The 2014 Easter Jeep Safari is set to begin this weekend in Moab, Utah, and while it's sure to be a blast for Jeep enthusiasts from all corners of the world, we're looking forward to the wild, off-road ready concepts that Jeep will be bringing to the red rocks. As you can see in our handy headline, there are six such vehicles in total, each of which sports a variety of tweaks and custom bits.

Unlike in years past, where Jeep graced us with some outrageous concepts like the Mighty FC or J-12, this year's vehicles are a bit more restrained and a bit more buildable by enthusiasts. That's not by accident, officials tell us. They wanted to put this year's focus on attainable vehicles and accessories from Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts that existing owners can use to augment their own vehicles. So let's get to it.

We'll start with the Wranglers first. There are three concepts of the jeepiest of Jeep coming to Moab - the Level Red, Maximum Performance and Mojo. The Level Red and the Mojo (seen above) are similar from a suspension and engine standpoint. Both boast a two-inch Jeep Performance Parts lift kit, which officials tell us is coming to market in the next few months. There are a pair of Dana 44 crate axles on both the front and rear, while a Jeep Performance Parts Rock-Trac transfer case has been fitted. The 3.6-liter V6 engines on both Jeeps can breathe a bit easier thanks to a new cold-air intake and exhaust system.

Where these two Jeeps differ, though, are in their wheel/tire packages and aesthetics. The Pitch Black and TorRed Wrangler is a two-door model that rides on 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires with prototype 17-inch beadlock wheels. A Mopar half-door kit and bumpers donated by the Rubicon Tenth Anniversary model round out the exterior treatments. The black-and-red paint scheme is carried from exterior to interior, with the latter highlighted by Katzkin leather. Finally, a prototype accessory rail for the inside rear tailgate stands ready to hold items like a first aid or tow straps. Jeep Wrangler Level Red ConceptJeep Wrangler Maximum Performance Concept

The Mojo's aesthetic look is a bit more in your face than its two-door counterpart. The Unlimited body is bookended by Jeep Performance Parts bumpers, while the Bright Orange paint is sure to stand out, even on the red dust of Moab. The hood from a Rubicon X adds a bit of visual aggression, while 37-inch BFGs with beadlock wheels show that this Wrangler is ready for the trial. LED head- and taillights and a bikini top add just a touch more flair to the visually loud Wrangler, and a two-inch lift is paired with fender flares that are raised three inches to provide room for the bigger tires and improved articulation. Oh, that novel topographical applique? It's a map of Auburn Hills, MI where Jeep is headquartered.

The Smurf blue Maximum Performance Wrangler with the Moab-inspired hood graphics takes all the enhancements discussed above and cranks everything up to 11. Two Dana 60 axles can be locked at the push of a button, while a four-inch lift kit provides even more ground clearance and much beefier u-joints have been fitted, too. The Mopar Blue exterior sports a JPP "Stinger" front bumper to prevent forward endos on steep ascents, as well as Rubicon rock rails and a front-bumper skid plate. The hood is from the Rubicon X, while the flattop fenders are a prototype. There's a wide LED bar mounted above the windshield, which we can attest is blinding enough in the daytime, let alone at night. Once again, 37-inch BFG Mud Terrain tires and beadlock wheels are the package of choice.

The Grand Cherokee is the basis for the Trail Warrior, a diesel-powered luxury off-roader. Jeep left well enough alone with the GC's air-suspension, opting instead to just upgrade the wheels and tires, with BFGoodrich rubber and 20-inch aluminum wheels. The body is finished in stylish Mojave Sand paint, while Satin Black interior accents are visible throughout.

Jeep Cherokee Adventurer ConceptJeep Cherokee Dakar Concept

Now onto the two Cherokee concepts. Jeep has stayed a bit closer to production with the Cherokee Adventurer. Based on the Trailhawk 4x4, it wears JPP rock rails on its side sills, while the underbody is heavily armored as well. The Cherokee eschews the 37-inch mud tires of the other concepts in favor of BFG All-Terrains with 17-inch wheels. The cornflower paint is contrasted in the cabin by black Katzkin leather seats.

The Cherokee Dakar, meanwhile, is a bit more aggressive. Also based on the Trailhawk, the Dakar ditches the tan paint of the Adventurer in favor of Silver Steel Stain paint with Flame Red graphics. Seventeen-inch wheels are wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires, while the Cherokee rides on a prototype lift kit from Jeep Performance Parts. Most of the body tweaks are prototypes, although we wouldn't be surprised if much of what you see here is added to the JPP catalog eventually.

You can read each and every detail on the six Easter Jeep Safari concepts in the full and lengthy press release below. You can also hop into one of the six concept galleries, or if you're lucky enough to attend the Easter Safari, you might just see these concepts crawling on the trails soon, where the Jeep team will be testing them and gauging public reaction.

In the mean time, scroll down to Comments and let us know which concept Jeep is your favorite.

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Jeep® and Mopar Brands Reveal Six New Concept Vehicles for 48th Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari
Jeep Wrangler Level Red is a nod to the most challenging off-road trails
Jeep Wrangler MOJO gets Wrangler Level Red off-road gear, with 37-inch tires, shortened bumpers, winch and higher-clearance fenders
Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance created for hard-core enthusiasts who seek the ultimate in power and capability
Jeep Cherokee Adventurer delivers Trailhawk capability with added utility and cargo convenience for the trail
Jeep Cherokee Dakar is the most extreme Cherokee ever
Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Trail Warrior delivers ultimate Jeep diesel capability
Vehicles showcase the catalog of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts available to enthusiasts


April 10, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Jeep® and Mopar brands have once again teamed to develop a variety of vehicles that will debut at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, April 12-20. Now in its 48th year, the Easter Jeep Safari will be attended by thousands of die-hard off-road enthusiasts looking to enjoy a week of serious off-roading on some of the country's most renowned trails.

"We head to Moab and the Easter Jeep Safari with six new vehicles we know Jeep enthusiasts will truly appreciate – including our first two new Jeep Cherokee models built specifically for this important event," said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "We look forward to putting these new Jeep vehicles in their proper environment and receiving important feedback from our most loyal customers at their favorite annual off-road gathering."

Jeep and Mopar used production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts on this year's collection of concept vehicles. Jeep Performance Parts are specifically designed, built and quality-tested to meet strict Jeep specifications, 4x4 capability, craftsmanship and versatility to help transform production Jeep vehicles into even more extreme trail performers.

"This year, we're showcasing a combination of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts on our vehicles for off-road enthusiasts to see a variety of customization and personalization options," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO - Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand. "Since 2002, Jeep and Mopar have teamed to create more than 40 unique concept vehicles for enthusiasts who attend the popular Easter Jeep Safari."

Jeep Wrangler Level Red
The Wrangler Level Red, which refers to the highest level of difficulty an off-road trail can be designated, comes well-equipped to handle challenging off-road terrain, riding high on a Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit. Jeep Performance Parts Dana 44 crate axles on the front and rear feature a 4:10 ratio. The Jeep Performance Parts Rock-Trac transfer case provides a 4:1 low range to make navigating obstacles much easier. The 3.6-liter engine with a six-speed manual transmission is improved through a cold-air intake and low-restriction exhaust system. Wrangler Level Red's crawl ratio is 73:1.

The sleek Pitch Black exterior of Wrangler Level Red is decorated by a TorRed prototype graphic stripe that runs along the top of the hood near the bottom of the windshield and halfway down the body sides. The front and rear of the vehicle are well-guarded by "Rubicon 10th Anniversary" bumpers, with prototype black "Aero" bumper ends and an under-bumper skid plate providing more protection. Wrangler Level Red rides on prototype 17 x 8-inch beadlock-capable wheels, accented with TorRed color on the beadlock ring. The wheels carry aggressive 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires, available through the Mopar Tireworks program.

Jeep Wrangler Level Red is modified with a Mopar half-door kit, and additional exterior upgrades include a prototype Jeep Performance Parts tire carrier, a locking gas cap, a hood prop kit and Jeep Performance Parts rock rails. Wrangler Level Red also sports badges for each of the five trails in Moab recognized by the Jeep brand as "Badge of Honor" trails. (Through the Jeep brand's Badge of Honor program, Jeep vehicle owners can earn special vehicle badges once they conquer any of more than 30 approved, high-profile trails across the United States.)

The interior of Wrangler Level Red complements the feel of the exterior. The Tuscany Katzkin leather seats are embellished with red stitching, which also is featured on the arm rest. Flame Red color brings alive the seat belt webbing, while HVAC rings are painted with TorRed inserts and roll bar padding in the rear also features red accents. The interior is further upgraded with a gloss black look on the steering wheel spokes and dash grab handle. Additional accessories include a prototype Jeep Cargo Management System (JCMS) with a tow-strap bag and first aid bag on the rear swing gate, all-weather floor mats, grab handles, and a lockable storage bin under the seat.

Jeep Wrangler MOJO
The Jeep Wrangler MOJO (the "OJ" in the name stands for "Orange Jeep") is geared for the off-road enthusiast who seeks an even tougher vehicle with the functionality to tackle the most extreme trails. A Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift provides the clearance to traverse obstacles, with locking Dana 44 front and rear axles and a 4:1 Rock-Trac transfer case adding to Wrangler MOJO's rock-climbing capabilities. Wrangler MOJO's crawl ratio is 59:1. The vehicle's 3.6-liter V-6 engine is augmented with a cold air intake and low restriction exhaust system.

The Bright Orange exterior of Wrangler MOJO is defended by prototype Jeep Performance Parts "Shorty" bumpers and prototype flat-top fenders, with 37-inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires wrapped around prototype beadlock wheels, accented with Mopar Bronze on the beadlock ring. The Mopar "Rubicon X" hood is ornamented by prototype topographical graphics that contain bronze "mapping" accents and flow down to the side panels. Additional trail enhancements include a Jeep Performance Parts "Rubicon X" front bumper, an under-bumper skid plate and a prototype Jeep Performance Parts winch. Jeep Performance Parts rock rails are added to further protect Wrangler MOJO from boulders and rocks on extreme trails.

Prototype LED headlamps and fog lamps help make night trips on the trail easier, and front and rear prototype two-tone half-door kits and a soft top further add to the open-air fun and freedom all Wrangler vehicles offer. A Badge of Honor plate is added to show the trails Wrangler MOJO has mastered, and a prototype Jeep Performance Parts tire carrier gives support to the spare tire. The five Moab "Badge of Honor" badges also appear on Wrangler MOJO.

The purposeful interior of Wrangler MOJO is perfect for the off-roader not afraid of dust or mud. The two-tone instrument panel and console complement black Katzkin seat covers and provide for simple cleaning. With the carpet removed, rugged all-weather floor mats shield the interior, and a Mopar sunbonnet and roll bar pads are trimmed in a Driftwood sand color, matching Wrangler MOJO's overall appearance. A Mopar lockable rear cargo tray keeps valuables safe.

Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance
Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance speaks to the hard-core enthusiasts who spend every spare minute on the trail and seek the ultimate in power and capability so they can go where others cannot. Wrangler Maximum Performance is armed with new Jeep Performance Parts-exclusive push-button electric-locking Dana 60 axles at the front and rear, as well as 4.88 gearing and the 4:1 Rock-Trac transfer case to better hurdle any trail impediments. A prototype Jeep Performance Parts 4-inch lift kit also raises the vehicle. Wrangler Maximum Performance boasts a 70:1 crawl ratio.

On the exterior, a prototype Jeep Performance Parts "Stinger" front bumper can handle whatever the terrain dishes out, especially when paired with a front bumper skid plate, Jeep Performance Parts Rubicon rock rails and a prototype flattop fender kit. A Mopar black grille dresses up the front, which also is modified with a prototype Jeep Performance Parts winch, and prototype LED lights mounted to the top of the vehicle to shine bright during nighttime off-road maneuvers. A prototype graphics package signifying the Moab landscape adorns the hood.

The Mopar Blue exterior is linked in appearance to the prototype eight-lug beadlock wheels by the Mopar Blue color on the beadlock ring. Wrangler Maximum Performance rides on 37-inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires, with the sturdy hardtop covering full steel doors. The rear of the vehicle receives a prototype tire carrier and a 37-inch spare tire cover featuring the Jeep Performance Parts logo. Wrangler Maximum Performance also sports the five Moab "Badge of Honor" badges.

Mopar Blue is also featured inside, highlighting the HVAC bezels and steering wheel accents. Katzkin leather seats with embroidered Jeep logos feature blue accent stitching, as does the leather armrest. The interior is further enhanced with satin trim on the instrument panel, shift knob and HVAC controls, while the steering wheel spokes and dash grab handles are underscored in black.

Jeep Cherokee Adventurer
The Jeep Cherokee Adventurer boasts Trailhawk 4x4 capability, including a 48:1 crawl ratio with added utility and cargo convenience for off-road adventures, and a host of Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar.

The tan exterior is accented to the Trailhawk black hood decal. A prototype matte black Mopar roof basket rides on top, with a bungee net holding down cargo. Below, aggressive BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires are mounted on prototype 17-inch wheels, embellished with aluminum granite crystal and black pockets.

Jeep Performance Parts rock rails provide formidable off-road defense, and further protection is added courtesy of a two-piece underbody skid plate, a front suspension skid plate, an oil tank skid plate and a two-piece fuel tank skid plate. Red tow hooks adorn the front.

Inside the Cherokee Adventurer, black Katzkin leather seats, with perforated inserts, draw even more attention with maize-embroidered Jeep logos and maize stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, arm rest and shift boot. The HVAC bezels, instrument panel, steering wheel and door switch bezels are upgraded with tan inserts to match the exterior color. The Jeep Cargo Management System is displayed with a Trailhawk bag, and is joined by a location-appropriate prototype Moab off-road bag. Bright door sill guards with the Cherokee logo, all-weather mats and a cargo tray complete the interior Mopar accessories.

Jeep Cherokee Dakar
The Jeep Cherokee Dakar is the most extreme Cherokee ever. The Silver Steel Satin Gloss exterior skin is strikingly set off with prototype Flame Red graphics that encircle the window and wrap around the black hood graphic. The Trailhawk 17-inch polished Satin clear coat wheels feature two large Flame Red pockets, with the Cherokee nameplate also changed to a Flame Red hue.

Front-end features are enhanced by two prototype Flame Red inserts on the traditional Jeep seven-slot grille, as well as through a prototype lower fascia trim. Cherokee Dakar is fortified for off-road action, equipped with Jeep Performance Parts rock rails, an oil pan skid plate, front suspension skid plate, two-piece fuel tank and underbody skid plates.

Cherokee Dakar's wheel openings have been modified in order to accommodate larger 33-inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires. The rough-and-ready look rises with a prototype Jeep Performance Parts lift kit, and additional suspension modifications help make it the most extreme Cherokee yet. Prototype wider fender flares with riveted bolts give a tougher appearance and also accommodate the wider track and larger tires. A prototype rear fascia allows for an even more aggressive departure angle and enhances the higher ride height. Cherokee Dakar's crawl ratio is 48:1, and estimated approach and departure angles are 32 and 39 degrees, respectively.

Inside, prototype Katzkin leather black seats with "Machined Gunmetal" inserts are heightened with Header Red stitching, which is also found on the steering wheel, armrest and shift boot. A Flame Red insert accents the entertainment center. Accessories showcased from the Mopar catalog include all-weather floor mats, bright door-sill guards with the Cherokee logo, a cargo tray for storage, and the JCMS with the Trailhawk bag, as well as the prototype Moab off-road bag.

Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Trail Warrior
The Trail Rated Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Trail Warrior brings even more capability and convenience to the most-awarded sport-utility vehicle (SUV) ever, courtesy of a host of Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar accessories.

Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel sits higher thanks to its Quadra-Lift air suspension. The Mojave Sand exterior color is dressed with Satin Black flourishes on the grille, hood, lower front fascia, door handles, mirror caps, wheel flares and badging. The prototype Mopar roof basket, mounted on production cross rails, provides plenty of space to transport gear and provisions. Prototype 20-inch cast aluminum wheels in Satin black roll on aggressive All-Terrain BFGoodrich tires. Jeep Performance Parts tow hooks and rock rails are also featured. This unique Grand Cherokee features a 44:1 crawl ratio.

Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Trail Warrior's interior offers a black-and-tan dual tone scheme. Gloss black accents appear on the HVAC bezels, steering wheel, instrument panel and other appointments. Additional Mopar accessories include all-weather floor mats, door sills, lighted Jeep logo sills, a pedal kit and a cargo tray.

About Jeep Brand
Built on more than 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Chrysler Group LLC products are available in more than 150 countries around the world.

About Mopar Brand
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words Motor and PARts) was trademarked in 1937 with the launch of an antifreeze product but truly made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era. From Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, the brand soon expanded to include technical service and customer support.

Today, Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand and distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in more than 130 markets, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for Chrysler Group brands as well as FIAT brands.

Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and FIAT vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.
Mopar Brand
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words Motor and PARts) was trademarked in 1937 with the launch of an antifreeze product but truly made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era. From Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, the brand soon expanded to include technical service and customer support.

Today, Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand and distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in more than 130 markets, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for Chrysler Group brands as well as FIAT brands.

Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and FIAT vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.

Mopar-first Features
Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:
Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with customers
Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format. First to offer complete vehicle-information kits in Spanish
Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
Wireless charging: first to introduce in-vehicle wireless charging for portable devices
Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
wiAdvisor: first to provide factory-connected tablet technology in the service lane for instant vehicle diagnosis
wiTech: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network
2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car


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      Krazeecain
      • 8 Months Ago
      I love how jeep touts the wrangler as this endlessly customizable and modular vehicle, and only offers ONE engine choice! Come on guys get real, give us a choice of engines to build on. At the very least it should be available with the 5.7, but the 3.0l diesel would be VERY appreciated as well.
      jonnybimmer
      • 8 Months Ago
      I doubted the Dakar looking good based off that graphic teaser they released earlier, but I gotta say, it's one good looking truck (and that's from someone who still can't get over the headlights). I'd still change the window trim to black, but the rest is good enough they should make into a package like the Trailhawk. Shame they didn't get to do a Renegade though, probably too little time I'd imagine.
      Raymond
      • 8 Months Ago
      I can not believe I am saying this but that Jeep Cherokee Dakar Concept is freaking hot !!! Wow they made it look manly and rugged.
      Chris Burns
      • 8 Months Ago
      Im in love with the Cherokee Dakar. thats gorgeous
      teamplayers99
      • 8 Months Ago
      I still pine for the J-12 Gladiator concept. I wouldn't even think twice before giving away everything I've got on one of those. Guess its up to Chevy or Ford to give me a two door SUV but they just ignore my calls anymore.
      foxtrot685
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm waiting to see what they do with the Renegade. Thats going to be a bad ass baby crossover!
      RobG
      • 8 Months Ago
      I like the Dakar minus all the red accent stuff. The Grand Cherokee is nice too, but IMO needs more sidewall for an off-road type vehicle. Those pretty wheels would get seriously chewed up. I'm eager to see concepts based on the upcoming Renegade! Hopefully next year.
      luigi.tony
      • 8 Months Ago
      FIAT is bringing it!!!!!!
        Bill Burke
        • 8 Months Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Indeed they are ! America and Chrysler is better for it. Thanks Fiat..
      Bill Burke
      • 8 Months Ago
      That Cherokee Dakar really rings my bell. This one has a real chance to impact the Cherokee line up with a very interesting model option if the forces that be decide to produce it as a package for the Trail Hawk. Make it Jeep.
      Richard
      • 8 Months Ago
      Diesel? Diesel? Buehler? Maybe I'm just a crank, but I hate seeing these turnkey mall crawlers. Buy a stock Wrangler and do the wrenching yourself, like God intended.
        Krazeecain
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Richard
        The average tinkerer doing an engine swap on a modern vehicle? Yeah gl with that.
      ihatemacs9
      • 8 Months Ago
      "concepts..." these are nothing more than SEMA wannabes. c'mon jeep. playing it safe got you where you are now. show some boldness, take a risk on design ideas, and show the consumers that your engineers and designers can dream big.
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