Jeep reveals Gladiator, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler models

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

    One of the best parts of owning a Jeep, specifically a Wrangler or Gladiator, is its inherently customizable nature. Showcasing a large selection of accessories as well as potential future models, the company has revealed several cool and colorful concepts ahead of the 2022 Easter Jeep Safari, including the “bobbed” Gladiator and the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe.

    The annual Easter Jeep Safari event takes place in Moab, Utah, and attracts thousands of fans of the brand and off-road enthusiasts alike. This year, the crowd will be treated to a new batch of bespoke jeeps, with more than a few electric motors. While the fully electric, manually-equipped Wrangler Magneto debuted in the Easter Jeep Safari last year, the others are new and interesting in their own right.

    wrestler concept “Bob”

    This savage concept started life as the Gladiator Rubicon, but has received some not-so-subtle tweaks. Its payload bed has been shortened by 12 inches — a technology referred to as “swaying” — which here reduces rear overhang and gives the truck a better departure angle. It also rides on a set of massive 40-inch tires with 20-inch orange wheels. Besides removing the doors, the B-pillars are gone, giving the interior a true open concept. The orange roof is another piece you won’t find on the average gladiator. Jeep says the design features a perforated solid surface with fabric on the top that allows natural light to shine through.

    Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe Concept

    The plug-in Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe isn’t as ostentatious as some of the other concepts, but it has a distinctly assertive look. It wears a custom industrial blue paint color that contrasts nicely with its black painted roof which is already made of a liner material. Completing the attractive look is a roof rack, rocker bars, upgraded lighting elements, and an impressive set of tires and wheels. The unique 20-inch wheels were mounted on 33-inch mud-road tires beneath the flared fenders. The Trailhawk also has adjustable air suspension and a sway bar disconnect feature that helps make it as capable as cool.

    Jeep Concept 41

    Jeep’s legacy is forever tied to the original military-spec Willys MB, and this ’41 concept based plug-in hybrid Wrangler Willys 4xe is a fitting tribute. From its olive green matte paint to its color-matched steel wheels to its painted graphics, the connection to the original is undeniable. We also like its steel half-doors and fenders, which include a front-mounted Warn winch. The ’41 Concept is also equipped with 35-inch tires and a 2.0-inch lift kit. Inside, the military aesthetic continues with a matte green bed liner covering the floor and fabric-covered seats with digital camouflage inserts.

    Birdcage and D-Coder Concepts

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    To highlight the myriad of accessories available through Jeep Performance Parts (JPP), the Wrangler and Gladiator have been converted into concepts called the Birdcage and D-Coder. The Birdcage on the left is shot in Eagle Brown and fitted with all kinds of heavy-duty off-road equipment, including 37-inch tires and what JPP says is the industry’s first 2.0-inch lift kit with Fox shocks developed specifically for Wrangler’s plug-in hybrid powertrain. 4x. The D-Coder is shown on the right in black, but the most notable are the red-coated JPP add-ons. Basically a rolling catalog, the parts list ranges from tubular doors to the modular three-piece front bumper to the snorkel air intake.

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