Jeep has been holding an off-road event for the past 50 years and this year for the Easter Jeep Safari they released 5 unique concepts. These are meant to pay homage to some of their previous models or even just showcase the future. The concepts range from upgraded classic Jeeps all the way up to all out off-road machines. Let’s start with the first from the 2017 Moab Easter Jeep Safari concepts which also happens to be one of the best received one so far.
The Grand One
There is a hint in its name about what this could be. The Grand One is based on a first generation Grand Cherokee which has been extensively upgraded to better fit the present. For starters, the car runs on a longer wheelbase, it comes with 33 inch all terrain tires wrapped around unique 18 inch alloy rims.
The rest of the exterior has been kept mostly stock with the exception of the enlarged wheel arches. Inside the cabin Jeep has made it look pretty much like new. The largest upgrade over the original is the running gear which also includes lockable differentials and a beefier suspension. Interestingly enough, the engine hasn’t been altered much. The Grand One boasts a 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 which sends its power via a 4 speed automatic to all four wheels.
This is more of a hot-rod than anything else and it has been designed for those looking for a high speed dune buggy. The concept looks to be based on the new generation Wrangler so it gets the new type of grille and headlights.
The wheelbase is quite long for a two-door vehicle but thanks to having no overhangs, it looks rather compact. Inside the cabin the Quicksand boasts two bucket seats, aluminum inserts, a removable windshield as well as a large roll bar. The wheels are reminiscent of 1950s truck wheels while the 37 inch tires are specifically aimed at sand use.
The Switchback and the Luminator
Both of these have been showcased with the rest of the 2017 Moab Easter Jeep Safari concepts. The Switchback is loosely based on a four-door current generation Wrangler which received a lot of suspension upgrades. It gets a 4 inch lift, remote reservoir shocks, better axles as well as heavy duty differentials.
The concept gets production front and rear bumpers as well as production 17 inch wheels wrapped din 37 inch tires. The big changes on the outside are the new hood and the half-doors which may be offered at a later date as aftermarket parts. The Luminator on the other hand is not all that impressive in comparison. With the exception of its 37 inch tires and unique paint job, the rest of the upgrades are made up from additional LEDs. These include flood lights, a top mounted LED bar, side LED strobe lights and even a solar panel and a drone pad meant to give it the high tech feel.
One of the most impressive concepts released in Moab. Even though at a first glance the Safari may look like another modified current Wrangler, it really isn’t. In fact we are quite sure this is based on the new generation Wrangler.
It features aluminum door frames, a new windshield design, a new front end with the headlights integrated into the vertical slats and even the new front and rear bumpers. Both the front and rear fenders as well as the shape of the rear glass also make us think about the new Wrangler. The 18 inch rims and 35 inch tires coupled with the lockable front and rear axles and 2 inch lift should allow it to go pretty much anywhere.