These Moab Easter Jeep Safari concepts rock.
Every year, Jeep hosts an event called the Moab Easter Jeep Safari. To make the event even better for Jeep enthusiasts, the company typically reveals a slew of awesome concept cars to show off the custom nature of the Jeep brand. Past concepts have included models like a Wrangler with a Hellcat engine. This year we knew Jeep would reveal a few throwback designs, and the company did not disappoint with seven new concept cars. The 52nd Easter Jeep Safari should go down as one of the best as these concept cars are seriously badass.
“Pushing the limit is something the Jeep brand is no stranger to and these seven new, exciting and capable concept vehicles are the latest example of that,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand. The point is to show off the capability of the Mopar parts department. Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service said "we worked very closely with the Jeep brand to develop an exclusive line of more than 200 parts and accessories to enhance, even more, Jeep Wrangler’s off-road capability to fit any customer’s lifestyle. Almost all Wrangler vehicles sold are fitted with at least one Mopar accessory, and you see this perfect combination between vehicle and accessories come to life every year at the Easter Jeep Safari.”
The Jeep 4SPEED Concept shows off the Wrangler's new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which is mated to an eight-speed automatic. The biggest modifications are custom weight saving components including a carbon fiber hood, carbon fiber fender flares and a carbon fiber rear tub with perforated aluminum panels. Inspired by Baja racers, the Jeep Sandstorm Concept is built to blast down long, off-road straightaways. In addition to a wealth of suspension modifications, this Wrangler has been given the 6.4-liter V8 HEMI engine from Mopar with a six-speed manual transmission.
The Jeep B-Ute is the smallest of the seven concept models. This Renegade-based model is powered by a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine, which is mated to a nine-speed automatic. Of course, this little Jeep can easily go off-road thanks to a 1.5-inch lift kit and 17-inch wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich T/A Baja Champion tires. If we had to pick a favorite concept, it would be the Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip. Jeep has essentially built a modern version of the Wagoneer. The whole car has been modernized and is now powered by a 5.7-liter V8 with a four-speed automatic.
The whole point of these concepts is to show off the Mopar performance catalog. The Jeep Nacho Concept is loaded with Jeep Performance Parts to create a blueprint for customers to build their own trail vehicle. The Jeep Jeepster Concept is meant to harken back to the old 1966 model. The concept is based on a Wrangler Rubicon and retains the two-tone theme of the original. The exterior has been extensively modified with a 2-inch lift kit and 2.5-inch diameter aluminum body shocks and 37-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tires to raise the ride height.
Finally, the Jeep J-Wagon Concept shows off street appeal with the four-door Wrangler body style. This concept shows off the luxury capabilities of the Jeep brand, proving that the company can build cars for the street and off-road.