Jeep Unveils Fun Concepts for Annual Easter Safari, Part 2
Welcome to part two of our coverage of the Jeep Easter Safari special concept vehicles! If you missed the first part, check it out here.
Without further ado, let’s jump in and check out the final four of the seven special renditions of your favorite Jeep models.
4. The Not-Quite-So-Mad Hatter: The Grand Cherokee Overlander
Sporting the kind of headgear usually reserved for British nobles, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander’s nifty noggin décor has a practical application. Attached to the roof rack is a compartment that folds virtually flat and pops open to reveal a camping tent, for those long nights in the dangerous wilderness that leave you thinking, “I really wish I could sleep on the roof of my car tonight.”
The more practical aspects of this fun concept are equally as impressive, though, especially the suspension.
“We’ve done a few different Grand Cherokees of this vintage, but this is the first time I’ve done one with the air spring suspension – we’ve done steel springs always,” says Mark Allen, head of Jeep Design. “So what we started with on this vehicle was taking that air spring strut and making it always a little bit higher, essentially putting a lift to that… It’s a little over an inch lift on this vehicle. We have full function [of the air suspension] of course; you can go up 2 more inches or down an inch […].
5. A Truly Wild Ride: The Jeep Wrangler Africa
This safari-ready rendition of the Jeep Wrangler was designed with one main thing in mind: space.
“We’ve been getting a lot of requests, ‘I need more space.’ We used to just have the two-door Wrangler, and then we added the Unlimited, the four-door Wrangler, for more space,” says Allen. “Great, now I can take the kids and the dog, and not just the kids or the dog and all my stuff. But then you see, just by observing out here, lots of racks and things, as these people take a lot of stuff with them, so they need more space.”
This was accomplished by extending the rear cargo area an addition foot and raising the roof four inches. The Africa also sports a 2.8-liter diesel engine, extra floodlights in front and 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires.
6. All Dolled Up for the Maiden Voyage: The Renegade Desert Hawk
This is the first year on the trails for the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade, and it’s put on its Sunday best for the premiere. Featuring a Desert Tan coat of paint to blend seamlessly into its environment and a Jeep Performance Parts hood decal depicting the “Fins and Things” trail in Moab, the littlest Jeep on the tour is big on style and savvy.
Powering this Renegade is a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 and a nine-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Low Drive. The interior of the Desert Hawk offers Mopar Katzkin leather seat covers, body-color accents and Mopar all-weather floor mats. Inside and out, this is a ride that’s both stylish and ready to roll.
7. Take It Through Hell and Back: The Cherokee Canyon Trail
In 2015, The Jeep Cherokee was named four-wheeler of the year by Four Wheeler Magazine, and this pumped-up rendition goes above and beyond even that to be the very best, like no one ever was. Add-ons include an addition 1.5 inches of height, Jeep Performance Parts rock rails, a complete skidplate system and BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A tires that give it even more lift. On the hood is a decal of “Hell’s Revenge,” an infamous Moab trail.
Inside, Mopar Katzkin leather featuring accent stitching combines with body-color bezel accents and a Cargo Management System to create a lushly comfortable and highly practical environment. The Cherokee Canyon Trail is powered by a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 I-4 engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission and Jeep Active Drive Lock.
The Easter Safari may have come to an end, but your Jeep adventure doesn’t have to! Visit our Jeep dealership in Lakewood, NJ, and create the vehicle your adventures demand. We hope to see you soon!