Jeep Releases Full Details on Six Concepts for Moab
New Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Gets Diesel Power, Five Wrangler Concepts
After teasing us with just two concepts that would be revealed in Moab, Jeep has opened the floodgates and released photos and information on all six of the concepts it will be showing at this year's Moab Easter Jeep Safari.
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
As we predicted earlier this week, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk concept gets the newest engine option in the lineup, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. We were vacillating between that engine and the 6.4-liter Hemi, but had our money on the diesel. The Grand Cherokee SRT hood and bumper treatment on the concept was a red-herring detail to get us to think Hemi. Like Trailhawk models past, the 2014 model's emphasis is off-road capability. With 35-inch Mickey Thompson off-road tires on Wrangler Rubicon 17-inch alloy wheels with enlarged wheelwells and custom fender flares, as well as front and rear skidplates, Mopar rock rails, and dual rear tow hooks, the Trailhawk is ready for some off-road action. To keep muddy and dusty boots from sullying its plush interior, it also gets Mopar slush mats and a rear cargo liner.
Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon
It's practically become tradition over the past few years for Jeep to have a Wrangler concept with the monster 6.4-liter Hemi, and this year doesn't disappoint. The Wrangler Mopar Recon concept comes packing the 470-hp mill mated to a five-speed automatic feeding power to front and rear Dana 60 axles with 4.10 gears. The Recon also features a 4.5-inch prototype lift kit and eight-lug wheels on 39-inch off-road tires. Adding to the Recon's purposeful appearance are Mopar front and rear half-door and window kits, front and rear "Stinger" off-road bumpers, a Warn winch, high-clearance flat fenders, the obligatory rock rails, LED headlights, and custom upholstery featuring Navy blanket material with Navy camouflage inserts.
Jeep Wrangler Stitch
Following up on the popularity of the Wrangler Pork Chop concept, the Wrangler Stitch follows the same concept of radical lightening, removing more than 700 pounds from the base vehicle. No stone was left unturned in the strategic weight loss on the Stitch. The frame was strategically lightened, all audio and HVAC equipment was removed, sections of the body were cut or removed, and front seats from the SRT Viper were installed, and the rear seat was removed. The hood is a custom carbon-fiber unit, and the standard roll cage was replaced with a lightweight chrome moly cage. Aluminum lower control arms, floor pan, and a GenRight aluminum fuel tank round out the lightening modifications.
But Jeep's legendary off-road capability wasn't sacrificed in the process, with Mickey Thompson 35-inch wheels on 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels, DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 axles with 4.88 gears and ARB front and rear locking differentials, King shocks, and Tom Woods custom driveshafts.
Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper II
The second of the Hemi-powered Wrangler concepts at Moab this year, the Sand Trooper II employs the proven 5.7-liter Hemi with 375 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque mated to a five-speed automatic, running through Mopar portal axles with Jeep Performance Parts eight-lug beadlock wheels and 40-inch off-road tires. Adding to its no-nonsense look, the Sand Trooper II features a satin black grille, front and rear Shorty bumpers, Mopar flat fenders, a Warn winch, rock rails, a vented hood, LED headlights, and off-road lights. Inside, the Sand Trooper II gets locking storage, a backup camera display, leather seats, and a trailside winch kit.
Jeep Wrangler Flattop
Combining on-road and off-road style, the Wrangler Flattop concept gets a one-piece windowless hard top with the exterior B-pillars removed. The exterior is finished in a metallic sandstone color with copper and dark brown accents. The Flattop features customized front and rear bumpers from the 10th Anniversary Rubicon model. Custom highline fender flares, LED headlights, taillights, side markers and a Warn winch and TeraFlex spare tire carrier finish off the exterior. On the inside, the Flattop gets a dark saddle Katzkin leather interior and copper-colored trim accents. Off-road hardware includes a Mopar cold-air intake and exhaust, five-spoke wheels with 37-inch Mickey Thompson off-road tires, Dynatrac Pro Rock 44 front and Dana 60 rear axles with ARB air lockers and TeraFlex anti-roll bars, and Full Traction control arms with King shocks and pneumatic bump stops.
Jeep Wrangler Slim
A slightly less extreme take on the weight-loss theme, the Wrangler Slim features full doors and a hardtop enclosing a black leather interior, and a CB radio. The exterior is painted a distinctive "Rock Lobster" color, with color-matching 17-inch Jeep Performance Parts forged beadlock wheels. The Slim also features a prototype 2-inch Mopar lift kit, 10th Anniversary Rubicon front bumper, rock rails, and a black grille, fender flares and hood decal. Like the other Wrangler concepts, the Slim also gets LED headlights.