2008 Chrysler LLC Concept Vehicles



    
        Seamless advanced technology meets stunning, emotional design

        Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology taken to new level

    -   Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept
        - Electric Vehicle with Fuel Cell Range Extender
        - Distinctive, elegant American design
    -   Jeep(R) Renegade Concept
        - Electric Vehicle with BLUETEC Diesel Range Extender
        - "Stylish Green" sustainable Jeep design
    -   Dodge ZEO Concept:
        - Electric Vehicle with 250-mile (402-kilometer) all-electric range
        - Four-passenger "2+2" sports car for the enthusiast
    

    WINDSOR, ON, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Three passionate designs combine with three
advanced propulsion systems. The result: high-tech, innovative vehicles with
alternative fuel choices... and exciting design and brand character.
    Chrysler LLC's mission to be more environmentally responsible is
significantly changing how we envision vehicles in our future portfolio. As
the entire automotive industry has basically the same technology pool from
which to draw, our design challenge remains similar to what it has always
been: How do we distinguish Chrysler's future designs from the rest of the
pack? Even in this environment, we must create emotional designs, and must
offer vehicles that people will really want to own and drive.
    So we have challenged ourselves to unleash our design passion - in
combination with these future technologies and linked to the Chrysler, Jeep(R)
and Dodge brands for our 2008 concept vehicles.
    Each of the technologies must be transparent to our customers and provide
an exceptional driving experience. In addition, each technology must be
optimally packaged in the vehicle to ensure uncompromised comfort and
function.
    The Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge concept vehicles for 2008 take advantage of
the unique packaging and design opportunities realized by these advanced
powertrain systems.
    The all-new Chrysler ecoVoyager concept, Jeep Renegade concept and Dodge
ZEO concept take advantage of the best of new technologies and couple them
with the room, comfort, speed and style customers will not sacrifice -
allowing potential customers to still feel good about their personal impact on
the environment even when simply having fun.
    In designing each of the three concepts for the 2008 North American
International Auto Show, Chrysler designers studied various emerging and
growing customer groups to overlay their needs and expectations with Chrysler,
Jeep and Dodge brand values to develop the best overall fit. The result is an
all-new passionate design concept for each of our three brands.

    Trevor Creed
    Senior Vice President - Design
    Chrysler LLC

    ENVI
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                                     ENVI

        Environmentally Responsible Electric-drive vehicle technology
    

    Chrysler's three concept vehicles for the 2008 North American
International Auto Show provide a glimpse into how Chrysler envisions
surprising and delighting its future customers through seamless integration of
advance production technology into its future product portfolio.
    ENVI - an in-house Chrysler organization - was formed late last year with
a focus on establishing Chrysler leadership in electric-drive vehicles and
related advanced-propulsion technologies. Team members were selected for their
exceptional skills in portfolio management, modular architecture, product
engineering, manufacturing, design, and procurement and supply.
    "ENVI has an entrepreneurial small company spirit that can apply the vast
resources available at Chrysler to create environmentally responsible vehicles
customers aspire to own," said Lou Rhodes, President - ENVI, Chrysler LLC.
"With ENVI, Chrysler will be able to quickly address the unique dynamic that
is taking place between changing consumer attitudes, the worldwide regulatory
landscape, and the acceleration of propulsion technologies."
    Providing exceptional fuel economy and reducing emissions is part of
Chrysler's environmental commitment, thus allowing customers to make
environmentally responsible choices without compromising their mobility needs.
    "Electrically driven vehicles are zero emission vehicles," said Rhodes.
"Generating electricity from renewable sources to power tomorrow's vehicles
breaks the dependency on fossil fuels and promotes the development of renewal
and clean energy production."

    Engaging the Customer

    ENVI will develop electric-drive vehicles and technologies that draw from
our customer insights for each of the Chrysler brands - Chrysler, Jeep(R) and
Dodge.
    "We are committed to deeply understanding the needs of our future
customers by being market focused and customer-centric," Rhodes said. "ENVI is
applying new and unique ways of engaging our target customers into the product
development process. Each member of the ENVI team will have a deep
understanding of our customers' needs, priorities and lifestyle, in addition
to the predominant trends that will likely affect their future purchase
decisions."
    These initial customer insights - and expectations - are conveyed in the
Chrysler ecoVoyager, Jeep Renegade and Dodge ZEO concept vehicles.
    Specifically, the Chrysler buyers seek both understated luxury and
purposeful technology - without compromising "elegance and simplicity."
    In harmony with nature, Jeep enthusiasts seek "stylish green" vehicles
that offer capability, comfort and style packaged together as only Jeep can.
    Dodge "driving enthusiasts" crave performance without compromising the
need for comfort and space. Practical but innovative features complement the
experience that is expected from a Dodge performance sedan.

    The Technology

    ENVI will focus on executing Chrysler's next-generation vehicles with
technologies that complement the Company's current hybrid-vehicle plans, and
extend hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
(PHEV) benefits to the next level.
    "Taking full advantage of these emerging technologies requires a holistic
approach involving the development of the entire vehicle," said Rhodes.
"Vehicle architecture, package, design and propulsion cannot be decoupled.
Chrysler's concept vehicles represent the marriage of all these elements,
while staying focused on our target customers' wants and needs."
    Chrysler's electric-drive systems are envisioned to be modular, with a
high level of technology sharing and component reuse. Common elements include
a 200-kilowatt electric motor, electrical architecture, power electronics, and
next-generation, safe lithium-ion battery technology, to name a few.
    The Chrysler ecoVoyager concept is an electric vehicle with a 40-mile
(64-kilometer), 16 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery module. Total driving
range is 300 miles (483 kilometers) when coupled with the advanced hydrogen
fuel cell range extender. The common 200-kilowatt electric motor drives the
front wheels.
    The Jeep Renegade concept is also an electric vehicle with the common
40-mile (64-kilometer), 16 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery module, but
uniquely incorporates electric motors on each axle for true four-wheel-drive
capability. Driving range is extended by an electric generator coupled to a
small-displacement BLUETEC diesel engine. Renegade has a 400-mile
(644-kilometer) range, and is capable of achieving an equivalent petroleum
fuel economy of 110 miles per gallon (approximately 2.1L/100km).
    The Dodge ZEO concept is a Battery Electric Vehicle powered by the common
electric motor driving the rear wheels. Driving range is 250 miles
(402 kilometers) with the integrating of multiple lithium-ion battery modules
for a total energy rating of 64 kilowatt-hours.
    Addressing future challenges such as global warming, energy security and
customer wants and needs will require the production implementation of one or
more of these technologies in the not-too-distant future.

    Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept
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                         Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept

    Elegant luxury design coupled with advanced hydrogen fuel cell Range-
                     extended Electric Vehicle technology
    

    Chrysler's concept for 2008 - the ecoVoyager - marries an elegant
American design with fuel cell Range-extended Electric Vehicle technology.
    "The 2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager concept vehicle celebrates the romance of
automobile travel embodied in a four-door, four-passenger, distinctively
American automobile of spirited design," said Greg Howell, Chrysler ecoVoyager
concept principal exterior designer. "While the ecoVoyager's supple, flowing
one-box shape is purposely designed to achieve aerodynamic efficiencies, it
also pushes the Chrysler brand language in a new direction of 'elegant
simplicity,' by taking full advantage of the space normally occupied by a
bulky conventional powertrain setup to drastically reduce the front overhang."
    Featuring crisscrossing forms defined by hard lines with fluid
intersections, the style vocabulary of the ecoVoyager embodies Chrysler's
harmonization of functional technology with beautifully styled exteriors and
interiors.
    The Chrysler ecoVoyager concept was developed for customers wanting a
travel experience on par with a private jet, but without a lot of fancy
gadgetry. These customers seek three critical attributes: elegance, simplicity
and serenity.

    Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept Technology

    The all-new Chrysler ecoVoyager's wheels are driven by an electric motor,
with power primarily supplied by a lithium-ion battery pack capable of
satisfying a U.S. consumer's typical daily commute of less than 40 miles
(64 kilometers).
    The electric motor develops 200 kilowatts (268 horsepower SAE), enabling
acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 km/h) in less than nine seconds. A
regenerative braking system captures energy that would normally be lost and
returns it to the battery, making the Chrysler ecoVoyager concept a very
efficient and spacious vehicle.
    The Chrysler ecoVoyager takes advantage of a range extender - in this
case, a small, advanced hydrogen fuel cell - to extend the vehicle range for
occasional long trips. With this advanced technology, the ecoVoyager's total
range is greater than 300 miles (483 kilometers), while no emissions - besides
water vapor - come from the tailpipe along the way.
    With the entire propulsion system located below the Chrysler ecoVoyager's
floor, space is maximized for utility of passenger and cargo.

    Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept Exterior

    Expressive details of the Chrysler ecoVoyager concept include panoramic
roof glass bisected by a center spine, tight body overhangs and a dramatic
boat-tail back end. The sinuous shapes of the window graphics, headlamps,
taillamps and grille openings are inspired by Chrysler's storied winged badge.
    The curving trapezoidal shape of the Chrysler ecoVoyager's grille is
echoed by the clear lens-covered shadow box that houses the rear license
plate. The sloping backlight features a similar shape, emphasizing the
repeating harmony of the ecoVoyager's design elements.
    Other exterior touches on the Chrysler ecoVoyager concept include the
elongated, flaring "light catchers" on the lower doors and the front and rear
fascias, enhanced by the Polar Ice exterior color.
    Finally, side doors open a wide 90 degrees. Since the rear doors are
hinged at the rear, and there is no center B-pillar, entrance into the
Chrysler ecoVoyager is virtually unimpeded.

    Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept Interior

    By placing the front wheels of the Chrysler ecoVoyager concept farther
forward than usual, designers were able to create greater interior roominess
and increased legroom, especially in the rear seats.
    In the Chrysler ecoVoyager's spacious interior, the size, design and
location of all controls have been rethought to provide its four pampered
passengers the luxury of having every feature within effortless reach.
    "In some ways, true luxury is in not having to reach or search around for
controls," said Ty Stump, Chrysler ecoVoyager concept principal interior
designer. "With the new ecoVoyager concept, we carefully placed the gauges and
controls in order to reduce head and eye movement. We also achieved simplicity
in the interior forms, both for visual elegance and to avoid distracting
surfaces."
    The Chrysler ecoVoyager's windshield defroster and cabin air-conditioning
outlets in the instrument panels and doors, for example, are invisible beneath
a recessed perforated mesh. This avoids visually disruptive sliding vanes and
protruding knobs. Even the color of the interior - soft Dove Gray with warm
cherry wood accents - is designed to promote a relaxed ambiance.
    The Chrysler ecoVoyager's unconventional instrument panel features a
broad, leather-covered angled surface, slightly V-shaped in plan view and
fronted by a full-width display screen set just below the windshield. The left
and right outer ends of this non-glare screen contain the side-view mirror
image, while a third camera image in front of the driver serves as the
rearview mirror.
    Unlike most instrument clusters, only currently needed information is
displayed, designed to be viewed above the steering wheel rim rather than
through it (and requiring less up-down eye movement and refocusing). The
front-seat passenger can view a movie without its moving images disturbing the
driver. A slick, slide-out/retractable center console - fitted with hot-key
buttons and a mouse pad - replaces the functions contained in a conventional
vertical center stack.
    The Chrysler ecoVoyager's four individual chairs are contoured for
personalized comfort. The seat framing is exposed, with under-seat storage
drawers. Front seats have individual cantilevered, adjustable armrests
containing the window controls and heat/massage switches, while individual
rear-seat armrests fold into the cabin back panel. With the ability to store
six 20-ounce (590 mL) bottles, the floor console dividing the rear seats
accommodates hot or cold beverages.
    A recessed area in the headliner between the two longitudinal skylights
contains the "Direct Sound" function. With this feature, the musical
entertainment choice of each individual occupant can be directed to him or her
without the use of headphones, and without disturbing others in the car.
    Sleek, refined, efficient and superbly comfortable, the Chrysler
ecoVoyager concept vehicle offers a new experience in stress-free travel.

    
    Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept Vehicle Specifications
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    Vehicle Type       Range-extended Electric Vehicle (40-mile/64-kilometer
                       all-electric range with hydrogen fuel cell range
                       extender)

                       Two-row seating, four passengers

    Weight and Dimensions

    Weight             2750 lbs./1247 kg
    GVWR               3500 lbs./1588 kg
    Length             191.2 inches/4856 mm
    Width at H-point   75.4 inches/1915 mm
    Height             63.0 inches/1600 mm
    Wheelbase          116.0 inches/2946 mm
    Couple 1-2         45.4 inches/1154 mm
    Front overhang     34.0 inches/864 mm
    Rear overhang      41.2 inhces/1046 mm
    Track front/rear   65.6 inches/1666 mm
    Approach angle     15.0 degrees
    Departure angle    20.9 degrees
    Turn circle        40 feet/12.2 m
    Maximum width      75.4 inches/1915 mm

    Powertrain and Suspension

    Layout             Front-wheel drive

    Motor              Single electric
                       Nominal power: 200 kW (268 hp SAE)
                       Regenerative braking

    Battery            16 kWh Li-ion battery pack

    Range extender     Hydrogen fuel cell, PEM 45 kW
                       700 bar (10,000 psi) high-pressure tanks

    Suspension         Front - MacPherson strut
                       Rear - MacPherson strut

    Wheels and Tires

    Tire size
     front/rear        P235/45R22x8             30.3 inches/770 mm
    Tire manufacturer  Goodyear

    Color Scheme

    Exterior           Polar Ice Blue
    Interior           Dove Gray

    Key Performance Attributes

    0-60 mph (0-96 km/h)        8.8 seconds
    Standing 1/4 mile (0.4 km)  12.9 seconds
    Top speed                   115 mph/185 km/h
    All-electric range          40 miles/64 kilometers
    Total range                 300 miles/483 kilometers


    Jeep(R) Renegade Concept
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                           Jeep(R) Renegade Concept

       BLUETEC diesel Range Extended Electric Vehicle in fun, open-air,
                         sustainable design package
    

    A B-segment Jeep(R) concept vehicle, the Renegade is a sporty,
"minimized" two-seater ideally suited for the all-weather fun of dune-surfing
or rock-crawling.
    "With an electric motor powering each axle, the Jeep Renegade concept is
designed for a 'hang on and have fun experience,'" said Tony Shamenkov, Jeep
Renegade concept principal exterior designer.
    Constructed of environmentally responsible materials, sustainability is a
key theme of the Jeep Renegade concept.
    Jeep Renegade is targeted at customers in the "Stylish Green" segment of
the marketplace - those who are extremely environmentally oriented, appreciate
high-tech and innovation, and enjoy performance combined with style in keeping
with their "green" attitude.

    Jeep Renegade Concept Technology

    The advanced propulsion system in the Jeep Renegade concept starts with a
40-mile (64-kilometer) lithium-ion battery pack. A range extender - in
Renegade's case, a small-displacement (1.5-liter, 3-cylinder) BLUETEC diesel
engine - allows for journeys beyond 40 miles (64 kilometers). In fact, the
Renegade concept boasts a 400-mile (644-kilometer) range.
    Jeep Renegade's BLUETEC diesel engine generates an additional
115 horsepower SAE (86 kW) when needed, while greatly reducing exhaust
emissions when compared to standard gasoline engines. Renegade is capable of
achieving an equivalent petroleum fuel economy of 110 miles per gallon
(approximately 2.1L/100km), which is four-to-five times greater than an
equivalent gasoline-only vehicle.
    The all-new Jeep Renegade concept's lightweight aluminum architecture and
regenerative-braking system help to improve overall efficiency, while dual
electric 200-kilowatt (268 horsepower SAE) motors propel a very capable 4x4
system - complete with Low Range and locking differentials - worthy of
carrying the Jeep name.

    Jeep Renegade Concept Exterior

    The Jeep Renegade concept's "one-with-nature" personality is emphasized
by its large, flaring wheel openings, oversized wheels and tires, and cut-down
speedster windshield - all of which combine to deliver on the Renegade's
promise of cross-country fun and agility.
    Among the unique exterior details are "deconstructed" rubber-clad
headlamps and taillamps, as well as just-for-fun elongated triangular openings
in each of the two sculpted doors.
    While the Jeep Renegade features a roll bar, it has no top. Instead, the
cargo deck just behind the cockpit can be fitted with a variety of "lids."
Options include a plain lid, or lids configured to accommodate the gear of a
particular outdoor day-trip activity, such as mountain biking or kayaking. Or
it can come "as built" - with formations designed to accommodate two matching
water scooters with open storage underneath. Fluid-fill caps, a plug-in port
and a first-aid kit are also included.

    Jeep Renegade Concept Interior

    Sustainability - a ratio between the energy needed to build and ship the
vehicle as compared with the impact these processes have on the environment -
is a key focus of the Jeep Renegade concept's interior design.
    Materials used in constructing the Jeep Renegade concept were
deliberately selected to be environmentally responsible, both in manufacture
and end-of-vehicle-life recyclability.
    Innovative construction includes one-piece molded soy-based foam seats
and doors, a one-piece co-molded instrument panel with a urethane skin, a
co-molded aluminum/silicone steering wheel, a one-piece molded chassis created
without using environmentally harmful resins, and a one-piece molded interior
compartment "tub." This environmental care in designing the Renegade's
interior is aligned with Jeep's "harmony with nature" philosophy.
    "The Jeep Renegade concept's interior - actually the entire vehicle - is
designed to minimize the number of parts necessary for assembly and function,"
said Scott Anderson, Jeep Renegade concept principal interior designer. "We
designed the Renegade with an eye toward simplification of systems, both in
parts and processes."
    The HVAC system, for example, is not coolant-based, while the color,
grain and gloss of the interior parts are molded in one piece. Even the
no-gloss exterior color of the Renegade's lightweight composite body is molded
in to avoid the use of solvents present in automotive paints.
    The dual-cockpit instrument panel is symmetrically balanced for easy
"plug and play" left-hand-drive and right-hand-drive applications. There is no
conventional wiring. Instead, the instrument panel features wireless
electronics in sealed, self-contained units, removable by the customer. The
panel is built around an exposed cross-car beam containing an integrated power
strip, and on the passenger side, yaw, pitch and roll indicators (also built
into the fluid-fill gauges). The instrument panel itself is hollow, allowing
ample open storage below the beam. Separately configured impact-absorbing
vinyl-wrapped knee-blockers "float" beneath the cross-car beam.
    The thin multi-plane acrylic instrument cluster mounts to the steering
column, while the similar but separate center control screen mounts on a
swivel base - providing easy access to both occupants.
    Located at the intersection of the steering wheel's T-shaped spokes, the
circular LED screen rotates, allowing the driver to select the Drive mode,
while a flattened rim provides roomier thigh clearance. A driver air bag is
concealed beneath the screen. Red or green translucent shift buttons allow
Park, Reverse or Drive selections.
    The Jeep Renegade concept's sporty doors incorporate unique canvas-pull
remote "handles," while the rush of the moving landscape visible through the
door's elongated openings enhance the feeling of carefree, open-air mobility.
    The Jeep Renegade's contoured, figure-form seats - covered in scuba-like
waterproof materials that are both soft-touch and flexible - feature in-seat
belts and unusual, hollow, lightweight upside-down "U-shaped" head restraints.
The seats feature a urethane skin with soy-based foam co-molded with a
composite substructure. The integral seat belts, along with slender accent
strips on the seats and instrument panel, repeat the Palm Metallic exterior
color.
    A "thermal unit" in the center console plugs into the electrical battery
pack, permitting food to be either heated or cooled.
    "Inspired by the simplicity and functionality of scuba diving gear, we
wanted the interior of the Jeep Renegade concept to be weather-tight and
durable," Anderson said.
    The Jeep Renegade's wireless interior is designed to be hosed down. It
features a drain in the floor, while the formations built into the floor mat
are designed to channel water to the opening. Hollow-section billet-formed
pedals float above the tub floor.
    Fun, functional and fabricated from recyclable materials, the Jeep
Renegade concept offers agile, capable performance without sacrificing the
environment its drivers seek to explore. Keeping with Jeep owners' desire to
use their vehicles as an extension of their active lives, the Renegade concept
promotes enjoyment of the good things of the earth while taking care of its
future.

    
    Jeep Renegade Concept Vehicle Specifications
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    Vehicle Type       Range-extended Electric Vehicle (40-mile/64-kilometer
                       all-electric range with diesel range extender)

                       Two-passenger, open-air design

    Weight and Dimensions

    Weight             3150 lbs./1429 kg
    GVWR               3600 lbs./1633 kg
    Length             153.0 inches/3885 mm
    Width at H-point   62.9 inches/1598 mm
    Height             56.3 inches/1431 mm
    Wheelbase          101.6 inches/2580 mm
    Front overhang     25.0 inches/634 mm
    Rear overhang      26.4 inhces/671 mm
    Track front/rear   62.2 inches/1580 mm
    Approach angle     44.0 degrees
    Departure angle    52.0 degrees
    Breakover angle    32.0 degrees
    Turn circle        35 feet/10.7 m
    Maximum width      71.4 inches/1814 mm

    Powertrain and Suspension

    Layout             Four-wheel drive with Low Range and locking
                       differentials

    Motor              Dual electric
                       Nominal power: 200 kW (268 hp SAE) x 2
                       Regenerative braking

    Battery            16 kWh Li-ion battery pack

    Range extender     1.5-liter, 3-cylinder diesel

    Fuel volume        10 gallons/37.8 liters

    Suspension         Front - SLA
                       Rear - Multi-link

    Wheels and Tires

    Tire size
     front/rear        235/65R20x7.5 inches     32.1 inches/815 mm
    Tire manufacturer  BF Goodrich

    Color Scheme

    Exterior           Palm Metallic
    Interior           Black

    Key Performance Attributes

    0-60 mph (0-96 km/h)        8.5 seconds
    Standing 1/4 mile (0.4 km)  13.6 seconds
    Top speed                   90 mph/145 km/h
    All-electric range          40 miles/64 kilometers
    Total range                 400 miles/644 kilometers
    Fuel economy                110 mpg (combined, est.)/approx. 2.1L/100km


    Dodge ZEO Concept
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                              Dodge ZEO Concept

              Battery Electric Vehicle technology in expressive
                         "2+2" Dodge sports car style
    

    The 2008 Dodge ZEO - Zero Emissions Operation - concept vehicle is a
four-passenger, all-electric, "2+2" sport wagon that embraces the bold,
emotional characteristic of the Dodge brand. With its 23-inch wheels-to-the
corners, heroic proportions and muscular forms, the ZEO exhibits a new
youthful breed of muscle-machine interface.
    Dodge owners and those who will desire the ZEO concept are unquestionably
driving enthusiasts. They are less family-oriented, with a desire for things
that are high-tech, and place less emphasis on pure practicality. While they
boast environmental and overall responsibility, they also exhibit a "need for
speed."
    "The Dodge ZEO concept is designed to break the paradigm of what an
electric car should look like," said Bill Zheng, Dodge ZEO concept principal
exterior designer. "An electric car can be as expressive as any
gasoline-powered vehicle. The Dodge ZEO concept proves that point - and then
some."
    To this end, the Dodge ZEO's body has been given an active,
three-dimensional form, with the fenders boldly offset to the body.

    Dodge ZEO Concept Technology

    The advanced propulsion system powering the Dodge ZEO concept is
electric-only with a 64 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack capable of at
least 250 miles (402 kilometers).
    Resting in a rear-wheel-drive layout, Dodge ZEO's 200-kilowatt
(268 horsepower SAE) single-electric motor contributes to a 0-60 mph (0-96
km/h) time in less than six seconds - which rivals Chrysler's famed HEMI(R)
powerplant.
    Unlike other such vehicles, Dodge ZEO is a four-door, four-passenger
vehicle that delivers function as well as environmental responsibility.

    Dodge ZEO Concept Exterior

    Nestled between the robust circular wheel arches, ZEO's taut, elongated
beltline ends with the signature Dodge kick-up at the rear, where the
reverse-angle C-pillar is planted directly over the rear wheel arch.
    Inspired in part by the architecture of a Mobius strip, Dodge ZEO's
rakish A-pillars curve into extended roof rails that twist and converge as
they race rearward. The windshield glass continues in an unbroken, curving
plane nearly to the rear of the car, giving both front and rear passengers an
unimpeded, all-around view while showcasing ZEO's inventive interior.
    Other expressive details include "scissor" doors, front and rear lamps
treated as separate sculptural forms, and the "ZEO Orange" and dark silver
exterior.
    "The lit crossbar grille," says Zheng, "is designed to communicate the
use of electricity as the ZEO's power source."

    Dodge ZEO Concept Interior

    Inspired by organic forms and wireless technology, Dodge ZEO's interior
is loaded with attitude and intelligence expected by youthful buyers.
    "The Dodge ZEO concept is an example of designing for people who are used
to a dynamic lifestyle and who are surrounded with information and virtual
friends at all times," says Lou Gasevski, Dodge ZEO concept principal interior
designer.
    The entire cabin is treated as if it were a single piece of sculpture.
    A broad sloping fabric-wrapped surface in front of the driver curves
dramatically into the door and quarter panel. It then sweeps around the back
panel to the opposite side quarter and door, ending in a sloping surface in
front of the passenger.
    This design approach blends the usually separate-looking parts of the
interior into a unified whole. A narrow strip of blue LED accent lighting on
the doors and quarters lead to the back panel, adding to the sweeping effect.
Most of the interior surfaces of the Dodge ZEO concept are colored in Super
White, adding to the sculptural impression.
    A slim center console slopes down from the windshield of the Dodge ZEO,
creating a dual-cockpit effect. It then levels off to divide the cabin by
continuing clear to the back panel. To avoid visual clutter, customary
controls and a viewing screen are set flush with the surface.
    Instead of a conventional instrument panel, the steering wheel, column
and instruments are treated as a single freestanding design element. The Dodge
ZEO concept's steering wheel has two vertical spokes, set closely together,
leaving 80 percent of the rim "open" for maximum visibility. The laid-back
center hub, containing the driver air bag and auxiliary switches, is
stationary, with the wheel rim revolving around it. Left and right horizontal
paddle-levers just behind the wheel rim activate the remote radio functions.
    The sloping plane of the center hub, which cantilevers forward above the
steering column, houses the instruments, which are displayed on a thin blue
acrylic viewing screen set directly in front of the driver. The entire elegant
multi-piece ensemble adjusts with the wheel rim to the driver's needs.
    Doors and quarters are bisected by a flaring, wide-to-narrow dark gray
panel separating the upper and lower surfaces - with the lower portion of the
door and quarter curving inboard to provide an armrest surface. Milled
aluminum door pull handles, placed diagonally, act as accents.
    Contrasting colored Copperhead stitching follows the forms of the Dodge
ZEO's Super White leather seats. For maximum comfort, the four bucket seats
sport highly contoured bolsters on the seat cushions and backs. When in the
down position, the slim sculpted head restraints nestle neatly into the tops
of the upper seatbacks. The seat shells are constructed from milled aluminum,
with video screens integrated into the front seatbacks.
    With its bold exterior and curving, sculptural interior, the ZEO concept
appeals to Dodge brand customers who want value, expressive design and useful
technology.

    
    Dodge ZEO Concept Vehicle Specifications
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    Vehicle Type       Battery Electric Vehicle, performance sedan

                       "2+2" passenger seating

    Weight and Dimensions

    Weight             2650 lbs./1202 kg
    GVWR               3400 lbs./1542 kg
    Length             172.8 inches/4390 mm
    Width at H-point   68.6 inches/1743 mm
    Height             50.8 inches/1290 mm
    Wheelbase          109.9 inches/2792 mm
    Couple 1-2         29.2 inches/742 mm
    Front overhang     32.8 inches/832 mm
    Rear overhang      30.1 inhces/765 mm
    Track front        64.1 inches/1628 mm
    Track rear         65.8 inches/1671 mm
    Approach angle     10.2 degrees
    Departure angle    24.6 degrees
    Turn circle        40 feet/12.2 m
    Maximum width      76.5 inches/1944 mm

    Powertrain and Suspension

    Layout             Rear-wheel drive

    Motor              Single electric
                       Nominal power: 200 kW (268 hp SAE)
                       Regenerative braking

    Battery            64 kWh Li-ion battery pack

    Suspension         Front - SLA
                       Rear - SLA

    Wheels and Tires

    Tire size front    P225/40R23x8             30.1 inches/764 mm
    Tire size rear     P255/40R23x9             31.0 inches/788 mm
    Tire manufacturer  Goodyear

    Color Scheme

    Exterior           Orange Metallic
    Interior           Super White

    Key Performance Attributes

    0-60 mph (0-96 km/h)        5.7 seconds
    Standing 1/4 mile (0.4 km)  11.0 seconds
    Top speed                   130 mph/209 km/h
    All-electric range          250 miles/402 kilometers
    Equivalent mpg              120 mpg/approx. 2.0L/100km
    





For further information:

For further information: Chrysler Canada, Communications Department,
Daniel Labre, (519) 973-2063; Shelley Keenan, (519) 973-2312

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