It’s that time of year. By that, we mean it’s nearly time for Jeep’s annual Easter Jeep Safari where we get to see some crazy cool Jeep concepts. And Jeep isn’t disappointing in the least this year.
It’s unveiled new 7 concept vehicles just ahead of this year’s event in Moab, Utah from March 19-27. And yes we’d love to take a spin in them all.
The 2016 crop of Easter Jeep Safari concepts use both production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts to take on the toughest roads and trails. The Mopar brand helped develop, build and ensure that all Jeep Performance Parts meet rigorous specifications and with 4×4 capabilities in mind, so Jeep owners can add them to their stock vehicles.
“These seven vehicles have been modified with Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts to take on the toughest trails, to go beyond where the road ends,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of MOPAR Parts and Service. “Mopar’s mission is to provide all FCA US vehicle owners with unique performance parts and accessories to tailor vehicles to their individual lifestyles. Nothing supports that more than demonstrating how we can equip Jeep owners to take on some of the more extreme trails in the world.”
Jeep Crew Chief 715: A salute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles
The Jeep Crew Chief 715 concept vehicle was built as a salute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles, in particular the Kaiser M715. This open-air Wrangler Unlimited-based concept vehicle showcases a burly design with heritage styling cues. The Crew Chief 715 utilizes modern-day construction with a rear seat and extra doors for additional passenger capacity while staying close to its classic military roots.
The Jeep Crew Chief 715 is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep Shortcut: Inspired by the classic CJ-5 to handle tight, winding trails
This Wrangler-based concept vehicle is a carefully crafted take on the beloved Jeep CJ-5 designed to invoke the spirit of 1950s Americana with a shortened body and functional simplicity.
The Jeep Shortcut is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep Renegade Commander: Built to blaze a trail
The Jeep Renegade Commander concept vehicle is equipped with an assortment of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts for the ultimate off-road adventure. A 2-inch lift kit and 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels with 29.5-inch BF-Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires increase the off-road capabilities of the Jeep Renegade Commander.
The Jeep Renegade Commander is powered by the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Low.
Jeep Comanche: Designed to be off-road ready with practical utility
Based on the Jeep Renegade, the Jeep Comanche concept vehicle is designed to be off-road ready with practical utility. A nod to Jeep pickup trucks of years past, the Comanche concept takes styling cues from military and civilian Jeep heritage.
The Jeep Comanche is powered by a 2.0-liter diesel I-4 engine and mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Lock, which includes low range and a locking rear differential.
Jeep FC 150: Heritage cab-over design, rich in history and capable of tackling any terrain
A true American workhorse, this 1960 Jeep FC 150 concept vehicle is rich with heritage and built to tackle both challenging rocky trails and the harshness of a western cattle ranch. Originally built from 1956 to 1965, the FC 150 is based on the CJ-5 and offers a clever packaging solution by keeping overall length to a minimum for maneuverability, but maintaining a full-length cargo box for utility.
The Jeep FC 150 heritage vehicle is powered by a 4.0-liter PowerTech I-6 and is mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep Trailcat: Hellcat-powered off-roader capable of crawling or high-speed runs
The Jeep Trailcat concept vehicle is not your ordinary cat. It’s a Hellcat. It has a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine under the hood, and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with a custom shifter ball featuring an embossed Hellcat logo.
To get the 707-horsepower Hellcat engine into the Trailcat, designers stretched the wheelbase an additional 12 inches while chopping the windshield two inches for a sleeker look. Mopar exterior enhancements include a power-dome vented hood, Satin Black grille, LED headlamps and fog lamps and rock rails.
Jeep Trailstorm: Added capability with 2-inch lift kit, 37-inch tires and Dana 44 axles
The Trailstorm concept vehicle is based on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and offers room for extra gear and fuel tanks.
Off-road capabilities are enhanced with several Jeep Performance Parts, including 17-inch concept off-road wheels wrapped in 37-inch tires, a 2-inch lift kit with Jeep Performance Parts/Fox shocks, a Jeep Performance Parts Rubicon winch, and Dana 44 front and rear axles.
The Jeep Trailstorm is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.