The Jeep Wrangler is one of the longest produced vehicles in America when you consider its basic design and heritage go all the way back to just before World War II started. From the Willys Jeeps that supported the military, through the civilian CJ series and into the modern era when the Wrangler name replaced CJ.
Every year in Moab, Utah, off-road and especially Jeep enthusiasts gather to enjoy a week filled with the kind of use the Jeep was designed for, off-roading and trail driving. The event, Easter Jeep Safari (EJS), allows Jeepers the chance to enjoy some of the toughest and most scenic off-road trails in America, surrounded by fellow enthusiasts sharing a passion for America’s iconic off-road vehicle.
Part of the fun is seeing what kind of Wrangler-based concepts Jeep brings to show off at EJS every year. And these concepts don’t just sit in a lot for people to ogle. They’re actually taken off-road rand demonstrated on the Moab trails. Not what you usually see concept vehicles doing.
Here are pics of the cool stuff we spotted this week in Moab.
The Jeep Sandstorm concept. Very cool, but the name kept
making us think this was a Transformer. Alas, it’s not a robot in disguise.
The Jeep “Jeepster” Wrangler JL is a neat looking concept,
especially with it’s bright two-tone red and white paint scheme and chopped
The 4Speed Jeep Wrangler Concept Vehicle
The Nacho Jeep Wrangler JL. Nacho your typical JL, this one packs Dynatrac axles and more awesomeness than Batman riding a velociraptor while fighting the Joker and saving a busload of nuns.
For the new Wrangler JL, Jeep has added two new engine
options. Both are turbocharged four-cylinders, one gasoline fed while the other
is diesel fed. They’ll be available in the JL later on this year.
Not the typical wheel you see on a Wrangler, but we thought
this two-door looked great with Torque Thrust-style wheels.
We were out enjoying a ride on the Poison Spider trail when
this caravan of very cool looking Jeeps intercepted us going in the opposite
direction. They very military inspired desert sand and olive drab Wranglers
were pretty bad a** to see on the trail, and hopefully Jeep will offer a
similar appearance package in the future, including the military Jeep inspired
wheels. Which would you prefer, desert sand or olive drab?
While everyone anxiously awaits the new Jeep Scrambler to
make its first uncamouflaged public appearance, we can enjoy this Wrangler
JK-based Scrambler concept some more.