Unveiled: The 2016 Easter Jeep Safari Concept Vehicles! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Unveiled: The 2016 Easter Jeep Safari Concept Vehicles! Which One Is Your Favorite?

It’s rare for a manufacturer to celebrate and thank the fans quite like Jeep does every year at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the Easter Jeep Safari, which started out as the Moab Chamber of Commerce’s way to encourage people to come out to the area and not only spend a little cash in the area, but gain an appreciation for the natural beauty of the land. For years now Jeep puts together some vehicles worth of drool puddles to come and play with the Jeepers, and this year is no different. Lohnes might be driving right now to get ahold of the FC170 restomod, but let’s start out with the one I’d have in half a second:

1. Crew Chief 715 Jeep® Crew Chief 715 Concept

Oh, this is so good I can barely stand it. The Kaiser M715 is certainly the truck to emulate, and with rumors flying around regarding the upcoming Jeep pickup, there is home, however small, that this is an early taste of what’s to come. Don’t expect the Kaiser front clip to make it (though, that’s a shame). The 3.6L Pentastar and five-speed automatic power the Crew Chief 715, and such goodies as Dana 60s front and rear, a 4″ lift kit with Fox Remote Reservoir shocks, and 20″ steel headlock wheels on 40″ NDT military tires.

2. ShortcutJeep® Shortcut Concept

The Shortcut concept’s is meant to be a throwback to the Jeep CJ-5. Body length has been shrunk over twelve inches, unique parts including hoot, tailgate, wheel flares, grille and bumpers were added, and 17″ steel wheels on BF Goodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM2s round out the rolling stock. Inside, throwback plaid-insert seats are a nice touch. We love the minimalist approach the Shortcut has…it just looks right.

3. ComancheJeep® Comanche ConceptThe most controversial vehicle unveiled, the Comanche is a Renegade converted to a pickup. The color is actually called “Beige Against The Machine.” Stretched six inches over a standard Renegade, lifted 2 inches and sporting rock rails and a winch, the Comanche does present a case for itself. Powered by a 2.0L diesel four that runs through the 9-speed auto, the soft-top Comanche is going to be the love-it-or-hate-it vehicle this year.

4. TrailstormJeep® Trailstorm ConceptJeep is billing the Trailstorm as “the ultimate Jeep Wrangler for exploring the beaten path”. Based on the Wrangler Unlimited, the Trailstorm has a 2″ lift kit with Fox shocks, 17″ concept steel wheels wrapped in 37″ tires, Dana 44 axles front and rear, a winch, half-doors, a bedlined interior, bigger brakes, a domed and vented hood and much more. It’s powered by the 3.6L Pentastar and is hooked to the five-speed automatic.

5. Renegade CommanderJeep® Renegade Commander ConceptThe Renegade Commander is a Mopar/Jeep Performance Parts kit build meant to show off what the catalog can provide to Jeep’s little runabout hatchback. The 2″ lift and Rubicon wheels on 29.5″ BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A K02’s add some credibility to the appearance, and a Katzkin seat cover set makes the interior a nicer place to be. Rock rails, skid plates, exhaust, a trailer hitch and rear auxiliary lights round out the package.

6. FC170 HeritageJeep® FC 150 Heritage VehicleThis 1960 Jeep FC170 looks vintage because it is vintage…that’s the real deal you’re seeing right there. Jeep built themselves a restomod this year: underneath the body is the chassis and powertrain from a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. Sporting a Dana 44 front axle, Dana 60 rear axle, 17″ steel wheels on 33″ BFG Mud Terrain T/A KM2s and the Wrangler’s 4.0L inline-six and automatic, this FC should have no trouble whatsoever on the trails. Jeep might have trouble, however, moving along, because we suspect that this truck will be mobbed.

7. TrailcatJeep® Trailcat ConceptAre you surprised, really? The 6.2L Hellcat Hemi is backed with a six-speed manual trans, which fit only after the designers stretched the Jeep out twelve inches. The windshield has been chopped two inches, Dana 60 axles are at both ends, 17″ headlock wheels on 39.5″ BF Goodrich Krawler T/A KX tires were fitted, and Fox shocks keep everything nice and planted. And just to make sure that the passengers stay in their seats for the duration of this thrill ride, Dodge Viper seats (reskinned with Katzkin leather covers) and harnesses have been fitted.

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12 thoughts on “Unveiled: The 2016 Easter Jeep Safari Concept Vehicles! Which One Is Your Favorite?

  1. Loren

    If I was buyin’…the Trailstorm, If I was dreamin’ then the Trailcat at the bottom is some kinda ultimate something for sure. All neat stuff.

  2. The Crusty Autoworker

    We’re hoping the Kaiser hints the direction of the upcoming Jeep pickup truck, but what could be cooler than “Shortcut”?
    The 707 horse power Trailcat is disaster looking for a place to happen.
    – Crusty out

  3. jerry z

    I like the Shortcut, a no-frills type of Jeep like the old CJ’s! That would be a fun ride with a Scat Pack 392 in it!

  4. Matt Cramer

    The Shortcut needs to be added to the Wrangler line, pronto! On the forest trails out here, the smaller the better.

  5. S3bird

    I actually dig the small Comanche; it’s the mythical small pick up with a diesel that people have been claiming they wanted for years…even the color is right

  6. crazy canuck

    The wife will take the crewchief and I’ll take the trail cat . If jeep want to make bucket loads of money start making these .

  7. Gump

    Crew chief or Comanche. Jeep needs a pickup, and not more of the same wrangler. The FC wouldn\’t sell (even though it\’s cool as hell), and that renegade needs to be killed with fire.

  8. Threedoor

    I dig the Comanche, the grill and hood looks too goofy on the 715ish thing. Besides, I’ve got a 715 already.

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