These designs are seriously impressive.
Stellantis became the world's fourth-largest automaker after Fiat Chrysler and PSA Groupe announced plans for a 50-50 merger. Brands such as Jeep, Ram, Dodge, and Chrysler fall under the Stellantis umbrella, as well as European brands such as Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and Opel. With such a variety of marques under its wing, there's also a ton of creative minds working for Stellantis, and this year's Drive for Design Contest has once again delivered some excellent results.
Vincent Piaskowski, a former second-and third-place winner, takes this year's top honor with his take on an electrified Jeep. This forms part of Stellantis' drive to produce more electric vehicles in the near future. Jeep already sells the Wrangler 4xe Hybrid, and an all-electric version is on its way too.
Mark Trostle, Head of Ram Truck and Mopar Exterior Design for Stellantis created the competition back in 2013. "Since the contest began, we've been able to help young artists establish a career path in automotive design," said Trostle. "We've employed previous contestants as summer interns and today one of our former winners is working in the Ram Truck interior design studio. It's rewarding to our team to be able to make an impact on someone's career."
Piaskowski's design is a thriller: Dubbed the Grand Teton, this futuristic machine ties in classic design elements such as the unmistakable slatted grille and the slim headlights of contemporary Jeeps, but adds some out-there features such as the pod-like rear end and wacky side windows.
Coming in second place, Rocco Morales, a 10th grader from Michigan designed a cool-looking Jeep-meets-Mars Rover named "Crazy Horse". Alex Wang from California came in third place with a pickup render named the "Jeep Adversary". This year's prizes include one-on-one mentoring time with leading designers at the Stellantis Design Studios, and a scholarship to attend the College for Creative Studies' virtual summer design program.