The Easter Jeep Safari, which takes place every year for Easter in Moab, is one of the most important American events for all Jeep 4×4 enthusiasts. Here, every year, the well-known Stars and Stripes brand presents very special concepts. This year, the appointment is interesting as the protagonist of this operation is the new Wrangler JL.
Since the presentation of the new Wrangler Jl, which took place last November in Los Angeles, we have closely followed the events of the new Jeep 4×4 up to testing it on the occasion of the King of the Hammers. The 52nd edition of the Easter Jeep Safari will take place from March 24 to April 1 in Moab, Utah. Jeep and Mopar have unveiled the seven concepts, two of which are non-Wrangler, which will be presented on that occasion.
The seven new concepts are:
– Jeep 4Speed: follow-up of two previous concepts
– Jeep Sandstorm: inspired by the Baja, it is built for speed in the desert
– Nacho Jeep: a catalog on wheels by Jeep Performance Parts for the new Wrangler JL
– Jeep Jeepster: a mixture of present and past inspired by the historical heritage of Jeep
– Jeep J-Wagon: road apeal combined with good offroad skills
– Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: inherits the design of the brand’s historical heritage and is designed to tackle any terrain
– Jeep B-Ute: designed to be ready for soft off-road vehicles with practicality
“Pushing yourself to the limit”, at least in America we say, “is something that the Jeep brand has got us used to and these seven new concepts are an example of it,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA. “Every year we look forward to presenting our new ideas dedicated to fans of our brand. The Moab Easter Jeep Safari represents a unique opportunity for us and is perfect for getting valuable feedback from our most loyal customers.”
This year, a vast and complete assortment of components in production, or even prototypes, which, distributed by Mopar, will allow Jeep owners to improve their vehicles will be presented. Mopar already has more than 200 accessories available for the brand new Jeep Wrangler JL.
“When it comes to customization, no vehicle can match the Jeep Wrangler,” said Pietro Gorlier, parts and services manager (Mopar), FCA. “For this reason we have worked closely with the Jeep brand to develop an exclusive line of over 200 parts and accessories to improve – even more – the off-road capabilities of the Jeep Wrangler and to adapt to the lifestyle of each of our customers. Almost all Wranglers sold are equipped with at least one Mopar accessory and, this perfect combination of vehicle and accessories comes to life every year at the Jeep Safari Safari “.
Light, fast and agile, the Jeep 4Speed concept is the latest in a line of light vehicles for the Easter Jeep Safari. The 4Speed is built with the famous 2011 Pork Chop and 2013 Stitch in it. The Wrangler’s off-road performance has been improved through a large weight saving and shows the brand new 2.0-liter I-4 turbo engine combined with the gearbox automatic 8-speed.
On the outside, the 4Speed is characterized by the measures taken to lighten it, including a carbon fiber hood, carbon fiber fenders and a rear carbon fiber tank with perforated aluminum panels. The 4Speed boasts an elegant side profile thanks to the inclined windscreen, the absence of the doors and thanks to a custom rollbar aggressively inclined backwards.
The 4Speed is two inches taller than the standard Wrangler and its dimensions have been reduced by a good 22 inches, leaving the wheelbase unchanged. This greatly improves the characteristic angles of the vehicle.
The Jeep 4Speed is equipped with Dana 44 front and rear axles with a ratio of 4.10 and light 18-inch monobloc rims with 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires.
Inside we find a custom instrument panel and trimmed front seats, while the rear seats have been removed. Instead of the softop there is a bikini.
Inspired by the fast vehicles of the Baja, the Jeep Sandstorm is all centered on the long and sandy straights of the desert while combining everyday use.
To adapt to the Baja look, the exterior features personalized stylistic features including a carbon fiber hood with air intake, redesigned front and rear mudguards and a particular cage that includes a spare wheel support mounted in the rear position. Overall, the exterior design has been revised for a cleaner appearance. Other personalized “touches” inspired by the Baja are: the new front bumper with A-Bar, the rear one and the additional front headlights of the KC Carbon series.
The front deck has been moved forward four inches and uses 4-link geometry with a heavy-duty longarm and track bar. The rear axle has been moved back two inches and uses a 4-link suspension with reverse triangles. The longer wheelbase allows for greater stability at high speeds. Coilovers and bypass dampers allow the front wheels to travel 14 inches while the rear wheels can go up to 18 inches.
The Jeep Sandstorm includes front and rear heavy-duty Dynatrac 60 bridges with a 5.68 transmission ratio. The rims are 17-inch with Beadlock with 39.5-inch BF Goodrich Krawler tires.
The Baja theme also continues inside, with a personalized cage that integrates with the frame. The sports front seats are finished in leather. Racing-inspired is the 7-inch GPS unit. All plastic coatings and rugs have been eliminated.
The Jeep Sandstorm is powered by a 6.4-liter Mopar V-8 engine combined with a six-speed manual transmission.
The Nacho Jeep is a real catalog of Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) and Mopar, which offers the enthusiast an example to customize their vehicle.
This Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon is distinguished from the outset by the rare Nacho yellow color. The Jeep Performance Parts featured in the Nacho concept include a sturdy hood with the brand new JPP badge, designed to accommodate an air intake for the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine. The satin black Mopar grille contrasts with the exterior of the Nacho and the robust Rubicon steel bumper, which houses a Warn winch, offers protection and functionality in off-road conditions.
The best visibility of the route at night is inspired by the Jeep Luminator concept presented at Moab in 2017. The LED lights are from Magneti Marelli’s Automotive Lighting division.
A 2-inch lift kit gives the Nacho greater ground clearance. The kit includes new 2.5-inch diameter aluminum shock absorbers. The 37-inch tires are mounted on rims with a ball fixing mechanism and with a carbon satin finish. The beadlock rings are finished in shiny back and fixed with cadmium bolts. Other parts of the Jeep Performance include the sturdier, larger sills, 2-inch tubular doors and raised handles with the iconic Jeep grill logo to assist in getting into the vehicle. The reinforcement of the tailgate hinge allows a 37-inch tire to be easily attached.
Off-road performance does not sacrifice high-quality interiors. The Katzkin black leather seats are embellished with the embroidered Jeep grill logo.
The Jeepster is based on a Wrangler JL Rubicon; this concept evokes the style of the 1966 Jeepster.
The classic two-tone graphic theme of the original is reflected in its modern counterpart with a Firecracker Red body highlighted by a Bright White roof. The windshield, which can still be lowered, is tilted 2.5 degrees to create a more compact appearance. Bright White also accentuates the perimeter of the fenders. The Jeep badge is replaced by a three-color Jeepster badge.
The Jeepster comes with a 2-inch kit with 2.5-inch diameter aluminum shock absorbers. BF Goodrich KO2 37-inch tires are mounted on 17-inch wheels with Beadlock and Firecracker Red finish.
The interior features premium features, including black Katzkin leather seats with Jeep Red Rubicon grille logos embroidered on the backs and Rubicon Red relief stitching on the seat reinforcements. The instrument panel inserts are Firecracker Red to bond with the outside.
Positioning the spare tire in the cab offers the opportunity for more personalized touch. A rock step concept completes the Jeepster.
The Jeep J-Wagon is customized to create a premium-style vehicle both off-road and in everyday life.
The starting point is a Wrangler Sahara painted in a warm neutral gray color with warm colored glasses. It is complemented with subtle Brass Monkey touches throughout the exterior. The J-Wagon features a version of the hood designed to accommodate the snorkel. The bonnet retainer is in Monkey brass and further embellished with a black Willys logo.
The J-Wagon concept features 17-inch wheels finished in Brass Monkey, a treatment chosen after receiving positive feedback at the 2017 Sema Show. The tires are 35-inch KM3 BF Goodrich. For the spare wheel, the door hinge was reinforced and a brake light repositioning kit was installed.
The camel-colored Katzkin leather seats give an elegant touch and are characterized by rigid brown profiles and inserts that simulate the triangular grid design of the rock concept. The sculpted brass inserts, the door handles and the steering wheel harmonize with the exterior.
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip
The Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip stirs nostalgic memories of a family summer vacation in Yellowstone National Park. This particular Wagoneer retains all the historical heritage and its vintage charm. The bodywork is the original steel, while the chassis and transmission have been updated.
The wheelbase has been extended by five inches and the bodywork has been adapted for the occasion with customized fenders. Other exterior styling changes include remodeled passaroutas and new bumpers.
The off-road capabilities of the Wagoneer has been improved thanks to a reinforced and boxed chassis, Dana 44 front and rear axles, 4-link suspension. Steel wheels are 17-inch with 33-inch BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain tires.
Inside, the Wagoneer features original front and rear seats, door panels and rear panels finished in Oxblood-colored leather. A wicker headliner gives the Wagoneer a feeling of times gone by.
Famous for being a luxury 4×4, this 1965 Jeep Wagoneer is steeped in history and built to climb Moab’s trails or cross the vast highways of the western states. Built between 1963 and 1991, the Wagoneer was the first four-wheel drive vehicle combined with an automatic transmission.
The vehicle is powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 and is combined with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The B-Ute concept is equipped with a variety of off-road adventure accessories.
The exterior of the Jeep B-Ute features exclusive front and rear bands, a new upper grille, a hood with heat extractors.
The Jeep Performance parts featured in the B-Ute concept include a 1.5-inch lift kit and a roof rack. The off-road capabilities of the Jeep B-Ute are increased by using 17-inch wheels, offset by 30 millimeters, with BF Goodrich T / A Baja Champion tires.
Inside, the B-Ute features custom seats, a Carbonite finish on the gear shift lever, custom speakers and vents, Piano Black inserts and Mopar floor mats.
The Jeep B-Ute is powered by a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine, combined with a nine-speed automatic transmission.