THUMB-Jeep-Trailhawk-2-Sketch-3-19-13Jeep and Mopar have just released a few sketches previewing the concept vehicles they will showcase to the media at the upcoming 47th annual Easter Jeep Safari.

The Easter Jeep Safari, which takes place in Moab, Utah, from March 23-31, gathers Jeep and off-road enthusiasts to the area for a number of trail runs and off-road events throughout the week. For years Jeep and Mopar have teamed up to create unique concept vehicles for the event, which they show off to the media at an invite-only gathering. Off-Road.com will be on hand to check out the new vehicles and even take them for a short spin to report how they feel.

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Jeep and Mopar are ready for a week of wheeling in Moab.

The brands have created six new vehicles – all featuring a host of Jeep Authentic Parts and Accessories – for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Now in its 46th year and taking place March 31 – April 8, the Easter Jeep Safari will be attended by thousands of die-hard off-road enthusiasts looking to enjoy a week of wheeling on some of the country’s most renowned and challenging trails. Mopar also announced the creation of an off-road division that will create Jeep Authentic Parts and Accessories.

“We’re delighted to showcase six new vehicles to our loyal Jeep fans at this year’s Moab Easter Jeep Safari,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Jeep Safari has long been a great way for Jeep to connect with its core audience. We look forward to spending the week demonstrating our latest potential production and customization ideas and gathering instant feedback from the most knowledgeable 4×4 enthusiasts in the world.”

To create these new vehicles, Jeep teamed with Mopar, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and offers more than 1,000 accessories and performance parts for Jeep vehicles.

“Mopar is tapping into a growing trend among extreme Jeep enthusiasts who want even more power and capability on the trail,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “This year, Mopar is pushing the envelope in this arena by offering our customers new Pro 60 portal axles and a new HEMI conversion kit, which we will showcase in these new vehicles. In addition, to further maximize our presence in the off-road market, we are creating a Mopar Off-Road division to develop Jeep Authentic Parts and Accessories.”

For the 2011 Easter Jeep Safari, Jeep and Mopar introduced a number of Jeeps and Dodge Ram trucks utilizing Mopar’s performance parts. Of the new vehicles and kits, one of the most eye-catching is the new Wrangler JK-8 Independence Kits. This kit, which will be available July 4th to coincide with Independence Day, allows owners of newer four-door Wranglers to update their vehicle to a truck-like Jeep with an open truck bed.

The concept was partially born out of a vehicle the Mopar Underground team built for last year’s EJS event as an updated version of the Kaiser called the Nukizer 715.

This year’s Easter Jeep Safari kicks off this week, and Warn winches started things in style by introducing the media to some new product while also following that up with a trail ride on Cliff Hanger in Moab, Utah.

Off-Road TV personality Jessi Combs was also along for the ride, kicking off the video with a little introduction about the event.

Before the trail action, Warn introduced the group to its new line of winches. The new line of winches is designed as an entry level line that still provides a high-quality winch, and it includes the VR8000, the VR10,000 and the VR 12,000.

Check out the video of Jeepin’ action on Cliffhanger below: