Mopar brings CJ Jeep Wrangler Electromod, Custom Ram TRX to SEMA

Celebrating 85 years of being the factory performance brand for Ram and Jeep, Mopar reflects on their current Ram performance models and looks toward an all-electric future. As part of the celebration, Jeep is offering up what a CJ Jeep Wrangler with an electro-mod powertrain could look like by previewing their future lineup of electric powertrains. Meanwhile, Ram is keeping things ICE with its two concepts based on the Ram 1500 and TRX off-road combustion-powered models.

The Surge

No, Jeep isn’t bringing back the caffeinated cola of the 1990s, but it is building on the “E” segment of electrified rides. This time, it’s a Jeep CJ built using a concept box electric motor based on the upcoming 400-volt vehicle architecture that’s also coming on the non-SRT versions of the Dodge Charger Daytona EV muscle car. The concept’s 268 hp electric motor is mounted under the concept CJ’s hood and retains the classic seven-slot Jeep grille. Jeep made no mention of the toll rate.

This crate motor connects to a Jeep two-speed transmission while electricity is provided by 24 lithium-ion battery modules. These modules are placed in the cargo area in a custom-made enclosure. The Surge concept rolls on a set of 35×12.50R17 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires mounted on a quartet of classic Black Rhino Solid wheels with Surf Blue accent stripes. Those wheels are connected to a set of Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) Dana 44 box axles built to survive the torque of the 400 volt motor. To make sure the rocks aren’t flung away and into the cabin, a set of custom front and rear reflectors are wider than the original CJs. The underside of this electromod CJ is protected by a JPP front bumper plate and concept JPP rock rails.

More Surf Blue can be found on the “E” on the “Surge” lettering and the pair of towbars on the front JPP Wrangler JK Rubicon Bumper, where a Warn winch is also fitted. A pipe bar is fitted to the bumper to protect the winch and grille from possible brush damage, while LED fog lights illuminate the road in difficult conditions. A set of round LED front headlights bring the classic look of the CJ into the modern age to match its modern electric motor. The battery charging port is located in the pocket where the original CJ’s fuel port was located. The front windshield is cut two inches and sits on custom pegs, but still folds down for a true open-air experience. At least when the bikini top is removed.

Inside, there’s a mix of modern and classic on the Surge concept. The seats are customized and manufactured with concept seat boosters and covered in Sedoso fabric with houndstooth inlays and Surf Blue stitching. Although there’s no traditional gearbox on the Surge thanks to using an electric motor, you still need to tell the engine control unit which way to drive. You do this by using the rotary switch from modern Jeeps on the JK center console. The lever on the left controls the two-speed gearbox.

The centralized Mopar gauge cluster gives the driver all the information they need, but a battery charge indicator replaces the fuel gauge to let them know when it’s time for more juice. The occupants of the Surge are surrounded by a custom roll cage while the driver holds a custom-made steering wheel with a unique “JPP” horn button. Finally, a pair of Mopar all-weather floor mats will help protect the injected bed liner and make some of the cleanup from your trails a little faster.

TRX’s gold standard

The 2022 Ram 1500 TRX is already a very impressive off-road focused truck, but this Gold Shot concept from Ram turns it into the ultimate motocross toy dump truck. While you already get the ear-catching 702-horsepower V-8 engine under the hood, it’s the graphics that will make everyone notice it even when the engine is off. Satin Bitter Yellow and Satin Black graphics let everyone know you’re riding a TRX. That scheme is then contrasted with Vintage Bronze-colored 18×9.5 Black Rhino Chamber wheels on 37×13.50R18 BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 tires. Of course, getting into the TRX to load and unload your bikes is no easy task, but thankfully Mopar’s bed steps are here to help. These steps are easily lowered when you need them and stored with a simple push.

A pair of 14-inch TYRI Concept rectangular LED lights mounted on the RamBar behind the cab, adding some extra driving light when you’re on the trail. The bed itself is protected by Mopar’s spray-in textured bedliner, but the underside of the TRX Gold Shot is armored with custom metal skids on the front and back, and features LASER-etched “Mopar” lettering. The front skid plate helps increase the TRX’s front approach angle by 2.3 degrees, increasing it to 32.5 degrees. There are also a pair of Mopar rock rails to protect the side sills from damage, but a pair of five-inch Mopar exhaust tips won’t protect anyone from hearing you coming a mile away.

Inside, the interior is based on the TRX production interior but features Alaska Gold stitching throughout the cabin. The sports seats are wrapped in Capri leather with perforated Alcantara suede on the inside. Between the Capri and Alcantara are Gold Spinneybeck leather strips to add some extra contrast to the seats and match the embroidered ‘TRX’ logos on the upper backrests. Finally, for easy cleanup from your motocross escapades, the Ram 1500 Tradesman donates its vinyl floor to the Gold Shot cause.

Backcountry roads

It’s a very unique looking and highly functional system that we hope will go into production. It looks like it would be very easy to integrate based on how it’s designed. According to Mopar, the RamBox increases storage capacity by 68 percent to a total of 12.3 cu ft and comes with shelves that run the entire length of the box. It also has tie-down loops and vertical sweep dividers for even more storage options.

The RamRack storage system is a return from the 2021 SEMA Show and Ram 1500 Outdoorsman concept and builds more utility into it. It was first modified with a set of Thule cross rails above the bed for mounting equipment and accessories above the bed, but there are also two inch TYRI LED lights in each corner for extra lighting as well as a Center High Mount Stop Light in the rear. most crossbar.

The tailgate adds even more versatility and utility to the Backcountry X’s bed. The custom Mopar RamGate not only has conversion charts and an angle finder, but also a set of Rockler woodworking equipment and T-track mounting systems. Most of this was also introduced in the Outdoorsman concept along with Mopar’s spray-in bedliner.

To ensure the Backcountry X can really tackle those back roads, the Ram concept wears a set of 35×12.50R20 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tires on 20×9 Fuel Heater matte-back wheels. A Mopar two-inch lift kit is matched by a set of Fox shocks to ensure there is enough clearance without the ride being too harsh. The front grille is protected by a tubular bumper guard with four Mopar five-inch LED off-road lights that provide forward illumination in all conditions.

There are also a pair of Mopar tube steps on the side rails for easy entry and exit from the cabin of the Backcountry X and a Mopar rear bed step also helps with getting into the back of the truck. The entire truck is shot in Matte Iced Silver Titanium and Matte Black with orange treatment to the contrasting pinstripe, “Ram” logo, tow hooks and hood accents.

Inside, there’s a two-tone treatment, but rather than matching the exterior like the Gold Shot TRX, the Backcountry X is green on green on the leather covering the front seats with “Backcountry X” embroidered on the backrests. The door card trims and center console also feature this green leather, while orange contrast stitching is found throughout the cabin and on the trim of the ventilation controls. The A-pillar handles and exterior C-pillar are wrapped in Gore-Tex vinyl for a unique look from the original parts found on the Ram 1500. For cleaning jobs, a concept RamVac is located under the rear seat while Mopar all-weather mats catch the rest of the mud and dirt as your boots track in.

You can find all three concepts at Mopar’s booth (44137), located in the Lower South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2022 SEMA Show. The show runs from November 1-4 and Friday is a public day so anyone can stop by and see the show along with the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas.

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