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  • Chrysler Tests Jeep Prototypes at Moab Safari

    Posted on April 7th, 2009 ninarussin

    Mopar underground design team showcases six concepts for off-road enthusiasts

    Jeep Wrangler All-Access

    Jeep Wrangler All-Access

    For four decades, Jeep owners have congregated in Moab for an off-road Easter safari. Since 2002, the Mopar underground design team has brought along its concept cars.

    “Moab Jeep Safari… works as a proving ground to test Jeep vehicle concepts driven alongside … brand enthusiasts,” said Jeep chief designer, Mark Allen. “We use knowledge gained at this off-road event to explore new directions for Jeep platforms.”

    Today, the team revealed six Jeep concepts designed for extreme off-road adventure: the Jeep Wrangler All-Access, Jeep Liberator II, Jeep Wrangler Overland, J8 Sarge, Jeep Grand Canyon II, and Jeep Lower Forty.

    The Jeep Wrangler All-Access has a four-inch long-arm suspension lift, front and rear bumpers with tire carriers, special axles and BF Goodrich mud and terrain tires.

    A Borla cat-back exhaust boosts the Jeep Liberator II’s horsepower. Designers added a two-inch suspension lift, off-road tires, custom rock rails and a front fascia skid plate to improve its off-road handling.

    The Jeep Wrangler Overland is a self-contained campsite.  Designers removed the rear seats and added a rubberized utility floor. A two-person tent and awning are mounted to the cargo rack.

    A lift kit and special tires improve the Overland’s off-road handling. Windshield-mounted off-road lights and bumper-mounted lights improve visibility at night.

    J8 Sarge is a military version of the Jeep Wrangler, built as a non-combat military support vehicle. The Jeep Grand Canyon II is a Grand Cherokee Overland modified for serious off-roading, with a lift kit, special tires, and heavy-duty rock rails.

    The Jeep Lower Forty is a modified Wrangler Rubicon. The design team added aggressive wheels and tires to increase the car’s ground clearance without altering its center of gravity. In addition to modifying the car’s body and fenders, designers chopped three inches of height from the windshield frame and increased its rake ten degrees.

    For more information on the annual Easter Jeep Safari, visit the event web site.

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