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03.20.2013
2013 Jeep Concept Vehicles

Jeep and Mopar have released a slew of 2013 Jeep concept vehicles, which will debut next week at the Easter Jeep Safari. The lineup includes five heavily modified 2013 Jeep Wrangler JK’s, and one 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Trailhawk. The question is will any of the features seen on the concept vehicles actually make it to the production line? I’d say that chances are slim considering Chrysler’s reputation for being a tease. Consider last year’s Easter Jeep Safari where a Jeep 2500 pickup truck was unveiled, but has since disappeared. Regardless, we’ll be on site for the 2013 Easter Jeep Safari, and will bring you more details (plus pics) next week!

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk EcoDiesel

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The recently unveiled 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel V-6 has gained instant fanfare in North America. Powered by the new EcoDiesel engine, this Grand Cherokee has loads of low-end torque to crawl nearly any obstacle.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk EcoDiesel Features:

  • 35″ Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Tires
  • Wrangler Rubicon 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Enlarged wheel openings
  • Custom front and rear skid plates
  • Dual rear tow hooks
  • Mopar rock rails
  • Grand Cherokee SRT hood
  • SRT front and rear fascias that have been modified for extra ground clearance
  • Black front grille
  • Matte black roof and one-off custom roof rails.
Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon

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Perhaps my favorite of the bunch, this 2013 Jeep Wrangler features a matte light gray paint job, with subtle military-esque spray-paint accents.

Jeep Wrangler Recon Features:

  • Bushwacker Jeep Wrangler Fender Flares
  • 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 Mopar crate engine, which outputs 470 horsepower
  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • Dana 60 front and rear axles with 4.10 gearing.
  • 4.5-inch prototype long-arm lift kit
  • Jeep Performance Parts prototype forged eight-lug beadlock wheels with 39-inch off-road tires.

The Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon includes a number of Mopar applications externally, including front and rear half-door and window kits, front and rear off-road modified “Stinger” bumpers, Warn winch, high-clearance flat fenders, rock rails, Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary hood, prototype LED headlamps, a canvas soft top, swing-away rear tire carrier and body-color rear corner guards, taillamp guards, locking fuel door, and a Jeep Performance Parts badge.

The interior of the Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon includes Mopar slush mats, black door-sill guards, a locking below-floor storage box, side sun visors, grab handles, trailside winch kit and a custom seat made from Navy blankets and Navy camouflage material.

Jeep Wrangler Stitch

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Jeep and Mopar have taken ques from the famous “Pork Chop” concept, and have created a follow-up vehicle dubbed Jeep Wrangler Stitch. Based on the 2013 Wrangler Rubicon, the Stitch has been lightened to 3,000-lb curb weight, which gives it a power-to-weight ratio similar to a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

Jeep designers shaved weight where ever possible: the frame, axles, body and interior. The audio system and all heating and air conditioning components have been removed. The front seats are taken from the new 2013 SRT Viper and the rear seats have been removed. Sections of the body have been cut out, the doors have been removed, and the hood is a custom carbon fiber version of the one found on the Jeep Wrangler 10th Anniversary Rubicon. The standard roll cage has been replaced with a chrome moly unit, and the Full-Traction lower control arms, floor pan and GenRight fuel tank are made of aluminum. Even the frame and axles were modified to remove weight.

Jeep Wrangler Stitch Features:

  • Bushwacker Jeep Wrangler Fender Flares
  • Mopar cold-air intake
  • Mopar exhaust kit
  • Mickey Thompson 35-inch off-road tires
  • Lightweight 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Custom DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 axles with 4.88 gears
  • ARB front and rear lockers
  • King shocks with pneumatic bump stops
  • Tom Woods drive shafts

Unique design details include a windshield that has been chopped two inches, a clear yellow vinyl soft top, black leather SRT Viper seats and center console with a yellow instrument panel and seat backs, Truck-Lite LED headlamps and the previously mentioned carbon fiber hood. The black body panels are wrapped in a unique, see-through silver architectural fabric that hides the cut panels at some angles, and makes them visible at others.

Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper II

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After the first Sand Trooper was debuted at SEMA 2012, Mopar decided to raise the bar with the Sand Trooper II. Perhaps one of the most admired concepts, the Sand Trooper II carries on a legacy of power and performance.

Jeep Wrangler Sand Tooper II Features

  • Bushwacker Jeep Wrangler Fender Flares
  • 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 which gives it 375 horsepower and 400 ft.-lb. of torque.
  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • Mopar eight-lug front and rear Portal axles
  • Jeep Performance Parts prototype forged beadlock wheels
  • 40-inch super swamper tires
  • Satin black grille, hood lock, front and rear half-door and window kits
  • Front and rear off-road “Shorty” bumpers
  • Warn winch
  • Rock rails, a vented hood, and LED off-road lights and headlamps
  • Rubicon 10th Anniversary swing away rear tire carrier
  • Trailer-tow hitch receiver
  • Black taillamp guards and locking fuel door

The interior features a rear back-up camera display, Mopar slush mats, black door-sill guards, under-seat and center-console locking storage, locking below-floor storage box, trunk storage box, side sun visors, grab handles, Trailside winch kit and leather seats.

Jeep Wrangler Flattop

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According to Mopar: The Jeep Wrangler Flattop is a paradox of sorts. Its highly styled and refined body and interior completely belies its phenomenal off-road capability. Jeep designers took special care to give the Wrangler Flattop an upscale appearance inside and out, but bolted some of the most hard-core off-road gear available to Flattop’s chassis.

Featuring a custom one-piece, windowless hard top, the body is finished in a metallic sandstone with copper and brown accents. The top and windshield were chopped two inches, and the b-pillar was removed creating a massive opening from front to rear. The door and hood hinges, tow hooks, grille slats and headlamp surrounds are finished in a copper tone, and the bumpers, side rails, side mirrors and hood decal are dark brown. The bumpers are customized versions from the Wrangle Rubicon 10th Anniversary model, as is the hood. Custom high line fender flares, Truck-Lite LED headlamps, LED rear taillamps and side markers, a massive Warn Zeon winch and TeraFlex spare tire carrier round off the exterior enhancements.

The interior features dark saddle Katzkin leather seating, copper accents on the steering wheel spokes, vent rings and passenger grab handle and Mopar slush mats.

Under Flattop’s rich exterior is some serious off-road gear such as a Mopar cold-air intake, Mopar exhaust kit, aluminum five-spoke wheels that carry 37-inch Mickey Thompson off-road tires, the DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 front and Dana 60 rear axles feature ARB air lockers and TeraFlex sway bars, and Full-Traction control arms. All of this is hardware is bolted to King shocks with pneumatic bump stops.

Jeep Wrangler Slim

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The Jeep Wrangler Slim offers maximum performance that is significantly lighter in weight. The Rock Lobster color exterior of the two-door Jeep Wrangler Slim features full doors and a hard top. Powered by a 3.6-liter V-6, the Jeep Wrangler Slim has a 3:73 anti-spin axle. Rolling on prototype 17-inch Jeep Performance Parts forged beadlock wheels with Rock Lobster beauty rings, the Jeep Wrangler Slim features a special 10th Anniversary Rubicon front bumper, which complements the rear bumper, and is the lightest weight rear bumper that Mopar offers. The Jeep Wrangler Slim also sports lightweight rock rails, black grille, black hood decal, LED headlights, locking gas cap and Rubicon tires.

The black interior features leather seat covers and a CB radio, as well as Mopar all-weather slush mats and a hard-top headliner.

Jeep Performance Parts on the Jeep Wrangler Slim include a prototype Mopar 2-inch lift kit. A Mopar cold-air intake is also featured on the Jeep Wrangler Slim.

If you’d like to see more pics, then head over to our Facebook page and check out the Jeep Concept Vehicles picture album. I still think that the Recon is my favorite of the group. If you could take any of them one which would it be? Tell us in the comments below!