26. March 2013
Seeing as we’re midway through the annual Jeep Moab Easter Safari (this is the 47th), we figured we’d bring those of you who aren’t out climbing the rock formations in Utah a look at what Mark Allen and his clever team of Jeep designers came up with this year.
It is worth noting that the Jeep Design crew is zealously committed to the brand in a way that few others are. That is, they are as engaged with all things Jeep in a way that, for example, it is hard to imagine their colleagues in the Chrysler studio could be.
So here we go. . . .
This is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept, which is based on the production version with the EcoDiesel V6. 35-in. Mickey Thompson off-road tired are wrapped around Wrangler Rubicon 17-in. aluminum wheels. There are enlarged wheel openings, custom fender flares, custom front and rear skid plates, and modified Mopar rock rails. The hood and front and rear fascias are taken from the Grand Cherokee SRT (presumably they just had some around the shop. . . .)
Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon has a 470-hp, 6.4-liter HEMI V8 Mopar carte engine. There is an array of Mopar parts, including the front and rear half-door window kits, front and rear off-road modified Stinger bumpers, Warn winch, high-clearance flat fenders, rock rails, and more. The hood is the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary version.
The Jeep Wrangler Stitch is a follow-up vehicle to the Wrangler Pork Chop. As you may recall, the Pork Chop, porcine name notwithstanding, was put together to be a lightweight vehicle. This is the case of the Stitch, as well, as the 2013 Wrangler Rubicon-based vehicle has a curb weight of 3,000 lb. Audio system? Gone. Air conditioning system? Please. Doors? Nope. The front seats are sourced form a 2013 SRT Viper and the rear seats have been left out. Even the windshield has been chopped by two inches.
Mopar produced another model, the Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper II. There is something about Mopar and performance because there is a 375-hp, 5.7-liter HEMI under the vented hood. Which may explain, in part, the hood lock, even though there are front and rear half-door and window kits.
The Jeep Wrangler Flattop may seem like a Jeep-version of a boulevard cruiser, but it is hard core, as in a DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 front axle and a Dana 60 rear axle, ARB air lockers, TeraFlex sway bars, Full-Traction control arms, and King shocks with pneumatic bump stops.
Sounding more like what it is, the Jeep Wrangler Slim has a 3.6-liter V6, a 3:73 anti-spin axle, prototype 17-in. Jeep Performance Parts forged beadlock wheels, a 10th Anniversary Rubicon front bumper, lightweight rock rails, and more.