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Moab Easter Jeep Safari Concepts 2016: retro chic and mega power

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Moab Easter Jeep Safari Concepts 2016
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E s has meanwhile become a firm tradition that Jeep for the annual 'Safari' in Moab, the world's largest jeep meeting, arrives with its own show car fleet. This year there are two anniversaries to celebrate: Jeep turns 75 and the Moab Easter Jeep Safari takes place for the 50th time. For a double pack at Easter under the Utah sun, the off-road vehicle manufacturer used two models as a basis to put some quite hot concept cars on the wheels.

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The Jeep Crew Chief is reminiscent of the Kaiser Jeep.

Jeep Trailcat with 707 hp

If it were all about performance, the winner would be certain from the start. In the Jeep Trailcat, the technicians assembled the Hellcat V8 from the corporate shelf, which releases a slim 707 hp. In order to somehow get that on the ground without the Wrangler rolling over backwards when driving off, the wheelbase was lengthened by 12 inches. Together with the shortened windshield, this gives an extravagant silhouette, especially since the tires (39.5x17) are anything but meager. If you want to ride the 6.2-liter V8 with Hallelujah into the sunset, you get a six-speed gearbox, Dana 60s axles try to withstand the thunderstorm from the front car.

Quite different with the Jeep Crew Chief: quoting the blessed Kaiser M715 Army SUV. 20-inch rims, 40-inch tires, Dana 60 axles and a lift kit for ten centimeters more height were installed, and the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 pushes service under the hood. In the interior, the inspiration may have stopped, because apart from four additional switches and a pumpkin-sized compass, the series interior of the Jeep Wrangler is waiting here.

To fall in love with: Jeep FC 150 and Crew Chief

Where weJust on the subject are quoted: the cutest concept car this year is without a doubt the Jeep FC 150. In 1956 Jeep launched a small forward control truck under this name, almost unknown in Europe. The FC 150 concept is based on a 2005 Wrangler TJ and is accordingly also powered by the six-cylinder, four-liter in-line engine of the time. A three-stage automatic is attached to this, the 33 mm tires keep the proportions in the correct measure. The styling of the Jeep FC 150 goes so far that signs of age in the form of dents and a rust look were applied to it at the factory.

With the exception of the psychedelic film 'paint', the Mopar Looted warehouse. New hood. Fabric top and half-doors, new bumpers, the two-inch lift kit, winch and 37 mm tires. Drive: Pentastar V6, served on a five-speed automatic.

Very briefly, very red: the Jeep Short Cut. For him, Jeep refers to the legendary CJ5 with its characteristic door cutouts. What they planted in the Jeep Trailcat was cut out of the short cut: it is 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) shorter. His run: 35er on 17-inch rims and a five centimeter higher chassis with Fox dampers. And also: a lot of red! The drive is also standard here, V6, five-speed automatic.

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Cute: The FC 150 with dents and rust look ex works.

Jeep Renegade Concepts

And there were the two youngsters. The Jeep Renegade is allowed to go to Moab in two versions this year, one of which is only partially convincing. The Renegade Commander turned out quite chic. Placed five centimeters higher and garnished with - for its size - almost huge 29.5x17 off-road tires, the smallest Jeep really looks good. The Jeep Renegade Commander is powered by the Tigershark petrol engine with a displacement of 2.4 liters, which is not available in Germany.

The last concept car leaves you a little perplexed. The name of the Renegade Comanche refers to the brand's earlier mid-range pickup based on the Jeep Cherokee XJ. In addition, he was given a cloth cap and a parasol with him on the way, with a winch behindBumpers inserted and a flatbed screwed on behind the front seats. The drive, however, sounds familiar: two-liter diesel and nine-speed automatic.

The 50th Moab Easter Jeep Safari is a nine-day event, on Easter Saturday is the main celebration, at which Jeep will also present the vehicles.

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