Jeep and Mopar will be teaming up again next week for the 45th annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, and they'll be showing off some interesting concepts. The photo above is a group shot from a few years ago.
It's becoming a habit for Chrysler to show something new and interesting at the event, and maybe that makes sense. Why not use one of the most beautiful backdrops in the country — with its giant red rocks and Colorado River-cut canyons — to show off some of the coolest four-wheelers and pickup trucks around?
Last year, Jeep debuted the Mopar JK-8 conversion kit to the world by showing us the VWerks-built JK-8 Independence concept pickup. This year, it looks like Jeep has got something more in mind. We won't know exactly what it is until we get to Moab, but Jeep sent us these preliminary partial-view renderings. See them at the bottom of this post.
We can't tell much from the what's here, but they look interesting. Called the Jeep Mighty FC and J-12, both images look to be clear attempts to recall some past Jeep favorites. It will be interesting to learn what platforms Jeep used to create these concept vehicles and find out if these one-offs may find a spot in a future product lineup.
The Mighty FC looks like it will have a strong resemblance to the Forward Control Jeeps of the '50s and '60s, while the J-12 may harken back to the half-ton (J-10) and three-quarter-ton (J-20) Jeep pickups of the '70s.
Jeep and Mopar have a long history together and have allowed their most passion-filled employees to use many of the deep resources available to them to build their play toys for Moab. Originally called the Mopar Underground when it was just a group of guys at the Jeep shop working after hours on their personal projects (which they were going to take to Moab for their personal vacations), Easter Jeep Safari has become something much more legitimate. As a result, we've come to expect some interesting concepts.
Both illustrations look like they could be using heavily modified Wrangler platforms, but we expect the powertrains to be unique. More to come.