It's springtime in the red rocks of Eastern Utah, and that can only mean one thing: Easter Jeep Safari, and along with it, some new Jeep concepts, which have been an annual tradition at the event going back several years now. This year, Jeep brought three variants of its beloved Wrangler, two concepts based on the new 2014 Cherokee, and a variant of the Grand Cherokee powered by the EcoDiesel engine. Many of the concepts can be fairly easily replicated with a little help from the Mopar catalog and Jeep Performance Parts. Let's take a look at this year's crop of concepts.
Jeep Wrangler Level Red
The Level Red concept's name is in reference to the designation given to the toughest trails in Moab, and as such, the vehicle comes appropriately equipped with the necessary hardware to tackle any terrain. Jeep Performance Parts’ Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 4:10 ratio combine with the Rock-Track 4:1 transfer case and six-speed manual to give a crawl ratio of 73:1, accentuated by a two-inch Jeep Performance Parts lift kit. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gets opened up with a cold air intake and low-restriction exhaust system.
Although the "Level Red" is actually black, the exterior gets a TorRed graphic stripe along the top of the hood and halfway down the body to highlight its no-nonsense mission. The red highlight is repeated on the 17x8 beadlock-capable wheels shod with 35-inch BF Goodrich tires. Harkening back to Jeeps of yore, the Level Red features Mopar half-doors, an accessory tire carrier, locking gas cap, and rock rails.
The interior gets Katzkin leather seats with red stitching, red seatbelts, and red HVAC vent rings. A tow-strap bag, first aid bag, and lockable cargo compartment keep items at the ready.
Jeep Wrangler MOJO
Like the Level Red, the Wrangler MOJO features front and rear Dana 44 axles and a 4:1 transfer case. The unmistakably orange exterior of the MOJO is highlighted by "shorty" bumpers, prototype flat fenders, beadlock wheels, and 37-inch BF Goodrich tires. An under-bumper skid plate and rock rails protect the MOJO from any off-road rock rash.
To keep things bright as the sun goes down, the MOJO features LED headlights and fog lights, and to show its trail cred, features a Moab "badge of honor" listing five of Moab's toughest trails its conquered. The interior gets Katzkin seat covers and all-weather floormats to hold up to the down-and-dirty action it'll face on the trail.
Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance
With the name "Maximum Performance" we were expecting the 6.4-liter high-output Hemi to be stuffed under the hood, but when you're talking about Jeeps, maximum performance can just as easily mean 5 mph as a 12-second quarter-mile. To that end, the MP has even beefier Dana 60 front and rear axles with a 4.88 ratio, a 4:1 transfer case, and a four-inch lift kit. A "Stinger" front bumper, front bumper skid plate, rock rails, and a Jeep Performance Parts winch accentuate its hard-core mission.
Eight-lug beadlock wheels are shod with 37-inch BF Goodrich tires. Mopar Blue is the color of choice for the MP, which also highlights the beadlock rims, HVAC vent bezels, and steering wheel accents. Interior embroidery and stitching is also blue.
Jeep Cherokee Adventurer
The Cherokee Adventurer is based on the production Cherokee Trailhawk and features a prototype Mopar roof basket and bungee net, Jeep Performance Parts rock rails, skid plates, and BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires on 17-inch wheels.
The black Katzkin leather seats, steering wheel, and shift boot are accented with maize stitching, with tan interior accent pieces to match the exterior hue. A Trailhawk bag, Moab off-road bag, bright Cherokee-logo door sill guards and all-weather mats and a cargo tray round out the interior upgrades.
Jeep Cherokee Dakar
Jeep bills the Cherokee Dakar as the "most extreme Cherokee ever." Considering the current KL Cherokee has been out for less than a year, that's not saying a lot, but we'll play along. To bolster the Dakar's off-road credentials, it gets the obligatory rock rails, skid plates, enlarged wheel openings to house 33-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires, and a Jeep Performance Parts lift kit. A prototype rear fascia enables a more aggressive departure angle. Flame red graphics surround the side glass and hood for an aggressive look.
The interior gets Katzkin black leather seats with "machined gunmetal" inserts, and red stitching on the seats, steering wheel, armrest, and shifter boot. Like the Adventurer, the Dakar gets the Jeep Cargo Management System with a Trailhawk and Moab bag, and an accessory cargo tray.
Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Trail Warrior
Black and tan is one of our favorite after-work drinks, and might also be one our favorite Grand Cherokees, with the EcoDiesel Trail Warrior getting that color scheme inside and out from a Mojave Sand paint job, and Satin Black accents on the grille, hood, front fascia, door handles, and wheel flares. A Quadra-Lift air suspension helps it ride high, and 20-inch wheels and All-Terrain BF Goodrich tires suit its dual purpose well. A Mopar roof basket offers additional storage capacity.
On the inside, the two-tone theme is highlighted with gloss black accents on the HVAC bezels, steering wheel, and other interior accents. Illuminated doorsills, all-weather floor mats, a Mopar pedal kit, and cargo tray complete the interior upgrades.