Jeep unveiled seven concept cars developed by the company’s Mopar division at the 51st Easter Jeep Safari in Moab in Utah. Each year, numerous Jeep aficionados head down to this off-road carnival to experience the thrill of off-roading. From crazy futuristic design to classic retro styling, each of Jeeps seven concepts has a unique identity of their own.
Commenting on the occasion, Mike Manley, Jeep’s global brand chief said, “It’s truly a labour of love for the Jeep team to develop exciting, capable concept vehicles each year for Moab and the Easter Jeep Safari. Easter Jeep Safari is a must-do event for us, and it’s really a time when we let our engineers, our colleagues in Mopar and our stylists, our designers loose, and they literally go unsupervised.”
The seven mad customised vehicles at Moab include:
Jeep Grand One
For the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Grand Cherokee ZJ, Jeep created a Cherokee inspired from the 90’s, where the interior features a bedliner application instead of carpet and an old-school car phone. It gets a 2-inch lift, 33-inch tires on 18-inch retro lace-look wheels, front and rear axles with selectable locking differentials, a 5.2-liter V-8 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission.
A unique purpose-built concept made for wildlife safaris. The Safari gets a translucent roof; the aluminium frame doors with clear vinyl and zippered panels. The other highlights include a drone mounted on the roof rack and the rear bucket seats rotate outward for a better view. This V-6 concept also gets a 2-inch lift, full-length skid plates and selectable differential lockers.
This is the dune buggy of the concepts with hot-rod details such as a winch and a recovery rope in back where a drag racer’s parachute would be. The Quicksand also gets a chopped windshield and the hood is cut-out for one to view the Mopar 392 Crate Hemi engine and open exhaust headers.
The Trailpass is based on the new-generation 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk model. It gets a 1.5-inch lift and 18-inch wheels with broader tires. Apart from that, it comes with cosmetic changes to both the exterior and the interiors along with a Mopar/Thule roof basket with roof bag and traction mats.
The Switchback aims to be the top off-roader, with a 4-inch lift, 37-inch tires and Dana 44 axles. It has a concept hood, half-doors and roof rack, along with an array of LED lighting.
This concept combines a Wrangler TJ frame, a 1966 Wrangler CJ body and elements from the Wrangler JK models. Dropped into it, is a 5.7-liter Hemi with a Mopar 345 Crate Hemi engine kit. It also has a range of off-road upgrades and custom Dodge Viper seats.
As the name suggests, the Luminator is the light show of the concepts, created in partnership with Italian parts maker Magneti Marelli. It has high-tech LED lighting all over, including under body rock lights, LED projector head lamps, LED taillights, A-pillar-mounted LED spotlights, LEDs on the bumper that with cornering fog lamps, low-profile LED spotlights behind the windshield, and a dynamic LED light bar on the hood that can scan for and shine on wildlife or hazard. If that’s not enough, it also features a rooftop solar panel and drone landing pad with lighted drone and the centre high-mounted stoplight in back changes colour depending on the speed of the Jeep.