The Jeep Safari always brings the heat and this year was no different! For the 53rd year, thousands of Jeep enthusiasts descended on Moab to get in some serious off-roading and also soak in the beautiful scenery.
Jeep uses the event as an opportunity to showcase its design prowess and how Jeep vehicles can be customized in countless ways. This year, a vast selection of production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts were used in the Jeep truck concept vehicles. The Mopar brand develops all those parts with legendary Jeep 4x4 capability in mind.
“Customization is one of the highest priorities for Jeep brand enthusiasts,” said Steve Beahm, head of parts and service for Mopar and also passenger car brands for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - North America. “That is why we have proactively developed a portfolio of more than 200 exclusive parts and accessories for the all-new Jeep Gladiator.”
Below is a list of the six incredible concepts on display at this year’s Easter Jeep Safari. Several represent unique takes on the all-new Jeep Gladiator midsize pickup truck, which has generated quite a lot of buzz. Jeep purposefully used pickup trucks for all of this year’s Easter Safari concepts because it wanted to highlight that new model:
Jeep Wayout: This concept is ready for overnight adventures! It uses the all-new Jeep Gladiator’s best-in-class payload for a full roof-top tent and custom canopy.
Jeep Flatbill: The Flatbill is another fun look at the all-new Gladiator. This concept is inspired by the Motocross culture!
Jeep Five-Quarter: Jeep honors its past through this “Resto-Mod” of a 1968 M-715 Gladiator-based military vehicle. It beautifully blends vintage and modern components.
Jeep J6: The J6 is a Rubicon that was customized in a two-door configuration. It features concept and production Jeep Performance Parts and accessories from Mopar.
Jeep JT Scrambler: The JT Scrambler features the retro look of the iconic CJ Scrambler with a combination of available Jeep Performance Parts and conceptual touches.
Jeep Gladiator Gravity: This Gladiator Gravity concept fit in perfectly at the annual Easter Jeep Safari! It’s a rock-climber-themed trail vehicle courtesy of launch-ready Jeep Performance Parts.
Continue reading below for more on each of these concepts!
MORE ON THE 2019 JEEP/MOPAR EASTER SAFARI CONCEPTS
I wish I could get my hands on this concept as it looks perfect to take on a weekend camping/off-roading trip! It’s a functional concept that showcases a full roof-top tent and custom, large sprawling canopy. A custom bed rack with an integrated ladder carries the tent that sleeps two comfortably, while the 270-degree awning with amber LED task lighting helps off-roading enthusiasts set up camp when the day is done.
The Jeep Wayout is powered by the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s a Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit, which increases ground clearance. With the 17-inch steel wheels that are hugged by 27-inch mud-terrain tires, Jeep says this concept will give you the feeling of an original Willy pickup (which paved the way for Modern jeep trucks).
The Flatbill is another fun look at the all-new Gladiator, it’s inspired by the extreme thrills of the Motocross world. It’s a truck dedicated to dirt bike riding as it’s fully equipped to handle transport of dirt bikes for wild, off-road adventures. With the removal of the tailgate, dedicated wheel ramps that slide out have been installed for easy access and loading of the bikes.
You’ll find the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine under the hood with a cold-air Mopar intake. It’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Dynatrac Pro-Rock 60 front and rear axles and an Off-Road Evolution custom four-inch lift kit help this concept tackle any obstacle. The Flatbill also features large rear bypass shocks, 20-inch wheels, and 40-inch tires.
This concept’s name is a historical nod to Jeep trucks of the past, which weighed one-and-one quarter tons or “five quarters.” Jeep re-imagined a 1968 Gladiator-based military vehicle known as the M-715 for this concept. Design and functional improvements were made to its chassis, drivetrain, and cargo configurations. This “Resto-Mod” beautifully blends vintage and modern components.
Power comes from a 6.2-liter supercharged “Hellcrate” HEMI V-8 engine. It produces more than 700 horsepower. Talk about powerful!
This concept mixes the classic Jeep truck styling of the late 1970s with prototype and production Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar. It’s a Rubicon customized in a two-door configuration. That special configuration results is a six-foot functional bed “box” area that’s 12 inches longer than the standard Jeep Gladiator bed.
The concept’s 3.6-liter engine receives a performance boost from the Jeep Performance Parts’ cold-air intake. Plenty of modifications were also made to help make the truck more off-road ready. There’s a total of 10 five-inch LEDs that work together to illuminate the trail ahead. A production Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit, meanwhile, works with the 37-inch tires to add extra trail clearance.
The Scrambler has a retro look and that’s because it harks back to the 1980s-era CJ8 Scrambler. Also based on the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, the Scrambler features many items from the Mopar brand’s Jeep Performance Parts line. There’s a set of four five-inch LED lights atop the sport/roll bar, for example, and two more on the vehicle’s A-pillars. There’s also a pair of seven-inch LED lights on the brush guard up front.
The concept’s 3.6-liter engine is augmented with a Mopar cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust. A two-inch lift kit helps accommodate the 37-inch tires.
The Jeep Gladiator Gravity concept fit in perfectly at the annual Easter Jeep Safari. That’s because the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is rock-climber-themed. It highlights the open-air potential of the Gladiator, which Jeep says is unlike any other offered by a production midsize pickup truck.
What makes this concept particularly special is the bed area. There are mounted Mopar cross rails that work in concert with a cargo carrier basket to offer storage space for rock-climbing gear like ropes, carabiners, helmets, and shoes. There’s also additional, lockable cargo space thanks to the dual sliding drawers of the unique Mopar/Decked truck bed storage system.
Like some of the other Easter Safari concepts, the Gladiator Gravity is upgraded with a cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust system to enhance horsepower and torque. It’s raised with a two-inch lift kit and runs on 17-inch gear wheels carrying 35-inch tires.