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Jeep and Mopar concepts revealed

Practical Motoring logo Practical Motoring 31-03-2017 Isaac Bober
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Jeep and Mopar have teamed up again for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, US which kicks off from the end of next week (April 8-16).

Jeep and Mopar have revealed a handful of Wrangler and Grand Cherokee and all-new Compass-based concepts for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, April 8-16. Now in its 51st year, the Easter Jeep Safari attracts thousands of Jeep fans. 

“It’s truly a labor of love for the Jeep team to develop exciting, capable concept vehicles each year for Moab and the Easter Jeep Safari,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “We look forward to the reaction and feedback from enthusiasts and our most loyal customers as these new Jeep concepts are put through their paces on the trails in Moab.”

“Jeep and Mopar have teamed up over 15 years to create unique, fun and highly capable concept vehicles for the popular Easter Jeep Safari in Moab,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “These concept vehicles are a perfect example of how off-road enthusiasts can use Jeep Performance Parts to personalize and enhance the already outstanding Jeep capability, allowing them to face the toughest trails in the world.”

The 2017 Easter Jeep Safari concept vehicles include:

Jeep Grand One

The Jeep Grand One is intended to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Grand Cherokee with a modernized spin on a classic 1993 ZJ. The Grand One concept features custom 18-inch lace-style wheels with 33-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tyres, high-clearance fender flares, extended wheelbase, trimmed fascias and a subtle wood grain treatment on the body, as well as front and rear axles equipped with selectable locking differentials and a two-inch suspension lift. Inside, the interior harks back to the Grand Cherokee of the mid-’90s with a bed liner applied to replace the carpet and accessorized with an old-school car phone.

Jeep Safari

The Jeep Safari concept focusses on giving the “backseat passengers a great view”. This Wrangler-based concept features a translucent hard-top roof panel, two-level aluminum cargo rack with incorporated drone, a raked windshield, boatsided rocker panels, LED headlamps, and custom LED tail lamps and parking/turn lamps.

 The Safari’s unique “windoors,” made of lightweight aluminum and clear vinyl, are hinged so that they open like a cabinet. The doors feature zipper openings to let in fresh air. Inside, the two rear bucket seats are rotated outboard, making it easier for rear seat occupants to view out the side of the Safari. The custom interior includes an instrument panel-mounted iPad, adding to the high-tech vibe.

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Jeep Quicksand

“The Jeep Quicksand is a loud, fast and fun hot rod”. The Quicksand concept is powered by a Mopar 392 Crate HEMI engine with eight-stack injection, mated to a six-speed Getrag manual transmission. A “peekaboo” cutout in the hood and gasser-style downturned open headers “add to the vintage hot rod feel”. This Wrangler-based concept features a longer wheelbase, with trimmed front and rear body and a chopped hard top and windshield. Inside, the minimalist interior features red accents, two front low-back bucket seats, flat aluminum door panels, tilt-out windshield glass and a chrome roll bar.

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Jeep Trailpass

Based on the all-new Jeep Compass, the Jeep Trailpass concept vehicle takes the Compass Trailhawk a step further for an extreme off-road adventure. Getting a 1.5-inch lift and 18-inch wheels wrapped in Continental TerrainContact all-terrain tires increase the off-road capabilities of the Jeep Trailpass concept. Jeep Performance Parts featured on the Trailpass include a Jeep roof basket, cross rails and rock rails. The Trailpass exterior features Gloss Black side mirror caps, a custom hood graphic, side stripes, tinted headlights and tail lights, and a Mopar/Thule roof basket with roof bag and traction mats. Inside, the Jeep Trailpass includes custom Katzkin leather seats and armrest, body-color bezel accents and Jeep Performance Parts all-weather floor mats.

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Jeep Switchback

The Jeep Switchback concept vehicle is equipped with an assortment of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts. Jeep Performance Parts featured on the Switchback include a front and rear Dana 44 axle, a 4-inch lift with Remote Reservoir Fox shocks, heavy-duty cast differential covers, 10th Anniversary steel front and rear bumpers, Rubicon winch, grille, winch guard and cold air intake. The Switchback exterior features a concept hood and half doors, topped off with a concept “Safari” hard top and roof rack system.

The Switchback’s exterior also includes Jeep Performance Parts high-top fender flares, Mopar black fuel door and tail lamp guards, and Jeep Performance Parts swing gate hinge reinforcement and oversized spare tire carrier. The Switchback’s lighting systems “ensure superior visibility in any trail conditions”, with a concept LED off-road windshield light bar, concept LED off-road A-pillar lamps, LED tail lamps, and Jeep Performance Parts LED headlamps and fog lamps.

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Jeep CJ66

“Take a Jeep Wrangler TJ frame, hang a 1966 Jeep Wrangler CJ universal Tuxedo Park body on it, add in Wrangler JK elements, power it all with a Mopar 345 Crate HEMI Engine Kit-enabled 5.7-liter HEMI and you have the Jeep CJ6”.

This narrow-bodied Jeep CJ66 concept made its debut at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas in November. The Copper Canyon-colored body riding high on 35-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tyres wrapped around 17-inch beadlock wheels and paired with a 2-inch lift kit. A concept two-way air system lets off-roaders quickly air up or air down tires to the desired pressure. Oversized, concept fender flares offer defense against trail obstacles at the front and rear, with added protection delivered by Mopar 10th Anniversary Wrangler JK Rubicon Bumper Kits, Jeep Performance Parts skid and front bumper plates and concept Jeep Performance Parts rock rails.

The Jeep CJ66 is a unique cocktail of three Jeep vehicle generations and demonstrates that new Mopar power applications are also available for those more at home on the trail than the street. © Provided by Practical Motoring The Jeep CJ66 is a unique cocktail of three Jeep vehicle generations and demonstrates that new Mopar power applications are also available for those more at home on the trail than the street.

Jeep Luminator

The Jeep Luminator “reigns supreme in off-road lighting performance, with a full arsenal of advanced lighting features designed to deliver superior visibility on the trail, jointly developed with the Automotive Lighting division of Magneti Marelli”.

This Wrangler-based concept features magnetic underbody rock lights, powerful 7-inch LED projector bi-function headlamps, unique LED tail lamps, A-pillar-mounted high-powered LED spot lights, upper bumper LED auxiliary lighting with cornering fog lamps controlled by the steering angle, and low-profile integrated overhead LED auxiliary spot lights protected behind the windshield. The Jeep Luminator also includes LED versions of the standard 100 mm fog lamp and grille-mounted turn signals unique to the Wrangler.

On the Luminator’s hood is a scanning LED light bar module with active spot and dynamic following technology, which delivers spot lighting to avoid wildlife or hazards on the trail ahead. On the rear, the center high-mount stop light acts as a scouting/trail lamp with four-color LEDs for trail rides, indicating stop (red), 1-3 miles per hour (amber), 3-25 mph (green) or providing rear flood lighting (white).

Other features include a roof-mounted solar panel, a drone landing pad with lighted drone and removable spare tire storage case, and a capacitive touch interactive display on the driver’s side rear window linked to GPS and internet services.


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