Jeep Teases Two of This Year’s Moab Easter Jeep Safari Concepts
“Chief” Takes Heritage Cues, “Red Rock Responder” More Modern
The 49th Annual Easter Jeep Safari, taking place in Moab, Utah, later this month, will be the stage for seven new concept vehicles from the company. While we’ll have to wait until next week for full details on the concepts (which are traditionally based on Jeep’s existing production models), the company released two teaser images to whet our appetites.
The Chief concept, teased above, looks to draw heavily from Jeep’s heritage. We’re not totally positive, but the sloping tailgate, side graphics, and long bodysides make us think the Chief will be a modern interpretation of the Jeepster of the 1960s and 1970s. Designed to compete with the likes of the International Harvester Scout and Ford Bronco, the original Jeepster and related Commando were offered in convertible, pickup, and station wagon body styles.
Looking at the teaser image, however, the concept looks like it probably uses the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited platform, probably with only two doors. The Unlimited’s exoskeleton roll bars are visible in the rendering, so the Chief won’t be a fully open convertible as the Jeepster was. One neat detail the image betrays is the “bent” taillights with chrome bezels, and the Chief looks like it’ll come equipped with some meaty, off-road-ready tires and some additional ground clearance over the standard Wrangler Unlimited. We think a production Chief and a production Mighty FC (from 2012) would fit in with Jeep's current lineup.
Also based on the Jeep Wrangler is the Red Rock Responder concept. With the Red Rock Responder, the company is teasing us with another pickup concept (just build one already!), but this one has some kind of utility bed. Clearly built using Jeep Performance Parts, this concept is probably designed with recovery and public safety duties in mind. It wouldn’t be hard to imagine this rig scrambling around Moab, the Rubicon, or natural disaster sites, pulling stalled vehicles out of harm’s way or clearing fallen tree limbs and rubble.
Jeep promised us we’ll know more next week, just in time for the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab on March 25.