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Ultra-light 4Speed leads this year's 7 Jeep Easter Safari concepts

Ultra-light 4Speed leads this ...
Jeep 4Speed: built for speed, but not by beefing up the engine. This is an ultra-lightweight concept
Jeep 4Speed: built for speed, but not by beefing up the engine. This is an ultra-lightweight concept
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Jeep Sandstorm: inspired by Baja racing
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Jeep Sandstorm: inspired by Baja racing
Jeep Sandstorm: long-travel suspension and huge power rounds out its desert racing credentials
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Jeep Sandstorm: long-travel suspension and huge power rounds out its desert racing credentials
Jeep Sandstorm: don't strike out on a Baja race without a spare tire
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Jeep Sandstorm: don't strike out on a Baja race without a spare tire
Jeep Sandstorm: huge spare tire dominates the rear end
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Jeep Sandstorm: huge spare tire dominates the rear end
Jeep Sandstorm: hello there little guy!
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Jeep Sandstorm: hello there little guy!
Jeep Sandstorm: yes, that's a gearshift pattern
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Jeep Sandstorm: yes, that's a gearshift pattern
Jeep Sandstorm: center console
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Jeep Sandstorm: center console
Jeep Sandstorm: racing-inspired dash with 7-inch GPS screen
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Jeep Sandstorm: racing-inspired dash with 7-inch GPS screen
Jeep Sandstorm: 17-inch beadlock wheels and 39.5-inch BF Goodrich Krawler tires
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Jeep Sandstorm: 17-inch beadlock wheels and 39.5-inch BF Goodrich Krawler tires
Jeep Sandstorm: KC Carbon series auxiliary front lights
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Jeep Sandstorm: KC Carbon series auxiliary front lights
Jeep Sandstorm: 6.4-liter V8 engine from the Mopar catalog
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Jeep Sandstorm: 6.4-liter V8 engine from the Mopar catalog
Jeep Sandstorm: vented carbon hood
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Jeep Sandstorm: vented carbon hood
Jeep Jeepster: color scheme evokes the 1966 Jeepster
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Jeep Jeepster: color scheme evokes the 1966 Jeepster
Jeep Jeepster: spare tire is mounted indoors
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Jeep Jeepster: spare tire is mounted indoors
Jeep Jeepster: Oversized BF Goodrich 37" KO2 tires and beadlock-capable 17-inch rims
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Jeep Jeepster: Oversized BF Goodrich 37" KO2 tires and beadlock-capable 17-inch rims
Jeep Jeepster: 8,000 lumen offroad lights
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Jeep Jeepster: 8,000 lumen offroad lights
Jeep Jeepster: a bit of a Jeep Performance Parts showcase, with a 2-inch lift kit and chopped hardtop
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Jeep Jeepster: a bit of a Jeep Performance Parts showcase, with a 2-inch lift kit and chopped hardtop
Jeep Jeepster: with a giant tire in the cabin, storage space has been added for tools and food and the like outside. A rear view camera sits between the storage packs
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Jeep Jeepster: with a giant tire in the cabin, storage space has been added for tools and food and the like outside. A rear view camera sits between the storage packs
Jeep Jeepster: winch and LED lights
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Jeep Jeepster: winch and LED lights
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: nostalgia reigns
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: nostalgia reigns
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: glovebox thumb button
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: glovebox thumb button
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: rear window winder
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: rear window winder
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: side view
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: side view
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: beefy steel rims
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: beefy steel rims
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: fuel cap
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: fuel cap
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: "the original luxury 4x4"
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: "the original luxury 4x4"
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: razor grille and logo
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: razor grille and logo
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: fresh front end
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: fresh front end
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: remember when headlights looked like this?
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: remember when headlights looked like this?
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: roof rack
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: roof rack
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: original Oxblood bench seats
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: original Oxblood bench seats
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: super clean dash
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: super clean dash
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: old-school speedo
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: old-school speedo
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: original dash buttons
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: original dash buttons
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: steering wheel with column shift
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: steering wheel with column shift
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: a throwback to the early days of luxury off-roading
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: a throwback to the early days of luxury off-roading
Jeep 4Speed: chopped back body is 22 inches shorter than standard, on a standard wheelbase, meaning extreme approach angles to steep gradients are well and truly on the menu
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Jeep 4Speed: chopped back body is 22 inches shorter than standard, on a standard wheelbase, meaning extreme approach angles to steep gradients are well and truly on the menu
Jeep 4Speed: very tasty lightweight rims
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Jeep 4Speed: very tasty lightweight rims
Jeep 4Speed: sits two inches higher on its suspension just thanks to weight reduction
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Jeep 4Speed: sits two inches higher on its suspension just thanks to weight reduction
Jeep 4Speed: tailgate with perforated aluminum
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Jeep 4Speed: tailgate with perforated aluminum
Jeep 4Speed: fuel filler is tucked away
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Jeep 4Speed: fuel filler is tucked away
Jeep 4Speed: carabinas on the cage rails
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Jeep 4Speed: carabinas on the cage rails
Jeep 4Speed: reupholstered seats fit the grey/electric blue color scheme
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Jeep 4Speed: reupholstered seats fit the grey/electric blue color scheme
Jeep 4Speed: looks comfy to me
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Jeep 4Speed: looks comfy to me
Jeep 4Speed: says Jeep on it
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Jeep 4Speed: says Jeep on it
Jeep 4Speed: dash placard
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Jeep 4Speed: dash placard
Jeep 4Speed: small technical details bring this design to life
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Jeep 4Speed: small technical details bring this design to life
Jeep 4Speed: bare carbon looks great on the wheel arches
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Jeep 4Speed: bare carbon looks great on the wheel arches
Jeep 4Speed: carbon hood helps save weight
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Jeep 4Speed: carbon hood helps save weight
Jeep 4Speed: built for speed, but not by beefing up the engine. This is an ultra-lightweight concept
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Jeep 4Speed: built for speed, but not by beefing up the engine. This is an ultra-lightweight concept
Nacho Jeep: a "rolling catalog" for Mopar brand performance parts
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Nacho Jeep: a "rolling catalog" for Mopar brand performance parts
Nacho Jeep: oversized tires and satin-finished rims
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Nacho Jeep: oversized tires and satin-finished rims
Nacho Jeep: heavy spare tire needed reinforced tailgate hinges to support it
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Nacho Jeep: heavy spare tire needed reinforced tailgate hinges to support it
Nacho Jeep: contains picture of nacho.
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Nacho Jeep: contains picture of nacho.
Nacho Jeep: open tube frame doors
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Nacho Jeep: open tube frame doors
Nacho Jeep: a bucket of bolt-ons including a 2-inch riser kit
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Nacho Jeep: a bucket of bolt-ons including a 2-inch riser kit
Nacho Jeep: plenty of LED lighting
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Nacho Jeep: plenty of LED lighting
Nacho Jeep: enough extra lighting to fry eggs at 30 paces
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Nacho Jeep: enough extra lighting to fry eggs at 30 paces
Nacho Jeep: winch kit
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Nacho Jeep: winch kit
Nacho Jeep: hood is an aftermarket job to allow for a cold air intake kit
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Nacho Jeep: hood is an aftermarket job to allow for a cold air intake kit
Jeep B-Ute: starts out as a Jeep Renegade
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Jeep B-Ute: starts out as a Jeep Renegade
Jeep B-Ute: all-red taillights 
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Jeep B-Ute: all-red taillights 
Jeep B-Ute: says B-Ute on it
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Jeep B-Ute: says B-Ute on it
Jeep B-Ute: apparently there's a connection to HALO
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Jeep B-Ute: apparently there's a connection to HALO
Jeep B-Ute: custom seat trims
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Jeep B-Ute: custom seat trims
Jeep B-Ute: also says Jeep on it
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Jeep B-Ute: also says Jeep on it
Jeep B-Ute: custom hood with wider flares and heat extractors
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Jeep B-Ute: custom hood with wider flares and heat extractors
Jeep B-Ute: tactical-looking roof rack hardcase
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Jeep B-Ute: tactical-looking roof rack hardcase
Jeep B-Ute: family comfort and a bit of extra off-road capability
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Jeep B-Ute: family comfort and a bit of extra off-road capability
Jeep J-Wagon: urban getabout with off-road capability
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Jeep J-Wagon: urban getabout with off-road capability
Jeep B-ute: interior
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Jeep B-ute: interior
Jeep J-Wagon: JPP center high-mount stop light gives extra visibility in the middle of the spare tire
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Jeep J-Wagon: JPP center high-mount stop light gives extra visibility in the middle of the spare tire
Jeep J-Wagon: slot-cut wheels in Brass Monkey finish
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Jeep J-Wagon: slot-cut wheels in Brass Monkey finish
Jeep J-Wagon: triangulated concept rock rails protect the exterior in harsh off-road conditions
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Jeep J-Wagon: triangulated concept rock rails protect the exterior in harsh off-road conditions
Jeep J-Wagon: hood latches get the Brass Monkey color treatment
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Jeep J-Wagon: hood latches get the Brass Monkey color treatment
Jeep J-Wagon: 5-inch LED lights with JPP brackets
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Jeep J-Wagon: 5-inch LED lights with JPP brackets
Jeep J-Wagon: JPP hood has a cutout kit to fit the intake snorkel
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Jeep J-Wagon: JPP hood has a cutout kit to fit the intake snorkel
Jeep J-Wagon: mysteriously quotes the Konami code
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Jeep J-Wagon: mysteriously quotes the Konami code
Jeep J-Wagon: premium styled concept split between luxury city driving and trail work
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Jeep J-Wagon: premium styled concept split between luxury city driving and trail work
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It's Easter Safari time again in Moab, and that means it's time for Jeep to roll out another seven terrific concept vehicles to titillate the crowd. And again, they deliver, with a diverse range of obtuse angles on the classic American off-roader. Each of the seven boasts a different mix of custom touches and bolt-on aftermarket bits, either from the Jeep Performance Parts catalog, or made by Mopar.

Let's take a look.

Jeep Sandstorm: long-travel suspension and huge power rounds out its desert racing credentials
Jeep Sandstorm: long-travel suspension and huge power rounds out its desert racing credentials

Jeep Sandstorm

A Baja racer-inspired daily driver, the Sandstorm packs the meaty punch of a 6.4-liter V8, with a 6-speed manual shift. The custom suspension is long-travel (14" at the front, 18" at the rear), the bumpers and wheel arches are high, and the wheels themselves mean business: 17-inch beadlock rims with 39.5-inch BF Goodrich Krawler tires.

Aggressive venting on the carbon hood speaks to its performance potential, and the chopped rear gate with its lay-down spare tire complete the Baja race truck look. Practical touches include an integrated onboard air compressor, race-style fuel filler, offroad GPS and extra front lighting.

Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: a throwback to the early days of luxury off-roading
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: a throwback to the early days of luxury off-roading

Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip

Whooo-eee, she's a pearler. The Wagoneer ran from '63 to '91 and Jeep credits it with introducing the idea that luxury and 4x4 could live in harmony. The Roadtrip is built on a '65 model - gutted, naturally, and powered by a 5.7-liter V8 with a 4-speed auto.

The original engine didn't go to waste; the valve cover has been converted into a toolbox. The body's been stretched five inches, and custom fender flares accommodate a wider track thanks to 17-inch steel wheels and 33-inch tires. The team has slapped a razor-style front grille on the front, and the bottle-green paint scheme reminds me of the kind of cars my grandad used to drive.

The interior kicks the nostalgia into an even higher gear. Beautiful original oxblood bench seats, the tidy dash with its old-school speedo, and that steering wheel with column shifter, you can just about smell it. Lovely job.

Jeep 4Speed: chopped back body is 22 inches shorter than standard, on a standard wheelbase, meaning extreme approach angles to steep gradients are well and truly on the menu
Jeep 4Speed: chopped back body is 22 inches shorter than standard, on a standard wheelbase, meaning extreme approach angles to steep gradients are well and truly on the menu

Jeep 4Speed

The 4Speed actually runs an eight speed auto transmission, but we'll give it a pass. It's all about weight reduction, removing and replacing the standard Wrangler bodywork with so much carbon fiber and perforated aluminum that it sits a full two inches higher on its suspension.

The look is absolutely badass, the blue/grey color scheme combining with bare carbon and a host of details to give it a super-technical feel, even if it also kinda looks like it should come with a free bunch of ridiculously goodlooking male models drinking orange mocha frappuccinos. The wheelbase is the same as standard, but the body's been chopped down a huge 22 inches so it's just about a wheel at each corner. This gives the 4Speed extreme approach angle capability when attacking steep gradients, but mainly makes it look as cool as anything I ever pulled out of my Matchbox car bucket as a kid.

The top's completely open, necessitating a custom electric blue roll cage and a very spiffy re-upholstering of the seats. It's not a roaring torque demon like many of the others, though – it showcases Jeep's new 2.0-liter inline four turbo engine instead. Makes sense, I guess, if you're focusing on light weight.

Jeep Jeepster: color scheme evokes the 1966 Jeepster
Jeep Jeepster: color scheme evokes the 1966 Jeepster

Jeep Jeepster

Now that sounds like a name a six-year-old would call himself in a backyard action movie. It is, as you can tell by the lurid red and white paint job, one of a number of homages Jeep has made to the 1966 Jeepster Commando. Lifted 2 inches and chopped another two at the hardtop, this is a Jeep Performance Parts special based around a bunch of bolt-ons.

There's 8,000 lumens of LED trail lighting, including LED fog lamps on the bumper above the winch. The hood's a JPP catalog job, but the roll cage is pure custom. The wheels are 37-inch BF Goodrich KO2s, on 17-inch beadlock capable rims with a nice red ring painted on them.

Instead of bolting onto the back door, the spare comes inside the cabin, obliterating all luggage space and necessitating a pair of storage canisters on the back where you can stick small amounts of food, tools and whatever else you need to lug along.

Nacho Jeep: a "rolling catalog" for Mopar brand performance parts
Nacho Jeep: a "rolling catalog" for Mopar brand performance parts

Nacho Jeep

Damn right that's nacho jeep, it's Jeep's Jeep. Built on a standard Wrangler Rubicon, the Nacho is a rolling parts catalog for Mopar's Jeep Performance Parts. Mopar has worked alongside the Jeep team creating factory-authorized aftermarket parts for many years now, and this car is veritably festooned. Festooned, I say.

The nacho yellow paint job? That's standard. Hood's not, though, it's a Mopar jigger designed to accommodate a cold air intake for the 2.0-liter turbo engine. There's a fresh satin black grille, a winch kit and a buttload of LED lighting fore and aft – the latter of which can be used to communicate trail conditions to drivers behind you.

Ground clearance is up thanks to a 2-inch lift kit, and mud-grubbing will be easier due to oversized 37-inch tires. The doors are open tube designs, the rear tailgate hinges are beefed up to handle the extra weight of a very fat spare tire, and the wheels are satin/carbon finished. That's the only mod on the whole car that's not a straight Mopar bolt-on.

Jeep B-Ute: starts out as a Jeep Renegade
Jeep B-Ute: starts out as a Jeep Renegade

Jeep B-Ute

Though the name might evoke utility (as well as happy Australians), the B-Ute's looks speak more to comfort than rugged off-road action. Starting out from the Renegade platform, there are a few cosmetic changes to the bodywork, including custom front fascias and upper grille area and a hood with heat extractors in it and wider flares.

A 1.5-inch lift kit gives the B-Ute a bit more ground clearance, and a set of 30-millimeter offset 17-inch wheels and Baja champion tires assist with off-road capability. The interior is done up a bit with colored trim and inserts, and MOLLE systems on the backs of the front seats let you stick all sorts of stuff back there.

Jeep J-Wagon: premium styled concept split between luxury city driving and trail work
Jeep J-Wagon: premium styled concept split between luxury city driving and trail work

Jeep J-Wagon

The name is perhaps a riff on the legendary Mercedes G-Wagen, but the similarly boxy J-Wagon starts life as a Wrangler Sahara, and gets a Warm Neutral Grey paint job that's a shade or two darker than the Granite Crystal Metallic of the standard model.

People seemed to like the Brass Monkey color wheels when Jeep showed them at SEMA in 2017, so there's Brass Monkey details all over this thing. The wheels, the hood latches, trim accents inside ... If Brass Monkey is your thing, there's plenty to enjoy here.

The JPP hood has been modified to allow a nice high intake snorkel out, the wheels are 35-inch KM3s from BF Goodrich, and the interior is done up in premium style with camel-color Katzkin leather seats.

There are a ton of photos in the gallery, and if that's not enough for you, you can check out last year's concepts, or the ones from 2016, or 2015, or 2013 ... Enjoy, and let us know which ones speak to you!

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2 comments
kelly23
The 4 Speed. Finally a reboot of the CJ5! Wouldn't want to take that thing down the highway, But it looks like it'd and perform great on the trail.
Nice job jeep.
Stepped into a friends 2017 4-door Rubicon the other day. Was shocked and saddened to see power windows. I guess the guys who had or wanted a Jeep when they were kids in the 80's finally get one in their 50's with all the modern creature comforts.
Joshua Tulberg
Nacho Jeep! That thing looks awesome. I bet they wanted to call it TONKA Jeep though.