Jeep and Mopar are making their annual trek to Moab to participate in and show off the range of Jeep production models that have been specifically crafted with Mopar prototype Jeep Performance Parts to showcase extreme trail and off-road capabilities of the Jeep line of trail ready vehicles.
There are six of these unique concept vehicles heading to Moab from Jeep and Mopar for enthusiasts to drive during a week of wheeling on and over some of the country’s most famous and challenging trails at the Easter Jeep Safari.
The band of extreme Jeep vehicles for this 47th annual event include:
- Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II Concept - The most extreme Grand Cherokee ever with 35-inch tires and EcoDiesel V-6 power.
- Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon - Features a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 power and prototype beadlock wheels and Stinger off-road bumper.
- Jeep Wrangler Stitch - A light-weight follow-up to the diehard enthusiasts’ favorite - the Wrangler Pork Chop.
- Jeep Sand Trooper II - Extends the extreme off-road capabilities of the original Sand Trooper with 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and Mopar Portal axles and Shorty off-road bumper.
- Jeep Wrangler Flattop - Features 37-inch tires and lots of go-anywhere hardware from Mopar - all in a sophisticated package.
- Jeep Wrangler Slim - An affordable extreme weekend fun plus everyday road use featuring Mopar prototype 2-inch lift kit and prototype on-road beadlock wheels.
All of the 2013 Jeep Easter Jeep Safari vehicles are showcasing a new Jeep Performance Parts portfolio created by the Mopar Off-road division. Jeep Performance Parts are specifically designed, built and quality-tested to meet strict Jeep specifications, 4x4 capability, craftsmanship and versatility to help transform stock rides into even more capable trail performers.
“We created our new Jeep Performance Parts portfolio for extreme off-road Jeep fanatics,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “Jeep owners who are passionate about customization, performance and personalization will have a long menu of Jeep Performance Parts from which to choose.”
Since 2002, Jeep and Mopar have teamed to create nearly 40 unique concept vehicles for enthusiasts who attend the popular Easter Jeep Safari.
Here is some more detail on each of the Moab Easter Jeep Safari vehicles.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II Concept
Powered by the new clean EcoDiesel V-6 engine, this Grand Cherokee has mountains of low-end torque to power over any obstacle. From its blood-orange paint, to its massive 35-inch off-road tires, there’s no mistaking this Grand Cherokee and its off-road prowess.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept – features 35-inch Mickey Thompson off-road tires on Wrangler Rubicon 17-inch aluminum wheels, enlarged wheel openings with custom fender flares, custom front and rear skid plates, dual rear tow hooks and modified Mopar rock rails.
It comes with a distinctive black front grille, a matte black roof and one-off custom roof rails and a body finished in a vibrant, non-metallic blood-orange hue that draws attention to the larger wheel openings and off-road tires.
Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon
The Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon features a gray exterior and a little extra firepower with a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 crate engine from Mopar. The 470 horsepower engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and Dana 60 front and rear axles with 4.10 gearing. The axles are suspended by a 4.5-inch prototype long-arm lift kit and roll on Jeep Performance Parts prototype forged eight-lug beadlock wheels with 39-inch off-road tires.
The Mopar Recon includes a number of Mopar applications externally, including front and rear half-door and window kits, front and rear off-road modified “Stinger” bumpers, Warn winch, high-clearance flat fenders, rock rails, Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary hood, prototype LED headlamps, a canvas soft top, swing-away rear tire carrier and body-color rear corner guards, tail lamp guards, locking fuel door, and a Jeep Performance Parts badge.
And just for good looks, the custom seat is made from Navy blankets and Navy camouflage material.
Jeep Wrangler Stitch
The Wrangler Stitch follows in the tracks of the popular light weight Wrangler Pork Chop.
Based on the 2013 Wrangler Rubicon, the Stitch has been lightened to a 3,000-lb. curb weight, giving it a power-to-weight ratio similar to that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.
Jeep designers shaved weight on this one where ever possible. The audio system and all heating and air conditioning components have been removed. The front seats are from the 2013 SRT Viper and the rear seats have been removed. Sections of the body have been cut out, the doors have been removed, and the hood is custom made from carbon fiber.
The standard roll cage is made from chrome moly and the Full-Traction lower control arms, floor pan and GenRight fuel tank are made of aluminum. Additionally, the windshield that has been chopped two inches and The black body panels are wrapped in a unique, see-through silver architectural fabric that hides the cut panels at some angles, and makes them visible at others.
Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper II from Mopar
Mopar has upped the ante from their concept at SEMA in 2012 with the Sand Trooper II to get it ready to take on Moab.
The Sand Trooper II features a legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 to give it 375 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission sends the HEMI power to Mopar eight-lug front and rear Portal axles for added ground clearance.
Jeep Performance Parts prototype forged beadlock wheels carry 40-inch off-road tires, giving Sand Trooper II its menacing stance.
Mopar exterior enhancements include a satin black grille, front and rear half-door and window kits, front and rear off-road “Shorty” bumpers, Warn winch, Mopar flat fenders, rock rails, vented hood, LED off-road lights and a Rubicon 10th Anniversary swing away rear tire carrier.
The interior features a rear back-up camera display, Mopar slush mats, black door-sill guards, under-seat and center-console locking storage, locking below-floor storage box, trunk storage box, side sun visors, grab handles, Trailside winch kit and leather seats.
Jeep Wrangler Flattop
The Jeep Wrangler Flattop looks the least like it is suited for the Jeep Easter Safari. It carries an upscale look inside and out as the designers intended, but then they bolted some of the most hard-core off-road gear available to Flattop’s chassis.
Featuring a custom one-piece, windowless hard top, the body is finished in a metallic sandstone with copper and brown accents. The top and windshield were chopped two inches, and the b-pillar was removed creating a massive opening from front to rear. The door and hood hinges, tow hooks, grille slats and headlamp surrounds are finished in a copper tone, and the bumpers, side rails, side mirrors and hood decal are dark brown.
The bumpers are customized versions from the Wrangle Rubicon 10th Anniversary model, as is the hood. Custom high line fender flares, Truck-Lite LED headlamps, LED rear taillamps and side markers, a massive Warn Zeon winch and TeraFlex spare tire carrier round off the exterior enhancements.
Inside is dark saddle Katzkin leather seating, copper accents on the steering wheel spokes, vent rings , a passenger grab handle and Mopar slush mats.
Some of the serious off-road gear includes a Mopar cold-air intake, Mopar exhaust kit, aluminum five-spoke wheels that carry 37-inch Mickey Thompson off-road tires, the DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 front and Dana 60 rear axles feature ARB air lockers and TeraFlex sway bars, and Full-Traction control arms. All of this is hardware is bolted to King shocks with pneumatic bump stops.
Jeep Wrangler Slim
The Jeep Wrangler Slim offers maximum performance with light weight.
The Rock Lobster color exterior of the two-door Jeep Wrangler Slim features full doors and a hard top. Powered by a 3.6-liter V-6, the Jeep Wrangler Slim has a 3:73 anti-spin axle.
Rolling on prototype 17-inch Jeep Performance Parts forged beadlock wheels with Rock Lobster beauty rings, the Jeep Wrangler Slim features a special 10th Anniversary Rubicon front bumper, which complements the rear bumper, and is the lightest weight rear bumper that Mopar offers.
The Jeep Wrangler Slim also sports lightweight rock rails, black grille, black hood decal, LED headlights, locking gas cap and Rubicon tires.
The black interior features leather seat covers and a CB radio, as well as Mopar all-weather slush mats and a hard-top headliner.
Jeep Performance Parts on the Jeep Wrangler Slim include a prototype Mopar 2-inch lift kit. A Mopar cold-air intake is also featured on the Jeep Wrangler Slim.