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Jeep Teases Two Concepts For The 2013 Moab Easter Jeep Safari 20
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Chrysler, Editorial, Jeep, Kurt, Moab Jeep Safari, Mopar on 03 20th, 2013
Jeep's Trailhawk II concept
Jeep's Trailhawk II concept

Jeep’s Trailhawk II concept


Every spring, robins fly north, the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano and Jeep owners descend on Moab, Utah for the annual Easter Jeep Safari. It’s also the time of year when Jeep and Mopar roll out a string of concepts and customized off-road vehicles, many of which will (sadly) never see the inside of a dealer’s showroom. On the other hand, Mopar-befitted Jeeps probably help sell a lot of accessories for the brand, which is why the event is so critical to Chrysler.

In 2011 and 2012, Jeep and Mopar showed six concepts, so we expect a similar number this year. Chrysler has just released two images of Jeeps that will be appearing in 2013, and we have to admit that neither one really does it for us. The Trailhawk II appears to be a modified Jeep Grand Cherokee, but aside from the bright orange paint, lifted suspension and off-road tires, we can’t see anything particularly exciting about it.

The same holds true for the Wrangler “Slim,” which looks to be little more than a hot pink Jeep Wrangler with a lift, new front bumper and off-road tires. Surely Chrysler is holding back on the good stuff until the event is near, since neither concept shows the imagination (and engineering) that the brand has exhibited for past Easter Jeep Safaris.

Jeep Wrangler "Slim" concept

Jeep Wrangler “Slim” concept

On the other hand, Chrysler’s parent, Fiat, isn’t exactly prospering from European sales, so budgets have likely been pared back from previous years. We hope this is just a head fake from Chrysler, and that we can all have a good laugh about it in a few weeks. If the budget for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari has been slashed, though, we can’t imagine what other cuts are coming in the near future.

Update: Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II revealed

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II


Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II rear

Jeep Teases New Concepts For Moab Jeep Safari 5
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Jeep, Moab Jeep Safari, News on 04 5th, 2011

Jeep's 'Pork Chop' concept. Image: Chrysler Group, LLC.

Every year Jeep and Mopar work together to launch concept vehicles at the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Last year we saw eight concepts, ranging from the mild (like the stripped but rugged Wrangler J7) to the wild (like the Jeep Nukizer pickup that everyone, myself included, wants to see in production). This year, Jeep has dialed things back a notch, perhaps because the budget is quite a bit tighter than in years past. Jeep’s leaked two images of Moab vehicles, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they showed up with more at the event. So far, the coolest looking ride is the Pork Chop concept you see above. Ideal for blasting through sandstone canyons in springtime, the Pork Chop would be a bit drafty for winter duty in the Northeast. I’m loving the whole minimalist look, but I’m really digging the Torque Thrust style wheels, which look sick on the bare-bones Jeep. I say throw a bikini top on it and call it done; hell, I’d even give it some serious thought, since it’s not like we get snow in Jacksonville.

Jeep's Renegade concept. Image: Chrysler Group, LLC.

Next up is the “Renegade”, which looks like a standard Wrangler with a lift kit and some vinyl graphics at first glance. Look again, particularly at the hood. See that bulge? Something evil is lurking there, and I’m guessing it’s the 392 Hemi yanked from the new Charger / Challenger SRT-8. I know that such a Jeep has been built for “executive evaluation”, and I suspect that Jeep will use the annual Moab event to gauge customer reaction to a Hemi-powered Wrangler. Personally, I think the heavier 6.4 liter Hemi is overkill, but I could certainly see the 5.7 liter Hemi stuffed beneath the Wrangler’s fenders. If enough people like the idea of a Hemi powered Wrangler, this particular beast may see production in the not-too-distant future.

Source: Jeep, via Left Lane News