If there’s a greater job at Jeep than designing the annual ideas for Easter Jeep Safari, I do not know what it’s. Every yr, Jeep lovers collect in Moab, Utah, for a weeklong celebration of all issues Jeep, and the ideas are at all times a spotlight. This yr, the off-road model debuts 4 new idea and , in addition to bringing alongside just a few fashions that did not get their place within the solar final yr because of the pandemic.
Jeep Wrangler Magneto BEV
I’m super-stoked about this Magneto BEV idea. Jeep lately debuted its, however this takes issues just a few steps additional, incorporating a full battery electrical car powertrain. This two-door Rubicon will get a single electrical motor that may produce 273 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque. Yep, that is fairly near what might be had from the three.6-liter V6, besides that torque is out there immediately. Instant torque ought to make rock crawling a bit simpler as there isn’t a have to wind up an engine.
The coolest factor about Magneto is that the electrical motor is mated to a six-speed handbook transmission. I do know, that simply sounds bizarre, however attending to row your personal with an electrical motor have to be an incredible feeling, and I can not wait to drive this idea. Jeep, you may ship this Magneto to my home, please.
The bummer is that the Magneto won’t get you very far. Jeep is not commenting on the idea’s vary, however its 4 battery packs solely add as much as 70 kWh of energy. When I drove the biggerwith a 135-kWh battery , we averaged about 170 miles of vary over seven days of off-road driving. Now, the Rivian’s battery pack was not manufacturing prepared, however I’d anticipate the Magneto to final fewer than than 100 miles when pushed within the tough stuff.
The excellent news is that Jeep has paid consideration to the place these packs are mounted. One replaces the gas tank, one other sits reverse the gas tank for even weight distribution. One motor is on high of the electrical motor beneath the hood — for straightforward swapping, perhaps — and the final is within the rear, taking on the cupboard space. Their placement permits Magneto to take care of the usual Wrangler’s 30-inch water-fording capabilities. Plus the cells are strongly mounted and guarded with skid plates, so drivers can bash the heck out of the undercarriage, simply as they’d in a traditional Jeep.
Magneto comes with a 2-inch carry, auxiliary lighting, a roll cage, rock rails, a Warn winch and 35-inch Falken WildPeak mud-terrain tires. There can also be a hood scoop, which I discover hilariously odd, however hey, it seems good and sure gives some extra cooling for that battery packs.
Jeep Red Bare Gladiator
I’m calling the Jeep Red Bare Gladiator idea the LumberGladiator, due to its crimson plaid seats and instrument panel. This four-door pickup additionally sports activities a dope customized sport bar within the mattress, the hood and cowl from a Gladiator Mojave and a bright-red paint job with matte black graphics and grille, all completed off with gold accents.
Under the hood is Jeep’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine with 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, mated to an 8-speed automated transmission. Pretty conventional, proper? But the Red Bare’s Dana 44 axles are sporting a 4.88 axle ratio, boosting the crawl ratio to a formidable 91:1, near the crawl ratio within the new, which sits at 94.7:1. The takeaway right here is that the Red Bare will make throttle management simple and will get large quantities of torque to the rocks at very low speeds.
Not surprisingly, the Red Bare idea will get a 2-inch carry, 37-inch BFGoodrich mud-terrain tires, rock rails, metal bumpers and a Warn winch.
The Jeepster Beach is a resto-mod throwback to the second-generation Jeepster Commando. Back within the late Sixties, the Commando was fairly fancy, with an automated transmission, a heater, roll-up aspect home windows and a roof, all as customary gear. This was all fairly posh stuff for a sport utility car again within the day.
At any charge, the mad scientists at Jeep have taken a 1968 Commando and blended it with a contemporary, slapping in a souped up model of the corporate’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 25 % extra energy than the manufacturing model. We’re speaking 340 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque right here, individuals. To make cruising on the mushy sand a bit simpler, the Jeepster Beach is outfitted with 35-inch tires, however past the bigger sneakers there aren’t too many additional off-road goodies.
Instead the designers targeting aesthetics and painted the Jeepster Beach a beautiful two-tone, Hazy IPA and Zinc Oxide. Thankfully, they’ve left all the unique chrome intact.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing authentic concerning the inside. Sure, the seats look fairly classic however the sprint and switchgear are all fashionable. I’m superb with protecting fashionable facilities, however I nonetheless need the inside of my resto-mod to look old-school. Because of that, I’m undecided this idea is a winner.
Jeep Orange Peelz
The Jeep Orange Peelz concentrates on design and customization. I really like that the aspect and rear home windows are gone totally whereas the doorways are minimize in half and the highest encompasses a detachable glass sunroof.
The Orange Peelz paint is a bit brighter than the Nacho paint colour at the moment out there on manufacturing Jeeps. The shade is highlighted by some black striping across the beltline and classic badging. Inside, the lumberjack really feel of the Red Bare idea makes an look, this time with orange and black plaid seats and armrests.
The powertrain right here is the inventory 3.6-liter V6 and like different ideas, Orange Peelz rides atop on a 2-inch carry, rock rails and sports activities a Warn winch. Upgraded Fox shocks are right here, as are 37-inch BF Goodrich mud-terrain tires. The entrance will get auxiliary lights and the rear will get an upgraded spare tire provider for the bigger tire.
The Jeep Farout idea is an overlanding rig that builds on the Wayout idea from 2019. It was imagined to debut at Easter Jeep Safari final yr, however the coronavirus took care of that, and we first noticed pics of it final August. Regardless, the Farout takes a diesel Gladiator and slaps a very nice tent on the roof. At 16 toes lengthy and seven.5 toes tall, the tent can conceivably sleep 4 individuals.
The Farout’s exterior will get a swanky grey paint job with chartreuse trim (that is lime inexperienced for these of you lower than your Pantone colour swatches). The inside once more will get plaid seat inserts — what is going on on with the plaid this yr? — and loads of wooden trim. For your overlanding comfort, there’s a built-in desk together with locations to hold storage racks and a fridge and range.
Capabilities are helped together with, what else, a 2-inch carry, 37-inch mud-terrain tires, a Warn winch, rock rails and Fox shocks.
Jeep Top Dog
Other ideas that Jeep is trotting out at Easter Jeep is the mountain-bike themed Jeep Top Dog. This idea was initially made for final yr’s SEMA present, however once more, the pandemic had different concepts. The coolest factor concerning the Top Dog? It has a built-in hot-dog griller.
Jeep can even convey its V8-powered, which has — , at that. The 6.4-liter V8 monster is nice for 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, scooting from 0 to 60 mph in simply 4.5 seconds. Yowza.