It’s unclear to us exactly what marketing angle Jeep is taking for the “Rescue”, but it sure looks cool and fun.
Here is how Jeep touts it: “Designed for the most extreme situations and unforgiving conditions, the Jeep® Rescue concept is not only the ultimate type of search and rescue vehicle – it’s the ultimate execution of a Jeep off-road vehicle.”
Presumably, it was created to compete against a couple of the other mega SUV’s out there, and we’re sure to hear the reviews and testimonials comparing them. Our first impression was a “thumbs up” on its exterior and interior looks, and the specs show that it is loaded with equipment prepared to take on the roughest conditions.
Powered by a Cummins Diesel and featuring seating for five, the Jeep Rescue’s primary mission is rescue capability, and its list of rescue and safety equipment is impressive:
* AC electric power (10 kW) generation in the field
* Exterior perimeter lighting
* Under- chassis, point-of-view cameras for avoiding danger in its path
* 3-D topographical mapping software and topographical navigation system
* Passive, infrared (thermal) cameras for search and rescue
* Retractable 4-point harnesses for vehicle occupants
* White LEV lighting for long distance visual search and reduced power use
* Folding seats in rear compartment of vehicle
* Remote control winch – front and back
* Satellite telephone; VHF radio, digital video recorder with satellite transmission capability
We’re interested in your thoughts and impressions. Would you get one?