Jeep and Mopar have fully pulled the wraps off six concepts that will be shown at the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari in Utah. As expected, several of the concepts were Hemi-powered Wranglers, leading off with the Wrangler Apache and Traildozer, both powered by the 6.4-liter 470-horsepower Hemi V-8. The Mighty FC concept harkens back to the Forward Control utility truck built in the 1950s and '60s, built on a modified JK Wrangler chassis and, finally, the Jeep J-12 Concept, a longer-length version of the JK-8 pickup conversion kit for the Wrangler, with a front clip reminiscent of the Nukizer concept shown at the 2010 Moab event. Below is a more detailed breakdown of each model.
Jeep Wrangler Apache Concept
Perhaps most exciting to Jeep enthusiasts with the Apache concept is its debut of an official Mopar engine-swap kit for the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. The kit is designed to mate to the Wrangler's W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission. But don't worry, manual fans, Mopar is hard at work on development of a kit that will mate the hi-po Hemi with the six-speed manual as well. To give the Apache even more trail-tackling ability, it also features Mopar Pro 60 front and rear 5.13-ratio axles, a 4.5-inch Stage 3 long-arm lift kit and bead-lock wheels. To help deal with the rigors of off-road driving, the Apache also features high-clearance flat fenders, rock rails, front and rear half-door kits, a Warn 9.5ti winch mounted on a Stinger front bumper, Katzkin leather seats, a locking center console, and Mopar-branded interior.
Jeep Wrangler Traildozer Concept
Long a favorite of Jeep enthusiasts, Jeep Design partnered with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) for the Traildozer concept. Like the Apache, the Traildozer also gets the 6.4 Hemi, but this time bolted to a Getrag 238 six-speed manual. Power is sent through Dana 44 axles with 4.10 gears and front and rear locking differentials. For the rolling stock, 37-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw radials are mounted on Mopar Classic five-spoke wheels. The Traildozer also gets AEV's Dualsport RS 3.5-inch lift kit. Mopar front and rear bumpers, a Warn 9.5 Cti winch, rear corner guards, and Mopar half-doors finish off the exterior. A Mopar performance heat reduction hood covers the engine bay. On the inside, the Traildozer includes AEV's F-1 leather seat trim kit, and Mopar slush mats.
Jeep Mighty FC Concept
The pug-nosed Mighty FC is a modern-day interpretation of the Jeep Forward Control built in the 1950s and '60s. Starting with a 2012 Wrangler, a custom cab was created and then mounted over and ahead of the front axle. The wheelbase was stretched, and a custom drop-side cargo box was put on the back. Interestingly, the custom cab utilizes the roof from the Mopar JK-8 pickup conversion kit. Thanks to its short front overhang and compact cab dimensions, the Mighty FC features a bed that measures more than eight feet in overall length.
But perhaps the biggest news with the FC is the availability of the Mopar 8-lug front and rear Portal Axles. The axles are suspended by King Coilover assemblies with Teraflex control arms and track bars. The tires are a substantial 40-inches mounted on custom Hutchinson 17-inch beadlocks. But have your platinum card ready when checking out; the Portal Axles go for a hefty $12,500 for the front assembly and $11,000 for the rear.
Jeep J-12 Concept
If you're a fan of the JK-8 conversion for the Wrangler, but want a little more real truck utility, then you'll love the J-12 concept. The Wrangler Unlimited's frame was extended 18 inches to make room for a six-foot-long bed, allowing the spare to be mounted underneath the bed. The J-12 also features a Mopar 3-inch lift, Teraflex sway bars, Tom Woods custom driveshafts, and ARB lockers on the Dynatrac D-44 front and D-60 rear axles. Continuing the retro truck theme is a custom front bench seat with a plaid upholstery pattern, and instead of frilly carpet, the floor was sprayed with spray-on bedliner finish for no-nonsense functionality.
Mopar-Accessorized Jeep Wrangler
For those with slightly more modest budgets or off-road aspirations, Mopar showcased a number of its current and upcoming accessories on a Wrangler Rubicon, including a 2-inch lift, its Classic five-hole wheels, front and rear off-road bumpers, a Warn 9.5ti XP winch, rock rails, and 6.5-inch Kicker two-way dash speakers. On the more practical end of the spectrum, the vehicle also features a locking center console box, rear cargo cubby cover, windshield-mounted LED lamps, a hard-top headliner and an "add-a-trunk" partition which creates a more secure storage area.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept
For those looking for a more refined off-roading experience, Jeep showed the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk concept. Most of the enhancements to the Trailhawk were cosmetic in nature, with a unique Mineral Gray, Stone White and Red color scheme, with a matte black hood to reduce glare, and Mopar rock rails. For more civilized driving both on and off the trail, the Trailhawk features 18-inch Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor off-road tires, designed to offer capable off-road performance with a quieter highway ride.
All the concepts will be at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab running from March 31 to April 8.