Jeep Easter Safari is a pilgrimage for off-road enthusiasts and jeep enthusiasts of all ages. This year, organizers expect thousands to attend the 50th annual event in Moab, Utah. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Easter Jeep Safari and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Jeep brand.
To mark the occasion, Jeep is offering seven new concept vehicles, featuring an array of Mopar and Jeep performance parts, ready to hit the trails of Moab.
“Each year, the Jeep team looks forward to pushing the boundaries with new, exciting and capable concept vehicles for our most loyal enthusiasts at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab,” said Mike Manley, Jeep Brand Manager, FCA Global.
The 2016 crop of Easter Jeep Safari concepts harnesses both production and prototype Jeep performance parts. The Mopar brand is responsible for developing, building and ensuring that all Jeep performance parts meet exacting specifications for 4x4 capability.
The concepts built for Moab were made by a dedicated team of engineers, designers, and fabricators. They have presented more than 50 concepts for Easter Jeep Safari enthusiasts since 2002.
"We're thrilled to share seven of the most capable and eye-catching Jeep concept vehicles we've ever created at this year's landmark event," Manley said.
Here are the concepts of Easter Jeep Safari2016:
Jeep Crew Chief 715
Jeep Shortcut< p>Jeep Renegade Commander
Jeep FC 150
Jeep Trail Storm
Jeep Crew Chief 715
Engine: 3.6L Pentastar V6 Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Interior: Leather bucket seats with canvas inserts, aircraft-inspired switches, and Mopar all-weather carpet. Exterior: Front/rear winch, Dana 60 front and rear axles, a 4-inch lift kit with Jeep Performance Parts/Fox 2.0 shocks Remote Reservoir, Tactical Green paint and a 5ft dump box.< p>Inspiration: The Jeep Crew Chief 715 is a tribute to military service vehicles like the Kaiser M715. The original Jeep military service vehicles moved troops over rough terrain, and the Jeep Crew Chief 715 can do the same. The Crew Chief 715 uses an on-board air system with a rigid quick-disconnect fitting to air out or assist other vehicles on the trail.
Engine: 3.6 liter Pentastar V-6 Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Interior: Low-back leather bucket seats with plaid inserts, red shifter and four-point roll cage. Exterior: Unique grille, hood, tailgate, front and rear wheel flares, custom chrome front and rear bumpers , modified exhaust, 17-inch red steel wheels and 35-inch BF-Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires.
Inspiration: Carefully taken from the beloved Jeep CJ-5, this Wrangler-based concept invokes the image of 1950s Americana. Overall body length has been reduced by over 12 inches so that the Shortcut concept remains light and maneuverable on the trails.
Jeep Renegade Commander
Engine: 2.4-litre Tigershark with MultiAir2Transmission: 9-Speed Automatic with Jeep Active Drive Low
Interior: Katzkin seat covers, body color trim, pedal kit, Mopar off-road kit. Exterior: 2-inch lift kit and 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels with 29.5-inch BF-Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires.
Inspiration: Hit the trail and get away! The Jeep Renegade Commander concept is equipped with an assortment of Mopar and Jeep performance parts for this purpose. The fluorescent gray exterior features Renegade's MySky open roof with removable panels, which would be especially nice at night.
Engine: 2.0 liter I-4 Diesel Transmission: 9 -speed Automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Lock
Interior: Custom seat covers, pedal covers, door sill protectors and Mopar all-weather mats. -thumb lift and winch.
Inspiration: A military-civilian hybrid, the Jeep Comanche hits the trails and has the utility to match. The wheelbase was increased six inches from a production Renegade to accommodate a 5-foot bed. The Comanche's transmission features both a low range and a locking rear differential.
The exterior paint is affectionately called 'Beige Against the Machine'.
Jeep FC 150
Engine: 4.0L PowerTech I-6 Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Interior: Vinyl seat covers, custom headliner wrapped in a vintage duck hunting pattern, CB radio and analog compass. How's that for vintage? Exterior: 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.
Inspiration: From rocky roads to arid plains, the Jeep FC 150 concept is based on the ideals of an American workhorse. Originally built from 1956 to 1965, the FC 150 (which stands for "Forward Control") is based on the CJ-5. The overall length is kept to a minimum, but a full cargo box can still be attached.
It retains its original steel body, but off-road capabilities are enhanced with a modified 2005 Jeep Wrangler chassis.< p>Jeep Trailcat
Engine: 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi Hellcat V8 Transmission: 6-speed manual
Interior: Dodge Viper sport bucket, carbon fiber seats, with Katzkin leather upholstery with decorative stitching. Exterior: Dana 60 front and rear axles and Fox shocks, 17-inch beadlock wheels and BF-Goodrich Krawler T/A KX tires 39.5 inches. Exterior upgrades from Mopar include a vented power-dome hood, satin black grille, LED headlights, fog lights and crash rails.
Inspiration: More than a typical Wrangler, that's for sure! To accommodate the 707 horsepower Hemi engine, the wheelbase was lengthened by 12 inches. Whether it's a rough patch or a higher-speed section, the Jeep Trailcat concept is at home on any Moab terrain.
Engine: 3.6 liter Pentastar V-6 Transmission: 5 Speed Automatic
Interior: Trimmed with Katzkin seat covers and Mopar all-weather floor mats. Exterior: Jeep performance parts include 17" off-road wheels wrapped in 37" tires, 2" lift kit with Jeep performance parts/Fox shocks, tire carrier, winch and Rubicon bumpers. Mopar exterior upgrades include a winch guard, satin black grille, LED headlights, fog lights, high fenders and a vented power dome hood.
Inspiration: The Trailstorm concept is the ultimate Jeep Wrangler for exploring the roads less traveled. Based on the Wrangler Unlimited, it offers room for additional gear, tools and cargo. Camouflage is also a perfect touch for the Utah desert.
The 2016 Easter Jeep Safari runs from Sunday 20th March to Sunday 27th March. If you plan to go, let us know. And if you see any of these awesome concepts, let us know too!
*Carl Anthony is the editor of Automoblog and lives in Detroit, Michigan.