You can always count on Jeep to show you just how fun cars can be.
This time, the company known for its off-road vehicles has come up with Easter Jeep Safari concepts. It’s an annual endeavor by Jeep, which aims to transform some of its iconic cars into fun and funky concepts designed specifically for a yearly holiday trip to Moab—a formidable hotspot for anyone looking to up their off-road game.
Concepts are just that: cool ideas that are designed to showcase the vast opportunities that upgrades in technology can provide. In this case, Jeep has curated a fully-electric lineup where each vehicle is designed for a very specific purpose, like camping or beach-going.
Jim Morrison, Vice President of Jeep North America, put it best: “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. Moab’s demanding trails are a worthy opponent for our Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator concept vehicles. Each is certain to prove that Jeep’s legendary 4×4 capability reigns supreme on any terrain.”
Now, let’s get into the fun, shall we?
Jeep Wrangler Magneto
The Magneto concept is a battery-powered electric vehicle that looks as well as it performs. It started out life as a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and was upgraded to be fully electric and put out 273 lb-ft of torque and 285 horsepower. It can run from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is pretty impressive for an off-roader. It also includes:
- Four battery packs for a combined 70 kW/h, all stored in waterproof enclosures
- A 12-volt battery for auxiliary power, like using a winch to pull your Magneto out of a tight spot
- A gorgeous Bright White and Surf Blue combination with sapphire-colored inserts and straps
Basically, the Magneto is doing everything you’d expect from your favorite off-roader, but it’s doing it in an environmentally-friendly way.
Every year, Jeep takes on a “resto-mod,” which means a car that has been modified and restored. For 2021, that vehicle is the 1968 Jeepster Commando, which has been redesigned with inspiration from the 2020 Wrangler Rubicon that which boasts a gorgeous, retro-style beach theme. It includes:
- A two-tone paint scheme made of Hazy IPA and Zinc Oxide shades
- A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
- 340 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of toque
- Low-back bucket seats trimmed in red leather
- Removed carpets
- Upgraded specs for better off-roading capabilities
It’s a gorgeous, vintage car modified to be even more fun—which are two of the best things you could ask for.
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Jeep Top Dog
The Top Dog is painted a fitting K-9 Blue shade, and it’s designed with the mountain biker in mind. It totally replaces the standard cargo box in the Gladiator with a custom flatbed storage system that can haul just about anything: two mountain bikes on the roof, interior storage shelves, exterior lighting, extra power supplies, a fridge, a hot dog roller, and more. If you get hungry or need to make a quick repair on the go, the Top Dog has you covered.
It has a 3.6-liter 6 engine that makes 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough to get the job done in getting you out to some exceptionally fun biking trails. There are also two winches available on this concept, which is perfect—you’ll be the favorite person of every trouble-prone off-roader!
Jeep Red Bare
If you want a Jeep truck that can do it all, you’ll love the Jeep Red Bare concept. This one boasts a frankly mind-boggling 91:1 crawl ratio, which basically means that it can produce a whole lot of torque at low speeds. And lots of torque is exactly what you want to get you through the most difficult off-road trails. Here’s what you can expect in terms of specs:
- A turbocharged 3-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that produces 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque
- An eight-speed automatic transmission specially calibrated to work at low RPMs, which is how you conquer trails
- A blend of Fire Cracker Red, Matte Black, and gold to let everyone know that you mean business
- 2-inch lift kit paired with 37-inch mud-terrain tires, a cargo bed-mounted sport bar, rock rails, steep bumpers, a winch, and a bumper guard
This is a great concept for people who are looking to take on some of America’s wildest and most difficult trails.
This is my favorite of the concepts released this year. The Farout is designed more for overlanding than off-roading, the former of which is a form of long-distance off-road travel that’s a little less obstacle-based and more about going on an adventure. And, as you might expect, it utilizes the Gladiator base to get the job done.
Here’s what to expect:
- A fuel-efficient, long-range 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V8 engine with 425 miles of driving range
- A 16-foot long and 7.5-foot tall tent that is stored in the truck topper and that only takes a moment to unfurl
- Wood-lined interior with soft, ambient lighting and plaid flannel seat inserts
- A fully-functional fridge and stove, storage racks, built-in seating and table space
- A winch capable of pulling 12,000 lbs, custom rock rails, and performance shocks
Seriously—the Farout is pretty much a house on wheels. The only thing it’s missing is a shower!
Jeep Orange Peelz
I have to say, I really love the name of the Orange Peelz, which is reminiscent of this concept’s goals: to provide all the fun and freedom you could want in an off-roader. It’s an open-air Wrangler concept that has had the side and rear windows removed to remind everyone of the brand’s heritage. There’s also a removable one-piece glass sunroof, so you can decide just how much sun and air you want to get.
With a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, you can count on the Orange Peelz to tackle any job you throw in front of it. The all-weather floor mats are designed to perfectly fit in this concept and are made with high sides, so it’ll contain any liquids you spill. And the front mats even come with a drain so you can let all that extra water out. Pretty cool, right?
The interior is decked out in plaid seats, and there’s a swing gate at the rear that allows for the storage of larger, off-roading tires. There’s a ton of protective cladding on this machine to ensure you can take it on the toughest terrains knowing that you’re not going to damage the bodywork. It also comes with an 8,000-lb winch and a prototype 2-inch steel grille guard.