Jeep annually holds the Easter Jeep Safari and seizes the opportunity to reveal amazing concepts. In 2016, FCA has revealed 7 of them! And some are quite surprising, as you will have the chance to see right below. Starting by our favorite, the Crew Chief 715!
Jeep Crew Chief 715
This Wrangler Unlimited based pick-up is an homage to the Kaiser M175. It is equipped with a 3.6 V6 Pentastar engine and a 5-speed automatic transmission, as well as Dana 60 front and rear axles, a 4-inch lift kit, steel front and rear bumpers, 20-inch beadlock wheels, Fox 2.0 Remote Reservoir shocks and 40-inch NDT military tires. It even has an onboard air compressor to help other vehicles. Compared to the Wrangler Unlimited, it also had a master cylinder brake upgrade, as well as cold air intake and a modified exhaust. If you are asking about the bed, it is 1.52 m long.
This Wrangler based concept is inspired by its predecessor, the CJ-5. Power comes from the same 3.6 V6 Pentastar engine from the Crew Chief, with a 5-speed automatic gearbox as well, but Shortcut’s proposition is almost the opposite. It is shorter than a regular Wrangler by 30 cm in order to face difficult trails, especially when they are tight and winding. The concept uses Dana 44 axles front and rear, a 4-point safety cage, a 2-inch lift with Fox shocks, low-back leather bucket seats with plaid inserts and a red ball shifter handle.
Jeep Renegade Commander
This is a mere cosmetic concept, with minor changes, such as a 2-inch lift kit and 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels, which use 29.5-inch BF-Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, said to improve the Renegade’s off-road capabilities. Its engine is a 2.4 MultiAir TigerShark with a 9-speed automatic transmission. And this is pretty much all about this “concept”.
This is no Fiat Toro, even though it is also a pick-up and it also shares the SUSW platform with the Renegade. The Comanche is what a unibody pick-up from Jeep would probably look like if it was meant for production. At least its bed is bigger than Toro’s, similar in size to the one offered by Crew Chief: 1.52 m long. In order to be able to carry this bed, the Comanche has a 15 cm longer wheelbase than the Renegade. Instead of 2.57 m, it has a wheelbase of 2.72 m.
The Comanche presents a soft top, a 2-inch lift kit, a winch bolster, 16-inch painted wheels and 32-inch BF-Goodrich All Terrain T/A tires. The pick-up is powered by a 2.0 MultiJet 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine, just like Toro’s, and uses a 9-speed automatic transmission. Just like… you got the point.
In the USA, there will be no Comanche for sale, but a version of Toro wearing the RAM badge. It will be called Rampage.
Jeep FC 150
This car is a tribute to the original FC 150, produced from 1956 to 1965 and based on the CJ-5. The new one, even if using a donor body, has a 2005 Jeep Wrangler chassis underneath, with a Dana 44 front axle and a Dana 60 axle at the rear, both with 17-inch white steel wheels and 33-inch BF-Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires. Power comes from a 4.0 PowerTech 6-cylinder in line and is transmitted to the wheels by a 3-speed automatic gearbox.
For fans of big engines, this is the concept: it has a 527 kW 6.2 Hemi Hellcat V8 engine under the hood! Engineers had to stretch this Wrangler’s wheelbase by 30 cm to accommodate this engine. Its transmission is a 6-speed automatic and the car has also had its windshield reduced in 5 cm just for it to look even better.
The Trailcat uses steel front and rear bumpers, 17-inch beadlock wheels, 39.5-inch BF-Goodrich Krawler T/A KX tires, front and rear Dana 60 axles and Fox shocks. A nice cosmetic touch is the use of Dodge Viper seats. They are made of carbon fiber and are covered in Katzkin leather.
The Trailstorm is nothing but a pimped Wrangler. It uses 17-inch off-road wheels, 37-inch tires, Dana 44 front and rear axles, a 2-inch lift kit with Fox shocks and a winch bolster. As most of the Wrangler based concepts, it uses a 3.6 V6 Pentastar engine and a 5-speed automatic transmission.