Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II, 2013 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Concept
There wasn’t much to go on, but Chrysler did promise more details in the coming weeks. It should have said “in the coming days,” since the automaker is now showing all of the goods that will be on display at this year’s Moab event.
The Trailhawk II concept is built on a Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel V-6 platform, fitted with 35-inch off-road tires mounted on 17-inch Wrangler Rubicon wheels. The concept also gets custom fender flares, modified Mopar rock rails, front and rear tow hooks, custom skid plates, SRT front and rear fascias and an SRT hood.
The Wrangler Slim (which, thankfully, isn’t finished in hot pink) is modified to shed pounds and fitted with prototype 17-inch beadlock wheels, 10th Anniversary Rubicon front and rear bumpers, lightweight rock rails, a Mopar cold air intake and a two-inch lift kit. The exterior hue, also used to trim the wheels, is called “Rock Lobster.”
The beefiest build of the year will likely be the Wrangler Mopar Recon, which comes packing a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 good for 470 horsepower. It also gets Dana 60 front and rear axles, a 4.5-inch long arm lift kit, 39-inch tires on beadlock wheels, Mopar “Stinger” bumpers, a Warn winch, prototype LED headlights, rock rails and a Rubicon hood.
In the spirit of the lightweight “Pork Chop” concept from 2011, the Wrangler Stitch serves up a serious weight-loss plan, bringing it below 3,000 pounds thanks to extensive frame and body modifications. It sports a carbon-fiber hood, chrome moly roll cage, aluminum floor pan and control arms and 35-inch tires mounted on 17-inch wheels.
Jeep Wrangler Stitch, 2013 Moab Easter Jeep Safari ConceptEnlarge Photo
The Wrangler Stitch also gets lighter weight DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 axles, a windshield chopped by two inches, a vinyl soft top, SRT Viper seats, LED headlights and a “see through” architectural fabric wrap for a truly unique appearance.
If desert running is your idea of a good time, the Wrangler Sand Trooper II will be your build. Under-hood is a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, good for 375 horsepower, delivered through Portal axles to 40-inch tires mounted on beadlock wheels. Outside, the rig gets “Shorty” bumpers, half doors, flat fenders, rock rails, a vented hood and a Warn winch.
Finally, the Wrangler Flattop is designed to deliver an upscale appearance without compromising its off-road capability. It’s one-piece windowless top is custom, designed to integrate with the two inches chopped from the windshield. The B-pillar was cut, too, giving passengers a true open-air experience.
Outside, the Flattop wears metallic sandstone paint with copper and brown accents, Rubicon bumpers and hood, custom fender flares and a Warn winch. Upping the go-anywhere ante are 37-inch Mickey Thompson tires, a DynaTrac front axle, a Dana Rear axle, ARB air lockers, TeraFlex sway bars and King shocks with pneumatic bump stops.
Many of the components used on these builds can be found in the Mopar parts catalog, ensuring that current Jeep owners can easily cherry pick the best bits and pieces for their own rigs.
We’re a bit disappointed that Jeep hasn’t rolled out anything as jaw-dropping as last year’s Mighty FC concept, but we also understand the realities of the global automotive marketplace. With Fiat hurting in Europe, it’s not as inclined to build concept Jeeps as it may have been in year’s past.
On the other hand, The Jeep product line has never been stronger, even before you begin bolting on premium aftermarket parts. Perhaps the reason that Jeeps isn’t showing any fanciful retro concepts is even simpler: it no longer needs to sell the sizzle, since its steak is tastier than ever before.