• Apr 7, 2011
Mopar Cherokee OverlandMopar off-road Grand Cherokee
Mopar Wrangler Blue CrushMopar Wrangler RenegadeMopar Wrangler Pork Chop
Six Mopar-tuned Jeep models – Click above for high-res image galleries

Jeep has a big year ahead of it. After finishing 2010 with a 24-percent increase in global sales versus 2009, Chrysler's off-road capable brand is looking for even more in 2011. To make Jeep even more motivated, the brand is also celebrating its 70th anniversary later this year, and it unveiled an entire lineup of new Special Edition models at the Detroit Auto Show back in January.

Jeep also plans to show six new Mopar-tuned models at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, from April 16 - 24, and we have the full monty from every model. There's a 'pork chop' that went on an 850-pound diet, a 6.4-liter Hemi V8-packing Rambler, a diesel-packing Cherokee Overland and more.

We've got detailed descriptions along with full image galleries of each Mopar-tuned Jeep after the break for your viewing pleasure. So what are you waiting for?

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Photos copyright ©2011 Chris Shunk / AOL
Jeep Compass Canyon
Jeep Compass Canyon – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chrysler says the Jeep Compass Canyon may be the first Compass ever to take on Moab. The Mopar team started with a stock Compass with the Freedom Drive II drivetrain, then added performance upgrades to boost this soft-roader's off-road chops.

Rocky Road Suspension provided a 2 1/8-inch lift kit, 16-inch wheels were added from a stock Jeep Liberty, and larger Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ 225 tires were added to take on all that extra mud. Front and rear sway bars were removed, and a cold-air induction kit and cat-back exhaust were added. The under-body features front and rear skid bars, sill guards and longitudinal skid plats.

Photos copyright ©2011 Chris Shunk / AOL

Jeep Cherokee Overland
Jeep Cherokee Overland – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mopar took a Jeep Liberty from the overseas fleet to create the Jeep Cherokee Overland. The Liberty is actually known as the Cherokee overseas, so the name change isn't so dramatic to our friends across the pond. The Overland packs a 2.8-liter four cylinder CRD turbo diesel mill and the Selec-Trac II 4X4 system. The black zebra stripe theme (which is of questionable taste...) is supposed to give this Liberty more of a safari feel.

The Mopar team tells us that the Overland was largely taken over by ARB, which provided the steel roof rack, awning, rock rails, compact refrigerator and three-inch suspension lift. Old Man Emu shocks and Mickey Thompson 265/75 MTZ tires mated to some bitchin' white steel wheels provide more off-road capability. Also added were skid plates, rear tow hooks, sill guards and a pedal kit.

Photos copyright ©2011 Chris Shunk / AOL

Mopar accessorized Jeep Grand Cherokee
Mopar accessorized Jeep Grand Cherokee – Click above for high-res image gallery

Among the lineup of modified Jeeps was the off-road-ready version of the 2011 Grand Cherokee we first saw last fall at SEMA. The Mopar-modded Grand Cherokee began life as a run-of-the-mill Laredo with a five-speed automatic transmission and a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, but the Mopar team added steel springs, skid plates, rock rails, a two-inch lift kit and 32-inch all-season tires.

Photos copyright ©2011 Chris Shunk / AOL

Jeep Wrangler Renegade
Jeep Wrangler Renegade – Click above for high-res image gallery

Last week we heard about a special Jeep Wrangler packing a 475-horsepower 6.4-liter V8, and now we have proof of its existence. Jeep and Mopar teamed up to build the Renegade, which borrows its name from the V8-powered Jeeps of the 1970s. This mega-Wrangler also packs a six-speed manual transmission, making it the Wrangler we'd like to drive beyond any other.

Since this Wrangler is going to hang out in Moab, it's also going to need some extra hardware, and Mopar responds with a ProRock 44 front axle and 60 rear axle equipped with air lockers and 4.10 gears. A four-inch suspension lift was also added to make room for 35-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw Radials mated to AEV Pintler wheels. Also added were a heat-dissipating hood and a winch-mount front bumper.

Photos copyright ©2011 Chris Shunk / AOL

Jeep Wrangler Pork Chop
Jeep Wrangler Pork Chop – Click above for high-res image gallery

When you heavily modify a Wrangler, its weight can quickly jump to beyond 5,500 pounds, so Mopar wanted to show a lightweight model that really takes off the pounds. The vehicle is called the Pork Chop because all the fat has been trimmed.

It started off as a 4,240-pound Wrangler and then lost 850 pounds by losing the bumpers, doors and tailgate. The hood was swapped with a lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber unit that weighs all of eight pounds, while all four fenders were swapped with lightweight replacements. Mopar even ripped out all the carpeting, replaced the gas tank with a lighter unit and swapped out the factory seats for Sparco Chrono Road bucket seats.

But just because the Pork Chop was lightened, that doesn't mean off-road capability was diminished. On the contrary, Mopar added a custom roll cage, an aluminum cold air intake and long-tube headers leading to a dual-exhaust with integrated H-pipe. A Bilstein two-inch shock setup and TeraFlex air bumps upgrade the suspension, while 35-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw Radials and 17X8 E-T Vintage V wheels were added to increase grip.

Further weight savings bits also help improve performance, including Dynatrac ProRock 44 front and rear axles with 4.88 gears, ARB air lockers and aluminum differential covers.

Photos copyright ©2011 Chris Shunk / AOL

Jeep Wrangler Blue Crush
Jeep Wrangler Blue Crush – Click above for high-res image gallery

The last Jeep modification may be the most extreme of the bunch. The Blue Crush features Mopar Blue paint, and it gets far more crazy from there. Mopar wanted a powertrain that could handle both rock crawling and off-road racing capability, so an all-aluminum 426-cubic-inch Hemi V8 capable of 540 horsepower was mated to a 545RFE performance transmission.

The high-performance suspension system is fitted with internal bypass shocks, front stabilizer bar and full hydro steering, while monster truck-like 39-inch tires rely on custom drifeshafts for movement. Also added is a full cage with racing seats and a fuel cell. Crazy, and we love it.

All photos copyright ©2011 Chris Shunk / AOL

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone know the manufacturer of the Liberty?Cherokee wheels? They are nice indeed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      that pork chop is unbelievably awesome. deep bucket seats on a jeep is the smartest move Chrysler has ever made (ok, maybe not THE smartest, but compared to the 200, this is pure genius). 4 point seat belts would have been infinitely more epic, though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I need one of these for the horrible NY road i have to deal with everyday. . .

      Grand Cherokee ftw Compass looks like a POS STILL
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's a "drifeshaft"? Second last line. heh
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait, wait, wait... did I just see a cool looking Liberty?!?! Why yes! Yes I did. Wow. If that was offered on Jeep showroom floors, I might just have to cough up some dough, I love what they did with that. Oh, and the name change is welcome, too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Agree with the above posters, that's a miraculous improvement on the Compass.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Grand Cherokee is the best of the lot for certain. That thing in white would look perfect!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The last two wranglers look amazing!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont know what they did to that Cherokee/Liberty to make it look so much better than a regular Liberty, but it actually looks like a legitimate successor to the late Cherokee!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can anyone identify the color used on the Cherokee!? I can't tell if it's a form of gun-metal gray or some type of dark cyan...whatever it is, I LOVE IT!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, a Compass that looks like a Jeep!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeep is cursed. The Jeep guys have some money to play with concepts but NONE of them are ever approved for production by Chrysler. I'm tired of being taunted with the fantastic Jeep concepts that never go into production, despite my letters to Jeep asking them to take my deposit.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Didn't the Renegade version of the KJ Liberty somewhat start out as one of these concepts?
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