Ultra-Capable Concept Vehicles at the Easter Jeep Safari


Enthusiasts from all over the world gathered in Moab for an extended holiday week of trail rides and technical off-roading on some of the most challenging and picturesque terrain.

The 2021 Easter Jeep Safari brought together 4 new concepts, and 3 from 2020. 

The Jeep Magneto, a fully capable zero-emission vehicle that is stealthy, quiet, quick and an unmistakable rock-climbing force.
Based on a 2-door 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, it uses a custom-built axial flux electric motor that operates up to 6,000 rpm. The 285 hp e-motor is connected to a 6-speed manual transmission, creating a unique manual-electric powertrain with a clutch that operates as it would with an internal combustion engine.

Intentional calibrations developed during testing help the Magneto’s powertrain emulate the driving experience of the 3.6 l Pentastar V-6.

This year’s “Resto-Mod” is a throwback to the 2nd-generation Jeepster. Originally designed around the growing interest in leisure time use of 4x4 vehicles, the Jeepster Commando was the first compact 4-wheel-drive vehicle with an automatic transmission and, unlike the Jeep CJs of its day, it boasted modern amenities, such as doors, roll-up side glass, a heater and roof, as standard equipment. 

The Jeepster Beach concept started as a 1968 Jeepster Commando (C-101) and was seamlessly blended with a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. The body was modified, but the Jeepster Beach maintains the outward appearance of a vintage Jeepster.

Under the hood, it uses a 2.0 l turbocharged I4 engine with a custom calibration that increases the engine output to 340 hp. An 8-speed automatic transmission mated to a 4:1 transfer case delivers power to 35” tires.

The Jeep Red Bare Gladiator Rubicon concept builds upon a long-standing heritage of hardworking trucks, paired with legendary Jeep 4x4 capability to deliver ultimate performance, fuel efficiency and driving range. 

Powering the Red Bare concept is the turbocharged 3.0 l EcoDiesel V-6 engine, rated at 260 hp mated to a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission, calibrated for low RPM shifts and to easily maneuver rigorous ground. Dana 44 front and rear heavy-duty axles have been upgraded with 4.88 axle ratios for optimum performance. The Red Bare Gladiator delivers an impressive 91:1 crawl ratio to tackle the toughest trails that Moab has. 

The Jeep Orange Peelz concept pays tribute to the long-standing, open-air, fun-and-freedom lifestyle that makes the Jeep Wrangler a global icon. Mopar designers have enhanced the Wrangler’s open-air heritage by removing side and rear windows, installing prototype JPP half doors and a custom removable one-piece Freedom Top glass sunroof. 
Off-road performance comes from the proven JPP 2” lift kit, FOX shocks, 17” JPP beadlock-capable aluminum wheels with 37” BF Goodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires that increases ground clearance.

The Jeep Orange Peelz is equipped with a windshield made with Corning Gorilla Glass and custom rock rails provide superior protection and durability for serious off-roading. 

Three Jeep and Mopar concepts introduced in 2020 also headed to Moab for the first time, including the go-anywhere overlanding Jeep Gladiator Farout concept, the powerful, high-performance Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept and the Jeep Gladiator Top Dog concept aimed at hard-core mountain bike enthusiasts.

Created in 2012 and offered by Mopar for the Jeep brand, Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) provide off-road enthusiasts with high-end, hard-core quality aftermarket accessories and performance parts. The portfolio of factory-backed, quality-tested parts includes axles, lift kits, bumpers, winches, skid plates, suspension components, and more. The products are created in close conjunction with the Jeep brand, engineering and product design-office teams for development, testing and validation.

Source: Stellantis

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