Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has unveiled seven concept Jeeps that will be making the trek to Moab, Utah for the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari (March 19-27).
“Every year, the Jeep team looks forward to pushing the limits with new, exciting and capable concept vehicles for our most loyal enthusiasts at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, where we receive a tremendous amount of valuable feedback,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “This year is extra special as we celebrate Jeep’s 75th anniversary, as well as the 50th Jeep Safari. We’re delighted to share seven of the most capable and eye-catching concept Jeep vehicles we’ve ever created at this year’s historic event.”
Jeep FC 150
Based on a 1960 Jeep FC 150, this heritage concept vehicle features compact production with the overall length of a 2005 Wrangler chassis but featuring a full-sized pickup bed. It’s covered in the original’s battle-scarred body panels but bolted on a thoroughly updated platform.
Utilizing the Hellcat 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8, the Wrangler-based Trailcat can handle off-road steep climbs and twisty high-speed trails with equal aplomb. The wheelbase is longer for stability and the windshield is chopped down for a hot-roddish look. And the front seats come from a Viper.
Also based on Renegade, the Jeep Comanche concept offers a nod to Jeep pickup trucks from the late ’80s and early ’90s. The wheelbase is stretched an additional six inches to create a 5-foot bed and off-road goodies such as off-road rock rails and a 2-inch lift kit ensure it can go where it needs to.
Jeep Crew Chief 715
Built as a salute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles, in particular the Kaiser M715, the Wrangler Unlimited-based Crew Chief 715 combines heritage styling cues with modern-day construction features such as rear seats and extra doors for easier access. An on-board air system provides utility for trail needs.
A carefully crafted take on the beloved Jeep CJ-5 that started production as a Willys model in 1954, the Wrangler-based concept vehicle shortens body length by more than 12 inches to keep it light and maneuverable on the trails, Note the utility wheels to keep nasty bits out of the mechanicals.
Trailstorm is the ultimate explorer’s Wrangler Unlimited, offering room for extra gear and fuel tanks in a bedliner interior that makes for easy cleanup at the end of the trail. It rides on unique 17-inch concept wheels shod with 37-inch tires and has that camouflaged look so you can blend into the background.
Jeep Renegade Commander
Intended for ultimate off-road adventures, the Renegade commander features a 2-inch lift kit and 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels with 29.5-inch BF-Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. Also on board are Mopar off-road rock rails, skid plates, trailer hitch receiver and front and rear auxiliary lights.
“These seven vehicles have been modified with Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts to go beyond where the road ends (and) take on the toughest trails,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “Mopar’s mission is to provide all FCA US vehicle owners with unique performance parts and accessories to tailor vehicles to their individual lifestyles.”