For 18 years, the brand Jeep participate in the Easter jeep safari, an event created by off-road enthusiasts and that for the brand of the Fiat Chrysler group (FCA) has become a true open-air laboratory.
Since 1967, when the first Jeep Safari was held, hundreds of off-road enthusiasts have concentrated on Easter in the American town of Moabin the state of Utah, to drive through the desert and put its ATVs to the test in the most difficult conditions.
The event is organized by the club Red Rock 4-wheelers and since 2001, Jeep officially participates with current models modified with components that have not yet reached the market.
This year, Jeep was introduced at the Easter Jeep Safari (EJS), featuring seven prototypes, four created by themselves (4Speed, Sandstorm, B-Ute and Wagoneer Roadtrip) and another three by the manufacturer of components and accessories FCA, Mopar (Nacho, Jeepster and J-Wagon).
Jeep engineers recognize that the experience is unique because enthusiasts of the brand, which is idolized in many parts of the United States, are “not shy” about expressing their opinions on the manufacturer's vehicles.
Todd BeddickMopar High Performance and Accessories Director, said the tube doors of the Nacho prototype, based on a 2018 two-door Wrangler Rubicon, will be available for sale in the coming weeks.
The Jeepster, also based on the Rubicon, and the J-Wagon, which is based on a Wrangler Sahara, have accessories such as 5-inch and 7-inch “off-road” headlights made with LEDs that will likely hit the market in the future.
Another example of how the Easter Jeep Safari is a true testing laboratory for Jeep is the Sandstorm prototype, with its 6,4-liter V8 engine from Mopar mated to a six-speed manual transmission, heavy-duty Dynatrac 60 axles and tires. 39,5 inches. With the 4Speed, Jeep wants to highlight the natural capabilities of the Wrangler with its factory 2-liter turbo engine.
Even the Wagoneer Roadtrip, which uses a restored and improved 1965 Wagoneer, is a preview of a future model that Jeep could put out in the coming years.