Jeep Reveals Easter Jeep Safari Concept Car Collection

Jeep has introduced its new collection concept vehicles that will be unveiled at the 57th annual Easter Jeep Safari, April 1-9, 2023, in Moab, Utah, the automaker announced.

This year, seven distinctive Jeep brand and JPP concept vehicles are equipped with an array of powertrains, including the Jeep Wrangler Magneto, the first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) concept from the Jeep brand. The third iteration of the Jeep Wrangler SUV concept, Magneto 3.0, and three additional Jeep 4xe concept vehicles will also appear.

Jeep Wrangler Magneto 3.0 Concept

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The Jeep Magneto 1.0 concept was first introduced in 2021 as a fully capable BEV. Based on a two-door 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the Jeep Magneto features a custom-built axial flux electric motor that operates up to 6,000 rpm and connects to a six-speed manual transmission for ultimate control. The compact e-motor was initially tuned to deliver up to 273 lb.-ft. of torque and 285 hp.

The debut of the Jeep Magneto 2.0 concept in 2022 increased performance. Peak amperage in the propulsion system was more than doubled to 600 amps, which enabled the concept vehicle to deliver up to 850 lb.-ft. of peak torque to the wheels – more than triple the torque output of the previous version of the concept – and 625 hp.

Updates to Jeep Magneto this year include a new, more efficient motor that boosts the torque output, as well as updated programming, which results in a 20% increase in useable energy and range. Also new to the Jeep Magneto 3.0 concept this year are three driver selectable functions that capitalize on the benefits of a fully electric powertrain in serious off-road situations:

  • Output select allows the driver to choose between two power settings (standard: 285 horsepower/273 lb.-ft. of torque; maximum: 650 horsepower/900 lb.-ft. of torque)
  • Two-stage power regeneration mode
  • Aggressive hill descent mode

It is also equipped with Dynatrac 60 front axles (5.38:1 ratio), Dynatrac 80 rear axles (5.38:1 ratio), 20-inch off-road beadlock wheels, 40-inch mud terrain tires and a custom 3-inch lift.

Additionally, the door opening has been modified and swept back an additional six inches. For added accessibility, a new B-pillar was moved rearward 60mm from stock to make way for a custom anti-roll bar. The front fender was stretched back on the trailing edge two inches. The windshield has been raked back 12 degrees to give the side view a “chopped” roof feel without shortening the front glass, Jeep designers said. Jeep Magneto 3.0 has an updated paint scheme that pays homage to all three evolutions of the concept vehicle.

Inside, the Jeep Magneto 3.0 concept front seats have been re-trimmed in a blue leather with red accent stitching. The rear seats have been removed and the floor has been Rhino-lined in Surf Blue.

Jeep Scrambler 392 Concept

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Inspired by the 1981 Jeep Scrambler (CJ-8), the Jeep brand’s first convertible, the Jeep Scrambler 392 concept builds on the open-air origins of the CJ-8. Though a V-8 engine was never offered in the CJ-8, the 392 Scrambler concept delivers 470 hp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque with its 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine.

The Jeep Scrambler 392 concept, which started as a four-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, features significant amounts of custom carbon-fiber bodywork, Jeep said, with a new two-door design. The windshield is laid back 12 degrees and matches a lower roof.

The Jeep Scrambler 392 concept is also equipped with the AccuAir air suspension kit developed for the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator. This system allows an adjustable suspension lift ranging from 1.5 inches up to 5.5 inches and can be custom adjusted with an in-cab controller or through long-range Bluetooth on a wireless device.

The sculptural rear quarter panel is designed to emphasize the door aperture, as well as wider rear flares, designers said. The updated bodywork also includes a new front fender flare and a new carbon-fiber hood. In the middle of the hood is a tinted clear insert to spotlight the 392-cubic-inch engine. Custom front and rear lightweight bumpers and the new fender flares provide added clearance for a larger tire and wheel combo.

The Jeep Scrambler 392 concept sits on 40-inch tires wrapped around custom 20-inch rims. The rims and tow hooks are finished in Brass Monkey paint, the same as today’s stock Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392. The exterior of the concept is painted in Sublime green, while the interior has custom seats with plaid blue inserts and green stitching.

1978 Jeep Cherokee 4xe Concept

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To pay homage to the Jeep Cherokee SJ, first introduced in 1974, the Jeep design team set out to reimagine the iconic full-size SUV with a modern spin, the automaker said.

The Jeep Cherokee 4xe concept began its life as a 1978 Jeep Cherokee and blended with a 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe.

The original body was heavily modified and the exterior fuses original proportions with a 1970s-theme multicolor paint scheme.

Under the hood, the 78 Jeep Cherokee 4xe concept features the Jeep Wrangler 4xe powertrain, which provides a the combination of two electric motors, a high-voltage battery pack and a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission is mated to a 4:1 transfer case to deliver more than enough power to 37-inch tires wrapped around custom 17-inch “slotted mag” style wheels.

The Jeep ’78 Jeep Cherokee 4xe concept’s custom interior features low-back bucket seats trimmed in leather. The rear bench seat was replaced with a four-point safety cage, and the rear cargo space houses a full-size spare tire.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe Concept

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Following the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the special-run, limited-edition Tuscadero exterior paint color that debuted in 2021 for Jeep Wrangler models, the Jeep design team decided to finish the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe concept with the pink-hued paint with Gloss Black accents sprinkled across the front grille and headlamp bezels. The signature seven-slot grille was borrowed from the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 20th Anniversary model.

Off-road capability has been increased with the addition of an adjustable AccuAir air suspension kit to allow ample clearance for massive 37-inch tires that are wrapped around custom 17-inch high-gloss black American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Borah wheels. Additional AEV pieces include front and rear bumpers, differential covers and a Warn Zeon winch.

Grand Wagoneer Overland Concept

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The Grand Wagoneer Overland concept leverages the all-new 3.0-liter Hurricane Twin Turbo 510 engine to deliver 510 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque.

The concept’s main feature is a custom RedTail Overland Skyloft affixed to the top of the Grand Wagoneer’s roof. The carbon-fiber constructed Skyloft unfolds in around 10 seconds from the inside by simply pushing up with one arm.

To accomplish the Skyloft’s integration, the design team began by removing the second- and third-row seats, Jeep said. The rear-most sunroof was repositioned to create a custom weatherproof, pass-thru entrance from the lower third-row seating area to the upper Skyloft level. A fore/aft sliding door and a small step, which also doubles as a usable table, allows for easy access. The Skyloft provides a climate-controlled sleeping space with windows for two people.

Inside the main cabin space, the concept’s floor is finished with a truck bed-liner. The interior was also appointed with two oversized beanbags, a plush throw rug, pillows and custom, ambient interior lighting. The interior also provides storage for bikes, gear and other equipment.

The exterior of the Grand Wagoneer Overland concept is painted in Industrial Green with Gunmetal accents. A Warn winch was added to the front grille and features two sets of custom laser lights. A black Rhino-lined roof has a subtle pop of orange color to pay homage to the outdoor gear used by overlanding enthusiasts.

Larger wheel openings and custom wheel flares, as well as a custom front chin and rear valance help complete the look, while also delivering aggressive approach and departure angles for improved off-road capability. The concept’s 35-inch tires wrapped around custom 18-inch wheels provide a natural 1.5-inch lift to the vehicle for added breakover and ground clearance.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe Departure Concept

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The Jeep Wrangler 4xe Departure concept builds upon the original PHEV with conceptual items from the JPP by Mopar design team, including a spare wheel and tire mount that allows the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe to push the limits of available departure angles, the company said.

Riding on 17-by-8.5-inch Vintage Bronze KMC Impact OL wheels and 37-inch BFGoodrich tires, the Wrangler 4xe Departure concept features a JPP 2-inch lift kit with BILSTEIN performance shock absorbers with remote reservoirs.

Protecting the seven-slot front grille first introduced on the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 20th Anniversary edition is a custom-designed tubular grille guard measuring 4 feet by 1 foot that folds down to create a bumper bench. Below the grille guard is a modified Rubicon bumper with a Warn winch.

New, custom, flat-fender flares and wheel liners, designed specifically for larger wheel and tire combinations, provide additional clearance. The flat fender flares have integral removable daytime- running-light (DRL) covers for the off-road enthusiast who may require extra tire clearance for extreme off-road situations.

The Wrangler 4xe Departure concept uses three concept header-mounted, 11-inch TYRI rectangular LED lights with custom brackets that mount to the backside of the windshield header. Each light pivots out of the way when the windshield is folded down. Illuminating the ground at all four corners are custom rock lights.

Custom rock rails with mounted slider tubes provide enhanced body protection and easier access to the elevated cabin, Jeep said, while JPP tube doors provide the ultimate open-air experience.

For added storage capacity, the Wrangler 4xe Departure concept features Molle panels that attach to the sport bar and the body tub to house additional trail-rated accessories.

At the rear is a custom convertible tube gate that offers front- or rear-facing positions for the spare wheel and tire. When the spare is flipped outward, the system acts as a bed extender to provide more cargo space. When the gate is turned toward the cabin, the rear overhang is greatly improved for off-roading while the spare wheel and tire are safely secured. The convertible gate maintains a factory backup camera and CHMSL in either position.

The rear cargo compartment features Jeep Rubicon trail rails with tie downs to store additional accessories, and a signature JPP all-weather cargo mat.

A Dark Harbor blue exterior is contrasted inside the cabin with light Acorn Squash Nappa leather contrasted with darker Carnegie Hall brown Nappa leather, accented with warm off-white Serafil stitching. The Dark Harbor blue color continues onto the instrument panel, which features various Vintage Bronze accents. The Wrangler 4xe Departure concept also features a concept instrument panel accessory rail to mount phones or accessories for recording trail rides. For the driver, stainless-steel JPP pedal covers include black rubber pads. In addition, JPP door-grab handles provide easy entry and exit.

The new JPP heavy-duty vinyl flooring system is available now for all production four-door (JL) Wranglers. With integrated Jeep floor drains it allows for easy interior cleaning.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Sideburn Concept

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The Jeep Gladiator Sideburn concept, finished in Solar Flash Yellow, explores new tools designed for the burgeoning interest in off-road adventure, Jeep said.

Powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, the Gladiator Sideburn concept features a JPP 2-inch lift kit with BILSTEIN performance shock absorbers with remote reservoirs. At all four corners, black HRE 17-by-9-inch FT1 six-spoke wheels ride on 37-by-13-inch BF Goodrich tires.

Protecting the seven-slot front grille borrowed from the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 20th Anniversary edition is a custom-designed tubular grille guard measuring 4 feet by 1 foot that folds down to create an bumper bench. Below the grille guard is a modified Rubicon bumper with a Warn winch.

Additionally, a pair of removable 11-inch TYRI rectangular LED lights is mounted to each of the roof panels with custom bracketry in the concept-light fairing. The light fairing is attached to each roof panel and features a quick disconnect.

A concept JPP Gladiator Sport Bar, made from lightweight carbon fiber and steel, features bed steps on both sides for easy access. The sport bar also features a mid-shelf with tie downs for portable storage totes. Each tote can be locked and secured via eight available tie-down loops. Four T-track rails on the upper portion of the sport bar enable easy installation of bike, kayak or other roof-mounted cargo systems.

The bed features integral Molle panels above and behind the wheel flares for additional storage. Integral RotoPaX containers are specially designed for liquid storage during off-road adventures. Within the bed is a modified Mopar bed-mounted spare tire carrier that holds a 37-inch wheel and tire.

A custom tailgate carries the standard back-up camera, CHMSL and features three Molle-panel openings, along with a custom floating Jeep badge in the center opening.

The open-air feel of the Sideburn Gladiator concept is further enhanced by the available JPP half doors while JPP side steps and JPP grab handles assist with entry into the elevated cabin, Jeep designers said. It also features seats, armrest, shift boots, parking brake handle and half-door pull straps trimmed in a red-brown Vienesse Relicate Nappa leather with Soul-stopper thread. The thread accents continue onto the top pad of the instrument panel and steering wheel.

Custom instrument panel bezels carry a 3D topographical map of Moab scenery finished in matte-black base and gloss dark-silver trails. Accents throughout the cabin are finished in Atomic Silver matte paint.

Decorative, stainless-steel JPP pedal covers provide foot traction, and a concept JPP heavy-duty vinyl floor system (for JT Gladiator model) with integrated floor drains allows for quick interior hose-outs.

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the managing editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at ahecht@cahabamedia.com.

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