Jeep's annual Easter Safari in Moab, Utah is a big deal for the brand, so much so that they release some of the most interesting concepts in one of the biggest gathering of Jeep owners and enthusiasts in the US. This year is no different as the American off-road vehicle manufacturer has rolled out seven new concepts which include a resto-modded model and, of course, hardcore off-roaders.
The company previewed two of their concepts just a few days ago and both have been officially named. Starting with the Jeep Jeepster, they call it a 'mixture of the present and possible with heritage-inspired styling'. As mentioned before, the name Jeepster is of significance as it is one of the vehicles that paved the way for the brand in the coming decades. It boasts retro styling cues such as the white on red two-tone paint, slant-back rear windshield, body-colored outer rims and white edges on the fenders. Despite the original 1948 Jeepster not being intended for off-road use, the new concept comes with a lift kit, beefier off-road oriented tires and a pair of winches, front and rear.
Retro themes continue in the Wagoneer Roadtrip concept. Using the frame and shell of a classic Wagoneer, Jeep updated the mechanical parts, namely its powertrain and suspension system. The interior in the other hand has retained its classic cues, right down to the bench seating configuration. Suspension gets a lift and the concept rides on white steel-pressed rims accompanied by chunky off-road tires. As for the engine, it's close in spirit to the Chrysler LA 360 engine found in the late model Wagoneers with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8.
Drawing inspiration from motorsports is the Sandstorm concept. According to Jeep, this concept boasts upgrades similar to those found in Baja sand racers. With that, it gains lifted, heady-duty suspension which have been adjusted four inches higher and is made for high-speed cruising on dirt. On top of that, it gains front and rear tube bumpers, modified rock rails, an integrated on-board air compressor, race-style fuel filler, KC Carbon series front auxiliary lights and a chase light. Power is provided by a 6.4-liter V-8 engine from the Mopar performance catalog and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
Kicking it up a notch is the 4SPEED concept and, no, it doesn't mean it has a four-speed transmission. Instead, it gets a highly-tuned turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. The body has also been lightened thanks to a carbon fiber hood, high-clearance carbon fiber fender flares and a carbon fiber rear tub with perforated aluminum panels. Changes to the design include a raked windshield, elongated door openings,an aggressively swept back custom cage and a two-inch lift. New axles are also fitted to the concept, along with 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires.
A little less hardcore is the Nacho Jeep concept and from its name alone, it's draped in a striking shade of yellow. They call it a 'rolling catalog of Jeep Performance Parts', meaning the parts seen here can be ordered to standard Wranglers. These include steel Rubicon bumpers, a Warn winch, A-pillar lights and brush guard-mounted LED lights. Plus, there's the 2-inch-round tube doors and grab handles, 2-inch lift kit, 2.5-inch diameter aluminum body shocks and oversized 37-inch tires wrapped around 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels.
Speaking of rolling catalogues, there's also the J-Wagon concept which gives the five-door Unlimited model an off-road ready look. The standard bumpers have been retained but it does get fitted with a lift kit and large mud-terrain tires. A special hood is also in place which comes with a cutout for those who want to install a snorkel. Rock sliders at the bottom of the car provides underside protection when taking on trails and a roof rack wraps up the upgrades.
Lastly, the B-Ute concept adds off-road appeal to Jeep's smallest offering, the Renegade. The B-Ute Renegade comes with blacked-out front and rear fascias and upper grille area. Another addition is a new hood with heat extractors, and wider fender flares. To increase off-road capability, 1.5-inch lift kit and a pair of rock rails help it on the trails. These are then accompanied by a set of 17-inch wheels wrapped in off-road ready BF Goodrich T/A Baja Champion tires.