Spring time means dreaming Jeeps at Brown Motors in Petoskey. Winter is over and the northern Michigan trails beckon for off road adventures. And then there’s the new Jeep concepts for Moab to send you into all out day dreaming! Let’s dream together…
Jeep always builds a few cool concept vehicles to bring to the annual Easter Jeep Safari held in Moab, Utah which brings together Jeep’s most loyal enthusiasts. This event gives Jeep an excellent venue to solicit feedback on new ideas. This year’s biggest announcement is the creation of an off-road division of Mopar. With more than 1,000 Mopar accessories and performance parts for Jeep vehicles already on sale, we can hardly imagine how awesome the parts catalogue will be once there’s an entire division focused on off-road goodies!
Jeep Mighty FC Concept
Let’s start with the most outrageous concept headed to Moab – the Jeep Mighty FC. The concept sprung from the Forward Control vehicles that Jeep used to sell from 1956 to 1965. They were as functional as they were cool to look at. For 2012, Jeep has created a modern version of this classic.
To create the Jeep Mighty FC concept, the design team started with a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon and repositioned the cabin over and ahead of the front axle, lengthened the wheelbase, and added a custom built drop-side cargo box. The cab utilizes a roof from the Mopar JK-8 conversion kit, as well as a custom-designed front clip. The Wrangler-based interior has been enhanced with bold, heavy-duty Katzkin leather and a unique color scheme. The cargo area is handled by a full-width, drop-side tray-style bed that measures more than eight feet in length.
Off-road function is dramatically improved with the addition of Mopar’s new Portal Axle set. They allow enormous ground clearance without a suspension lift, which should improve ride quality. The Mighty FC rides on a set of King coilovers.
Other cool touches on the FC include a 16,500 pound Warn winch on the front bumper, a bottle opener mounted on the bed just behind the cab, a full-size spare tire mounted inside the bed, and two-piece 17-inch beadlock wheels that keep the 39-inch BFG Krawler T/A tires under the truck. Our only suggestion is to offer an integrated ladder to help the driver climb up to the cab!
Jeep J-12 Concept
Here’s a production worthy concept that is reminiscent of the Wagoneer. The Jeep J-12 concept is essentially an extended version of Mopar’s recently introduced JK-8 pickup conversion kit for the Jeep Wrangler. With a new 2012 Wrangler Unlimited as the starting point, the rear of the vehicle’s frame is extended 18 inches, allowing the spare tire to be relocated under the bed floor and making the cargo box a full six feet in length. A custom hood and front fender set was created as a nod to aficionados of the beloved Jeep Gladiator series trucks.
Off-road muscle has been improved with the addition of the new Mopar three-inch suspension lift kit, as well as Teraflex sway bars controlling ARB air-locker equipped Dynatrac D-44 and D-60 axle assemblies. Traction is handled through classic 36-inch tires mounted on 16-inch steel wheels.
The cabin of the J-12 concept has been “dressed down” in support of a basic truck theme, with the carpet being replaced by rugged truck bed liner, and the bucket seats re-crafted into a modern version of a bench seat, trimmed in white with a whimsical plaid pattern.
Further highlights include a Mopar fuel-filler door, Mopar slush mats, Tom Woods custom driveshafts and Katzkin seat trim.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept
Already the most awarded SUV ever over its lifetime compared to any other SUV, the new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk concept takes the premium Jeep vehicle’s legendary off-road prowess to a new level, while providing a one-of-a-kind, more aggressive visual punch sure to delight you Jeep enthusiasts.
Leading the off-road improvement are new 18-inch Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor off-road tires – chosen to provide even more aggressive off-road performance combined with quiet highway manners – that are wrapped around new painted 5-spoke alloy Mineral Gray wheels. Grand Cherokee Trailhawk’s SilentArmor tires include additional side-wall protection that enhances durability and reduces road noise. Modified Mopar rock rails – engineered to fully protect the lower body from rugged rocky terrain – are included and add to the functional off-road capability.
Visually, while the vehicle is featured in Stone White, a Mineral Gray and Red theme is highlighted throughout. Specifically, the grille surround, lower front applique, mirror caps and rear light bar join the wheels in Mineral Gray, while contrasting in eye-catching Red are the upper grille mesh, front and rear tow hooks, Jeep logos on wheel center caps and bolt holes in the alloy wheels. A Red trim line outlines a matte black hood applique that is utilized to reduce glare during technical off-road maneuvers.
Other unique touches include black headlamp surrounds, black exterior front and rear badging, Red “Trail Rated” badges on the front fenders and a unique “Trailhawk” badge on the rear tailgate.
2012 Jeep Wrangler Traildozer Concept
The newly-pictured 2012 Jeep Wrangler Traildozer Concept, built in conjunction with American Expedition Vehicles, starts off with a 6.4-liter HEMI powering all four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. To boost off-road capability, the rig gets a 3.5-inch lift, a Warn winch and 37-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw tires.
Jeep Wrangler Apache conversion
The Wrangler Apache features a conversion kit that will allow owners of late model Wranglers to drop-in Chrysler’s 6.4-liter HEMI V-8. Chrysler’s five-speed automatic gearbox is the only one capable of taking the engine’s torque and it sounds like the kit is rear-drive only. If you can live with those caveats, Mopar will have it to market this summer.
Mopar Accessorized 2012 Jeep Wrangler
Mopar offers more than 250 accessories for the 2012 Jeep Wrangler, and built a vehicle for Moab that showcases many of them.
Mopar created an ultra-capable Jeep, with a Wrangler Rubicon model as the starting point. Off-road enhancements offered through Mopar include a two-inch performance lift kit, 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler tires mounted on Classic five-hole wheels, front and rear off-road bumpers, a Warn 9.5ti XP winch, Mopar rock rails, Kicker dash 6.5-inch two-way speakers, Mopar all-weather mats and more.
Some prototype Mopar accessories debuting on this vehicle are a locking center console box, a rear cargo cubby cover, new windshield-mounted LED lamps, a new hard-top headliner and an “Add-A-Trunk” partition that creates secure storage space in the cargo area.
The Mopar Accessorized 2012 Jeep Wrangler includes Rubicon-standard Dana 44 front and rear axles with electric lockers, which are also available in kit form from Mopar.
So Jeep fans start your day dreaming engines! You have to have some fuel to tank up your Jeep dreams with these cool concepts that will be appearing at Moab this year.
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