A small, front-wheel-drive-based Jeep with a foreign powerplant: It sure sounds a lot like the Renegade of today. But as you should know by now, there are no new ideas in automobiledom! AMC actually came out with a concept that was previewed as the littlest modern Jeep way, way back in 1977. It was called, cleverly, the Concept II (the Concept I was a Gremlin replacement).
It looks a little like a toy — a two-thirds-size scale model of a CJ crossed with a Mini Moke. The funny thing is, the Concept II was conceived as a replacement for the CJ5; it was meant to be a downsized Jeep for a fuel economy-conscious market. But as gas shortages eased up and people started buying old-school Jeeps again, the impetus for the Concept II faded. And when the idea behind it did come back around again, it was put into production alongside ever-popular models like the Wrangler.
Read more about the Jeep Concept II below.
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Autoweek June 27, 1994 — A look back at the Jeep Concept II(1.22 MB)Click here to download PDF