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in place of the Earth-crushing twin-Hemi Hurricane, Jeep is bringing the Renegade concept which is a tiny (B-segment) two-seater with a small-displacement diesel engine. The Renegade's primary motivation will come from electricity stored in a lithium-ion battery pack. Chrysler estimates this little fantasy could travel 40 miles on battery power alone and would get an average of 110 mpg fuel economy under longer-term operation.
This quasi-dune buggy has a cut-down windshield and doors with large holes in the bottom. If Chrysler had painted it pink it would make the ideal accessory for the Barbie Beach Party Rescue Vehicle.
Instead of Vipers and Prowlers and muscle-bound Hemi-powered sedan concepts, Dodge will bring the New-Age-sounding ZEO electric-vehicle concept. Befitting the name, this 2+2 sport wagon is motivated solely by power from a lithium-ion battery pack. Dodge claims that there would be enough juice to give the roughly Caliber-size sportster a 250-mile range — "at least." And if that's true, then why does the above-mentioned Jeep need that diesel motor anyway? Concepts are wonderful that way.
Most interesting of the three concepts is the Chrysler ecoVoyager. We saw the same basic packaging and powertrain on last year's Ford Airstream concept. It's a one-box design that crams a fuel cell and battery pack (Surprise! It's lithium ion again!) into the floor. Because there's no engine mounted in the nose, the passenger cabin extends in an extreme version of cab-forward design. The fuel cell acts as only a range-extender, recharging the batteries when necessary for a total range of more than 300 miles. We're pleased to see that the Art Deco design theme inspired by the Chrysler Crossfire has died with that vehicle. The ecoVoyager is neatly styled with a vaguely Buick Enclave-like look. And that's a good thing.
What this means to you: What these green concepts might mean to the future of Chrysler's future products, nobody currently knows. Not even Chrysler. — Daniel Pund, Senior Editor, Detroit