Jeep Reveals Seven Crazy Concepts For 50th Annual Easter Safari – 707HP Trailcat Included

Yes, Jeep just went berserk and revealed not one but seven gorgeous concepts for the annual Easter Jeep Safari.

This year is somewhat more special as it marks not only the 50th annual event but also Jeep’s 75th anniversary also.

“Every year, the Jeep team looks forward to pushing the limits with new, exciting and capable concept vehicles for our most loyal enthusiasts at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, where we receive a tremendous amount of valuable feedback,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand.

“This year is extra special, as together with our biggest fans, we celebrate Jeep’s 75th anniversary, as well as the 50th running of the Jeep Safari. We’re delighted to share seven of the most capable and eye-catching concept Jeep vehicles we’ve ever created at this year’s historic event.”

Jeep Trailcat

If you wished for a Hellcat-powered Wrangler then you will be happy to see your prayers answered. Using the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat engine, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, the Trailcat is a true satanic off-roader. Engineers had to add 12 inches to the wheelbase of the Wrangler and chop two inches off the windshield in order to create the Trailcat, and the result is as awesome as it sounds.

Jeep Crew Chief 715

Built as a salute to the military Jeeps of the past and in particular the Kaiser M715, the Crew Chief 715 is based on the Wrangler Unlimited-based concept. Steel front and rear bumpers, 20-inch beadlock wheels and 40-inch NDT military tires pay homage to the original Jeep military vehicles. Powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, the Crew Chief 715 just screams ‘BUILD ME ALREADY’.

Jeep Shortcut

Another Wrangler-based concept, the Shortcut is a modern take on the beloved classic CJ-5. Featuring a shortened body with a unique grille, hood, tailgate, front and rear wheel flares and custom chrome front and rear bumpers. A modified exhaust, 17-inch red steel wheels and 35-inch BF-Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires complete the look of an icon.

Jeep Trailstorm

Representing the ultimate explorer, the Trailstorm wears 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.

Jeep FC150

The modern incarnation of the FC150 pays tribute to a true American workhorse. Underneath its gorgeous skin there’s a 2005 Wrangler chassis modified to accept a Dana 44 front axle, Dana 60 rear axle and 17-inch white steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch BF-Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires.

Jeep Comanche

The Comanche could be the ideal compact pickup truck for many. Based on the Renegade, the Comanche uses a 2.0-liter diesel engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Lock, which includes low range and a locking rear differential.


  • Andrewthecarguy

    SO much money to be made. Some of these will sell out if made in limited runs.

    • Matt

      As much as I love Jeep’s concepts, they’re probably more niche than you think.

      Plus obviously the investment and further development required to federalize these modifications would require a minimum production run to recoup costs.

    • Enter Ranting

      FCA isn’t capable of building the Dodge Dart or Chrysler 200. How would they pull off any of these concepts to be sold to the public?

      • FCA = Terrible Reliably

        Agreed. All of the vehicles that FCA now has a hand in are falling further into terrible vehicles with little reliability.

      • Wandering_Spirit

        I don’t know about the Dart of the 200 but as an Italian and long Fiat user, i tend to agree with you on this. I have said many times Fiat should focus on making its own small cars which is where it excels (despite the critics). They SHOULD NOT stick nose into Jeep. I see the last Cherokee and the Renegade (allegedly designed in the US without Fiat intervention) and i see the unmistakable hand of Fiat design and i don’t care if press releases say different. The Cherokee and the Renegade stink of cheap Fiat design which doesn’t fit those cars. I am hoping, desperately, that they don’t put hands on the Wrangler with their idiotic design tastes. Fiat as is, is unable to produce a proper design for US iconic machines like those Jeep does. I say this aware that Wrangler never was a top notch car in terms of interior quality etc. But it’s an icon in itself. Once Fiat steps in, it will stink. I just know it. And i like small Fiat cars.

  • Rick Alexander

    The Jeep Trailcat and Crew Chief are badass. However, I`m disappointed that they didn’t create a Jeep Cherokee or Grand Cherokee concept. I picked up a Jeep Cherokee for the wife last year, and love everything about it. The ride quality, fit and finish, powerful V6 engine, and the love it or hate it looks (which we love), all add up to a great ownership experience so far. They need to make the Jeep Trailcat yesterday!

    • Matt

      They bring out a GC concept (or two) every year, this is probably the first time they haven’t.

  • kachuks

    The Commanche might work with a real hardtop. And I’m loving the compass. In a digital world, something real is a breath of fresh air.

  • CockneyblokefromReading

    I love concept cars, but why of why do Jeep keep doing this? Just make a decent looking Wrangler, for crying out loud. They could easily steal JLR’s sales of the non-existent Defender…if they could just pull their finger out!

    • Ken Lyns

      There’s nothing there to steal…

      • CockneyblokefromReading

        Ken, you don’t get it. There are thousands of people in the UK alone (like me) still waiting for the new Defender – who have had to go and buy something else. If Jeep pulled their finger out they could release a vehicle that could take those people like me. There is a market for a rugged 4×4.

        • Ken Lyns

          Wrangler sales in the US exceed 200,000 per year. I don’t think Jeep cares about UK sales because it would just be a rounding error in comparison.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    A Trailcat with proper doors and a hard top would be my thing, together with a Crew Chief….the others are so so…but Trailcat and CC are promising for me.

  • crew chief and FC15 look so great

  • Ronald Beach

    Build the pickups!

  • Tumbi Mtika