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Hot Rod-Inspired Quicksand Concept At The 2017 Easter Jeep Safari: Photos, Exclusive Video, Opinions

Posted in Moab Experience: 2017 on April 13, 2017
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Photographers: FCA

The Jeep Quicksand was one of seven concepts that Jeep and Mopar brought to the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. As its name implies, the Jeep is quick and it’s good in sand. Features include a Mopar 392 Crate Hemi engine with eight-stack injection, a six-speed Getrag transmission, downturned open headers, trimmed front and rear body, chopped hardtop and windshield, a longer wheelbase, and a number of hot rod styling cues. For the first time in Jeep concept history, it has a staggered tire setup with 32-inch mud-terrains up front and 37-inch mud-terrains in the rear. It has a front-mounted Warn winch concealed in a Moon tank.

Here you can see a collection of detailed photos, exclusive video, and our opinions on Quicksand. Make sure to check out the other six concepts that Jeep and Mopar brought to Moab at fourwheeler.com!

Our Opinions

Ken Brubaker, editor, Four Wheeler: “I applaud Jeep for creating Quicksand. This thing is a hoot. It’s quite fascinating how designers combined hot rod styling cues on the Wrangler-based rig and it works for me. I’d love to hoon Quicksand in the dunes!”

Jake Headlee, contributor, The Enthusiast Network: “Holy hot rod Batman. Quicksand is like your favorite toy car as a kid, blown up into life-size proportions with a roaring V-8. Loud, fast, and drool-worthy.”

Sean Holman, content director of Truck & Off-Road Group, The Enthusiast Network: “Bad ass. And everyone else will think so too. I want this thing on a t-shirt for people to tell me that's some cool art…right before I jump in and drive it around the corner just to watch gaping maws and wide eyes. The staggered fitment and oh-so-short chop do it for me, as do the exhaust modes. However, there is a missed opportunity with no back seat to consummate your interactions with adoring groupies.”

Rick Pewe, editor, Jp: “The Quicksand is an awesome vehicle with an unfortunate name. Built to emulate a ’60s hotrod, the concept is perfectly flawless. With a 392 Hemi in a ’32 deuce coupe-styled JK Wrangler, the Quicksand looks fast and mean. It’s topped with Hillborne-style injector stacks, milled vintage-style aluminum accessories, and slapped in front of a Getrag six-speed tranny. The best visual is the staggered stance with 32s and 37s, with appropriate axle gear ratios to match. The beauty is in the details, right down to the wheel Schrader valve located on the inside of the Ansen-style wheels. Loud, fast, and perfectly controllable, the beast even idles comfortably over the rocks. I’d take it home, but change the name to ‘Sand Quick,’ as this buggy won’t be stuck in quicksand.”

Fred Williams, editor-at-large, 4-Wheel & Off-Road: “Fun and dangerous and fun because it is dangerous, the Quicksand concept is an Ed Roth ’70s dune Jeep modernized. The Getrag is great behind the Hemi and would be awesome in the sand with no worries of overheating. The chopped top and slats across the opening look ready to scalp a driver, but hey, it’s all fun and games until someone gets scalped. The power and the ability to reveal it with the exhaust cutouts is fun and not even too obnoxious when opened up, just rowdy. And the winch hidden in the fuel tank is classic Jeep Design brilliance. This is this year’s fun one.”

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