Jeep Hatchback Concept: Production Hopes and Rally Dreams
For many Jeep faithful, the Renegade was the straw that broke the camel’s back when it came to Fiat's acquisition of Chrysler. After all, a Fiat Panda based soft-roader isn't something that sits well with many hardcore Jeep enthusiasts. But we think the Renegade deserves a chance. And we think Jeep, as a whole, is a brand that’s really moving forward and revolutionizing the 4x4 and off-road industry. So we thought, with speculation of a sub-Renegade, why not conceive it as an all-wheel drive rally hatchback? That’s right, together with Hansen Art, we created a Jeep Hatchback Concept. Of course, for many, a Jeep hatchback would be even more sacrilegious than the lowly Renegade. But think of the potential possibilities… PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Jeep Hatchback Concept
Hot Hatch Performance
Like the Fiat Punto cousin, on which it could be based, the Jeep hatchback would likely come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, and somewhere in the market of 280 horsepower.
Or if you’re feeling really adventurous, a turbocharged diesel engine could be available.
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When we think about Jeeps, we think about the Rubicon Trail, and all that the Trail Rated badge stands for. Naturally, a four-wheel-drive hatchback wouldn’t be able to conquer Rubicon, but it would be able to conquer any rally stage on the planet.
With a low center of gravity and the aforementioned four-wheel-drive system, this little Jeep could make a run in the GRC, WRC, or any off-road racing series.
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Designed With Jeep In Mind
Keeping many cues from its Punto cousin, the Jeep hatchback would feature a signature grille, five-spoke wheels, and enough illumination light up the side of a mountain during those late night rally events.
Overall, the sleek three-door appearance and high-performance engine would likely appeal to fans in the market for a Golf R, or any other high-performance hot hatch.
With that in mind, this little Jeep runabout does not seem so far fetched. It's durable, it comes with four-wheel-drive, and it looks good. A sub-Renegade Jeep may not be all that crazy after all.
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