For Jeep Enthusiasts
For Jeep enthusiasts, the Moab Easter Jeep Safari may be the ultimate destination. Taking place in Moab, Utah, the annual event brings together Jeep owners for trail rides and other activities, as it has since the first safari held in 1967. Although the event is not hosted by Jeep, every year the brand brings a range of new and innovative concept vehicles to Utah — not only to showcase the future of this off-road brand, but also to get valuable feedback from its most loyal customers. For 2021 Jeep reveals seven stunning concepts ranging from the retro Jeepster Beach to the fully electric Jeep Magneto.
“The Moab Easter Jeep Safari has long been our testing ground for both our newest Jeep 4 x 4s and for showcasing new Jeep brand concepts, Jeep Performance Parts and ideas that truly resonate with our most passionate customers — the die-hard off-road enthusiasts who attend this event every year,” said Jim Morrison, vice president of Jeep Brand North America. “This year’s Safari shines a spotlight on what makes Jeep vehicles unmistakably distinctive and undeniably capable, a variety of powertrains that deliver superior power, performance, torque and, above all, fun,” Morrison enthused. Here’s a look at the concepts slated to appear next week at the Easter Jeep Safari.
Jeep Magneto Concept
Based on a 2-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the Jeep Magneto is designed as a fully capable battery-electric vehicle. Although the Rubicon’s running gear remains primarily unchanged, Jeep replaced the V6 with a custom-built axial flux electric motor tuned to deliver the same output as the V6: 285 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The motor is even combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Balanced Battery Placement
Power for the Jeep Magneto concept comes from four battery packs spread throughout the chassis to maintain proper vehicle balance. The regular fuel tank is replaced by one battery pack and another is opposite that pack. Another one sits under the hood atop the motor, while the fourth battery brings up the rear by replacing the exhaust muffler. Batteries as well as the battery control module get stored in waterproof enclosures so the Wrangler keeps its ability to traverse water as deep as 30 inches.
Even though the Magneto is clearly a concept vehicle, Jeep hopes it demonstrates the advantages of an electric powertrain when attacking extreme terrain. For example, rock climbing requires smooth and steady power delivery — stalling or accelerating too quickly in a precarious position can be dangerous. Thanks to the electric drivetrain, the motor cannot stall while torque gets delivered with precise control.
The Jeep Magneto makes a bold statement painted in Bright White with Surf Blue accents. It features a heavy-duty performance hood, a redesigned rear gate and full-width forward lighting. Created to handle the toughest terrain, the Magneto is equipped with a 2-inch lift kit, 35-inch mud-terrain tires fitted to 17-inch Lights Out black metallic wheels, a custom roll cage, Mopar Rock Rails, a steel belly pan and an integrated Warn winch. The Magneto also wears the 4xe badge, tying it to upcoming electrified offerings from the company.
It Shall Return
Jeep officials plan to reprise the Magneto for public scrutiny over the next few years, continuing to iterate on the design as new technology becomes available.
Jeepster Beach concept
In the late 1960s, the Jeepster Commando came to market as one of the first compact 4-wheel drive vehicles with an automatic transmission. It also introduced a range of amenities not typically found in off-road-ready vehicles, including doors, roll-up windows, a heater and a roof. At the 2021 Easter Jeep Safar, the company pays homage to the original with the Jeepster Beach concept.
The foundation of the Jeepster Beach concept begins with a 1968 Jeepster Commando engineers merged with a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. While the exterior appearance is that of the classic beach-themed cruiser —complete with its Hazy IPA / Zinc Oxide paint scheme — the concept boasts all the performance and capability of a modern-day Wrangler.
Inside, the Jeepster Beach concept gets red-leather-trimmed low-back bucket seats and a 4-point safety cage. The rear seat has been removed for added cargo space, and the lighter-colored dashboard plays well with the fully red interior —surf stickers add to the beachy theme.
Plenty of Power
A 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine powers the Jeepster Beach concept, producing a healthy 340 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Power gets directed to the concept’s 35-inch off-road tires via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep Red Bare Gladiator Rubicon Concept
Perhaps the toughest of the seven concept vehicles that Jeep plans to debut at the 2021 Moab Easter Jeep Safari is the Red Bare concept. Built on the very capable Gladiator Rubicon, the Red Bare concept features a Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit, 17-inch matte black wheels fitted with massive 37-inch mud-terrain tires, a cargo bed-mounted sport bar, Sand Slider rock rails and factory steel bumpers with an integrated Warn winch.
Fire Cracker Red paint complements the bold styling of the Red Bare concept, as well as custom matte black graphics, gold accents and a matte-black grille. Designers adopted the aggressive hood from the Gladiator Mojave, and completed the look with a black soft-top and half doors.
Inside, the Red Bare concept suggests a cozy vibe with Katzkin Black leather seats sporting custom red flannel inserts. The red flannel material also trims the dashboard, and red stitching throughout completes the look.
Ready for Anything
A 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine motivates the Red Bare Gladiator, making 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque; the engine is paired with a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. Adding to the concept’s off-road abilities are Dana 44 front and rear heavy-duty axles and the 91:1 crawl ratio for handling the toughest terrain.
Jeep Orange Peelz Concept
Perhaps the most traditional of the concepts built for the 2021 Easter Jeep Safari, the Orange Peelz is based on a classic 2-door Wrangler. To enhance the open-air feeling of the Wrangler, the Orange Peelz features JPP half doors, and the Jeep’s side and rear windows have been removed. The concept also features a custom removable one-piece Freedom Top glass sunroof.
The Orange Peelz stands out thanks to its bright exterior paint called — you guessed it — Orange Peelz. Adding to the look is a Satin Black custom beltline graphic as well as Satin Black vintage Jeep fender badges. The custom hood gets black Mopar hood latches and a Jeep Willys logo. The concept’s JPP 5-inch off-road LED lights are mounted to each A-pillar to light up the trail at night. For extra protection from flying trail debris, the special Mopar windshield is constructed with Corning Gorilla Glass, which is 52 percent thicker than a typical windshield.
Clearly ready to tackle the ultimate in off-road terrain, the Orange Peelz features a JPP 2-inch lift kit with FOX shocks for added ground clearance, as well as 37-inch BF Goodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires with Mopar valve stem caps. Up front the Orange Peelz sports a custom JPP Rubicon steel bumper with a 2-inch steel grille guard and a JPP 8,000-pound capacity Rubicon Warn winch. Custom rock rails add extra protection for extreme off-roading.
Inside, the Orange Peelz concept is trimmed in orange plaid to match the exterior color. Additional orange stitching appears throughout the cabin. Stainless steel pedal covers with rubber pads add to this Jeep’s exclusive styling.
Jeep Farout Concept
With cabin fever at a peak these days, the Jeep Farout concept may be the ultimate escape vehicle. Built on a 2021 Jeep Gladiator, the Farout features a customized deployable AT Overland Equipment Habitat Truck Topper. Compact when folded, the Habitat topper unfolds to create a 16-foot long and 7.5-foot tall tent that can sleep up to four. When fully open, the topper creates an awning at the back, creating a perfect space to use the slideout mini kitchen — complete with refrigerator and stove.
Jeep outfits the Farout with all the goodies needed to go far out. Painted in Earl with Chartreuse accents, this special Gladiator features a JPP 2-inch lift kit, 37-inch mud-terrain tires, a 12,000-pound Warn winch, custom front and rear rock rails and FOX performance shocks. Power comes from Jeep’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that not only provides the requisite potency for getting away from it all, but also delivers more than 425 miles of driving range.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept
We now know that a V8-powered Wrangler Rubicon 392 will be coming to market, although before Jeep made that announcement the company foreshadowed that model via the Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept. Painted in Granite Crystal with bronze accents, the 392 concept features a dual-mode performance exhaust, performance hood with center scoop, custom-built half doors and a one-touch power top. And — of course —a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V8 engine lurking under the hood.
Jeep engineers and designers created the Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept as a powerful tool for off-road forays with 37-inch mud-terrain tires, Mopar Rock Rails, a JPP 2-inch lift kit and steel bumpers with an integrated Warn winch.
Ready for Production
Jeep premiered the V8-powered concept almost a year ago, and in November 2020 Jeep announced the Wrangler Rubicon 392 would go into production. Touting the first factory V8 engine installed in a Wrangler since 1981, the new Rubicon 392 will be the most powerful and capable factory-direct Wrangler ever.
The last time a Jeep Wrangler came with a V8 was 40 years ago — a 5.0-liter unit that produced a measly 125 horsepower. In those four decades technology has advanced considerably; Wrangler now gets a 392-cubic-inch (6.4-liter) V8 that generates 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, teamed with an 8-speed automatic transmission. No manual gearbox will be offered with the big V8. The tuned exhaust note practically guarantees that all within earshot will know this Jeep Wrangler packs a big V8 under its hood.
Quick and Capable
“This is the most powerful, quickest, most capable Jeep Wrangler we’ve ever built,” said Jim Morrison, vice president of Jeep Brand North America. “The factory lift and abundant low-end torque from the V-8 makes the Rubicon 392 the king of the hills, whether you’re rock crawling at low speeds or powering up an incline. And, when pavement replaces dirt, Rubicon 392 makes quick work of the road,” Morrison observed.
The 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 retains all its Jeep off-road prowess, although it definitely gets quicker when it hits pavement. The sprint to 60 mph takes 4.5 seconds, and this hot-rod Wrangler will pass the quarter mile in a mere 13 seconds. Top speed is rated at 99 mph — limited by big off-road tires.
When it comes to tackling tough terrain, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is certainly up to the task. Spec sheets report ground clearance at 10.3 inches, and when necessary this high-performance Jeep can ford up to 32.5 inches of water. The wide track and heavy-duty front and rear Dana 44 axles with electronic locking differentials add to the impressive capability. Additionally, the front sway bar can be disconnected electronically for maximum suspension travel.
Jeep Top Dog Concept
The Jeep Top Dog concept premiered in 2020 as part of the virtual SEMA show last November. Jeep and Mopar put together the Top Dog concept as a showcase of what’s possible with Jeep Performance Parts, creating a unique rig for mountain biking enthusiasts.
For this Top Dog concept, Jeep replaced the traditional truck bed of the Gladiator with a custom PCOR flatbed storage system. And with a name like Top Dog, this Gladiator gets painted in an appropriate K-9 Blue.
On the driver’s side of this Jeep Gladiator’s custom storage system, panels open to reveal a battery-powered refrigerator as well as a hot-dog roller grill. When the hot dog grill is closed up, it looks like a Snap-on tool chest. We’re not sure how many hardcore mountain bikers are going to be filling up on hot dogs before a downhill run on the A-Line at Whistler or Kamikaze at Mammoth, but for spectators a dog and a cold beverage might hit the spot.
Haul it All
Perched above the cab and cargo box of the Jeep Gladiator Top Dog concept, flat rack systems feature dual bike carriers as well as additional space for storing gear and tools. A set of traction mats to aid vehicle recovery are also stored up top. At the rear of the Jeep Gladiator Top Dog concept, a hidden drawer in the bumper works well for ladder storage — a necessary piece of equipment to easily access bikes and gear stored on the roof racks.
Ready for Adventure
Enhancing the Gladiator’s already impressive off-road capability, the Top Dog concept has a Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit with FOX shocks for increased ground clearance. Also included are 17-inch JPP beadlock-capable aluminum wheels and 37-inch BF Goodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires. The Top Dog also gets a 2-inch steel grille guard and a JPP 8,000-lb capacity Rubicon Warn winch that includes 100 feet of Spydura Synthetic Rope. A second Warn winch is ready for duty at the rear of the Jeep Gladiator Top Dog concept.
Inside the Gladiator Top Dog’s K-9 Blue paint appears throughout the cabin, including an instrument panel that matches the K-9 body color. Contrasting blue stitching accents the black Katzkin leather seats, armrests, shifter boots, steering wheel and the parking-brake handle. Further interior enhancements on the Jeep Gladiator Top Dog include Mopar stainless steel pedal covers for the accelerator and brake pedals.