Jeep Moab Concept Vehicles Revealed for 2015 Easter Jeep SafariPosted in Moab Experience: 2015 on March 19, 2015
Last week we gave you a glimpse of two Jeep Concepts that will be heading out to 2015 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah and of course, this year’s teaser photos stirred the pot in the off-road world and rightfully so since one of the images appeared to depict what can only be described as the gorgeous body lines of a Jeep FSJ Cherokee Chief. Lucky for us, Jeep has now unveiled this year’s stable of seven concept vehicles that will be taking Easter Jeep Safari by storm.
This year’s collection of Easter Jeep Safari concept vehicles were designed with a combination of production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts. While some are more hardcore off-road oriented, all of them are trail worthy vehicles that are sure to attack the slick rock trails with authority.
“Jeep is proud to be taking seven new eye-catching and extremely capable vehicles to the Easter Jeep Safari, where we expect to delight our most loyal enthusiasts,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand. “We go to this legendary event each year to showcase our latest Jeep production vehicles, as well as a variety of new ideas in our concept vehicles. In doing so, we receive a tremendous amount of valuable feedback, while interacting with our customers in the Jeep brand’s natural environment. We’re especially looking forward to this year’s Jeep Safari, as Renegade makes its official public debut on Moab’s demanding trails.”
Check out all seven cool Jeep Concept vehicles for the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah!
This is probably our favorite of this year’s Jeep concept vehicles because, well, we have a soft spot for Jeep FSJ Cherokee Chiefs and not just from bumping our head on them while working underneath them. The Jeep Chief is a tribute to the classic 1970s era fullsize Jeep Cherokee and the graphics package really makes it seem like a trip back in time. It definitely looks like our buddy Robby's 1975 Jeep Cherokee that we featured recently. This Wrangler-based concept vehicle evokes the west coast surfer lifestyle of sun and fun with a nod to nostalgic beach rides.
Custom exterior design cues include a vintage Ocean Blue exterior color scheme with a white, French Bread roof; a custom modified razor grille that the original Wagoneer made famous; halogen headlamps; removable sides for an open-air feel and flexible hauling; chrome front and rear bumpers and classic, 17-inch slotted mag wheels for a true ’70s vibe that is sure to make any off-roader feel nostalgic.
Jeep designers developed the Hawaiian themed interior complete with Jeep-designed “Surfer” pink, blue and white flowered cloth and leather-trimmed seats; vintage-style surf stickers on the center console and door handles; a Rosewood front-passenger grab handle and tiki-style shifter handle; and a Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen media center.
The doors and windshield were chopped two inches and the Jeep Chief sports a selection of Jeep Performance Parts that include a two-inch lift kit with Fox shocks and front and rear Dana 44 axles with lockers, cold air intake and modified Rubicon rock rails. The Chief is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission to scoot down the trail with ease.
Jeep Staff Car
The Jeep Staff Car was built as a salute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles. The open-air Wrangler 4-door-based concept vehicle highlights rugged functionality with heritage design cues. It looks historic and authentic, but is all new and we dig it for sure. If the CJ-6 was ever put back into production, this is what that workhorse would look like.
The function over form of the original Jeep military service vehicles is evident in the Staff Car. Basic steel wheels, minimalist fender flares, “hungry horse” stretched canvas roof and bench seats all echo the original military Jeep vehicles.
Outside the Jeep Staff Car is a Sandstorm exterior color scheme that is carried throughout the vehicle including the wheels, frame and axles. The Jeep Staff Car has no B-pillar and no doors. Jeep designers incorporated military-style round headlamps, Jeep J8 front and rear bumpers, fender-mounted blackout lamp with guards and a rear-mount spare tire and vintage military gas can. The Jeep Staff Car sits on 16-inch wheels with 35-inch Firestone NDT military tires.
The minimalist interior features low-backed bench seats in the first and second row, an integrated roll cage and a painted steel floor in place of carpet. A built-in cooler draws its inspiration from an old artillery box and accommodates 85 cans.
The Jeep Staff Car is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and is mated to a proper six-speed manual transmission. The Staff Car features a Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit with Fox shocks and front and rear Dana 44 axles.
Jeep Wrangler Africa
The Jeep Africa concept is the ultimate Jeep Wrangler for back-country and overland expeditions and features plenty of room for extra gear as well as auxiliary fuel tanks. We love the painted steel wheels and it almost makes the Jeep Wrangler Africa concept look like a modern day Willys Wagon.
The Jeep Africa Concept is based on the four door Jeep Wrangler and sports Desert Tan exterior paint, a high-clearance steel front bumper with a winch, power step rock rails, power dome vented hood and an extended rear body and high-top roof. The Wrangler Africa is powered by a torquey 2.8-liter diesel engine that is backed by an automatic transmission. This Jeep concept also features fender-mounted auxiliary fuel cans to extend the range of this Jeep for large desert crossings. The Africa also sports 17-inch body color steel wheels with 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires.
The Jeep Wrangler Africa is outfitted with a two-inch lift kit with Fox shocks, sway bar links and front and rear Dana 44 axles from Jeep Performance Parts. The spare tire is underbody-mounted and the cargo area, inner roof and floor are finished in a durable spray-in truck bed coating.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander
The Grand Cherokee-based Overlander concept vehicle represents the rough-and-tumble side of Grand Cherokee, a rugged and dependable vehicle customized for the enthusiast interested in overland expeditions where they travel and camp out of their vehicle.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander sports Sage Green exterior paint with a matching rooftop tent. Custom features include a one-off front fascia, integrated front winch, tow hooks, larger wheel flares, SRT taillamps and hood, off-road rock rails, front and rear skid plates and 18-inch milled wheels with BF Goodrich All-terrain T/A tires.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee gets around the trails with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine that is mated to an eight-speed automatic Torqueflight transmission.
To top it off, the Grand Cherokee Overlander has a durable spray-in truck bed coating on the roof and a two-person hard-shell rooftop tent that is easily deployable when camping off the beaten path.
Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk
The newest addition to the Jeep lineup, the Jeep Renegade, is the basis for the Desert Hawk concept vehicle, and is equipped with a selection of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts for the ultimate desert adventure.
The Desert Tan exterior features a Jeep Performance Parts body decal, a topographical hood decal that depicts the Fins and Things Moab trail, off-road rock rails and a skid plate kit. Also featured are Mopar’s trailer hitch receiver and roof rack.
Inside, the Renegade Desert Hawk has been outfitted with Mopar Katzkin seat covers, body color bezel accents and Mopar all-weather floor mats.
The Renegade Desert Hawk is powered by the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 and is backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Low.
Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail
The Canyon Trail concept vehicle is developed from the Jeep Cherokee, which won our coveted 2015 Four Wheeler of the Year award. In the spirit of that award, the Canyon Trail ups the Cherokee’s best-in-segment capability with Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts specifically designed for even more off-road prowess.
The Cherokee Canyon Trail’s Desert Tan exterior paint is accented with a Satin Black hood that includes a topographical hood decal showcasing Hell's Revenge, a renowned off-road trail in Moab. The exterior also displays Jeep Performance Parts body decal, Satin Black roof accent colors and the 2015 "Four Wheeler of the Year" decal.
The Canyon Trail interior features Mopar Katzkin leather seat covers and accent stitching, Jeep Performance Parts embroidered logo on the headrests, body color bezel accents, a cargo tray mat, Jeep Cargo Management System, Moab Off-road bag and all-weather floor mats.
Off-road capability is turned up courtesy of Jeep Performance Parts off-road rock rails, a two-piece fuel tank skid plate, two-piece underbody skid plate, oil pan and front suspension skid plates, as well as concept 17-inch painted wheels with BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A tires, which provide an additional one-half inch of lift.
The Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail is powered by the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 I-4 engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Lock, which includes low range and a locking rear differential.
Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder
The Red Rock Responder is a support vehicle that was purpose-built to traverse the world’s harshest terrain with premium off-road equipment to respond to any vehicle emergency with spare parts and tools stored in the built-in drawers and compartments of the cargo box. Hmm... why does that sound familiar? That's right, we built a similar Jeep a few years back. The Discount Tire RESQ1 Jeep was a big behemoth rig that featured a utility box full of tools, recovery equipment and even an on-board welder and tire machine.
The Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder features a Vibrance Responder Red exterior paint that is topped with a Jeep Performance Parts body decal, 10th Anniversary hood with hydraulic hood props, high-top fender flares and 17-inch beadlock wheels with body color beadlock ring. One thing's for sure, the Red Rock Responder sticks out like a sore thumb on any trail. In addition, the vehicle sports LED headlamps and foglamps as well as LED A-pillar and off-road lamps.
Functional capability was increased with the addition of a set of 37-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM2 tires, a 4-inch Jeep Performance Parts lift kit, Fox shocks, and front and rear Dana 60 axles with 5.38 gearing. The vehicle also sports a cold-air intake, prototype off-road rock rails as well as a tried and true Warn winch. The Red Rock Responder is also armed with Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition steel front and rear bumpers and high-top fenders that were previously concept parts but quickly became a production part due to popular demand.
A set of side cargo boxes hold a hi lift jack and accessories, fire extinguisher, road side accessory kit, first aid kit, Snap-on tool soft bags as well as a recovery kit. The cargo boxes also store an on-board dual air compressor with a reservoir along with an air hose and accessories, and even has enough room for a cooler or a case of water.
The interior stands out along with the exterior with embroidered black and red Mopar Katzkin leather seats, Jeep Performance Parts logo embroidered on the headrests, red accent bezels, grab handles and all-weather floor mats.
The Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder is also powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and is mated to an automatic transmission to move the big red beast through slick rock trails.