Jeep and Mopar have unveiled their 50th Annual Easter Jeep Safari concept vehicles overnight.
There are seven new concepts in total and they showcase just what the folks at Jeep are capable of creating when the mood takes them.
As the Head of Jeep Brand, Mike Hanley explains, “Every year, the Jeep team looks forward to pushing the limits with new, exciting and capable concept vehicles for our most loyal enthusiasts at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, where we receive a tremendous amount of valuable feedback.”
Here is the what we know about each concept so far.
Jeep Crew Chief 715
The Jeep Crew Chief 715 concept vehicle was built as a salute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles, in particular the Kaiser M715. Based on the Wrangler Unlimited, the Crew Chief 715 is a dual-cab configuration, something we are hoping to see for real in the Wrangler’s future.
The Crew Chief 715 sports some solid looking steel front and rear bumpers, 20-inch beadlock wheels and 40-inch NDT military tyres. There is also an on-board air system with a hard-mounted quick-disconnect fitting. Other features include a master cylinder brake upgrade, cold air intake and a modified exhaust.
Exterior features include, Jeep Performance Parts off-road rock rails, a winch mounted into the front and rear bumpers, Dana 60 front and rear axles and a 4-inch lift kit with Jeep Performance Parts/Fox 2.0 Remote Reservoir shocks.
The colour is “Tactical Green”.
On the inside there are leather bucket seats with canvas inserts, aircraft-inspired control switches and Mopar all-weather mats. The media center features a centrally located navigational compass.
The Jeep Crew Chief 715 is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
As the name suggests, the ‘Shortcut’ is a Jeep CJ-5 inspired Wrangler that has had it’s overall length reduced by 26 inches.
In addition to the massaged bodywork, the Shortcut gets a unique grille, bonnet, tailgate, front and rear wheel flares and custom chrome front and rear bumpers. A modified exhaust, 17-inch red steel wheels and 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tyres complete the retro feel exterior.
Jeep Performance Parts include a front and rear Dana 44 axle and a 2-inch lift with Fox shocks.
Jeep has kept it simple and functional on the inside, with low-back leather bucket seats with plaid inserts, a red ball shifter handle, four-point safety cage and Mopar all-weather mats.
The Jeep Shortcut is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep Renegade Commander
The Jeep Renegade Commander is a showcase for a range of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts including Mopar off-road rock rails, skid plates and a modified exhaust.
It’s jacked up using a 2-inch lift kit and rolls on 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels with 29.5-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tyres.
The interior includes Katzkin seat covers, body color bezel accents, a pedal kit, Mopar off-road kit and Mopar all-weather floor mats.
The Jeep Renegade Commander is powered by the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Low.
Based on the Jeep Renegade, the Jeep Comanche concept is a nod to Jeep pickup trucks from the past.
The Comanche’s “Beige Against the Machine” concept exterior paint is accented with a Satin Black hood, a restyled lower front fascia, winch, steel rear bumper, soft top and spare tyre in the ute bed.
Getting the proportions right involved stretching the wheelbase an additional six inches over a production Renegade.
Inside, the Comanche also gets a set of custom seat covers, pedal covers, door sill guards and Mopar all-weather mats.
Jeep Performance Parts include off-road rock rails, a 2-inch lift kit and a winch. Wheels are painted 16-inch jobbies wrapped in 32-inch BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A rubber.
The Jeep Comanche is powered by a 2.0-liter diesel I-4 engine and mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Lock, which includes low range and a locking rear differential.
Jeep FC 150
Is this possibly the coolest Jeep concept ever? It’s based on an already very cool 1960 Jeep FC 150. Originally built from 1956 to 1965, the FC 150 is based on the CJ-5 and was packaged to keep short body overhangs while offering increased load space.
This heritage Jeep retains its original battle scarred steel body with all of the ‘concept’ work taking place underneath, starting with a 2005 Wrangler chassis, modified to accept a Dana 44 front axle, Dana 60 rear axle and 17-inch white steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tyres.
Inside the FC 150’s spartan interior are some refreshed vinyl seats, a custom headliner wrapped in a vintage duck hunting pattern, UHF radio, analog compass and Mopar all-weather mats.
The Jeep FC 150 heritage vehicle is powered by a 4.0-liter PowerTech I-6 and is mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission.
Speculation has been rife regarding the Jeep Trailcat concept and what it might be packing under that hood. Turns out it’s packing heat, and lots of it, in the form of a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine, producing 530kW. Just what you need to turn the 17-inch beadlock wheels and 39.5-inch BFGoodrich Krawler T/A KX tyres.
Fitting the Hemi required a 12-inch stretch of the wheelbase, which was combined with a 2-inch chop of the windscreen to keep things looking sleek. Well, as sleek as a Jeep can look.
The Trailcat had some Mopar exterior enhancements thrown at it, including a power-dome vented hood, Satin Black grille, LED headlamps, fog lamps and rock rails.
A speed transmission and funnels the Hemi power to front and rear Dana 60 axles, while Fox shocks do their best to keep the twist under control.
The interior got some carbon-fibre sport bucket seats from the Dodge Viper, with Katzkin leather seat covers.
The Trailstorm concept vehicle is the ‘practical concept’ and offers room for extra gear and fuel tanks.
The Jeep Performance Parts tally includes 17-inch concept off-road wheels wrapped in 37-inch tyres, a 2-inch lift kit with Fox shocks, a Rubicon winch, tyre carrier and Dana 44 front and rear axles.
Half doors make it easier to see the lay of the land, and the interior has been coated with bed-liner allowing it to be hosed out if required.
Mopar exterior bits include a winch guard, Satin Black grille, LED headlights and fog lights, high top fenders, power-dome vented hood, Mopar off-road rock rails with a step, Big Brake Kit, a concept fast-back soft top, tail light guards and a Mopar fuel filler door.
There’s also a steel front and rear Rubicon bumper and full camo wrap, just because.
Inside there are Katzkin seat covers and Mopar all-weather floor mats.
The Jeep Trailstorm is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.