For most of the automotive industry, the biggest show of the year for showing off customized versions of all sorts of cars is SEMA, which is happening now in Las Vegas. The exception is Jeep, which holds its own annual event every Easter in Moab, Utah, and always brings a wide variety of customized Jeep products. it seems that Jeep still doesn’t want to be left out of SEMA they year, however, so this year there is a Jeep concept at the Vegas show that “pays tribute to the Red Rock 4-Wheelers off-road club that hosts the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.”

So, even Jeep’s SEMA vehicle is a nod to the big unveiling in Moab, but that’s fine — Jeep can call it whatever it wants so long as we keep getting new customized concepts. The concept, named the Red Rock Concept after the club that inspired its creation, is different in one other important way. It hasn’t just been built to show off the kinds of accessories that you can find in the Mopar catalog. The Red Rock Concept is also a preview of an upcoming special edition of the Wrangler — one that will also be called Red Rock.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Concept.

  • 2015 Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Concept
  • Year:
    2015
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  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
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Exterior

2015 Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Concept
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The Red Rock is based, at least in this concept form, on the four-door Wrangler Unlimited, even though all four of those doors have been removed. Specifically, it is based on the Rubicon Hard Rock trim of the Wrangler Unlimited, the highest trim level currently offered. The Rubican badge has been replaced with a badge that says Red Rock, and the hood is now domed and vented, with the power dome painted in matte black.

There is a 2-inch lift and a new set of 17-inch beadlock wheels with 25-inch all-terrain tires, including a full-sized spare — pretty much essential if you’re going to be off-roading. The wheels are low gloss black, but the bead lock rings are specifically Granite Chrystal, the same shade as the bumpers and all of the exterior badging. There is a new winch, made by Warn, and the headlights and foglights are all LEDs. There is no mention of whether the red paint is special or specific to the Red Rock.

Interior

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The big change for the interior of the Red Rock is the new Katzkin leather upholstery in Amaretto Brown. The front seats also have “Red Rock” embroidered on them, and there is special grab handle plaque that also says “Red Rock”. This last feature will definitely be included in the production version of the special edition, and will also feature the serialized production number.

There is also a Jeep-branded CB radio, something that surprisingly isn’t already in the Mopar catalog. It’s still a pretty simple interior, but that’s really what you want in this kind of vehicle.

Drivetrain

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The Rubicon Hard Rock is already as off-road focused as the Wrangler gets in stock form, but the Red Rock gives it an extra little nudge. It has front and rear Dana 44 solid axles, electronic locking differentials, and a new set of off-road rock rails. There is a Rock-Trac transfer case with a 4:1 low range and a 73.1:1 crawl range with a manual transmission.

The engine remains unchanged, and there is only one offered for the whole of the Wrangler range. It is a 3.6-liter V-6 that produces a respectable 285 horsepower. You have a choice of a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission, but to really get the most out of the vehicle’s off-road capabilities, the manual is the better choice.

Conclusion

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It will be interesting to see just how this concept translates into a special edition, and just how it will be priced. Obviously, most of the parts have already been available through Mopar or other sources for years. So Jeep will need to either offer a price break on bundling all of these options together or offer something exclusive to this edition, apart from the series plaque. Jeep is saying the edition will be out in 2016, so hopefully this means the production version will show up in Moab on Easter alongside whatever concepts Jeep decides to show us this time around. This will be the 50th year of the Easter Jeep Safari, so it is obviously fitting for there to be something special there, and we should expect something well above and beyond the usual fare.

  • Leave it
    • * Nothing you couldn’t do yourself with a Mopar catalog
    • * Serial production number plaques are overused
    • * One more thing to be confused about in the Wrangler lineup

Press Release

Based on a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock, the Wrangler Red Rock Concept includes next-generation Dana 44 solid front and rear axles, a Rock-Trac® transfer case with a 4.10 axle ratio, a power dome vented hood, new premium off-road rock rails, and front and rear red tow hooks. Wrangler Red Rock Concept-specific features include a commemorative Red Rock badge and Red Rock hood decal, low gloss Jeep badge, low gloss Granite Crystal off-road bumpers, and a body-color grille with low-gloss black grille throats and headlamp accents.

Since it’s based off of the Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock, the Red Rock Concept is equipped with Tru-Lok® electronic locking differentials, the Rock-Trac® transfer case and a 4:1 low-range ratio. A 73.1:1 crawl ratio with the manual transmission enables the Red Rock Concept to scale obstacles others just dream about.

2015 Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Concept High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Inside, Amaretto Brown Katzkin leather seats with silver accented stitching and a “Red Rock” embroidered seat back logo set the Red Rock Concept apart from the rest of the Wrangler lineup. A serialized “Red Rock” grab handle plaque is also featured to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Easter Jeep Safari.

The Wrangler Red Rock Concept’s robust look and off-road capabilities are enhanced with help from a 2-inch lift kit, 17-inch beadlock wheels – in low gloss black; the bead lock rings are low gloss Granite Crystal – wrapped in rugged 35-inch BFG K02 all-terrain tires, LED headlamps and fog lights, and a Jeep-branded CB radio. The Wrangler Red Rock Concept includes an aftermarket Warn Rubicon winch, front and rear differential covers, and a reinforced swing gate and wheel mount.

Since 2002, Jeep and Mopar have collaborated on more than 50 unique concept vehicles for enthusiasts who attend the popular Easter Jeep Safari.

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