The Easter Jeep Safari is a legendary event that’s been happening for over half a century. Every year, off-road fans from around the globe make the pilgrimage to Moab, Utah to tackle the terrain where Jeeps earn their legendary Trail Rated badges, and Ma Mopar always brings some killer concepts to the party.
Of course, this year is no exception. Check out the photos below for a peak at the seven concepts the engineers have come up with for the excursion!
If you’ve wondered about what it would look like if you went hog wild with the Jeep Performance Parts catalog, the J-Wagon provides an answer. From the roof rack, to the rock sliders, to the tricked out hood and snorkel, there isn’t a quarter inch of this baby which hasn’t been buttoned up with Ma Mopar’s best bits. We love how the hardcore wheeling parts blend into the ultra-clean aesthetic.
If you want to raise your Jeep up two inches, there are no shortage of kits that’ll help you accomplish that. But you could also lose everything non essential and replace everything else with lightweight versions. After that treatment, the rig will rise up on its own, and that’s what happened here. The 4Speed is also a whopping 22 inches shorter than stock, giving it stubby ends which lend themselves to insane approach and departure angles.
Just reading the specs on the Sandstorm was enough to give us white knuckles. Under the hood of this beast is a 6.4-liter V-8, the wheelbase has been stretched by six inches, and shock travel is a burly 14 inches in the front and 18 inches in the rear. That means while it might knock the fillings out of your teeth, this baby will travel across virtually anything — at a scary good clip. Now let’s see some video!
Not every vehicle in the Jeep lineup is as capable as the venerated Wrangler, because well, there are few vehicles in the world that can match the Wrangler. But while the Renegade might be the brand’s little sibling, it’s still ready to keep rocking when the pavement ends. We dig how the Jeep Performance Parts lift kit, rock rails, fender flares, and beefy hood have transformed it here — it’s like someone’s been going to the gym!
What do you call a Jeep that’s not yours? Nacho Jeep. Sorry, we couldn’t resist. That said, the Nacho Yellow paint is sure to make this concept stand out on the trail, and attendees at the Safari are sure to be intrigued by the rear light system, which allows drivers to communicate conditions — stop (red), 1-3 miles per hour (amber), 3-25 mph (green) — to those following. Teamwork is important on the trail, and this seems like a killer addition to any off-road rig. Also, how trick are those doors?
The two-tone red and white paint here is an homage to the color scheme of the original 1966 Jeepster, and we think it looks fantastic on the latest model. To make sure trail visibility is fantastic too, there’s also loads of extra LED lighting, along with a stout Rubicon bumper that features an integrated winch, should drivers happen to run into any particularly troublesome spots. Seriously, how hot do the matching beadlock trim rings look next to those 37-inch BF Goodrich tires?
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip
We’re huge fans of restomods, and when an OEM builds its own, the result is hard to beat. Along with a lovely vintage paint color, this 1965 Grand Wagoneer is rocking the original sheet metal, but it’s been stretched and massaged over a modern frame and drivetrain. In place of the original I-6, the Wagoneer Roadtrip now sports a 5.7-liter V-8, and the 33-inch BF Goodrich tires are mated to a set of beefy Dana 44 locking axles. We want this badly.
The 2018 Easter Jeep Safari runs from March 24th to April 1st, in Moab, Utah. If you’re looking to head out to the trails next year, stop by your local AutoNation Jeep dealer to pick up your own Trail Rated rig!