Easter 2016 marks the 50th year of the legendary Easter Jeep Safari – a nine-day-long series of rugged trail drives out of Moab, Utah that run through the Saturday of Easter weekend.
The Jeep brand 75th anniversary is also this year and Jeep and Mopar have outdone themselves to celebrate the two milestones by creating seven new, ultra-capable Jeep concept vehicles that feature a wide range of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts – available to consumers – that are able to conquer the famous and challenging trails of the Moab.
“Every year, the Jeep team looks forward to pushing the limits with new, exciting and capable concept vehicles for our most loyal enthusiasts at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, where we receive a tremendous amount of valuable feedback,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “This year is extra special, as together with our biggest fans, we celebrate Jeep’s 75th anniversary, as well as the 50th running of the Jeep Safari. We’re delighted to share seven of the most capable and eye-catching concept Jeep vehicles we’ve ever created at this year’s historic event.”
For 2016, the Jeep Easter Safari concept vehicles include:
- Crew Chief 715: a salute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles
- Shortcut: inspired by the classic CJ-5 to handle tight, winding trails
- Renegade Commander: built to blaze a trail deep into the secluded wilderness
- Comanche: designed to be off-road ready with practical utility
- FC 150: heritage cab-over design, rich in history and capable of tackling any terrain
- Trailcat: Hellcat-powered off-roader capable of crawling or high-speed runs
- Trailstorm: added capability with 2-inch lift kit, 37-inch tires and Dana 44 axles
“These seven vehicles have been modified with Mopar Jeep Performance Parts to take on the toughest trails, to go beyond where the road ends,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “Mopar’s mission is to provide all FCA US vehicle owners with unique performance parts and accessories to tailor vehicles to their individual lifestyles. Nothing supports that more than demonstrating how we can equip Jeep owners to take on some of the more extreme trails in the world.”
Jeep Easter Safari Concept Detail
Jeep Crew Chief 715
Using the open-air Wrangler Unlimited as a base, the Jeep Crew Chief 715 concept vehicle was built as a salute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles, in particular the Kaiser M715. The Crew Chief 715 showcases a burly design with heritage styling cues while utilizing modern-day construction with a rear seat and extra doors for additional passenger capacity- all while staying close to its classic military roots.
The Jeep Crew Chief 715 illustrates the legacy of original Jeep military service vehicles that were legendary for getting troops through rugged terrain. It features steel front and rear bumpers, 20-inch beadlock wheels and 40-inch NDT military tires that pay homage to the original Jeep military vehicles. The Crew Chief 715 utilizes an on-board air system with a hard-mounted quick-disconnect fitting for airing up or lending assistance to other vehicles on the trail. Other features include a master cylinder brake upgrade, cold air intake and a modified exhaust.
Exterior features, such as Jeep Performance Parts off-road rock rails, a winch mounted into the front and rear bumpers, Dana 60 front and rear axles and a 4-inch lift kit with Jeep Performance Parts/Fox 2.0 Remote Reservoir shocks, give the Crew Chief 715 increased capability. The “Tactical Green” color scheme runs from the custom modified M715-inspired front-end to the tailgate. The Crew Chief 715 features a military themed 5-foot cargo bed.
Inside, the no-nonsense interior features leather bucket seats with canvas inserts, aircraft-inspired control switches and Mopar all-weather mats. The media center features a centrally located navigational compass.
Taking a Wrangler CJ-5, Jeep has carefully crafted a take on the beloved CJ-5 that they say invokes the spirit of 1950s Americana with a shortened body (by 26 inches including bumpers and spare tire) to keep the Shortcut concept vehicle light and maneuverable on the trails.
Exterior styling cues include a unique grille, hood, tailgate, front and rear wheel flares and custom chrome front and rear bumpers. A modified exhaust, 17-inch red steel wheels and 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires help the Jeep Shortcut maintain the CJ-5 iconic look. Jeep Performance Parts featured on the Shortcut include a front and rear Dana 44 axle and a 2-inch lift with Fox shocks.
Inside, the simple yet functional interior features low-back leather bucket seats with plaid inserts, a red ball shifter handle, four-point safety cage and Mopar all-weather mats.
Jeep Renegade Commander
The Jeep Renegade Commander concept vehicle is equipped with an assortment of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts for the ultimate off-road adventure in this newest member of the Jeep family. A 2-inch lift kit and 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels with 29.5-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires increase the off-road capabilities of the Jeep Renegade Commander.
The “Fluorescent Gray” exterior features Renegade’s MySky open-air roof with removable panels, custom body decal, Mopar off-road rock rails, skid plates and a modified exhaust. Also featured are the Mopar brand’s trailer hitch receiver and front and rear auxiliary lights.
Inside, the Renegade Commander includes Katzkin seat covers, body color bezel accents, a pedal kit, Mopar off-road kit and Mopar all-weather floor mats.
Based on the Jeep Renegade, the Jeep Comanche concept vehicle is designed to be off-road ready with practical utility. A nod to Jeep pickup trucks of years past, the Comanche concept takes styling cues from both military and civilian Jeep heritage.
The Comanche’s “Beige Against the Machine” concept exterior paint is accented with a Satin Black hood, a concept lower front fascia, winch, steel rear bumper, soft top and spare tire in the bed. The wheelbase has been stretched an additional six inches versus a production Renegade to accommodate Comanche’s 5-foot bed.
Inside, the Comanche features custom seat covers, pedal covers, door sill guards and Mopar all-weather mats. Jeep Performance Parts like off-road rock rails, a 2-inch lift kit and a winch bolster the Comanche’s off-road capability. The Comanche rolls on 16-inch painted wheels and 32-inch BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A tires.
Jeep FC 150
Originally built from 1956 to 1965, the FC 150 is based on the CJ-5 and offers a clever packaging solution by keeping overall length to a minimum for maneuverability, but maintaining a full-length cargo box for utility.
A true American workhorse, this 1960 Jeep FC 150 concept vehicle utilizes its original steel body that proudly bears battle scars while components underneath have been revamped. Underneath, the FC 150’s is enhanced by a 2005 Jeep Wrangler chassis modified to accept a Dana 44 front axle, Dana 60 rear axle and 17-inch white steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires.
Inside, the FC 150 features vinyl seat covers, a custom headliner wrapped in a vintage duck hunting pattern, CB radio, analog compass and Mopar all-weather mats.
You wanted Hellcat in a Jeep, so now you have one. The Jeep Trailcat concept is the ultimate on and off-road machine. It is powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter (707 horsepower) HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine, and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with a custom shifter ball featuring an embossed Hellcat logo.
To fit the Hellcat engine into the Trailcat, Jeep stretched the wheelbase an additional 12 inches while chopping the windshield two inches for a sleeker look. Mopar exterior enhancements include a power-dome vented hood, Satin Black grille, LED headlamps and fog lamps and rock rails. Then they added steel front and rear bumpers, 17-inch beadlock wheels and 39.5-inch BFGoodrich Krawler T/A KX tires, front and rear Dana 60 axles and Fox shocks.
The Trailcat’s interior is simple yet functional and features sport bucket seats from the Dodge Viper, made from carbon fiber and featuring Katzkin leather seat covers with accent stitching. Yes, they added the not-so-subtle Hellcat decal on the quarter panels and a ‘Trailcat’ decal on the side of the hood.
The trail-mastering big dog of the bunch is the Jeep Trailstorm concept. Wrapped in camouflage, the Trailstorm is on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and offers room for extra gear and fuel tanks and delivers elevated capability to conquer trails with ease.
Jeep Performance Parts, include 17-inch concept off-road wheels wrapped in 37-inch tires, a 2-inch lift kit with Jeep Performance Parts/Fox shocks, a Jeep Performance Parts Rubicon winch, and Dana 44 front and rear axles, half doors offer and a bedlined interior for easy cleanout augmented by Katzkin seat covers and Mopar all-weather floor mats.
Mopar exterior enhancements include a winch guard, Satin Black grille, LED headlights and fog lights, high top fenders, power-dome vented hood, off-road rock rails with a step, Big Brake Kit, a concept fast-back soft top, tail light guards and a fuel filler door. Completing the Trailstorm are a steel front and rear Rubicon bumper with a Jeep Performance Parts tire carrier.