Jeep reveals seven concept cars for Easter Jeep Safari 2018
Seven special edition off-roaders created by Jeep and Mopar for 2018 Moab Easter Jeep Safari
Jeep has revealed seven new concept cars for the 2018 edition of the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari, once again joining forces with tuner Mopar to create the one-off off-roaders for Jeep fans in attendance.
This year is the 52nd edition of the Moab festival, with thousands of stateside Jeep enthusiasts set to head for the Utah off-roading hot spot when the safari begins on 24 March.
The first of the seven concepts is called the Jeep 4SPEED, and is a lightweight, paired back, short wheelbase off-roader carrying the torch of 2011’s Wrangler ‘Pork Chop’ and the Stitch concept brought along to the Moab meet in 2013. Based on the latest Wrangler, it gets a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, with custom weight saving measures including a carbon fibre bonnet, and a custom, swept back roll cage.
It’s one of five Wrangler based concepts created by Jeep and Mopar for the show. Alongside it is the Sandstorm - said to be inspired by Baja desert racers, with a 6.4-litre V8 under the bonnet and a trick, heavy duty suspension setup.
The other three Wrangler concepts for Moab are more conventional. The Nacho concept is described as a rolling catalogue for Mopar’s performance parts offerings, while the J-Wagon and Jeepster concepts do the same for Jeep’s own in-house styling and performance extras. The Jeepster itself is a nod to the 1966 Jeep of the same name, boasting the same white and red two-tone paint finish.
Meanwhile, the B-ute concept has been created to showcase parts available for the smaller Renegade crossover. The final concept is a true nod to the brand’s heritage – the Wagoneer Roadtrip is based on the original 1965 Wagoneer, though sporting a wheelbase five inches longer.
A wider track and flared wheel arches are new too, alongside subtly reworked bumpers. The suspension and drive system has been upgraded to deliver Moab-worthy off-road credentials, while a 5.7-litre V8 is under the bonnet, mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox.
How do this year’s Jeep concepts compare to last year’s Moab Easter Jeep Safari special editions?