Though the event was canceled in 2020 over COVID concerns, the famous Easter Jeep Safari is back once again in 2021. This annual event kicked off March 27th and continues until April 4th. It draws Jeep enthusiasts from all around the world to the rocky, dirty playground that is Moab, Utah.
In keeping with tradition, Jeep also made a strong showing at this event and brought along seven incredible concept vehicles worth checking out. They run the gamut from super-capable 4x4s to showroom sculptures, showcasing creativity and eyebrow-raising interpretations of what a Jeep build can look like.
Let’s dive in and take a closer peek at these seven rigs and what they bring to the table. First up is the Jeep Magneto.
Jeep is showing it has an eye toward the future with the Magneto concept. This 4×4 features an all-electric powertrain derived from a custom-built axial flux electric motor that operates up to 6,000 rpm. This motor is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, delivering 285 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. This makes it similar to the 3.6-liter Pentastar setup that’s typically found in Wranglers.
Powering the motor are four battery packs. The packs are evenly distributed to balance weight on all four wheels, and sit inside waterproof enclosures, maintaining a 30-inch water-traversing ability. Skidplates also protect the batteries from harsh terrain.
When out on the trail, the Magneto makes use of two 12-volt batteries to power the radio, lights, and winch, among other things. A DC-to-DC converter charges both batteries. This allows the Magneto to operate in a campsite setting or power the winch for a considerable length of time.
Rounding out the upgrades are a Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) two-inch lift kit, 17-inch Lights Out wheels, 35-inch mud tires, a custom roll cage, Mopar rock rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch, and a steel belly pan for added off-road capability.
Jeep usually does a nod to its heritage with at least one of the concept builds every year. For 2021, this is found in the Jeepster Beach. It’s a tribute to the second-generation Jeepster, which distinguished itself from contemporary CJ models through standard features like doors, roll-up glass, roof, and heater.
Starting as a 1968 model, the Jeep crew gave it a resto-mod appearance. It now rides on a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon chassis with a modified body. On the outside, it uses original chrome parts mixed with a two-tone paint job. Under the hood, a tuned 2.0-liter turbocharged engine does the heavy lifting, putting out 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, which is 25 percent more than what you’ll find in a normal Jeep 2.0-liter.
The interior features low-back bucket seats trimmed in red leather. In the rear, the seat got replaced with a chrome, four-point safety cage. What’s more, the carpets were removed to make cleaning out sand a breeze.
Jeep Red Bare
If you love Gladiators, you’ll love the Red Bare. Embracing the idea of what a truck can and should be, the Jeep team went all out to make this pickup just about perfect.
This beast touts a 3.0-liter V6 diesel, rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It’s connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission capable of giving the Jeep optimum power all through the RPM range. Downstream of the transmission, the Jeep uses front and rear Dana 44 axles for solid performance. These axles each have a 4.88:1 gear ratio, offering good grip in rock-crawling situations.
The outside of the Red Bare is Fire Cracker red with custom matte black graphics and gold accents. Half doors and a black soft top give it an impressive appearance. Inside, passengers rest in Katzkin black leather seats with red stitching and custom red flannel inserts.
Other highlights include the JPP two-inch lift kit, rock sliders, matte black wheels, 37-inch BF Goodrich mud-terrain tires, and a Warn winch for rescue operations.
Jeep Orange Peelz
Orange comes out looking fresh on a Jeep Wrangler, as the Orange Peelz concept proves. This two-door JL model looks ready for any adventure, and is prepped accordingly.
Two inches of lift give the Jeep better visibility. From there, Jeep added Fox shocks, 37-inch BFG KM3 mud tires, and 17-inch wheels that give better off-road performance and looks.
Aside from the durable Corning Gorilla Glass windshield, the Orange Peelz concept bears no glass, and uses half doors and a Freedom Top for an added open-air feeling. Inside, it incorporates plaid designs into the armrests, door inserts, and seat cushions to match the outside.
Power comes from a standard Pentastar 3.6-liter V6, generating 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It’s beefed up slightly thanks to a JPP cold air intake and cat-back exhaust system.
This nod to the overlanding crowd makes the Gladiator really look good as an extended-stay getaway rig. It follows in the footsteps of the Wayout concept rig that came out in 2019, but adds some great upgrades.
Chief among these is the AT Overland Equipment Habitat Truck Topper. This tent deploys and can rest up to four people at a time, stretching 16 feet long and 7.5 feet wide. Once in camp, folks can use the refrigerator, stove, storage racks, table, and seats all stored inside to host mealtimes.
A JPP two-inch lift kit, 37-inch mud-terrain tires, Fox shocks, and a Warn-equipped front bumper bolster the Farout’s adventuring abilities. Additionally, it has a roof rack to store more gear and give drivers more storage space.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392
This Jeep made its way from concept to reality already, as the Rubicon 392 was officially announced as a production model in November 2020. Still, it’s exciting to see it come out to Moab and give folks a look-see at what it can really do.
In case you weren’t aware, this take on Wranglers swaps out the Pentastar V6 for a hard-charging 392 cubic-inch, 6.4-liter V8. That translates to 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. Jeep engineers tuned the engine so it would offer 75 percent of its peak torque just above idle, making that power output incredibly useful.
Other touches on this particular Rubicon 392 include active dual-mode exhaust, a performance hood with a center scoop, and a one-touch powered top that retracts like a convertible. Naturally, it also features JPP’s two-inch lift and rock sliders, alongside 17-inch wheels and 37-inch mud tires.
Jeep Top Dog
This Jeep looks like it’d be a howlin’ good time. Geared toward the mountain biking scene, it touts a custom PCOR flatbed storage system with rooftop mounts for bikes. The side panels open up to reveal goodies like a storage system for tools and supplies, as well as a fridge and hot dog roller.
Atop the cabin sits two Rhino Rack units. Each of these can be used for additional storage space, and each has its own dedicated task light to let users see what’s what. Winches on the front and back of the Jeep afford it double-directional rescue operation, should the need arise.
The rest of the Top Dog’s specs are normal fare for these concepts–3.6-liter Pentastar, eight-speed automatic transmission, JPP two-inch lift, 37-inch mud-terrain tires. But altogether, the Top Dog definitely looks like it lives up to its name.