Jeep and Mopar reveal six concepts for Moab Easter Jeep SafariWed, 20 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0700
Jeep revealed six new concepts for the 2013 Moab Easter Jeep Safari on Wednesday. Both the Grand Cherokee and the Wrangler are represented in beefed-up, concept form. Jeep teased two of the concepts on Tuesday.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept is powered by Jeep's EcoDiesel V6 making 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. It's coated in Electric orange paint and rolls on 35-inch Mickey Thompson tires. The wheel openings are larger with custom fender flares, custom skid plates, dual rear tow hooks and modified Mopar rock rails. The Trailhawk gets the hood, front and rear fascias from the SRT Grand Cherokee, but is modified for extra ground clearance.
The Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon features the 470-hp, 6.4-liter Hemi crate engine from Mopar. It's mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and Dana 60 front and rear axles with 4.10 gearing. It gets a 4.5-inch lift as well as eight-lug, beadlock 39-inch off-road tires. The Recon also gets a number of Mopar parts, including half-door and window kits, front and rear modified bumpers, Warn winch, rock rails, prototype LED headlights and a handful of other upgrades for going over the bumpy stuff. The interior is upgraded as well.
The Jeep Wrangler Stitch is a follow-up vehicle to the Pork Chop concept of 2011. It has been lightened to about 3,000 pounds, giving it the power-to-weight ratio of the Grand Cherokee SRT8. Mass was shaved from the frame, axles, body and interior. All the extra stuff (radio, heating and air conditioning) has been removed. The hood is hewn of carbon fiber while the roll cage has been replaced with a chrome-moly unit.
Off-road upgrades consist of a Mopar cold-air intake and exhaust kit, 35-inch tires, and DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 axles with 4.88 gears. It also gets ARB front and rear lockers, King shocks and Tom Woods drive shafts.
The Jeep Wrangler Sand trooper debuted at the SEMA show in 2012, and the Sand Trooper II builds on that for the Easter Jeep Safari. The second edition gets a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 making 375 hp and a five-speed transmission. Eight-lug, beadlock wheels with 40-inch tires sit at the corners. Mopar upgrades include the satin black grille, half-doors and window kits, shorty bumpers, a Warn winch and more. Inside, the concept has a rear backup camera, Mopar slush mats, storage boxes and leather seats.
The Jeep Wrangler Flattop is going for an upscale appearance, while also being equipped with hardcore off-road parts. The Flattop gets a one-piece, windowless hardtop finished in beige paint with copper accents.
The Flattop gets a Mopar cold-air intake, Mopar exhaust kit, aluminum five-spoke wheels with 37-inch Mickey Thompson off-road tires, the DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 front and Dana 60 rear axles featuring ARB air lockers and TeraFlex sway bars.
The Jeep Wrangler Slim gets the standard 3.6-liter V6 with a 3.73 anti-spin axle. Rolling on prototype 17-inch wheels, the Slim gets a 10th anniversary Rubicon bumper, lightweight rock rails, LED headlights and Rubicon tires. The Slim is lifted 2 inches while a Mopar cold-air intake is also installed.
For the moment, these are just concepts. But usually after Moab, Jeep picks one or two popular vehicles and devises a package that is close to these dirt-spitting monsters. Of course, many of the parts can be picked up from Mopar right now.
By Jake Lingeman