Jeep Unveils Its Concept Vehicles for the 51st Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari
Explore Jeep's "Magnificent Seven," set to be featured at this year's Moab Easter Jeep Safari
No event gathers more Jeep enthusiasts from around the globe than the Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Taking place each year around the Easter holiday, this special event celebrates the engineering and off-road capabilities of Jeep vehicles.
Jeep takes the opportunity to unveil several of its concept vehicles during the event. Each year, more advanced and outrageous concepts are introduced to the crowd in Moab, Utah.
Now in its 51st year, the Moab Easter Jeep Safari is bigger than ever. That means the Jeep concept vehicles need to be bigger than ever as well.
Fortunately, you don’t have to take a trip all the way out to Moab to explore these vehicles, as Jeep has released information about its seven concept models prior to the event. You can read on to discover more about each Moab Easter Jeep Safari concept vehicle.
The Jeep brand always strives to create driving experiences that place drivers and their passengers in the middle of the action. The Jeep Safari Concept simply provides those passengers with a better view of the action.
Perhaps the most noticeable and unique aspect of the Jeep Safari is its “windoors.” These transparent doors, which are made up of a combination of lightweight aluminum and clear vinyl, allow passengers to get a clearer view of the path that the Jeep Safari treads upon.
In addition to the windoors, the Jeep Safari Concept also includes a translucent hard-top roof. With an overall length and weight reduction, the Jeep Safari is also designed to be a Jeep that is light on its feet, or rather its wheels.
Jeep Grand One
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is celebrating its 25th anniversary. To mark this momentous occasion, Jeep has decided to work in a small throwback for one of its concept Grand Cherokees.
The Jeep Grand One Concept is a modernized version of a classic 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ. It exterior design has all the stylings of a vehicle from the 1990s.
Of course, the Grand One is still powered by a modern 5.2-liter V-8 engine. And fear not Grand Cherokee fans, because Jeep has revealed that the Jeep Grand One Concept is Hasselhoff-tested and Hasselhoff-approved.
For those who like to push their Jeep vehicles to the extreme, the Jeep Quicksand will be the most attractive concept at the Easter Jeep Safari. That’s because the Jeep Quicksand Concept is a vehicle that pushes past the limitations expected from a Jeep vehicle.
Mopar had more influence on this concept model than any other in the lineup, and its influence can be felt through the custom Mopar 392 Crate HEMI engine. This powerful engine is also paired with a premium six-speed Getrag manual transmission.
To tackle any sandy terrain, the Jeep Quicksand is equipped with a longer wheelbase. While the interior is somewhat minimalist, the performance that the Quicksand provides is more than enough to make up for this.
Off-roading at night can be more than a little difficult. That’s why Jeep assembled the Jeep Luminator Concept for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari.
The Jeep Luminator is equipped with some of the most effective lighting features found in the automotive world today. These LED-based projector lights illuminate any path up ahead for drivers.
The Luminator also comes with some nifty features you might not see coming. For example, a roof-mounted solar panel and a drone landing pad are not additions you might expect on a Jeep. Nevertheless, the Luminator Concept possesses these pleasant surprises.
If you’re the kind of driver who likes to switch back and forth between driving on the road and driving off of it, then the Jeep Switchback Concept is your kind of vehicle. Lined with the best features for performance on the streets and off the beaten path, the Jeep Switchback manages to be a Jeep of all trades.
A 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine provides the power that the Switchback needs for traveling down the highway or the city streets. Additionally, the included Katzkin leather seats provide a touch of class inside the cabin.
However, if you are planning to take the Jeep Switchback off of the road, then you can rely upon its 17-inch wheels with 37-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires. Much like the Luminator, the Switchback concept also includes advanced lighting features for driving off-road at night.
The all-new Jeep Compass is already a vehicle that includes plenty of premium features. However, the Compass-based Jeep Trailpass takes things a step further with even more of Jeep’s best amenities.
The cabin of the Trailpass Concept is fit for royalty, with Katzkin leather seats and armrests. All-weather floor mats simply add some practicality to that luxury.
However, the Jeep Trailpass includes performance-based features as well. Its 2.4-liter Tigershark engine and nine-speed automatic transmission places its performance up there with the greats from Jeep.
A familiar face, but always a welcome one, the Jeep CJ66 rounds out the list of Jeep concept vehicles appearing during the 51st Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Showcased at several other automotive events during its lifetime, the Jeep CJ66 Concept might just be the most famous current concept vehicle from Jeep.
Based upon the frame of a Jeep Wrangler TJ, The Jeep CJ66 then uses the exteror body of a 1966 Jeep Wrangler CJ to provide it with its unique look. By doing so, the Jeep CJ66 combines the best of what is old with the best of what is new.
Powering the whole thing is a Mopar 345 Crate HEMI 5.7-liter engine. The Jeep CJ66 Concept has proven once again that the some of the best concept vehicles look to the past while working toward the future.