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Jeep reveals six new concepts for Easter Jeep Safari

Jeep and Mopar have collaborated on six new concept vehicles for the annual Easter Jeep Safari at Moab which kicks off this weekend (April 13-21).

The Moab Easter Jeep Safari starts this weekend (April 13-21) and will see Jeep and Mopar showcase six new concept vehicles.

“The Moab Easter Jeep Safari provides the perfect venue to interact with and gather feedback from our most loyal and passionate customers – the diehard off-road enthusiasts who attend the event each year,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand – North America.

“This year’s Safari will mark the debut of the highly anticipated all-new Jeep Gladiator on Moab’s scenic and demanding trails. To celebrate, we are showcasing six fun and ultra-capable new truck-based Jeep concept vehicles that are certain to turn heads and delight the crowd.”

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Jeep Wayout

The Jeep Wayout concept showcases a full roof-top tent and custom, large sprawling canopy. Wayout’s exterior features a new Gator Green color that will be available on production Gladiator models. A custom bed rack with an integrated ladder carries the roof-top tent, while a 270-degree awning features amber LED task lighting. Two custom-fit auxiliary fuel tanks are integrated into the bedsides.

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For additional capability, a Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit increases ground clearance on top of 17-inch steel wheels wrapped in 37-inch mud-terrain tyres, “providing a distinct retro feeling harking back the original Willys pickups that paved the way for modern Jeep trucks”. Furthermore, a Warn winch and Jeep Performance Parts snorkel have also been fitted.

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Jeep Wayout has a custom integrated roof-rack system for packing gear up top, and the truck bed houses a Mopar/Decked bed-drawer system for added lockable dry storage. Inside, bed-lined floors plus trimmed brown leather seats with laser-etched inserts of topographical maps have been added.

Jeep Flatbill

The Jeep Flatbill concept is another “fun look at the all-new Gladiator”. There’s a vented carbon-fibre bonnet and high-clearance flares, while a custom-designed shortened front bumper and skid plate improve the approach angle.

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The Jeep Flatbill is a “truck dedicated to dirt bike riding through-and-through and is fully equipped to handle transport of dirt bikes for any off-road adventure”. By removing the tailgate, dedicated wheel ramps have been installed that slide out for easy access and loading. Custom body work on the bed lowers, plus the addition of a tube rear bumper, increases the vehicle’s departure angle for added off-road capability. Dynatrac Pro-Rock 60 front and rear axles plus an Off-Road Evolution custom 4-inch lift kit have also been fitted. Large rear bypass shocks along with 20-inch wheels have been added, as well as 40-inch tyres.

Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter

Continuing the Easter Jeep Safari tradition of “Resto-Mods” comes the Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter. The term “Five-Quarter” is a nod to Jeep trucks of the past that were termed one and one-quarter tons – or “five quarters.”

Starting with a 1968 M-715, this Gladiator-based military vehicle was re-imagined with improvements to its chassis, drivetrain and cargo configurations.

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On the outside, the original front sheet metal was removed and a full carbon-fibre front end takes its place. Also, an all-new, bobbed 6-foot custom-fabricated aluminum bed was installed using a mix of water jet cut panels and wood slats. Additional body modifications include a 3.5-inch drop to the convertible soft-top.

Headlights have been replaced with new HID lights along with LED auxiliary lights. Rearward, LED halo lights have been installed in the original tail light buckets. To protect the body, the original rockers were removed and replaced with rock rails that run the length of the body side. Modified front Jeep Gladiator Rubicon steel bumpers have also been installed.

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The M-715 Five-Quarter’s off-road capability has been enhanced by reinforcing the original frame and replacing the leaf springs with a heavy-duty link/coil suspension system. Additionally, the front axle has been pulled forward two-inches and replaced with a Dynatrac Pro-rock 60 front axle and a Dynatrac Pro-rock 80 axle in the rear, while 20-inch beadlock wheels are wrapped in 40-inch tyres.

Jeep J6

The Jeep J6 concept “is all truck, all the time, mixing the classic Jeep truck styling of the late 1970s with prototype and production Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar”.

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The Jeep J6 is a Rubicon customized in a two-door configuration, maximizing cargo space with a large, six-foot functional bed “box” area that is 12 inches longer than the standard Jeep Gladiator bed. The upsized bed area is guarded by a prototype body-colour matching spray-in bedliner. A sturdy, two-and-a-quarter-inch steel prototype sport/roll bar planted in the bed carries a set of four, 5-inch Jeep Performance Parts LED lights.

Additional modifications defend the Jeep J6 against off-road obstacles, including a prototype 2-inch steel stinger bar that bolts to the Rubicon front bumper and rock rails customized with 2-inch steel tubes welded to the standard Jeep Gladiator rails. The concept hard top is removable, and classic Jeep J6 badging is swapped in on the tailgate and side fenders.

The stinger bar acts as a mounting point for four additional 5-inch Jeep Performance Parts LED lights, with another two bolted on near the A-pillars, for a total of 10 5-inch LEDs.

The instrument panel inserts are body-colour matching, and Katzkin leather seats and armrests are also accented with body-colour blue stitching.

Jeep JT Scrambler

The look of the early 1980s-era CJ8 Scrambler is recreated with prototype Punk’N Metallic Orange and Nacho body-side stripes running from the front panels to the bed, and a matching hood graphic. The white exterior is crowned with a freedom top painted in vintage amber, continuing the retro feel.

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The bed area is customized with a spray-in bedliner and a 2-inch steel, prototype tube sport/roll bar painted body-color white. This version of the sport/roll bar anchors to the bed and also extends the length of the bed rails on each side, offering a total of eight tie-down points to lock down cargo. Diffused LED task lights mounted to the sport/roll bar are directed to the rear bed, providing illumination in the cargo area.

Based on the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, the Scrambler pulls from the Jeep Performance Parts line, including a set of four, 5-inch LED lights stationed atop the sport/roll bar, and two stationed on the vehicle’s A-pillars.

The Jeep Performance Parts 17-inch slot wheels are customized in a concept bronze to tie in with the exterior color theme. A 2-inch Jeep Performance Parts lift kit helps accommodate large, 37-inch tyres and Jeep Performance Parts rock rails feature a non-slip grip.

Jeep Gladiator Gravity

The rock climber-themed Jeep Gladiator Gravity concept is elevated with a full complement of “available-at-launch Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar to help equip those who have a desire to reach greater heights”.

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In the bed area, mounted Mopar cross rails work in concert with a cargo carrier basket to deliver storage space for rock-climbing gear such as ropes, carabiners, helmets and shoes. A unique Mopar/Decked truck bed storage system offers additional lockable cargo space through dual sliding drawers, while still allowing for storage on top in the bed area.

The Jeep Gladiator Gravity is raised with a Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit and runs on 17-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch tyres. Heavy-gauge steel Jeep Performance Parts rock rails are thicker and wider and utilize the same powder-coating on Ram Truck bedliners to give a non-slip finish. In front of the Mopar satin black grille, Jeep Performance Parts 7-inch LED join with 5-inch LED lights on the A-pillars.


Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.