Jeep reveals Gladiator, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler concepts

  • Jeep revealed several off-road concepts ahead of this year’s Easter Jeep Safari event.
  • There is a “bobbed” Gladiator pickup with a foot that drops from its cargo box and a special hardtop roof.
  • There’s also a confident Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe with unique 20-inch wheels and chunky 33-inch tires.

    One of the best parts of owning a Jeep, especially a Wrangler or Gladiator, is their naturally adaptable nature. To showcase the huge selection of accessories as well as tease potential future models, the company revealed several cool and colorful concepts ahead of the 2022 Easter Jeep Safari, including a “bobbed” Gladiator and a plug-in hybrid Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe.

    The annual Easter Jeep Safari event is held in Moab, Utah and attracts thousands of the brand’s fans and off-road enthusiasts alike. This year, audiences will be treated to a new crop of custom-built Jeeps, with more than a few featuring electrified powertrains. While the all-electric, manual-equipped Wrangler Magneto made an appearance at last year’s Easter Jeep Safari, the others are new and interesting in their own right.

    Gladiator “Bob” concept

    This wild concept started life as a Gladiator Rubicon, but it’s received some not-so-subtle changes. Its cargo bed has been shortened by 12 inches – a technique called “bump” – which here shrinks the rear overhang and gives the truck a better departure angle. It also rides on a set of massive 40-inch tires with orange 20-inch beadlock wheels. Along with the removal of the doors, the B-pillars are gone, giving the interior a truly open concept. The orange roof is another piece you won’t find on a regular Gladiator. Jeep says the design features a perforated hard top with canvas over the top that allows natural light to shine through.

    Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe Concept

    This plug-in hybrid Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe isn’t as flashy as some of the other concepts, but it has a distinctly confident look. It wears a custom Industrial Blue color that’s nicely contrasted by the black-painted roof that’s actually made from a bedliner material. A roof rack, rock rails, upgraded lighting fixtures and a sweet wheel-and-tire package complete the overlanding vibe. The unique 20-inch wheels are mounted on 33-inch all-terrain tires under flared fenders. The Trailhawk also features an adjustable air suspension and a swing-out disconnect feature that helps make it as capable as it is cool.

    Jeep ’41 concept

    Jeep’s heritage is forever linked to the original military-spec Willys MB, and this ’41 concept based on a plug-in hybrid Wrangler Willys 4xe is a fitting tribute. From its matte olive green paint to its color-matched steel wheels to its stenciled graphics, the connection to the original is undeniable. We also love its half doors and steel bumpers, which include a Warn winch mounted up front. The ’41 concept is also equipped with 35-inch tires and a 2.0-inch lift kit. Inside, the military aesthetic continues with a matte green bedliner material covering the floor and seats covered in canvas with digital camo inserts.

    Birdcage and D-Coder concept


    jeep dcoder concept by jpp


    To highlight some of the myriad accessories available through Jeep Performance Parts (JPP), a Wrangler and Gladiator were transformed into concepts called the Birdcage and D-Coder. The Birdcage is pictured at left in Eagle Brown paint and comes with all kinds of heavy-duty off-road equipment, including 37-inch tires and what JPP says is the industry’s first 2.0-inch lift kit with Fox shocks developed specifically for the Wrangler 4xes plug-in hybrid powertrain. The D-Coder is shown on the right in black, but most notable are the abundant red-painted JPP additions. Essentially a rolling catalog, the parts list ranges from tube doors to a three-piece modular front bumper to a snorkel air intake.

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