Jeep Concept Cars

Models

view thumbnails grid view horizontal compact blog view
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Gets A Mopar Makeover at L.A. Auto Show

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Gets A Mopar Makeover at L.A. Auto Show

Jeep investing big time into the aftermarket parts segment

Everyone knows Jeep Wranglers are extremely customizable and a vast majority of Jeep owners have done at least one upgrade or added some type of aftermarket part to their Wrangler. Jeep knows this and has really ramped up its offerings for the all-new 2018 model. The parts are hosted under the relatively new Jeep Performance Parts and the iconic Mopar brands. They will be available directly through local Jeep dealerships once the 2018 Wrangler reaches showrooms.

In an effort to demonstrate the vastness of Mopar and JPP’s parts lineup, Jeep brought two highly customized 2018 Wranglers to the L.A. Auto Show, debuting along size the production Wrangler. The four-door model is an all-out off-roader based on the Rubicon, while the two-door is a bit milder and based on the Sport. Both show the range of possibilities owners will have.

Continue reading for a detailed look at both Mopar-modified Wranglers.

Read more
Quick Drive: Jeep J-12 Concept

Quick Drive: Jeep J-12 Concept

The “Get off my lawn!” pickup Jeep needs to build

Jeep Beach 2017 in Daytona, Florida was packed with Wranglers all driving along the Atlantic’s edge. A handful of XJ Cherokees and ZJ Grand Cherokees could be found scattered about. Jeep’s marketing team even brought two of its newest concept vehicles to show, the WWII-style 75th Salute and the 392-powered Quicksand. But parked in between as this, the J-12 Concept from 2012. Built to recall the first-generation J-series Jeep pickups from 1962 through 1971, the J-12 appropriately looked four decades old. From behind the wheel, however, this one-off concept proved it was far more modern hardware.

The J-12 not only looks amazingly retro, but it does a fantastic job at teasing Jeep enthusiasts who desperately long for the return of Jeep pickups. As of late April 2017, Jeep has all but officially debuted the next-generation Wrangler and its pickup variant. Little is know about the upcoming pickup, but we seriously doubt it will come dripping with such Mopar history. On par with stories from the past is the interesting tale of the J-12 concept and how it came to be.

Continue reading for the full story.

Read more
Quick Drive: Jeep 75th Salute Concept

Quick Drive: Jeep 75th Salute Concept

Storming Daytona Beach in a modern Willys MB

Everyone knows Jeep’s long and storied history began with the onset of WWII. The original Jeep, the Willys MB, was the answer to the U.S. War Department’s need for a lightweight, go-anywhere reconnaissance vehicle. Willys-Overland developed the design, while Ford assembly lines helped meet production requirements. Fast-forward 75 years to 2016, and Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep division built a one-off commemorative recreation of the MB using the modern Wrangler. The result: the Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute. And thanks to the 2017 Jeep Beach gathering, the Salute and I stormed the beaches of Daytona, Florida, some 4,300 miles east of Normandy.

There were no mortar shell or .30 caliber rounds whizzing by, but the 75th Salute and I were shot with plenty of stares, pointing fingers, and camera shutters. The Jeep certainly commands attention, especially juxtaposed to the sea of shiny Wrangler JKs with 20-inch chrome wheels and LED light bars. The Salute stands out in its simplicity, armed only with a hemp recovery rope for an accessory. Even that was standard issue in 1941.

Read more
Quick Drive: Jeep Quicksand Concept

Quick Drive: Jeep Quicksand Concept

The baddest Jeep concept hits the beaches of Daytona

Jeep builds some of the baddest concept vehicles, bar none. From mildly accessorized to outright extreme, these concepts showcase the creativity and ingenuity of Jeeps design and engineering teams. But, ask anybody what is the coolest jeep concept is, and you’ll likely get the same answer: the Quicksand. It’s a two-door Wrangler turned 392 Hemi-powered rat-rod with enough attitude to make Rat Fink grin his devilish snarl. Well, I got the chance to get up close and personal with Quicksand at the 2017 Jeep Beach festival in Daytona, and boy, its looks are only half the fun.

Fun’s other half unquestionably comes from the 392 cubic inch Hemi V-8. It’s a crate engine straight from Mopar, the same folks that will sell you nearly any speed part or aftermarket item for your Fiat Chrysler Automobile vehicle. Jeep engineers shoehorned the 6.4-liter iron-block engine between the Wrangler’s frame rails, then built an entirely custom front clip to enclose the engine bay. Velocity stacks suck air into a Borla fuel injection system, while long-tube open headers blast the V-8’s howl into the next zip code. Quicksand hasn’t spent time on a dyno, so no official horsepower or torque specs are available, but a stock 392 kicks out 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. You can bet your last dollar the Quicksand makes more than that.

Read more
Jeep Joining The Hybrid Bandwagon Is Proof That The Hybrid Revolution Is In Full Swing

Jeep Joining The Hybrid Bandwagon Is Proof That The Hybrid Revolution Is In Full Swing

It’s been talked about in the past, but a Jeep hybrid still takes some getting used to

Some automakers are synonyms with specific characteristics. Ferrari and Lamborghini are synonymous with Italian power and performance. Rolls-Royce and Bentley are quintessential marquees known for their opulence and luxury. Then there’s Jeep, which is known for its ruggedness and off-road capabilities. It figures then that when news first broke in 2015 that Jeep was going hybrid with some of its models, it was, to say the least, jarring to the senses. Fast forward to the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show and we finally get to see what a Jeep hybrid looks like in the form of the Yuntu, a three-row, seven-seater, full-sized SUV concept that’s laying the groundwork for a new era in the company’s long and illustrious history.

To be clear, there’s no official word yet from Jeep about the production prospects of the Yuntu Concept. There is, however, a strong possibility that we’re headed in that direction anyway. Remember, Jeep CEO Mike Manley has been a strong advocate of dipping the company in the hybrid market, most recently confirming at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show the arrival of a hybrid version of the Wrangler. The Yuntu, of course, is far different from the Wrangler, both in aesthetics and purpose. But the mere sight of the concept in Shanghai is an indication that the brand has a more elaborate hybrid plan that will involve numerous models receiving this specific powertrain. Just goes to show how brand images are now giving way to addressing the future of the auto industry.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Read more
2017 Jeep Trailpass Concept

2017 Jeep Trailpass Concept

The new 2018 Compass gets its first Easter Jeep Safari concept

The 2018 Jeep Compass is completely new this year, ushering in a new era of Jeep history without the terribly awful Patriot and first-generation Compass. A new chassis, exterior design, and interior make the new Compass far superior to the outgoing model. Understandably then, we’re excited to see this – Jeep’s first special edition concept based on the 2018 Compass. It’s called the Trailpass and it uses Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts to gain off-road capability and a general improvement in awesomeness.

The Trailpass features a 1.5-inch suspension lift for better ground clearance. It also affords more room for larger wheels and tires. Jeep chose 18-inch wheels wrapped in Continental’s new all-terrain tire, the TerrainContact. The wheels also boast an orange-painted pocket that matches the tow hooks and badges.

The rest of the exterior is dressed up with an olive drab paint color, accented by a black hood and roof. The hood has olive drab graphics that add some character. The mirror caps also match the gloss black wheels for an added touch. Up top, the Compass has a roof rack from Thule that’s available through Mopar. Mounted inside are traction mats for getting out of sticky situations. Rock sliders protect the rocker panels under the doors, while looking like a factory piece.

There’s more going on with the Trailpass concept, so keep reading for more.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Trailpass Concept.

Read more

Latest Detroit Auto Show:

2017 Jeep Luminator

2017 Jeep Luminator

And you thought SEMA has a ton of LED lights…

Continuing in Jeep’s 2017 lineup of Easter Jeep Safari concepts is this, the Wrangler Luminator concept. As the name suggests, this modified Wrangler is all about illumination. It features a wide array of LED lights for busting through the night. There’s even a solar panel on the roof, along with a drone landing pad.

Jeep engineers didn’t leave the rest of the Wrangler unchanged. This concept features upgraded parts throughout. Up front is the 10th anniversary bumper with a Warn winch, the heat-reduction hood covers the engine bay, flat fenders give it a more rugged stance, and the rolling stock has been upgraded to Jeep Performance Parts beadlock wheels and Goodyear Wrangler MT/R mud tires. The differential covers are also upgraded for added strength and a little bit of Jeep branding.

A cool color scheme has a bright blue on bottom, matching the beadlock rinds on the wheels, while glossy black covers the top half. A white roof and stripes finish off the look.

But the main story is all about those lights.

The main headlights are LED projector bi-function units. The taillights are custom designed round lights. The left taillight even has a 110-volt power outlet hidden behind a door. The fog lights are LED, of course, as are the A-pillar lights. The front bumper has large driving lights with smaller side lights that illuminate dark trails. Even the turn signal lights are LED units. There is also a LED light bar hidden long the top of the windshield, and under body lights ensure the ground around the Wrangler is visible.

What’s more, the hood features a unique LED light bar with a center-mounted night-vision scanner. If it detects wildlife or people walking on the trail, it will signal the light bar to shine a spotlight onto the object. Out back, the center high-mount stop light has been replaced with a concept unit. It does multiple duties on top of shining red with the brakes. It uses different colors for different speeds, letting those behind it know how fast it’s going. From one to three mph, the right shines amber, while from three to 25 mph, it shines green. Of course, when it’s time to stop, it shines red. It also acts as a scouting lamp with a white glow.

There’s more about this Jeep concept, so keep reading for more.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Luminator.

Read more
2017 Jeep Grand One

2017 Jeep Grand One

This ZJ is resto-modded with nostalgic love

Not every concept for the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari is a Wrangler. Sure, there’s the Compass-based Trailpass Concept, but this… this is The Grand One. It’s a 1993 Grand Cherokee ZJ that Jeep bought off Craigslist and restored with absolute attention to detail. The 1990s is running strong here, as Jeep designers include an old-school car phone and Nintendo Gameboy. The body paint even has translucent woodgrain paneling along the sides. Jeep’s purpose here is to honor the Grand Cherokee’s 25th anniversary, having debuted in 1992.

This ZJ started life as an ordinary Grand Cherokee with the old 5.2-liter V-8 and four-speed automatic transmission. Those components were restored to proper working order, as was the rest of the Jeep. Modifications include a two-inch suspension lift to help clear the 33-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires. The new Dana 44 solid axles were also moved apart, with the front axle relocated two inches forward, while the rear was moved back three inches – both thanks to longer control arms. The wheel wells were widened to accommodate the move, while wider fender flairs cover the meatier tires. Locking differentials were also included.

The Jeep is coated in a warm blue hue, complemented by matte black accents on the hood, grille, and bumpers. Custom 18-inch wheels were created to look like the lace-style wheels originally offered on upper trim levels of the first-generation Grand Cherokee. And it wouldn’t be a Jeep build if there weren’t Easter Eggs scattered about. A “Hammer Time” decal becomes visible when the third brake light illuminates, and there’s a sticker on the back window that reads “OGZJ.”

There’s plenty more Jeep has done to this lucky survivor, so keep reading for the full run-down.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Grand One.

Read more
2017 Jeep Safari Concept

2017 Jeep Safari Concept

The open-air Wrangler for those who hate the open air

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.

Read more
2017 Jeep Quicksand Concept

2017 Jeep Quicksand Concept

Vintage hot rod + 392-powered Wrangler = WANT!

Okay, I’m a big sucker for the Wrangler, but I’ve got a soft spot for vintage metal, particularly from the American hot rod glory days. Well, Jeep has combined the two with this – the Quicksand Concept. This one-off concept Jeep was built for the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari, an annual event in Moab, Utah where thousands of Jeep enthusiasts come to drive desert trails. It’s also been home to outlandish concepts built by Jeep for the last decade.

The Quicksand concept started as a two-door Wrangler but has been completely transformed into something altogether cooler. The wheelbase has been stretched, making more stable off road, the suspension is lifted and features huge coil-over shocks at each corner, and the standard V-6 engine has been scrapped for a massive, 392 cubic-inch Hemi V-8. Of course, that’s just the start.

Check out that kinked grille. I’d bet that’s the grille from the upcoming Wrangler JL, the next-generation of Wrangler. It wouldn’t surprise any Jeep fan to see FCA engineers pull a stunt like that…

The interior of the Quicksand concept is all retro, featuring low-back bucket seats, a huge shifter for the manual transmission, and some throw-back gauges for that authentic feel.

There’s plenty more to talk about, so keep reading for all the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Quicksand Concept.

Read more
2017 Jeep Switchback Concept

2017 Jeep Switchback Concept

Jeep’s idea of an ultimate off-road Wrangler Unlimited

It’s that time of year – the Easter Jeep Safari is closing in a2d Jeep has just released its batch of 2017 concept vehicles for the annual enthusiast even held in Moab, Utah. Jeep is bringing five original concept vehicles to the jamboree, each with their own style. They also have tons of production and experimental parts from Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts bolted on. This particular Jeep, the Wrangler Switchback Concept, showcases a high-level off-roader modified with beefier axles, bigger wheels and tires, and a slew of one-off parts.

Jeep engineers gave this Wrangler a high-line fender kit, custom half-metal doors, concept wheels, a Safari-style hard top, a roof rack, and a unique heat-reduction hood, among other changes.

Of course, what’s a modified Wrangler without a lift kit? The Switchback concept boasts a four-inch suspension lift with remote reservoir Fox Racing shocks. The axles are heavy-duty Dana 44 units, and the tires are 37 inchers from BFGoodrich. There’s plenty more to cover, so keep reading for more.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Switchback Concept.

Read more
2016 Jeep CJ66

2016 Jeep CJ66

Frankenstein creation combines three Jeeps into one

What happens when Jeep engineers are given free reign to build something and there are three Jeeps lying around? This – the “CJ66.” It combines the best of a Jeep TJ, Jeep JK, and a 1966 Jeep CJ into one, go-anywhere vehicle. Sadly this is just a one-off concept, but it does showcase the dept of parts available through Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts (JPP). And that’s what SEMA is all about, right?

Jeep engineers started with the Jeep TJ’s fame. They then added the CJ’s body, and then sprinkled in some Jeep JK parts, tons of JPP items, and the seats from a Dodge Viper. All told, this beast is ready for the trail and for a cruise down Woodward Avenue.

Still, several parts were custom made for this Jeep. The hood is similar to the JK’s Heat Reduction hood, but it has been form-fitted over the CJ’s grille and to meet its flat fenders. The interior is custom as well, using parts and pieces from both the Jeep catalog and around the aftermarket industry.

Let’s jump in and dissect what the Jeep CJ66 is all about.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep CJ66.

Read more

Latest Videos:

FCA Teases SEMA Lineup, Includes Power Wagon & Wrangler

FCA Teases SEMA Lineup, Includes Power Wagon & Wrangler

FCA & Mopar to bring 14 concepts to Vegas

We’re less than a week away from the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, better known as SEMA. Thousands of cars, trucks, SUVs, and custom creations will be present representing the best the aftermarket industry has to offer. OEMs will be out in full force, too, including Fiat Chrysler. Helping drum up interest for the show, FCA released renderings of five concept vehicles its brining, including a Ram 2500 Power Wagon and a Jeep Wrangler customized to look like a CJ. In total, the automaker is bringing 14 vehicles to SEMA.

FCA has not given any specific details on the vehicles, but its clear to see they are far from stock. The Ram 2500 Power Wagon has unique fender flares, a custom matt-black lower color scheme, and two hoops over the cargo bed. The front hoop is up near the cab, looking like those aftermarket hooks made popular in the 1980s. The rear hoop features louvered slats and the name “RAMRACK” embossed in red. There’s no obvious purpose for the hoops (like holding ladders or kayaks), so they could be purely aesthetic.

The Wrangler is a retro throw-back build that purportedly transforms a modern Wrangler into a classic CJ. The front grille and fenders carry the iconic CJ lines, while the hood is a modified version of American Expedition Vehicle’s Heat Reduction Hood. The hood also features black graphics, spelling out “CJ-Sixty Six.” The orange paint really makes the graphics pop, while the blacked-out grille, fender flares, hood accent, and front bumper give it an aggressive appearance. The headlights appear to be the new LED units found in the 2017 Wrangler.

We can see the Jeep sports a Warn winch and the bumper from a Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock. The Jeep rolls on BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires mounted on beadlock wheels with a body-colored rim. We can also spot a rock rail protruding from the rocker panel, meaning this thing is set up for serious wheeling.

FCA is hosting is annual SEMA press event at 4:26 pm Pacific/7:26 pm Eastern time on Tuesday, November 1. You can watch the whole thing go down via this livestream.

Continue reading for more information.

Read more
2016 Jeep Trailstorm Concept

2016 Jeep Trailstorm Concept

The right kind of extras to keep you on the trail

The great expanse of sun-drenched redness that is Moab, Utah, will soon be besieged by every manner of dirt-loving trail junkie the U.S. can muster. That’s because the 50th running of the annual Moab Jeep Safari event kicks off later this month, and to celebrate, FCA has launched seven rough-and-tumble concept vehicles ready to tackle the off-roading paradise. One of those concepts is the Trailstorm, which Jeep calls the “ultimate Jeep Wrangler for exploring off the beaten path” – quite the claim considering the Wrangler’s impressive off-roading history. Based on the Wrangler Unlimited model, the Trailstorm is equipped with a huge variety of bolt-on goodies plucked straight from the Performance Parts catalog, offering a nice template for anyone looking for a little inspiration when kitting out their own Wrangler.

While the Trailstorm won’t necessarily be the most extreme off-roader at Moab this year, it’s still a great example of what can be done in your garage if you happen to have a yearning to play in the dirt.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Trailstorm Concept.

Read more
2016 Jeep Renegade Commander Concept

2016 Jeep Renegade Commander Concept

A Renegade concept that’s perfect for hitting the trails at the Moab Easter Jeep Safari

The 50th annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari is coming up with a quickness, and Jeep has put together a number of functional concepts to bring to the party. Some are more interesting and more in-depth than others, but each and every one is special in its own way. Today I’m taking a look at the Jeep Renegade Commander Concept, and while it isn’t as crazy as the Jeep Trailcat Concept or as iconic as the Jeep Crew Chief 715, it does offer its own unique features that are well worth talking about.

Jeep and Mopar have been teaming up to build functional concepts for the Easter Jeep Safari since 2002, using a range of Mopar Performance Parts, and some custom parts to get the job done. Unlike some of the concepts, this Renegade Commander Concept could be replicated pretty easily if it was really something you wanted to take the time to do – a lot easier than the Trailcat Concept anyway.

As you would expect, this concept features a number of different add-ons to make it more worthy of off-roading, but Jeep and Mopar didn’t go overboard on this one. Of course, the Renegade wasn’t that bad for off-roading to begin with, but the features we’re about to discuss makes it that much better. Surely this model will be a blast on the trails in Moab, Utah this year.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Renegade Commander Concept.

Read more
Jeep FC 150 Concept

Jeep FC 150 Concept

Jeep’s classic Forward Control keeps truckin’ with new underpinnings

Jeep’s 1960 FC 150 Concept is what happens when old meets new. Jeep and Mopar engineers decided to pair the FC’s cab and bed with the underpinnings of a 2005 Jeep Wrangler TJ, combining the old-school looks of the FC with 21st century technology.

Why go through all the trouble? Well, for the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, of course. This year marks the 50th running of the famed trail for the Jeep Safari club, as well as the 75th anniversary for the Jeep brand. Needless to say, Jeep brass wanted to commemorate the occasion well.

The FC 150 Concept is only one of seven specialized concept vehicles built for the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari, continuing a tradition started in 2002 when Jeep began showing off concept vehicles on the desert trail. This year’s event takes place March 19 through 27 in Moab, Utah and is open to pre-registered participants.

For those with good memories, you’ll recall this isn’t the first time a Forward Control has made the Moab concept list. In 2012, Jeep built the Mighty FC Concept based on a Wrangler JK. It was pretty awesome and paid tribute to the original FC – what we see here.

Continue reading for the full review

Read more
2016 Jeep Comanche Concept

2016 Jeep Comanche Concept

From crossover to pickup: This Renegade goes Comanche

Jeep’s concept vehicles built for the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari keep coming. The automaker built a total of seven concepts, ranging from mild to wild. Certainly on the wilder side is this – the Comanche Concept. Built off the Jeep Renegade, the Jeep and Mopar team worked together to build this one-off rig with parts from Jeep Performance Parts, Mopar, and custom-fabbed pieces.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, the Easter Jeep Safari is an annual event held in Moab, Utah by Jeep fans. The club event has seen Jeep bring one-off concepts to the desert trails since 2002. Though Jeep’s involvement is somewhat recent, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary for the Easter Jeep Safari, as well as Jeep’s 75th anniversary. Needless to say, it’s a special year.

The Comanche Concept, along with the other six concept vehicles, will attack Moab’s tough trails during the EJS held March 19 through 27. Afterwards, the vehicles will be used for promotional and other Jeep events over the entire country.

Continue reading for the full review

Read more
2016 Jeep Shortcut Concept

2016 Jeep Shortcut Concept

Jeep’s throwback tribute to the CJ-5

The 2016 Easter Jeep Safari is nearing its invasion of Moab, Utah and Jeep has certainly made preparations. In fact, the automaker has built seven custom concept vehicles for the annual event. Jeep has been a part of the Easter Jeep Safari, a Jeep club event, for quite a while, having prepared concept vehicles for the trail run since 2002. The Safari itself has been held since 1966, making 2016 its 50th anniversary. It also happens to be Jeep’s 75th anniversary. With so much compiled into one event, Jeep went all-out with this year’s concepts.

One of the seven concept vehicles is this, the Wrangler Shortcut Concept. It’s built as a throwback to honor the classic Jeep CJ-5 that began production in the mid-1950s. it’s called Shortcut for its short wheelbase, body-hugging bumpers, and its ability to navigate tight, winding trails that would otherwise halt a larger vehicle.

The Jeep, along with its six other companion vehicles, were built with by Jeep and FCA’s iconic Mopar brand using Mopar parts, Jeep Performance Parts, and one-off-built parts. Jeep engineers, designers, and fabricators all took part in the concepts’ creations. After their initial trial-by-fire at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, the vehicles will be used for promotional and exhibition purposes, touring the country to car and Jeep shows.

The 2016 Easter Jeep Safari takes place in Moab, Utah March 19 through 27. It’s open to anyone in the Jeep-loving public who have pre-registered.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Shortcut Concept.

Read more

Latest Wallpapers:

2016 Jeep Crew Chief 715

2016 Jeep Crew Chief 715

Paying tribute to the Kaiser M715 never looked so good!

Every year since 2002, Jeep, along with its parts division, Mopar, team up to create one-off concept vehicles ahead of the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. This year is no different, with seven amazing concept Jeeps ready to blast Moab’s tough trails with thousands of Jeep enthusiasts trailing behind.

This year is special though; it marks the 50th running of the Jeep Safari. 2016 is also Jeep’s 75th anniversary, having been birthed from the beginnings of World War II. Over the years, several of the Easter Jeep Safari concepts have paid tribute to Jeep’s wartime history. For 2016, the Jeep Crew Chief 715 does the honors.

The Crew Chief 715 is designed to recall the Kaiser M715 U.S. Military truck, which was produced between 1967 and 1969 and based off the Jeep Gladiator pickup. The styling cues are clear, especially in the front. The concept is based off a Wrangler Unlimited, but with a slew of changes from Jeep and Mopar engineers, designers, and fabricators.

Both dealership-available Mopar parts and custom-built prototype pieces were used to construct the Crew Chief. As in the past, Jeep engineers have used these concepts as test beds for new accessories. There’s no telling what parts we could see become available at Jeep dealerships, but chances are high for something seen here to end up in Mopar’s parts catalog.

The 2016 Easter Jeep Safari will take place in Moab, Utah March 19 through 27 and is open to the public.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Crew Chief 715.

Read more
2016 Jeep Trailcat Concept

2016 Jeep Trailcat Concept

Jeep built the ultimate off-roader for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari

It seems like we just got done with Christmas and Easter is already around the corner. But, that’s okay because that means the Moab Easter Jeep Safari is also right around the corner. The Moab Jeep Safari is an annual event held by the Red Rock 4-wheelers off-road club in Moab, Utah, hosting a fun week of off-roading and all around good fun. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Safari, and it will surely be one to remember. it also marks the 75th anniversary for the Jeep brand. To pay tribute, Jeep is bringing seven different concepts that are sure to tear up the trails.

There is the Crew Chief 715 that pays homage to Jeep military vehicles, the Jeep Shortcut, which is inspired by the CJ-5 and is designed for winding trails, and there’s even a lifted Jeep Trailstorm that has two-inches of lift, 37-inch tires, and Dana 44 axles. The most interesting of all the concepts, however, is this one – the Jeep Trailcat. As you might have guessed from the name, this baby is powered by the same 707-horsepower mill that powers the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

With the announcement of the Charger and Challenger Hellcats, immediately Jeep fans started screaming “us too,” and at the Detroit Auto Show, Jeep CEO Mike Manley confirmed that a Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee was in the works. A week after that, Jeep was caught testing that very model on an empty race track. Now, with the Moab Easter Jeep Safari on the horizon, we’ll finally get a chance to see what a Hellcat-powered Jeep can do on the trails.

A lot of work went into making the concept, and in all honesty, it comes off as a custom build that you might expect some off-road fanatic with lots of money to build in his garage. Jeep says the Trailcat is at home on Moab’s most rugged trails, or on a high-speed section – designating it as the perfect all-around off-roader. With that said, let’s take a closer look at the Trailcat Concept, which could be one of the best off-road concepts that we’ve seen in quite a while.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Trailcat Concept.

Read more
2015 Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Concept

2015 Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Concept

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.

Read more
2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Sunriser

2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Sunriser

The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most customizable vehicles sold today. The aftermarket support, as well as the growing options found at Jeep dealerships though Mopar, make the current JK a blank canvas. The Jeep you seen here is no different.

This Wrangler started off life as a Rubicon Hard Rock but has undergone some extensive work inside and out, making it a capable trail rig with guts to spare. The Wrangler Rubicon Sunriser made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show where it stood out thanks to its tall ride height, massive tires and flat orange paint job.

While this Jeep isn’t slotted for regular production, it does show European customers the length to which the Wrangler can be customized. Folks who want a setup like this can simply order the parts and turn their own wrenches. Well, the painting process might be a touch more, shall I say, involved.

Anyway, let’s take a look at all the goodies Jeep stuffed under this Wrangler.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Sunriser.

Read more