Attn. Students in Mechanic Colleges: Jeep to Unveil 7 New Concepts at Annual Safari!
March 23, 2016
This week, over 2,000 4×4 enthusiasts descend on Moab in the Utah desert for the Easter Jeep Safari. Held over nine days and 125 different trails, the world’s largest off-roading event celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
To mark the occasion, Jeep has something special in store for fans. Each year, the company showcases several uniquely designed concepts for the Safari, and this year it will be sending 7 different specially-designed vehicles, which each showcase unique aspects of the automaker’s history and character.
Read on to find out what auto mechanic students can expect from Jeep at Moab.
Is the Renegade Commander a Glimpse of the Future for Students in Mechanic Colleges?
The Renegade Commander is based on the stylish but small Renegade SUV, and might give students enrolled in mechanic colleges an early glimpse of the brand’s future plans. The original has been refit with 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels and upgraded suspension, greatly improving the car’s off-road capabilities.
Jeep Comanche: Turning Automotive Customization into an Art Form
The Comanche, meanwhile, takes the Renegade’s body and turns it into a pick-up truck. To achieve this remarkable transformation, the original wheel-base had to be stretched six inches, allowing designers to attach a five-foot bed.
Trailstorm: A Performance Masterclass for Mechanic College Students
The Trailstorm serves as a one-vehicle demonstration of Mopar’s Jeep Performance Parts line. The soft top vehicle is built with half-doors for increased visibility, and also boasts Mopar rock rails, upgraded steel bumpers and a two-inch lift with performance shocks to allow room for 37-inch concept tires.
The Crew Chief 715: Celebrating Jeep’s Military Automotive Career
While Jeep is looking to the future, some of the concepts also nod to their storied past. The Crew Chief 715 celebrates the company’s long association with the military, with a design that recalls the classic Kaiser M715. It includes a five-foot cargo bed, 20-inch beadlock wheels and 40-inch military tires.
The Jeep Shortcut Draws Inspiration From an Automotive Classic
The Shortcut is based on the Jeep CJ-5, which was one of the early civilian versions of the brand’s military models in the 1960s. It’s updated for the modern era with Jeep Performance Parts such as Dana 44 axles and a 2-inch lift with Fox shocks as well as a 3.6l Pentastar V-6 engine.
Jeep FC150: A History Lesson for Mechanic College Students
The FC 150 concept that will feature at Moab is actually a heavily modified 1960s original. While much of the body remains intact, the chassis has been replaced with one from a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. Other modifications include 33-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain tires, and a 4.0L 6-cylinder engine.
Why the Jeep Trailcat Will Have Fans at Mechanic Colleges Talking
By far the most impressive concept on show at Moab, the Trailcat is one of the most ambitious off-roaders you’re likely to encounter during your automotive career. Designers had to stretch the wheelbase an extra 12 inches in order to fit the supercharged 6.2L Hellcat V8 engine, which packs a frightening 707hp. You can see (and hear!) the Jeep Trailcat for yourself here:
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