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The Renegade-based Jeep Comanche concept has styling cues from both military and civilian Jeeps, with “Beige Against the Machine” paint, a satin black hood, custom lower front fascia, winch, steel rear bumper, soft top, and spare tire in the bed.
The wheelbase has been stretched by six inches for the 2016 Comanche concept’s five foot long bed.
Inside, the Comanche has custom seat covers, pedal covers, door sill guards, and all-weather mats; off-roading is eased by Jeep Performance Parts (off-road rock rails, a two inch lift kit, and a winch). The Comanche rolls on 16-inch painted wheels and 32-inch BF-Goodrich All Terrain T/A tires, and is powered by a two-liter Fiat MultiJet diesel engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The AWD system is the Jeep Active Drive Lock setup with a low range and a locking rear differential.
Concept cars are often made so a car’s feel can be evaluated, problems can be foreseen, and reactions of the public can be judged. Some concepts test specific ideas, colors, controls, or materials — either subtle or out of proportion, to hide what’s being tested. Some are created to help designers think “out of the box.” The Challenger, Prowler, PT Cruiser, and Viper were all tested as production-based concepts dressed up to hide the production intent.
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