The first two 2013 Moab Easter Jeep Safari teasers
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Mopar teases two modified Jeeps heading to Moab

The 47th annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab Utah is set to begin this weekend and ahead of the massive offroading extravaganza, Mopar has issued teasers of just two of the customized Jeep concept vehicles set to debut at the national Jeep event.

While we fully expect to see more of the six Moab bound concepts teased ahead of this weekend’s event in Utah, today we get a look at the first two shown off by the folks from Mopar. This first pairing of teasers includes a look at the customized 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee “Trailhawk II” concept along with the Jeep Wrangler Slim. No information has been included with these two teaser shots but we can make some guesses as to what we might learn when all of the new Mopar Moab Jeep concepts debut later this month.

The first teaser image of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee “Trailhawk II” concept looks to me as though it might be based on the Grand Cherokee SRT8. The long fog light/driving light housing in the corner of the fascia is a distinct feature of the SRT Jeep and the black accent line curving through the middle of the hood appear to be the edge of the heat extraction openings found only on the Grand Cherokee SRT8 hood. However, we can also see a hefty tow hook that is not part of the SRT package along with great deal of wheel gap over the off-road ready tires wrapped around non-SRT wheels. My guess is that the Trailhawk II Concept will be based on the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT8 with that powerful driving making this a vehicle that would fly (like a hawk, perhaps) on the trail. Having driven the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 in some rough snowy and muddy conditions, I suspect that a set of good offroad tires and a taller ride height would make the SRT Jeep an incredible offroading monster. This of the Trailhawk II Concept as somewhat of a Ford SVT Raptor fighter with big power and high performance applied to a trail rated SUV.

The Jeep Wrangler Slim is the second freshly teased model headed for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari and while we get a better look at the Wrangler Slim than we do the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II Concept, it is tougher to guess what might be going on with this Jeep. The Wrangler Slim appears to have based on the 2-dor Wrangler Rubicon but the Slim has a Mopar front bumper that extends all of the way out to the edges of the large front wheel flares with a solid, molded design. In comparison, Ive seen several Wrangler Rubicon models with a similar style front bumper that ends below the headlights, leaving the front tires exposed. Along the lower rocker area, there appears to be a strip to protect the body from flying debris while a set of beadlock wheels wrapped in beefy offroad tires fill the black wheel flares. It also looks like there might be a black decal on the hood but I cannot figure out why it is called “Slim”.

The 2013 Easter Jeep Safari in starts on March 23rd and runs through March 31st in Moab Utah. In most cases, after the vehicles customized for the Moab event have moved on, they will be used as “styling study” vehicles at various car shows around the country – showcasing the abilities of the Mopar engineering team while also advertising for already-available Mopar accessories.

Click any of the thumbnails on this page for a closer look at the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II Concept and the Jeep Wrangler Slim.

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