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The Jeep Willys2 Concept Car

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The Jeep Willys2 concept was shown for the first time at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2001. Designed at the Pacifica center, it follows the award-winning Willys concept, using Jeep design cues from the recent and far past. There are no immediate plans to produce the Willys2, which uses a frame-web technology with a one-piece carbon fiber body on an aluminum frame, including a removable aluminum-frame carbon fiber hardtop.

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The hard top comes with a roof rack featuring a full-size spare tire holder and an integrated luggage carrier, as well as bindings for multiple kinds of outdoor gear. Three auxiliary fog and search lamps are included on the concept.

The Jeep Willys2 weighs approximately 1350 kg (3,000 lb.), and is powered by a 1.6-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine that has been supercharged to deliver 120 kW (160 bhp) and 210 Nm (155 lb.-ft.) of torque. Off-roaders who object to the use of supercharging may note that the torque is quite good. Zero to sixty is estimated at about 10 seconds, with a top speed of about 90 mph.

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The concept uses a short-and-long-arm independent front and multi-link solid rear axle suspension, with coil springs at all four wheels.

Translucent plastics echo the iMac, but a Chrysler rep said "you can still take a water hose to this interior and clean it out."

Jeep Willys2 Specifications (in addition to those in the text)

  • Wheels: 21" x 7.5" (tires, P235/65R21)
  • Length: 3617 mm (142.4 in.); Width: 1791 mm (70.5 in.); Wheelbase: 2413 mm (95 in.)
  • Height: 1778 mm (70 in.) (with roofrack)
  • Track - Front: 1496 mm (58.9 in.), Rear: 1509 mm (59.4 in.)
  • Ground Clearance: 309 mm (12 in.)
  • Front overhang: 577 mm (22.7 in.); Rear overhang: 627 mm (24.7 in.)

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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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