Jeep and Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s own custom vehicle builder Mopar have unveiled seven new concept vehicles for this year’s Easter Jeep Safari that will take place in Moab, Utah. The event specially held for off-road enthusiasts also celebrates its 50th anniversary, which conveniently coincides with Jeep’s 75th birthday.

 

JEEP WRANGLER TRAILCAT

Dubbed as “the ultimate off-road machine”, the Wrangler Trailcat is easily the most extreme concept for this year’s gathering. It has 707 hp, courtesy of the same 6.2-litre HEMI V8 engine that powers Dodge’s Challenger and Charger Hellcat duo. A six-speed manual transmission should make the Trailcat all the more fun. To fit the meaty power plant, the engineers had to extend the wheelbase by a whole 12 inches.

Other than that, the Trailcat rolls on 17-inch beadlock wheels and 39.5-inch BF-Goodrich Krawler T/A KX tyres, and rides on Dana 60 axles and Fox shocks. It boasts a power-dome vented hood, satin black grille, LED headlamps and fog lamps and rock rails. The windshield is also chopped off by two inches, as if it does not look menacing enough.

 

JEEP WRANGLER TRAILSTORM

Based on the Wrangler Unlimited, the Trailstorm concept offers room for extra gear and fuel tanks for exploring off the beaten path. It is packed with many components from Jeep Performance Parts, including 17-inch off-road wheels shod with 37-inch tyres, a two-inch lift kit, Fox shocks, a Rubicon winch, and Dana 44 front and rear axles.

Exterior enhancements are provided by Mopar, and they comprise a camouflage body wrap, a winch guard, high-top fenders, off-road rock rails with a step, big brake kit, as well as a steel front and rear Rubicon bumper and a tyre carrier. The Trailstorm is powered by a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine that is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

 

JEEP CREW CHIEF 715

This concept is built to pay homage to the Kaiser M715 military vehicle, which started production in 1967. Mirroring the robustness of the vehicle it’s based on, the Tactical Green Crew Chief 715 features 20-inch beadlock wheels, 40-inch NDT military tyres, and a five-foot cargo bed. It also has an on-board air system with a hard-mounted quick-disconnect fitting for airing up or lending assistance to other vehicles on the trail.

Exterior-wise, the Crew Chief 715 is equipped with off-road rock rails, bumper-mounted winches, Dana 60 front and rear axles and a four-inch lift kit. The gargantuan SUV is also fitted with a master cylinder brake upgrade, cold air intake and a modified exhaust. The cabin features leather bucket seats with canvas inserts, aircraft-inspired control switches, all-weather mats, and a navigational compass.

 

JEEP SHORTCUT

Inspired by the iconic CJ-5, the Shortcut chops 12 inches off the Wrangler’s body, hence the name. It highlights unique exterior upgrades such as the brand’s trademark front grille, chrome-plated front and rear bumpers, and wheel flares. A modified exhaust, 17-inch red steel wheels and 35-inch BF-Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tyres round off the concept’s exterior modifications.

Inside, the Shortcut concept features low-back leather bucket seats with plaid inserts, a red ball shifter handle, four-point safety cage and all-weather mats. Its standard equipment includes a front and rear Dana 44 axle, a two-inch lift, Fox shocks, and the familiar 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine.

 

JEEP RENEGADE COMMANDER

The Renegade Commander is largely a standard Renegade fortified with components from Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar. It’s painted in Fluorescent Grey, combined with an open-air roof with removable panels, custom body decal, off-road rock rails, skid plates and a modified exhaust. Katzkin seat covers, body colour bezel accents, a pedal kit, off-road kit and all-weather floor mats are to be found in the cabin.

You’ll also find 17-inch Rubicon aluminium wheels with 29.5-inch BF-Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tyres, a two-inch lift kit, a trailer hitch receiver, as well as front and rear auxiliary lights. Powering it is a 2.4-litre Tigershark engine mated to a nine-speed gearbox.

 

JEEP COMANCHE

The Comanche is another concept that is based on the Renegade, though built with both off-road performance and practicality in mind. The exterior shade you see is imaginatively called “Beige Against the Machine”, and it is aptly matched with a satin black hood, a lower front fascia and a steel rear bumper. The wheelbase is stretched by six inches to accommodate its five-foot bed.

The interior features custom seat covers, pedal covers, door sill guards and all-weather mats. Features like off-road rock rails, two-inch lift kit, winch bolster, 16-inch wheels, as well as 32-inch BF-Goodrich All Terrain T/A rubbers turn the Comanche into a capable off-roader. Under the hood is a 2.0-litre diesel inline-four engine, and a nine-speed auto transmission, which comes with an Active Drive Lock system.

 

JEEP FC 150

The final concept of the day is essentially a 1960 FC 150 truck built around a 2005 Wrangler chassis. The concept has a Dana 44 front axle, Dana 60 rear axle and 17-inch white steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch BF-Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tyres.

The cabin, meanwhile, is kitted vinyl seat covers, a custom headliner wrapped in a vintage duck hunting pattern, CB radio, analog compass and Mopar all-weather mats. It is powered by 4.0-litre PowerTech inline-six mill, which is mated to a three-speed automatic transmission.

 



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