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Jeep Unveils Seven New Concepts at 57th Annual Easter Jeep Safari

Jeep has now unveiled all seven of its 2023 Easter Jeep Safari concepts.

  • These models have been teased individually over the last month.

  • Four of the concepts are electrified, including the Magneto 3.0.

  • Each concept features numerous available Jeep Performance Parts items.

After teasing them for the past month, Jeep has now unveiled its seven new concepts created specifically for the 57th annual Easter Jeep Safari held in Moab.

This off-roading event attracts around 20,000 people each year who take part in day-long trips out on some of the most challenging trails in North America.

Jeep always uses this opportunity to unveil eye-catching concepts that aim to improve its vehicle’s off-roading capabilities and show where production models are headed in the coming years.

For 2023, the automaker has unveiled seven concepts of which four are electrified. This is to signify its intention to further the development of electric powertrains without compromising its vehicles’ abilities.

Jeep Wrangler Magneto 3.0 Concept | Photo: Jeep

Magneto 3.0

One of the most significant models is the Magneto 3.0, the third iteration of the first fully-electric Wrangler concept.

Building upon the first two versions which were presented in 2021 and 2022, the Magneto 3.0 continues to use a modified two-door Wrangler bodyshell and it features a 3-inch lift, 20-inch beadlock wheels, 40-inch mud tires, and Dynatrac 60 and 80 axles for the front and rear respectively.

The most significant updates over the 2.0 are under hood since the electric motors have been made more efficient, thus increasing their output to 650 horsepower and 900 lb-ft of torque and making for a longer range.

Drivers will also have better control of this powertrain due to three new modes which can limit the power to 285 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque (the rating for the Magneto 1.0), provide regenerative braking, and allow for one-pedal driving in rock crawling situations.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe Concept | Photo: Jeep

Wrangler Rubicon 4xe concept

This four-door Wrangler concept wears a shade of bright chromatic pink and a gloss-black Rubicon 20th anniversary front grille. These are not its only distinctive elements, since the concept also includes 37-inch tires, off-road American Expedition Vehicle (AEV) wheels, AEV front and rear bumpers, a winch, and the newly-developed AccuAir adjustable air suspension which is available for Wrangler and Gladiator models via the Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) by Mopar catalog. As its name suggests, this concept is powered by the same plug-in hybrid powertrain found in the regular Wrangler 4xe.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe Departure Concept | Photo: Jeep

Wrangler Rubicon 4xe Departure Concept

Another electrified Wrangler model is the Departure concept, a modified four-door version painted in a dark shade of blue. This concept features numerous Jeep Performance parts (JPP) accessories such as the rear spare tire mount which can pivot vertically to provide maximum ground clearance or more cargo space. Since this accessory is intended for road use, it still includes a third brake light and a reverse camera.

Up front, a 4-foot by 1-foot tubular grille guard protects the Rubicon 20th anniversary grille and extended fender flares feature LED daytime running lights that make them the first such accessory to be approved for highway use.

Mounting points for additional accessories such as lights are also provided all around the exterior and interior of this concept, including on the Molle panels installed on the rear quarter panels.

In terms of capability, this concept features 37-inch tires and unique bronze wheels, as well as a JPP 2-inch lift kit that includes Bilstein shocks equipped with external reservoirs to increase cooling and suspension travel.

1978 Jeep Cherokee 4xe Concept | Photo: Jeep

1978 Cherokee 4xe Concept

Being based on a 1978 Jeep Cherokee (SJ), this is the only concept that is not based on a current model available to the public in the 2023 Easter Safari lineup. This model uses a modified bodyshell from the two-door full-size SUV paired with the mechanicals of a 2022 Wrangler 4xe. 17-inch slotted-mag wheels wear 37-inch tires and the rear seat was replaced by a four-point safety cage.

Jeep Scrambler 392 Concept | Photo: Jeep

Scrambler 392 Concept

While the 1978 Cherokee 4xe Concept is an older model updated with current tech, the Scrambler 392 concept is a modern model engineered to look like a classic one. Indeed, this shortened two-door version of the Gladiator is a recreation of the 80s Scrambler (CJ-8) which was a modified version of the CJ-7 (the predecessor to the Wrangler). Painted in bright green, this model also stands out due to its 6.4L Hemi V8 engine which sits under a hood that features a see-through insert. Other modifications include the AccuAir suspension, 40-inch tires, and new fender flares.

Jeep Grand Wagoneer Overland Concept | Photo: Jeep

Grand Wagoneer Overland concept

This concept is the only one, apart from the 1978 Cherokee, to not be based on the Wrangler or the Gladiator. Indeed, this model builds upon the Grand Wagonner, the automaker’s largest and most luxurious SUV ever. Instead of making this concept all about performance, Jeep decided to make it into a sort of mobile cabin that can provide accommodation in remote places.

This has been achieved by fitting a folding Skyloft on the roof which can sleep two people and provide a good view of the outside with its large windows. Access to this loft is made via the repositioned third-row sunroof and the second-row seats have been replaced by bean bags and a throw rug which combine with the standard rear seat infotainment system and ambient lighting to create a cozy living room.

Offroading capabilities have not been forgotten however, since this concept is powered by the 500-horsepower Hurricane turbocharged six-cylinder engine and it features 35-inch tires.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Sideburn Concept | Photo: Jeep

Gladiator Rubicon Sideburn Concept

The last of this year’s Easter Safari concepts is the Gladiator Sideburn, an extensively modified version of the standard four-door pickup. While it keeps the same 3.6L V6 engine as the production Gladiator, this model features a long list of JPP accessories that include removable trail lights, a 2-inch lift kit with Bilstein shocks, 37-inch tires, a tubular grille guard that folds down into a bench, a sport bar and a custom tailgate. Like the Departure concept, this model also features Molle panels that allow for extra storage along the sides of the truck.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe Departure Concept | Photo: Jeep
1978 Jeep Cherokee 4xe Concept | Photo: Jeep
Jeep Scrambler 392 Concept | Photo: Jeep
Jeep Grand Wagoneer Overland Concept | Photo: Jeep
Jeep Grand Wagoneer Overland Concept | Photo: Jeep

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