Jeep reveals six new concept vehicles for the 53rd Moab Easter Jeep Safari
Jeep fanatics eagerly await spring for a lot of reasons: sunny weather means more chances to get outdoors, more excuses to blow the top and doors off their Jeep Wranglers, and the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah! Held annually for the past 53 years, the Moab Jeep Safari is a nine-day event in the four-wheeling paradise of Moab, with trail rides, camping, and a chance to just hang out and have fun with other members of the worldwide Jeep family.
Every year for the Easter Jeep Safari, Jeep and Mopar Performance collaborate on a series of wild, Jeep-based concept vehicles to show off what can be done with both new and vintage Jeep vehicles. This year is no exception, and for 2019 and the upcoming release of the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator, Jeep has decided to celebrate all things Jeep Truck, with six bed-bearing concept pickups that are going to blow your mind!
“The Moab Easter Jeep Safari provides the perfect venue to interact with and gather feedback from our most loyal and passionate customers – the diehard off-road enthusiasts who attend the event each year,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “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.”
The six concept vehicles are:
Striking a military/utilitarian tone that always looks great on Jeep vehicles, the Jeep Wayout concept is the ultimate adventure seeking take on the all-new 2019 Gladiator. Featuring the all-new Gator Green that will be available on the Gladiator, the Wayout features a custom roof rack with integrated ladder, a rooftop tent for two, a 270-degree awning with LED task lighting, two auxiliary fuel tanks to add range, a 12,000 pound Warn winch, a Mopar bed-drawer system for locking dry storage, and a custom interior of brown leather with laser-etched inserts of popular four-wheeling trails.
Another Gladiator based concept for 2019, the Jeep Flatbill concept makes the Gladiator into a desert dominator, with a custom twin dirtbike rack with easy slideout ramps, custom bodywork on the bed lowers, a four-inch liftkit, large bypass shocks to help soak up the humps and bumps parched terrain, a custom shortened front bumper and skid plate, and — for the first time ever on a Jeep Gladiator — 40 inch all-terrain tires with beadlocker rims, for the ultimate in sure-footed grip on sand or bare rock.
Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter
Jeep’s Moab concepts usually include a fun, retro throwback to Jeep’s long heritage. Filling that bill this year is the Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter. A “resto-mod” concept based on a vintage 1968 M-715 Kaiser 1-1/4 ton military rig, the Five-Quarter features plentiful exterior modifications, including a full carbon-fiber hood, grille and front fenders, a bobbed 6-foot aluminum bed a 3.5-inch chop to its factory convertible top, rock rails, modified Jeep Gladiator Rubicon steel bumpers, 40 inch tires and a brushed-metal look. Backing up those tough looks under the hood is a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi “Hellcrate” V8 producing more than 700 horsepower.
While every new 2019 Jeep Gladiator will be a four-door model, the Jeep J6 concept that Jeep is bringing to Moab shows just how much they need to build the Gladiator in two-door configuration. In addition to lopping off two doors, the custom J6 concept features a six-foot box that is 12 inches longer than the standard Gladiator bed. Calling on the 1978 Jeep Honcho pickup for inspiration, the designers behind the J6 used a retro metallic Brilliant Blue paint, which was a factory color on the Honcho. Other cool features include a steel roll bar with four high-output LED lights, prototype beadlock wheels in Brass Monkey — a color borrowed from the Dodge Challenger Hellcat — a two-inch lift kit, and a front-mounted “stinger bar.”
Jeep JT Scrambler
The Jeep Design team took it back to the future with the Jeep JT Scrambler concept, which is designed to bring to mind the 1980s Jeep CJ8 Scrambler. Carrying off the look is a body in bright white with stripes in Punk’N Metallic Orange and Nacho Yellow, plus a matching hood design and badging. The hardtop has been painted custom bronze. Out back, the bed features a spray-in bedliner and a two-inch steel tube roll bar painted in the same white, featuring anchors for quick tiedowns running the length of both sides of the bed. Jeep Performance Parts 17-inch slot wheels are custom painted in bronze and fitted with 37-inch tires. Inside, Katzkin Amaretto Brown leather covers the seats, with contrast stitching in Scrambler Orange.
Jeep Gladiator Gravity
Showcasing the easy customization of the all-new 2019 Jeep Gladiator, the Jeep Gladiator Gravity concept features mostly off-the-shelf parts from Jeep Performance, added to a 2019 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon in factory Punk’N Orange. In the bed area, Mopar Performance cross rails and a cargo carrier basket allow plentiful room for rock-climbing gear like ropes, carabiners, helmets and more, while locking truck bed storage features dual sliding drawers. Open-air wheeling without compromising safety is handled by the two-inch tube doors, while 17-inch wheels with 35 inch tires make getting to the mountain a breeze.
Ready to buy a 2020 Jeep Gladiator in Fayetteville, Rogers or Bentonville? You’ve got a little bit to wait until they’re available at McLarty Daniel CDJR of Bentonville, but hopefully these incredible concepts show you just a little of what’s possible once you get those keys in your hand. Stop in today and talk to one of our friendly finance professionals about how you can be one of the first in Northwest Arkansas to own the incredible 2020 Jeep Gladiator!