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Jeep Chief concept, West County Explorers Club

Jeep has released a new concept vehicle meant to revive the look of the old Cherokee Chief. The concept is based on the modern, V6-powered Wrangler. I could do without the surfer girl interior (see photos after the jump) but the rest of it looks pretty cool.

Links:
Jalopnik: The 1970’s Jeep Chief Is Back As This Badass Wrangler-Based Prototype
Autoblog: Jeep Chief Concept Photo Gallery

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Nimbus e-Car

If you’ve ever wondered what an electric off-roader might look like, check out this concept for the Nimbus e-Car. It’s spec’d with a 180hp electric motor, 200 mile range and designed with wrap around windows. I love the look of it.

See more photos after the jump.

Thanks to Mas for finding this one!

Link:
Nimbus™ e-Car – Future is calling / hemisferiocriativo.com

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G500 Concept, via WCXC

The über-wagen pictured above, is what Mercedes-Benz is calling the G500 4×42. Word on the street has it that this new Geländewagen concept will meld the 6×6’s underpinnings with the old G-wagen’s axle count. That means a G500 with portal axles, 18″ bead-lock wheels, an upgraded chassis with dual springs and dampers, and a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 flogging 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque.

Although it will debut as a concept at the upcoming 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the website Motor Authority speculates, based on test vehicle sitings, that much of the development work on the production model has already been done.

Check the articles below for more info on this beast, or have a look at the photo set after the jump.

Links:
Motor Authority
Top Gear

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Leave it to the English, the inventors of the luxury SUV, to push the limits of that vehicle segment into new, outrageous terrain—understatedly outrageous, that is. Bentley’s new SUV concept, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this year, makes a mere Range Rover look positively populist.

It’s called the EXP 9F, which—let’s be honest—doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. As for the look and feel of it though. That’s another story. There’s so much style, upon stateliness, upon brawn in this vehicle that it’s hard to imagine these disparate elements coming together in any kind of comprehensible way, yet they do. Whether it will make sense as a functional object remains to be seen. I can’t imagine hitting the trails with a 600hp, W12 engine, quilted, white, leather seats, 23″ wheels, and all-wheel-drive. That said, I’m looking forward to seeing the videos of the first person that does.

Rumor has it that it’ll be out in 2015. If, in three years, you happen to run into Jay Z on some remote hillside, this is the SUV he’ll be driving.

Update 12/8/2013: Bentley has announced that their SUV will be available in 2016.


Photo: Expedition Portal

The other day I raved about the Jeep Forward Control concept — the Mighty FC, as it’s known. Well, Scott Brady, the publisher of Overland Journal and Expedition Portal, has taken it for a first drive.

What do you want first the good news or the bad news? The bad news is that he reports that it will never (his italics) go into production. The good news is that he says it’s amazing fun to drive and extraordinarily capable. Does the idea that it will never be built make the good news moot?

I’m sure that if enough people clamored for this truck, Jeep would build it. There was a time when VW said it would never build another Beetle.

Anyway, congratulations on a great concept Jeep! You hit the nail on the head.


Photo: Jalopnik

I haven’t been this excited about a concept car in a long time. Scratch that. I can’t even remember the last time I was excited about a concept car. When I saw Jeep’s new Forward Control concept yesterday, however, my jaw nearly hit the floor. In an era of soul-crushing sameness and dull efficiency, Jeep’s Forward Control is a refreshing shot of “hell yeah!” steeped in just the right amount of company history. Read the rest of this entry »