This year the team stepped it up a notch, announcing six new Jeep concepts. Mopar has also announced an off-road division that will create authentic Jeep parts and accessories.
“The Jeep Safari has long been a great way for Jeep to connect with its core audience. We look forward to spending the week demonstrating our latest potential production and customization ideas and gathering instant feedback from the most knowledgable 4×4 enthusiasts in the world,” Jeep president and CEO Mike Manley said.
Mopar president and CEO Pietro Gorlier addded that “Mopar is tapping into a growing trend among extreme Jeep enthusiasts who want even more power and capability on the trail. This year, Mopar is pushing the envelope in this arena by offering our customers new Pro 60 portal axles and a new HEMI conversion kit, which we will showcase in those new vehicles. In addition, to further maximize our presence in the off-road market, we are creating a Mopar Off-Road division to develop Jeep Authentic Parts and Accessories.”
Grand Cherokee Trailhawk concept
The six concepts to be unveiled promise to showcase a wide diversity of products and its adaptations. First, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept will feature a Stone White, Mineral Gray and Red exterior color theme with Mineral Gray grille accents, mirror caps, wheels and a rear light bar. Splashes of Red will highlight the grille mesh, front and rear tow hooks, wheel center caps while a Red trim outlines the matte black hood which reduces glare while off-roading.
In terms of hardware, the Trailhawk Concept comes with a Quadra-Lift air suspension, Selec-Terrain traction control system, Off-Road Adventure packages, tow/recovery hooks tested at double the vehicle’s gross weight, a rear Electric Limited-slip Differential (ELSD), and Mopar rock rails to protect the lower body from rocky terrain. Mopar also fitted the Trailhawk with 18-inch Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor off-road tires, providing off-road performance and quiet highway manners.
Wrangler Apache concept
By popular request, the Wrangler Apache concept featured the new 6.4-liter HEMI V8 conversion kit. Boasting high-clearance flat fenders, rock rails, front and rear half-door kits, a stinger front bumper, and a Warn 9.5ti XP winch, the Apache’s rugged exterior matches the HEMI inside, which produces a whopping 470-hp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. Additional upgrades include the Mopar Pro 60 5.13 front and rear axles, a 4.5-inch stage 3 long arm lift kit and off-road bead-lock wheels. The HEMI V8 is available with a either a five-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual.
Mighty FC Concept
The Mighty FC Concept could be the most interesting concept here. An homage to the Jeep Forward Control built from 1956 to 1965, the FC minimizes over-length while maintaining a full-size cargo bed by shifting the cabin over the front axle and adding a custom-built drop-side cargo box. The cab also features a custom-designed front clip and a roof from the Mopar JK-8 conversion kit.
What’s more, the new Mopar Portal Axles set are offset for more ground clearance without a major suspension modification. The axles are controlled with King coil-over assemblies with Teraflex control arms and track bars. Massive 40-inch tires wrapping around Hutchinson 17-inch headlock wheels offer great bite for traction too.
J-12 conversion concept
An extended version of the recently introduced JK-8 pickup conversion kit, the J-12 conversion concept extends the rear frame of a new 2012 Wrangler Unlimited by 18 inches, which allows for a six-foot bed and room for the spare tire beneath the truck bed. Setting itself apart, the J-12 Concept will also receive a custom hood and front fender set that will surely cause a stir with Jeep Gladiator series enthusiasts. Inside, Jeep opted to dress down the interior for a more bare-bones truck look.
The J-12 receives extra off-road capabilities thanks to a three-inch suspension lift and Teraflex sway bars controlling ARB air-locker equipped Dynatrac D-44 and D-60 axle assemblies.
Mopar accessorized Wrangler
The Mopar accessorized Wrangler will showcase many of Mopar’s 250 available accessories. Starting with a Wrangler Rubicon, Mopar installed an array of upgrades including a two-inch lift kit, 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler tires mounted to classic five-hole wheels, front and rear off-road bumpers, a Warn 9.5ti XP winch, Mopar rock rails, Kicker dash 6.5-inch two-way speakers, Mopar all-weather mats and more. Additional prototype Mopar accessories include a locking center console box, a rear cargo cubby, windshield mounted LED lamps, hard-top headliner, and an “Add-A-Trunk” partition that creates secure storage space in the cargo area.
Wrangler Traildozer Concept
Finally, the Wrangler Traildozer Concept is prepped by Jeep, Mopar, and the American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) engineering team in order to tackle Moab’s toughest trails. Powering the Traildozer Concept is a 470-hp 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine mated to six-speed manual transferred to the wheels via Rubicon-specific Dana 44 axles equipped with 4:10 gears and electric locking differentials.
To clear the biggest boulders, Jeep fit 37-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw Radials and an AEV Dualsport RS 3.5-inch suspension lift to clear the monstrous tires.
Here are some images of the hardcore off-road concepts. Held from March 31 through April 8, make sure to check out the 46th Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari to find out more about products from Jeep and Mopar.