|A photo surfaces of the Dodge Nitro, a variant of the Jeep Liberty|
It looks like a long-standing rumor may be coming to fruition - the Jeep Liberty platform may be used for additional, non-Jeep vehicles. TheCarConnection.com has the details:
Today's press conferences at the Chicago auto show will include this new Dodge SUV concept. Dubbed the Nitro, the sport-ute is derived from the Jeep Liberty, a clear signal that it's intended for production. Riding on 20-inch wheels, the Nitro stretches the Liberty's overall length a few inches beyond the rear wheels for a larger cargo area. Under the hood, the Nitro's stocked with the Liberty's 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 and four-speed automatic transmission. Inside, a new interior design sports a DVD navi system and metallic trim.
Check out a photo of the Nitro here (you'll need to scroll down the page just a bit).
For those of you planning on attending the Chicago Auto Show that we've been writing about lately, we found a image of the Jeep portion of the layout of "the worlds largest indoor test track".
Some facts around the track:
- The half-mile test track is designed around the perimeter of the 156,000-square-foot Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge exhibit. This is equivalent to the size of four football fields.
- More than two dozen vehicles will operate on the test track at any given time. The test track will include challenges to help showcase the driving capabilities of each brand.
- Jeep Trail Rated course will demonstrate the Jeep brand's off-road capabilities, including traction, articulation, ground clearance, maneuverability and water fording. Highlights of the course include fording a stream, traveling at a 35-degree angle along boulders, maneuvering over logs and climbing a l5-foot hill.
- More than 115 semi-trailers of track material, audio-visual equipment, exhibit properties and vehicles will be hauled into the exhibit space at McCormick Place.
- Over 1,100 cubic yards of topsoil, boulders, gravel, concrete and course timbers used in the creation of the test track.
- Over 30,000 feet of overhead support trusses will be utilized.
- The test track and the auto show exhibit will be completed in less than seven days.