Jeep unveils six new concepts at Moab Easter Jeep Safari

The Pork Chop is back! It deliciously named Jeep has been unveiled in full along with five other off-road concept cars from Jeep at the 45th annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari in Utah, US. The cars were built purely as concepts but it’s interesting to see such a range of almost cartoon-like cars being unveiled in the flesh all at one place.

Jeep Wrangler Pork Chop

First up is the Jeep Wrangler Pork Chop. Apart from its quirky name, the Pork Chop has been produced as a very serious off-road vehicle. It features a comprehensive roll bar set-up incorporating colour-coded bars, Sparco race seats and pin stripes. It also exhibits 35-inch Mickey Thompson dirt tyres, a chopped windscreen (by 5cm) and an overall weight reduction of around 385kg over the standard Wrangler.

Jeep Wrangler Renegade

Next up is the more traditional Jeep Wrangler Renegade. It also features a full roll cage set-up, but it showcases traditional AEV Pintler wheels with the same 35-inch tyres as the Pork Chop. Under the bonnet however, is a 6.4-litre HEMI V8 capable of displacing bits of Earth in 354kW accelerator prods. The Renegade gets a winch mounted on the front as well as a four-inch suspension lift kit for the ultimate in off-road potential.

Jeep Wrangler Blue Crush

The most serious of the Jeep Wrangler concepts unveiled is the Jeep Wrangler Blue Crush. Even though the name sounds like something you might buy from a Boost Juice outlet, this Wrangler is ready for the most extreme off-road conditions. It features vast suspension revisions that leave it in little relation to the standard Wrangler. It comprises custom suspension joints, internal bypass shocks, hydro-steering and a new front stabiliser bar. Under the bonnet sits a 403kW 7.0-litre V8.

Jeep Compass Canyon

As for the non-Wrangler concepts, at the modest end of this showcase is the Jeep Compass Canyon. It features a number of Mopar enhancements including a cold-air induction kit for the engine, a new exhaust system and interior trimming revisions. There’s also 5cm lift kit for the suspension and Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ 225/75-R16 tyres.

Jeep Cherokee Overland

Looking a bit like a safari tour vehicle, the Jeep Cherokee Overland goes for a more practical approach. It uses the standard 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine for propulsion and the Selec-Trac II four-wheel drive system. It comes with an ARB 7cm suspension lift kit comprising of Old Man Emu shocks, Mickey Thompson 265/75-R16 MTZ and an ARB air-lock rear differential. The Overland also comes with its own air compressor system in the rear compartment, while underneath the car is treated to a number of bash plates for the transmission, sills and differentials.

Jeep Ram Truck Mopar

Last of the concepts is the Dodge Ram Truck Mopar. It was designed taking inspiration from trophy race trucks that compete in various US desert motorsport events. It features fibreglass front and rear guards to reduce the car’s weight, a 5.7-litre HEMI V8 and a suspension lift kit underneath. It’s also treated to an obvious paint scheme incorporating Mopar and Dodge logos.

Unfortunately, all of the concepts are likely to remain as concepts. They do, on the other hand, give us a taste of what is possible in the modified Jeep scene, and we’re sure most of the parts could be bought separately and adapted to suit production versions.

Ssangyong SUT1 concept unveiled at Geneva

The Ssangyong SUT 1 concept has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show ahead of the global launch of the production vehicle in around 12 months’ time.

Ssangyong SUT1 concept

Ssangyong says the goal of the SUT 1 is a simple one: to be the world’s best pick-up truck. It may sound ambitious, but the company is back from the brink of bankruptcy, so what else is the company to do apart from reach for the stars?

The production vehicle based on the SUT 1 concept will replace the Actyon Sports utility, which was released in 2006 and has a considerable following in parts of Europe, South America and Asia.

Designed in collaboration with Italian stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro, the SUT 1 is a sharp, modern design with a robust, sporting energy, sharing styling elements with the recently launched Korando SUV.

Ssangyong SUT1 concept

The SUT 1 is powered by Ssangyong’s FR 2.0-litre diesel engine, producing 114kW of power and 360Nm of torque (from 1500rpm to 2800rpm).

The engine will be available with six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions, as well as rear- and four-wheel drive.

The production version of the SUT 1 will be well equipped, with available features including leather seats, heated front seats, climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather steering wheel with audio controls, reversing camera, sunroof, cruise control and Bluetooth audio.

Ssangyong SUT1 concept

Safety will include dual airbags, four disc brakes, active rollover protection, front and rear fog lamps, daytime running lamps and electronic stability control.

Ssangyong will start production of the SUT 1 in the second half of 2011 ahead of its launch in Korea and other markets in early 2012. Production is expected to peak at 35,000 units per year.

The production version of the SUT 1 utility is expected to go on sale in Australia in the first half of 2012.

Ssangyong also used the Geneva Motor Show to unveil three new diesel engines and one new petrol engine.

The 2.0 Active diesel outlined above in the SUT 1 shares the e-XDi200 engine construction with the 2.0 Green diesel. The Green diesel produces the same 360Nm of torque and slightly less power (110kW). While the Active diesel will power rear- and all-wheel drive vehicles, the Green diesel will be reserved for front- and all-wheel drive models.

Ssangyong says the Green diesel variant will produce 30 percent fewer emissions than the previous generation engine and the time between oil changes will increase by 30 percent.

A new e-XDi220 two-stage turbocharged 2.2-litre engine will produce 165kW of power and 500Nm of torque. Ssangyong says the engine will be perfect for a premium saloon vehicle, with strong performance and efficiency.

A turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine has been designed for future Ssangyong SUVs and premium passenger cars. The engine produces 163kW of power and 300Nm of torque, and will be fitted to front- and all-wheel drive platforms.

Ssangyong SUT1 concept

All four new engines displayed by Ssangyong at Geneva are Euro VI compliant, meeting Europe’s most stringent emissions standard that won’t be introduced until September 2014.

Given that Ssangyong Australia’s current slogan is ‘We live diesel’, the introduction of the petrol engine to the local range appears unlikely, at least in the short term.

Futuristic truck-cab concept probably won’t thrill Optimus Prime

Futuristic truck-cab concept probably won't thrill Optimus Prime
This Scania truck-cab concept from the mind of Adam Palethorpe certainly looks sleek and modern, looking more like an Apple-inspired PC mod than a big rig. It puts glossy finishes and curved surfaces in place of crude, boxy industrialism. While I get the point, it looks a little too sexy for my taste, essentially robbing the truck of its character — as grimy as that could be sometimes.

One aspect of Palethorpe’s design I do like, however, are the high-tech fenders that show how long the truck’s been on the road. A series of lights, clearly visible to other drivers, would indicate the number of hours the truck’s been driven in the last 24 hours, and the last time the driver had a break. While truckers might accuse them of being draconian, I see it as essentially putting your money where your mouth is with those “How’s my driving” signs. Who’s with me?

3D Model of concept truck

3D Model of concept truck

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This is 3d model of the truck concept made by me for fun. Hope you like it and want to use it in your work. Nobody can tell you illegally use an existing brand because it is my personal development and unexisting model. Polygons counted with MSmooth iterations 0 Rendered with MSmooth iterations 2 (over 550000 polygons) All 3d, textures used in interior and grills included. Tire, headlights, cameras and glas washers are 3d. Rendered with V-ray. Press render to get the same as preview result.

The Iveco Glider Concept Truck at the IAA 2010 CV


Iveco has today (Tuesday) revealed its Stralis Glider concept truck, the core of which is advanced energy management.

On display at the 63rd IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, the Stralis Glider features 2m2 of photo-electric cells, which provide up to 2kW of energy, while a Rankine cycle heat exchanger converts waste exhaust heat into more storable energy. The recovered energy is stored in a high-energy storage unit where it can be used for the truck’s “hotel” functions. This is claimed to shave 5% off fuel consumption. A Kinetic Energy Recovery System to capture energy wasted under braking saves another 10%. Advanced engine cooling and low rolling resistance tyres complete the energy-saving measures.

Inside, the second strand of the concept includes a fixed-hub steering wheel and a variety of configurable cab layouts.

First Look: GMC Granite Compact Pickup Truck Concept Revealed

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 The industrial styling is familiar, but the application is new. General Motors unexpectedly unveiled the GMC Granite Compact Pickup concept at the10th anniversary celebration of GM’s North Hollywood Advanced Design Center on Tuesday night in Los Angeles, ahead of the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

“GM Design believes there is an opportunity for a small truck because nobody else is doing this right now,” said Clay Dean, executive director GM advanced global design.

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           The two-passenger Granite compact pickup is based on the GMC Granite small “urban utility vehicle” design study that debuted at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. From the grille back to the B-pillar, front styling is identical to the original Granite concept.

“We designed the Granite to be modular,” said Robb McCann, design manager for GM’s California design studio. “Our first choice [after the compact crossover version] was to do a compact truck for Southern California because small trucks have been so popular here. The big idea is that it’s for someone who wants a pickup with a small footprint with great fuel economy and an occasional load in back.”

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The Granite Compact Pickup is a true compact pickup that reminds us of classic garden trucks like the Chevy LUV and Toyota Pickup.

The wheelbase is only around 110 inches, but its 4-foot-long cargo box can be extended to 6 feet. Two side-hinged Dutch-style doors replace a conventional one-piece fold-down tailgate. When the doors are opened, a pallet that forms part of the floor of the cargo box can be pulled out to provide extra bed space.

The cargo box also features small access panels that slide down into the sides of the box to provide easy access to the space behind the cab. Black chrome trim decorates the tops of the bed rails.

Extra utility is provided via a trick folding “pack rack” that’s stowed under the floor of the cargo box. The rack can be easily flipped up to provide a raised platform to carry a surfboard or ladder above the cargo space. Cubbies surround the interior of the box to provide dry, secure storage.

“There’s an integrated air compressor in the bed, like the [2001] Chevy Borrego concept had,” McCann said. “All of these premium features are what make this a GMC. It’s why they are there. A Chevy version of this pickup would be simpler.”

Propulsion for the front-wheel-drive Granite runabout would come from a frugal 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine.

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Will this Granite be produced? Not likely. We’re told it’s only a design study, but we’re sure GM is watching closely for feedback on the ideas that inspired it.

Dramatic styling aside, could a small truck like the Granite Compact Pickup find a niche in the U.S. today, like the successful compact pickups of the 1970s and ’80s?