Two of Jeep's six concept vehicles showcased at the company's annual Easter Jeep Safari have been released for public viewing. The event, held in Moab, Utah, attracts off-road enthusiasts from across the country who come to rally and test their rides while enjoying the red-rock scenery and previewing the latest vehicles planned for production, as well as some creative concept models.
For those unable to attend the Safari, Jeep has revealed teasing glimpses of both the Cherokee Dakar and the Wrangler MOJO special vehicle concepts. Although the images provided offer only a limited view, it appears that the Cherokee Dakar is based on a predecessor – the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk introduced at last year's Easter Jeep Safari – although it seems to have been upgraded to incorporate more aggressive features.
This includes extended fender flares with rivet details, redesigned wheel arches that house high-profile chunky-treaded tires, and front and rear coil springs that suggest some suspension modifications. Also, the dark gray Dakar has contrasting bright red-colored styling accents along the window frames that carry into the five-spoke wheel inserts of the off-road wheels, as well as increased ride height, and practical front and rear tow hooks on the redesigned fascia for added functionality.
The appearance of the Cherokee Dakar at this year's Jeep Easter Safari marked the first time that a special version of the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be featured. Jeep unveiled six new concepts last year at Utah Jeep dealerships during their annual Safari, including the Wrangler Stitch, the Wrangler Mopar Recon, and the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, among others.
The other concept vehicle Jeep is currently offering a peek at is the Wrangler MOJO. The exterior is a bright orange shade with contrasting black accents, and the front bumper has been redesigned with a blackened-out front fascia. The concept, according to Utah Jeep dealers, also has added a front winch, rocker guards, and beadlock wheels. Like the Dakar, it seems to have been better outfitted for rocky terrains with high-profile off-road wheels and a modified suspension for an improved ride. Additionally, the MOJO likely takes advantage of Mopar's LED accessory headlights.
Not much else is known about these two vehicle concepts, but more information is expected to be released in the weeks following the Safari, along with details about the other four special Jeep concept designs which debuted in Moab during this year's Jeep Easter Safari.