The annual Easter Jeep Safari is an event for Jeep enthusiasts to explore the off-road wonders around Moab, Utah, and every year Jeep brings a host of one-off custom vehicles to make the experience extra-special. With the debut of the 2020 Gladiator, Jeep’s first pickup truck in decades, Jeep went all-in on the pickup theme for this year’s fantasy lineup.
Here are three of the coolest concepts from Easter Jeep Safari:
1. Jeep J6
Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman called the J6 “the two-door Gladiator everyone wants” in his roundup of Jeep Safari concepts on PickupTrucks.com and, based on the reaction, he’s not wrong. All Gladiators from the factory are four-door models with short beds — think Wrangler Unlimited with a pickup bed instead of a cargo area — so Jeep had to do some fabricatin’ to pull off the J6. What you get is a regular-cab, longer-bed — 6 feet instead of 5 — pickup truck that looks fantastic.
The J6 rounds off its look with a bunch of add-ons from the Mopar parts catalog and some custom prototype pieces, as well as a unique Brilliant Blue Metallic paint job. Jeep doesn’t believe there’s enough demand to offer a Gladiator like this straight from the factory, so here’s hoping the response to the J6 is enough to make executives reconsider.
2. Jeep Wayout
The Jeep Wayout is focused on the overlanding customer, someone who wants to drive far off the beaten trail and live in or around his or her (heavily customized) vehicle. Overlanding requires a lot of gear and a vehicle set up to carry it all, and the Wayout is just that kind of vehicle.
It’s got a custom bed rack that carries a collapsible awning and two-person tent that both expand on top of the Jeep — because as the sticker on its rear window says, to bears, “people in sleeping bags are like soft tacos.” Other overlanding gear includes integrated auxiliary fuel cans, an onboard air compressor, a 12,000-pound winch and a snorkel for water fording. Inside, the topographical maps etched into the leather of the front seats are a cool-looking touch.
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3. Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter
One of the traditions of the Easter Jeep Safari concepts is the inclusion of a classic Jeep model, and this year the M-715 — an old military truck introduced in the 1960s — won the right to be this year’s resto-mod.
The 1968 M-715 underwent all sorts of functional and cosmetic upgrades; most notably, it’s now powered by a “Hellcrate” supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 with more than 700 horsepower. It now rides on 20-inch wheels wrapped in 40-inch off-road tires.
The Five-Quarter — the M-715 was rated to 1.25 tons, or five quarters — is a convertible, and features an entirely carbon-fiber front end, as well as a custom aluminum bed with custom water jet cut panels and wood slats.
All of the Easter Jeep Safari concepts are fully drivable. You can check out a full gallery of the J6, Wayout and Five-Quarter concepts — along with the Flatbill, Scrambler and Gravity concepts that Jeep also revealed — below.
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