Jeep Unveils Six Total Concept Vehicles at 46th Annual Moab Easter Safari; Mopar Announces Off-Road Division

By Trevor Dorchies | March 28, 2012
We've already shown you the first three concept vehicles that will be shown off by Jeep at the 46th Annual Moab Easter Safari but here are the other three as promised. Jeep first released teaser images of a Mighty FC concept, J-12 concept, and the Jeep Wrangler Apache and now a Grand Cherokee Trailhawk concept, a Wrangler Traildozer concept, and a 2012 Wrangler accessorized with Mopar goodies round out the vehicles bowing in Moab. With help from its parts and accessories branch known as Mopar, Jeep has rolled out six new vehicles to debut during the 46th Annual Moab Easter Safari that takes place from March 31 to April 8. The event is attended by thousands of off-roading enthusiasts as each looks to traverse some of the toughest terrain in the world. Mopar has also announced it has started an off-roading branch that will work with Jeep Authentic Parts and Accessories. “Mopar is tapping into a growing trend among extreme Jeep enthusiasts who want even more power and capability on the trail,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. The centerpiece of Mopar's latest expansion is the 2012 Jeep Wrangler dressed in customizable accessories from the parts branch. Over 250 after-market Original Equipment Manufacturer parts are available and all are tailored to handle anything the trails that snake through Moab can throw at the Wrangler. Mopar used a Wrangler Rubicon as a jump-off point and built an ultra-trail rated off-roader around it. A two-inch performance kit, front and rear off-road bumpers, 35-inch tires mounted on five-hole wheels, a winch, rock rails, and leather mats highlights Mopar's new Wrangler. Mopar is also debuting a locking center console, a rear cargo cubby cover, windshield-mounted LED lamps, a hard-top headliner, and an "Add-A-Trunk" option creating more secure storage space also debut on the Mopar Wrangler. The Wrangler Traildozer was created with the help of the American Expedition Vehicle engineering team but no word on who gets credit for the bitchin' name. Like the Mopar Wrangler, a Rubicon was used as the starting point but a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine rated at 470 horsepower has been dropped into the engine bay. That's the same engine used by the folks who designed the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. The Traildozer's monstrous engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and power is diverted through Dana 44 axles made especially for the Wrangler Rubicon. A 3.5-inch lift kit was added to the Traildozer in order to clear the 37-inch tires mounted on Classic five-spoke wheels. Front and rear bumper and rear corner guards have been tacked on as well as a heat reduction hood, a Mopar half-door kit, and a winch have been added to the Traildozer. Leather seats and Mopar slush mats are also included as well. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk concept uses Quadra-Lift air suspension, Jeep's patented Selec-Terrain traction control system, an Off-Road Adventure package, and tow hooks that can handle twice the amount of the vehicle's Gross Vehicle Weight are all included on the concept.  Jeep's Quadra-Drive II system that includes a rear electronic limited-slip differential is also included. The Trailhawk rides along on 18-inch tires mounted on five-spoke alloy gray wheels and include side-wall protection while dulling road noise. Rock rails have been added along with a gray grille surround, mirror caps, and a rear light bar match the Trailhawk's wheel color too. The upper grille mesh, front and rear tow hooks, Jeep logos on the wheel caps, and bolt holes in the wheels have all been painted red. A red trim line also outlines a matte black hood to reduce glare during tricky off-roading situations. Black headlight surrounds, black front and rear badging, red "Trail Rated" badges and a "Trailhawk" badge on the rear tailgate round out the styling cues on the Grand Cherokee concept. The final vehicle unveiled in Moab by Jeep is the Wrangler Apache that is also powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine rated at 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The Mopar engine conversion kit, which has been specifically designed for the Wrangler, directs power to the rear wheels and is making its debut at the annual Easter Safari. The conversion kit relies on a five-speed automatic gearbox but a six-speed automatic transmission will eventually replace it. The conversion kit will be available to the public starting this summer. As for the models that debuted teaser shots earlier, the Mighty FC (short for "Front Control") concept and J-12 concept were also shown off. The FC channels the model produced from 1956 to 1965 that offered a full-length cargo box without getting to big for a daily-driver to operate. Like the other aforementioned concepts, the Mighty FC is based off a Wrangler Rubicon but had the cabin repositioned over the front axle. The wheelbase was also stretched out and a drop-side cargo box has also been added. The interior is also familiar to those who have sat in a new Wrangler and a roof conversion kit uses pieces from Mopar's JK-8 kit. An upgraded front axle is available for $12,500 while a rear axle will set you back $11,000. It's peculiar that Jeep has announced pricing for parts to a concept vehicle. The FC rolls along on massive 40-inch tires which have been mounted to custom 17-inch wheels. Reservoir shocks, Hanson bumpers, a 16.5 winch and a stainless steel exhaust system have also been added. Perhaps the most anticipated concept to be unveiled at the Easter Safari is the J-12 pickup truck concept. The J-12 is basically an extended version of the Mopar JK-8 conversion for the Wrangler. The Wrangler Unlimited was used as a starting point for the J-12 concept which rolls along on 36-inch tires mounted on 16-inch steel wheels. These allow a spare tire to be stashed under the bed floor and stretch the cargo box to full six-feet in length. A custom hood has been added as a way of honoring the Gladiator truck series. A Mopar lift-kit has been added along with sway bars, bucket seats in the rear, and a bench front-seat. Source: Jeep