Continuing 15 years of collaboration, Jeep and Mopar brands have teamed up to develop a variety of vehicles that will debut at the annual Jeep Easter Safari in Moab, Utah from April 8-16. Now in its 51st year, the Easter Jeep Safari is attended by thousands of off-road enthusiasts looking to tackle some of them country’s most challenging trails.
The 2017 Easter Jeep Safari concept vehicles include: Jeep Grand One, a modernized version of the classic 1993 ZJ; Jeep Safari, a family-focused vehicle designed to give backseat passengers a view; Jeep Quicksand, a hot rod with a longer wheelbase, trimmed front and rear body, and a chopped hard top and windshield.
The Jeep Trailpass, meanwhile, was based on the new Jeep Compass and offers a 1.5-inch lift kit and 18-inch wheels, as well as a Jeep roof basket, cross rails, and rock rails, while the Jeep Switchback is equipped with a front and rear Dana 44 axle, 4-inch lift with Remote Reservoir Shocks, cast differential covers, and steel front and rear bumpers, winch guard, and cold air intake.
In addition, the Jeep CJ66 combines elements of the Jeep Wrangler TJ’s frame, the 1966 Wrangler CJ universal Tuxedo Park body, and Wrangler JK elements.
Lastly, the Jeep Luminator features advanced lighting elements to improve visibility on a trail, as well as a roof-mounted solar panel, a drone landing pad with a lighted drone and removable spare tire storage, and a capacitive touch interactive display on the driver’s side rear window linked to GPS and Internet services.
“It’s truly a labor of love for the Jeep team to develop exciting, capable concept vehicles each year for Moab and the Easter Jeep Safari,” says Mike Manley, head of Jeep for FCA Global. “We look forward to the reaction and feedback from enthusiasts and our most loyal customers as these new Jeep concepts are put through their paces on the trails in Moab.”
An array of production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts were used to create this year’s collection of concept vehicles. The Mopar brand is responsible for developing, building, and ensuring that all Jeep Performance Parts meet specifications and 4×4 capabilities.
Jeep Performance Parts was created in 2012 and provides Jeep enthusiasts with high-end, quality aftermarket accessories and performance enhancing parts, including axles, lift kits, winches, bumpers, skid plates, and suspension components.