- Jeep revealed several off-road-ready concepts ahead of this year’s Easter Jeep Safari event.
- There’s a “bobbed” Gladiator pickup truck with a foot lobbed off its cargo box and a special hardtop roof.
- There’s also an assertive Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe with unique 20-inch wheels and chunky 33-inch tires.
One of the best parts about owning a Jeep, specifically the Wrangler or Gladiator, is their inherently customizable nature. To showcase the huge selection of accessories as well as tease potential future models, the company revealed 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 draws in thousands of the brand’s fans and off-road enthusiasts alike. This year the crowd will be treated to a new crop of custom-built Jeeps, with more than a few featuring electrified powertrains. While the all-electric, manual-equipped Wrangler Magneto made an appearance at last year’s Easter Jeep Safari, the others are new and interesting in their own right.
Gladiator “Bob” Concept
This wild-looking concept started life as a Gladiator Rubicon, but it has received some not-so-subtle alterations. Its cargo bed has been shorted by 12 inches–a technique referred to as “bobbing”–which here shrinks the rear overhang and gives the truck a better departure angle. It also rides on a set of massive 40-inch tires with orange 20-inch beadlock wheels. Along with removing the doors, the B-pillars are gone, giving the interior a real open concept. The orange roof is another piece you won’t find on a regular Gladiator. Jeep says the design features 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 isn’t as ostentatious as some of the other concepts, but it boasts a distinctly assertive appearance. It wears a custom Industrial Blue paint color that’s nicely contrasted by its black-painted roof that’s actually made from a bedliner material. Completing the overlanding vibe are a roof rack, rock rails, upgraded lighting elements, and a sweet wheel-and-tire package. The unique 20-inch wheels are mounted on 33-inch mud-terrain tires underneath flared fenders. The Trailhawk also has an adjustable air suspension and a sway-bar-disconnect feature that help make it as capable as it is cool.
Jeep ’41 Concept
Jeep’s legacy is forever linked to the original military-spec Willys MB, and this ’41 concept based on a plug-in-hybrid Wrangler Willys 4xe is a fitting tribute. From its matte olive green paint job 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 up front. The ’41 concept is also equipped with 35-inch tires and a 2.0-inch lift kit. Inside, the military-grade aesthetic continues with a matte green bedliner material covering the floor and seats covered in canvas with digital camo inserts.
Birdcage and D-Coder Concepts
To highlight some of the countless accessories available through Jeep Performance Parts (JPP), a Wrangler and Gladiator were transformed into concepts called the Birdcage and D-Coder. The Birdcage is pictured on the left in Eagle Brown paint and fitted with all sorts of heavy-duty off-road hardware, including 37-inch tires and what JPP says is the industry’s first 2.0-inch lift kit with Fox shocks that was specifically developed for the Wrangler 4xe’s plug-in-hybrid powertrain. The D-Coder is shown on the right in black, but most notable are the copious red-painted JPP add-ons. 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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