Jeep has been making a show of the Easter Jeep Safari out at Moab, Utah for a while now, using the event as a place to unveil concept vehicles and show them off. If you’re Jeep, you simply don’t build a concept vehicle and not prove that it can handle a little bit of dirt, this year the manufacturer really went out of their way to bring some entertainment with them. Take a look below at the concepts…and if you want to see them for yourself, they will be at the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari March 28-30 in Moab, Utah:
1. Jeep Wrangler Africa
Land Rover who? This diesel Jeep has a 2″ lift kit, but clears 35″ BFG Mud Terrains with ease. There’s Dana 44s with at both ends with Fox shocks and the back of the body has been extended a little over stock, and the steel wheels are a very nice touch. We suddenly want to take this thing through a nature preserve. While we’d love a Chief, this would be the one real “concept Jeep” that would be easiest to put into production.
2. Jeep Wrangler Staff Car
Channel your inner General Patton right here. Featuring the kind of seating comforts that could only be dreamed of in the WWII, the Staff Car is similar to the Africa, except the engine here is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and there’s a cooler in the back for drinks. Open air, military lighting, and it even has the whip antennas tied down right. To hell with a HMMWV, where was this when I was in the Army?!
3. Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk
Regardless of our distaste for Jeep’s newest toy, it’s coming out to Moab as well. The Renegade Desert Hawk is meant to show off Mopar and Jeep Performance parts. There’s a 2.4L four-cylinder and the 9-speed automatic for power, and the interior was done by Katzkin.
4. Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander
This thing rules. Starting with a 3.0L diesel Grand Cherokee, Jeep added SRT-8 taillights and the power dome hood, created a new front clip, and painted it Sage Green. Rock rails, fender flares and a good-looking 18″ wheel and and BFG Mud Terrain tire setup help, but the coolest part is the roof-mounted shell tent. We’ve seen these before, and they are easy to set up and take down. Lohnes, your new family ride has arrived.
5. Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder
The most trail-ready of the concepts, the Red Rock Responder was built to be ready to assist with vehicle breakdowns and repairs while out on the trail. The 3.6L Pentastar sends power through the automatic to front and rear Dana 60s fitted with 5.38 gears from Jeep Performance Parts. A 4″ lift kit and Fox shocks keep the 37-inch BFG Mud Terrain T/A KM2 tires and 17″ deadlocked wheels out of the metal, while a Warn winch, LED lighting for the headlights, fog lamps, A-pillar spotlights and off-road lamps.
The body sports prototype rock rails, Rubicon bumpers, high-top fenders, and side cargo boxes filled to the brim with tools, first aid kits, a recovery kit, Hi-Lift jack, a fire extinguisher, and more. Inside Katzkin leather covers the seats.
This 2.4L/9-speed automatic Cherokee gets rock rails, skid plates for the fuel tank, underbody, oil pan and front suspension, as well as concept 17″ wheels on BFG All Terrain T/A tires. Not a bad up kit for Four Wheeler’s Four Wheeler of the Year 2014. Hopefully the driver will put the Active Drive Lock (low range and locking rear diff) to good use on the trail.
7. Jeep Chief
Ohhhhh, someone at Jeep really does care. Following a line of never-gonna-happen concepts that raise our blood pressure nicely, the Chief is a killer throwback to the SJ Wagoneer/Cherokee/Grand Wagoneer platform that ran from 1963-1991 in various forms. Based upon a Wrangler, the Chief was built with a “California surfer” theme to it. A lot of it works, including the Ocean Blue on white paint job, the one-off 17″ slot mags on stout BFG rubber, the custom bumpers and grille up front, and the Grand Wagoneer-style taillights out back. Inside become a little more questionable, with white leather seating inset with a Hawaiian flower print, rosewood accents, and a tiki shifter, but even if you aren’t a fan of the surfer theme, you have to hand it to Jeep for knocking the visuals of this thing out of the park by a mile, joining the Mighty FC, J-12 and M715 concept trucks of recent past as drool-worthy but unobtainable dream material.