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Mopar at Moab: New Jeep Concepts from the Underground

by Bill Cawthon on

Mopar, Moab, Mountains

In addition to the Nukizer 715 shown earlier on Allpar.com, the folks at Mopar Underground used the 44th Annual Easter Jeep Safari at Moab, Utah, to present new Jeep and Ram concepts for the serious offroader.

“Our customized production vehicles show how Mopar can accessorize Jeep and Ram vehicles that are on the road today while our image vehicles showcase directions we could take in the future,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and Chief Executive Officer – Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care, Chrysler Group LLC. “We will gauge reaction to these vehicles. And as we develop our next generation of new Mopar parts and accessories, we will listen closely to this dedicated group of hard-core off-road enthusiasts.”

Jeep imMortal
The Mopar Immortal is a Jeep Wrangler featuring portal axles, a 5.7-liter HEMI and off-road bumpers. Military-grade portal axle ends are engineered to mate to Mopar’s Pro Rock and Power Wagon performance axles and adapted to fit the suspension. Portal axle ends provide 5 inches of lift and contain a 1.5 gear reduction. Combined with the 4:1 transfer case, the result is a 100:1 crawl ratio. The vehicle is sheathed in Jeep performance body armor for protection.

Jeep Wrangler J7
The Jeep Wrangler J7 is built off of a four-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and is designed to have the basic appeal of military-issued vehicles. Mopar removed standard content including carpet, fog lamps, alloy wheels and the stereo system before adding front and rear steel bumpers, ‘helicopter hooks’, a heavy-duty tailgate and steel wheels. Off-road capability is increased with a Mopar 2-inch suspension lift and 35-inch Mickey Thompson tires. The unique Mustard Plug exterior paint is highlighted with Jeep Wrangler J7 graphics.

Jeep Trail Boss
The Jeep Wrangler Trail Boss was built to showcase Mopar off-road products in the brand’s trail catalog. The Trail Boss is a two-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon that is built for serious off-road duty. The vehicle features a half-door kit, sun bonnet, front and rear AEV off-road bumpers, a Warn 9.5ti winch, rear-tire carrier, AEV hood, 3-inch lift kit, Hutchinson Rock Monster beadlock wheels, Katzkin leather seat trim kit, slush mats and a Kicker audio system.

Jeep General
The Jeep General offers the ultimate in rock-crawling capability with a custom Mopar 4.5-inch performance lift kit installed on a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. A new flat fender kit and Mopar/Hutchinson Rock Monster beadlocks allow tire pressure to be safely lowered for extreme driving conditions. Front and rear off-road bumpers and rock rails offer serious protection while the Mopar half-door kit provides improved visibility. The hood and rear spare tire carrier feature custom Mopar graphics splashed across the Mopar Blue exterior.

Jeep XJ Stroker
To build the Mopar XJ Stroker, the team started with a stock 2001 Jeep XJ and built a full-blown, off-road rig using Mopar performance parts. First step was to replace the stock engine with Mopar’s new 4.7-liter I-6 Stroker engine. For optimum off-road visibility, the doors were replaced with Mopar’s XJ tube doors. To complete the off-road protection, XJ front and rear bumpers and custom rock rails were installed.

Jeep Nukizer 715
The Jeep Nukizer 715 is an all-purpose truck inspired by the Kaiser M-715 military truck. With a military-issue Jeep J8 four-door, the Mopar team converted the vehicle into a pickup body style by adding an aftermarket AEV Brute pickup box built for a TJ. To increase the size of the vehicle, the wheelbase is stretched to 124 inches from 116 inches. A new carbon-fiber front clip captures the characteristic forward slant of the M-715 truck. To top it off, Bestop provided a unique soft top which artfully captures all of the quirks of the original.

Jeep Patriot Extreme
The Jeep Patriot Extreme started as a Sunburst Orange Jeep Patriot model equipped with the Trail-rated off-road package. Mopar added a 2-inch Rocky Road Outfitters suspension lift, TJ ‘Moab’ 16-inch wheels, and BF Goodrich KM2 tires. Additional protection is added to the front and rear fascias with custom rock rails. Mopar added heavy-duty slush mats, Kicker audio and a roof-mounted snowboard carrier.

It wasn’t all Jeep at Moab; Mopar Underground also showed a modified Ram 4X4:
Ram Power Wagon
To build the Power Wagon, Mopar mated a unique 120-inch wheelbase chassis to a regular cab and step-side box. Axle articulation is increased by utilizing the rear link-coil suspension of the Ram 1500. To gain additional ground clearance, Mopar added a new 4-inch suspension lift and 40-inch tires. Body protection comes from Rock-Slide Engineering-supplied sill guards, and custom front and rear bumpers. The spare tire is re-located to the cargo box. For visual impact, the team used a menacing two-tone black-on-white look, inspired by the wild paint schemes of Dodge Power Wagons in the 1970s.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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