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Jeep reveals seven concept cars for 2015 Moab Safari


Jeep Renegade, Wrangler, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee all get the Moab treatment ahead of Easter Safari. 

Jeep has revealed seven new off-road concept vehicles ahead of their debuts at the Moab Easter Jeep Safari in Utah later this month.

Four out of the seven concepts are based on the highly customisable Wrangler, while the Grand Cherokee, Cherokee and new baby Renegade models have also been modified for the Safari. 

Every year Jeep wheels out a range of concepts for the safari to showcase its production and prototype Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts accessories to give owners an idea of how they can modify their own vehicles.

Jeep Wrangler Africa

Jeep Wrangler Africa concept Jeep Wrangler Africa concept

The Wrangler Africa is designed for long-range off-roading with extra cargo space and room for auxiliary fuel tanks.

Based on the four-door Wrangler Unlimited, it is powered by a 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine and fitted with a two-inch lift kit, sway bar links and front and rear Dana 44 axles from Jeep Performance Parts.

Inside it’s designed to be tough and durable, and the floor, roof and cargo area are finished in spray-on truck bed coating.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander

Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander concept Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander concept

The Grand Cherokee Overlander is designed for off-road enthusiasts who like to camp out in their vehicles overnight.

It features a two-person rooftop tent, integrated front winch, tow hooks, off-road rock rails, front and rear skid plates and 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tyres.

The Grand Cherokee-based concept is powered by a 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder 

Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder concept Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder concept

This Wrangler-based concept is a purpose-built support vehicle  designed for emergency off-road situations. 

It’s filled with spare parts and tools, while also equipped with the off-road hardware needed to conquer the toughest terrain.

It features 37-inch mud terrain tyres, four-inch Jeep Performance Parts lift kit, Fox shocks, Dana 60 axles and prototype rock rails.

Power comes from a 3.6-litre petrol V6, fitted with a cold air intake to help air flow.

Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail 

Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail concept Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail concept

The off-road capability of the Cherokee is increased further with the Canyon Trail concept, which adds rock rails, two-piece fuel tank skid plate, two-piece underbody skid plate and all terrain tyres that give 1.5-inches of extra lift.

The Cherokee is powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine, mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk

Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk concept Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk concept

Even Jeep’s baby Renegade SUV has been toughened up for the Safari, with both styling and mechanical tweaks. 

It features desert tan exterior paint, a bonnet decal which depicts the ‘Fins and Things’ Moab trail and unique seat covers.

Underneath the Renegade gets rock rails and a skid plate for improved off-road ability.

Jeep Staff Car

Jeep Staff Car concept Jeep Staff Car concept

This Wrangler-based concept was inspired by the military Jeeps used in the Second World War.

It does without doors, a fixed roof and interior luxuries, but features a roll cage, Sandstorm exterior paint, military-style wheels and tyres, and 3.6-litre V6 engine with a manual gearbox.

The Staff Car concept is fitted with a Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit, Fox shocks and Dana 44 axles.

Jeep Chief

Jeep Chief concept Jeep Chief concept

This Wrangler is a throwback to the 1970s Jeep Cherokee, designed to excite hipsters, surfers and fans of 70s retro styling.

It features a unique two-tone ocean blue and white color scheme, unique chrome grille and bumpers and 17-inch ‘mag’ wheels.

Inside it boasts a Hawaiian themed interior with seats trimmed in floral leather and cloth material, Rosewood grab handle plus a modern 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia system.

Eagle-eyed viewers will notice the doors and windshield have been chopped down two-inches compared to a standard Wrangler and it features a two-inch lift kit.

This author's instinct suggests that if Jeep were to put this concept into production right now, they wouldn’t be able to build enough of them. It’s the right car for the moment – everything old is new again, right?