Meant to pay homage to the iconic Jeep military vehicles of the past, the Jeep Crew Chief 715 Concept mixes the modern build of a Wrangler Unlimited with classic styling and purpose-focused features. It’s ready to tackle the same rugged terrain as its namesake the Kaiser M715 with a 4-inch lift kit, Fox shocks, off-road rock rails, 20-inch wheels, and 40-inch tires, and can help out on the trail, too, with an on-board air system, 5-foot cargo bed for gear or injured comrades, Dana axles. The military theme is completed with leather bucket seats, aircraft-style control switches, and a giant compass mounted in the dash.
In the Easter Safari in Moab (Utah), Jeep has presented seven prototypes. Seven ideas that could in some cases have commercial outlet, and in others are directly design exercises. This Jeep Crew Chief 715 falls rather in the second category, but it is a tribute to the military Jeep that we could not ignore. Together with the Jeep Trailcat that we talked about yesterday , we think it’s the best that has been presented at the world’s largest Jeep concentration.
The first thing that strikes us is that the starting Wrangler Unlimited has been converted into a pick-up. At its rear there are two seats benches, as well as space for fuel jerrycans. The front of the pick-up is a clear nod to the fantastic Kaiser Jeep M715, inspiration for this complete prototype . It also shares with that small military truck some narrow 40-inch off-road tires – mounted on 20-inch steel wheels – with a very old school result.
Axles Dana 60, a lifting kit of 10 centimeters and Fox Racing shock absorbers complete a truly capable undercarriage outside the asphalt. Although the 3.6 V6 engine remains standard, it has the help of a winch in case of problems. The impacts against hard objects should also not be problematic thanks to huge steel bumpers. Inside it has several aviation-inspired switches as well as two sturdy leather seats.
The final touch is “Jeep”, written in antique typography on the back of the box.
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