Jeep to build 50 Wrangler Red Rock special editions based on SEMA concept

Article by Andrew Christian, on November 9, 2015

In celebration of the 50th annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, Jeep will build 50 serialized Jeep Wrangler Red Rock special editions based on the Wrangler Red Rock Concept showed at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.

For this concept, Jeep partnered with Mopar to show one of the possibilities that customers could achieve by availing of aftermarket Performance Parts from Mopar. In fact, the Jeep Wrangler Red Rock special-edition model is bound to feature a number of Mopar elements shown on the SEMA concept, with select items to be available as aftermarket parts.

Interestingly, the Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Concept also pays homage to the Red Rock 4-Wheelers off-road club that hosts the annual Easter Jeep Safari, which celebrates its 50th year in existence in 2016.

The annual Easter Jeep Safari traces its roots in 1967 with an off-road drive along the “Behind the Rocks Trail.” Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand at FCA Global, described the annual Easter Jeep Safari as one of the most significant events for Jeep enthusiasts.

He also called the annual occasion as an iconic Jeep event, adding that the brand is showing its gratitude to the Red Rock 4-Wheelers by presenting the Wrangler Red Rock Concept as a tribute to the club.

On the other hand, Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar) at FCA Global, disclosed that the Jeep Wrangler is the “most accessorized” vehicle in their portfolio, noting that almost 100 percent of buyers avail of at least one accessory or performance part from Mopar.

He said that Mopar will continue to show its support by offering a full-line of high-end aftermarket Jeep Performance Parts that off-roaders could use to personalize their vehicles.

As for the Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Concept, it is derived from a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock and features commemorative Red Rock badge and Red Rock hood decal, low gloss Granite Crystal off-road bumpers and low gloss Jeep badge, as well as a body-color grille with low-gloss black grille throats and headlamp accents.

Boosting its capabilities are next-generation Dana 44 solid front and rear axles and a Rock-Trac transfer case with a 4.10 axle ratio. Moreover, the concept features new premium off-road rock rails, a power dome vented hood, and front and rear red tow hooks.

Just like the model it was derived from, the Red Rock Concept comes with Tru-Lok electronic locking differentials, the Rock-Trac transfer case and a 4:1 low-range ratio. It is also blessed with a 73.1:1 crawl ratio with the manual transmission, which means this Jeep-Mopar concept could tackle almost any obstacle.

Further boosting the looks and off-road capabilities of the Wrangler Red Rock Concept are elements like a two-inch lift kit and 17-inch low-gloss black beadlock wheels wrapped in rugged 35-inch BFG K02 all-terrain tires.

The vehicle also features bead lock rings in low gloss Granite Crystal LED headlamps and fog lights, and a Jeep-branded CB radio. Furthermore, the Wrangler Red Rock Concept is endowed with an aftermarket Warn Rubicon winch, a reinforced swing gate and wheel mount as well as front and rear differential covers.

Inside, the concept features Amaretto Brown Katzkin leather seats with silver accented stitching and a “Red Rock” embroidered seat back logo. It also features a serialized “Red Rock” grab handle plaque to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Easter Jeep Safari.

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