The Jeep Trailhawk concept revealed at the 2007 Detriot
Auto Show was a vehicle which combines the off-road features
of the new body-on-frame, four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
(which the Trailhawk is built on), with the refined on-road
characteristics of a luxury car.
The distinctive and unusual proportions of the Jeep Trailhawk
are due in part to the extra long 116 inch (294 cm) wheelbase
and also the unusually low roofline and slanting A-pillars.
The stance of the Jeep Trailhawk is broad, and the wheels,
pushed to the corners of the vehicle, are enclosed in
robust flares dramatically offset from the body. Partly
trapezoidal in shape, yet not asymmetrical, these angular,
crisply-contoured wheel flares reinterpret one of Jeep's
fundamental design cues. "The flares are stretched
and pulled taut at one end," Nick Vardis, principal
exterior designer says. "Each presents a 'long side'
angled toward the center of the body."
The enormous arches of the Jeep Trailhawk help to cover
the 22" wheels wrapped in on-road tires.
The Trailhawk's upper structure is set onto the lower
body, encased by a crisp, chamfered 360-degree molding
that runs around the greenhouse, accenting the high, arching
beltline. At the base of the windshield is a seven-slot
cowl screen that reprises the grille. The Jeep Trailhawk's
exterior is painted in Argent Pearl high-gloss, with the
flares and lower body a slightly darker low-gloss variant.
The side windows of the Jeep Trailhawk retract fully into
the body, leaving no B-pillar above the belt, while the
diagonal quarter windows are also fully retractable. Gray-tinted
twin longitudinal glass panels over the first- and second-row
seats and the glass panel over the cargo compartment are
removable, as is the swing-up backlight. With all the
glass lowered and removed, the Trailhawk offers occupants
virtually the same open-air ambience as a typical soft
top Jeep. The fixed central spine contains overhead lighting
and several integrated storage bins.
Power for the Jeep Trailhawk concept comes from a 3.0
litre BLUETEC diesel developing 215 horsepower and 376
ft-lbs of torque.
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