Dragon wagon unleashed in China

2012-04-23 21:49

American auto icon Jeep, in honour of the Chinese zodiac's 2012 year of the dragon, has used its Wrangler 4x4 and the aforementioned flying reptile as inspirations for a concept model.

The Jeep Wrangler Dragon concept has a 3.6 V6 capable of 209kW/347Nm delivered through an auto transmission; in Europe the Wrangler is powered by a 2.8-litre turbodiesel.

The Dragon wagon  is based on the China-specified Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. The model, detailed in black with bronze-gold highlights, is a hat-tip to the colours associated with dragons. The colour scheme continues with bronze-gold details on the grille, headlight surrounds and Jeep badging.


As befits its moniker, the model has a dragon decal on its bonnet, spare-wheel cover and side badging.The model rides on unique 18" five-spokedm matte-black alloy rims with bronze-gold highlights and 35" off-road tyres. The colour scheme can also be found under the bonnet and on the fuel-cap bolts.

Other exterior touches include a Mopar fuel-cap and LED lighting and aftermarket projector head and tail-ights.

Jeep has updated the Wrangler's interior to mimic the exterior colour-scheme. A dragon pattern is evident on the head restraints and "dragon-scale" patterned leather covers are on the edges of the seats and front arm rest.


Other interior touches include polished black instrumentation, bronze-gold trim on the steering wheel spokes and dragon tags on the front and rear mats.

While debuting as a design concept at the Beijing international auto show, the Wrangler Dragon could become a production model if demand is great enough.

Mike Manley, Jeep's CEO, said: "The Jeep brand is committed to China and therefore we must design and tailor our vehicles to the specific tastes and preferences of Chinese consumers. The Wrangler Dragon design concept is the first Jeep vehicle designed specifically with Chinese elements in mind and showcases the opportunity for special editions that might be available for China in the near future."

For more on the 2012 Beijing auto show, click here.