2017 Moab Easter Jeep Safari
This year’s 51st Annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah ran from April 8th to April 16th. The off-road extravaganza celebrates any and all high-clearance, low-range 4x4s, but Jeeps in particular are the real stars of the show. Jeep generally joins in with the festivities by displaying fun and funky concept models, showing off their design chops and the insane capability of Jeep vehicles, or in the words of Mark Allen, head of Jeep Design, “Go fast and look good, and if you’re not smiling, get out.” This year they had seven different vehicles to show off. Don’t be expecting any of these to be coming in droves to Champion’s showroom any time soon, though: they’re purely eye candy.
Here’s what we saw:
The Jeep Safari, which has transparent doors and roof, a drone dock on the roof, picnic prep station built into the tailgate, and some say, front end design cues borrowed from the upcoming 2018 Wrangler!
The Jeep Quicksand, built for climbing dunes, is a ‘60s inspired hotrod with a moon tank up front and a parachute bag in back (which holds the recovery cables).
The Jeep Luminator is built for after-dark trail runs, with plenty of roof-mounted solar panel-powered LED lights, including a light hooked to an infrared camera purpose-built to track wildlife at night.
The Jeep Switchback, built from a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, has a custom roof with vista windows, a power-bulge hood, and plenty of Jeep Performance Parts you can likely expect to see in the catalogue soon.
On the Jeep CJ66, a Wrangler CJ Tuxedo Park body, kitted out in Copper Canyon orange, is laid on a TJ-gen Wrangler frame. Inside, it uses Dodge Viper seats.
The retro Jeep Grand One is loaded with 1993-specific features like wood-grain body treatment, lace tires, plaid flannel headliner, a tape deck, a car phone, and a Baywatch sticker applied to the driver’s side door panel.
The Jeep Trailpass is a lifted take on the Compass Trailhawk®, and comes with a roof basket. It’s painted green, with matching interior stitching, gets a gloss-black hood and roof, and bright orange tow hooks.
Interested in taking home a Jeep SUV that you can someday take to the Moab Easter Jeep Safari? Browse the inventory at Champion Jeep in Indianapolis.