Jeep has once again rolled out a slew of concepts for the annual 2016 Easter Jeep Safari that push the boundaries of many of Jeep’s existing products.
This year, Jeep is celebrating both the 50th anniversary of the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab as well as the 75th anniversary of the brand. Thousands of off-road enthusiasts are expected to show up to the event.
All of the concepts use a combination of Mopar production and prototype parts. What’s really cool is that all of the Jeeps are functional and ready to hit the trails.
Jeep Crew Chief 715
This open-air Wrangler Unlimited-based concept is reminiscent of a military Jeep, in particular the Kaiser M715. It is put together to help get an entire crew of troops out into the field through rough terrain.
To make this concept happen, Jeep added steel front and rear bumpers, 20-inch beadlock wheels and 40-inch military tires which are hooked up to an on-board air system that allows you to increase or decrease air pressure from inside.
Off-road rock rails, a winch mounted in the front and rear, a 4-inch lift, remote reservoir shocks and a 5-foot cargo bed complete this concept’s practical upgrades while the green paint scheme and simple interior which features leather buckets with canvas inserts and little else completes the aesthetic package.
Power for this concept comes from the 3.6-liter V6 mated to a five-speed automatic.
This baby Wrangler is a throwback to the Jeep CJ-5 and gets some unique looks to help it fit the bill. Overall body length on this concept has been cut by 12 inches while a rear Dana 44 axle and 2-inch lift help to make it a compact off roader.
Inside, plaid inserts on the seats, a four-point safety cage, a red ball shifter handle and all-weather floor mats all contribute to the Jeep’s good looks.
Jeep Renegade Commander
The Renegade Commander concept gets a 2-inch lift, 17-inch Rubicon wheels and BFG All-Terrain T/A K02s to handle the elements while a gray exterior along with custom body decals help to complete the look.
Rock rails, skid plates and a modified exhuast are also fitted.
Inside, Katzkin seat cover, body color accents, a pedal kit and all-weather floor mats are all included.
The Jeep Renegade Commander is powered by the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Also based on the Renegade, the Jeep Comanche is a small pickup truck ready for off-road adventures. The wheelbase of this Renegade has been stretch by six-inches to accommodate the five-foot bed which is tacked onto the back.
Custom seat covers, door sill guards and floor mats are fitted inside, while like the other concepts, a 2-inch lift, a wing, BFG All Terrain T/A tires and rock rails are all fitted.
This concept is powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine mated to a nine-speed automatic.
Jeep FC 150
This concept is not much of a concept at all; rather, it’s a classic which Jeep made new again.
Starting with the restored body of a 1960 FC150, this concept used the chassis of a Wrangler modified with a Dana 44 front axle, a Dana 60 rear axle, 17-inch white wheels and BFG Mud-Terrain tires.
Vinyl seat covers, a custom headliner, a CB radio and an analog compass are all fitted inside to complete this Jeep’s retro looks. Power for the concept comes from a 4.-liter inline six-cylinder engine mated to a three-speed automatic transmission.
Arguably the craziest of all these concepts is the Jeep Trailcat, which comes packing a 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Just to fit the engine, designers had to stretch this Wrangler our by 12 inches.
A longer wheelbse and a chopped windshield help to give this model a sleeker look, while a power-dome vented hood, satin black grille, LED headlights and fog lamps all help to complete the Trailcat’s style.
Steel bumpers, 17-inch wheels and BFG Krawler T/A KX tires are fitted.
The Trailcat’s sport bucket seats are sourced from the Dodge Viper and are made from carbon fiber.
This is said to be the best Wrangler for “exploring off the beaten path.” Jeep packed this concept with tons of off-road goodies, including 37-inch tires, a 2-inch lift, a winch, Dana 44 front and rear axles, half doors and performance shocks.
A camouflage look to help it blend into the Moab desert is wrapped around this concept while plenty of other cosmetic changes help it look the part.