Each year Jeep brings an exciting lineup of modified concepts for the Easter Jeep Safari. This year is no exception.
While some of the vehicles we've already seen before, there are four new models that we want to check out – the Wrangler Magneto EV, the Gladiator Rubicon Red Bare, the Wrangler Orange Peelz, and the retro Jeepster Beach. These four are joined by the Gladiator Farout, V8-powered Wrangler Rubicon 392, and Gladiator Top Dog.
The most interesting of the bunch is the Wrangler Magneto EV. As its name implies, it is an all-electric Wrangler based on the two-door model. It features four battery packs with a combined output of 70kWh powers an electric motor producing 285 HP and 370 Nm torque. Interestingly, it uses a 6-speed manual transmission. According to Jeep, in quick-shift scenarios, the electric motor engages regenerative power upon clutch engagement to prevent rev hang. Yes, 4x4 is still standard.
Visually, the Magneto EV is hard to miss with its Bright White paint. As with most EVs, it features blue accents to signify its more environmentally friendly qualities. It features an open interior setup with no doors. The cabin is lined with black leather and contrast stitching. A 2-inch lift, 35-inch mud tires, and steel bumpers further enhance its offroad capability.
Does the Magneto EV signify an electric Wrangler coming soon? We don't know, but it is possible.
Apart from the EV, Jeep also turned back the clock with the Jeepster Beach.
This is actually a resto-mod build using a 1968 Jeepster Commando (C-101) frame and body. It is finished in a unique two-tone paint job and features modern creature comforts like heaters and roll-up windows.
Under the hood, it uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 270 HP and 400 Nm torque. Despite the modern upgrades, the Jeepster retains a retro-look with its red low-back bucket seats, red interior, and chrome roll bar.
Thinking of modifying your Gladiator or Wrangler for the great outdoors? Why not take inspiration from the Gladiator Red Bare and the Wrangler Orange Peel.
Starting with the pick-up, it uses a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic. Meanwhile, a 91:1 crawl ratio helps keep the Fire Cracker Red Gladiator right side up on the trails. It features a Mojave hood and cowl piece together with custom exterior graphics. Similar to the EV, a 2-inch lift kit and 17-inch wheels were fitted wrapped in mud-terrain tires. Meanwhile, steel bumpers complete the rugged look.
Lastly, the Jeep Orange Peelz is based on a two-door Wrangler and does away with the side and rear windows for an open-air experience. It features a prototype JPP half doors and a removable one-piece glass sunroof for more fresh air.
To protect from chips and cracks, the windshield of the concept is made from Corning Gorilla Glass. Meanwhile, the off-roader gets its name from the unique Orange Peelz exterior color and contrast black graphics. The concept rides on 37-inch mud-terrain tires and uses a 2-inch JPP lift kit with FOX shocks.
Out of the four, which one of Jeep's Easter Safari concepts is your favorite? While the Magneto EV is unique, the bright red Gladiator sure has its appeal together with the retro Jeepster.