TRAILSTORMED

A CONCEPT Jeep called the Trailstorm was one of seven Jeeps prepped by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for the Easter Jeep Safari held at Moab, Utah, on March 19 to 27.

Using Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts, the Trailstorm concept, based on the Jeep Wrangler, has improved off-road ability plus has room for extra equipment and additional fuel tanks.

For the Trailstorm, Jeep started by raiding the Jeep Performance Parts bin, using 17-inch concept off-road wheels fitted with 37-inch tyres, a two-inch lift kit with Jeep Performance Parts/Fox shocks, a Jeep Performance Parts Rubicon winch and Dana 44 front and rear axles. With the half doors mounted to the Trailstorm, the driver gets a better view of the track ahead and the Trailstormís bedlined flooring makes cleaning up easier. The Trailstormís interior also features Katzkin seat covers and Mopar all-weather floor mats.

On the Trailstormís outer flanks, a tonne of Mopar accessories were added. For starters, a winch guard, satin black grille, LED headlights and fog lights, high top guards, power-dome vented bonnet, Mopar off-road rock rails with a step, a Big Brake kit, a concept fast-back soft top, taillight guards and a Mopar fuel-filler door. Capping off the Trailstormís exterior upgrades are front and rear steel Rubicon bumpers and a Jeep Performance Parts tyre carrier. The Trailstorm has been vinyl-wrapped in camouflage colours to allow it to better blend into the Moab desert.

The Trailstormís mechanicals are standard, with the familiar 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 hooked to a five-speed automatic transmission.

Moab was expecting a big turn-out this year as the Easter Jeep Safari celebrates its 50th year in 2016. The anniversary also coincides with the Jeep brandís own milestone of achieving 75 years of production.