Jeep Wrangler StitchJeep and Mopar will be showcasing its unique concept vehicles next week at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Off-Road.com will be on hand to provide more in-depth coverage of the event, which is in its 47th year, along with a closer look at each of the Jeep-Mopar vehicles.

“Off-road enthusiasts will be pleasantly surprised by the range of Jeep models we’re bringing to this year’s Easter Jeep Safari,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “We go to this extremely popular event in Moab each year to showcase the latest production vehicles from Jeep, as well as a host of new customization and personalization ideas. In doing so, we connect with and receive a tremendous amount of feedback from our most loyal customers.”

At a press conference in Santa Monica last week, Jeep gathered the media to make two major announcements – a new Wrangler model and a new partnership with USA Basketball for 2012.

First off, Jeep will offer a limited run of the new 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude. This monochromatic-styled Wrangler is based on the Unlimited Sahara model, offering body-color hardtop and black-gloss exterior parts that include the gas cap and wheels, to name a few. The unit will be available in Deep Cherry Red, Black or Bright White, and only 4,500 units of the 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Altitude will be available. It will be hitting showrooms next month.

“With a production run of only 4,5000 units, we expect the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude to sell out very quickly,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO of the Jeep brand.

HOUSTON – The Jeep brand has introduced a new, production-intent concept version of its award-winning Grand Cherokee, a unique model with distinctive yet stealthy exterior cues designed to attract new Jeep Grand Cherokee enthusiasts and customers.

Showing the vehicle publicly for the first time this morning at the Houston Auto Show, Jeep also announced that it has created an online contest for consumers to name the new production-intent Grand Cherokee concept.  The person who chooses the winning name will have an opportunity to win a new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

“Highlighted by a unique platinum-chrome front-end appearance and distinctive black-gloss 20-inch wheels and exterior treatments, our new Grand Cherokee concept provides a completely new look – one that is edgy and aggressive, and certainly different than any Grand Cherokee on the road today,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.  “Jeep enthusiasts have always appreciated limited-edition models and the ability to customize their vehicles.  This new Grand Cherokee comes with a unique, ‘factory-customized’ stealth appearance directly from Jeep, and is certain to attract interest from an array of potential customers.

“We plan to garner feedback from consumers at the Houston Auto Show, and via our online Jeep ‘Name My Ride’ contest,” Manley added.  “If the level of excitement is what we anticipate, this new Grand Cherokee will be in Jeep showrooms this spring.”

Today at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, Jeep introduced two new models for 2011. The company presented to the media and enthusiasts in attendance its two newest models at its display on Main Street, including the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Mojave and the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8.

For the 2011 Wrangler Mohave, Jeep decided to offer another special-edition version of the vehicle after the success of the three special-edition Wrangler vehicles produced last year. The name pays homage to the rugged western desert Mojave Trail, and the Jeep Wrangler Mojave features a unique desert theme inside and out (accented with lizard graphics), as well as the wheel-and-tire package similar to the one found on the Rubicon with mineral gray 17-inch wheels and 32-inch tires. The exterior features a body-color hardtop and fender flares, and the Sahara model’s side steps.

“The Mojave Trail is known for expeditions, exploration and a rugged environment that features elevation, sand, canyons, a river crossing and hill climbs – the perfect landscape for the Jeep Wrangler,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “By creating the Jeep Wrangler Mojave, we are able to deliver another specialized vehicle that Jeep enthusiasts will love, while drawing new customers into Jeep showrooms.”


Inside, the Mojave features dark saddle leather seats with a lizard logo embossed on the front seats. Driftwood surrounds the vents, front-passenger grab handle, steering-wheel spokes and door-handle inserts and Mopar slush mats and overhead grab handles complete the package.

Earlier this week, Jeep hinted at expanding its product lineup by building a pickup truck and, according to the latest reports, the new model has officially been given the green light.

The vehicle in question is said to resemble the 2005 Jeep Gladiator concept, using the Wrangler Unlimited platform but with two-doors and a bed in the rear. Said to be headed into production in 2011, it should arrive on dealer lots in 2012.