• Mar 12, 2010
Mopar Sketches for the 44th Annual Easter Jeep Safari – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chrysler has announced that it will launch four new "Moparized" (their term, not ours) models on March 27 at the 44th Annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah: the Jeep Wrangler J7, Jeep Patriot Extreme, Jeep Wrangler Trail Boss and Ram Power Wagon.

First off, there's already a 2010 Dodge Ram Power Wagon, but it appears that this version will sport just two doors instead of the current four-door model. We also note plenty of flat black accents, including the wheels, grille and hood, which are set off by what appears to be a neon green stripe. Out back is a customized bed that includes an external fullsize spare tire rack. Ford SVT Raptor fighter? We'll see.

Moving on to the Jeep Patriot Extreme, we see a bright orange (EXTREME!!!) paint scheme highlighted (or is that lowlighted?) by more flat black accents on the grille and hood along with a two-inch Rocky Road Outfitters suspension lift, TJ 'Moab' 16-inch wheels and BF Goodrich KM2 tires. Lest we forget, there's also an uplevel Kicker stereo system and a roof-mounted snowboard rack.

Finally, we have a pair of Wranglers. The first is the J7, which is based on the four-door Unlimited Rubicon model and is "designed to have the basic appeal of military-issued vehicles." The second Wrangler is called the Trail Boss, and all we know about that one is that it's "a two-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon that is built for serious off-road duty." Check out the high-res image gallery below and hit the jump for the official press release.



[Source: Chrysler]
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Mopar® Releases Sketches for 44th Annual Easter Jeep® Safari

Auburn Hills, Mich., Mar 12, 2010 - Mopar® is getting ready for Moab. Chrysler Group LLC's fifth brand is preparing to reveal a truck-load of "Moparized" vehicles at the 44th annual Easter Jeep® Safari in Moab, Utah which takes place from March 27 through April 4.

The following are select sketches of the Jeep Wrangler J7, Jeep Patriot Extreme, Jeep Wrangler Trail Boss and Ram Power Wagon.


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      Bartmandoe
      • 4 Years Ago
      It still needs a diesal
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Power Wagon is awesome -- but for completely different reasons. I doubt it will be turned into a Raptor fighter, although one can hope -- the 6.1 or the new 6.4 HEMI and heavy duty suspension tuned for BAHA abuse would be fantastic.

      The Patriot actually looks great when its customized. And the Wrangler, well it's a Wrangler so it will probably be awesome. Maybe they will take this opportunity to show off the revised interior.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cherokee for sure. Patriot is a good little CUV. They just need to do something about that powertrain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, it certainly seems like the upside of having no *new* product for a year is that some cool variants may get greenlighted. Of course, some we don't care so much about, like an avenger special edition. But a cheaper version of the 4 door wrangler might be appealing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        30k for a jeep hard to understand...let's see well the 30k jeep is the Rubicon model that has more expensive and thicker Dana 44 front axles and electronic locking differentials that coast about 750-1000 a peace. It also has a very expensive electronic sway bar disconnect mechanism that disconnects the anti roll bars. Also the 30k jeep has more expensive tires that have 5 ply sidewalls and knobbier tread pattern that is more expensive to make. Lastly the Rubicon comes with an upgraded stereo, more speakers and a better fabric that is more water resistant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It blows my mind how much money they want for the Jeep Wrangler. I mean... there's nothing in it to justify that expense... except for the fact they remain slightly popular.

        Crappy engine, crappy interior, body work that HAS to be cheap to produce... and they want 30k for it. Just baffles me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Quote:
      "Crappy engine, crappy interior, body work that HAS to be cheap to produce... and they want 30k for it. Just baffles me."

      First off, the Wrangler starts at about $22K, not $30K.

      Second, the 3.8L v6 makes more torque at all RPMs than the old 4.0L I6, and is a very reliable motor in its own right. It gets better MPG than the old I6 also.

      Third, the interior of the Wrangler is very nice for what it is intended to be, and is light years ahead of its competition: the FJ crusier, in terms of fit, finish and features. The FJ lacks the height adjustable driver's seat of the Wrangler for one thing.

      Isn't there a blog entry somewhere about a shoddy new KIA product for you to salivate over?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Starts at... key words. Go build one at Jeep.com and get back to me. I'm a fan of Jeep... I used to have one in the 80's and was revisiting the idea of getting a new one. I just can't see how they can justify the price hike they've taken with very little change in appearance or technology. Be nice to get onto one under $20k.