The annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari gets underway this Saturday in Utah and Jeep’s Mopar division has whipped the covers off of a range of beefed-up trail blazers to wet our off-road appetites.
In what has become an annual tradition, Jeep and Mopar work together to show what is possible using a mix of both off-the-shelf and trick new protoype, Jeep and Mopar Performance products.
Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Trail Warrior
Increased ground clearance can be dialed up via the Quadra-Lift air suspension and challenging tracks tackled with the 44:1 low range ratio.
The satin black theme is carried through to the bonnet, wheel-arch flares, rock sliders and a futuristic looking prototype roof-rack.
The exterior upgrades are complemented by a two-tone black and tan interior, with gloss black accents on the HVAC bezels, steering wheel and instrument panel.
Additional Mopar accessories include all-weather floor mats, door sills, lighted Jeep logo sills, a pedal kit and a cargo tray.
According to Jeep, this is the most extreme Cherokee ever.
Cherokee Dakar’s low-range ratio is 48:1, and estimated approach and departure angles are 32 and 39 degrees, respectively.
Large wheel arch flares cover 17-inch Trailhawk alloys and 33-inch Mud Terrain tyres.
The suspension has been lifted using a prototype Jeep Performance Parts lift kit and the underbody fitted with a number of bash plates to protect the front suspension, engine sump and fuel tank.
Subtle satin black rocksliders and less subtle exposed front and rear recovery points, hint at the intent.
The Silver Steel Satin Gloss exterior is contrasted with red highlights, a theme that carries through to the interior where the prototype Katzkin black leather seats feature “Machined Gunmetal” inserts and red stitching. A Flame Red insert accents the entertainment centre.
Parts sourced from the Mopar catalogue include all-weather floor mats, bright door-sill guards with the Cherokee logo, a cargo tray for storage, and the JCMS (Jeep Cargo Management System) with the Trailhawk bag. It also features the prototype Moab off-road bag.
A toned-down Dakar, the Adventure boasts Trailhawk 4x4 capability, including a 48:1 crawl ratio and some additional utility and cargo features. Prototype 17-inch alloys are fitted with less aggressive and more bitumen friendly All-Terrain tyres.
The Dakar’s underbody bash-plates are retained as are the rock-sliders and exposed red recovery points.
The tan exterior includes a black Trailhawk bonnet decal and matte black prototype Mopar roof basket with a bungee net hold down system.
On the inside, Black Katzkin leather seats feature perforated inserts and maize-embroidered Jeep logos with maize stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, arm rest and gear shift boot.
Tan inserts have been added to the HVAC bezels, instrument panel, steering wheel and door switch bezels.
Jeep’s Cargo Management System is fitted, together with a Trailhawk bag and Moab off-road bag.
Bright door sill guards with the Cherokee logo, all-weather mats and a cargo tray complete the line-up of Mopar interior accessories.