Updated! Moab Easter Jeep Safari Vehicle Sneak Peek
Between the New York and Shanghai auto shows, April is a busy month for automakers, but Chrysler still apparently has some time to go play in the sands of Moab, Utah. Per tradition, the automaker’s Mopar accessories division is readying a handful of customized Jeep and Ram concept vehicles for the annual Easter Jeep Safari and saw fit to preview two Wrangler-based show vehicles ahead of schedule.
The first, dubbed Renegade, appears to emulate the 1971 CJ-5 Renegade 1 model while simultaneously cribbing parts from Mopar’s aftermarket parts catalog. Apart from a gold-on-black paint scheme, the Renegade appears to receive a suspension lift, a larger wheel/tire package (complete with matching gold five-spoke aluminum wheels), rock rails, and a front brush bar.
Seeing as the Renegade appears to use American Expedition Vehicles‘ muscular heat reduction hood, there’s a good chance the show vehicle is packing something more than the standard 3.8-liter V-6. We’d wager this sucker packs Hemi V-8 power — a conversion AEV perfected, and one Jeep’s CEO Michael Manley is reportedly investigating as a potential production option for the Wrangler.
The second concept, which Mopar calls the Porkchop, actually reminds us of original Renegade and other special-edition Jeeps from the 1960s more than the new Renegade concept — its exterior aesthetic is clean, slender, and simple. The concept is stripped of top, bumpers, doors, and bumpers, given a two-tone paint scheme (silver with red accent striping and interior), and large five-spoke torque-thrust wheels. It appears the front axle may be set forward to increase the Porkchop’s wheelbase, but it’s hard to glean such information simply from a design rendering.
Firm details on both show vehicles — along with perhaps a few additional surprises — will likely emerge closer to the EJS event itself, which is scheduled to run between April 16-24.