Among the concepts Jeep will show at the Moab Easter Jeep Safari include a 392-horsepower Wrangler-based hot rod.
For off-road enthusiasts, Easter can only mean one thing: the Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari event. Ahead of the 51st annual event, Jeep has revealed seven crazy concepts which will debut at the show, from futuristic off-roaders, to retro homages to some of its classic models. One of the standouts is undoubtedly the Jeep Quicksand concept, a hot rod based on a Wrangler powered by a menacing Mopar 392-horsepower HEMI engine mated to a six-speed Getrag manual transmission.
The Wrangler-based Quicksand concept features a longer wheelbase and a peekaboo hood for a retro look. Its 32-inch front and 37-inch rear tires, coilover shocks and 18-inch vintage alloy wheels make it a capable off-roader, as well as an all-round fast and fun hot rod. Elsewhere, we have the Jeep Grand One, built to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Grand Cherokee ZJ with a modern twist. Jeep has updated the classic Cherokee with a two-inch suspension lift, custom 18-inch lace-style wheels, high-clearance fender flares, extended wheelbase, trimmed fascias and a subtle wood grain treatment on the body. It’s powered by a 5.2-liter V-8 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, there are plenty of flourishes that will make you feel like you’ve entered a time warp back to the 1990s, with materials and touches inspired by the era. It’s even equipped with an “old-school” car phone which is presumably the size of a brick. Another standout is the Wrangler-based Jeep Safari concept. Powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine which is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, its primary purpose is to give backseat passengers the best possible view while still retaining a roof and doors. To achieve this, it features a translucent hard-top roof panel, a two-level aluminum cargo rack with incorporated drone, a raked windshield, and boatsided rocker panels.
Its most unique attribute, however, is its “windoors” made of lightweight aluminium and clear vinyl which open like a cabinet. Other concepts which will debut at the show include the Jeep Trailpass, “which delivers Compass Trailhawk capability with added utility and cargo,” while the Jeep Switchback brings incredible capability with a 4-inch lift kit, 37-inch tires and Dana 44 axles. There’s also the Jeep CJ66 which fuses a trio of vehicle generation and is powered Mopar 345 Crate HEMI®Engine Kit, while the Jeep Luminator is designed to offer superior visibility, as the name suggests. You can see each concept in the included photos. Which of these wacky Jeep concepts is your favorite?