JEEPS’ MOAB MIX 2018

NZ4WD - - CONTENTS -

Each year at this time, Jeep and parts part­ner Mopar join forces to cre­ate seven new, cus­tom-built con­cept ve­hi­cles for the an­nual Easter Jeep Sa­fari in Moab, Utah, March 24 – April 1. For the 52nd year, thou­sands of off-road en­thu­si­asts will head to Moab for the an­nual Jeep event to par­tic­i­pate in a week of tech­ni­cal of­froad­ing on some of the most pic­turesque trails that the US has to of­fer. There they will see each con­cept ve­hi­cle equipped with an as­sort­ment of pro­duc­tion and pro­to­type Jeep Per­for­mance Parts de­vel­oped for Jeep by Mopar. The 2018 Easter Jeep Sa­fari con­cept ve­hi­cle line-up is made up of:

Jeep Wagoneer Road­trip

The Jeep Wagoneer Road­trip re­tains a her­itage and charm how­ever the wheel­base has been stretched 127mm, and the body has been up­dated to ac­cept the ad­di­tional length, a wider track and cus­tom fen­der flares. Other sub­tle ex­te­rior styling tweaks in­clude re­shaped wheel wells, bumpers and in­te­grated rock rails. A ra­zor grille fresh­ens the look up front, while Bot­tle Green ar­chi­tec­tural glass re­places the orig­i­nal pieces. Built from 1963 to 1991, the Wagoneer was the first four­wheel-drive ve­hi­cle mated to an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, pi­o­neer­ing the first mod­ern SUV. The Jeep Wagoneer her­itage ve­hi­cle is pow­ered by a 5.7litre V8 mated to a four-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Jeep 4SPEED

Built “4SPEED,” this lat­est light­weight con­cept bol­sters the Wran­gler’s off-road ca­pa­bil­ity and per­for­mance through ex­ten­sive weight sav­ings, and an all-new 2.0litre tur­bocharged I- 4 en­gine. Over­all length has been short­ened by over 550mm while leav­ing the wheel­base at its stock length, re­sult­ing in in­creased approach and de­par­ture an­gles. The 4SPEED fea­tures Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 4.10 gear ra­tio and 18-inch light­weight monoblock wheels wrapped in 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Ter­rain tires.

Jeep Sand­storm

In­spired by Baja desert rac­ers, the Jeep Sand­storm fea­tures off-road hard­ware that will han­dle both with ease, in­clud­ing an ex­treme-duty sus­pen­sion sys­tem and a pow­er­train with ex­cess power on tap. To fit the Baja look, the ex­te­rior fea­tures cus­tom styling cues in­clud­ing a vented car­bon fi­bre hood, vented high clear­ance front and rear fen­der flares and a cage that in­cludes a rear mounted lay down style spare tyre car­rier. The ex­te­rior han­dles and swing gate have been re­moved while the rear doors have been chopped for a cleaner look.

The front axle has been moved for­ward 100mm and the rear axle back by 50mm to al­low for in­creased high­speed sta­bil­ity.

The Baja race truck theme con­tin­ues through­out the in­te­rior, which fea­tures a cus­tom cage that in­te­grates the chas­sis, leather-trimmed front seats and unique low­back rac­ing bucket seats in the rear.

The Jeep Sand­storm is pow­ered by a 6.4-litre V8 en­gine mated to a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion.

Jeep B-Ute

The Jeep B-Ute con­cept is equipped with a va­ri­ety of Jeep Per­for­mance Parts for the ul­ti­mate off-road ad­ven­ture.

Jeep Per­for­mance Parts fea­tured on the B-Ute con­cept in­clude a 40mm lif t kit, a roof rack and rock rails. The Jeep B-Ute’s off-road ca­pa­bil­i­ties are in­creased by us­ing 17-inch wheels with a 30mm off­set, wrapped in BF Goodrich T/ A Baja Cham­pion tires.

The Jeep B-Ute is pow­ered by a 2.4-litre Tiger­shark en­gine, mated to a nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Na­cho Jeep

The Na­cho Jeep of­fers a blue­print off-road­ers can fol­low to cre­ate their own cus­tom trail ve­hi­cle.

Su­pe­rior trail vis­i­bil­ity is de­liv­ered by A-pil­lar and brush guard-mounted LED lights while a 50mm lif t kit of­fers in­creased off-road clear­ance and in­cludes new 2.5-inch di­am­e­ter alu­minium body shocks.

Oversized 37-inch tires wrap around 17-inch bead­lock­ca­pable wheels, with of­froad per­for­mance achieved with­out sac­ri­fic­ing premium in­te­rior ap­point­ments. Black Katzkin leather seats are dressed up with the Jeep grille logo em­broi­dered in light tung­sten stitch­ing on seat­backs, and light tung­sten ac­cent stitch­ing on the seat bol­sters.

Jeep Jeep­ster

Based on a Wran­gler Ru­bi­con, this con­cept evokes the colour palette and speedy styling of the 1966 Jeep­ster, the orig­i­nal’s clas­sic twotone graphic theme mir­rored thanks to a Fire­cracker Red body, set off by a Bright White con­cept hard­top, chopped by two inches, and a Bright White cus­tom wind­shield raked back 2.5 de­grees to cre­ate a cropped, com­pact ap­pear­ance.

A 50mm lif t kit and 64mm dia. alu­minium body shocks work with oversized, 37-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tyres to raise the Jeep­ster above off-road ob­sta­cles.

In­side, mean­while, a con­cept tubu­lar roll cage re­places the sport bar and an ad­di­tional 38-inch tire is se­cured with a cus­tom in-cabin spare tire car­rier.

Jeep J-Wagon

Start­ing as a Wran­gler Sa­hara, the J-Wagon is painted a Warm Neu­tral Grey with warm-tinted glass, and com­ple­mented with sub­tle Brass Mon­key touches through­out the ex­te­rior. The J-Wagon fea­tures a ver­sion of the JPP hood de­signed with a cut-out kit to work with the avail­able snorkel, an ap­pro­pri­ate choice for the sealed-cabin style of the ve­hi­cle. The hood latch is Brass Mon­key and fur­ther em­bel­lished with a black Willys logo.

The J-Wagon con­cept also fea­tures 17-inch slot- de­sign wheels that are also finished in Brass Mon­key, a treat­ment cho­sen af­ter re­ceiv­ing pos­i­tive feed­back in a sneak peek at the 2017 SEMA Show.

Iconic Jeep Wagoner re­vi­su­alised for 2018 Easter meet at Moab.

Jeep Sand­storm.

Jeep B-Ute.

Jeep 4SPEED.

Jeep J-Wagon.

Jeep Jeep­ster.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.