It’s apparently Jeep week here on Oversteer, in the sense that I reviewed a Trackhawk yesterday and I’m showing you around the new Wrangler tomorrow, so I decided to just add another one into the mix: Jeep’s concept cars. Jeep’s really, really weird concept cars.
Over the years, I’ve peripherally been aware that Jeep has built some odd concept cars — but it wasn’t until a few nights ago, when I happened to be browsing through them with my friend David, that I realized, as a full picture, that Jeep has really had some oddities come through over the years. I have no idea why this is, and why Jeep specifically, but it strikes me that Jeep has had a weirder array of concept cars than most automakers. Behold, the five weirdest examples:
Really, though: What is this thing? An apparent attempt to kick off the subcompact crossover trend way early, the Ecco Concept was released at the Detroit Auto Show in 1993. It’s only 143 inches long, it has two doors and what appears to be a removable soft top, and it looks like it’s using late-production XJ Cherokee wheels, except painted in the inexplicable vomit green color they chose for this car’s debut. The powertrain was an 85-horsepower 3-cylinder.