Jeep Treo Concept
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Detroit, Michigan – Previously shown at the Tokyo Motor Show, the Jeep Treo is a vehicle that “will thrive in a city or campus environment yet one that will easily take its owner to the trailhead”, said the company. The Jeep Treo concept car features a hydrogen fuel cell powering all four wheels via dual electric motors.

Treo – a name meaning “three” in various languages – comes from the concept’s unique 2 + 1 seating configuration, which can be changed to accommodate a 2 + gear scenario.

Jeep Treo Concept
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The classic Jeep design elements – the seven slot grille, large “eye” headlamps and the prominent windshield presence – are enhanced by a lower-front bumper with rugged, oversized tow hooks, slightly exposed front suspension componentry and bolt-on fenders. The Treo’s shape narrows front-to-back, and culminates in a tapered tail, which is augmented by twin, high-mounted spar wings that serve a triple functional role as running, brake and tail lamps, cooling air intakes and as the exterior mounting points for twin Jeep Rubicon bikes.

An advanced drive-by-wire system allows for adaptability for either left- or right-hand drive. The steering column, pedals and instrumentation are all contained in one module – a single piece of sculpture that can be easily slid to either side of the car – which mounts to a one-piece structural beam (a second module contains the radio, GPS and HVAC controls in a touch screen that is removable). This unique functional design feature, combined with the added visibility provided by the Jeep see-through grille and its creative greenhouse design, contribute to the Treo’s roomy, airy interior – allowing it to take full advantage of natural and ambient light sources.

“Treo’s visionary vehicle packaging with its basic 2 + 1-seat configuration and built-in versatility lends itself to future Jeep activity seekers – at an entry-level price position. It is rugged and functional in genuine Jeep fashion, but its adaptability quotient is taken to the next level and beyond,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Chrysler Group Design.

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