Jeep Shows Off Concepts for the Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, and Wrangler

2022 Easter Jeep Safari concepts – Overview

Jeep has introduced its latest batch of Easter Jeep Safari concepts in Moab, Utah, to coincide with the Easter Jeep Safari event.

Here are the major highlights:

  • Ahead of this year’s Easter Jeep Safari, Jeep unveiled several off-road-ready designs.
  • A “bobbed” Gladiator pickup truck with a foot lobbed off its cargo box and a unique hardtop roof are displayed.
  • A bold Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe with unusual 20-inch wheels and massive 33-inch tires is also available.

This collection of concept cars offers a glimpse into the renowned off-road brand’s future while also paying homage to its rich four-wheel-drive past.

The best thing about owning a Jeep, mainly a Wrangler or Gladiator, is how adaptable they are.

So ahead of the 2022 Easter Jeep Safari, like a “bobbed” Gladiator and a plug-in-hybrid Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe, display the large assortment of accessories and tease potential future models.

The annual Easter Jeep Safari event in Moab, Utah, attracts thousands of Jeep lovers and off-road enthusiasts.

This year’s show will include a fresh crop of custom-built Jeeps, including several with electrified powertrains.

While the all-electric, manual-equipped Wrangler Magneto appeared at last year’s Easter Jeep Safari, the others are new and intriguing.

Here’s a breakdown of the 2022 Easter Jeep Safari concepts and why they are significant.

Jeep D-Coder and Birdcage

2022 Easter Jeep Safari concepts
2022 Easter Jeep Safari concepts

A Wrangler and a Gladiator were turned into the Birdcage and D-Coder concepts to highlight some of the many accessories available through Jeep Performance Parts (JPP).

Although the color choice isn’t the epitome of dignified grace, it serves a function.

The Birdcage is shown finished in Eagle Brown and equipped with various heavy-duty off-road accessories.

The Jeep Performance Parts, a line of aftermarket accessories created in-house by Jeep engineers, focus on the D-Coder idea.

Punters at the Easter Jeep Safari will be able to utilize the QR codes to learn more about anything that catches their eye, as all of the attachments, mainly for better off-road performance, are painted in an unmistakable red tint.

Both of these principles, of course, rely on a lot of rubber.

Both have 37-inch mud-terrain tyres, with Fox shock absorbers adjusted for the 2.0-liter turbocharged PHEV powerplant in the Birdcage concept.

Jeep ’41 Concept

2022 Easter Jeep Safari concepts
2022 Easter Jeep Safari concepts

Where else can you go back to the beginning if you seek a concept inspired by your brand’s history? That’s what Jeep discovered when it wished to commemorate its storied past.

The original military-spec Willys MB is indelibly linked to Jeep’s past, and this 1941 idea based on a plug-in hybrid Wrangler Willys 4xe is a suitable tribute.

The connection to the original is evident, from its matte olive green paint job to its color-matched steel wheels to its stenciled graphics.

Its half doors and steel bumpers, which incorporate a Warn winch placed upfront, are particularly appealing. In addition, 35-inch tires and a 2.0-inch raise package are also included in the ’41 design.

Inside, a matte green Bedliner material covers the floor, and canvas chairs with digital camo inlays reinforce the military-grade appearance.

According to the manufacturer, the powertrain is a plug-in hybrid featuring a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor that can travel 40 kilometers without consuming any fuel.

The Jeep Wrangler PHEV, on the other hand, isn’t available in Australia.

Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe Concept

2022 Easter Jeep Safari concepts
2022 Easter Jeep Safari concepts

Jeep has given its new plug-in hybrid SUV the off-road treatment in concept form, with Trailhawk badging to coincide with the arrival of the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will arrive in Australia later this year.

The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe plug-in hybrid isn’t as flashy as some of the other prototypes, but it has a commanding presence.

It’s painted in a unique Industrial Blue color that contrasts wonderfully with the black-painted roof constructed of Bedliner material.

A roof rack, rock rails, updated lighting features, and a gorgeous wheel-and-tire kit complete the Overlanding look.

Under flared fenders, the 20-inch wheels are fitted on 33-inch mud-terrain tires.

The Trailhawk also comes with an adjustable air suspension and a sway-bar disconnect feature, making it as capable as stylish.

Bob Concept (Gladiator)

2022 Easter Jeep Safari concepts
2022 Easter Jeep Safari concepts

The Jeep Bob Concept began life as a Gladiator that had been ‘Bobbed,’ The rear overhang had been lowered to blur the lines between the truck and the wagon.

This bizarre notion began as a Gladiator Rubicon, but it has undergone some not-so-subtle changes.

Its cargo bed has been shortened by 12 inches, a process known as “bobbing,” which reduces the truck’s rear overhang and improves its departure angle.

It also has orange 20-inch Beadlock wheels and a set of gigantic 40-inch tires.

The B-pillars have been removed along with the doors, giving the inside an authentic open feel.

Another feature not found on a standard Gladiator is the orange roof.

According to Jeep, the design has a perforated hardtop with canvas over the top to enable natural light.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 20th Anniversary Concept

2022 Easter Jeep Safari concepts
2022 Easter Jeep Safari concepts

With Jeep’s Rubicon off-road package approaching its 20th anniversary, this may be the closest we’ll get to see a concept made available for purchase.

Engineers conceived the Rubicon package as a side project in 2003 to increase the Wrangler’s off-road capability and offer it all as a factory-backed upgrade kit.

Heavy-duty locking differentials enhanced the Rubicon’s off-road capability with low gearing, a 4:1 transfer case, and off-road tyres, with the name derived from the famous Rubicon Trail in the California High Sierra.

The tyres are now larger, and there’s also a detachable front sway bar.

This 20th Anniversary Concept teases a possible Jeep celebration model based on the Wrangler Rubicon 392.

There’s a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 under the hood, producing 350 horsepower and 637 pound-feet of torque.

Paint and decals and the brand’s Sky One-Touch motorized opening roof give this idea a distinct aesthetic.

There’s also a two-inch lift from Jeep Performance Parts and 37-inch mud-terrain tyres wrapped around 17-inch Mopar Beadlock wheels.

Magneto 2.0: Hardcore electric Wrangler

2022 Easter Jeep Safari concepts
2022 Easter Jeep Safari concepts

This is a follow-up to last year’s Wrangler Magnetoelectric idea, but it’s been taken to the next level.

Magneto 2.0 has a custom-made axial flux electric motor that can spin up to 5250rpm and produces 466kW, compared to the original Magneto concept’s 205kW.

The Ram 2500’s 1152Nm claim matches a 6.7-liter turbodiesel Ram 2500.

While the Magneto 2.0 retains its six-speed manual transmission and low-range transfer case, Jeep was forced to employ the transmission from a Challenger Hellcat with a supercharged V8 engine, which had to be hardened even more for this high-torque application.

The differentials are also huge, with a Dana 80 (11.25-inch ring gear) in the back and a Dana 60 (9.75-inch ring gear) in the front.

Jeep is dipping its toe into the water to see how the hardcore enthusiast base reacts to a wholly electrified Wrangler.

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