Jeepers have been gathering at Moab to celebrate Easter for 51 years. Since it is one of the hardest off-road trails in the world, it has been a rite of passage for 4WD enthusiasts. Fiat-Chrysler’s accessories division (Mopar) has been offering performance upgrades for Jeep since Chrysler acquired American Motors in 1987. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the first Grand Cherokee, the 1993 ZJ. While not really a concept, the Jeep Grand One is a modern take on a classic 93 model. Powered by the timeless 318 Magnum. Wearing 33″ BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires on 18″ wheels, it has a 2″ suspension lift and a longer wheelbase. Inside the carpet was replaced with bed liner, along with a 90’s era interior.
Up next is the Jeep Safari. Loosely based on a 4 door Wrangler, it makes use of translucent panels for a see-thru experience. On top is a dual level aluminum safari rack. It has a launchpad for an integrated drone so you can see the action Equipped with ARB air lockers, the right fender vent has a pressure gauge and two air hose ports. Dana 44 axles front and rear along with a shortened body will allow the Safari to tackle steep approach and descent angles.The normal 3.6 liter V6 and automatic transmission are factory-spec.
If you enjoy acceleration, the Jeep Quicksand packs a 392 Crate Hemi with hillborn style fuel injection. With velocity stacks just ahead of the firewall it will rev instantly and probably incinerate a few mosquitoes. It rides on a longer wheelbase with a custom raked windshield frame and staggered tires. A Warn winch is hidden inside the front Moon tank, probably the neatest install we have seen.
If you don’t need Hemi power, the Jeep Trailpass is a sporty take on the new Compass. It uses a 1.5″ lift to fit 18″ two-tone wheels and BFG tires. Gloss black exterior accents compliment a Mopar/Thule roof rack. Unique graphics and all weather floor mats are perfect for an active lifestyle.
Saving the best for last, the CJ66 is how I would build the ultimate Jeep. Starting with a TJ frame, it sports one of the snazziest bodies in Wrangler history. The 1966 Tuxedo Park was a luxury Jeep CJ-6 with interior upgrades and chrome hardware all around the exterior. Under the hood is a Mopar 5.7 Hemi rated at 383 hp bolted to a six-speed manual. Mopar 10th anniversary Rubicon bumpers and Viper seats are just a few of the finer details. Be sure to check out Jeep’s YouTube page for coverage of the event, and stay with us for more Jeep news.