2017 Jeep Safari Concept
The open-air Wrangler for those who hate the open airby Mark McNabb, on
The crop of concept Jeeps for the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari are upon us, and Jeep has spared no expense to wow Wrangler enthusiast with several outlandish builds, including this – the Safari Concept. Based on the Wrangler Unlimited, this one-off custom features unique parts throughout, not the least of which are the rear suicide doors, vinyl windows, and clear top. Oh, and it has a drone mounted on the roof. You know, for doing drone stuff. Jeep says it built the Safari concept to “bring the outdoors in, while keeping the doors and roof on.” We’re big fans of running without the doors and top, but the idea isn’t lost on us.
Most of this Wrangler remains stock, but many key areas have been updated. First, the grille is new, shared also with the Quicksand Concept, and is likely the grille for the upcoming Wrangler JL, the replacement for the decade-old Wrangler JK. Custom wheels, bumpers, rocker panels, fenders, and interior round out the concept.
Inside, the seats appear to be borrowed from the Fiat 500 Abarth, the stock radio is replaced with an Apple iPad, and the steering wheel is borrowed from the FCA parts bin. Lime green accents are carried around the body and interior, including the door jams and lightweight top.
There’s definitely more to this Jeep, though, so keep reading for the full scoop.
Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Safari Concept.
2017 Jeep Safari Concept
What makes the Jeep Safari Concept special
Jeep engineers and designers did some heavy modifications to this Wrangler Unlimited. Up front, a custom bumper similar to the 10th anniversary bumper sets the attitude, with LED lights helping light the way. That seven-slot grille is (I’m betting) straight from the upcoming Wrangler JL, perhaps including those LED headlights and turn signals. The hood is also a bit different from the standard JK unit, and is perhaps also from the upcoming JL. A highline fender kit gives extra room for the 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires and the 18-inch custom wheels.
Around the sides, the rocker panels have been replaced with “boatsided” rocker panels. Out back, the taillights are new LED units, while a familiar yet new bumper rides below the all-new tailgate.
The most noticeable change is the doors and top. Gone is the solid B-pillar, replaced by a tube frame with latches for the center-opening doors.
Of course, the most noticeable change is the doors and top. Gone is the solid B-pillar, replaced by a tube frame with latches for the center-opening doors. The doors are made from lightweight aluminum and covered in clear vinyl. Zipper openings allow for an open-air experience, much like the half-metal doors found on current and past Wranglers.
The interior features new seats, with the rear seats mounted at an angle. This outward tilt gives the two rear passengers a better view of the terrain, perfect for going on safari. The carpets have been removed in favor of a full spay-on bed liner coating for added grip and rust protection.
The stock 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and five-speed automatic transmission remain the powertrain, though a cold air intake has been added.
The greasy bits include a two-inch suspension lift, Dana 44 axles front and rear with driver-selectable locking differentials. A full-length skid plate protects the underbody and the overall length of the Wrangler has been slightly shortened for better maneuverability. Upgraded brakes with drilled and slotted rotors help bring the Jeep to a halt. An onboard air compressor is hidden under the hood and features two air chucks, a pressure gauge, and an On/Off switch mounted on the front driver-side fender for easy access. The stock 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and five-speed automatic transmission remain the powertrain, though a cold air intake has been added.