More Moab Jeep Reveals
Call this a ‘big boys Easter Egg Hunt’, if you will, however, all the eggs are revealed before the hunt even starts….that doesn’t dampen the ‘big boys’ excitement one bit. The Moab Jeep Safari is back again and Jeep has unveiled the entire line-up. We showed you two of these concept beauties in our previous post, but now we can take a look at the entire basket of goods:
Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II Concept
Jeep previously unveiled the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept, complete with the company’s EcoDiesel V6 engine. Designers threw in a set of 35-inch Mickey Thompson tires wrapped around 17-inch Rubicon wheels, and a set of custom fender flares help keep all that rubber under wraps. All in all, this is one Grand Cherokee that means business.
Jeep Wrangler Slim
Second in the line-up, the Wrangler Slim. Of all six concepts in this year’s roundup, the Jeep Wrangler Slim has the most in common with production hardware. A comparative study in restraint, the Slim features a stock 3.6 Pentastar V-6 and a reasonable Dana 44 limited-slip rear axle running a 3.73:1 ratio, a stocker in the front, the 4:1 Rubicon Rock-Trac transfer case, and most interesting, a Mopar prototype two-inch lift kit. The Jeep and Mopar guys tell us that if all goes according to plan, the lift kit may soon be an available option, complete with warranty.
Wrangler Mopar Recon
The Wrangler Mopar Recon packs a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 good for 470 horsepower. All that grunt gets to the ground via a five-speed automatic transmission and a set of a Dana 60 axles front and rear with 4.10 gears. The Recon also makes use of a 4.5-inch prototype long-arm kit and a set of prototype eight-lug bead lock wheels.
The interior of the four-door Mopar Recon includes a locking below-floor storage box, side sun visors, grab handles, trailside winch kit, and custom seats using Naval-themed camouflage. With all that power under the hood, we’re pretty certain no one will have the time to notice the upholstery.
Wrangler Sand Trooper II
There’s always that one guy who has to outdo everyone else, and this is his Jeep. The sequel to the first Sand Trooper that made its debut at SEMA in 2012, the Sand Trooper II is just a bit more insane. The 375-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 sends its whomping 400 lb-ft of torque to a set of eight-lug portal axles and on out to 42-inch tires mounted to Jeep Performance Parts prototype forged beadlock wheels, ensuring there will be no shortage of twist to spin sand into the faces of your fellow Jeepers.
The interior features a backup camera, black sill guards, and a bevy of locking storage to hide your stuff in, including under-seat and console bins, a below-floor storage box, and trunk storage box. Sure, it’s bad-ass, you just have to ask yourself if you want to be that guy on the trails this year.
The Wrangler Stitch builds on the momentum of the Wrangler Pork Chop Concept. Engineers once again set out to strike as much weight as possible from the vehicle, and actually managed to trim the curb weight down to 3,000 pounds. The HVAC, the audio system, the rear seats, and the doors were removed, while sections of body panels have been cut out. A lighter chrome-moly roll cage replaces the stock unit, the hood is a custom carbon-fiber piece modeled after the Rubicon 10th anniversary’s, and the floor pan and fuel tank are made of aluminum. Even the frame and axles were modified to remove weight.
That effort has given the machine the same power to weight ratio as the Grand Cherokee SRT. Plenty of carbon fiber, door deletes and a chrome moly roll cage all help trim those pounds, and a set of DanyTrac Pro Rock 44 axles with 4.88 gears and ARB lockers front and rear let this machine scramble over whatever is in its path.
Wrangler Flat Top
Jeep took a different approach with the Wrangler Flattop. With an upscale appearance, the Flattop boasts a chopped windowless hard top that shortens the machine in height by a full two inches. Designers also cut out the B pillar for a massive side opening. Katzkin leather seating indoors helps offer up a bit more refinement, and the Warn Zeon winch and 37-inch Mickey Thompson tires give the rig some added capability off road. This is one Jeep that’s cool, but capable.
Tell us what you think of the Jeep Concepts this year. Which one has your name on it?