One of the many reasons that the Jeep brand is so popular here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta is because the entire line is so customizable. From the doors, roof, and decals, there are so many ways you can visually make a Jeep your own. To bounce excitedly forward to current-day happenings, the company revealed several very awesome and flavorful concepts ahead of the 2022 Easter Jeep Safari, including a “bobbed” Gladiator and plug-in hybrid Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe.
This exciting yearly event that takes place on the sunny slickrock of Moab, Utah draws in thousands of the brand’s diehard fans and off-road enthusiasts. This year the crowd will get to enjoy a brand-new crop of custom-built Jeeps, with some of them boasting all-electric power. Last year saw the reveal of the manual-equipped Wrangler Magneto, and we wanted to be sure and show you courtesy of the experts at Car and Driver what some of the 2022 head-turners would be.
The Gladiator “Bob” Concept is one that looks as if it could truly conquer anything thrown in its way in terms of dust, rock, and streams. The concept began as a Gladiator Rubicon but now has undergone some insanely cool adjustments. The cargo bed is a foot shorter, which provides shrining for the rear overhang and gives the truck a better departure angle for the trail. It also has for the ride a set of massive 40-inch tires with orange 20-inch beadlock wheels, and the absence of the B-pillars gives the interior a true open concept. There’s also a unique type of design with the perforated hard top roof that helps with the very Jeep-esque act of allowing natural light to shine through.
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe Concept fits a bit more into an urban driving setting, still boasting everything that makes Jeep so great, and camping-trip prepped to the 9s. This concept wears a custom Industrial Blue paint color that goes great against the black-painted roof constructed with bedliner, and is rounded out with a roof rack, rock rails, upgraded lighting elements, and an incredibly fitting wheel and tire package. These raucous and ready-to-rumble 20-inch wheels are firmly mounted on 33-inch mud-terrain tires, underneath properly flared fenders. It also has an adjustable air suspension and sway-bar disconnect feature that render it even more capable of the demands of the wild.
Jeep ’41 Concept: Jeep’s well-illustrated and characteristic history is forever cemented with its link to the original military-grade Willys MB, and this particular ’41 concept is based on a plug-in hybrid Wrangler Willys 4xe that fits the bill perfectly. It has sweet half doors and steel bumpers, which also include a Warn winch mounted up front in case you ever get stuck while navigating the rough stuff! This retro-inspired and flavorful model is also equipped with 35-inch tires and a 2.0-inch lift kit, and the seats covered in canvas with digital camo inserts will make you feel as if you’ve been deployed on a special secret mission to defend liberty!
The Birdcage and D-Coder Concepts are flat-out amazing examples of what would be ideal for demanding terrain such as the canyons and precipices of Moab. A Wrangler and Gladiator were transformed into these two concepts, with 37-inch tires and one of the industry’s first 2.0-inch lift kits with Fox shocks developed especially for the Wrangler 4xe’s plug-in hybrid powertrain. These two primely-outfitted numbers boast an arsenal of parts that range from tube doors to a 3-piece modular front bumper, along with a heavy-duty snorkel air intake.