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T4OG: Trans Four Owner’s Group

Mopars of the 2017 NYC Auto Show
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Jeep Crew Chief 715: 2016 Moab concept pickup

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The Jeep Crew Chief 715 is a salute to Jeep military service vehicles, in particular the Kaiser M715, using a rear seat and extra doors but staying visually close to its classic military roots.

2016 Jeep Crew Chief concept

Original Jeep military service vehicles were legendary for getting troops through rugged terrain, so the Jeep Crew Chief 715 has steel front and rear bumpers, 20-inch beadlock wheels, and 40-inch NDT military tires with an on-board air system and hard-mounted quick-disconnect fitting for airing up or lending assistance to other vehicles on the trail; it also has a master cylinder brake upgrade, cold air intake, and a modified exhaust.

crew chief 715 concept car

Outside, the 715 has off-road rock rails, front and rear winches, Dana 60 front and rear axles, and a four-inch lift kit with Fox 2.0 Remote Reservoir shocks. The “Tactical Green” colour scheme runs from the custom-modified M715-inspired front-end, to the tailgate, with a military-themed five foot cargo bed.

Inside are leather bucket seats with canvas inserts, aircraft-inspired control switches, and all-weather mats.

crew chief dashboard

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venomConcept 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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Two “new” Compass reviews T4OG: Trans Four Owner’s Group Mopars of the 2017 NYC Auto Show