Easter Jeep Safari Concepts Include A Wrangler 392 Send-Off

As the ancient texts dictate, it is once again time for the Easter Jeep Safari, and that means four new Jeep concepts will accompany the brand and scores of off-road enthusiasts to Moab, Utah for a solid week of off-roading. This year, not all concepts are Wranglers, but there is a notably important Wrangler concept. Following the death of the Wranger 392, the Jeep Low Down Concept could be the last V8-powered model the brand produces.

The concept is as good a place to start as any, though the Low Down is more than just a V8-powered tribute. It also pays homage to the Wrangler Lower 40 concept from 15 years ago. That model had massive 40-inch tires (hence the name), but this time the concept goes just a little harder, with 42-inch rubber and beadlock wheels. Amazingly, these are fitted to a 392 with stock suspension, though some updated carbon fiber fenders are needed to clear the huge tires. The axles have been modified, so the 392 body isn’t entirely stock, though the new Dana 60 axles are hooked to the stock V8 drivetrain. Other notable changes include special paint, graphics, a clear hood, and a custom interior.

Keeping with the Wrangler theme, Jeep has also brought along a Gladiator concept this year. The Rubicon High Top concept is here to showcase various Jeep Performance parts and comes fitted with the same Dana 60 axles used in the Low Down, this time paired with AccuAir air suspension. These are held up by 40-inch tires and KMC Grenade Crawl beadlock wheels. Things are rounded off with the usual complement of graphics and custom interior pieces, as well as an AEV bumper, Warn winch, and powered rock rails.

The final Easter Safari concept based on the Wrangler is the Dispatcher Concept, themed around early Willys Jeeps owned by civilians post-war. Using the 4xe as its base, Jeep upgrades the hybrid off-roader with 46-inch tires, Dana 50 axles, an onboard air compressor, and a retro-look Warn winch. Once again, custom graphics and interior pieces like the fold-out tailgate table are in use here.

Jeep also brought a Wagoneer concept this year. The Vacationeer Concept leans into a similarly retro theme as the above Wrangler, with cool wood paneling and minty-fresh paint. The accommodations aren’t retro, however, with a solar-powered and climate-controlled roof tent serving as sleeping arrangements for the passengers. Jeep upgraded the Wagoneer with 35-inch tires, a new bumper with a winch, and roof lights to ensure the Vacationeer’s occupants can also go anywhere. The interior is trimmed in an awesome plaid/leather combo with some excellent wood accents. The 58th Easter Jeep Safari will run from March 23-31.

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Chase Bierenkoven
Chase Bierenkoven

Chase is an automotive journalist with years of experience in the industry. He writes for outlets like Edmunds and AutoGuide, among many others. When not writing, Chase is in front of the camera over at The Overrun, his YouTube channel run alongside his friend and co-host Jobe Teehan. If he's not writing reviews of the latest in cars or producing industry coverage, Chase is at home in the driver's seat of his own (usually German) sports cars.

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