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.”
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.