It’s Easter time, and that means it’s time for the 52nd Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari, held March 24 through April 1, where thousands of off-roaders crawl, scrape and scramble over the rugged trails of Moab, Utah. And that brings us to this year’s colorful collection of Jeep concepts, custom-built by FCA for the occasion.
This year there are seven Easter treats — including one called Wagoneer and one called Jeepster. All are decked out in Mopar parts. (Mopar already has 200-plus parts and counting for the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler.)
Here then, is this year’s Easter pageant of Jeeps:
This year’s lightweight concept is meant to bolster off-road performance through extensive weight savings. It’s powered by the all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine with an eight-speed automatic. Carbon fiber abounds — the stuff is used for the hood, fender flares and the rear tub, which also features aluminum perforated panels. It gets an “aggressively swept back” look via raked windshield, longer door openings and a custom cage.
This one’s inspired by Baja desert racers but can still be used as a daily driver. It gets an extreme-duty suspension system capable of both tasks. The front axle has been moved forward four inches and takes a heavy-duty longarm four-link suspension and track bar. The rear axle has been moved back two inches and gets a triangulated trailing arm four-link suspension.
The B-Ute is decked out with a 1.5-inch lift kit, a roof rack and rock rails. It sits on 17-inch wheels with a 30-millimeter offset, wrapped in BF Goodrich T/A Baja Champion tires.
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip
Do you long for the days when clans, kith and kin, piled into their trusty family trucksters, hit the open road, and settled in for a long-haul vacation? Do you wish that small-scale sabbatical could include some serious rock crawling?
A two-inch lift kit featuring 2.5-inch-diameter aluminum shocks is straight from the catalog’s pages, as are the satin black grille, Warn Winch kit, lighting brackets to hold up the brush guard’s LED lights, and header-mounted trail lighting kit.
This Jeep Wrangler Sahara-based concept is where the city meets the trails. Jeep designed this one to be the best of both worlds, adding a snorkel, extra cabin sealing and five-inch LED off-road lights to cast out “military-grade illumination.” Design elements include a black Mopar grille, bezel body trim and Brass Monkey-styled 17-inch wheels. The look is set off with orange accents on some of the badging and the tow hooks.
It’s chopped two inches and has a custom windshield that’s raked back 2.5 inches. It rides on a two-inch lift kit and 37-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tires and 17-inch wheels. The interior has a roll cage, black leather seats and the spare tire carrier. In back are custom storage packs for food, gear and tools.