2022 Easter Jeep Safari concepts present 4xe, Grand Cherokee

Jeep returns to Moab this year with a host of new and returning concepts and builds for its annual Easter Jeep Safari. The Wrangler takes center stage this year as the basis for three of five new concept vehicles the iconic 4×4 brand will bring to its traditional playground. The fourth is a Gladiator-based monstrosity and the fifth is reserved for the newest (for now) addition to the Jeep family – the Grand Cherokee 4xe. Let’s dive into it.

Magneto 2.0

Jeep showed off its all-electric Magneto concept at Easter Jeep Safari last year, so the idea of ​​the battery-powered Wrangler concept is nothing new. However, it has been upgraded (“amped up”, literally) for 2022. Instantaneous torque output is now 850 lb-ft (more than three times the Magneto 1.0) at wheels, and total power is now 625 horsepower. And it all goes through an old-school manual transmission.

To handle that torque, Jeep had to borrow its manual gearbox from a Hellcat and then beef it up. Even further. Plus, the massive 40-inch wheels required an even more aggressive axle ratio (yes, even with 850 lb-ft on tap). The Magneto 2.0 features a Dynatrac 60 Pro-Rock axle up front and a positively massive Dynatrac 80 in the rear axle with a 5.38 ratio and lockers for both axles, which also required custom driveshafts.

Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe Concept

We recently had the opportunity to get our hands on Jeep’s new Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid, and while you’ll have to wait until later in the month for our impressions, we can safely say we’re encouraged to see Jeep adopt the PHEV Powertrain alongside its battery-electric concept. This example mostly features purely cosmetic upgrades, though the 33-inch BFG Mud Terrains offer additional situational capabilities.

’41 concept

The ’41 Jeep also builds on the company’s electrification strategy. This 4xe-based Wrangler is finished in what Jeep calls “matte DRAB ’41 olive green” with powder-coated bumpers and accessories. These may look like steelies, but they are actually Fifteen52’s 17-inch aftermarket alloys. They are shrouded in 35-inch muddy terrain with a two-inch lift kit installed to clear the extra rubber.

Note that this combination is not yet available in the real world. Jeep’s 35-inch package, dubbed Xtreme Recon, is only available on 3.6L and 392 Rubicon models at this time. As for later? Jeep brand boss Jim Morrison says you should watch this space.

Rubicon 20th Anniversary Concept

This one is quite simple. It was built with the characteristic red interior of previous commemorative Rubicon models; you’ll probably also recognize the Granite Crystal exterior. To contrast the red, Jeep chose gold tow hooks and badge accents along with a telltale hood decal. A 2-inch JPP lift kit, 17-inch Mopar beadlock wheels and 37-inch mud terrains complete the package.

Bob

OK, technically it’s the “Jeep Bob Concept”, but we’ll stick with “Bob”. This concept takes its name from the practice of shortening truck overhangs for better off-road departure angles, which is colloquially referred to as “hopping” and is commonly seen in pickup trucks and other off-road vehicles that have a lot of bodies hanging from the back. wheels. This is exactly what happened here. You see, Bob started life as a Gladiator with the 3.0-liter diesel before the fun team at Jeep got to work.

Bob got a 3-inch lift with custom suspension components, Dynatrac Pro-Rock 60 axles backed by a mix of King Coils and Bypass shocks, and 40-inch tires mounted on 20-inch beadlock wheels. Then Jeep engineers hacked away everything that got in the way, including a good chunk of the Gladiator’s bed and big fenders. The result is Bob. Hi Bob.

And after

We’ll have the opportunity to drive Jeep’s concept cars in Moab later in April, so be sure to check back for more driving impressions and photos later in the month!

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