Judging by the latest speculations, the Jeep Chief Concept could easily become the production model. Well, the carmaker will probably add a bit more “nowadays” into the brilliant SUV, so the adjustment could make it more attractive and modern. If you ask us, we would not touch anything from the retro concept, because the Chief SUV looks as a real off-road vehicle without any unnecessary makeup.
Jeep Chief Concept: Engines and Styling
As a matter of fact, the Jeep Chief Concept seems pretty similar to the Cherokee from 70’s. Jeep’s design team has managed to keep this rugged and old-school look, which is really awesome. The front end styling isn’t too attractive, but we see some Wrangler’s cues. Speaking of which, the SUV has borrowed the ladder frame and solid-axle underpinnings from the iconic off-roader, so the riding off the track should be quite impressive. Moreover, the utility vehicle borrows the a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 from the Wrangler, so it could deliver around 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough for everything you imagine. Still, the rumors indicate a possibility one more option under the hood. It is speculated to be a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel, so the vehicle could easily become a capable, ultra efficient and very powerful oil-burner. The brilliant concept uses just the six-speed manual gearbox, but in case the carmaker decides to introduce the Chief, it must think of an automatic transmission too.
Except of the classis look and capable engine, the Jeep Chief Concept sports some high performance kit, as the amazing Dana 44 axles or Fox shocks or even a bit revamped Rubicon rock rails. The concept’s Blue Ocean color should become the standard option on the production model, while the 17-inch wheels might be additionally enlarged. On the other hand, the 37-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires will definitely stay unchanged. The SUV’s interior should be classic, but also loaded with the latest tech. This way, the manufacturer will satisfy everyone’s wishes.
If the Jeep Chief Concept manages to come, you can expect to see it in two years. The base price should start very low – possibly under $35K.