EVERY year Jeep showcases a collection of fettled custom metal loaded with Jeep Performance Parts (JPP). And this year, the brand’s hotly anticipated Gladiator dominated the collective minds of Jeep and Mopar … of course.
Six concepts debuted at this year’s Easter Jeep Safari, and they were joined by the production Gladiator – as well as thousands of off-road enthusiasts – on the slick rock and challenging technical trails of Moab, Utah, from April 13-21.
“The Moab Easter Jeep Safari provides the perfect venue to interact with and gather feedback from our most loyal and passionate customers,” Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand North America, said prior to the event. “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 concepts showcased a vast selection of JPP developed by Mopar, providing Jeep aficionados with plenty of food-forthought when flicking through aftermarket catalogues.
“Customisation is one of the highest priorities for Jeep brand enthusiasts. This is why we have proactively developed a portfolio of more than 200 exclusive parts and accessories for the all-new Jeep Gladiator,” Steve Beahm, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA North America, said. “At the 2019 EJS, we will be inspiring our customers by showcasing just a fraction of what is currently available in our catalogue and also some conceptual accessories that might make it into production in the near future.”
THE WAYOUT is purpose-built for off-the-grid endeavours, with a full roof-top tent, a large canopy, a 270-degree awning, a Mopar/ Decked bed-drawer system and two custom-fit auxiliary fuel tanks. An ARB on-board air system helps with remote-area touring; as does the two-inch lift kit, 37-inch muddies and a 12,000lb Warn winch. The Gator Green paint-job will be available on production Gladiators.
IF THERE’S any doubt on the intention of the Flatbill, then the motocross livery and two dirt bikes in the tray should provide a few clues. Designed as the ultimate hauler of fast toys, the Flatbill has had its tray removed and dedicated wheel ramps installed. It also features a shortened front bumper and a skid plate to improve the approach angle, Dynatrac Pro-Rock 60 front and rear axles, an Off-Road Evolution custom four-inch lift, large rear bypass shocks, and 40-inch rubber.
THE TWO-DOOR J6 is a Rubicon with a stretched rear tray and a wheelbase that matches the current-gen four-door Wrangler. A sports bar features JPP LEDs, while the spare tyre carrier is a prototype. The J6 also features a JPP two-inch lift with 37-inch tyres, a prototype two-inch steel stinger bar, rock rails customised with two-inch steel tubes, and a removable hardtop. The 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 is fed via a JPP cold-air intake.
THIS CONCEPT is a re-imagined 1968 M-715 with changes to its chassis, drivetrain and cargo space. Additions include a carbon-fibre front end, a bobbed six-foot custom-fabbed aluminium bed, a 3.5-inch drop to its convertible soft-top, new HIDs and LEDs, rock rails, Rubicon steel bumpers, a heavy duty link/coil suspension system, 40-inch rubber and a Dynatrac Pro-rock 60 front axle and a Dynatrac Pro-rock 80 rear axle. A 6.2-litre supercharged “Hellcrate” HEMI V8 engine powers this resto-mod.
ACCESSORIES plucked from the Mopar catalogue include 17-inch slot wheels with a bronze hue, a JPP two-inch lift kit, JPP rock rails and 37-inch tyres. A Mopar cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust up performance from the 3.6-litre donk.
THE FULL suite of JPP kit equipped to the Gravity will be available at launch, including the mounted Mopar cross rails in the tray, Mopar/Decked truck bed storage system, a JPP two-inch lift kit, plenty of LEDS, and heavy-gauge steel JPP rock rails. The Gravity also gets the cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust system for extra zip.