The Jeep Gladiator at this year’s Easter Jeep Safari will demonstrate Mopar options and ideas to create six new, custom-built concept vehicles for the annual event that takes place in Moab, Utah, April 13-21. For the 53rd year, thousands of off-road enthusiasts will head to Moab for the annual Jeep event to participate in a week of technical off-roading on some of the most challenging and scenic terrain in the country.
“This year’s Safari will mark the debut of the highly anticipated all-new Jeep Gladiator on Moab’s scenic and demanding trails. To celebrate, we are showcasing six fun and ultra-capable new truck-based Jeep concept vehicles that are certain to turn heads and delight the crowd,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand – North America.
A vast selection of production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts are among the highlights on this year’s collection of Jeep concept vehicles. The Mopar brand develops all Jeep Performance Parts.
- Jeep Wayout: A fully capable overland concept with the all-new Jeep Gladiator’s best-in-class payload to allow for a full roof-top tent and custom canopy.
- Jeep Flatbill: Extreme 4×4 capability and utility with a playful nod to Motocross culture
- Jeep Five-Quarter: “Resto-Mod” of 1968 Jeep M-715 Gladiator-based military vehicle is a 4×4 showpiece with a blend of vintage and modern chassis and drivetrain components.
- Jeep J6: Mixes classic Jeep truck styling with concept and production Jeep Performance Parts and accessories from Mopar.
The Jeep JT Scrambler concept is a remix, carrying the throwback color palette and graphics of the CJ Scrambler crossed with a combination of optional Jeep Performance Parts and conceptual touches. The look of the early 1980s-era CJ8 Scrambler is recreated with prototype Punk’N Metallic Orange and Nacho body-side stripes running from the front panels to the bed and a matching hood graphic. The white exterior is crowned with a freedom top painted in vintage amber, continuing the retro feel. The bed is customized with a spray-in bedliner and a two-inch steel, prototype tube sport/roll bar painted body-color white. This version of the sport/roll bar anchors to the bed and also extends the length of the bed rails on each side, offering a total of eight tie-down points to lock down cargo. Diffused LED task lights mounted to the sport/roll bar are directed to the rear bed, providing illumination in the cargo area.
Based on the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, the Scrambler pulls liberally from the Mopar brand’s Jeep Performance Parts line, including a set of four five-inch LED lights stationed atop the sport/roll bar and two stationed on the vehicle’s A-pillars. Facing forward on the brush guard up front are a pair of Jeep Performance Parts seven-inch LED lights, pointing the way at 8,000 lumens each. The Jeep Performance Parts 17-inch slot wheels are customized in a concept bronze to tie in with the exterior color theme. A two-inch Jeep Performance Parts lift kit helps accommodate large, 37-inch tires and tough Jeep Performance Parts rock rails feature a non-slip grip. The 3.6-liter engine is augmented with a Mopar cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust.
Jeep Gladiator Gravity is a rock-climber-themed concept is elevated with available-at-launch Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar. The open-air potential of Gladiator – unlike any other offered by a production midsize truck – is claimed to be realized through Jeep Performance Part’s two-inch round steel tube doors, a mesh sunbonnet that provides cover while keeping the top-down feel, and tie-down straps that secure the windshield when lowered. Gravity is raised with the two-inch lift kit and runs on 17-inch gear wheels with 35-inch tires. Heavy-gauge steel Jeep Performance Parts rock rails are thicker and wider and use the same powder-coating on Ram Truck bedliners to provide a non-slip finish. In front of the Mopar satin black grille, Jeep Performance Parts seven-inch LED lights show the way forward, with help from five-inch LED lights on the A-pillars.
Gladiator is upgraded with a cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust system to enhance horsepower and torque. Inside, the interior is dressed up with Katzkin leather seats featuring the Jeep grille logo embroidered in Tungsten stitching. Additional Mopar accessories include grab handles stamped with the Jeep grille logo, MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) bags for storage and all-weather floor mats with a unique “plug” system that allows for direct draining of water and debris.
“Customization is one of the highest priorities for Jeep brand enthusiasts. This is why we have proactively developed a portfolio of more than 200 exclusive parts and accessories for the all-new Jeep Gladiator,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America.