Jeep Celebrates 50th Safari with SEVEN New Concept Cars

When six concept cars just aren’t enough…

It’s quite a big year for Jeep. This year’s Jeep Safari, held next week at the challenging trails of Moab, Utah, is the 50th year that fans have got together to celebrate the brand, venture up some impossible driving routes and drink beer.

However, even more important than that is Jeep’s own celebration – the rugged US brand is 75 years old in 2016, and will celebrate by taking along an astonishing seven concept cars to this year’s party.

“Every year the Jeep team looks forward to pushing the limits with new, exciting and capable concept vehicles for our most loyal enthusiasts at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab,” said Mike Manley, head of Jeep brand. “We’re delighted to share seven of the most capable and eye-catching concept Jeep vehicles we’ve ever created at this year’s historic event.”

Built by a team of engineers, designers and fabricators that have been customizing production vehicles since 2002, the seven new Jeep concepts for Moab are the latest in a line of more than 50 vehicles revealed to enthusiasts who attend the popular Easter Jeep Safari.

Jeep Crew Chief 715

The Jeep Crew Chief 715 was built as a salute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles, in particular the Kaiser M715. This open-air Wrangler Unlimited-based concept showcases a burly design with heritage styling cues. It utilizes modern-day construction with a rear seat and extra doors for additional passenger capacity while staying close to its classic military roots.

The Crew Chief 715 is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

Jeep Shortcut

A carefully crafted take on the beloved Jeep CJ-5, this Wrangler-based concept vehicle invokes the spirit of 1950s Americana with a shortened body and functional simplicity. Exterior styling cues include a unique grille, hood, tailgate, front and rear wheel flares and custom chrome front and rear bumpers. A modified exhaust, 17-inch red steel wheels and 35-inch BF-Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tyres help the Jeep Shortcut maintain the look of an icon.

The Shortcut is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Jeep Renegade Commander

The Jeep Renegade Commander is equipped with a 2-inch lift kit and 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels with 29.5-inch BF-Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tyres to increase the off-road capabilities of the car. The “Fluorescent Gray” exterior features Renegade’s MySky open-air roof with removable panels, custom body decal, off-road rock rails, skid plates and a modified exhaust. Also featured are Mopar trailer hitch receiver and front and rear auxiliary lights.

The Renegade Commander is powered by the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Low.

Jeep Comanche

Based on the Jeep Renegade, the Comanche is designed to be off-road ready with practical utility. A nod to Jeep pickup trucks of years past, the Comanche takes styling cues from military and civilian Jeep heritage. The “Beige Against the Machine” exterior paint is accented with a Satin Black hood, a concept lower front fascia, winch, steel rear bumper, soft top, and spare tyre in the bed. The wheelbase has been stretched an additional six inches versus a production Renegade to accommodate Comanche’s 5-foot bed.

The Comanche is powered by a 2.0-liter diesel I-4 engine and mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Lock, which includes low range and a locking rear differential.

Jeep FC 150

A true American workhorse, this 1960 Jeep FC 150 is rich with heritage and built to tackle both challenging rocky trails and the harshness of a western cattle ranch. Originally built from 1956 to 1965, the FC 150 is based on the CJ-5 and offered a clever packaging solution by keeping overall length to a minimum for manoeuvrability, but maintained a full-length cargo box for utility.

The FC 150’s off-road prowess has been enhanced courtesy of a 2005 Jeep Wrangler chassis modified to accept a Dana 44 front axle, Dana 60 rear axle and 17-inch white steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch BF-Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tyres. Inside, the FC 150 features vinyl seat covers, a custom headliner wrapped in a vintage duck hunting pattern, CB radio, analog compass and Mopar all-weather mats.

The FC 150 is powered by a 4.0-liter PowerTech I-6 and is mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission.

Jeep Trailcat

The Jeep Trailcat concept vehicle is the ultimate off-road machine. Utilizing the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V8 engine, the Trailcat concept vehicle leaves everything else in a cloud of dust.

To get the 707-horsepower Hellcat engine into the Trailcat, designers stretched the wheelbase an additional 12 inches while chopping the windshield two inches for a sleeker look. Exterior enhancements include a power dome vented hood, Satin Black grille, LED headlamp and fog lamps and rock rails, steel front and rear bumpers, 17-inch beadlock wheels and 39.5-inch BF-Goodrich Krawler T/A KX tyres, front and rear Dana 60 axles and Fox shocks.

The Trailcat’s interior is simple yet functional and features sport bucket seats from the Dodge Viper, made from carbon fiber and featuring Katzkin leather seat covers with accent stitching.

Jeep Trailstorm

The Trailstorm concept vehicle is the ultimate Jeep Wrangler for exploring off the beaten path. Offering room for extra gear and fuel tanks, it is based on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, and delivers elevated capability to conquer trails with ease.

Off-road capabilities are enhanced with 17-inch concept off-road wheels wrapped in 37-inch tyres, a 2-inch lift kit, a Rubicon winch, and Dana 44 front and rear axles. Half doors offer a clear view of obstacles ahead and a bedlined interior makes cleaning up after a day on the trails easy.

The Trailstorm is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.

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Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, DAD.info and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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