An extremely small Jeep vehicle (think Smart-sized) with off-road ability but an extremely short wheel base and small 1.x or 2.0 liter engine. Make it safe through a steel structure much like the Smart and Jeep shaped (and characterized) but with an emphasis on mini-car type proportions and fuel economy.
Almost like a modern day Suzuki Samurai but with out-of-the-box Rubicon ability!
That would be a sweet vehicle and enough in-line with the original concept to possibly call it a "New Willys".
I should never say "never"...It's hard to say what kind of change the fuel crisis will bring, but when you get down to the basics of what makes a Jeep a Jeep, I'm sure they could sell them.
The MB was about 130" with an 80" wb.
Modern tech would allow interchangeable body parts to allow large upfit possiblities.
A small displacement, turbocharged, bio-diesel engine, paired with an electric motor, would provide plenty of torque for the off-road duties as well as double the mileage we see on the highway with todays swb Jeep. With a 6 or 7 speed gear box and a 3 speed txcase, this thing could go anywhere.
To make that happen, it would take the most expensive, top-shelf, state-of-the-art parts. This is about 10 years away from being practical.
The M422 "Mighty Mite" was built by AMC as a light weight truck for the US Marines. At 1,700 pounds, it is the lightest of the North American trucks, but still 100 pounds heavier than the German Kuebelwagen. An aluminum body helped keep the weight down.
The truck came in three models: the M422, M422A1 and M422A2. The M422 has a tiny 65 inch wheelbase. The M422A1 is six inches longer in both wheelbase and length and is 80 pounds heavier. The A1 also has a spare tire and a windshield from the M38A1. The A2 is 5 inches longer than the A1 and has a windshield from the M38. The A2 also has a toolbox behind the seats in front of the wheel well and a top with bows.
Model .............. AMC AV-108-4
Block .............. Air Cooled V4
Displacement ....... 108 cu. in. (1.8L)
Horsepower ......... 52 bhp @ 3,600 rpm
Torque ............. 90 lbs-ft @ 2,500 rpm
Bore ............... 3 1/4 inch
Stroke ............. 3 1/4 inch
Compression ........ 7.5:1
Drivetrain / Suspension
The M422 uses a New Process Gear 4 speed transmission with overdrive. Like the M151, the transfer case only engages/disengages the front wheel drive and is part of the transmission.
The M422 has standard leaf springs on the front and leaf sprung trailing arms on the rear.