Chances are as a Jeep enthusiast, you have heard of Moab Easter Jeep Safari. There are countless YouTube videos and articles on this yearly event, and this year marks the 52nd anniversary. As a way to show off their ideas, concepts, and parts catalog, Jeep and Mopar are bringing seven concept vehicles to the event to share with their hardcore customers. Jeep engineers and designers created these concept vehicles with an array of production and prototype Mopar parts. “Pushing the limit is something the Jeep brand is no stranger to and these seven new, exciting and capable concept vehicles are the latest example of that,” said Mike Manley, Head of the Jeep Brand.
The first concept Jeep is the Jeep 4Speed. The whole idea behind this concept is speed. Jeep accomplished this by using carbon fiber for the hood, fenders, and rear tub with perforated aluminum panels. The windshield has been raked, the door opening elongated, the overall length decrease by an impressive 22 inches. Jeep saved so much weight that the 4Speed naturally sits two inches higher than a stock JL Wrangler.
The second concept vehicle is the Jeep Sandstorm which goes against the traditional rock crawler route that many Jeep owners take. The Sandstorm is designed to be fast out in the desert. The suspension uses custom-built coilovers with a four-inch stretch in the front and two inch stretch in the rear for maximum high-speed stability. Like the 4SPEED, the Sandstorm uses a few carbon fiber body panels to keep the weight down.
The next concept, B-Ute is not a Wrangler. In fact, it is the smallest vehicle in the Jeep lineup, the Renegade. The B-Ute is designed to be a decent little off-roader while still maintaining excellent practicality. It’s equipped with 1.5-inch lift kit, roof rack, rock rails, and custom bodywork, giving it a much more aggressive look than the standard Renegade.
The Wagoneer Roadtrip is the oldest vehicle of the bunch and is designed to nostalgic memories going off-roading during summer vacation, for those who are old enough to take part in such a thing. The Roadtrip still has the original steel body of a Wagoneer, but the chassis drivetrain has been updated. The wheelbase received a five-inch stretch with Dana 44 axles and four-link suspension.
The Nacho Jeep is designed to show off a lot of the Jeep Performance Parts catalog. It started as a 2.0L Turbo 2-door JL Rubicon in the rare Nacho yellow color. Jeep added a two-inch lift, 37-inch tires, 17-inch beadlock wheel, a cold air intake, tons of lights, tubular doors, and other JPP goodies as well.
The Jeep Jeepster combines parts from JPP with retro styling and a color scheme to resemble the styling of the 1966 Jeepster. One of the coolest parts of this concept vehicle is how Jeep lowered the roof by two inches and racked the window back 2.5 degrees; This gives it a much more “speedy” look.
The last concept vehicle is much like the Nacho Jeep, in that it uses many Jeep Performance Parts without being over-the-top custom. It started as a Wrangler Sahara and received exterior changes such as a Warm Neutral Grey paint, a JPP hood, and a JPP snorkel. With subtle off-road lights, 35-inch tires, and a luxurious interior, the J-Wagon is the most street friendly Wrangler that Jeep will be showing off.