TRAILSTORMED

4 x 4 Australia - - The Score -

A CON­CEPT Jeep called the Trail­storm was one of seven Jeeps prepped by Fiat Chrysler Au­to­mo­biles for the Easter Jeep Sa­fari held at Moab, Utah, on March 19 to 27.

Us­ing Mopar and Jeep Per­for­mance Parts, the Trail­storm con­cept, based on the Jeep Wran­gler, has im­proved off-road abil­ity plus has room for ex­tra equip­ment and ad­di­tional fuel tanks.

For the Trail­storm, Jeep started by raid­ing the Jeep Per­for­mance Parts bin, us­ing 17-inch con­cept off-road wheels fit­ted with 37-inch tyres, a two-inch lift kit with Jeep Per­for­mance Parts/fox shocks, a Jeep Per­for­mance Parts Ru­bi­con winch and Dana 44 front and rear axles. With the half doors mounted to the Trail­storm, the driver gets a bet­ter view of the track ahead and the Trail­storm’s bed­lined floor­ing makes clean­ing up eas­ier. The Trail­storm’s in­te­rior also fea­tures Katzkin seat cov­ers and Mopar all-weather floor mats.

On the Trail­storm’s outer flanks, a tonne of Mopar ac­ces­sories were added. For starters, a winch guard, satin black grille, LED head­lights and fog lights, high top guards, power-dome vented bon­net, Mopar off-road rock rails with a step, a Big Brake kit, a con­cept fast-back soft top, tail­light guards and a Mopar fuel-filler door. Cap­ping off the Trail­storm’s ex­te­rior up­grades are front and rear steel Ru­bi­con bumpers and a Jeep Per­for­mance Parts tyre car­rier. The Trail­storm has been vinyl-wrapped in cam­ou­flage colours to al­low it to bet­ter blend into the Moab desert.

The Trail­storm’s me­chan­i­cals are stan­dard, with the fa­mil­iar 3.6-litre Pen­tas­tar V6 hooked to a five-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Moab was ex­pect­ing a big turn-out this year as the Easter Jeep Sa­fari cel­e­brates its 50th year in 2016. The an­niver­sary also co­in­cides with the Jeep brand’s own mile­stone of achiev­ing 75 years of pro­duc­tion.

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