A V8-powered Jeep Wrangler, courtesy of Mopar, may soon arrive.
Only a few days ago did Jeep reveal a few concept art images of their upcoming concepts built specifically for this year's Easter Jeep Safari. The event will be taking place in Moab, Utah from March 31st till April 8th. Obviously Jeep turned to Mopar for some assistance. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept basically takes the standard model and adds a set of new 18-inch off-road tires that feature an additional side-wall protection to enhance durability.
Other features include 5-spoke painted Mineral Gray Wheels and modified Mopar rock rails that are engineered to protect the lower body from rocky terrain. However, the Wrangler Apache (painted here in black) is the real treat for enthusiasts. It's powered by the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that produces 470hp and 470lb-ft of torque. Set to arrive this summer, this Mopar Wrangler V8 will initially be offered with the five-speed automatic transmission, but Jeep says a six-speed manual option will arrive later. Other new off-road features are Mopar Pro 60 front and rear axles, a 4.5-inch Stage 3 long arm kit and off-road bead-lock wheels.
Stepping back in time a bit now, Jeep's Mighty FC Concept is a modern recreation of the Jeep Forward Control, which was built from 1956 to 1965. Jeep started with a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon and repositioned the cabin over and ahead of the front axle. They then lightened the wheelbase, and added a custom built drop-side cargo box. The cargo area has a full-width, drop-side tray-style bed that's more than eight feet in length. The Jeep J-12 Concept is essentially an extended version of the already launched JK-8 pickup conversion kit for the Wrangler. However, Mopar has improved it with the addition of a new three-inch suspension lift kit and Teraflex sway bars.
Traction shouldn't be a problem either, as the concept rides on a set of 36-inch tires mounted on 16-inch steel wheels.
Lastly, the Wrangler Traildozer Concept was built specifically for Moab's toughest trails. Starting off with a yellow 2012 Wrangler Rubicon, they then added a 470hp 6.4-liter HEMI V8 mated to a Getrag six-speed manual. In order to handle the 37-inch tires mounted on Mopar Classic five-spoke wheels, an AEV Dualsport 3.5-inch suspension lift was installed. For severe off-road body protection, Mopar premium front and rear bumpers and rear corner guards were installed.