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Diesel, electric and more for 2021 Easter Jeep Safari concept vehicles


Jeep and Jeep Performance Parts team again join forces to create a lineup of custom-built concept vehicles to conquer the iconic trails in Moab, Utah, during the 2021 Easter Jeep Safari. Four new concept vehicles, including (from left) Jeep Red Bare, Jeep Magneto, Jeepster Beach and Jeep Orange Peelz, will be there. (Image  courtesy of Jeep)

The annual 2021 Easter Jeep Safari, organized by Red Rock 4-Wheelers, always shows off the brand’s latest wacky and possible Jeep vehicles. This year, is no exception with four new concept ideas combined with a few carryovers.

Each year, off-road enthusiasts get together in Moab, Utah at the trailhead, to celebrate the extended holiday by wheeling on the rocky, desert landscape.

Jeep and Jeep Performance Parts has made this one of their signature events, March 27 to April 4, to show off new ideas and possible future products like the Jeep 392 with its Hemi V-8 engine, which was a concept at a past Safari and is now going into production.

The new concepts this year include a variety of different ideas showing off the many different needs from consumers.

The Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept is a fully capable BEV that is stealthy, quiet, quick and an unmistakable rock-climbing force. (Image courtesy of Jeep)

Electric-only Jeep Magneto

This is a battery-electric Jeep concept sporting a Bright White color with Surf Blue accents has an additional trick with a manual transmission. Yes, a battery with a manual.

Jeep says the Magento uses a “custom-built axial flux motor” that operates up to 6,000 RPM combined with a unique manual-electric powertrain. The clutch operates as it would with an internal combustion engine.

Power is supplied from four battery parks with a combined power of 70kW/h running an 800-volt systems. These packs are placed in areas of the two-door Wrangler to keep it balanced.

Plus, the batteries reside in a waterproof enclosure to maintain the Wrangler’s 30-inch water fording ability.

The Jeep Magneto BEV concept comes equipped with a JPP 2-inch lift kit, 17-inch Lights Out black metallic wheels with 35-inch mud-terrain tires, custom roll cage, Mopar Rock Rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch and a steel belly pan for added off-road capability. (Image courtesy of Jeep)

Other features include: JPP 2-inch lift kit, 17-inch Lights Out black metallic wheels with 35-inch mud-terrain tires, custom roll cage, Mopar Rock Rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch and a steel belly pan for added off-road capability.

Finally, a DC to AC power inverter can provide power to a campsite and other long-term operation of accessories.

This year’s Jeep “Resto-Mod” is a throwback to the second-generation Jeepster. (Photo courtesy Jeep)

Jeepster Beach

Each year, Jeep reaches back in its history to bring an old vehicle to life and this year, it is a Jeepster Beach concept that gets reborn.

The concept started as a 1968 Jeepster Commando (C-101) which was originally built for leisure 4×4 driving with such modern amenities such as doors, roll-up side glass, heater and a roof.

Blending a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with the Jeepster meant modifying the body and using a two-tone paint scheme of Hazy IPA and Zinc Oxide. It rides on 35-inch tires.

Jeepster Beach’s custom interior features low-back bucket seats trimmed in red leather. This ultimate beach-themed cruiser embodies a spirited, carefree attitude. (Photo courtesy Jeep)

Under the hood, there is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a custom, concept calibration delivering 25% more than the product version. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Finally, the custom interior features low-back bucket seats trimmed in red leather with the rear seat swapped for a chrome, four-point safety cage. The carpets were removed to make cleaning out the sand easier.

The Jeep Red Bare Gladiator Rubicon concept is powered by the turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine, rated at 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque, and delivers an impressive 91:1 crawl ratio to tackle Moab’s toughest trails. (Image courtesy of Jeep)

Jeep Red Bare

A Jeep brand lineup wouldn’t be complete without a truck and this year, it is in the form of the Jeep Red Bare Gladiator.

This is a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 powered truck mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

There are Dana 44 front and rear heavy-duty axles with an upgraded 4.88 axle ratios aimed at low-speed grunt resulting in a 91:1 crawl ratio.

The Gladiator Red Bare’s interior incorporates custom Katzkin Black leather seats with red stitching and custom red flannel inserts. The instrument panel has been wrapped in the same red flannel material, giving the interior a bold, rustic finish. (Photo courtesy Jeep)

The exterior is painted in Fire Cracker Red with custom matte black graphics and gold accents. There are Mojave hood and cowl pieces along with a black factory soft-top, half doors to really get that open-air freedom.

Other upgrades include: JPP 2-inch lift kit, 17-inch Matte Black wheels with 37-inch BFG mud-terrain tires, cargo bed-mounted sport bar, JPP Sand Slider rock rails, bed cover and rack system, factory steel bumpers with a Warn winch and front bumper grille guard for added off-road protection.

Finally, the interior has a custom Katzkin Black leather seats with red stitching and custom red flannel inserts. The instrument panel keeps the red flannel looking going.

Based on a two-door Wrangler, the Jeep Orange Peelz concept pays tribute to the long-standing, open-air, fun-and-freedom lifestyle that makes the Jeep Wrangler a global icon.  (Image courtesy of Jeep)

Jeep Orange Peelz

Next, the Jeep Orange Peelz concept keeps the open-air idea going with half doors, a custom removable one-piece Freedom Top glass sunroof.

They also added JPP 2-inch lift kit with FOX shocks that increases ground clearance, concept steel “high-top” fender flares, 17-inch JPP beadlock-capable aluminum wheels riding on 37-inch BF Goodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires with Mopar valve stem caps carrying the Jeep logo.

For the exterior, there is a Satin Black 360-degree custom beltline graphic and Satin Black vintage Jeep fender badges along with the bright Orange Peelz exterior color.

Plaid seems to be in style this year with its usage highlighting several Jeep concepts like the Orange Peelz.
(Photo courtesy Jeep)

The concept hood features Mopar hood latches, flanked by JPP 5-inch off-road LED lights mounted at the base of the A-pillars.

Protecting the Orange Peelz is a custom steel bumper with prototype 2-inch steel grille guard, 8,000-pound capacity Rubicon Warn winch and custom rock rails.

Other features include a JPP swing gate hinge reinforcement for larger spare tire, third-brake light relocation kit and JPP grab handles to get in and out.

Inside, the cabin, plaid armrests, upper and lower seat inserts and mid-instrument panels match the Orange Peelz exterior. Accent-orange stitching adorns the steering wheel, shifter boots and the parking-brake handle.

It is powered by a 3.6-liter V66 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a JPP cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust.

Past Concepts

Two other concepts will make their way back to Moab including the Jeep Wrangler 392 Rubicon, which is now a production model, and the Jeep Top Dog concept built for mountain bikers as well as a impressive overlanding concept with a 16-feet by 7.5-feet tall tent in the Jeep Farout concept.

The bottom line

These Jeep concepts are fun to see and imagine what your current Jeep could look like as well as what might become a production model.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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