Marcus De Guzman / Jeep | April 11, 2017 06:59
Seven new Jeep concepts ready to take on 2017 Easter Jeep Safari
The 51st Easter Jeep Safari will see the 4x4 brand take on the famous MOAB Trail in Utah with a total of seven off-road concepts. From a hot-rod inspired one-off, to heavily modified throwbacks from yesteryear, the new Jeep concepts cater to different tastes and needs in off-roading.
What could be the fastest Jeep in the lineup is the Quicksand concept. From its namesake, it was specifically built to take on sand dunes fast and loud. Its chassis is based off the Wrangler and features a longer wheelbase with a trimmed front and rear. Also, it gets a chopped hard top and windshield, and a 'peekaboo' cutout hood.
The driving force of the Quicksand is a 6.4-liter (392 cu in) HEMI V8 that comes with eight-stack injection and gasser-style downturned open headers. It is then mated to a 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox. To maximize grip, the Quicksand rolls on BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires. It has a staggered tire setup with the front sporting 32-inch rubber while the rear gets 37-inches. In addition, the Quicksand also has 18-inch 'kidney bean' alloy wheels, coilover shocks and a front-mounted power winch.
Next is the family-focused Safari concept which aims to bring the outdoors inside the Jeep. Also based off the Wrangler, it has an open-air design that is highlighted by a transluscent hard top roof panel and an aluminum roof rack. It also what Jeep calls 'windoors' which are made from aluminum and vinyl, and feature zipper openings to let air in. Inside, the rear seats can be rotated to allow the occupants to see out better and comes with a panel-mounted iPad.
Power is provided by the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that is mated to a 5-speed automatic. 35-inch tires from BF Goodrich provide the necessary grip and comes with 18-inch alloys. Full-skid plates, steel front and rear bumpers, upgraded brakes and a unique cold air intake complete the alterations on the Safari concept.
Geared for off-road performance is the Switchback concept. It is equipped with an array of Mopar, Jeep Performance and aftermarket parts. Both the front and rear have Dana 44 axles while a 4-inch lift kit provides extra ground clearance. Also installed are Fox Shocks, heavy-duty cast differential covers, front and rear steel bumpers and 37-inch BF Goodrich KM2 tires with 17-inch concept wheels. Like the Safari, it comes with the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V6.
Exterior-wise, the Switchback has a concept hood, along with half-doors and high-top fender flares. Meanwhile, finished in black are the fuel cap, taillight guards, swing-gate hinge and spare tire carrier. It also comes with a LED lightbar, off-road A-pillar LED lamps, LED taillights and Jeep Performance LED headlights with foglights.
Probably the most luminous of the 4x4s is the Luminator concept. With an emphasis in delivering superior night time visibility, it is fitted with a full suite of advanced lighting features that was co-developed with the Automotive Lighting of Magneti Marelli. Powerful 7-inch LED projector headlights, rear LED taillights, as well as bumper-mounted and cornering fog lamps dominate the Luminator.
The centerpiece of the Luminator is a scanning LED light bat that features active spot and dynamic following tech. Basically, this system can help drivers avoid wildlife or hazards while on the trail. Also worth mentioning is the high-mounted rear stop lamp that comes with four LED colors to indicate trail conditions. Red means stop, Amber means slow-moving, Green means fast moving and White acts as rear flood lighting. Other features present on the Luminator include a roof-mounted solar panel, drone landing pad and touchscreen display with GPS and internet connectivity.
Deviating from the Wrangler-based concepts is the Compass-based Trailpass concept. It's essentially a a more capable version of the Compass Trailhawk and sports several off-road upgrades. It gets a 1.5-inch lift kit, along with bigger 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Continental TerrainContact all-terrain tires. Other exterior kit fitted on the Trailpass include Jeep Performance cross rails and rock rails, Gloss Black side mirrors, custom hood graphics and side stripes, tinted headlights and taillights and a roof basket.
Inside, the Trailpass gets Katzkin leather seats and armrest, body-color trim accents and all-weather floor mats. Powering the Trailpass is a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine that is mated to a 9-speed automatic.
The last two concepts from Jeep are throwbacks that are heavily-customized and feature modern tech. First up is the CJ66 concept which was first revealed at the 2016 SEMA show. It has a TJ Wrangler frame, the body of a 1966 Wrangler CJ and components from the modern JK Wrangler. It is then powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 capable of producing 388 PS and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. A cold air intake system and a Mopar cat-back exhaust system provide additional power to the CJ66.
It is painted in a unique hue called Copper Canyon and rides on 35-inch BF Goodrich KM2 all-terrain tires. A 2-inch lift kit gives the CJ66 extra ground clearance along with the 17-inch beadlock wheels. It has a two-way air suspension system which allows the driver to set the height of the CJ66 when going over rough terrain. It even gets Dana 44 axles front and rear. Inside, it has a custom-built roll cage with a bikini top and Wrangler JK center console. The seats, on the other hand are custom Dodge Viper seats that have been tailored for the CJ66.
Last but not the least is the Grand One concept. This particular vehicle celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Grand Cherokee and features a modern twist on a 1993 ZJ. Outside, the Grand One features 18-inch lace-style wheels wrapped in 33-inch BF Goodrich KM2 mud terrain tires, fender flares, 2-inch lift kit and an extended wheelbase. Also, both front and rear axles have selectable locking differentials.
Inside, the Grand One stays true to the 90s with its period correct materials according to Jeep. Power is provided by a 5.2-liter V8 that is married to a 4-speed automatic gearbox.