The Easter Jeep Safari is in it’s 47th year, the event which is attended by thousands of enthusiasts of off road vehicles who want to test their driving skills on some of the toughest American trails. Since 2002, Jeep have been exhibiting concept vehicles that are fitted with Jeep Performance Parts. At the event this year, which is being held from 23rd to 31st of March, there will be 6 on show.
The President and CEO of the company Mike Manley said that off road enthusiasts will definitely be surprised by the range of the models that are being brought to the Easter Jeep Safari.
Here are the jeeps that will be on show
Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon– The Mocar Recon version of the original Jeep is powered by a 6.4 litre V8 engine which can usually be found in the 300C SRT-8 from Chrysler. It has a 465 brake horsepower and drives through an auto box with five speeds and Dana Axles. The vehicle has huge 39 inch off road tyres . Options for the Mopar also include Stinger bumpers, which have been specifically designed for off road use, high clearance wings, LED headlamps and a Warn winch. The highlight on the interior of the vehicle will be camouflage seats and blankets from the US Navy.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II- This model uses the popular V6 EcoDiesel engine from jeep, the basis for the most extreme Grand Cherokee so far. The vehicle rides on Mickey Thompson 35 inch off road tyres with 17 inch rims and has customised bodywork like special wings and bumpers, which help to accommodate these giant tyres. Not that the vehicle is not eye catching enough, the concept is orange with a black roof and also features a Street and Racing Technology bonnet.
Jeep Wrangler Stitch- This model is a reincarnation of the Pork Chop, a lightweight and popular concept from one of the previous Easter Jeep Safaris. To reduce the weight of the vehicle, engineers have removed the doors, the complete ventilation system and even sections of the bodywork. Other lightweight components added include the seats from the SRT Viper, an aluminium fuel tank and a carbonfibre bonnet. The kerbweight of the vehicle is just 1360 kg.
Jeep Wrangler Flattop- The standout feature of this model is the windoeless hardtop. This vehicle creates the ultimate open air experience due to the removal of the B-pillar and the 2inch shaving from the windscreen.
Jeep Wrangler Slim- This is another lightweight option from the company, this is the most road orientated of all 6 concept. The slim model features conventional doors and roof along with 17 inch wheels and tyres.
Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper II– This vehicle has rear portal axles for that added ground clearance, along with tyres that are 40 inches in diameter. Other modifications with this model include, off road driving lamps, rock rails and a trailside winch kit. This model is powered by a 5.7 litre Hemi V8 engine, which makes 375 brake horsepower.