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Jeep Willys2 Concept
The definition of utility should read: J-e-e-p. With more than 60 years of heritage, the Willys Jeep has hauled American heroes to many a destination. After WWII everyone wanted a piece of the I-can-do-anything pie and so ensued the production of the civilian Jeep or CJ. The complete Willys history, abridged, reads like this: Willys-CJ-YJ-TJ. You're right, that was too abridged. Good news, though. In this issue Editor Rick Pw includes a more thorough Jeep journal that details Jeep history.
The Jeep Willys2 concept takes ample cues from its American roots, while still employing a freedom to explore modern technology. The concept resonates with the classic Jeep seven-slot grille, while still pulling from modern technology. Designed for the young and the young-at-heart, the techno-looking, 2000-ed version olive drab exterior paint is called Action Green.
The interior personifies modern with translucent gray and green plastics. The Willys2 has a lightweight aluminum frame and a carbon-fiber body and removable hardtop, which comes with a roof rack featuring a fullsize spare tire holder and an integrated luggage carrier, as well as three auxiliary fog and search lamps.
Technical specifications include a supercharged 1.6L, inline-four engine (160 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque) and a four-speed automatic transmission coupled with a shift-on-the-fly transfer case with full-time four-wheel drive and low-range modes. The suspension is a custom independent short-and-long-arm front and multilink solid rear axle, with coil springs at all four wheels, creating a low center of gravity with a long wheelbase of 95 inches and a wide track at 58.9 inches in the front, 59.4 inches in the rear. Combining a low center of gravity, capable suspension, a long wheelbase, a wide track width, and 12-inch ground clearance makes the Willys2 an all-around get-you-anywhere concept.
|Jeep Willys2 Concept Specs|
|Engine:||Supercharged 1.6L I-4|
|Power transfer:||Full-time four-wheel|
|drive with low range|
|Body structure:||One-piece carbon-fiber|
|body webbed to aluminum frame, with|
|carbon-fiber removable hardtop and roof rack|
|Front:||Independent short- and long-arm|
|(SLA) with coilover shocks|
|Rear:||Multilink solid rear axle with|
|Height w/roof rack:||70.0|