For the past few weeks, the Jeep® and Mopar brands have been releasing teaser images of their concept vehicles for the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Every year, the Jeep and Mopar brands bring about half a dozen or so, conceptual vehicles to the red rock region. It’s there, that the brand put its ideas about future design, conceptual accessories, and showcases what the brand already offers to the thousands of enthusiasts and Jeep brand loyalists who attend their chance to offer feedback to the automaker.
However, instead of releasing all of the sketches at one time prior to the event, the two brands are releasing a teaser sketch each week.
The first two sketches, released on February 25th, showed a concept based on the all-new electrified 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe (WL74) and the Gladiator midsize pickup (JT). The third sketch was released a week later and appeared to be a 2023 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392 20th Anniversary Edition. Then we got another image featuring another concept blending elements of both a Wrangler Unlimited and a Gladiator pickup.
Accompanied by the text “it blends military grit and determination with 4xe electric vehicle technology,” we are seeing a sketch of a military-themed Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4xe. It appears that this concept will feature a Military Green and Tan paint scheme, a set of steel wheels with aggressive off-road tires, and Willy’s Military-inspired decals. We can also see a Willys Jeep Easter egg on the center caps for the wheels as well.
The last hardcore military-themed Wrangler concept vehicle to be shown off to the public was the commemorative one-of-a-kind Wrangler 75th Salute concept produced in 2016.
The “function over form” of the original Jeep military service vehicles is evident in this unique concept vehicle. The Wrangler 75th Salute concept – a modern interpretation of the Willys MB – was based on a two-door Wrangler Sport (JK) and highlights rugged functionality with heritage design cues, including the absence of B-pillars and doors. The exterior features an olive-drab color scheme that was first seen on military vehicles 75 years ago and is present throughout the Wrangler 75th Salute concept.
It featured, 16-inch steel wheels wrapped in 32-inch military non-directional tires, hood latches, a rear-mounted spare tire, steel front and rear bumpers with tow hooks, and low back canvas seats, echoing the original military Jeep vehicles. Other features include custom wood hood blocks and side mirrors, as well as bronze commemorative fender badges.
The Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle was built on the same assembly line that has produced the Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio, for decades, and was powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
We don’t think the latest Rubicon 4xe-based concept, will be as hardcore as the Wrangler 75th Salute. But it is great to see another military-themed Wrangler from the automaker.