Seven Crazy Off-Road Concepts Headed for 2016 Easter Jeep Safari
This year's Easter Jeep Safari will see no less than seven concept vehicles
All seven off-roaders will take on the famous trails of Moab, Utah, in front of an audience of thousands of off-road enthusiasts who will celebrate the most popular Jeep Safari ever, as the 50th annual event coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Jeep brand.
The highlight of this year's Easter Jeep Safari concepts has to be the imposing Crew Chief 715 Concept, which pays tribute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles, particularly the Kaiser M715. Based on the Wrangler Unlimited, the study features steel bumpers, 20-inch bead lock wheels, and 40-inch NDT military tires.
For improved off-road performance, the Crew Chief 715 study features off-road rock rails, a winch mounted on the front and rear bumpers, Dana 60 front and rear axles and a 4-inch lift kit with Jeep Performance Parts/Fox 2.0 Remote Reservoir shocks. Painted in "Tactical Green," the vehicle also boasts a military themed 5-foot cargo bed.
Moving on, the Jeep Shortcut is another Wrangler-based concept vehicle, this time paying homage to the popular CJ-5. Featuring a shortened body (by 26 inches), the Shortcut boasts an unique grille, hood, tailgate, front and rear wheel flares and custom chrome front and rear bumpers. Other modifications include a custom exhaust, 17-inch red steel wheels, and 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires.
Another concept vehicle designed for off-road adventures is the Renegade Commander, which comes fitted with a 2-inch lift kit and 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels shod with 29.5-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires.
The Comanche concept is a Renegade pickup that combines off-road capabilities with practicality. A nod to classic Jeep pickup trucks, the Comanche takes styling cues from military and civilian Jeep vehicles. To accommodate the 5-foot bed, the Comanche features a 6-inch longer wheelbase. It comes equipped with off-road rock rails, a 2-inch lift kit, and a winch.
The Trailstorm Concept is an extreme off-road interpretation of the Wrangler Unlimited that offers room for extra gear and fuel tanks as well as incorporating Jeep Performance Parts. These include 17-inch concept off-road wheels wrapped in 37-inch tires, a 2-inch lift kit with Jeep Performance Parts/Fox shocks, a Rubicon winch, and Dana 44 front and rear axles. Styling-wise, the Trailstorm stands out due to its camouflage paint, fast-back soft top, and half doors.
Even more extreme is the Wrangler-based Trailcat Concept, which features the 707 hp 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine, a stretched wheelbase by 12 inches, a chopped windshield and sport bucket seats from the Dodge Viper.
Finally, the FC 150 is a heritage cab-over design that marries a body from a 1960 FC 150 with a chassis sourced from a 2005 Jeep Wrangler (TJ). The vehicle features a 4.0-liter inline-six cylinder engine mated to a three-speed automatic transmission.