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Sunday 25 June 2017
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Jeep Easter Safari Celebrates Past, Present, and Future

Jeep Easter Safari Celebrates Past, Present, and Future

Are you ready to Safari? Because Jeep is. It’s creating a special lineup of concepts with Mopar for its 51st Moab Easter Jeep Safari celebration.

It’s giving us sneak previews of seven of them. Let’s take a look.

Grand One

Jeep® Grand One Concept

Starting with the Grand One. Oh Grand One. You bring us beautiful high-clearance flaring fenders, extended wheelbase, custom 18-inch lace styling wheels, and special blue wood grainy body paint.

It’s all in honor of the Grand Cherokee ZJ’s 25th bday. The grain detailing reflects the one-of-a-kind vibe of the old school woodie wagoneer. The 90s theme continues inside with retro material and detailing. One of our favorites is the old school car phone.

It carries the same standard 5.2-liter V8 from the contemporary Cherokee.

Quicksand

Jeep® Quicksand Concept

According to Jeep,  the Quicksand concept is “loud, fast and fun.” This “hot rod” model targets the sand crabs among us with Mopar 392 Crate HEMI engine and six-speed manual transmission. The fuel injection engine pops out of the hood with a Moon tank resting in front of the grille.

It takes the Wrangler base and throws 32-inch FBGoodrich tires in the front and 37-inch tires on the back – a staggering of tire sizes Jeep says it’s never done on a concept before.

Safari

Jeep® Safari Concept

Aka the one with the view. Jeep gives the whole idea of exploring nature, you know safariing, a whole new modern take. The concept’s hardtop and aluminum doors are completely see through. Mopar lends it Dana 44 axles and raises the suspension 2-inches. A custom roof rack with a drone and dash iPad are completely unique to the concept.

The model could also be hinting towards the next-generation Wrangler. The headlights butt into the classically separate parallel grille and the rocker panels. Under the hood though is the standard 3.6-liter V6.

Switchback

Jeep® Switchback Concept

This one gets a hefty dose from Mopar. It starts with Dana 44 axles, a four-inch lift, Remote Reservoir Fox shocks, and heavy-duty differential covers.

Front and rear show off special steel 10th-anniversary fascias. The good news for you is most of this stuff can be added at your local Car Pro dealer. So even though it’s a concept, it’s more just showing you how far you can take the add-ons. The only thing you can’t add are the unique cutout doors, hood, hard top, and rack.

Trailpass

Jeep® Trailpass Concept

Probably the simplest of the concepts in terms of differing from the standard lineup. Jeep throws on a roof basket, 18-inch wheels, and a 1.5-inch lift kit onto the new Compass Trailhawk. A green with black appliqués and orange accents color scheme finish the look.

CJ66

Jeep CJ66

This throwback model will make an appearance again after its first showing last year at last year’s SEMA Show. Mopar gives it a 5.7-liter Hemi with 383-horsepower. The Copper Canyon orange and matte black seem to make up all the colors both inside and out. The narrow body and simple single gauge dash scream retro CJ.

Luminator

Jeep® Luminator Concept

Like the name implies, this model is all about the light. It gets super off-road lighting from a LED scanning light bar on the hood. The rear lighting includes an upper central LED stop light. More like a traffic light. Perfect for scouting parties, the light turns red for full stopping. Meanwhile, it turns amber while traveling 1-3 mph and green from 3-25 mph. Switch it to white to flood light the rear. The illumination theme continues with a solar panel on the roof and a drone with a light up landing pad.

Jeep’s annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah takes place this year from April 8-16. Now in its 51st year, the Easter Jeep Safari is attended by thousands of die-hard off-road enthusiasts looking to enjoy a week of serious off-roading on some of the country’s most well-known and challenging trails.

Photo Credit: Jeep