Jeep is celebrating its 80th anniversary.
They are introducing four new concepts for 2021.
Last year’s three concepts will get their first run at Moab this year.
To make up for last year’s missed Easter Safari, Jeep’s pulled out all the stops and has introduced a variety of concept that is sure to please each and every fan of the brand. For 2021, Jeep’s got everything from turbocharged engines to electric ones, a retro-concept, a well-fitted Gladiator, and a classic 2-door Wrangler.
The Easter Jeep Safari, held on the iconic trails in Moab, Utah from March 27th to April 4th, may very be the biggest yet with, not only four all-new concepts, but the three that were prepared either for the 2020 edition of the Safari, or SEMA 2020, will also be on hand. All seven feature various powertrains, including a unique fully-electric one, and a slew of parts, most of which are available through Jeep Performance Parts (JPP).
“The Moab Easter Jeep Safari has long been our testing ground for both our newest Jeep 4x4s and for showcasing new Jeep brand concepts, Jeep Performance Parts and ideas that truly resonate with our most passionate customers — the die-hard off-road enthusiasts who attend this event every year,” said Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep Brand North America. “This year’s Safari shines a spotlight on what makes Jeep vehicles unmistakably distinctive and undeniably capable, a variety of powertrains that deliver superior power, performance, torque, and, above all, fun. Moab’s demanding trails are a worthy opponent for our Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator concept vehicles. Each is certain to prove that Jeep’s legendary 4×4 capability reigns supreme on any terrain.”
Here’s a quick overview of the concepts that will brave the challenges of Moab.
This is the electric Jeep. It’s not exactly a prototype however Jeep wants to bring it to Moab for the next three years to see its evolution as they will continue to work on it. Magneto is based on a 2-door Rubicon that has had its 3.6-litre V6 physically removed. In its stead is an electric motor that produces an identical 273 lb.-ft. of torque and 285 horsepower. All other mechanical components are unchanged, including the 6-speed manual gearbox.
There are four battery packs (1x over motor, 2x in the frame rails, 1x in the rear) that combine for a total of 70kWh on an 800-volt system. This power sends Magneto to 60mph in 6.8 seconds. Now, about the manual transmission. It actually works as it would with the V6 where the clutch is pushed in to select a gear and move forward.
Physically, Magneto sports 4xe badges and features a JPP 2-inch lift kit, 17-inch Lights Out black metallic wheels with 35-inch mud-terrain tires. As such, and with the right waterproofing, Magneto maintains the Wrangler’s 30-inch water-traversing capability.
Watching this one evolve will be interesting.
The Jeepster is this year’s resto-mod concept. It is inspired by the 2nd generation 1968 Jeepster Commando (C-101) and is built upon a JL 2-door Wrangler Rubicon. The “in-between CJ and Wagoneer” is powered by the turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine that’s been tweaked to produce 340 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque from 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque.
The Wrangler’s body is all Jeepster with rear quarter panels, fenders, and front grille all reminiscent of the Commando. The exterior colour, known as Tequila gold, is a combination of Hazy IPA and Zinc Oxide shades. The interior is also customized with Ivory and red interior colour hues and low-back bucket seats.
Jeep Red Bare
This Jeep Gladiator Rubicon-based Red Bare concept is the hard-worker of the most recent lot of concepts. Powering the Red Bare is Jeep’s turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine, rated at 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Rubicon components are mostly unchanged, with the exception of the Dana 44 front and rear heavy-duty axles that have been upgraded with 4.88 axle ratios. It delivers an impressive 91:1 crawl ratio that, with the 442 lb.-ft of torque and the JPP 2-inch lift kit, will make the Red Bare unstoppable.
The Fire Cracker Red exterior features a Warn winch, the Mojave/392 hood, custom graphics and more including 37-inch BFG tires and the very cool half doors. The cabin is all Katzkin Black leather, red flannel for a bold and rustic look.
Jeep Orange Peelz
This concept has to be the ultimate 2-door Wrangler ever. It’s an incredible mix of the Wrangler’s legendary and unique looks that have been expertly enhanced, and its unmatched capabilities.
What makes the Orange Peelz look different is the combination of the half doors, removed side and rear windows, and the one-piece Freedom Top glass sunroof. Visually mixed in with the orange colour are Satin Black 360-degree custom beltline graphic and badges. Other than the paint shade, the Wrangler’s stance is also quite evident.
The Orange Peelz is fitted with a 2-inch lift kit, 17-inch JPP beadlock-capable wheels with 37-inch BF Goodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires. Also part of the package are JPP 5-inch off-road LED lights, a factory-backed Mopar windshield made with Corning Gorilla Glass, a custom JPP Rubicon steel bumper with a prototype 2-inch steel grille guard, a larger spare tire holder (for a 37 incher), and the exclusive JPP 8,000-lb capacity Rubicon Warn winch, and custom rock rails. The cabin holds orange accents throughout the cabin as well as plaid armrests, and many other enhancements.
Under the hood lies Jeep’s tested and true 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
From last year’s collection of concepts, Jeep will bring the incredible Wrangler 392 , the Jeep Farout, and the Jeep Top Dog.
Wrangler 392 concept
Jeep Top Dog
As mentioned, the majority of all the features and accessories found on these concepts can be ordered through Jeep Performance Parts. FAC/Stellantis created this program back in 2012 to answer the call. That call came from the owners of one of the most accessorized vehicles in the world: The Jeep Wrangler. There are over 500 parts in the catalog as of today.
Easter Jeep Safari
This event is hosted by Moab’s Red Rock 4-Wheelers four-wheel-drive club. The activities include trail rides, from Moab, Utah, during the nine-day event. The event was created back in 1967 by the Moab Chamber of Commerce as a one-day trail ride.