The Jeep Trailcat concept debuted around a year and a half ago at Moab during the 50th annual Easter Jeep Safari. It was one of seven concepts from Jeep, and it topped our list as probably one of the most absurd creations from the guys at Jeep and Mopar we’ve ever seen. Absurd is OK with us though.
Calling this a spy photo wouldn’t make sense, because there’s nothing secret about a bright green Jeep going on a gas run. So, is this just a company exec’s idea of an afternoon joyride, or is it something more substantial? Well, we know what we are looking at, but it begs the question, will Jeep go to market with this monster? Or a more realistic question, is Jeep using this as a test mule for a new, 2019 model year, high performance Wrangler, set to debut alongside the new JL model at the LA Auto Show?
The market is ripe for a vehicle as brutish as this. And with offerings from Ford, Chevy, and Ram, it might not be so far-fetched to think of a production Wrangler Trailcat. Jeep has put it in their road-going SUV, so why not throw it in a Wrangler?
For one, trusting us with 707 hp in a 5,350 lb SUV with 295/45R20 section tires and a proper roof is already insane. Putting this much power in a lifted Wrangler with massive 40-inch BFGoodrich Krawler tires and a roll cage? Might be difficult to handle.
Witnessing in this lifetime, a 707hp Hellcat-powered Wrangler go into production would be ludicrous, maybe even heinous. Which is probably why it might not happen. However, we don’t think a Wrangler serving up this much attitude is out of the question.
Think a Wrangler SRT Trailcat, maybe powered by a high-output version of the new turbocharged Hurricane four-cylinder engine, putting out more than 300 horsepower. Alternatively, maybe a turbocharged Pentastar V6 could be in the cards. Whichever direction Jeep chooses to go with this ultimate off-roader, it sure is fun to dream.