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Meet the new Moab Jeep concepts

by David Zatz on

Meet the new creations of Jeep® and Mopar — seven custom-made concepts for the 52nd annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, taking place from  March 24 to April 1.

The concepts use both production and prototype components from Jeep Performance Parts, developed by Mopar, which already has more than 200 parts available for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. Past Wranglers have been voted the most customizable vehicle by aftermarket panels.

Without further ado, here are the concepts:

Jeep 4SPEED:  Light, quick and nimble, this concept uses the new “don’t call it Hurricane” turbocharged four-cylinder engine, bolstering acceleration by cutting weight.  That includes carbon fiber for the hood, fender flares, and rear tub, and perforated aluminum for some panels. The raked windshield and custom cage add to the look. The ride height is two inches higher than a stock Wrangler, because of all the weight savings.

For better approach and departure angles, Jeep cut this concept’s length by 22 inches — without altering the wheelbase.

The Jeep 4SPEED uses Dana 44 axles with a 4.10 gear ratio and 18-inch lightweight monoblock wheels wrapped in 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires. Inside, drivers see a customized instrument panel, and re-trimmed front seats, without rear seats; a welding curtain has been repurposed as a bikini top. The floor has been bedlined and the foot wells have been replaced with perforated aluminum panels.

Jeep Sandstorm: Look past the carbon fiber hood, fender flares, and a lay-down spare tire carrier; ignore the removed handles and swing gate have been removed, and the chopped rear doors. There’s much more substance here, starting with a 6.4 Hemi under the hood (hooked up to a six-speed manual transmission).

The Sandstorm has high clearance tube bumpers, modified rock rails, and an integrated on-board air compressor. The front axle has been moved forward four inches and utilizes a heavy-duty longarm four-link suspension and track bar. The rear axle has been moved back two inches and utilizes a triangulated trailing arm four-link suspension. The longer wheelbase allows for increased high-speed stability. Custom coilovers and bypass shocks allow the front wheels to travel 14 inches while the rear wheels can travel up to 18 inches. Those wheels are beadlockers with 39.5 inch Krawler tires, on Dynatrac 60 axles.

Inside, there’s a custom cage, low-back rear seats, a racing-style cluster, and off-road GPS; plastic trim and carpet were ejected for a bedlined floor.

Jeep B-Ute:  The Jeep B-Ute has unique front and rear fascias, a heat-extractor hood, and wider flares than your typical Renegade. Jeep Performance Parts include a 1.5-inch lift kit, a roof rack and rock rails. 17-inch wheels have a 30-millimeter offset for the  BF Goodrich T/A Baja Champion tires.

Jeep® Wagoneer Roadtrip Concept

The Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip has a five-inch-stretch version of  its original steel body, with a new chassis and drivetrain. The Wagoneer has a five-inch-longer wheelbase, a wider track, custom flares, reshaped wheel wells and bumpers, and integrated rock rails. A razor grille freshens the look up front, while Bottle Green architectural glass replaces the original pieces.

The Wagoneer’s off-road capability was bolstered with a boxed and reinforced frame, Dana 44 front and rear axles with lockers, four-link suspension with coilover springs, and 17-inch steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain tires.

The interior is largely original, though trimmed in Oxblood-colored leather, with a bedlined floor and wicker headliner. A tool box was created from the valve cover of its original 230 Tornado OHC-6 engine. The engine is a modern 5.7 Hemi with a four-speed automatic.

Nacho Jeep is a rolling Mopar catalog, showcasing numerous “Jeep Performance Parts,” and powered by the turbo-four; it has a satin black Mopar grille, steel Rubicon bumper, and Warn winch kit with a special hood. There numerous auxiliary LED lights, including a rear off-road scouting light uses four-color LEDs to communicate trail conditions: stop (red), 1-3 miles per hour (amber), 3-25 mph (green), and a rear flood light (white). The Wrangler has a two-inch lift kit, with 37-inch tires on 17-inch beadlocker wheels.

Jeep Jeepster: Based on a Wrangler Rubicon, this concept evokes the color palette and speedy styling of the 1966 Jeepster, with a  Firecracker Red body and Bright White concept hardtop. Jeep badging was replaced with a tri-color Jeepster hard badge. The Wrangler has numerous additional LED lights, a lift kit, and body shocks with 37-inch tires and beadlock-capable 17-inch wheels.  Inside, a concept tubular roll cage replaces the sport bar, and an additional 38-inch tire is secured with a custom in-cabin spare tire carrier.

Relocation of the spare tire to the cabin allows for concept storage packs mounted to the tailgate. The packs are split, to accommodate the rearview camera. A concept rock step — a unique combination of a rock rail/side step — completes the Jeepster.

Jeep J-Wagon started as a Wrangler Sahara; painted Warm Neutral Grey, with warm-tinted glass, it has subtle Brass Monkey touches. The J-Wagon has a JPP hood variant with a cutout kit to work with the snorkel. New 5-inch LED lights mount with JPP brackets. The grille was pulled from a Wrangler Rubicon, and has body-color matching bezel trim. The J-Wagon concept also features 17-inch slot-design wheels.

A spare 35-inch KM3 BF Goodrich tire mounts to the spare tire tailgate hinge reinforcement, and includes the JPP Center High-Mount Stop Light (CHMSL) light relocation kit.

From an original article, with larger photos, at AutoGuide

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