Jeep Unveils Gladiator, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler Concepts

  • Jeep unveiled several off-road-ready concepts ahead of this year’s Easter Jeep Safari event.
  • There’s a “bobbed” Gladiator pickup truck with a lobbed foot from its cargo box and a special hardtop.
  • There’s also an assertive Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe with unique 20-inch wheels and fat 33-inch tires.

    One of the best things about owning a Jeep, especially a Wrangler or Gladiator, is their inherently customizable nature. To showcase the wide selection of accessories as well as tease potential future models, the company unveiled several cool and colorful concepts ahead of the Easter 2022 Jeep Safari, including a “bobbed” Gladiator and a plug-in hybrid Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe.

    The annual Easter Jeep Safari event is held in Moab, Utah and attracts thousands of Jeep fans and off-road enthusiasts. This year, the crowd will be treated to a new generation of custom-built Jeeps, many with electrified powertrains. While the all-electric, manual Wrangler Magneto debuted at last year’s Easter Jeep Safari, the others are new and interesting on their own.

    Gladiator “Bob” Concept

    This wild-looking concept started life as the Gladiator Rubicon, but it’s been given a few not-so-subtle tweaks. Its cargo bed has been shortened by 12 inches – a technique called “bobbing” – which here narrows the rear overhang and gives the truck a better departure angle. It also rolls on a set of massive 40-inch tires with 20-inch orange beadlock wheels. Along with removing the doors, the B-pillars are gone, giving the interior a true open concept. Another part you won’t find on a regular Gladiator is the orange roof. Jeep says the design features a perforated hardtop with a canvas top that lets in natural light.

    Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe Concept

    This Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe plug-in-hybrid isn’t as ostentatious as some of the other concepts, but it does have a distinctly assertive appearance. It sports a custom industrial blue paint color that contrasts nicely with its black painted roof which is actually made from bed liner material. Rounding out the landing vibe are a roof rack, rock rails, upgraded lighting elements and a set of sweet wheels and tires. The unique 20-inch wheels are mounted on 33-inch all-terrain tires under flared fenders. The Trailhawk also features adjustable air suspension and a sway bar disconnect feature that makes it as capable as it is cool.

    Jeep Concept ’41

    Jeep’s heritage is forever tied to the original military-spec Willys MB, and this 1941 concept based on a plug-in hybrid Wrangler Willys 4xe is a fitting homage. From its matte olive green paintwork to its color-matched steel wheels to its stenciled graphics, the connection to the original is undeniable. We also like its steel half doors and bumpers, which include a front-mounted Warn winch. The ’41 concept also comes with 35-inch tires and a 2.0-inch lift kit. Inside, the military-grade aesthetic continues with matte green bed liner material covering the floor and canvas-covered seats with digital camouflage inserts.

    Birdcage and D-Coder concepts

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    jeep decoder concept by jpp

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    To highlight some of the countless accessories available through Jeep Performance Parts (JPP), a Wrangler and a Gladiator have been transformed into concepts called Birdcage and D-Coder. The Birdcage is shown left in Eagle Brown paint and equipped with all sorts of rugged off-road hardware, including 37-inch tires and what JPP says is the industry’s first 2.0-inch lift kit with Fox shocks that was specifically developed for the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain. The D-Coder is shown on the right in black, but most notable are the many JPP add-ons painted red. Essentially a rolling catalog, the parts list ranges from tubular doors to a three-piece modular front bumper to a snorkel air intake.

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