Video - Mopar Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper II
The Sand Trooper Jeep Wrangler concept vehicle was first shown at the 2012 SEMA Show. The impressive and powerful machine boasted many Mopar parts and prototype pieces that give it monstrous stance and make it a very commanding Wrangler on the trail.
Jeep and Mopar later brought some of its SEMA vehicle out to LA for the media to get a closer look at it after the show, giving us even more time with the unique vehicle and the chance to speak with Mopar CEO Pietro Gorlier about this vehicle and the company’s plan for the future.
For the 2013 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, the team upped the ante by bringing out the Sand Trooper II, an updated version of the original vehicle the company showed to us at SEMA the year before. One of the most noteworthy upgrades on this machine are the portal axles, as this is the first vehicle to boast these Mopar upgradable axles. The massive ground clearance provided by the axles allowed the team to put 40-inch Nitto Mud Grappler tires on the vehicle to help give it its aggressive stance. The Mopar team fit the tires on its prototype beadlock wheels, which will be available this year. Fox Shox are fitted to each corner of the Sand Trooper as well.
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Powering the vehicle is a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 crate engine that gives it 375 horsepower and 400 ft.-lb of torque. Mopar’s cold air intake is fitted to the engine, and a Magnaflow exhaust helps provide added performance.
The front and rear bumpers are borrowed from the 10th Anniversary Wrangler Rubicon. Mopar has modified this design to offer a few different Wrangler bumper configurations (which it will later offer in the catalog), and this one found on the Sand Trooper II is called the “shorty” that features shorter end caps for added clearance. For more trail protection for the undercarriage, Mopar skid plates are fitted on the Wrangler as well as rock rails to protect the sides.
Front and rear half door and window kits help give the Sand to the back). Added style pieces are seen in the satin-black grill, the ventilated hood to help the HEMI breathe, black Mopar flat fenders for added clearance for the 40s, black tail lamp guards and locking fuel door as well as a Jeep Performance Parts Badge.
For more about Mopar’s offerings, vist the company’s website at http://www.mopar.com/.
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