The Jeep brand of Stellantis, which has its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, has unveiled its Easter Jeep Safari, a lineup of custom-built concept vehicles designed for the trails in Moab, Utah. From March 27-April 4, enthusiasts will gather in Moab for trail riding and off-roading.
“The Moab Easter Jeep Safari has long been our testing ground for both our newest Jeep 4x4s and for showcasing new Jeep brand concepts, Jeep Performance Parts, and ideas that truly resonate with our most passionate customers — the die-hard off-road enthusiasts who attend this event every year,” says Jim Morrison, vice president of Jeep brand North America.
This year, seven Jeep brand concept vehicles are equipped with an array of advanced powertrains, highlighted by the first battery electric vehicle from Jeep. The concepts also feature production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar.
The Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept is a fully capable battery electric vehicle that is quiet and quick, and has rock-climbing capabilities. It offers efficiency and performance on- and off-road while being environmentally friendly.
Based on a two-door 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the vehicle uses a custom-built flux electric motor that operates up to 6,000 rpm. It offers a six-speed manual transmission and is powered by four battery packs of lithium-ion batteries with a combined power of 70 kilowatt-hours, running an 800-volt system.
Comparable to the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, the e-motor can deliver up to 273 lb.-ft. of torque and 285 horsepower. It runs from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds.
The exterior features a Bright White color with Surf Blue accents.
This year’s Resto-Mod vehicle is a throwback to the second-generation Jeepster. The Jeepster Commando was the first compact four-wheel-drive vehicle with an automatic transmission. The Jeepster Beach concept started as a 1968 Jeepster Commando blended with a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
The body was modified and the exterior fuses chrome trim with a brightly colored two-tone paint scheme of Hazy IPA and Zinc Oxide. It uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a custom, concept calibration that increases the engine output about 25 percent above the production version to 340 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. It has an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep Red Bare
The Jeep Red Bare Gladiator Rubicon concept builds on trucks paired with Jeep 4×4 capability. Powering the concept is the turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine, rated at 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque. It connects to a TorqueFlite 8HP75 eight-speed automatic transmission, calibrated for low RPM shifts and to easily maneuver rigorous ground.
The vehicle offers a Fire Cracker Red exterior with custom Matte Black graphics and gold accents, as well as a black factory soft-top and half doors.
Jeep Orange Peelz
Based on a two-door Wrangler, the Jeep Orange Peelz concept pays tribute to Jeep’s open-air vehicles. Designers removed the side and rear windows and installed half doors and custom removable one-piece Freedom Top glass sunroof.
The vehicle features a 2-inch lift kit with FOX shocks that increase ground clearance. The exterior has a Satin Black 360-degree custom beltline graphic and Satin Black vintage Jeep fender badges.
It is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of toque, along with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Jeep Farout is designed for off-road exploration and uses the 2021 Jeep Gladiator’s class-leading payload and fuel-efficient, long-range-capability 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine.
The vehicle also offers the AT Overland Equipment Habitat Truck Topper, a 16-foot-long and 7.5-foot-tall recreational residence that opens and retracts in seconds. It can sleep up to four people.
The interior of the vehicle includes wood lining and a fully functional refrigerator and stove. It also has hanging storage racks, built-in seats, and table space.
The exterior features a new Earl body color with Chartreuse accents on the hood, rear tailgate tow hooks, springs, badging, and shocks.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is making its way to production but was first conceived as a V-8 powered Wrangler Rubicon concept. It has a 6.4-liter V-8 engine, generating 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque.
The exterior is Granite Crystal with bronze-accentuated tow hooks, badging, springs, and shocks.
Jeep Top Dog
The Jeep Top Dog is based on a 2020 Jeep Gladiator and is designed for mountain bikers. Painted K-9 blue, the concept expands cargo-carrying abilities by removing the standard cargo box and replacing it with a custom PCOR flatbed storage system.
On the passenger side of the storage system, drawers store tools and supplies, and on the driver’s side is a battery-powered refrigerator and electric hot dog roller grill. Above the cab area, two Rhino rack structures provide storage space for tools and equipment. On top of the rack structure is a dual-bike rack.
The vehicle has a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. torque mated with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
Easter Jeep Safari is hosted by Moab’s Red Rock 4-Wheelers four-wheel-drive club. The event consists of trail rides, mostly daylong trips, departing from Moab, Utah.