Here's a taste of what to expect in Vegas next week.
As the 2019 SEMA show steadily rolls towards us, Mopar is giving us a preview of three of 14 customized vehicles it'll be displaying at the show. Top of the bill is the Ram 1500 Rebel OTG (Off The Grid) Concept. Overlanding is becoming big business, and exploration needs more than pure off-roading prowess. As well as a bed rack system and a collapsible rooftop tent accessible from a stowed ladder, there's also a retractable battery-powered cooler and kitchen unit, an onboard water system, and solar power, so days of traveling can stretch out into weeks if need be.
Being able to get in and out of those usually inaccessible locations, of course, requires off-road prowess. To that end, the Ram 1500 Rebel OTG is kitted out with plenty of extra gear. An integrated front-bumper winch will get the concept out of trouble along with traction mats and a high-lift jack. Additional lighting comes in the form of LED off-road driving lamps on the front, and backup lamps are built into the rear bumper. It's also equipped with a snorkel air intake, step assist rock rails, and a concept rear bumper that improves the truck's departure angle by relocating the exhaust.
Custom classic trucks are still a huge deal, and the Mopar Lowliner Concept is the epitome of cool. Mopar's designers have taken a 1968 Dodge D200-series heavy-duty pickup and transformed it into the Mopar Lowliner Concept. Mopar has fully boxed the original C-channel frame and lowered the truck. But its the lengthened wheelbase that adds drama to the new stance. To get that look, the Lowliner's front axle has been moved three inches on the frame. The Lowliner also has a power-tilt front end to show off the 5.9-liter Cummins diesel engine and rides on custom air suspension.
While Mopar has been letting its designers and engineers go nuts, it wouldn't be SEMA without a Jeep Wrangler wearing a bunch of official accessories. These include an aftermarket one-piece stamped steel front bumper, a two-inch lift kit, Mopar cold-air intake, and a Mopar Warn winch kit. The display Jeep Wrangler Rubicon also features concept tube door mirrors and door skins.
Along with these vehicles, Mopar will be bringing a Dodge Challenger Mopar '19 to SEMA, along with a heritage-inspired Jeep Gladiator Scrambler, the Jeep Gladiator J6 Moab concept, and the latest take on the Ram ProMaster beer truck.