Could these two Detroit auto show concept vehicles hint at the shape of things to come from the
The Chrysler Nassau was conceived as a compact, urban luxury car, explained the automaker’s design director, Trevor Creed. The four-door, four-passenger Nassau’s shape resembles the classic British shooting brake, the U.K.-born stylist suggested, but its “fluid and sophisticated shape” is designed for the city rather than country leisure. Nose on, the
The concept is powered by a 425-horsepower, 6.1-liter version of Chrysler’s HEMI V-8, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. To plant that power, the
2007 Jeep Trailhawk concept
Sitting atop 34-inch tires, the concept ute is powered by a 3.0-liter BlueTec diesel V-6, borrowed from Chrysler’s German sibling, Mercedes-Benz. It makes a stump-pulling 376 lb-ft of torque.
The Trailhawk, notably, is based on an extended version of the Wrangler body-on-frame platform, rather than Grand Cherokee’s unibody architecture. Could that have some use in the future? There’s little doubt, said designer Ralph Gilles, that there could be some benefits to building both models off the same platform – though there are no plans in place to do so, he quickly emphasized. But “we’ll be looking at the reaction at the show.”
2007 Chrysler Nassau Concept by Marty Padgett (12/28/2006)
2007 Jeep Trailhawk Concept by Marty Padgett (12/28/2006)
A new bird bred from the Wrangler.
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