January 5, 2004


Jeep Rescue designed for extreme situations

Jeep Rescue Concept

Jeep Rescue Concept
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Detroit, Michigan – Designed as a search and rescue vehicle, the new Jeep Rescue
concept vehicle also hints at the future design direction of a new large Jeep, says
DaimlerChrysler.

Featuring all-new body-on-frame construction with hydroformed frame rails and riding
on an 80-inch wide chassis with 123-inch wheelbase and 37-inch tires, the Jeep
Rescue is designed for the most extreme situations and unforgiving conditions, says
the company.

Its front hydropneumatic suspension and heavy-duty link-coil rear suspension have
adjustable ride height and an additional 4-inch lift available for fording. The
aforementioned 37-inch tires feature an MTR tread and run-flat capability, negating
the need for a spare. On-board tire pressure control has the ability to “tune” tire
pressures for maximum traction on all surfaces.

The Rescue can be configured to run almost totally “open” – with folding front
windshield and a retractable backlite, a sliding glass sunroof in front, a
fold-forward canvas roof in the rear, plus, all four doors are removable.

Powered by a Cummins Diesel and featuring seating for five, the Jeep Rescue’s list
of rescue and safety equipment includes:

  • AC electric power (10 kW) generation in the field

  • 3-D topographical mapping software and topographical navigation system
  • Under- chassis, point-of-view cameras for avoiding danger in its path
  • Passive, infrared (thermal) cameras for search and rescue
  • Satellite telephone; VHF radio, digital video recorder with satellite transmission
    capability

  • Retractable 4-point harnesses for vehicle occupants
  • Exterior perimeter lighting
  • White LEV lighting for long distance visual search and reduced power use
  • Folding seats in rear compartment of vehicle
  • Remote control winch – front and back

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