This year, off-road enthusiasts will venture to Moab, Utah, to tackle the trails for the 48th annual Easter Jeep Safari. Once again, Jeep and Mopar have teamed up to build a number of unique off-road concept vehicles for the event, which Off-Road.com will actually get the chance to drive and test out during the event next week.
Jeep and Mopar recently unveiled the six vehicles it will have in Moab for this year’s event, highlighting parts currently available in the Mopar catalog as well as prototype parts that are still in development.
“We head to Moab and the Easter Jeep Safari with six new vehicles we know Jeep enthusiasts will truly appreciate – including our first two new Jeep Cherokee models built specifically for this important event,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “We look forward to putting these new Jeep vehicles in their proper environment and receiving important feedback from our most loyal customers at their favorite annual off-road gathering.”
The production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts found on this year’s concept vehicles are specifically designed, built and quality-tested to meet strict Jeep specifications, 4×4 capability, craftsmanship and versatility to make these concept vehicles even more capable on the trail.
“This year, we’re showcasing a combination of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts on our vehicles for off-road enthusiasts to see a variety of customization and personalization options,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO — Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “Since 2002, Jeep and Mopar have teamed to create more than 40 unique concept vehicles for enthusiasts who attend the popular Easter Jeep Safari.”
Here’s a look at what Jeep and Mopar will have in Moab for the 2014 EJS, which we’ll be getting behind the wheel of early next week.
Jeep Wrangler Level Red
The Level Red concept is Jeep and Mopar taking the new Jeep Wrangler to the next level, with “Level Red” referring to the highest difficulty rating an off-road trail can be designated.
Sitting on a Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit and Jeep Performance Parts Dana 44 crate axles on the front and rear axles fitted with 4:10 gearing. For added off-road performance, the Level Red features a Jeep Performance Parts Rock-Trac transfer case with a 4:1 low range. The Level Red is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar engine, which features performance improvements via a cold-air intake and low-restriction exhaust system. The 3.6-liter motor is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
Added clearance and trail protection are added in the form of front and rear “Rubicon 10th Anniversary” bumpers, with prototype black “Aero” bumper ends and an under-bumper skid plate. The Level Red rides on what Jeep and Mopar describe as prototype 17 x 8-inch “beadlock-capable wheels,” while 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires provide traction for the trails (which will be available through the Mopar Tireworks program).