The six custom vehicles headed to Moab Utah for the 47th annual Easter Jeep Safari include the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II and the Jeep Wrangler Slim that we discussed yesterday along with four more Wrangler-based concepts designed for superior offroad expertise.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II is my favorite of the group on account of my man-crush for the design of the 2014 Grand Cherokee. When we talked about this Jeep yesterday, I speculated that it was based on the Grand Cherokee SRT8 due to the SRT hood and front fascia. While I was correct in spotting the SRT8 features, the Trailhawk II is actually powered by the new 3.0L EcoDiesel V6. In addition to the SRT8 hood and fascias, the Trailhawk II wears a black front grille, a matte black roof rail system, custom front and rear skid plates, Mopar rock rails, tow hooks all around and unique flared fenders to make room for the 35 inch Mickey Thompson tires wrapped around Wrangler Rubicon rims. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II is finished off with the striking blood orange paint scheme.
The Jeep Wrangler Slim was another vehicle teased yesterday and as expected, this vehicle is clad in a host of Mopar accessories to show how much customization room there using company issued parts. The Wrangler Slim begins with a 3.6L V6 powered Wrangler modified with a 3.73 gear set, 17” Jeep Performance Parts beadlock wheels wrapped in Rubicon tires, a 10th anniversary Rubicon front bumper, a lightweight Mopar rear bumper, lightweight rock rails, a black grille, a black hood decal and LED headlights. Finally, a Jeep Performance Parts cold air intake helps the Wrangler Slim to breathe easier while a prototype Mopar 2 inch lift kit gives the Slim better ground clearance.
The Jeep Wrangler Flattop is designed to combined upscale design with premium offroading capabilities. The Flattop begins with the custom one piece hardtop that is chopped (along with the windshield) two inches, removing the b pillar and the side glass for an open air design. Customized 10th anniversary Rubicon front and rear bumpers, a 10th anniversary Rubicon hood, custom high fender flares, LED headlights, LED taillights and a Warn winch complete the package with the help of a metallic sandstone paint scheme accented with copper and brown trim. Inside, the Flattop features high end “dark saddle” Katzkin leather seats with copper accents found on the steering wheel, vent rings and grab handles. Adding to the performance capabilities of the Wrangler Flattop is a Mopar cold air intake, a Mopar exhaust system, lightweight aluminum rims wrapped in 37 inch Mickey Thomposon tires, a DynaTrac Pro Rock Dana 44 front axle and a Dana 60 rear axle both with ARB lockers, TeraFlex sway bars, Full Traction control arms and King Shocks.
The new Jeep Wrangler Stitch is based on the light weight Wrangler Pork Chop Concept and built from a 2013 Wrangler Rubicon. The Jeep team shaved weight from the frame, the axles, the body and the interior – removing nonessential features like the stereo system, the rear seat, the doors and the heating and air conditioning system. Next, a lightweight chromoly roll cage is in place of the standard steel cage, the stock seats have been removed to make room for lightweight buckets from the 2013 SRT Viper and a carbon fiber hood has been applied to lighten up the new Wrangler Stitch Concept. The result is a Wrangler that weighs just 3,000 pounds – giving this Jeep a similar power to weight ratio as the Grand Cherokee SRT8. Improving the offroad readiness of the Stitch is a set of Full Traction lower control arms, DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 axles with 4.88 gears and ARB lockers, King shocks with pneumatic bump stops, Tom Woods drive shafts, a Mopar cold air intake, a Mopar exhaust package and Mickey Thompson 35-inch off-road tires on lightweight 17 inch aluminum wheels.
The new Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper II is a follow up to the Sand Trooper that debuted last year at SEMA. The Sand Trooper II is powered by a 5.7L Hemi V8 with 375 horsepower and 400lb-ft of torque being channeled to all four wheels via a five speed automatic transmission and Mopar right lug front and rear Portal axles. Jeep Performance Parts prototype forged beadlock wheels wrapped in 40 inch offroad tires make this thing look as mean as it probably is…while making it probably near unstoppable in the mud. In addition to the wheels and tires, the Sand Trooper II is fitted with satin black grille, front and rear door and window kits, front and rear offroad bumpers, a Warn winch, Mopar flat fenders, rock rails, a vented hood, LED lights, a Rubicon 10th Anniversary swing away rear tire carrier, trailer-tow hitch receiver, black taillamp guards, a locking fuel door and Jeep Performance Parts badging. Inside, Sand Trooper II packs a rear backup camera system, Mopar slush mats, black doorsill guards, locking storage compartments a, trunk storage box, side sun visors, grab handles, a Trailside winch kit and leather seats. Based on the number of features, it sounds like the Sand Trooper II is a culmination of pretty much every add-on that you can buy through Mopar – along with some other items that are not yet available.
Last but certainly not least is the Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon – powered by the awesome 6.4L Hemi V8 from the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. This mighty Hemi sends 470 horsepower and 465lb-ft of torque to the wheels via a 5-speed automatic transmission with Dana 60 front and rear axles fitted with 4.10 gears. Add to that drivetrain a prototype Jeep Performance Parts 4.5 inch long arm lift kit and a set of prototype eight lug beadlock wheels wrapped in 39 inch offroad tires and you have yourself one nasty fast offroad monster. To improve the look, the Wrangler Mopar Recon is fitted with a frenzy of Mopar goodies including front and rear door and window kits, front and rear off-road modified “Stinger” bumpers, ad Warn winch, high clearance fenders, rock rails, the Rubicon hood, LED headlights, taillight guards, a locking fuel door and the Jeep Performance Parts badging. Inside, the Wrangler Mopar Recon has Mopar slush mats, black doorsill guards, a locking below floor storage box, side sun visors, grab handles, Trailside winch kit and a custom seat skins made from Navy blankets and camo material.
Click any of the thumbnails on this page for a closer look at all six of the customized Jeep vehicles headed to the 2013 Moab Easter Jeep Safari.