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2007-01-15 07:48

Meet the Jeep Trailhawk concept car

The Jeep Trailhawk concept car shares its underpinnings with the new Wrangler. Basically Jeep dropped s sporty body on the Wrangler's ladder-frame chassis and the result is an exciting-looking SUV.

Although the Trailhawk matches the Wrangler's 2.94m wheelbase the concept's long bonnet and short rear overhang create a sporty, forward-leaning look.

The open-air Trailhawk's rising beltline is also dramatically different from the Wrangler's squared-off look.

The rugged look is complemented by oversized 22-inch five-spoke wheels and 34-inch diameter off-road tyres.

The Trailhawk's bonnet is fronted by a signature seven-slot Jeep grille angled rearward to match the lean-back surface of the forward flares, with the slots filled with a mesh texture.

Bracketed between the grille and the flares, the chamfered headlamps mimic the lean-back stance.

Beneath their clear flush lenses, HID projector beam quad lamps nestled into twin "telescopic" polished aluminum barrels light the way forward while LEDs, configured in parallel stripes provide park and turn signals.

The side windows retract fully into the doors, and the lack of a B-pillar creates a wide-open feel when combined with removable roof panels.

Under the bonnet is a 160kW 3-litre V6 turbodiesel engine.

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