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Malcolm Flynn | Mar, 21 2013 | 1 Comment

Jeep has revealed six new off-road concepts ahead of their public debut at this month’s Moab Easter Jeep Safari in Utah.

Five of the concepts are based on the ever-customisable Wrangler, while the sixth explores the potential of the recently revealed 2014 Grand Cherokee mid-cycle refresh.

An annual tradition for Chrysler’s off-road brand, the Moab concepts are intended to explore what’s possible for Jeep owners with a range of production and prototype Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts accessories.

"We created our new Jeep Performance Parts portfolio for extreme off-road Jeep fanatics," Mopar boss Pietro Gorlier said.

"Jeep owners who are passionate about customization, performance and personalization will have a long menu of Jeep Performance Parts from which to choose."


Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Diesel Concept

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Unrelated to the Trailhawk special edition that just landed in Australia, the Moab Trailhawk concept is coated in a unique blood-orange paint scheme, offset by matte black detailing and 17 inch Wrangler Rubicon wheels.

Highlighting the arrival of the CRD turbodiesel V6 option for US-spec Grand Cherokees with the 2013 facelift, the Trailhawk Diesel Concept features enlarged wheelarches to clear relatively massive 35 inch Mickey Thompson mud tyres.

Mopar dual rear tow hooks and rock sliders are fitted, along with prototype front and rear bash plates.

The vented bonnet and partial front bumper from the hi-po Grand Cherokee SRT8 also feature.


Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon

The Wrangler Mopar Recon concept gains the 344kW 6.4 litre V8 from the Grand Cherokee SRT8, which would make light work of its massive 39-inch mud tyres.

Based on the five-door Unlimited, the Recon is also fitted with Mopar “Stinger” front and rear bar work, prototype LED headlights, winch kit, and Navy camouflage interior trim.


Jeep Wrangler Stitch

A follow-up to the lightweight Wrangler Pork Concept from Moab 2011, the Wrangler Stitch concept takes weight reduction to the next level with translucent fabric replacing the Wrangler’s rear sheetmetal.

Weight is now down to 1361kg (production Wranglers start at 1741kg), with weight also stripped from axles, chassis and interior, and a carbon fibre bonnet has been fitted.

Lightweight seats from the SRT Viper also feature, along with 17 inch alloys wrapped in decidedly heavy 35 inch mud tyres.


Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper II from Mopar

An evolution of the Sand Trooper 2012 SEMA concept, the Sand Trooper II uses a 279kW 5.7 litre crate engine and matte beige paint on a lifted five-door Ultimate body.

Tyres are 40 inch mud-terrains, and LED head and off-road lighting are joined by an array of Jeep Performance Parts.


Jeep Wrangler Flattop

As its name suggests, the Wrangler Flattop concept features a thinner body profile thanks to a two-inch chop to its windscreen and corresponding windowless hard top.

More luxuriously appointed than the other Wrangler concepts (aside from the lack of side windows), the Flattop is painted in metallic sandstone with dark saddle Katzkin leather for the interior.

Riding relatively low over 37-inch Micky Thompson mud tyres, the Flattop uses a DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 front and Dana 60 rear axle.

Both axles are fitted with Australian-designed ARB air lockers, and are controlled by TeraFlex sway bars.


Jeep Wrangler Slim

The Wrangler Slim concept is the most realistic of the six concepts and combines a simple two-inch suspension lift with lightweight Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts accessories.

Using the production 3.6 litre V6 with a Mopar cold-air intake, the Slim delivers its power via 3:73 anti-spin axles and prototype 17 inch wheels.

A 10th Anniversary Rubicon front bar is used, and the rear bar is the lightest unit offered by Mopar.

Matte black body detailing offsets the Slim’s standard Rock Lobster red paintwork.

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