Jeep Wrangler, Grand Cherokee and other concepts showcased
Jeep has officially dropped the details on six new concepts the company crafted for this year’s ‘Easter Jeep Safari’, including the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept.
But firstly and quite importantly is Jeep’s new creation, the Mighty FC Concept. The whole idea was intended to be a tribute to the Jeep Forward Control that was offered between 1956 and 1965. Set on the Wrangler Rubicon’s platform, with a stretched the wheelbase, the FC clearly concentrates on hard-core off-roading. They have even pushed the cab ahead of the front axle to aid the cause. Underneath, the Mighty FC uses a set of Mopar eight-lug portal axles, which offer an astonishing amount of ground clearance. The truck rolls on 40-inch tyres and a King coil-over suspension to handle all the bumps and bruises.
At number two stands the Jeep J-12 Concept, and it is equally impressive. An extended version of the JK-8 pickup, the concept began life as a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited, though the frame has been stretched by over 450 mm. With a full six-foot bed, custom hood and unique fenders, the concept’s job is quite clear.
The automaker also showed off an accessorised version of the standard Wrangler as a Wrangler Traildozer concept. It was built with help from off-road gurus at American Expedition Vehicles. With a 470-horsepower 6.4-litre V8 and a Getrag six-speed manual gearbox, the machine has the go-bits to tackle any trail. Dana 44 axles with electronic locking differentials at the front and rear are also part of the package.
Also in the list is the Wrangler Apache concept. It gets all of its power from the same fire-breathing 6.4-litre Hemi, and uses a Mopar conversion kit for the swap.
And last on the cards, and with the highest probability for production is the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept. The Trailhawk boasts off a few off-road goodies, including tow hooks, an aggressive set of Goodyear Wrangler rubber and a rear light bar.
Unfortunately, Chrysler has not released an official release date for any of its sane vehicles or any statement if the Mighty FC and the J-12 will go into production anytime soon. Obviously if it does, a few might find its way into the GCC.
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