, adding it has captured the imaginations of Chrysler personnel.

We last covered the JT way back in December of 2007...

Concept/DemonstrationVideo: Official Chrysler Video on EV Line
Posted by mike on 2008/9/24 13:00:00 (2648) reads

Official video from Chrysler's ENVI organization introducing their new line of EV vehicles.

Concept/DemonstrationJeep EV Photos and Press Release
Posted by mike on 2008/9/24 7:00:23 (5151) reads

The media blitz around Chrysler's newly announced "EV" line is in full swing, and I'm happy to be a part of it. The press release shown below indicates that Chrysler will be producing one of these concepts in 2010 - no word on which vehicle it will be though. But first up, some official photos...

From the official press release:

Chrysler LLC announced today that the Company and its ENVI organization have new production-intent, advanced electric-drive technology packaged in three different vehicles -- one for each of its brands, Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge.

Chrysler will select one electric-drive model to be produced in 2010 for consumers in North American markets, and European markets after 2010. Additionally, approximately one hundred Chrysler electric vehicles will be on the road in government, business, utility and Chrysler development fleets in 2009.

The Company said that it is well into the development of advanced, production-intent electric vehicles, and that it will apply electric-drive technology to its front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive and body-on-frame four-wheel-drive platforms in the next several years.

At its World Headquarters here today, Chrysler revealed its electric-drive prototypes -- Dodge EV, Jeep EV and Chrysler EV -- and demonstrated the driving performance and capability of each.

"We have a social responsibility to our consumers to deliver environmentally friendly, fuel efficient, advanced electric vehicles, and our intention is to meet that responsibility quickly and more broadly than any other automobile manufacturer," said Bob Nardelli, Chairman and CEO -- Chrysler LLC. "The introduction of the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge electric vehicles provides a glimpse of the very near future, and demonstrates that we are serious and well along in the development of bringing electric vehicles to market."

The Jeep EV development vehicle is a Range-extended Electric Vehicle that provides a glimpse into the future of a "Go Anywhere, Do Anything" vehicle with renowned Jeep Wrangler capability.

The Jeep EV combines Wrangler's unmatched off-road capability with the ultimate "Tread Lightly" mindset by providing nature ambassadors with the ability to roam the planet and take care of it at the same time.

The Jeep EV Range-extended Electric Vehicle uses an electric motor, an advanced lithium-ion battery system, and a small gasoline engine with an integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to power the electric-drive system when needed. The 200 kW (268 horsepower) electric motor generates 400 N*m (295 lb.-ft.) of torque. With approximately eight gallons of gasoline, the Jeep EV has a range of 400 miles, including 40 miles of zero fuel-consumption, zero-emissions, all-electric operation.

"We are also exploring four-wheel-drive, in-wheel electric motors to demonstrate the full reach of ENVI's advanced electric-drive technologies," said Rhodes.

The instant high torque of the electric-drive motor and the ability to precisely control each wheel independently results in off-road capability ideally suited for the Jeep brand, without compromising on-road driving capability.

Jeep EV specifications after the jump...

Concept/DemonstrationJeep shows off Wrangler EV!
Posted by Jeepin on 2008/9/23 10:10:54 (3738) reads

CNBC has an article online about Chrysler showing off some new ev concept vehicles recently. Four vehicles were shown off, ranging from an egg-shaped "pea pod" all-electric vehicle intended for "gated communities" to an extended range Minivan with a system similar to what is used in the Renegade concept and the up-coming GM VOLT. What really caught my attention though, was the Wrangler ev! It's an extended range hybrid electric vehicle, again similar to the Renegade Concept and VOLT in that it can run up to 40 miles on purely electric power, then a small internal combustion engine kicks in to extend the range to 400 miles.

Check out the full video.

There was also a full electric Dodge branded sports car, ala the Tesla Roadster, that appears to be based off the new Lotus Europa, looks pretty dang cool.

Concept/DemonstrationProduction J8 Shown in Germany
Posted by mike on 2008/7/11 8:13:07 (3286) reads

Carscoop has a good article and photos of the military vehicle. The J8 was shown off recently at Euro Camp Jeep in Germany.

The vehicle will be manufactured at a facility in Cairo and will be available later this month to interested governments. As of now, there are no plans to offer a civilian version.

In order to withstand heavy duty use, Jeep’s engineers reinforced the Wrangler frame allowing greater payloads – up to a maximum of 1,250 kg (2,756 lbs.). Other improvements include the Dana 60 rear axle with heavy duty brake discs and a new air-intake system with special filtration and a hood-mounted air inlet that enables the J8 to ford water up to 762 mm (30 in.) deep and operate in sandstorm conditions for up to five hours.

Jeep offers the J8 as a two-door truck with an extended pickup bed or a four-door multipurpose vehicle. However, the J8 can be produced with numerous vehicle-body and seating configurations in either right-hand or left-hand drive. For example, the two-door version can be configured as a personnel carrier seating up to eight passengers

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