Easter Jeep Safari

Updated '68 Commando, all-electric Magneto among concept car roster at Easter Jeep Safari

The Jeep Magneto concept has arrived in Moab.

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Easter is nearly here which means that the annual Jeep pilgrimage to Moab is upon us. Easter Jeep Safari kicks off March 27 and ahead of that, Jeep has released photos and descriptions of the unique concept cars that they're bringing to Utah. Scroll down to see them all.

"This year's Safari shines a spotlight on what makes Jeep vehicles unmistakably distinctive and undeniably capable, a variety of powertrains that deliver superior power, performance, torque and, above all, fun," said Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep Brand North America. "Moab's demanding trails are a worthy opponent for our Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator concept vehicles. Each is certain to prove that Jeep's legendary 4x4 capability reigns supreme on any terrain."

Jeepster Beach

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Jeep has restomodded a 1968 Jeepster Commando, changing it into the Jeepster Beach. The mod started life as a C-101 but has been blended with a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon to achieve its fun in the sun look. Its bodied was modified and exterior fuses original chrome with the two-tone Hazy IPA and Zinc Oxide paint job.

Under the hood is a modern turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that has been calibrated for 25 percent greater performance than what you'll find in Jeeps on dealership lots. It delivers 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque and has been paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The whole rig rides on 35-inch tires.

The Jeepster Beach's custom interior features low-back bucket seats trimmed in red leather. The rear seat was replaced with a chrome, four-point safety cage and the carpets were removed to make cleaning out sand a breeze.

Jeep Red Bare Gladiator Rubicon

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Jeep has amped up the Gladiator for this concept, which takes its off-roading very seriously. Under the hood is a turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 that puts out 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear axles have been upgraded with 4.88 axle rations. The truck is capable of a 91:1 crawl radio.

Helping the truck stand out from the crowd is its Fire Cracker Red exterior with custom Matte Black graphics with gold accents. Its hood and cowl is from a Gladiator Mojave and there is a Matte Black seven-slot grille insert. The truck keeps its factory soft-top and half-doors.

There's also a Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit, 17-inch Matte Black wheels wrapped in 37-inch BFG mud-terrain tires, cargo bed-mounted sport bar, Jeep Performance Parts Sand Slider rock rails, bed cover and rack system, factory steel bumpers with a Warn winch, and front bumper grille guard.

The cab of the truck has Katzkin black leather seats with red stitching and custom red flannel inserts. The instrument panel is wrapped in the same flannel material. Body-color matched truck-bed lined floors with Mopar slush mats complete the look.

Jeep Magneto

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The Jeep Magneto concept is a battery electric vehicle (BEV) that combines legendary Jeep prowess with the quiet ride that comes with an all-electric powertrain. The zero-emissions 4x4 is based on the two-door 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

It uses a custom-built axial flux electric motor that operates up to 6,000 rpm. The e-motor is connected to a six-speed manual transmission, creating a unique manual-electric powertrain with a clutch that operates as it would with an internal combustion engine. In quick-shift scenarios, the e-motor engages regen upon clutch engagement to prevent rev-hang.

The BEV is tuned to get figures similar to the Wrangler V6 with 285 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Unlike other BEVs on the market today, this one features a manual-electric powertrain. The SUV's electric motor is powered by four lithium-ion battery packs that combine to equal 70 kilowatt-hours to power.

The packs are located in a variety of areas on the vehicle. One pack replaces the Wrangler's mid-ship fuel tank, another is mounted opposite the fuel tank location, the third pack sits atop the e-motor under the hood, and the fourth pack mounts in the space normally used for a rear storage compartment, also using space typically occupied by the exhaust muffler.

The Magneto concept can get from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds.

Jeep has packaged all the parts together in a way that keeps them water-tight in order to preserve the Wrangler's 30-inch water fording capability. There's also a a JPP 2-inch lift kit, 17-inch Lights Out black metallic wheels with 35-inch mud-terrain tires, custom roll cage, Mopar Rock Rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch, and a steel belly pan.

The Magneto is painted Bright White with Surf Blue accents. It has a heavy-duty performance hood with center scoop and custom decal, redesigned rear gate, and full-width forward lighting. Custom Royal Blue and Black leather seats with Sapphire-colored inserts and straps, Surf Blue truck bed liner, and Mopar slush mats help make the Magneto pop.

Jeep Orange Peelz

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Jeep has designed the Orange Peelz concept as a celebration of the open-air heritage of the model. Designers removed the rear and side windows, installed Jeep Performance Parts half-doors, and installed a custom removable Freedom Top glass sunroof.

Off-road performance comes from the proven Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit with FOX shocks that increases ground clearance. Just below the concept steel "high-top" fender flares are 17-inch Jeep Performance Parts beadlock-capable aluminum wheels riding on 37-inch BF Goodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires with Mopar valve stem caps that feature the Jeep logo.

A Satin Black 360-degree custom beltline graphic and Satin Black vintage Jeep fender badges enhances the aesthetic. Its paint job is the same as its name: Orange Peelz.

The hood of the connote has custom black Mopar hood latches with the Jeep Willys logo.They're flanked by Jeep Performance Parts 5-inch off-road LED lights mounted at the base of the A-pillars. The Jeep Orange Peelz concept is equipped with a factory-backed Mopar windshield made with Corning Gorilla Glass- the same material as an iPhone screen.

A custom Jeep Performance Parts Rubicon steel bumper includes a prototype 2-inch steel grille guard and the exclusive JPP 8,000-lb capacity Rubicon Warn winch. There's also custom rock rails.

The rear features a Jeep Performance Parts Swing Gate Hinge Reinforcement, which allows for a larger spare tire. The Jeep Performance Parts CHMSL (Center High-Mount Stop Lamp) Relocation Kit mounts the third brake light in the center of the spare tire. Body-color tow hooks on the rear and front complete the exterior.

Jeep Performance Parts grab handles make getting in the cabin easy. The interior id decked out in plaid armrests, upper and lower seat inserts, and mid-instrument panels. Accent-orange stitching completes the steering wheel, shifter boots, and the parking-brake handle.

Mopar stainless steel pedal covers with rubber pads are for the driver. Door sills are protected by black sill guards that feature the vehicle's logo.

The Jeep Orange Peelz concept is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain has been upgraded with a Jeep Performance Parts cold-air intake and Jeep Performance Parts cat-back exhaust system.

Jeep Farout

Jeep Farout concept

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The Jeep Farout is an encore of 2019's Jeep Wayout concept that leverages the 2021 Jeep Gladiator's power and prowess to take adventure-seekers further off the beaten path. Check out more about the truck here.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 ConceptThe model is pretty standard for a modern Wrangler Rubicon - on the outside.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

After a successful trial period, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is making its way to production. This concept is the one that debuted late last year generating enthusiasm ahead of the official production announcement. You can read more about the concept here.

Jeep Gladiator Top Dog

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Using exclusive Jeep Performance Parts and custom accessories, Mopar designers transformed a 2020 Jeep Gladiator into a concept vehicle for serious mountain bikers. We first saw this concept in 2020. You can read more about it and see more photos here.

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The Grand Cherokee gets a plug-in powertrain for the first time.

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Jeep just announced the all-new fifth-generation 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, featuring a new exterior and interior, updated tech, and class-leading capabilities from its optional engines. However, the big headline here is the new Grand Cherokee 4xe, a plug-in hybrid SUV that follows the Jeep Wrangler into electrified off-roading.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe The 4xe makes all-electric off-roading possible.Jeep

As it did with the Wrangler, Jeep electrified the Grand Cherokee for the new model year. The new 4xe powertrain is available in the Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve trims. It uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine and features an all-electric driving range of 25 miles, fuel economy of 57 MPGe, and a total combined driving range of 440 miles. The powertrain also produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe All Grand Cherokee models get a more upscale interior for the 2022 model year.Jeep

With the water and terrain involved in off-roading, an electric motor and plug-in components could be a recipe for disaster, but Jeep took steps to protect sensitive parts of the drivetrain and vehicle. All high-voltage electronics are seats and are waterproof, and Jeep says that the Grand Cherokee 4xe can ford water of up to 24 inches in depth. The battery also comes with its own heating and cooling system to hold it in the ideal temperature range for optimum performance. The powertrain delivers impressive capability, as Jeep says a Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe was able to tackle the Rubicon Trail on electric power only.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe The 2022 Grand Cherokee gets updated tech and safety features.Jeep

The 4xe's charging port is located on the front fender to allow easier charging in tight spots. LED indicators show the charging status and there's an LED battery monitor inside the vehicle on the instrument panel. Three driving modes allow the driver to select the right vehicle and powertrain behavior for the situation. Hybrid mode combines both the electric motor and gas engine, and balances the two for the best fuel efficiency and performance. Electric mode operates on electric power only until the battery's power is depleted. eSave prioritizes the gas engine to preserve battery power. As with all PHEVs, the Grand Cherokee 4xe functions like a traditional hybrid once the battery's power is mostly depleted.


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Larger tires headline the upgrades.

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The off-road wars are heating up. This year alone, we've seen the new Ford Bronco, Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck, new off-road models of the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and Chevrolet Silverado, and more rugged versions of the Subaru Outback and Forester. Jeep, already deep in the game, doesn't need to do much to bolster its off-road offering, but the brand is doing just that for 2022. The automaker is offering a new Xtreme Recon Package for the Wrangler Willys SUV, which brings more capability and style to the boxy off-roader.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package The package can be ordered for Wrangler Willys models later this year. Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package

Beyond beefy 35-inch tires tires, the Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gets a 1.5-inch factory lift, a 4.56:1 axle ratio, 17-inch wheels and swing gate reinforcement. Jeep says those improvements give the Willys best-in-class approach and departure angles, ground clearance, and water fording capability. Approach angle improves to 47.4 degrees, breakover angle improves to 26.7 degrees, and departure angle jumps to 40.4 degrees. The extra ride height also pushes ground clearance to 12.9 inches and the water fording depth to 33.6 inches.

The package's 35-inch tires make the Willys Jeep's third Wrangler model with hardcore rolling stock. It joins the Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon 392 in the 35-inch club, all of which can be equipped with the tires directly from the factory.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package A factory lift helps improve ground clearance and capability.Jeep

The Xtreme Recon Package can be ordered starting in October and will be available for the Jeep Wrangler Willys with 3.6-liter eTorque engine. The package adds $3,995 to the Wrangler Willys' price tag, which brings the total starting price to $40,930, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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