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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 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.

BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, and Meritor Defense have been working on a military project dubbed the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program in an attempt to manufacture a lightweight vehicle that the U.S. armed forces can use anywhere in the world. This project had yet to be officially proposed, as its equipment was still in the developmental phase, but as of today, testing is over and the proposal is to be submitted.

You may be wondering “what does this have to do with production cars?” The driving force of this new military device, which is ultimately the replacement for the Humvee, is shared with one of the best-selling pickups of all time, the Ford F-Series SuperDuty . Yup, this large-caliber-gun-toting machine will come fitted with Ford’s now famous 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine.

The exact specifics of the engine have not been released, so we are not certain if this will be the same 6.7-liter you would see under the hood of a 2012 F-250 SuperDuty . Unfortunately, that will likely never be known, but we do know that the Power Stroke engine is up to the task, pumping out an impressive 400 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 800 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm.

This will likely end up similar to the Allison military transmissions vs. civilian models deal. The Power Stroke’s basic technology will remain the same, but the engine will be highly modified for combat usage. If the military accepts this design as one of the three it will select, this could mean that the Power Stroke could see much advancement in upcoming years, as the military tinkers with the engine and Ford mimics the modifications. This also means that we are in for a slew of “Ford’s so good, we power military vehicles” styles of commercials, oh boy.

On a semi-ironic aside to this announcement, Ford was once a part of the JLTV program, but dropped out earlier. We guess there are no hard feelings between Ford and BAE.

Hit the jump for the official press release.

Every year, Jeep makes it a point to attend the Easter Safari event in Moab, Utah, to show off some of their outrageous concepts. Last year, we saw a number of them in the Cherokee Overland , the Wrangler Mojave , and the Wrangler Blue Crush , among others.

For this year’s festivities scheduled on March 31, 2012, Jeep is bringing a new line-up of concepts - six in total - headlined by the Mighty FC Concept, the Wrangler Apache, and the J-12.

Details behind all the concepts have not yet been revealed because Jeep is taking the slow and steady tease route to draw up some interest in the concepts leading up to the event at the end of the month.

All in all, Jeep released three teaser sketches of the concepts they’re bringing to Easter Safari. For our money, we think that the red Wrangler is the J-12, the blue Wrangler is the Apache, and the huge pick-up is the Mighty FC Concept.

Be sure to head back here because as soon as all the concepts are unveiled, we’ll be running our takes on all of them individually. For now, though, consume these teaser sketches, and let us know what you think of them.

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.

Okay, so the stigma surrounding Mel Gibson as of late isn’t exactly earning him any brownie points, but the popularity of the post-Apocalyptic, "western" type Mad Max films hasn’t gone away. In fact, a couple of Mad Max vehicles were recently spotted in the Port Kembla awaiting transport to Africa. Apparently, the big news is that Director George Miller is off to the races yet again, working on Mad Max 4: Road Fury (2014) and these cars were being shipped for filming. Sorry, Ford Mad Max Interceptor , looks like your invitation to the party hasn’t arrived yet.

Despite the heavy security attached to the Africa-bound Mad Max vehicles, it looks like the shipment consisted of an army of off-road buggies and a posse of menacing-looking trucks. Next to these more rugged vehicles was the juiced-up Ford Falcon XB GT coupe driven in the original movie.

The fact that the cars were shipped to Africa and not Australia is confirmation that the fourth movie will most likely feature a totally different story than the previous films.

Source: TheAge

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.

The 2011 SEMA Show gave JT Grey Racing the opportunity to take on Lexus’ mighty LX 570. Their package is as rough and tough as any other, ready to take on the sand-filled crusade of the Baja 1000.

The LX570 by JT Grey Racing was hooked up with a HeadFirst Design graphic design, Blue Media/3M vehicle wrap, and 6 KC Hilites- 70w carbon fiber HID off road lighting. Large 17" F-Sport forged Off-Road wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich Baja TA 37"x 12.50 race tires will help it survive in any gnarly desert conditions. The interior of the LX570 was also upgraded with Sparco USA- EVO seats, a Sparco USA steering wheel, Lowrance HD7 / LMF 400 GPS navigation, and Kenwood 110 with PCI radio/intercom.

The Baja Series is no joke, so JT Grey Racing also upped the performance ante with new OE/TRD pads brakes, a King Racing Shocks suspension system, and a Flowmaster/Geiser exhaust system.

The final product looks to kill, but Toyota has already penned the Long Beach Racers Tacoma as their entrant into the Baja Series. As far as we know, the company isn’t looking to change their mind. That being said, JT Grey Racing is planning to enter the LX 570 in next year’s race.

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."


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