Jeep’s line-up of vehicles at the 2012 Easter Safari in Moab, Utah is rounding out into shape with the unveiling of two new vehicles - the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Concept and the Jeep Wrangler Traildozer - following last week’s announcement of the Mighty FC Concept, the J12, and the Wrangler Apache.
The Traildozer, in particular, is based on a Dozer Yellow 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and was co-designed by Jeep and the engineering boys over at the American Expedition Vehicles (AEV). For the project, the two collaborating heads fixed up the Wrangler with some off-road body protection, Mopar premium front and rear bumpers, and rear corner guards. Likewise, the off-roader was also given a Mopar performance heat reduction hood, a Mopar half-door kit, and a Mopar/Warn 9.5 Cti winch. Inside, the changes, minimal as they are, include an AEV ’F-1’ leather seat trim kit and Mopar slush mats. The wheels configuration includes 37" Mickey Thompson Baja Claw radials mounted on Mopar Classic five-spoke wheels, with a fully-installed AEV Dualsport RS 3.5" suspension lift.
Then there’s the most significant modification on this vehicle: the engine upgrade! For the project, Jeep and AEV installed a bolt-in 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that produces 470 horsepower and mated it to a Getrag 238 six-speed manual transmission with the power running through Rubicon-specific Dana 44 axles equipped with 4:10 gears and electronic locking differentials.
It doesn’t do much in the way of aesthetics, but the Jeep Wrangler Traildozer is a powerful workhorse hiding in an otherwise simple body.
Chrysler’s in-house aftermarket specialist, Mopar, specializes in developing accessories for a lot of the vehicles under the Chrysler umbrella. At the 2012 Easter Safari in Moab, Utah, Mopar is showcasing what they can do to a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with their fancy accessories.
The Wrangler, which has been unoriginally tagged as the "Wrangler Mopar Accessorized," is exactly what its name suggests. Based on the Wrangler Rubicon, Mopar added a slew of their aftermarket enhancements to turn this off-road raider into one that comes chalk-full of new goodies.
Among the modifications done include a Mopar rock rails, front and rear off-road bumpers, new windshield-mounted LED lamps, a new hard-top headliner, a Warn 9.5ti XP winch, a two-inch performance lift kit, and a new set of massive 35" Goodyear Wrangler tires wrapped in Classic five-hole wheels. Inside, Mopar added Kicker dash 6.5-inch two-way speakers, all-weather mats, a locking center console box, a rear cargo cubby cover, and an “Add-A-Trunk” partition in the cargo area.
There’s not much to go around for this vehicle other than Mopar showing off what it can do to a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon if you let them get their hands on one. Nevertheless, it’s still an interesting look at "what-could-be," especially if you’re in the market for a Wrangler Rubicon.
Of all the concepts Jeep rolled out at the 2012 Easter Safari in Moab, Utah, you’d be hard-pressed to find one any more imposing than the Mighty FC Concept.
Really, the name says it all.
Built in honor of the Jeep Forward Control that roamed our streets from 1956 to 1965, the Mighty FC Concept was built with the idea of bringing the old-school look of the Forward Control back while also taking into account maneuverability and overall utility.
In building the Mighty FC Concept, Jeep designers took a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon and reconfigured the whole set-up, including the repositioning of the cabin over and ahead of the front axle, the lengthening of the wheelbase, and the addition of a custom built drop-side cargo box. Moreover, the cab on the Mighty FC Concept makes use of a roof that Jeep took from Mopar’s JK-8 conversion kit while the addition of a custom-designed front clip makes for a more imposing look to the concept. As for the interior, Jeep dressed it up with a bold, heavy-duty Katzkin leather while the cargo area was set-up to fit a full-width, drop-side tray-style bed that measures more than eight feet in length.
More than just the old-school look of the Mighty FC, Jeep also wanted to improve the concept’s handling and drivability. For that, engineers added Mopar’s new Portal Axle set, which offers the greatest amount of ground clearance without requiring excessive suspension lift. These axles are controlled with King coil-over assemblies, and together with Teraflex control arms and track bars, a new set of 40" tires mounted on custom Hutchinson 17-inch headlock wheels, a Warn 16.5 winch, and a Corsa stainless steel exhaust system, it makes for a ride that performs as ferociously as it is intimidating to look at.
There are no shortages of concept cars and special edition models that are scheduled to be introduced at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
One particular model that’s been penciled in to make its debut at Geneva is the Jeep Wrangler Mountain Edition, a special edition 4WD all-utility ride that boasts of a paint finish called "Geecko" and carries a massive V6 under its hood.
Built as a special edition model that definitely caters to a specific kind of market, the Wrangler Mountain Edition features other unique styling cues, including a black decal on the hood, a Mineral Gray front grille, and a choice of other paint finishes. Heck, if "Geecko" doesn’t suit your style, you can opt for more conservative hues like Back, Bright White, Dozer - we actually don’t know what Dozer is - and Black Forrest Green. The Wrangler Mountain Edition also sits on a new set of 17" high-gloss Mineral Gray wheels while also having fabric seats on the interior with Slate Grey stitching and an embroidered ’Mountain logo’.
Under its hood, the Wrangler Mountain Edition comes with a choice of different powertrains, highlighted by a 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine that produces 284 horsepower and 256 lb/ft of torque mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. For a more efficient option, the Wrangler Mountain Edition also gets a 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine that produces 200 horsepower and 340 lb/ft of torque mated to the same transmission system.
Here’s further proof that Jay Leno is testing the coolest cars currently on the market. The latest addition to his well-stocked Garage is a Jeep JK-8 Pickup Red Jacket Edition. As you may recall, Jeep announced the JK-8 Independence last year. It is built on a Wrangler platform and is the perfect car for off-road parties.
That being said, Jay Leno got the chance to test a special version of this car: the Jeep JK-8 Pickup Red Jacket Edition built for Louisiana’s Red Jacket Firearms. The car is painted in candy-apple-red and features over-sized brush guards and 17-inch bead-lock wheels. The JK-8 kit also includes a bed floor, inner/outer body panels, a half hard top (works with Freedom Top panels), and a new bulkhead. For those interested, the Mopar kit costs $5,499, but this is well worth all of the fun this vehicle can provide.
No aftermarket company has redefined SUV tuning quite like A. Kahn Design. Known for their programs for the Range Rover and all different types of its offspring, A. Kahn Design has, on occasion, jumped out of their comfort zone to build a program that doesn’t have the words ’Range’ and ’Rover’ in its name.
Take for instance the new Jeep Wrangler. By all measure, the rugged American all-utility vehicle fits into the description of a go-anywhere, get-down-and-diggity rough rider. But if you’re Azfal Kahn, the Wrangler can be more than that. And that’s where A. Kahn Design comes in under the banner of ‘Chelsea Truck Company.’
On the outside, the Wrangler Military Edition received a new mesh front grill, gold-finished calipers, smoked side lights and repeaters, dial fascia clocks, LED driving lights, a new quad exhaust system, and a set of 20" Kahn RS wheels, among other things.
There are also other refinements that drive up the looks and security of the vehicle, particularly an optional bullet-proof glass on the blank rear window sections and the LED lights on the vehicle. If bullet-proof isn’t enough to make you feel safe, A. Kahn Design also has what they call "a superior type of glass," a more advanced version of their bullet-proof set-up that even the most high-profile of clients would be happy to have on their vehicles.
Inside, A. Kahn Design always brings the luxury up to bespoke levels, and the Wrangler Military Edition - despite it’s reputation - is no different. From the red quilted leather seats to the dial fascia clocks, A. Kahn Design spares no expense in dressing up the interior according to the preferences of the customer.
For the whole set, customers will have to pay £35,875, or around $56,000 based on current exchange rates.
The 2011 Paris Boat Show had a pair of unlikely attendees in the form of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Nautic Black and White Concepts.
What these two Wranglers were doing at a boat show is a good question, and it can be answered by no less than French design firm Style & Design of Maurepas, France, who designed the two Wranglers to create the perfect all-utility, nautical machine.
The Wrangler Unlimited Nautic Black was designed to offer "all the comfort, design, and elegance of a sailing boat,” something that we clearly associate with one another. Or not. In any case, the Wrangler was given styling modifications on the exterior and interior, including a new "Navy Black" finish to go with a new chrome grille, taillight surrounds, bumpers, and a deck-style finish trim for the running boards, cargo cover, and cargo floor. Open up the cargo cover and you can take out pair of white canvas chairs and a matching canvas awning to set-up your own little comfort area.
On top of all that, the vehicle also has plenty of chrome details, including on the door handles, mirrors, fuel-filler ring, and the outer rim of the spare-tire cover. Finally, the Wrangler Nautic Black Concept sits on a new set of 20" wheels.
Meanwhile, the interior of the Wrangler Nautic Black Concept features black leather on the seating surfaces, steering wheel, manual shift boot, and passenger grab handle. The same deck finish on the exterior also makes an appearance on the steering wheel spokes, dash and door trim, center console, and floor mats.
The vehicle is powered by a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, producing an output of 200 horsepower and 302 lb/ft of torque.
Jeep has a reputation for being one of the best all-purpose, get-down-and-dirty vehicles on the market today. The same, on the other hand, cannot be said for the French.
So you can consider this an odd match-up between the two, but nevertheless, it was still in full display at the Paris Boat Show for all the world to see. We’re talking about a pair of Jeep Wranglers that have been specially built by design firm Style & Design of Maurepas, France. The pair of four-door Wrangler Unlimited models, called the "Nautic" concepts, each comes with its own set of customizations, particularly on the exterior and interior of the all-purpose machine.
On the outside, the Nautic White Concept received a new chrome grille, white taillight surrounds, white bumpers, and more teak-style “deck finish” trim for the running boards and cargo cover. Chrome was also used in abundance on the door handles, mirrors, fuel-filler ring, and the outer rim of the spare-tire cover, which incidentally, is covered in white leather, further accentuating the clean and elegant look of the all-utility Wrangler Unlimited. Smell the irony there?
The Nautic White Concept sits on a new set of 20" wheels while also boasting of a pair of white canvas chairs under a matching canvas awning. Inside, the Wrangler Nautic White was designed using inspiration from the world of sailing, offering plenty of the comfort and elegance associated with sailing boats. It’s been dressed with bright-white leather on the seating surfaces, steering wheel, manual shift boot, and passenger grab handle. It’s also been fitted with a faux wood trim on the steering wheel spokes, dash and door trim, center console, and floor mats.
The Wrangler Nautic White Concept is powered by a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine that’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission and produces 200 horsepower and 302 lb/ft of torque.
If you want to further improve your 2012 Jeep Wrangler, Mopar is now offering customers a list of 250 options to choose from. First there is a new set of 17" wheels offered in silver, black or dark argent and priced at $259.
The next step is to start updating the aspect of the exterior and the interior of your car. For that Mopar is offering you a winch-capable steel bumper priced at $558; black-tube side steps for $398, spare tire-mounted bike carrier $169, Uconnect® Web $399, half-door Kit $1,100; seat cover for $280, heavy-duty all-weather floor mat $48, door-sill guards $76, trek top $450.
"Jeep Wrangler owners spend hundreds of dollars on Mopar accessories to further enhance the performance and appearance of their vehicle," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. "Unlike other aftermarket offerings, all Mopar parts and accessories are quality-tested to meet the strict capability and durability requirements of Jeep."
Jeep showed up to the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show with a new special edition Wrangler that puts the frost in frostbite. The new Wrangler Arctic takes its inspiration from the rough and frozen terrain of the Arctic, illustrating the type of terrain the Jeep was engineered to tackle. The Wrangler Arctic is available in both Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited versions and will go on sale in the first quarter of 2012 in Europe only.
With a name like Arctic, it was only natural that the special edition Wrangler come in wintry colors: Winter Chill, Bright Silver, and Bright White. The exterior features body color hardtop and fender flares, as well as "Arctic" badges and a Yeti footprint - yeah, that legendary creature in the extreme North - covering the front left fender flares and part of the hood. The model at Frankfurt was covered in the light blue Winter Chill paint finish and was accented with semi-gloss black 17" wheels and original Mopar accessories, which also come standard with the Arctic package.
All Wrangler Arctic models will also get an exclusive interior enhanced by distinctive colors and details. The heated front seats are covered in black Tectonic fabric with Polar White accents, Arctic Orange piping, and accent stitching, as well as an "Arctic" logo on the front seat backs. The steering wheel, armrests, and console lid also benefit from accent stitching, while the door trim and cargo nets are accented in Arctic Orange. The Arctic logo can also be found on tachometer and Mopar tread-pattern slush mats with white "Jeep" lettering complete the Wrangler Arctic package.
European customers will have the chance to choose between the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 petrol engine mated to the automatic five-speed transaxle or a 2.8-liter turbo diesel powertrain paired with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.
UPDATE 11/10/11: Jeep has come out with new photos of the Jeep Wrangler Artic. Check out the new snapshots of the special edition Wrangler after the jump