It is that point of 12 months once more. Jeep’s annual Easter Safari kicks off the primary week of April, and as in (most) years previous, the 4×4 builder is on location with a group of idea vans that will or might not trace at future choices, equipment — and perhaps even whole autos. Taking a look at you, Magneto. That venture returns (now in model 3.0), together with 4 new in-house designs from the Jeep workforce. Jeep Efficiency Elements tagged alongside as regular with two extra builds of their very own. We’ll have extra from the sphere as soon as we get an opportunity to mess around with Jeep’s toys in Moab. Let’s dive in.
Jeep Wrangler 4xe ****
Formally, the Wrangler 4xe **** has no identify. Jeep refers to it solely because the “Wrangler Rubicon 4xe Idea.” Just like the designation for its preliminary paint end (nope, that is not Tuscadero), its identify has been redacted. However if you happen to’re the kind of Jeeper who likes to be strapped firmly in place for somewhat enjoyable within the dust, the **** is likely to be proper up your alley. Its PHEV powertrain lets you **** responsibly and it even comes with augmented straps and buckles, a fur-lined glovebox and varied different toys meant to intensify the expertise. The **** is even fitted with an lively air suspension that provides between 1.5 and 5.5 inches. Of floor clearance.
Critical face: There’s clearly extra to this than what you may see from footage. It might be an April Idiot’s gag or only a Jeep designer’s fever dream realized; we’re sure (OK, not so severe) to search out out extra in Moab.
Jeep Wrangler Magneto 3.0 Idea
Yep, Magneto’s again. This might be its third and remaining outing, Jeep says, and based mostly on how little it has modified since final 12 months, we’re comfy with Jeep calling this one completed. There’s solely a slight bump in energy this 12 months; it will get one other 25 horses and 50 pound-feet of torque, for a complete of 650 and 900, respectively. Nevertheless it did sprout a brand new set of drive modes that offer you finer management over the output of its electrical motors. Its customary setting dials the whole oomph again to only 285 hp and 273 lb.-ft. That is each the rated energy output of Jeep’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and a refined nod to the Magneto 1.0, which used these figures as its baseline. And yep, it nonetheless has a six-speed guide.
1978 Jeep Cherokee 4xe Idea
If this one provides you Jeep Chief vibes, you are not alone. What began life as a craigslist dumpster hearth of a 1978 Cherokee is powered by a contemporary 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain. You may want that torque to show the huge 37s fitted to all 4 corners. Inside, there’s an 8-track participant and a secret stash field. What precisely is the key stash field, you ask? It is a secret. Duh.
Jeep Scrambler 392 Idea
The 392 Scrambler “provides lightness” to the V8-powered Wrangler system. The 392 is at the moment obtainable solely as a four-door, however this idea appears at what sort of efficiency machine you could possibly make by trimming the fats off of Jeep’s large bruiser. Whereas it nonetheless rides on the 392’s customary four-door wheelbase, the Scrambler has been chopped down and shortened to additional focus its mass close to its heart. It is fitted with a number of customized carbon-fiber exterior physique panels; a lot of the relaxation had been simply stripped off utterly. The blue plaid inside got here out of the just-for-fun bin, as Jeep’s engineers say the Scrambler’s solely actual mission is being “actual rowdy-fast.”
Grand Wagoneer ‘Camp Lux’ Overland Idea
“I swore I might by no means do one other roof tent,” Jeep boss Mark Allen opened with. Effectively, a lot for that. The Wagoneer checks in with an overlanding-inspired idea based mostly on Mopar’s new twin-turbocharged I6 engine. Its rear seats have been stripped away to open up the inside for provides, individuals and pets, and it has been fitted with 35-inch tires for extra go-anywhere functionality.
JPP Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Sideburn Idea
The primary of Jeep Efficiency Elements’ two builds is the Sideburn idea, which will get its identify from the armor on its rear fender. It encompasses a utilitarian mattress setup lifted from the corporate’s catalog, a fold-down brush guard that doubles as a bench (so you may tailgate from each ends) and has on-board gas and water storage.
JPP Jeep Wrangler 4xe Departure Idea
This one’s about as down-to-earth as they arrive, and admittedly this blue-over-tan look is slightly fairly. That is one other Jeep Efficiency Elements showcase, and the truck wears a mixture of current accent elements and conceptual additions. The Sideburn’s fold-down brush guard returns and it features a number of different equipment, together with a convertible tube tailgate, customized fender flares, Molle panels, and a brand new accesory mounting system for the dashboard. Yeah, we have seen that someplace.