Thousands of off-road enthusiasts will head to Moab for the annual Jeep event from 24 March – 1 April to participate in a week of technical off-roading on some of the most picturesque trails that the US has to offer, in the 52nd year of the event. Here’s a look at one of these concepts vehicles that Jeep and Mopar have come up with for this year’s event.
The Jeep 4Speed concept is the latest in a line of lightweight Easter Jeep Safari concepts. The concept bolsters the Wrangler’s off-road capability and performance through extensive weight savings and showcases the all-new 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
On the exterior, the Jeep 4Speed saves weight by having a carbon fibre bonnet, high-clearance carbon fibre fender flares and a carbon fibre load area with perforated aluminum panels.
The raked windshield, elongated door openings and swept back custom cage give the 4×4 a ‘sleek side profile’.
In addition to being lightweight, the overall length has been shortened by 56 cms while the wheelbase retains its standard length, resulting in increased approach and departure angles.
The ride height is 508mm higher than that of a standard Wrangler and Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 4.10 gear ratio and 460mm lightweight monoblock rims fitted with 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tyres give this Jeep extra off-road capability.
The interior features a customized instrument panel and re-trimmed front seats. The rear seats have been removed and replaced with a “welding curtain” that has been re-purposed as a bikini top. The floor has been lined and the foot wells have been replaced with perforated aluminum panels.