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The seven new Jeep concepts

by David Zatz on

Today, Jeep unveiled seven new concepts, ranging from the off-road-focused Red Rock Responder — a Wrangler Unlimited tricked out for better off-road performance and for carrying emergency supplies to hard-to-reach-spots — to the tame Renegade Desert Hawk, which is almost entirely a cosmetic package.

Every Jeep vehicle expected to last into 2017 was included in the range, with Compass and Patriot ignored.

The most fun concept of the bunch may be the Jeep Staff Car, a Wrangler that makes no pretense to being road-legal, with major structural modifications to provide a military-Jeep look.  The interior was given a thorough going-over, though the 8.4 inch touch-screen stereo is incongruous sitting between the steel bumpers and under the canvas top.

Wrangler Africa is an interesting idea, raising hopes ever so slightly that the company may be thinking about making a serious foray into the African safari market at last — a market dominated by Toyota and Range Rover. There are numerous interior touches of interest, and it’s powered by a 2.8 liter VM diesel, indicating it’s based on an export body.

For a full range of photos and all the concepts, see our main 2015 Jeep Easter Safari at Moab concept cars page.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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