Jeep’s Easter Safari Concepts: A Reluctant Step Into the Familiar

Colorful Upgrades for Wranglers, Gladiator, and Grand Wagoneer in Harmony

As Easter quickly approaches, the anticipation for the annual Easter Jeep Safari grows among avid Jeep fans. At this event, four striking concept vehicles, including two Wranglers, a Gladiator, and a Grand Wagoneer, will join the thousands of fellow Jeep owners in Moab for thrilling off-roading experiences. While these may not be the most spectacular Easter Jeep Safari concepts to date, their eye-catching color schemes will undoubtedly make them stand out from the crowd.

Prior to delving into the intricacies of each idea, it is important to acknowledge that Jeep’s participation in this year’s safaris is not as strong as it has been in previous years. At last year’s event, seven concepts were showcased on the trails, one of which was a stunning 1978 Cherokee restomod. In comparison, the 2022 safari also featured seven vehicles, but some of them were carried over from the 2021 SEMA Show.

In the past year, Stellantis made the decision to withdraw from multiple major car exhibitions and subsequently revealed that it would be halting all show involvement. It is uncertain whether this choice also applies to gatherings such as the Easter Jeep Safari; we have contacted Jeep for clarification and will share any updates when possible.

Unfortunately, Jeep will not be offering any restomods this year. However, the Gladiator Rubicon High Top Concept is sure to ignite nostalgic memories from the 1970s. Featuring a dazzling metallic Ginger Snap two-tone paint job, it sports flat fender flares and a revamped front bumper from American Expedition Vehicles. These modifications allow for larger 40-inch all-terrain tires, powered by reliable Dana 60 axles. Additionally, an adjustable air suspension system has been incorporated into the design. The original stock components of a 3.6-liter V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission remain unchanged.

In the cabin, the inside has been given a luxurious leather upgrade and the truck bed now includes storage compartments that can be securely locked. Overall, this is a fairly modest transformation, but it has the potential to be the most visually appealing concept out of the lot.

A low rider in Moab may seem counterintuitive, yet in this case, being low down does not indicate a lowered suspension. Interestingly, this specific Wrangler maintains its initial ride height and sports 42-inch mud-terrain tires, expertly squeezed into place. According to Jeep, this design decision helps to keep the center of gravity low. However, to pull off this feat, the wheel and tire combination requires custom high-clearance carbon fender flares. And let’s not forget that this vehicle is built on the foundation of a Wrangler Rubicon 392, meaning it boasts a standard 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine capable of producing a powerful 470 horsepower.

With a custom transparent hood, the powerful Hemi engine is proudly displayed, shining through in all its glory. However, the striking Poison Apple Red paint job may be enough to dazzle any passersby. The interior has been upgraded with luxurious black leather seats, complemented by a unique red bikini top for added protection. And just in case you need a reminder of what lies beneath the hood, 392 decals stand out boldly on both the fenders and dashboard.

Welcome to the eco-friendly side of things. The Willys Dispatcher Concept not only pays homage to Jeep’s roots, but also provides a glimpse into its future direction. Paying tribute to the original Willys model, this concept features subtle nods like the Willys logo imprinted on the hood and traditional steel wheels, all while being powered by a modern Wrangler 4xe powertrain. The sizeable 16-inch wheels are wrapped in 36-inch tires, which may seem small in comparison to the other vehicles on display. A plain front bumper houses a heavy-duty winch, while the interior echoes the vintage vibe with seats lacking headrests. However, don’t be fooled – these leather seats are nothing like those found in a classic post-war Jeep.

The hybrid powertrain, with its standard 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, is noticeably absent from this model. However, the Dana 50 axles and 4.70 gears provide exceptional low-speed performance. And in Moab, the eye-catching shade of Element 115 Green on the exterior ensures that it stands out.

This magnificent Grand Wagoneer prototype is truly eye-catching, thanks to its vibrant Spearmint color and equipped with a convenient pop-top tent for off-road excursions. Jeep has also incorporated a subtle touch of woodgrain on the sides, paying homage to the iconic Wagoneer and creating a striking contrast against the soft pastel hue. Upon stepping inside, one will be greeted by an array of plaid patterns, though only adorning the front seats as the second and third rows have been removed to allow for the permanent Skyloft top, easily accessible from within the SUV.

The suspension and powertrain remain unmodified, however, the 35-inch tires offer an additional inch and a half of clearance from the ground. Enhanced wheel wells and personalized fender extensions accommodate the larger tires, while skid plates provide added protection for the undercarriage.

According to Jeep CEO Bill Peffer, the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah is an ideal location for showcasing new Jeep concepts. With a massive gathering of over 20,000 devoted Jeep fans, this event celebrates the renowned 4×4 brand. “From 4xe electrification to the unmatched power of the 392, this year’s Jeep 4×4 concepts demonstrate the versatility and appeal of the most capable Wrangler ever,” stated Peffer.

The 2024 edition of the Easter Jeep Safari will take place from March 23 to 31.

Source: Stellantis

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