For Jeepers, Easter means one thing. No, not an egg hunt, it means that it's time for the Easter Jeep Safari and this year's crop of super-cool concepts from Jeep's off-road-focused engineers. The 2022 crop of Easter Jeep Safari concepts may not have been as wild or as retro-amazing as in past years, but there is still plenty to check out and plenty that might actually make it to production.
The best of the concepts was Magneto 2.0. Jeep took last year's Magneto EV concept and turned the volume up to 11. 625 hp from a custom electric motor, 850 lb-ft of torque, and a six-speed taken from a Hellcat before getting beefed for even more strength. This time, Magneto gets one-pedal driving, even when you're crawling up and down boulders, making it much more drivable than any gas Wrangler.
Thanks to the electric motors - that need Dynatrac 60 and 80 Pro-Rock axles - you can start off without the clutch. And you can start off in any gear. Jeep stretched the wheelbase to fit more battery cells and powertrain components, but this one isn't about range it is a testbed for Jeep's engineers to learn how to off-road an EV. When it's not rock crawling, it can hit 100 km/h in under 3 seconds despite wearing massive 40-inch off-road tires.
Jeep Gladiator Bob Concept
Bob takes a Gladiator Rubicon and then bobs its tail. Cutting a foot off from behind the axles makes the pickup slightly more maneuverable on tight trails but also maintains much of the truck's cargo space. New bumpers give it even better approach and departure angles, as does a 3-inch lift.
Jeep has removed the B-Pillars, so there's no place to even try attaching doors. Combined with the cool stretched top, it makes for a very unique Jeep that we can see plenty of owners trying to copy.
The Birdcage concept is built to show off new flat fender flares that can hold the factory DRLs, making them the first fender flare to meet tire coverage and DRL rules in every state. We're not sure about Canada, but it seems like it should do the same here. The rear lights are also on spacers to meet the rules while offering better off-road protection. It also features a locking trunk that doubles cargo space (and makes it more secure) in the rear.
Rubicon 20th Anniversary Concept and Jeep '41 Concept
The Rubicon 20th Anniversary Concept and Jeep '41 Concept are mild rigs that we think could make production as real special editions. The 20AE celebrates 20 years since the first Rubicon model with gold badges, custom half doors, and a slight lift, while the '41 pays tribute to Jeep's roots with an army green matte wrap and canvas top and seats.
Jeep D-Coder Concept
D-Coder is a rolling Mopar and JPP catalogue. All of the red-finished parts come from that book with the paint to highlight them. A scannable QR code on each one takes you to the Mopar catalogue page that shows you the specs and lets you buy the accessories. Get it? You can decode the codes.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk PHEV Concept
Jeep's first go at a new Grand Cherokee 4xe concept takes a Trailhawk-spec model and trims the wheel wells to fit larger fenders and 33-inch BFGoodrich tires. Custom paintwork completes the look and will grab attention when it goes out to exercise the air suspension and sway bar disconnects.
No, Jeep hasn't announced any plans for these concepts apart from driving them around EJS 2022. Still, we can dream, can't we?