The GAZAL1 Concept is named after the Gazelle, which is a species of antelope associated with the desert lands that make up most of Saudi Arabia. The English name Gazelle itself was derived from the Arabic word ghazal. But given such a name you’d probably expect a very light and fast sports car but the Gazelle is in fact a concept SUV which is the work of 50 students from Saudi Arabia’s King Saud University, supervised by Australian designer Peter Arcadipane.

Studiotorino provided mentorship in the styling department while Magna Steyr took care of the engineering and construction details. Although it looks completely different, the GAZAL1 concept’s underpinnings are taken from the long wheelbase version of the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. After all, the G-Wagen is built by Magna Steyr.

I suppose with Hummer going down (GM rejected 8 separate offers as of today) they need a new vehicle to replace the void that the Hummer brand will leave behind, why not something with a Saudi badge? It’s not the best looking truck around though…

Look after the jump for a few more pix.

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