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Jeep And Mopar Concept Vehicles Revealed In Moab!

Posted in Vehicle Reviews on April 15, 2014 Comment (0)
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Jeep And Mopar Concept Vehicles Revealed In Moab!
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A few days ago we gave you the lowdown on the six vehicles that Jeep and Mopar planned to unveil at the 48th Annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The six vehicles included the Jeep Wrangler Level Red, Jeep Wrangler MOJO, Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance, Jeep Cherokee Adventurer, Jeep Cherokee Dakar, and Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Trail Warrior. You can read the details of each vehicle HERE in the previous story.

Well, we’re here in Moab, Utah, at this very moment. The concept Jeeps have been officially unveiled, we’ve officially driven ‘em, and we have officially formed opinions. Officially. Who is “we?” Well, that would be staffers from various off-road outlets within the Source Interlink Media Off-Road Group family.

This year, for better or worse, custom one-off rigs like Mighty FC and Nukizer weren’t in the lineup. Instead, Jeep and Mopar chose to put the spotlight on rigs that feature production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts on these concept vehicles. Jp Magazine Brand Manager Pete Trasborg weighed in on that. “Overall I was bummed to not see some retrotastic concept vehicles, but if some of the new parts we saw today become available, fall might find me in a Jeep dealership looking for parts,” he said.

So what did we think of this year’s collection of Jeep and Mopar concept vehicles? Well, a few of us here put together our thoughts in a couple sentences or less. What do you think of these rigs from Jeep and Mopar?

Jeep Wrangler Level Red


Ken Brubaker, staff editor:
“Looks great, without relying on frou. I like this rig because it’s refreshingly simple both visually and technically.”

Christian Hazel, Four Wheeler brand manager:
“Squishy ride is good. Stripey color treatment down to seatbelts is interesting. Beadlocks are good and hopefully make it to production.”

Agustin Jimenez, staff editor:
“The FOX shocks are smoother than butter. The six-speed manual and half-doors make it a blast to wheel. It made it through Pritchett Canyon - a trail known for some serious pucker factor.”

Verne Simons, staff editor:
“This thing rides great with its Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit. I want this lift for my two-door JK...the same suspension felt too soft on the four-door. The beadlocks are pretty cool too, but again I wonder if we'll ever see them outside of a concept vehicle.” Pete Trasborg, Jp brand manager:
“This 2-inch lift felt a lot better both slow and fast than MOJO… maybe MOJO’s bumps were too long? Fun rig both slow and fast.”

Fred Williams, Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road brand manager:
The Jeep Wrangler Level Red has the new Mopar 2-inch lift with 35-inch tire, but isn't much more interesting than a Moab edition JK with a red stripe and a winch.

Jeep Wrangler MOJO


Ken Brubaker, staff editor:
“The graphics aren’t my cup of tea, but the bones of the rig are spot on for the type of wheeling I do.”

Christian Hazel, Four Wheeler brand manager:
“Sweet cloth bikini top, it rides nice and soft, and the Mopar bumpers are killer. Flares should be plastic, not fiberglass.””

Agustin Jimenez, staff editor:
“It’s orange, has 37-inch tires and says ‘Look at me!’ but the half-doors and bikini top say, ‘Chick Magnet!’ Perfect summer wheeling rig.””

Verne Simons, staff editor:
“My personal favorite, I love the orange paint and the prototype high-clearance flares (also on Maximum Performance). They are awesome (if not 7 years late) and should be made from flexible plastic instead of shatter-happy carbon fiber.”

Pete Trasborg, Jp brand manager:
“At only 2 inches of lift, it's 2 inches shorter than Max, but for some reason the ride was rougher on high-speed stuff. With the same spring rates and shock valving as Max, it doesn’t make sense.”

Fred Williams, Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road brand manager:
I really like the orange Jeep Mojo with the high fenders and the 2-inch lift to clear 37's on prototype beadlocks because it is sits low and clears big rubber making it stable and good for wheeling, and because I like orange.

Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance


Ken Brubaker, staff editor:
“Eight-lug 60s? Beadlock-capable wheels? Yeah, I’ll take it.”

Christian Hazel, Four Wheeler brand manager:
“Will the Dana 60 crate axles become a reality or will they just be another broken Mopar promise? The blue is fugly.”

Agustin Jimenez, staff editor:
“Great crawler/go-fast Jeep. You can’t go wrong with a double dose of Dana 60s. Unlike Hazel, I thought the Mopar blue was rad!”

Verne Simons, staff editor:
“I dig the Dana 60s and they look like factory parts...will we ever see them on anything but this blue concept? Lets hope so. The 4-inch suspension is awesome on the 4-door.”

Pete Trasborg, Jp brand manager:
“Cush ride, nice handling, and beefy Mopar crate 60s. Plus the fenders look cool and give a ton of clearance. Both wheeling and high speed it did well.”

Fred Williams, Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road brand manager:
Why does the Maximum Performance have Dana 60's and 37's and not Power Wagon axles and 40's?

Jeep Cherokee Adventurer


Ken Brubaker, staff editor:
“Yawn.”

Christian Hazel, Four Wheeler brand manager:
“Not bad. Could be worse. Making the best out of a necessary evil. I dig the color.”

Agustin Jimenez, staff editor:
“Not something I would ever own but I could see how it would appeal to the outdoor crowd. Still cooler than a Prius!”

Verne Simons, staff editor:
“I love this color. Put it on a JK! The rear ‘locker’ works!"

Pete Trasborg, Jp brand manager:
“While the cargo stuff is cool, the ride was kind of harsh compared to Dakar. Maybe it is set up for the extra weight the Adventurer carries?”

Fred Williams, Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road brand manager:
The Cherokee Adventurer seems like a way better option than a Subaru Forester or Outback for all the mountain bikers and rock climbers who come to Moab.

Jeep Cherokee Dakar


Ken Brubaker, staff editor:
“If liking the Dakar is wrong, I don’t want to be right. This rig is pretty darn capable and I think it looks cool as heck.”

Christian Hazel, Four Wheeler brand manager:
“Fred Williams dubbed it the moon buggy. I’d thrash it like a borrowed $20 horse but I don’t think I’d want to own one.”

Agustin Jimenez, staff editor:
“Digging the Subaru exhaust note. Takes off pretty fast and crawls through the trail like an angry donkey. I’d love to thrash one through Baja!”

Verne Simons, staff editor:
“She is the belle of the ball. Who knew a ‘new’ Cherokee could actually be modified and would be very capable in a field of JKs and a diesel WK2. Loving the 33s and coilovers. A Rally car that crawls...kinda.”

Pete Trasborg, Jp brand manager: “Agreed with Hazel and Williams. Great ride and fun to beat on. Inspires enough confidence to beat harder. When ya do, the end-of-travel bump is hard!”

Fred Williams, Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road brand manager:
The Jeep Cherokee Dakar was much cooler than I expected out of a vehicle that doesn't really fit in the market of 4WOR, since it was built into a cool full independent suspended go fast rally car that I could actually imagine bombing down dirt and/or snowy mountain roads.

Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Trail Warrior


Ken Brubaker, staff editor:
“It has a diesel, so there’s that.”

Christian Hazel, Four Wheeler brand manager:
“Luxury, mileage, off-road capability, a unique color, and good looks. Sign me up.”

Agustin Jimenez, staff editor: “Great torque! Too stiff when suspension is raised but rides better at lower settings. Just too plain for my taste.”

Verne Simons, staff editor:
“How is it that the Grand Cherokee looks smaller than the Cherokee on the outside, but feels HUGE from inside. Love the torque of the 3.0L EcoDiesel and there is plenty of it.”

Pete Trasborg, Jp brand manager:
“Diesel! Diesel! Diesel! Diesel! Cool looking rig, but with the air bags all the way up the ride could be better. Oh, and Diesel!”

Fred Williams, Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road brand manager:
The Grand Cherokee Trail Warrior is the a true luxury long-range overland Jeep just perfect for making it to your 5000-sq/ft mountain cabin in Vail.

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Sources

Mopar
Auburn Hills, MI 48321
800-992-1997
www.mopar.com

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