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Preview: Jeep concept cars go electric for annual trek to Moab for Easter Jeep Safari

Jeep is showing a new Magneto styled concept vehicle.

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Magneto has been confirmed. And it's bringing a friend. No, it's not Wanda Maximoff.

It's been a month since we asked why Stellantis was seeking to trademark the word Magneto for concept car use. Most will recognize that the name Magneto is most closely associated with Max Eisenhardt, the fictional man who would become villain Magneto in the X-Men comic book series and movies.

There's another use of the word that may be more relevant as a clue as to why FCA has chosen to trademark it. A magneto is a permanent magnet electrical generator.

Jeep There is little known about this Jeep concept apart from what is seen here.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

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Jeep has promised an electric Jeep concept will be shown at Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah from March 27 to April 4. It's likely that Magneto is that EV. Jeep has shown that name on the hood of the Wrangler in a rendering.

The automaker says that "4x4 capability, unbridled fun, open-air freedom, and electric powertrains" will be on display during Easter Jeep Safari. Expect to see a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station as well.

A second concept car was rendered as a teaser. The orange Wrangler has a winch, plaid background, and beefy off-road tires. The word "Frank" is at the bottom of the image but that refers to the design that crafted it, Frank Dionisopoulos, not the car itself. Dionisopoulos is a senior design at Stellantis, according to his LinkedIn profile. Not much else is known about this concept, but it is likely to be electrified.

The Wrangler Magneto concept features the word "Magneto" on the hood of the Jeep where "Rubicon" and "Mojave" typically reside.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

More information about the two models will be released ahead of Easter Jeep Safari.

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

2021 Jeep Gl The vehicle is ready to be fully accessorized to the buyer's wishes.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

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The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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The Genesis X Concept gives us a really good idea of what to expect from the automaker in the coming decade.

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The Genesis X Concept is a master class in all the things that a concept car should be. It shows off future design and technology pushing the envelope but never getting so far away from the mission that it looks like it's from the space age. Instead, what Genesis presented is a pointed glimpse into the future of the brand.

That brand is struggling to define itself and create a market in the U.S. While its cars have been featured in advertising for years, including this Super Bowl ad featuring John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, the company received perhaps the most publicity when golfer Tiger Woods crashed the GV80 SUV that he was driving leaving himself seriously injured, which is the perfect IRL example of "there's no such thing as bad publicity".

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The new Gran Turismo concept takes some of the shapely curves from the Genesis Mint and Genesis Essentia prototype builds and puts them into a more realistic light. With the Genesis X Concept, it's obvious to see the direction Genesis is headed.

That starts with the theme of Two Lines. It's applied throughout the interior and exterior, bringing the look of the company's Quad Lamps into a more universal form.

The luxury arm of Hyundai says that the 'Genesis X' name comes from a combination of the brand's name and the letter X, which in this case symbolizes a "hidden hero".

"The Genesis X Concept can be described as the ultimate vision of Athletic Elegance, the inherent design language of Genesis," said SangYup Lee, Head of Genesis' Global Design. "The signature Two Lines theme and sustainable luxury will be blueprints for the futuristic designs and state-of-the-art technologies that Genesis seeks to adopt in its future models."

The car exudes traditional GT design. There's a long hood and short rear.

At the front of the car is the company's signature Crest Grille with two-lined headlights on either side that direct the eye from the front to the sides, as they extend into the doors. The grille features a G-Matrix pattern that is currently on the company's G70, G80, G90, and GV80 models. The internal pattern of the grille has been painted in the same color as the exterior in order to create a sense of unity.

Designers have double layered the car's bumpers. The hood and fender are integrated to create a single, clamshell hood. The bottom front air vent intake features a thin mesh form and aids in cooling the vehicle while reducing air resistance.

The rear features linear lamps that flank unique body styling.

Genesis has designed this car as an electric vehicle (EV). Its slide-to-open charging door creates no parting lines.

The entire car rides on turbine-type, five-spoke alloy wheels. Lime brake calipers accent the car's Lençóis Blue paint color. The paint color way was inspired by Maranhenses National Park in Brazil, where a lake forms only during the rainy season.

Genesis maximized the concept car's sporty sensibility by incorporating two-layered, turbine-type alloy wheels with five spokes. The brake calipers' lime accenting hints at the high-performance character of the Genesis X Concept.

The car has been designed with simplicity at its core. The driver-orientated cockpit design surrounds the driver with all operating systems and displays. A floating center console and a dashboard designed to create the sense that it is enveloping passengers are among the highlights as are slim, indirect air vents.

A Free-Form display manages gauge clusters, navigation, and climate controls while a Crystal Sphere Electronic Shift Level integrates driving mode functionality alongside PNRDL functionality.

Bucket seats and four-point seat belts are part of the cabin's design, as is a weave-patterned fabric made from leftover leather.

The Genesis X Concept is not intended for sale, but it does point solidly in the direction of what is coming as the automaker introduces new products.

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