Jeep taking four 2018 Moab Easter Jeep concepts to SEMA in Las Vegas
Jeep and Mopar brands joined forces earlier this year to create seven new, custom-built concept vehicles for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. This month, they have selected four of the most popular – never seen before – to exhibit at the SEMA (Special Equipment Market Association) Show.
They will join the array of 14 personalized rides and hundreds of Mopar products – including Jeep Performance Products – that will be on display in the brand’s 15,345-square-foot exhibit in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Featuring a comprehensive assortment of production, custom and prototype Mopar Jeep Performance Parts (JPP), the Easter Jeep Safari concept being shown at SEMA are:
Inspired by Baja desert racers, the Jeep Sandstorm concept is designed with off-road hardware that will handle sandy, and other, off-road challenges with ease, says Jeep.
The Baja look Sandstorm styling includes a wide range of features including a vented carbon fiber hood, high clearance vented front and rear fender flares, cage with rear mounted lay down style spare tire carrier, high clearance front and rear tube bumpers, modified rock rails, integrated on-board air compressor, race-style fuel filler, KC Carbon series front auxiliary lights and a chase light, chopped rear doors with exterior door handles and swing gate removed.
The front axle is moved forward four inches and utilizes a heavy-duty longarm four-link suspension and track bar. The rear axle is moved back two inches and utilizes a triangulated trailing arm four-link suspension. The longer wheelbase increases high-speed stability and is supported with custom coilovers and bypass shocks that allow front wheel/rear wheel travel up to 14 and 18 inches respectively.
Interior features include a custom cage integrating the chassis, leather-trimmed front seats and unique low-back racing bucket seats in the rear with a bedlined floor. A racing-inspired cluster and 7-inch off-road GPS unit handle navigation while independent rocker switches control on-board electronics, air compressor and axle lockers.
The Jeep Sandstorm is powered by a 6.4-liter V-8 engine from the Mopar performance catalog, is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and equipped with heavy-duty front and rear Dynatrac 60 axles with a 5.68 gear ratio and 17-inch beadlock wheels with 39.5-inch BF Goodrich Krawler tires – to carry the load.
JEEP WAGONEER ROADTRIP
This is not the Wagoneer your family may have gone to Yellowstone National Park in ‘way back’ when you were a child – though it does retain the heritage look and utilizes its original steel body.
Powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, key elements of the updated Wagoneer include a stretched wheelbase (5-inches) with elongated body to match, wider track and custom fender flares, reshaped wheel wells and bumpers, integrated rock rails, unique razor grille, Bottle Green architectural glass replacing original pieces, boxed and reinforced frame, Dana 44 front and rear axles with lockers, four-link suspension with coilover springs and 17-inch steel wheels mounted with 33-inch BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain tires.
Inside, Wagoneer is nostalgic with its original front and rear bench seats, door panels, kick and rear panels, all trimmed in Oxblood-colored leather. A wicker headliner and a bedlined floor gives the Wagoneer an open, lighter feel.
Other detail includes a custom cooler fashioned from period-correct luggage, and a tool box created from the valve cover of this Wagoneer’s original 230 Tornado OHC-6 engine.
JEEP NACHO WRANGLER
The Nacho Jeep serves as a rolling catalog loaded with selections from the Mopar brand’s Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) menu mixed with production parts.
The base 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon stands out in its rare Nacho yellow color before the customization. Parts featured on the Nacho include a brawny hood, standard black hood graphic with all-new JPP badge, cold-air intake that feeds the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine, JPP fuel door in black finish, Satin Black Mopar Grille, Steel Rubicon Bumper and Warn Winch Kit.
Also included are an A-pillar, brush guard-mounted Automotive Lighting LED lights, Grab handles embossed with Jeep grille logo, Automotive Lighting LED header lights sealed to the windshield for extra forward illumination and Rear off-road scouting light with four-color LEDs to communicate trail conditions ahead
A 2-inch lift kit increases off-road clearance and includes new 2.5-inch diameter aluminum body shocks, thicker and wider rock rails and 2-inch-round tube doors.
Oversized 37-inch tires wrap around 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, and a satin-carbon finish on the wheels is the sole conceptual touch on the Nacho concept. Beadlock trim rings are finished in high-gloss back and secured with cadmium-plated bolts.
Inside, Black Katzkin leather seats are dressed up with the Jeep grille logo embroidered in light tungsten stitching on seatbacks, and light tungsten accent stitching on the seat bolsters give the interior a premium look.
Based on a Wrangler Rubicon, this concept evokes the color palette and speedy styling of the 1966 Jeepster.
The original’s classic two-tone graphic theme is mirrored on this concept with a Firecracker Red body, set off by a Bright White concept hardtop, chopped by two inches, and a Bright White custom windshield raked back 2.5 degrees to create a cropped, compact appearance.
The customized windshield maintains the all-new Wrangler’s convenient fold-down feature. Bright White also accents the perimeter of the Rubicon fender flares, and an upper portion of the concept half doors. Jeep badging is replaced with a tri-color Jeepster hard badge.
The Jeepster features Jeep Performance Parts and other including a JPP hood and graphic without the optional cold-air intake or snorkel, LED off-road lights (8,000 lumens) mounted to the A-pillar in 5- and 7-inch applications, premium production LED fog lamps mounted in the Rubicon bumper, 2-inch lift kit, 2.5-inch diameter aluminum body shocks, JPP black fuel door, grab handles, all-weather floor mats and Beadlock-capable 17-inch wheels with matching Firecracker Red beadlock trim rings mounted with 37-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tires.
Inside the Jeepster, a concept tubular roll cage replaces the sport bar and an additional 37-inch tire is secured with a custom in-cabin spare tire carrier.
Black Katzkin leather seats with Rubicon Red Jeep grille logos embroidered on the seatbacks, and Rubicon Red stitching accent the seat bolsters. The instrument panel inserts are Firecracker Red to match the exterior.
With relocation of the spare tire to the cabin, concept storage packs mount to the tailgate for transport of gear and supplies such as food, water and tools.
A concept rock step — a unique combination of a rock rail/side step — completes the Jeepster.