Seven Jeep concept vehicles set to take part in 2016 Easter Jeep Safari at Moab, Utah

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 15, 2016

Seven Jeep concept vehicles are set to join thousands of off-road vehicles on March 19-27, 2016 at Easter Jeep Safari at Moab, Utah. These seven ultra-capable concepts are fitted with Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts – which are also available to customers.

These dates mark the 50th running of the annual event that coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Jeep brand. Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand at FCA Global, remarked that every year, the Jeep team tries to defy the limits with new concept vehicles brought to Easter Jeep Safari, an event where the brand usually gets a huge amount of valuable feedback.

He remarked that this year’s edition of the event is extra special, since it marks the 50th year of the Easter Jeep Safari and 75th anniversary of the brand. He described the concept Jeep vehicles as seven of the most capable and stunning Jeeps created for the annual event.

These seven Easter Jeep Safari concepts employ both production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts. The Mopar brand, meanwhile, took care of the development and production. Mopar also ensured that all Jeep Performance Parts were able to comply with the required specifications and 4x4 capabilities.

Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global, remarked that seven Easter Jeep Safari concepts have been modified to take on the toughest trails and to tackle trails off the road. He remarked that Mopar has a mission to provide all FCA US vehicle owners with distinct performance parts and accessories to suit their individual taste.

This mission could be better backed up by demonstrating how they could equip Jeep owners to enable them to tackle some of the more extreme trails in the world.

These seven Easter Jeep Safari concepts consist of the Jeep Crew Chief 715, Jeep Renegade Commander, Jeep Shortcut, Jeep Comanche, Jeep Trailcat, Jeep FC 150 and Jeep Trailstorm. They are the latest of over 50 concept vehicles that Mopar has built for the Easter Jeep Safari since the brand’s inception in 2002.

Jeep Crew Chief 715 Concept

Leading the group is the new Jeep Crew Chief 715 concept vehicle built as a tribute to iconic Jeep military service vehicles, particularly the Kaiser M715. Derived from the Wrangler Unlimited, this open-air concept vehicle features a robust design laden with historic styling cues.

It is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. While it is deemed as a historical tribute that clearly shows its military roots, the Crew Chief 715 uses modern-day construction to feature a rear seat and extra doors.

Just like the military vehicles it is saluting, the Jeep Crew Chief 715 is able to get through any rugged terrain. For instance, the Jeep Crew Chief 715 comes with steel front and rear bumpers, 20-inch beadlock wheels wrapped in 40-inch NDT military tires.

It also features an on-board air system with a hard-mounted quick-disconnect fitting that could be used for airing up or assisting other vehicles. Moreover, this Jeep concept has an upgraded master cylinder brake, a modified exhaust and cold air intake.

This Easter Safari Jeep concept comes with a military themed five-foot cargo bed and is wrapped in “Tactical Green” color scheme from the modified M715-inspired front-end to its tailgate.

Furthermore, it is provided with a winch mounted into the front and rear bumpers and Jeep Performance Parts off-road rock rails as well as Dana 60 front and rear axles and a 4-inch lift kit with Jeep Performance Parts/Fox 2.0 Remote Reservoir shocks.

The interior of the Jeep Crew Chief 715 features leather bucket seats with canvas inserts, Mopar all-weather mats and aircraft-inspired control switches as well as a media center with a centrally located navigational compass.

Jeep Renegade Commander Concept

On the other hand, the Jeep Renegade Commander concept vehicle is powered by a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Low.

It is designed to provide ultimate off-road adventure with the addition of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts like 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels wrapped in 29.5-inch BF-Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires and a two-inch lift kit.

This Jeep features MySky open-air roof with removable panels and comes with a “Fluorescent Gray” exterior finish with custom body decal.

Moreover, this Jeep concept gets Mopar off-road rock rails, a modified exhaust, skid plates as well as Mopar trailer hitch receiver and front and rear auxiliary lights. The interior of the Renegade Commander is loaded with Katzkin seat covers, a pedal kit, Mopar off-road kit, body color bezel accents and Mopar all-weather floor mats.

Jeep Shortcut Concept

Meanwhile, the Jeep Shortcut is derived from the Jeep Wrangler and inspired by Jeep CJ-5. Featuring a shortened body (shorter by over 22 inches) to make it light and easy to maneuver – hence its name – this Jeep concept comes with a distinct grille, hood and tailgate as well as unique front and rear wheel flares.

It is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox. Boasting a set of custom chrome front and rear bumpers, the Jeep Shortcut is provided with 17-inch red steel wheels wrapped in 35-inch BF-Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires and a modified exhaust.

It also features a front and rear Dana 44 axle and a two-inch lift with Fox shocks, both Jeep Performance Parts. The concept’s functional cabin is loaded with low-back leather bucket seats with plaid inserts and a red ball shifter handle as well as Mopar all-weather mats and four-point safety cage.

Jeep Comanche Concept

The Jeep Comanche, meanwhile, is derived from the Jeep Renegade and is designed to have both off-road and utility capabilities. This concept -- powered by a 2.0-liter diesel I-4 engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Lock -- pays tribute to pickups of the past years, thus it is laden with styling cues from historical military and civilian Jeeps.

The exterior of this concept is wrapped in “Beige Against the Machine” paint color as accented by a Satin Black hood and a concept lower front fascia. The exterior of the concept is highlighted by a steel rear bumper, a winch, a soft top, and spare tire in the bed.

Interestingly, this Jeep Comanche features a wheelbase that is six inches longer than that of a production Renegade -- a setup especially made to accommodate its five-foot bed. It features Jeep Performance Parts such as a 2-inch lift kit and a winch as well as off-road rock rails.

Connecting the concept to the road are 16-inch painted wheels wrapped in 32-inch BF-Goodrich All Terrain T/A tires. The interior of the Jeep Comanche boasts of custom seat covers and pedal covers as well as Mopar all-weather mats and door sill guards.

Jeep Trailcat Concept

Jeep Trailcat Concept vehicle is designed to be the ultimate off-road machine, which should allow it to easily tackle Easter Jeep Safari’s Moab trails.

It is powered by a 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission with a custom shifter ball featuring an embossed Hellcat logo. Designers expanded the concept’s wheelbase by 12 inches to accommodate the Hellcat engine and trimmed its windshield by two inches to give it a sleeker look.

The concept features a Satin Black grille, power dome vented hood, rock rails, LED headlamp and fog lamps – all from Mopar. It rides on 17-inch beadlock wheels wrapped in 39.5-inch BF-Goodrich Krawler T/A KX tires and is specified with steel front and rear bumpers, front and rear Dana 60 axles and Fox shocks.

It features a Hellcat decal on the front quarter panels and a “Trailcat” decal on the side of the hood – both hinting at the concept’s high power. Inside the functional cabin of the Trailcat are carbon fiber sport bucket seats from the Dodge Viper, featuring Katzkin leather seat covers with accent stitching.

1960 Jeep FC 150 Concept

On the other hand, the 1960 Jeep FC 150 boasts of a rich heritage and is designed to take on challenging rocky trails and western cattle ranches. This CJ-5-derived concept was originally built from 1956 to 1965 and came with a clever packaging that kept its overall length to a minimum – a design that allowed the FC 150 to be easy to maneuver.

However, the Jeep vehicle still features a full-length cargo box for utility. Powered by a 4.0-liter PowerTech I-6 mated to a three-speed automatic transmission, this Jeep from the 1960s retains its original steel body and all the scratches that it incurred.

However, its components have been revamped. Supporting this engine is a 2005 Jeep Wrangler chassis that is revised to accommodate a Dana 44 front axle and Dana 60 rear axle. This concept rides on 17-inch white steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch BF-Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires.

The interior of the FC 150 comes with vinyl seat covers and a custom headliner wrapped in a vintage duck hunting pattern as well as a CB radio, Mopar all-weather mats and analog compass.

Jeep Trailstorm Concept

Lastly, the Jeep Trailstorm concept vehicle is considered as the ultimate Jeep Wrangler for those who love explorations. Powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine paired to a five-speed automatic transmission, this concept comes with extra room for extra gear and fuel tanks.

Derived from the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, the Jeep Trailstorm concept vehicle offers off-road capabilities boosted by several Jeep Performance Parts like two-inch lift kit with Jeep Performance Parts/Fox shocks, Dana 44 front and rear axles and a Jeep Performance Parts Rubicon winch.

This concept rides on 17-inch concept off-road wheels wrapped in 37-inch tires and is finished in camouflage to enable it to blend into its dessert surroundings in Utah. It comes with half doors for a clearer view of the path ahead as well as a bedlined interior that is easy to clean up.

The Jeep Trailstorm concept vehicle features a winch guard and Satin Black grille as well as LED headlights and fog lights from Mopar.

Other Mopar enhancements include power-dome vented hood, high top fenders, Mopar off-road rock rails with a step and Big Brake Kit as well as a concept fast-back soft top, a Mopar fuel filler door and tail light guards.

It also comes with a steel front and rear Rubicon bumper and a Jeep Performance Parts tire carrier. Inside, the Trailstorm is specified with Katzkin seat covers and Mopar all-weather floor mats.

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