28 November 2003

To counter any thoughts that Chrysler’s Jeep brand maybe going a little soft, January’s Detroit Motor Show will see the supreme macho Jeep, the Rescue concept.

Intended for the extremes of off-roading, the Wrangler-styled Rescue runs on a 3124mm wheelbase, is 2032mm wide, and has 940mm tyres at each corner. Power comes from a thundering 6.1-litre Cummins turbodiesel cranking out 325bhp and 600lb ft of torque, which means it will eat Hummers for breakfast. Design boss Trevor Creed says the Rescue comes with all the no-nonsense Jeep features like removable doors, a fold-down windscreen.

Concept car ‘goodies’ include built-in remote-control winches, under-chassis cameras, 3-D topographical mapping software for the sat-nav and height-adjustable suspension.

Creed said the concept’s ultimate go-anywhere capabilities would make it a perfect vehicle for search and rescue, police or fire brigade operations, but production isn’t on the cards.

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