Jeep reveals Gladiator, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler concepts

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

    One of the best parts of owning a jeep, especially the Wrangler or Gladiator, is their natural adaptable nature. To showcase the huge selection of accessories and tease potential future models, the company unveiled 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 it attracts thousands of the brand’s fans and off-road enthusiasts. This year, the public will be offered a new harvest of custom-built jeeps, with more than a few with electrified drivelines. While the fully electric, manually equipped Wrangler Magneto made an appearance on last year’s Easter jeep safari, the others are new and interesting in themselves.

    Gladiator “Bob” concept

    This wild concept started life as a Gladiator Rubicon, but it has undergone some not so subtle changes. Its load compartment 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 runs on a set of massive 40-inch tires with orange 20-inch beadlock wheels. Together with the removal of the doors, the B-pillars are gone, which gives the interior a really open concept. The orange roof is another piece you will not find on a regular Gladiator. Jeep says that the design has a perforated hard top with canvas over the top that lets natural light shine through.

    Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe Concept

    This plug-in hybrid Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe is not as flashy as some of the other concepts, but it has a distinct confident look. It wears a custom industrial blue color that is nicely contrasted by the black-painted roof that is actually made of a bedliner material. A roof rack, mountain rails, upgraded lighting elements and a sweet wheel-and-tire package complement the landing atmosphere. The unique 20-inch wheels are mounted on 33-inch clay terrain tires under flared fenders. The Trailhawk also has an adjustable air suspension and a swivel-disengagement function that helps make it as capable as it is cool.

    Jeep ’41 concept

    Jeep’s legacy is forever linked to the original military-specific Willys MB, and this ’41 concept based on a plug-in hybrid Wrangler Willys 4xe is a fitting tribute. From its matte olive green lacquer 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 at the front. The ’41 concept is also equipped with 35-inch tires and a 2.0-inch lifting kit. Inside, the military aesthetic continues with a matte green bedliner material that covers the floor and seats covered with canvas with digital camo inserts.

    Birdcage and D-Coder concept


    jeep dcoder concept by jpp


    To highlight some of the countless accessories available through Jeep Performance Parts (JPP), a Wrangler and Gladiator were transformed into concepts called Birdcage and D-Coder. The birdcage is depicted on the left in Eagle Brown paint and equipped with all kinds of powerful terrain equipment, including 37-inch tires and what JPP says is the industry’s first 2.0-inch lifting kit with Fox dampers that was developed especially for Wrangler 4xes plug-in hybrid driveline. The D-Coder is shown on the right in black, but most notable are the abundantly red-painted JPP extensions. Essentially a rolling catalog, the list of parts ranges from tube doors to a three-piece modular front bumper to a snorkel air intake.

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