2018 Easter Jeep Safari Concepts
Jeep and Mopar are continuing their tradition of bringing concept vehicles to Easter Jeep Safari. This year the automaker is bringing a total of seven concepts including five JL(U) Wrangler (Unlimited) variants, a BU Renegade, and a 1965 Wagoneer.
Here is a look at the Jeep and Mopar concepts:
Jeep 4SPEED Concept
The lightweight 2018 Jeep 4SPEED Concept is a follow up to the 2013 Jeep Stitch and 2011 Pork Chop concepts, which “bolsters Wrangler’s off-road capability and performance through extensive weight savings,” according to Jeep.
Although the JL Wrangler and JLU Wrangler Unlimited models’ new aluminum body panels help save 200 pounds over comparably equipped JK and JKU models, the new two-door JL 4SPEED Concept features further weight reduction with its one-off carbon fiber pieces including the hood, high-clearance fender flares, and rear tub with perforated aluminum panels.
Other custom touches include a raked windshield, elongated door openings, and a more aggressive roll cage. Jeep also shortened the overhangs reducing overall length by 22 inches while maintaining the stock wheelbase. The significant weight reduction has increased ride height by two inches, while the shorter overhangs improve approach and departure angles.
Power comes from the new turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC I-4 with eTorque technology mated to the 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine is rated 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque – that’s 15 hp less, but 35 lb-ft more than the Pentastar V-6. Engine power is routed to a set of Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 4.10 gear ratio. The 4SPEED Concept rides on a set of lightweight 18” monoblock wheels wrapped in 35” BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires.
(Editor's Note: One of our upcoming JL/JLU Leveling Kits will allow clearance for 35" tires for much lower cost than custom carbon fiber body parts. Stay tuned...)
Inside, the 4SPEED Concept features a custom instrument panel, reupholstered front seats, and a rear seat delete, while a welding curtain is used as a bikini top. The floor features spray-on bedliner and footwells have been replaced with perforated aluminum panels.
Jeep Sandstorm Concept
Based on a 4-door JLU Wrangler Unlimited, the 2018 Jeep Sandstorm Concept is inspired by Baja desert racers.
(Editor's Note: The TeraFlex JKU/JKU Prerunner Suspension Systems that we engineered nearly a decade ago was also inspired by high-speed off-road racers.)
Exterior modifications include a vented carbon fiber hood, vented high-clearance front and rear fender flares, roll cage with rear-mounted lay-down style spare tire carrier in place of the rear tailgate, and chopped rear doors with shaved exterior handles. Other exterior mods include front and rear tube bumpers, modified rock rails, an integrated onboard air compressor, race-style fuel filler, and KC Carbon series front auxiliary lights and a chase light.
The extreme suspension moves the front axle forward 4” and the rear axle back 2” thanks to a longarm 4-link suspension and track bar up front and triangulated trailing arm 4-link suspension out back. Custom coilover and bypass shocks allow 14” of front suspension travel and 18” of rear suspension travel, while the longer wheelbase increases high-speed stability.
Power comes from a Mopar Performance 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Engine power is routed to a set of Dana 60-based front and rear axles with a 5.68 gear ratio. The Sandstorm Concept rides on a set 17-inch beadlock wheels and 39.5-inch BF Goodrich Krawler tires.
Inside, the Jeep Sandstorm Concept features a custom cage integrated into the chassis, leather-trimmed front seats, unique low-back racing bucket seats in the rear. Other interior features include a racing-inspired cluster and 7” off-road GPS unit, and independent rocker switches for the onboard electronics, air compressor, and axle lockers. Bedliner replaces plastic trim and carpet.
Nacho Jeep Concept
While many of the 2018 Easter Jeep Safari concepts feature extreme modifications, the 2018 Nacho Jeep Concept features attainable parts from the Mopar Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) catalog.
Based on a new 2-door JL Wrangler, the Nacho Jeep Concept is sprayed in the rare factory Nacho yellow paint color. Modifications include a “brawny” hood with black hood graphic and JPP badge, satin black Mopar grille, and steel Rubicon bumper with Warn Winch kit.
Other exterior features include Magneti Marelli’s Automotive Lighting LED lights mounted to the A-pillar and brush guard via JPP brackets – that lighting is inspired by the 2017 Jeep Luminator Concept. Automotive Lighting LED header lights are also used on the windshield, while rear off-road four-color scouting LED lights to communicate trail conditions.
The Nacho Jeep Concept features a 2” lift with 2.5” diameter shocks, and 17” beadlock capable wheels with a satin-carbon finish and high-gloss black beadlock trim rings secured with cadmium-plated bolts. The wheels are wrapped in 37” tires. Other off-road pieces include JPP rock rails, 2” round tube doors, grab handles, and black fuel door.
Inside, the concept features black Katzkin leather seats with light tungsten set bolster stitching as well as the Jeep grille logo on the seatbacks.
The 2018 Jeep Jeepster Concept is a throwback to “the color palette and speedy styling of the 1966 Jeepster,” according to the automaker.
The concept, which is based on a 2-door JL Wrangler Rubicon, sports two-tone paint with a Firecracker Red body and Bright White hardtop, windshield, door frames, and Rubicon fender flares. A tri-color Jeepster hard badge replaces the Jeep badging. The concept features a 2” roof chop, while the windshield is raked back 2.5 degrees.
The Jeepster Concept rides on a set of 37” BF Goodrich KO2 tires wrapped around a set of 17” beadlock-capable wheels.
Beyond the one-off concept car flair, the Jeep Jeepster features JPP hood and graphics (without the optional cold air intake or snorkel) and 5” and 7”, 8,000-lumen LED off-road lights, as well as a Rubicon bumper with OEM LED fog lights.
Other JPP pieces include a black fuel door, grab handles, and all-weather floor mats. The tailgate-mounted spare tire carrier has been replaced with concept storage packs that can transport food, water, or tools. A concept rock rail/sidestep rounds out the exterior.
Inside, a tubular roll cage replaces the sport bar, while a custom in-cabin spare tire carrier secures a 37” tire. Firecracker Red carries over to the interior including the instrument cluster, while the black leather Katzkin seats feature Rubicon Red stitching including Jeep grille logos on the seatback and side bolsters.
Jeep J-Wagon Concept
Based on a JLU Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, the Jeep J-Wagon Concept features a mixture of JPP parts and one-off concept pieces. The exterior is finished in a conceptual Warm Neutral Gray paint with Brass Monkey trim and Orange Crush accents. The concept features a JPP hood with cutout kit to fit the optional air intake snorkel. A black Willys logo adorns the hood.
Other exterior upgrades include a Mopar black grille from a Wrangler Rubicon with body-color matching bezel trim, 5” LED lights mounted with JPP brackets, black JPP fuel door, and a JPP 3RD brake light relocation kit. Concept black metal rock slider guards and concept JPP black metal roof rack finish off the exterior.
This concept rides on a set of 17” slot-design wheels with a Brass Monkey finish shod with 35-inch KM3 BF Goodrich tires.
Inside, the J-Wagon Concept features camel-color Katzkin leather seats with stark brown piping and plow-through inserts with the same grille design as the rock rails. Brass Monkey trim carries over to the interior.
Jeep B-Ute Concept
The Jeep B-Ute Concept is a BU Renegade with several items from the JPP catalog including a 1.5” lift kit, roof rack, and rock rails. A set of 17” wheels with a 30mm offset and BF Goodrich T/A Baja Champion tires increase off-road clout.
(Editor's Note: A TeraFlex BU/MP 1.5” Performance Spacer Lift Kit would allow for larger diameter tires, while our BU/MP Front Sway Bar Disconnect Kit will allow more articulation for more serious off-road driving.)
Concept pieces include unique front and rear fascias, upper grille, heat extractor hood, and wider fender flares.
The interior features custom seats with Mineral inserts, while Carbonite and Piano Black are used for accents. Other interior accessories include a MOLLE system on the back of the front seats and Mopar all-weather floor mats.
Power comes from a 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip
Jeep went for a nostalgic feel with the Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip. Based on a 1965 Jeep Wagoneer, this concept features much of the original steel bodywork over a modern chassis and drivetrain.
The automaker gave the concept a 5” wheelbase stretch with additional sheet metal, a wider track, and custom fender flares. Other exterior modifications include a razor grille, Bottle Glass architectural pieces, revised wheel wells, bumpers, and integrated rock rail.
Jeep updated the Wagoneer Roadtrip with a boxed and reinforced frame, Dana 44 front and rear axles with lockers, 4-link suspension with coilover springs, and 17” steel wheels wrapped in 33” BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain tires. Power comes from a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, the original bench seats and interior panels have been covered in Oxblood-colored leather, which builds on the original model’s luxury status. The wicker headliner gives a more open feel, while the floor has been bedlined for better durability. Custom touches include a cooler made from a set of period-correct luggage and a toolbox made from the vehicle’s original 230 Tornado OHC-6 engine.
- Jason Udy
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