BEIJING — Chrysler says its Jeep Wrangler Dragon concept, which debuted here at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, "could become a production model if demand is great enough.
"The Wrangler Dragon design concept is the first Jeep vehicle designed specifically with Chinese elements in mind and showcases the opportunity for special editions that might be available for China in the near future," the company said in a statement.
Based on the Chinese-spec Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, the Dragon concept celebrates — what else? — the Year of the Dragon, with all sorts of dragon motifs inside and out. You'll find the ubiquitous creature of legend and myth on everything from an emblem in the wheel center caps to a decal that snakes from the hood down the driver's side of the vehicle. The black leather seats feature a laser-etched dragon pattern on the head restraints, as well as "dragon scale" bronze-gold patterned leather on the outside edges of the seats.
The concept is painted black with a black three-piece hard top and bronze-gold trim.
The Wrangler Dragon rides on 35-inch off-road tires mounted on matte-black 18-inch five-spoke alloy rims. Features include a gloss-black spare-tire cover, black painted fenders, a Mopar fuel-filler door and a black-finish LED exterior lighting package with aftermarket projector headlamps, foglamps, turn indicators and taillamps.
In addition to the aforementioned dragon elements, the cabin is trimmed in piano-black and bronze-gold accents.
Inside Line says: Oh, and did we mention the dragon tags on the floor mats?
By Paul Lienert, Correspondent
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