2017 Easter Jeep Safari: Not Just for Jeeps

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The annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, is an odd event. Although residents of Moab clearly favor Jeeps because of the numerous challenging 4x4 trails that take you into the spectacular backcountry, plenty of Toyotas, Fords and Land Rovers roam the roads and trails as well.

We attended this year's event to find out more about the coming Jeep pickup truck from Mark Allen, head of Jeep design. We find the safari to be one of the more creative in the auto world, where both private and professional vehicle builders show off their problem-solving pickups and custom 4x4s.

Here's what we found during our time in Moab. Enjoy.

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams; manufacturer photos

 

Homemade M715 pickup from www.actioncamper.com

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Split Trailhawk/Trackhawk badges

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Jeep Switchback concept

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Wrangler Unlimited Luminator concept

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Futuristic Jeep Safari points to the next generation

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Looking backward with Jeep Grand One concept

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Custom locomotive Jeep 6x6 runs on steam

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Trackhawk reveal in New York and Moab

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Military-spec Wrangler 4x4 manual

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American Expedition Vehicles' Jeep Brute four-door: right at home

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Horned Hauk Designs big rig lurking off main drag

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Extended-wheelbase Unlimited with 37-inch tires

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Comments

some high dollar Jeep gear. Great shots.

-I predict over the next 10 years that the Global pickup will grow to a size between the current midsize (Global Colorado & Global Ranger) and the current half ton. This size will be the half ton having the same towing and hauling capacity of the current half ton but with about a foot less on the front due to the smaller turbo V-6s and possible smaller V-8s. The current midsize willd be obsolete by then it could be possible that manufacturers would offer a true compact pickup but that pickup will be based on a front wheel drive crossover to keep the costs down. It would be impossible for manufacturers to produce an affordable true compact pickup without sharing a platform. Even Hyundai realizes that to offer a true compact truck like the Santa Cruz that they will have to base it on the Santa Fe and share the same assembly line and components. As for 3/4 to 1 ton trucks if they are reduced in size it won't be by much since their sheer weight and power are needed for heavy duty tasks. On the other hand a change of EPA regulations could postpone any drastic changes that were to be implemented by 2025. Hard to know what will happen because a change in political majority to cause more stringent regulations in 4 to 8 years.

SILLY MARK NO INFO. FORDS GOT NOTHING. CHEVY GOT NOTHING, SUPERCHARGED HEMI AWD 707 HORSE. GO BIG OR GO HOME. LOL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIwhzfCqqiQ


@ Jeff,

Since you failed to mention the global leader, Tacoma/HiLux, nobody will take you seriously with your bias.

Love the 6x6, the Semi, the chopped Willy's truck, and the Mil spec wrangler

Jeff, hopefully the big 3 will make a smaller pickup based on a suv like Honda did. I will buy it. I need a 5 foot bed and all wheeldrive now and then, but do not like getting beat up the rest of the time...

CAN YOU SAY HEMI V8? THE MOST POWERFUL SUV EVER. JEEP TRAILHAWK, CAN YOU HEAR THAT V8?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9piyKeiWjDg



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