The annual reunion of Jeep fans all around the world is just around the corner and Jeep is catching our attention with the reveal of the seven concepts it has prepared to celebrate in style this year’s edition of the Moab Easter Jeep Safari.
Most of the concepts are impressive, but we have to make our own selection and describe the best of the pack – the Crew Chief 715, the FC 150, and the Wrangler Trailcat. First on the line is the Crew Chief 715 which has been developed starting from the Wrangler Unlimited and is the automaker’s way of honoring the iconic connection with military vehicles such as the Kaiser M715. The Crew Chief 715 comes with a retro-styled front end, a truck bed as well as 20-inch beadlock wheels with 40-inch NDT military tires. We also noticed the Dana 60 axles, rock rails, a winch and the 4-inch lift kit. The bespoke treatment is also found inside where there’s leather with canvas inserts and aircraft-inspired switchgear, Mopar floor mats and a navigational compass. Power comes courtesy of a .6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that has been fitted with a cold air intake and a modified exhaust system – and it has been connected to a five-speed automatic gearbox.
The retro connection is also present in the 1960 FC 150 that wears an original steel body but fitted to the chassis of a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. This prototype also uses a Dana 44 front axle, a Dana 60 rear axle, and 17-inch steel wheels clad in 33-inch BF-Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires. And finally we have the Wrangler Trailcat which is the concept of an incredible off-roader – packing the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine that comes to the party with its 707 horsepower – all that power is sent to the wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The Trailcat also has a chopped windscreen, an extended wheelbase, Dana 60 axles, custom fender flares, an off-road focused suspension, as well as 17-inch beadlock wheels with 39.5-inch BF-Goodrich Krawler T/A KX rubber.