Jeep and Mopar reveal Easter Jeep Safari concepts
Jeep and Mopar have teamed up to produce seven Easter Jeep Safari concepts for the annual event in Moab, March 24 – April 1.
NOW IN ITS 52ND year, the annual Easter Jeep Safari at Moab in Utah will see seven new Jeep and Mopar concepts.
“Pushing the limit is something the Jeep brand is no stranger to and these seven new, exciting and capable concept vehicles are the latest example of that,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA. “Every year, we look forward to introducing new concept vehicles and ideas to our enthusiasts. The Moab Easter Jeep Safari presents a unique and perfect opportunity to collect valuable insight from our most loyal customers.”
The 2018 Easter Jeep Safari concept vehicles include:
The Jeep 4SPEED concept follows the Pork Chop concept in 2011 and Stitch concept in 2013, and is aimed at making the Wrangler quicker off-road via numerous weight saving measures. It also shows off the brand’s all-new 2.0-litre turbocharged I-4 engine.
The Jeep 4SPEED concept features a carbon fibre bonnet, high-clearance carbon fibre fender flares and a carbon fibre rear tub with perforated aluminum panels. The rear of the concept utilizes custom, lightweight bodywork, and because of the combined weight savings, 4SPEED’s ride height is two inches higher than a stock Wrangler. Overall length has been shortened by 22-inches while leaving the wheelbase at its stock length, resulting in improved approach and departure angles.
It runs Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 4.10 gear ratio and 18-inch lightweight monoblock wheels wrapped in 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tyres.
The interior features a bespoke instrument panel and re-trimmed front seats, while the rear seats have been removed and a welding curtain that has been repurposed as a bikini top. The floor has been bedlined and the foot wells have been replaced with perforated aluminum panels.
Inspired by Baja desert racers, the Jeep Sandstorm concept is all about blitzing long, sandy straightaways while still capable of handling the daily driving duties, says Jeep.
To get the Baja look, the exterior features a vented carbon fibre hood, vented high clearance front and rear fender flares and a cage that include a rear mounted lay down style spare tyre carrier. The exterior handles and swing gate have been removed while the rear doors have been chopped for a cleaner look.
Other custom Baja-inspired touches include high clearance front and rear tube bumpers, modified rock rails, an integrated on-board air compressor, race-style fuel filler, KC Carbon series front auxiliary lights and a chase light.
The front axle has been moved forward four inches and runs a heavy-duty longarm four-link suspension and track bar. The rear axle has been moved back two inches and utilizes a triangulated trailing arm four-link suspension. The longer wheelbase allows for increased high-speed stability. Custom coilovers and bypass shocks allow the front wheels to travel 14 inches while the rear wheels can travel up to 18 inches.
For even more capability, the Jeep Sandstorm concept includes heavy-duty front and rear Dynatrac 60 axles with a 5.68 gear ratio, 17-inch beadlock wheels and 39.5-inch BF Goodrich Krawler tyres.
The Baja race truck theme continues throughout the interior, which features a custom cage that integrates the chassis, leather-trimmed front seats and unique low-back racing bucket seats in the rear. A racing-inspired cluster and 7-inch off-road GPS unit handle navigation while independent rocker switches control on-board electronics, air compressor, and axle lockers. The Sandstorm concept sheds all plastic trim and carpet in favor of a bedlined floor.
The Jeep Sandstorm is powered by a 6.4-litre V8 engine and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The Jeep B-Ute concept is equipped with unique front and rear bumpers and upper grille area, a hood with heat extractors, and wider flares. Jeep Performance Parts include a 1.5-inch lift kit, a roof rack and rock rails. The Jeep B-Ute’s off-road capabilities are increased by using 17-inch wheels with a 30mm offset, wrapped in BF Goodrich T/A Baja Champion tyres. The Jeep B-Ute is powered by a 2.4-litre Tigershark engine, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip
The Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip uses a modified original steel body, while the chassis and drivetrain have been updated. The wheelbase has been stretched an additional five inches, and the body has been updated to accept the additional length, a wider track and custom fender flares. Other subtle exterior styling tweaks include reshaped wheel wells, bumpers and integrated rock rails. A razor grille has been fitted at the front, while Bottle Green architectural glass replaces the original pieces.
The Wagoneer’s off-road capability has been bolstered courtesy of a boxed and reinforced frame, Dana 44 front and rear axles with lockers, four-link suspension with coilover springs, and 17-inch steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain tyres.
Inside, the Wagoneer features original front and rear bench seats, door panels, kick and rear panels, all trimmed in Oxblood-colored leather. A wicker headliner gives the Wagoneer an open, lighter feel and the floor has been bedlined. Additional interior details include a custom cooler fashioned from period-correct luggage, and a tool box created from the valve cover of this Wagoneer’s original 230 Tornado OHC-6 engine. The Jeep Wagoneer heritage vehicle is powered by a 5.7-litre V-8 and is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
The Nacho Jeep serves as a rolling Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts catalogue, “offering a blueprint off-roaders can follow to create their own custom trail vehicle,” Jeep said.
Jeep Performance Parts featured on the Nacho concept include a hood that is accented with the standard black hood graphic featuring the all-new JPP badge, which is engineered to accommodate a cold-air intake that feeds the 2.0-litre turbocharged I-4 engine.
The satin black Mopar grille adds contrast to the Nacho exterior, and the sturdy steel Rubicon bumper offers off-road protection and functionality, and includes a Warn Winch kit.
Superior trail visibility, inspired by the Jeep Luminator concept vehicle shown at Moab in 2017, is delivered by A-pillar and brush guard-mounted LED lights from the Automotive Lighting division of Magneti Marelli, that mount via JPP brackets. Automotive Lighting LED header lights seal to the windshield for extra forward illumination, and a rear off-road scouting light uses four-color LEDs to communicate trail conditions: stop (red), 1-3mph (amber), 3-25mph (green) and a rear flood light (white).
A 2-inch lift kit increases off-road clearance and includes new 2.5-inch diameter aluminum body shocks. Oversized 37-inch tyres wrap around 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, and a satin-carbon finish on the wheels is the sole conceptual touch on the Nacho concept. The beadlock trim rings are finished in high-gloss back and secured with cadmium-plated bolts.
Other Jeep Performance Parts include rock rails that carry a grippier coating similar to that used on Ram Truck bedliners, 2-inch-round tube doors, and grab handles embossed with the iconic Jeep grille logo to assist in vehicle ingress.
The spare tyre tailgate hinge reinforcement provides a rock-solid foundation for a spare tyre carrier that mounts to the tailgate with strength enough to handle 37-inch tyres. A JPP fuel door in black finish completes the exterior.
Available Jeep Performance Parts concept modifications combine to bring to life the Jeep Jeepster concept. Based on a Wrangler Rubicon, this concept harks back to the 1966 Jeepster.
The original’s classic two-tone graphic theme is mirrored on its modern-day counterpart with a Firecracker Red body, set off by a Bright White concept hardtop, chopped by two inches, and a Bright White custom windshield raked back 2.5-degrees to create a cropped, compact appearance. The customized windshield maintains the all-new Wrangler’s convenient fold-down feature. Bright White also accents the perimeter of the Rubicon fender flares, and an upper portion of the concept half doors. Jeep badging is replaced with a tri-color Jeepster hard badge.
The Jeepster features Jeep Performance Parts, including a JPP hood and graphic, without the optional cold-air intake or snorkel. LED off-road lights in 5- and 7-inch applications illuminate the trail for the Jeepster, shining bright at up to 8,000 lumens. The Rubicon steel bumper features premium production LED fog lamps.
A 2-inch lift kit and 2.5-inch diameter aluminum body shocks work with oversized, 37-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tyres. Beadlock-capable 17-inch wheels are accented by body-color matching Firecracker Red beadlock trim rings. Additional items from the JPP portfolio include a black fuel door, grab handles and all-weather floor mats.
Inside the Jeepster, a concept tubular roll cage replaces the sport bar and an additional 38-inch tyre is secured with a custom in-cabin spare tyre carrier. The interior meshes off-road functionality with premium features, including black Katzkin leather seats with Rubicon Red Jeep grille logos embroidered on the seatbacks, and Rubicon Red accent stitching on the seat bolsters. The instrument panel inserts are Firecracker Red to tie in with the exterior.
Relocation of the spare tyre to the cabin provides an opportunity for another custom touch: concept storage packs mounted to the tailgate for transport of gear and supplies such as food, water and tools. The packs feature a split design to accommodate the rear-view camera.
The Jeep J-Wagon concept is personalized with Jeep Performance Parts. Starting as a Wrangler Sahara, the J-Wagon features a version of the JPP hood designed with a cutout kit to work with the available snorkel. The hood latch is Brass Monkey and further embellished with a black Willys logo.
For hardcore off-roaders, new 5-inch LED lights mount with JPP brackets to deliver military-grade illumination. A Mopar black grille pulled from a Wrangler Rubicon features body-colour matching bezel trim. The premium Sahara bumper aligns with the vehicle’s color pattern via Brass Monkey fog lamp bezels.
The J-Wagon concept also features 17-inch slot-design wheels that are also finished in Brass Monkey. Black metal concept rock sliders guard the J-Wagon’s exterior, and a matching black metal concept JPP roof rack offers utility and functionality. A black JPP fuel door and Orange Crush accents on the Jeep badge and tow hooks add style points. A spare 35-inch KM3 BF Goodrich tyre mounts to the spare tyre tailgate hinge reinforcement, and includes the JPP Center High-Mount Stop Light (CHMSL) light relocation kit.