The 51st annual Jeep Easter Safari is fast approaching and the iconic brand is going to gather with fans on the hills of Moab, Utah in celebratory mode – complete with seven new bespoke concepts.
First things first – there’s a classic to be discussed here – the Jeep Grand one concept marks the 25th anniversary of the Grand Cherokee, and comes with modern elements plastered over the iconic 1993 ZJ. We have bespoke 18-inch lace-style gold wheels, high-clearance fender flares, an extended wheelbase, trimmed fascias, and some subtle wood grain treatment. Under the hood is a 5.2-liter V8 and a four-speed automatic transmission sending the power to a set of 33-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires. There’s even a Gameboy in the back seat.
Next up is the Jeep Safari – based on the Wrangler it calls for the great outdoors: translucent hard-top roof panel, a two-level aluminum cargo rack – with an incorporated drone – a raked windshield, and a unique set of “windoors” made of aluminum and clear vinyl. Power comes courtesy of a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 linked to a five-speed automatic and a set of 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires – the modern twist is via an integrated iPad in the dashboard.
You could also hit the dunes with the great-looking Quicksand concept – powered by a Mopar 392 Hemi with eight-stack injection and a six-speed Getrag manual gearbox, while the hot rod feeling is enabled by the “peekaboo” cutout in the hood. The Wrangler-based concept has a longer wheelbase, an open top and open windows. The Jeep Trailpass is also on the same page – coming as an all-new Compass with a 1.5-inch lift kit, new 18-inch wheels and a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine. We do feel the Switchback concept is the best fit for us – it was once a Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, now turned into the “ultimate in off-road performance.” It comes with front and rear Dana 44 axle, a four-inch lift with remote reservoir Fox shocks, and heavy-duty differential covers. Oh, and those concept doors…
Lat, but not least, we have two concepts that are for the classic fans of the Civilian Jeep. The CJ66 that debuted at SEMA in 2016 is back to hit the trail and next to it will be the Luminator. It’s the brightest of them all – literally, not figuratively. It has a wide array of lighting elements – from scanning LED light bar module with active spot and dynamic following technology, a center high-mount stop light with four-colored LED indicating stop (red), 1-3 miles per hour (amber), 3-25 miles per hour (green), or rear flood lighting (white) to front LED foglights that light up the side according to the steering angle.