Jeep has unveiled six new concept vehicles that it’s bringing to the 46th annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari in Utah.
“We’re delighted to showcase six new vehicles to our loyal Jeep fans at this year’s Moab Easter Jeep Safari,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “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 knowledgeable 4×4 enthusiasts in the world.”
The concepts are versions of today’s Grand Cherokee and Wrangler models to retro Jeeps like the Jeep Forward Control that was built from 1956 to 1965.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk concept takes the Grand Cherokee’s off-road capabilities even further with new 18-inch off-road tires with 5-spoke alloy wheels. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk’s SilentArmor tires include additional side-wall protection that enhances durability and reduces road noise. It also gets modified Mopar rock rails that protect the lower body from rugged rocky terrain.
The 2012 Jeep Wrangler Apache is the V8 powered Wrangler that Jeep fans have been asking for. Debuting at the Easter Jeep Safari will be the new Mopar 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine conversion kit specifically for the Jeep Wrangler. The 6.4L HEMI V8 packs 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft. of torque. The conversion kit will be available this summer. Other performance parts on the Jeep Wrangler Apache are 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 Jeep Mighty FC concept is inspired by the Jeep Forward Control that was built from 1956 to 1965. To create the Jeep Mighty FC concept, the design team started with a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon and repositioned the cabin over and ahead of the front axle, lengthened the wheelbase, and added a custom built drop-side cargo box. The cab utilizes a roof from the Mopar JK-8 conversion kit, as well as a custom-designed front clip. The Wrangler-based interior has been enhanced with bold, heavy-duty Katzkin leather and a unique color scheme.
The Jeep J-12 Concept is an extended version of Mopar’s recently introduced JK-8 pickup conversion kit for the Jeep Wrangler. It’s frame has been extended 18 inches and a custom hood and front fender set was created as a nod to aficionados of the beloved Jeep Gladiator series trucks.
The 2012 Jeep Wrangler Traildozer concept is a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon with the 6.4L HEMI V8 and a six-speed manual transmission. It rides on 37-inch wheels and its suspension has been lifted 3.5 inches. For severe off-road body protection, Mopar premium front and rear bumpers and rear corner guards were added. Additional items include a Mopar performance heat reduction hood, Mopar half-door kit and a Mopar/Warn 9.5 Cti winch.
The Mopar Accessorized 2012 Jeep Wrangler is an ultra-capable Jeep, with a Wrangler Rubicon model as the starting point. Off-road enhancements offered through Mopar include a two-inch performance lift kit, 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler tires mounted on 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.
“Mopar is tapping into a growing trend among extreme Jeep enthusiasts who want even more power and capability on the trail,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “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 these 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.”