Following on from its murdered-out
Grand Cherokee ‘production-intent’ concept
unveiled last month, Jeep has now unveiled a trio of new concepts in the lead up to March’s 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
The three new concepts are based around European versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Compass, and Wrangler SUVs, and are aimed at adding a sporty flavor to the all-American off-roaders.
The Grand Cherokee design study combines a distinctive look and sporty appearance with the efficiency of a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine. This engine, which is fitted with new Multijet II technology, delivers 241 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque.
To match that performance, the vehicle has also been fitted with one-of-a-kind black-gloss 20-inch aluminum wheels, as well as a custom bodykit and blacked-out elements all around.
The interior of the Grand Cherokee concept is enhanced by a leather-wrapped perforated heated steering wheel and ventilated sports-styled Nappa leather and suede seats. Real carbon fiber accents are integrated into the instrument panel and door trim panels. Racing style pedals add to the sporty, performance look inside the cabin.
The second concept is based on the smaller Jeep Compass, which Jeep will be using to gauge interest of the vehicle in front of European audiences before a possible local launch later this year. The concept version features more gloss-black trim accents, 18-inch aluminum wheels, also finished in black, and a fully revised interior with leather seats, aluminum door sills, and racing style pedals.
It, too, sports a diesel engine, in this case a 2.2-liter unit with 163 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque on tap.
Finally, there’s the Jeep Wrangler Mountain edition. It’s based on the Wrangler Sport and gets unique 17-inch alloy wheels, side steps, and a Gecko green paint-scheme. Inside, the special edition gets grey stitched cloth seats, embroidered Mountain logos, and tread-pattern slush mats.
Jeep is hoping that its new concepts will help lure in European buyers to the brand as it establishes itself in new markets and to customers who may never have considered buying a Jeep before.
Press days for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show commence on March 6 but in the meantime you can follow our ongoing coverage via our dedicated show page