Jeep Will Unwrap 7 New Concepts At Moab Safari

People have been going to Moab, Utah for the annual Jeep Easter Sarfari for 50 years. Very often, Jeep teases them while they are there with design concepts that may or may not ever see production. The concepts create some buzz for the Safari participants and also give Jeep valuable feedback on what appeals to its customers. This year, Jeep is previewing 7 new concepts. Which ones are just one offs designed to amaze and amuse and which might have a shot of actual production? Let’s take a look and let you decide.

Jeep Trailcat

This tasty concoction takes a Jeep Wrangler and stuffs if full of 6.2 liter supercharged V-8 madness. The 707 horsepower engine from the Dodge Hellcat is mated to a six speed manual transmission. A custom shifter features the Hellcat logo. Designers had to add 12 inches to the wheelbase to squeeze the motor in. Just the thing if you plan to tackle steep canyon walls!

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Jeep Crew Chief 715

throwback to the Kaiser M715 military pickup, the Crew Chief 715 is an open air design based on the Wrangler. It has a five foot cargo bed painted in what Jeep likes to call “Tactical Green.” It rides on 20-inch beadlock wheels and 40-inch military tires.

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Jeep Shortcut

This concept pays tribute to the classic Jeep CJ-5.  It is over a foot shorter than today’s Wrangler and evokes the first post-war civilian Jeeps. The Shortcut rides on 17 inch red steel wheels and features a two inch lift kit to clear its 35 inch tires.

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Jeep Renegade Commander

A lifted version of the brand’s new Italian-built subcompact, the Renegade Commander rides on 29.5-inch tires mounted to 17-inch aluminum wheels. Painted in a color Jeep calls “Fluorescent Gray,” the Renegade Commander has been lifted two inches and outfitted with rock rails, skid plates and a modified exhaust.

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Jeep Comanche

This concept pickup truck is a modified Renegade, not a Cherokee. The Renegade’s wheelbase was stretched six inches to allow designers to attach a five foot bed that includes a spare tire mounted inside. It’s powered by a 2.0-liter diesel inline four-cylinder engine, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

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Jeep FC 150

A modified version of an iconic cab over design from 1960, the FC 150 concept rides on a 2005 Wrangler chassis with a Dana 44 front axle and Dana 60 rear axle. The FC 150 is powered by Jeep’s classic 4.0-liter Inline 6-cylinder engine mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. Inside the cab, it features a headliner wrapped in a duck hunting pattern and a CB radio. An old fashioned analog compass is a nice touch.

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Jeep Trailstorm

A rolling showcase for Mopar’s Jeep Performance Parts line, the Trailstorm concept features half doors for extra visibility, a two inch lift kit and 37 inch tires mounted to 17 inch wheels. Its interior is painted with bedliner to allow it to be hosed out after a day of playing in the mud.

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Tells us which of these concepts tickle your fun meter. Jeep isn’t saying it plans to build any one of them. But if enough people show interest, they just might. After all, the key to a successful business is giving customers what they want and plenty of it.

Source: Automotive News

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