The Jeep CJ Surge concept is an all-electric SUV, inspired by the iconic CJ-7.
Jeep has a history of making cool concept vehicles. And now, just before this year’s SEMA show, the company has come up with yet another one. The Jeep CJ Surge, as it's called, combines a modern electric powertrain with a retro look and will make its debut at the 2022 SEMA show. Let’s take a look at the details.
Even though it’s a brand-new concept SUV, it still keeps the design of the old-school CJ7 almost intact. The changes start with the bright orange 'Copper Canyon' paint finish and continue with the 18-inch wheels, shod with a set of 35-inch BF Goodrich off-road tyres, a two-inch lift kit, and, for better off-road ability, a winch, underbody protection, and LED foglights.
Inside, the CJ Surge gets Houndstooth seat inserts, a tailored steering wheel, and pretty much nothing else. Jeep hasn’t thrown in any fancy screens or touch-sensitive controls – the CJ Surge remains true to its old-school origins. That said, you do get a gauge on the instrument cluster, which keeps the driver updated about the charge level.
Powering the CJ Surge is an all-electric drivetrain, producing 268bhp, supplied via 24 lithium-ion battery modules, which run on a 400-volt architecture. Power is sent to all four wheels via a two-speed transfer case.
The CJ Surge is a pretty cool resto-mod project, but sadly it’s only a one-off build for the Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. That said, the CJ Surge could be an exciting preview of a future where the company does factory-EV conversions of existing old Jeep SUVs.