Every year Jeep aims to wow the Moab off-road crowd with an offering of cool concept vehicles. This year is no different, with seven concepts that dive into the brand’s heritage and heavily accessorize all sorts of iconic Jeeps.
For 2018, Jeep and Mopar are showing off seven new concept vehicles: the 4SPEED, Sandstorm, B-Ute, Wagoneer Roadtrip, Nacho, Jeepster, and J-Wagon. Each is extremely off-road capable, or “Trail Rated” as Jeep likes to say.
“Pushing the limit is something the Jeep brand is no stranger to, and these seven new, exciting, and capable concept vehicles are the latest example of that,” said Mike Manley, head of Jeep brand at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
While you’re unlikely to see any of these concepts make it into production, you will see them swarming the hills around Moab during the nine-day 52nd annual Easter Jeep Safari event, beginning March 24.
The 4SPEED is all about lightweight, quick, nimble off-road performance. Carbon fiber and perforated aluminum components make up much of the body, providing weight savings.
Shortened by a full 22 inches while retaining the stock wheelbase, the 4SPEED offers impressive entry and departure angles. This lightweight off-road machine should be no slouch, receiving power from the new 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine.
The Sandstorm is all about high-speed desert fun, carrying a Baja desert-racing theme throughout. The wheelbase has been extended and the suspension fully rebuilt to allow for massive wheel travel and high-speed off-road stability.
The 6.4L V8 Hemi under the vented carbon fiber hood will be an absolute hoot when ripping through the desert!
The B-Ute takes the Jeep Renegade to new heights of off-road performance, without going over the top. A small 1.5-inch lift, bigger tires and wheels, and some rock rails will make this little SUV quite capable.
A stealthy dark-gray and black theme blankets this Jeep, creating a clean yet rugged look. You could easily apply this design concept to your own Jeep Renegade build.
The Wagoneer Roadtrip is an extremely tasteful restomod. Based on an original 1965 Jeep Wagoneer, the Wagoneer Roadtrip concept vehicle is heavily modified for off-road capability and modern comfort.
A stretched wheelbase, beefy axles, custom lifted suspension, 33-inch MT tires, and rock rails will make this Wagoneer a capable adventurer. And a clean, modern interior and Hemi V8 with four-speed automatic transmission make for a comfortable and spirited drive in this modern classic.
The Nacho showcases what you could drive away at the Jeep dealer by throwing the Mopar parts and accessories catalog at a new Jeep Wrangler. The only conceptual part on the whole Jeep is the satin-carbon finish on the bead-lock capable wheels.
A 2-inch lift and 37-inch tires make the Nacho seriously off-road hungry. Write a really big check to your local Jeep dealer, and you too can have a Nacho Jeep.
Based on the styling and classic paint scheme from the 1966 Jeepster, the new Jeepster concept combines the latest from Jeep performance and the brand’s long heritage of iconic vehicles.
A raked back windshield and concept roll cage help complete the iconic aggressive Jeepster look. The Jeepster concept has a 2-inch lift and 37-inch tires – a bold, useable setup.
The J-Wagon is all about clean, classy styling that looks at home in both urban and remote mountain landscapes. “Brass Monkey”-colored accents inside and out add class to the conceptual “Warm Neutral Grey” paint scheme. Black metal concept rock sliders let you know the J-Wagon isn’t just about looks, it’s trail ready.
Stay tuned for more about these impressive Jeep concepts as they hit the trails in Moab from March 24 to April 1.