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Mopar previews three vehicles headed to SEMA

by Patrick Rall on

While we are sure that Mopar will have a large spread of modified cars, trucks and SUVs at next week’s SEMA Show, FCA’s aftermarket division has offered up some information on three of the vehicles that will be on display in Las Vegas next week. This includes the Ram 1500 Rebel OTG (Off The Grid) Concept, the Mopar Lowliner Concept and a Moparized Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, and while we will bring you a closer look at everything that Mopar has to offer at SEMA, today we start with a quick look at these two trucks and a Jeep.

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“These vehicles showcase how Mopar is constantly expanding and exploring new ideas to meet the needs and fuel the imagination of our passionate fans,” said Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care, FCA – North America. “Whether it’s overlanding in remote locations or reimagining an alternative classic design history, Mopar has its customers covered.”

Moparized Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

First up, we have the Moparized Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, which is obviously based on the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, clad in a heavy dose of Mopar upgrades.

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On the outside, this Wrangler has a 2-inch lift kit featuring Fox shocks, beadlock wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich all terrain tires, an array of LED off-road lights, a custom front bumper with an integrated winch, tubular doors and some custom mirrors.

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Unique to this Wrangler are the door skins, which slide over the tubular doors, helping to keep mud, rocks and other debris out of the cabin during open-air off-roading.

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On the inside, this Moparized Jeep has Mopar floor mats, custom seats and a tailgate table in the cargo area while the underhood area is upgraded with a cold air intake that works in conjunction with the Mopar snorkel kit that is mounted on the passenger’s side fender.

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Ram 1500 Rebel OTG Concept

Next up, we have the Ram 1500 Rebel OTG Concept, with OTG being an abbreviation for “off the grid”. This truck was heavily modified for the popular off-roading pastime of “overlanding”, so it has essentially been turned into a very rugged camping vehicle.

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“Unlike traditional ‘four-wheeling,’ in overlanding the journey is the final objective. The goal is to explore rather than conquer obstacles,” said Joe Dehner, Head of Ram Truck and Mopar Design. “This is why we developed this concept, to allow vehicle-supported, self-reliant adventure travel, typically exploring remote locations and interacting with other cultures. This is the vehicle that I’d like to have whenever I choose to go ‘off the grid.’”

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The basis for this build is a 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel powered by the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, and while this truck is an off-road beast in stock form, Mopar started by adding a few components to improve the go-anywhere capabilities. This includes a Mopar 2-inch lift kit, beadlock wheels and 35-inch Goodyear all terrain tires.

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As for exterior modifications, the Rebel OTG Concept has a new front bumper with an integrated winch and a collection of LED off-road lights, a larger grille with a flow-through RAM badge in the middle, a cold air intake snorkel setup, wheel flares, rock rails and a modified version of the rear bumper from the Tradesman models. Once all of that was added, the truck was ready to face just about any terrain, so it was time to add more elements of the camping aspect.

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This started with a cargo rack on the roof of this Ram Rebel, which carries a large folding tent that opens up on the roof, a solar panel system, various off-roading tools and supplies, including a hi-lift jack and traction ramps. There is also a large canopy that folds down and out, creating a large, covered living space next to the truck.

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Finally, Mopar turned their attention to the bed, adding a pullout cook top, sink and cooler, with power for this setup coming from the solar panels and backup battery system on the roof. Also, in addition to the kitchen items and extra storage space, the bed contains an air compressor.

Mopar Lowliner Concept

Last but certainly not least, we have the Mopar Lowliner Concept. This machine started as a 1968 Dodge D200 pickup that FCA bought from a seller in Ohio for $6,800. It was in pretty good shape for its age, but that didn’t stop the Mopar team from upgrading or modifying pretty much every aspect of the truck.

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First, the Mopar team fully boxed the factory frame of this 1968 D200 along with moving the front wheels forward three inches on the frame. This longer wheelbase led to a more stable truck, but it also emphasizes the long-and-low feel of this slick antique pickup. Of course, the longer wheelbase forced the team to modify the front fenders, but from the side, this old Dodge has a very stock appearance. While working on those custom fenders, the build team also shaved the door handles, the roof drip molding, the radio antenna, the gas cap and all of the factory badge locations.

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While the body was off of this 1968 Dodge truck, the build team added a custom air suspension setup with three settings – one to slam the truck for a show, one for normal driving and one for clearing any higher-than-expected obstacles in the road. The truck is shown in out pictures in the normal driving mode, with custom 22-inch wheels wrapped in low profile tires at all four corners. The air suspension setup requires an array of pumps, tanks and other equipment, which the Mopar team hid in the bed under the elevated floor, with that raised sheet metal coming from a modern Ram 1500.

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Next, the team tore the original engine out, making for a modified version of the 5.9-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. To show that engine off as best as possible, the team created a flip-forward front end, that includes the hood, fenders and grille. When the hood is closed, huge seven-inch LED headlights light the way up front while custom LED taillights were added out back.

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The exterior upgrades were capped off with a “ghosted” Dodge logo on the tailgate and Mopar M logos on the fenders.

Finally, the cabin of this 1968 Dodge D200 has many of the original components, but they have all been restyled for a modern look. The original bench seat is still in place, but it is wrapped in soft leather, with more of that same leather on the door panels, the headliner and the carpeting trim. The stock dash has been painted gorgeous deep metallic red, just like the exterior, but the stock gauges are gone – replaced by seven modern Mopar gauges in the engine turn style inlay.

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The stock steering wheel has been refurbished and preserved, while an old school style Hurst shifter with a custom see-through shift ball sporting the Cummins logo allows the driver to work through the gears.

Again, these are just three of the vehicles that will be on display in the Mopar area at next week’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas, but you can be sure to get all of your SEMA highlights right here from Allpar, as we will be at the show, bringing you the hottest and coolest Mopar machines.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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