Jeep showcases six concepts ahead of Moab Easter Safari
Hotly anticipated Gladiator pick-up gets concept spin-offs plus modern take on a classic ahead of annual off-road event
Jeep is to unleash six new concept vehicles at this year’s Moab Easter Safari in celebration of the arrival of the hotly anticipated Gladiator pick-up.
Every year, Jeep hosts the Moab Easter Safari in Utah to bring brand devotees together to take their famously rugged vehicles off road. The firm often brings along some wacky new concepts and this year’s event, taking place from April 13 to 21, is no different.
Although most are based on the all-new Gladiator pick-up truck, the headline machine is a fresh take on a classic. Dubbed the Five-Quarter, this ‘resto-mod’ is a heavily revamped 1968 M-715 – a military version of the original Gladiator.
Its name is a nod to Jeep trucks of the past that weighed 1¼ tons – or as the manufacturer prefers to say, five-quarters. Despite it retaining a classic look, the original sheet metal at the front was replaced with carbon fibre to cut weight, while LED headlights have also been fitted to breathe new life into the machine.
Under the bonnet is where the biggest change comes, with the introduction of a 6.2-litre, supercharged ‘Hellcrate’ V8 engine said to deliver more than 700bhp. Other modifications include a roofline lowered by 3.5 inches and the addition of a heavy-duty coil suspension system to create a ‘factory monster truck look’.
As for the other concepts, the Wayout showcases the camping-friendly ability of the new Gladiator. It’s fitted with a roof-top two-berth tent and a large sprawling canopy over the truck bed to allow for shelter below.
Designed with motocross on the mind is the Flatbill. Heavily inspired by dirt-based motorbike racing, this comes fully equipped to carry bikes and the gear associated with them – and even has a set of race-ready machines.
Up next, the JT Scrambler is a heritage-inspired car, taking its name from the CJ8 ‘Scrambler’ truck of the ‘80s. It gets an eye-catching white, red and orange colour scheme plus a brown removable hard-top roof. Based on the Gladiator Rubicon trim, it also benefits from off-road-focused additions such as locking differentials plus 37-inch tyres.
Rounding off the Gladiator-based machines is the Gravity, which has been kitted out in a full suite of Jeep Performance Parts that are all available through dealerships. These include a bed-mounted storage system, steel tubes in place of conventional doors, a two-inch lift kit and a cat-back exhaust system.
Finally, there’s the J6 – which holds a unique position in this company of not being Gladiator-based. Instead, it takes the Wrangler Rubicon and shows what a two-door pick-up truck from Jeep could look like.
The Gladiator was unveiled earlier this year, quenching the thirst of enthusiasts for a modern mid-size pick-up Jeep that has been around since the Gladiator Concept of 2005. A UK release has yet to be confirmed but it’s believed that a launch on our shores is under heavy consideration.