The Jeep Trailhawk concept merges the spectrum of the Jeep brand by combining the core off-road features of the four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with the refined sophistication of an all new on road open air vehicle, providing a unique and fresh expression for Jeep. Built off the new Wrangler platform, the Jeep Trailhawk is a more refined highway cruiser without sacrificing any of Jeep's legendary off-road capabilities.
"The key to the look of the Trailhawk," said Nick Vardis, principal exterior designer, "is the vehicle's distinctive proportions, due in part to its 2947 mm wheelbase. The dash-to-front-axle dimension is dramatically long, giving the vehicle a sense of forward motion, while the front and rear overhangs are tight and abbreviated." The Trailhawk's long hood is fronted by a signature seven-slot Jeep grille angled rearward to match the lean-back surface of the forward flares, with the slots filled with a mesh texture. Bracketed between the grille and the flares, the chamfered headlamps mimic the lean-back stance.
Beneath their clear flush lenses, HID projector beam quad lamps nestled into twin "telescopic" polished aluminium barrels light the way forward while LEDs, configured in parallel stripes provide park and turn signals. The tail lamps mimic the look of the headlamps, including the striped turn signals, with the surface of the liftgate carved away. The vehicle's upper structure is set onto the lower body, encased by a crisp, chamfered 360-degree molding that runs around the greenhouse, accenting the high, arching belt line. At the base of the windshield is a seven-slot cowl screen that reprises the grille. The body is painted in Argent Pearl high-gloss, with the flares and lower body a slightly darker low-gloss variant. The side windows retract fully into the body, leaving no B-pillar above the belt, while the diagonal quarter windows are also fully retractable. Gray-tinted twin longitudinal glass panels over the first- and second-row seats and the glass panel over the cargo compartment are removable, as is the swing-up backlight.
With all the glass lowered and removed, the Trailhawk offers occupants virtually the same open-air ambience as a typical soft top Jeep. The fixed central spine contains overhead lighting and several integrated storage bins. The four-passenger interior is dominated by two major design elements —the cross-car instrument panel (I/P) form and a full length central spine which forms the floor console. The AC outlets, centre stack compass/inclinometer, and the dimensional, double-deck "biplane" gauges are housed in circular casings having the appearance of machined aluminium, with detailing matching headlamp surrounds. The two-tone leather-wrapped aluminium steering wheel features vertical individual switches for lights and speed control. In the cargo area, each quarter panel houses a removable, portable "audio pod" sound system. Each "pod" is fitted with a dock for an MP3 player.
Specifications: 2007 Jeep Trailhawk
Powertrain and suspension
Engine: 3.0L BLUETEC CRD, 158 kW @ 4000 rpm, 510 Nm @ 1600-2800 rpm Drivetrain: 4WD, 5-speed automatic
Suspension: Front/solid axle w/ 4 bar linkes, Rear/solid axle w/ 5-bar links
Wheels and tyres
Tyre size front/rear: 305/45R22 33" (838 mm)
Wheel size front/rear: 22" x 10"
Key Performance Attributes
0-60 mph: 9 seconds
Standing 1/4 Mile: 15.7 seconds
Crawl Ratio: 29:1 (3.73:1 axles)
Track front/rear: 64.2"/64.2"
Approach/depart angle: 27/33.5
Weight: 1769 kg (est)
Length: 4858 mm
Wheelbase: 2946 mm