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Jeep Unveils Concepts for Moab Easter Jeep Safari ‘15

Concepts Draw Heavily on Brand Heritage

Mar 19, 2015
Spring has sprung, and if you’re a Jeep enthusiast, you know what’s coming next, this year’s crop of concepts at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Past EJS concepts have had Hemi swaps or other radical transformations. This year, the powertrain changes were much more subdued, with all of the Wrangler concepts powered by the run-of-the-mill 3.6L Pentastar V-6, with the exception of the Wrangler “Africa” concept, which gets the 2.8L VM Motori I-4 diesel offered in global markets. Although the majority of this year’s concepts were Wrangler-based, there were also modified versions of the Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, and Renegade. Without further ado, here are this year’s Jeep concepts.
Photo 2/24   |   Jeep Chief Concept Rear Three Quarter 02
Jeep Wrangler Chief Concept
This Wrangler-based concept pays homage to the California surf culture of the ‘’70s, with Ocean Blue paint, a custom front-end treatment modeled after the fullsize Jeep Cherokee of the ‘’70s, open sides, and a chopped windshield and doors. On the inside, the Chief features a tiki-style shift knob, vintage surf decals, and a Rosewood front-passenger grab handle. The suspension gets a 2-inch lift with Fox shocks and Dana 44 front and rear axles, as well as Rubicon rock rails.
Photo 6/24   |   Jeep Staff Car Concept Front Three Quarter
Jeep Wrangler Staff Car
The Wrangler “Staff Car” concept hearkens back to the days when the Willys MB and its successors were the staple transportation of the U.S. military. The vehicle gets basic steel wheels, minimalist fender flares, and no doors. The front and rear bumpers come from the global J8 Wrangler-based pickup. The interior is similarly basic, with low-back bench seats in the first and second rows, an integrated roll cage, and a painted steel floor. Like the Chief concept, the Staff Car gets a 2-inch suspension lift and Fox shocks.
Photo 9/24   |   Jeep Wrangler Africa Concept Front Three Quarter
Jeep Wrangler Africa Concept
The sole Wrangler concept not powered by the ubiquitous Pentastar V-6, the Wrangler Africa is based on a Wrangler Unlimited, with a fully- enclosed full-length roof, auxiliary fuel cans, a high-clearance front bumper with built-in winch, and power step rock rails. The 2.8L turbodiesel I-4 is mated to a five -speed automatic transmission. On the inside, the roof, floor and cargo area are coated with a spray truck bed lining for durability. The spare tire is mounted underbody. Like the other two, the Africa concept gets a 2-inch lift with Dana 44 front and rear axles.
Photo 12/24   |   Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander Concept Front Three Quarter
Photo 13/24   |   Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander Concept Rear Three Quarter
Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander
Most of us think of the Grand Cherokee as Jeep’s more luxurious offering, but it’s still plenty rugged and ready for adventure, and that’s just what the Overlander concept strives to embody. The Sage Green exterior color sets the theme, and an integrated front winch, tow hooks, larger wheel flares, rock rails, and front and rear skid plates emphasize functionality. An SRT hood and taillights add a subtle custom touch. BF Goodrich All- Terrain T/A tires are mounted on 18-inch milled- alloy wheels. Underhood is the 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Topping off the outdoor adventure theme, the Overlander features a spray lining on the roof and a two- person hard-shell rooftop tent.
Photo 14/24   |   Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk Concept Front Three Quarter
Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk
The Renegade Desert Hawk concept is mostly a showcase for new Mopar accessories for Jeep’s lastest Italian-built compact. Accessory exterior decals, rock rails, skid plates, and a trailer hitch receiver and roof rack highlight the exterior updates. Inside, the Desert Hawk gets Mopar Katzkin seat covers, body-color bezel accents, and Mopar all-weather floormats. The engine is the 2.4L Tigershark I-4 mated to a nine-speed automatic.
Photo 18/24   |   Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail Concept Front Three Quarter
Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail
The Cherokee Canyon Trail shows the more rugged side of Jeep’s best-selling model. A topographical hood decal depicting the Hell’s Revenge trail, as well as a body decal and satin black roof accents. On the inside, the Canyon trail features Mopar Katzkin accessory seat covers with Jeep Performance Parts embroidery on the headrest, body-color bezel accents, a cargo tray mat, all-weather floor mats, and a Moab off-road bag. Aiding in its trail-worthiness are Jeep Performance Parts rock rails, underbody skid plates, and BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A tires, giving an additional half-inch of lift.
Photo 22/24   |   Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder Concept Front Three Quarter
Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder
The Wrangler Red Rock Responder concept is built for remote, rugged rescue, and has the hardware to back it up. High-top fender flares and 17-inch beadlock wheels are built for off-road duty, and 37-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM2 tires, a four4-inch Jeep Performance Parts Lift kit, and front and rear Dana 60 axles with a 5.38 ratio mated to an five-speed automatic help the Red Rock crawl out of almost any situation. A Warn winch aids in vehicle recovery, along with a Hi-Lift Jack, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, an off-road recovery kit, an onboard compressor and air reservoir, and room for a water cooler. The extended rear bed portion gets a sharp angle cut to maintain departure angles when off road.

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