Jeep has revealed four Chinese-inspired design concepts at this year’s Beijing Auto Show, adding unique styling tweaks inside and out.
The four design concepts include Chinese infused versions of the Cherokee, Wrangler and Renegade.
China is Jeep’s largest market outside of the US and the carmaker is currently the fastest growing imported brand in China.
“It makes sense for us to use this year’s Beijing Motor Show as a platform to explore how consumers react to these new Chinese-inspired ideas that may find their way into future production vehicles," Jeep's Asian-markets boss Mike Manley said.
Jeep Zi You Xia
Based on the recently revealed Jeep Renegade, the Zi You Xia concept has been created to highlight the sophisticated side of the Renegade’s personality. Zi You Xia means “rebel”.
Jeep says the 'Warm Chocolate Grey' exterior is inspired by the colours of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
'Dark Anodized Bronze' is used to accentuate the grille throats, front fog lamp bezels, rear lower fascia, skidplate, tail lamp insert bezel and badging.
That theme carries through to the 20-inch alloy wheels, while the roof panel, grille surrounds and door mirror caps are painted a Dark Charcoal.
The interior is said to be rugged but functional with Piano Black dashboard and doorcards and grey A-pillars and headliner.
The air vents, speaker bezel, gear shifter, steering wheel bezels, cup holder and door release handles are finished in an Anodized Copper colour.
The brown leather upholstery on the seats and door panels feature ‘ombre’ grey/black plaid fabric inserts, that were inspired by traditional menswear suiting and tailored patterns.
Jeep Cherokee Sageland
The design theme and colour palette for the Jeep Cherokee Sageland was inspired by the historical landmarks and scenery found throughout the Shangri-La Region of China.
The exterior is painted in Ivory tri-coat Pearl with bronze grille collars and front and rear fascia appliques.
The glasshouse, roof rack, door mirror caps and exhaust tips are painted in Satin Bronze chrome.
Inside the Sageland, earth-tones dominate with a combination of light colours that combine with the neutral grey Nappa leather seats with red and water blue stitching.
The stitching on the seats is inspired by traditional Chinese knot design, while the pattern on the door appliques is derived from the colour and finish of Chinese ornamental door knobs.
Jeep Cherokee Urbane
The second of two Cherokees to get the China treatment, the Jeep Cherokee Urbane is said to combine the night life of a modern megacity with glamour and elegance.
The Urbane sports a Maximum Steel metallic exterior with Hyper Black accents on the roof rack, door mirror caps, grille collars, front and rear fascia’s, wheel finishing’s, vehicle badging and antenna.
The cabin of the Urbane was designed to embrace the Chinese spirit through the use of colours and patterns.
Chinese calligraphy is referenced through the use of bold brush stroke patterns in the decorative door applique accentuating the predominantly Piano Black interior.
The seats are finished in dark red Nappa leather with bright red stitching. The floor mats feature a unique decorative pattern inspired by traditional Chinese windows.
In China, the Jeep Cherokee is equipped with the 3.2 litre V6 Pentastar and the 2.4 litre MultiAir petrol engines coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep Wrangler Sundancer Design Concept
Based on the Wrangler Rubicon, the Jeep Wrangler Sundancer combines the rugged off-road appeal of the Wrangler with what Jeep designers describe as a touch of sophistication and a sense of fashion.
The Sundancer is painted in a tri-coat Chocolate Brown metallic color with gold accents. The fender flares feature a unique Golden Bronze tone-on-tone ghosted pattern, and the windows also have bronze tinted glass.
The colour coded front and rear bumpers feature Golden Bronze inserts and linear LED lighting. Wheels are 20-inch pale gold billet alloys with gold inserts. A multipiece billet aluminium badge adorns the front guards.
The Sundancer’s interior is equipped with Axis II perforated seat inserts and Berry Baltique Semi-Aniline leather, the same leather used by luxury fashion labels.
The door panels and upper instrument panel are wrapped in premium leather and hand sewn provocateur lace stitching can be found on the outer deck seam, steering wheel and center lid console.
The gold color scheme from the exterior continues into the interior, with new ‘Gold Rush’ interior paint on the door handles, steering wheel bezel, grab handle, gear shifter trim ring bezels and sill plates.
Finishing touches to the interior include Romina premium leather trimmed floor mats.
Jeep Wranglers in China are fitted with a choice of either the 3.6-litre or 3.0-litre V6 Pentastar petrol engines.
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