Jeep Treo Concept Vehicle | Part Two

A Bold New Jeep Signature

The Treo’s front end presents a bold new Jeep signature and provides fresh insights on the classic Jeep ‘face’. Treo then tapers front-to-back in a tear-drop shape, to end with two high-mounted spar wings that house rear lamps and serve as mounts for twin high-tech Jeep Rubicon mountain bikes – the perfect equipment for tomorrow’s active young consumers. The rear hatch with a large cutout notch provides easy access to rear storage.

Jeep ruggedness is signalled by the flared wheel arches that give the over-sized tyres plenty of play, tow hooks exposed on the front end, and the ‘precision tool’ look of the headlamps and mirrors. The military-style tyre tread, exposed front suspension and the hiking boot tread detail on the sill plate all enhance the vehicle’s adventurous image.

"The Treo’s look is rugged and purposeful – a truly imaginative evolution of the Jeep ‘face’ with packaging that belies its compact dimensions," said Creed. "It has a real presence in the flesh, one that grows more interesting every time you look at it – from every angle."

Flexible Interior and Propulsion Possibilities

Jeep Treo’s interior continues the simple, honest Jeep look. The steering wheel and column, pedals, speedometer and other instruments are housed in a single, sculptured module. The entire module slides through a slot in the dash for quick adaptation to right- or left-hand driving, extending Treo’s reach to world markets. The radio, global positioning satellite locator and climate controls with touch-screen operation are housed in a second, removable module.

Lightweight seats are made of translucent material over a strong carbon fibre frame. The rear seat folds flat for storage of additional gear. Another configuration allows for the front wheels from the Rubicon bikes to be removed and mounted in the rear of the interior, while still allowing a third passenger to ride along.

Despite the vehicle’s compactness, a feeling of openness is maintained in the interior by the large windshield, a ‘see-through’, seven-slotted Jeep front grille, and a glass roof that extends over the rear passenger space.

Jeep Treo is powered by two electric motors driving the front and rear wheels, giving the vehicle full-time four-wheel drive capability. For the future, Treo is designed to adapt to new technologies, such as drive-by-wire, fuel cells or other advanced powertrains.

"Treo’s visionary vehicle packaging with its basic three-seat configuration and built-in versatility lends itself to future Jeep activity seekers – at entry-level price positioning. It is rugged and functional in genuine Jeep fashion, but its adaptability is taken to the next level," Creed said.

Original Animation for a Unique Vehicle

Chrysler Group’s introduction of the Jeep Treo concept vehicle will feature an original animation sequence produced especially for the Tokyo Motor Show. The animation is influenced by the style known as ‘anime’, which is popular in Asia and other parts of the world. This adventurous, high tech animation is the perfect style for introducing the Jeep Treo concept.

Published 22 October 2003 Melanie Carter

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