Jeep and Mopar Unveil Six New Vehicles for the 46th Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept
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Jeep Wrangler Apache from Mopar
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Jeep Mighty FC Concept
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Jeep J12 Concept
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’12 Jeep Wrangler Traildozer Concept
Jeep and Mopar have created six new vehicles for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Now in its 46th year and taking place March 31–April 8, 2012, thousands of off-road enthusiasts are expected to attend the Easter Jeep Safari. Mopar also announced the creation of an off-road division that will create Jeep Authentic Parts and Accessories.

To create these new vehicles, Jeep teamed with Mopar. Since 2002, Jeep and Mopar have created more than 30 concept vehicles for enthusiasts who attend the Easter Jeep Safari.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk concept will feature new 18-in. Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor off-road tires wrapped around new painted five-spoke mineral gray alloy wheels. Additional side-wall protection enhances durability and reduces road noise. Modified Mopar rock rails—engineered to fully protect the lower body from rugged rocky terrain—are included and add to the functional off-road capability.

The grille surround, lower front applique, mirror caps and rear light bar join the wheels in mineral gray, while the upper grille mesh and front and rear tow hooks are red. A red trim line outlines a matte black hood applique that is utilized to reduce glare during technical off-road maneuvers.

2012 Jeep Wrangler Apache from Mopar

Producing approximately 470 hp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels, the new Mopar 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine conversion kit specifically for the Jeep Wrangler will debut at the Easter Jeep Safari. Available this summer, the Mopar Wrangler V8 conversion kit initially will mate to Chrysler Group’s W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission, and eventually to the six-speed manual transmission that drives the ’12 production Wrangler.

Other performance parts on the Jeep Wrangler Apache are Mopar Pro 60 5.13 front and rear axles, a 4.5-in. Stage 3 long-arm lift kit and off-road bead-lock wheels. Aesthetic and functional modifications include high-clearance flat fenders, rock rails, front and rear half-door kits, a Stinger front bumper, a Warn 9.5ti XP winch, Katzkin leather seats, a locking center console box and a Mopar-branded interior.

Jeep Mighty FC Concept

To create the Jeep Mighty FC concept, the design team started with a ’12 Wrangler Rubicon and repositioned the cabin over and ahead of the front axle, lengthened the wheelbase and added a custom built drop-side cargo box. The cab utilizes a roof from the Mopar JK-8 conversion kit, as well as a custom-designed front clip. The Wrangler-based interior has been enhanced with bold, heavy-duty Katzkin leather and a unique color scheme. The cargo area is handled by a full-width, drop-side tray-style bed that measures more than 8 ft. in length.

Off-road function is improved with the addition of Mopar’s new Portal Axle set, which offer the greatest amount of ground clearance without requiring excessive suspension lift. The axles are controlled with King coil-over assemblies along with Teraflex control arms and track bars. Traction is handled by 40-in. tires mounted on custom Hutchinson 17-in. beadlock wheels. Other Jeep Mighty FC highlights include King coil-over reservoir shocks, Hanson bumpers, a Warn 16.5 winch and a Corsa stainless steel exhaust system.

Jeep J-12 Concept

The Jeep J-12 concept is essentially an extended version of Mopar’s recently introduced JK-8 pickup conversion kit for the Jeep Wrangler. With a new ’12 Wrangler Unlimited as the starting point, the rear of the vehicle’s frame is extended 18 in., allowing the spare tire to be relocated under the bed floor and making the cargo box a full 6 ft. in length.

Additional features include the new Mopar three-inch suspension lift kit, as well as Teraflex sway bars controlling ARB air-locker equipped Dynatrac D-44 and D-60 axle assemblies. Traction is handled through classic 36-in. tires mounted on 16-in. steel wheels.

Mopar Accessorized 2012 Jeep Wrangler

Offering more than 250 accessories for the ’12 Jeep Wrangler, Mopar created this vehicle with a Wrangler Rubicon model as the starting point. Off-road enhancements offered through Mopar include a 2-in. performance lift kit, 35-in. Goodyear Wrangler tires mounted on Classic five-hole wheels, front and rear off-road bumpers, a Warn 9.5ti XP winch, Mopar rock rails, Kicker dash 6.5-in. two-way speakers, Mopar all-weather mats and more.

Some prototype Mopar accessories debuting on this vehicle are a locking center console box, a rear cargo cubby cover, new windshield-mounted LED lamps, a new hard-top headliner and an “Add-A-Trunk” partition that creates secure storage space in the cargo area.

2012 Jeep Wrangler Traildozer Concept

To prepare the Jeep Wrangler Traildozer for Moab’s toughest trails, Jeep Design worked closely with the American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) engineering team to bring it to life. Starting with a new Dozer Yellow ’12 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the team added a bolt-in 470 hp 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine mated to a Getrag 238 six-speed manual transmission. Power runs through Rubicon-specific Dana 44 axles equipped with 4:10 gears and electronic locking differentials.

To clear the 37-in. Mickey Thompson Baja Claw radials mounted on Mopar Classic five-spoke wheels, an AEV Dualsport RS 3.5-in. suspension lift was installed. For severe off-road body protection, Mopar premium front and rear bumpers and rear corner guards were added. Additional items include a Mopar performance heat reduction hood, Mopar half-door kit and a Mopar/Warn 9.5 Cti winch.