2012 Jeep and Mopar show all for the 46th Jeep Moab Easter Safari
Following up the earlier teaser illos, Jeep and Mopar have released official photos and more details about all six vehicles that will be showcased next week at the 46th annual Jeep Moab Easter Safari. Sporting a Stone White, a Mineral Gray, Red and matte-black color motif throughout, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept augments the Grand Cherokee's already formidable all-around capabilities with new 18-inch Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor off-road tires on painted five-spoke wheels. These new Goodyears feature more damage-resistant sidewalls and provide extra measure of grip in the dirt with quieter highway ride. In addition to a host of cosmetic touches and a rear light bar, the Trailhawk Concept is fitted with modified Mopar rock rails that help protect its lower body from the rigors of negotiating rocky terrain.
The Jeep Wrangle Apache Concept showcases several unique Mopar components, but the most eagerly awaited custom bit is its 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that cranks out roughly 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Specifically designed for the Wrangler, this legendary engine upgrade will be available as a conversion kit starting this summer. While initial retrofits require the engine be backed by Chrysler Group's W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission, at some point, Mopar will start producing hardware to let it bolt up to the Wrangler's standard six-speed manual transmission. The Jeep Wrangler Apache Concept also features Mopar Pro 60 front/rear axles, a 4.5-inch Stage 3 long-arm lift kit and off-road bead-lock wheels as well as rock rails, a Warn 9.5ti XP winch and high-clearance flat fenders. Other cosmetic touches include front and rear half-door kits, a Stinger front bumper and a Mopar branded interior with Katzkin leather seats and a locking center console box.
Another Wrangler-based one-off, the Jeep J-12 Concept is basically an extended-length version of the Mopar JK-8 pickup conversion kit. Based here on a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited, it features an 18-inch frame stretch that permits a full six-foot cargo bed and under-floor mounting of the spare tire. Functional enhancements include a new Mopar three-inch suspension lift kit, Teraflex sway bars, and ARB air-locker equipped Dynatrac D-44/D-60 front/rear axle assemblies, Tom Woods custom driveshafts and 36-inch tires mounted on 16-inch steel wheels. Mopar cranked out a custom hood and fender combo that recalls the legendary Jeep Gladiator series vehicles and to give it more truck-like interior ambiance, the J-12 Concept's cabin swaps carpeting for bedliner material on the floor and bucket seats for a bench alternative.
Ready to go literally anywhere, the Jeep Wrangler Traildozer Concept is a joint effort Jeep Design and the American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) engineering team. It began life as a Dozer Yellow 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon but has been fortified with a 470-horse/6.4-liter Mopar HEMI V8 engine mated to a Getrag 238 six-speed manual transmission. Other driveline upgrades include Rubicon-specific Dana 44 axles equipped with 4:10 gears and electronic locking differentials. An AEV Dualsport RS 3.5-inch suspension lift helps the bodywork stay clear of the 37-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw radials wrapped around Mopar Classic five-spoke wheels, and Mopar premium front/rear bumpers and rear corner guards add further protection against the rigors of the off-road. Other Traildozer Concept components include Mopar performance heat-reduction hood, Mopar half-door kit and a Mopar/Warn 9.5 Cti winch as well as AEV leather seat-trim kit and Mopar slush mats.
Arguably the most dramatic of these Jeep Wrangler-based offerings, the Jeep Mighty FC Concept recreated the look and feel of the Jeep Forward Control models built from 1956-1965 but with thoroughly modern mechanicals. What began as a Wrangler Rubicon was recast using a lengthened platform with a custom front clip that uses the roof panel from the JK-8 kit and a fabricated drop-side cargo box that frames an eight-foot-plus tray-style bed. The underpinnings are fully upgraded starting with Mopar's new Portal Axle set that delivers the greatest amount of ground clearance without excessive suspension lift. A King coil-over suspension with reservoir-type shock absorbers, stout Teraflex control arms and track bars plus 40-inch tires mounted on custom Hutchinson 17-inch beadlock wheels round out the chassis enhancements. Other bits of interest on the Jeep Mighty FC Concept include Hanson bumpers, a Warn 16.5 winch and a Corsa stainless steel exhaust system.
As a finishing touch to the Moab mix, the Mopar Accessorized 2012 Jeep Wrangler boasts a healthy helping of the more than 250 accessory items -including some prototype pieces -- currently offered by Mopar. Based on a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon, this one-off exercise features a two-inch performance lift kit, 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler tires mounted on Mopar Classic five-hole wheels, front/rear off-road bumpers, a Warn 9.5ti XP winch, Mopar rock rails, Kicker dash 6.5-inch two-way speakers, Mopar all-weather mats and more. Among the Mopar items currently under development, this jammin' Jeep features a locking center console box, rear cargo cubby cover, windshield-mounted LED lamps, a new hard-top headliner and an "Add-A-Trunk" partition that creates a secure stow space in the rear cargo area.