Jeep Easter Safari 2022: All the main concept cars

Jeep has a following that most car brands could only dream of. In fact, it has such a loyal following that each year about 50,000 owners travel to Moab, Utah, for what’s known as the Easter Jeep Safari. This year it will be held between 9 and 17 April.

Pitched by fans, rather than Jeep itself, the American 4×4 company has in recent years fully embraced the event, showcasing a series of concept cars each year to ignite further passion for the brand’s products .

Some are just a designer’s imagination gone wild, while others are closer to what you might see in production. For 2022, Jeep has revealed the most concepts yet, with many of the models having a particular focus on electrification. Let’s take a look at the weird and wonderful concepts from this year’s Easter Safari…

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Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 Concept

At last year’s Easter Safari, Jeep showed off an all-electric version of the Wrangle – dubbed the Magneto Concept – and while the company said it initially came up with the idea for “fun”, a production version is looking increasingly plausible. For 2022, Jeep has revealed a second volume, which boasts significantly more performance, with power rising from 281bhp to 616bhp, and torque growing from 370Nm to a whopping 1150Nm. While the company hasn’t been able to fully test it, Magneto’s designers say a sub-three-second 0-60 mph time should be possible. Interestingly, it also uses a six-speed manual transmission to control the electric motor, while Jeep has extended the wheelbase of the two-door Wrangler by 12 inches to squeeze in the powertrain.

Other styling changes include custom, lightweight bumpers, carbon fiber wheels and Surf Blue paint.

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Jeep Rubicon 20th Anniversary Concept

On the standard Wrangler you can walk into a Jeep showroom and buy, the Rubicon is the most extreme version – with a range of tweaks to make it even more capable off-road. And as it was 20 years ago since the original Wrangler Rubicon was launched, Jeep is celebrating with a new anniversary concept. Based on the ‘392’ version (not sold in the UK), it uses a huge 6.4-litre V8 engine and comes with a dual-mode performance exhaust system, custom-built half doors and a contrasting matte gray vinyl wrap. with gold towbar and emblem.

A lift kit is also fitted to further raise the ride height, while a Warn winch and 37-inch mud tires complete the modifications.

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Jeep ’41 concept

Heritage is extremely important to Jeep, with its origins traced back to the original Willys Jeep that aided in the World War II effort. The number ’41’ refers to the year the brand was founded, with this concept paying homage to the original with its matte green exterior finish, black powder-coated steel bumpers and khaki soft top. Custom stencils, a retro shifter, canvas-covered seats and matte green wheels round out the changes, which Jeep says make it “fit for a five-star general.”

A modern twist on the ’41 concept, however, is the fact that it uses the new 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain already found on Wranglers over in the US, offering electric driving for 21 miles.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk PHEV Concept

You’ll notice that the vast majority of these concepts focus on the Wrangler, which remains Jeep’s most iconic model, and one that has a particularly strong following. But Jeep is also shining a spotlight on its new Grand Cherokee 4xe – the brand’s new plug-in hybrid SUV that serves as its flagship, with a new Trailhawk concept, which will likely continue to inspire future production models.

Highlights include a class-exclusive sway bar disconnect, which allows for better wheel articulation and traction over rocks and rough terrain, while custom 20-inch alloys are wrapped in 33-inch mud tires, along with widened wheel arches. This concept also comes painted in a cool Industrial Blue, with matte decals and a custom roof rack. Even the top half of the car is painted in a durable black liner finish, which allows you to load things like Christmas trees and kayaks onto the roof rack, without risk of damaging the paint.

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Jeep Bob Concept

Known simply as “Bob,” this concept is a cross between Jeep’s Wrangler and Gladiator pick-up, with its name referring to the “bobbing” (or shortening) of the long rear overhang. All four of the Gladiator’s doors and B-pillars have been removed for ‘ultimate open-air freedom’, while a custom hardtop has been perforated, with canvas applied over the top to provide protection, while letting in plenty of natural light.

The Bob also comes with a three-inch lift kit and a custom off-road suspension provided by industry leaders, with a contrasting gloss and matte color scheme adding even more style to the concept.

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Jeep D-Coder Concept from JPP

One of Jeep’s most interesting concepts in 2022 is the D-Coder concept, which has been created by Mopar – the division that provides a range of aftermarket supplies to Jeep owners. Essentially, all aspects of the D-Code are painted red. extras that Mopar can deliver to Wrangler owners, where each part has a QR code that can be scanned, takes a customer directly to the page where they can learn more or purchase the accessory for themselves.

Just a few of the features Mopar can provide include custom Katzkin leather upholstery, mesh sun visors, and Gorilla Glass, which is three times as strong as glass typically fitted.

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Jeep Birdcage Concept from JPP

The Birdcage is another model created by Mopar, and it also showcases a range of elements from JPP – Jeep Performance Parts. Designed to be an “extreme wide-open 4×4 machine”, this model is also based on the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid. Jeep worked to improve the approach angle of the standard car, using a custom slider. plate, which protects the winch and is positioned to enable improved rock crawling performance. New wheel housings and wheel inserts are also fitted, allowing for larger wheel and tire combinations.

The windscreen has also been removed, while inside distinctive ‘Tobacco Leaf and Cocoa Brown’ leather seats are a unique touch, with the entire interior designed to be washed down when it gets muddy.

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