The 2021 Moab Easter Jeep® Safari is almost here, so yesterday both the Jeep and Mopar brands showed off their new lineup of specialty-built concept vehicles for the annual event showcasing what both brands have to offer the Jeep community. Jeep enthusiasts from all over the world will gather from March 27th to April 4th in Moab for an extended holiday week of trail rides and technical off-roading on some of the most challenging and picturesque terrain.
The Jeep brand loves to pay homage to Jeep off-road vehicles of the past with a “Resto-Mod” every year. We have seen vehicles like the Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter Concept, the Jeep Grand One Concept, and the beloved Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip Concept, just to name a few. But this year, while the Jeep Wrangler Magneto Concept might be getting to most attention, our favorite is the Jeep Jeepster Beach Concept.
Based on the second-generation Jeepster Commando, this concept was designed around the growing interest in leisure time use of 4×4 vehicles. The Jeepster Commando was the first compact four-wheel-drive vehicle with an automatic transmission and, unlike the Jeep CJs of its day, it boasted modern amenities, such as doors, roll-up side glass, a heater, and roof, as standard equipment.
Starting life as a 1968 Jeepster Commando (C-101), the Jeep team seamlessly blended the famed Commando body on top of a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (JL). Jeepster Commandos were made for fun in the sun, and this ultimate beach-themed cruiser continues that tradition by embodying a spirited, carefree attitude.
The body was modified and the exterior fuses original chrome trim with an updated, brightly colored two-tone paint scheme of Hazy IPA and Zinc Oxide. While the Jeepster Beach maintains the outward appearance of a vintage Jeepster, it commands peak performance both on and off-road delivered by the modern-day Jeep Wrangler.
Under the hood, the Jeepster Beach Concept uses a high-tech 2.0-liter GME-T4 turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a custom, concept calibration that increases the engine output about 25% above the production version to 340 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. The direct-injection engine uses a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger mounted directly to the cylinder head, along with a dedicated cooling circuit for the turbocharger, intake air, and throttle body for exceptional responsiveness, performance and fuel efficiency.
An 8-speed automatic transmission mated to a 4:1 transfer case delivers power to the 35-inch Falken Wildpeak M/T tires wrapped around a set of custom-painted wheels from the Gladiator. Mopar supplied a 2-inch lift with FOX® shocks to give the vehicle an aggressive stance.
Jeepster Beach’s custom interior features low-back bucket seats trimmed in red leather. The rear seat was replaced with a chrome four-point safety cage. The carpets were removed to make cleaning out sand a breeze. Plus the design team added a custom tailgate stamped with the vintage J-E-E-P logo for those beach tailgate parties. Of course, there are a few unique Easter eggs on the vehicle as well.
What are your thoughts on the Jeep Jeepster Beach Concept? What is your favorite and least favorite feature? Let us know in the comments below or in the MoparInsiders forums.
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