I’ve come to the conclusion that these events are both the greatest things ever and beyond evil. The Easter Jeep Safari makes you want to storm the Jeep HQ and demand these models. Instead, we get to look on in awe at the yearly tradition and hope someone at corporate realizes we actually want to buy these vehicles.
Most of the concepts are one-off productions, but some of the features do eventually make it it into production lines or at MOPAR. But still Jeep. Hook us up. Especially the Jeep Chief.
Jeep Chief Concept
There is no argument. The Jeep Chief is the coolest concept of the bunch. It’s Wrangler based, but borrows heavily from the 1970s classic, fullsize Jeep Cherokee.
Painted in Ocean Blue, it has the white, ‘French Bread’ roof. Toss in the custom razor grille, and I’m screaming at the pictures for them to take my money. It screams perfect beach ride. Not only could it handle your favorite surftown, if you need to go off road, it has the capability.
The concept vehicle comes complete with a two-inch lift kit, Dana 44 axles, a 3.6 V6 Pentastar and Fox shocks.
Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder
This looks like every volunteer first responder dream vehicle. The Red Rock Responder is most capable of the Easter Jeep Safari concepts.
It is fitted with built-in drawers and compartments in the cargo area. Spare parts and tools fill the compartment. A first aid kit and fire extinguisher round out the the accessories. The Jeep is built to rescue stranded vehicles and anyone else who is lost. Paint it a different color, and you have your perfect ‘the world just went to hell’ vehicle.
Oh, and you won’t be able to claim you didn’t see it at night. LED headlamps and foglamps are standard on the concept. If that’s not enough light, there’s always the LED A-pillar and off-road lamps.
Jeep Staff Car
Fire up Band of Brothers on HBO, you are about to take a ride through history. It may have the retro look of the old military service jeep, but it’s all new. Instead of hauling extra gas cans, it comes with a 85-can cooler. Yeah, I like that idea better too for the open air concept.
Don’t expect frills with the Sandstorm-color concept, but it has the same capabilities as the Jeep Chief.
Four other concepts will debut at the Easter Safari, but these three are by far the coolest. I’ll Let the press release handle the information on the remaining four, while I start doing a Jeep dance for them to release the Jeep Chief soon.
Jeep Wrangler Africa
The Africa is the ultimate Jeep Wrangler for back-country and overland expeditions, with room for extra gear and auxiliary fuel tanks.
The Wrangler 4-door-based vehicle sports a Desert Tan exterior paint, a high-clearance steel front bumper with winch, power step rock rails, power dome vented hood and an extended rear body and high-top roof. Powered by a 2.8-liter diesel engine mated to an automatic transmission, the Wrangler Africa also features fender-mounted auxiliary fuel cans. The Africa sports 17-inch body color steel wheels with 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires.
The Jeep Wrangler Africa is outfitted with a two-inch lift kit with Fox shocks, sway bar links and front and rear Dana 44 axles from Jeep Performance Parts. The spare tire is underbody-mounted and the cargo area, inner roof and floor are finished in a durable spray-in truck bed coating.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander
The Grand Cherokee-based Overlander concept vehicle represents the rough-and-tumble side of Grand Cherokee, a rugged and dependable vehicle customized for the enthusiast interested in overland expeditions where they travel and camp out of their vehicle.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander sports Sage Green exterior paint. Custom features include a one-off front fascia, integrated front winch, tow hooks, larger wheel flares, SRT taillamps and hood, off-road rock rails, front and rear skid plates and 18-inch milled wheels with BF Goodrich All-terrain T/A tires.
The powertrain is the 3.0-liter diesel V-6 engine mated to the eight-speed Torqueflight transmission.
To top it off, the Grand Cherokee Overlander has a durable spray-in truck bed coating on the roof and a two-person hard-shell rooftop tent that is easily deployable.
Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk
The newest addition to the Jeep lineup, the Jeep Renegade, is the basis for the Desert Hawk concept vehicle, and is equipped with a selection of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts for the ultimate desert adventure.
The Desert Tan exterior features a Jeep Performance Parts body decal, a topographical hood decal that depicts the Fins and Things Moab trail, off-road rock rails and a skid plate kit. Also featured are Mopar’s trailer hitch receiver and roof rack.
On the interior, the Renegade Desert Hawk has been outfitted with Mopar Katzkin seat covers, body color bezel accents and Mopar all-weather floor mats.
The Renegade Desert Hawk is powered by the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Low.
Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail
The Canyon Trail concept vehicle is developed from the Jeep Cherokee, Four Wheeler Magazine’s “2015 Four Wheeler of the Year.” In the spirit of that award, the Canyon Trail ups the Cherokee’s best-in-segment capability with Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts specifically designed for even more off-road prowess.
The Cherokee Canyon Trail’s Desert Tan exterior paint is accented with a Satin Black hood that includes a topographical hood decal showcasing Hell’s Revenge, a renowned off-road trail in Moab. The exterior also displays Jeep Performance Parts body decal, Satin Black roof accent colors and the 2015 “Four Wheeler of the Year” decal.
The Canyon Trail interior features Mopar Katzkin leather seat covers and accent stitching, Jeep Performance Parts embroidered logo on the headrests, body color bezel accents, a cargo tray mat, Jeep Cargo Management System, Moab Off-road bag and all-weather floor mats.
Off-road capability is turned up with the addition of JPP off-road rock rails, a two-piece fuel tank skid plate, two-piece underbody skid plate, oil pan and front suspension skid plates, as well as concept 17-inch painted wheels with BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A tires, which provide an additional one-half inch of lift.
The Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail is powered by the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 I-4 engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Lock, which includes low range and a locking rear differential.