Every Crazy Jeep Concept Created for the 50th Easter Jeep Safari
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Jeep Crew Chief 715 concept
Clad in a hue of military-inspired “Tactical Green” from stem to stern, the Crew Chief 715 concept sports a five-foot cargo bed aft of the rear seats. Far from just a cosmetic homage, the Jeep Crew Chief includes steel front and rear bumpers, 20-inch beadlock wheels wearing 40-inch NDT (non-directional tread) tires, and Dana 60 front and rear axles with a four-inch lift kit and Jeep Performance Parts/Fox 2.0 remote-reservoir shocks. Jeep Performance Parts chipped in with a set of off-road rock rails, and a pair of winches—one front, one rear—guarantee the 715 will be popular on the more difficult trails. Adding to the Crew Chief’s arsenal of hardware is an onboard air-compressor system with a quick-disconnect fitting that makes airing up the 715 or any nearby vehicles a cinch.
Jeep Trailcat concept
You can figure out where the Trailcat name came from, so we’ll skip that explanation and get right down to the important issue here: This Wrangler has a Hellcat engine, and it’s bolted to a six-speed manual transmission (!). That’s the only data point that matters. Jeep says it lengthened the Trailcat’s wheelbase by 12 inches over that of a regular Wrangler to help the engine fit, or maybe to try to imbue this monster with some dynamic civility. But really, why even try?
Jeep Comanche concept
Grafting the Comanche’s five-foot bed onto the crossover is a bit more involved than your typical hack job, as Jeep engineers stretched the wheelbase six inches compared with the standard Renegade. A Wrangler-style softtop also replaces the hardtop, giving us visions of the bizarre Dodge Dakota pickup convertible made between 1989 and 1991.
Jeep FC150 concept
Now that you’ve had a moment to wrap your head around the genius of the FC150 concept, we’ll share a few more details. Mating the FC body to the modern underpinnings was a fairly straightforward affair, although it did require the TJ chassis to be shortened and some custom fitting of the body mounts. Although it wears a near perfect patina as it sits, the donor vehicle did require some body repair, including the repainting of some sections of the bodywork, which were later weathered to match. The engine position miraculously turned out to be just about perfect, and it sits in the frame just as it left the factory. A Dana 44 axle underpins the front, and a Dana 60 rides out back. 33-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires are mounted to period correct 17-inch white steelies. Inside, the FC150 features vinyl seat covers, a custom headliner wrapped in a vintage duck-hunting pattern, an analog compass, Mopar all-weather mats, and, arguably our favorite interior bit, an old CB radio. A 1960 Michigan “farm” license plate and vintage auxiliary lamp complete the look.
Jeep Shortcut concept
Starting with a two-door Wrangler, Jeep engineers chopped 14 inches out of the body—although the wheelbase remains the same. They then removed another foot of overall length by bringing the bumpers (custom minimalist units) in closer and losing the rear-mounted spare tire, the net result being that the concept is more than two feet shorter than a standard Wrangler, bringing it close in size to the CJ-5 of 1954–83
Trailstorm Brewing: Wrangler and Renegade Commander Concepts
Jeep Renegade Commander concept
What happens when you go beyond Trailhawk?
Apparently, you get a Trailstorm, which is what Jeep is calling this upgraded Wrangler concept that’s part of the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari haul.
Based on a Wrangler Unlimited, the Trailstorm tackles the dirt with 37-inch tires and a two-inch lift kit that incorporates Fox shocks. Dana 44 front and rear axles put the power down, while the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and five-speed automatic transmission carry over from the stock Wrangler.
Jeep chopped off half of the doors to give drivers a better view, and the interior features a bedliner to simplify cleanup. The Trailstorm’s camo-wrapped exterior is set off with black grille trim, LED fog lights, hood vents, rock rails, a fastback softtop, taillight guards, and steel front and rear bumpers.
In fact, the only non-Mopar element of the Commander is the Fluorescent Gray exterior paint. Otherwise, the lift kit, 17-inch wheels, trailer hitch, auxiliary lights, and 29.5-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tires are all available from Mopar, as are the Katzkin seat covers, color accents, and floor mats found inside.