Jeep Trailhawk Concept: sophisticated open-air off-road experience

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 13, 2016

Jeep Trailhawk Concept is a perfect blend of off-road functionality of the new body-on-frame four-dour Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the redefined sophistication of an all-new on-road open-air concept vehicle, giving a new and unique expression to the brand.

Inspired by the fresh Wrangler platform, the Jeep Trailhawk is an enhanced highway cruiser that showcases the brand's off-road features. The vehicle has a broad stance. The wheels, which are pushed to the Trailhawk's corners, are enclosed in robust flares offset from the body.

The partly trapezoidal, non-asymmetrical, angular, crisply-contoured flares reinterpret one of Jeep's classic fundamental architecture cues. The body tapers toward the front in plain view, exposing the flares and accenting the stance.

Exterior Design

Enclosed within the flares are large 22-inch, five-spoke wheels, each with a 34-inch diameter. The tires are complemented by a red stripe. The exposed brake calipers are also accented by the red color. The lower body of the Jeep Trailhawk, which kicks outward along the door bottoms, crisply intersects the flares.

A recessed running board accented by a silver molding is tucked beneath the horizontal element. Moreover, a tall trapezoidal vent at the front fender-front door cut line has a circular Trail Rated badge. The vehicle's long hood features a signature seven-slot Jeep grille angled rearward to match the lean-back surface of the forward flares with mesh-textured slots.

The chamfered headlamps between the grille and the flares mimic the lean-back stance of the Jeep Trailhawk. HID projector beam quad lamps nestled into twin telescopic polished aluminum barrels are located beneath the clear flush lenses, lighting the way forward.

Meanwhile, the configured LEDs in parallel stripes allow park and turn signals. The upper structure of the Trailhawk is set onto the lower body and encased by a crisp, chamfered 360-degree molding running around the greenhouse, accenting the arching beltline.

The base of the windshield has a seven-slot cowl screen reprising the grille. Its exterior body is coated in Argent Pearl high-gloss while the flares and lower body are coated with slightly darker low-gloss shade.

The side windows can be fully retracted into the body, leaving no B-pillar above the belt. The diagonal quarter windows also retract fully. The windows over the first and second row seats are made with gray-tinted twin longitudinal glass panels.

Meanwhile, the glass panels over the cargo compartment and the swing-up backlight are removable. With the removable glasses and panels, passengers of the Trailhawk can enjoy the same open-air experience offered by a usual soft top Jeep. For a better experience, the fixed central spine has overhead lighting and integrated with a number of storage bins.

Interior Design

The interior of the four-passenger Jeep Trailhawk is generally made up of two major styling elements— the full-length central spine forming the floor console and the cross-car instrument panel (I/P) form.

Placed within circular casings are the dimensional, double-deck biplane gauges, center stack/inclinometer, and AC outlets, bearing a machined aluminum appeal with detailing matching headlamp surrounds.

The aluminum steering wheel, wrapped in two-tone leather, is employed with vertical individual switches for speed control and lights. The raised walls of the console, which ride the transmission tunnel, create a full-length open bin that is practical for storing sundry items. The console's side rails have two front/rear combination armrest/storage bin modules that are movable via concealed tracks. Moreover, the modules can be placed fore-aft at the discretion of the passengers.

The forward armrest houses the flip-out pad for the remote control fold-away flat screen navigation unit that is guided with the touchpad technology. The vehicle has additional storage areas located in the lower door trim panels and in front of the drop-open center stack control module. All occupants may enjoy the premium leather seating in Bark Black and Firewood Orange.

The floor of the Jeep Trailhawk is a durable spray-finish integrated with non-slip heel pads, making the vehicle work well in all kinds of weather. Each quarter panel in the cargo area features a removable, portable audio pod sound system.

Sealed in rectangular dark gray cases accented with silver circular speaker bezels, the pods are fitted with docks for MP3 players. For first-aid kits and road hazard gears, the Jeep Trailhawk has specifically-made jerry-can style boxes in Firewood Orange mounted forward of the pods.

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