Feast Your Eyes on These Tasty Jeeps, Peasants

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
feast your eyes on these tasty jeeps peasants

In anticipation of the 50th Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, Jeep turned its best and brightest designers loose and created seven concept vehicles you’ll probably never drive.

But you can gaze, and you can dream.

These rolling showcases for Jeep and Mopar performance parts crop up annually in advance of the off-road love-in (March 19 – 27), but this year Jeep delved deep into the history file to celebrate its 75th birthday.

We’ll highlight the standouts after the break.

Jeep Crew Chief 715

With a Wrangler-based pickup already approved by FCA and on its way, the Jeep Crew Chief 715 is more than just a military-themed concept — it’s possibly a taste of what we can expect when the long-awaited pickup arrives.

Built on a four-door Wrangler Unlimited frame, the open-top Crew Chief has a five-foot bed, a slanted prow reminiscent of the original Wagoneer, and is motivated by the stock Wrangler’s Pentastar V6 and five-speed automatic. Suspension and brake upgrades, a winch, and intake and exhaust improvements round out the package.

An air system would be great for when you have to provide the balloons at your kid’s birthday. There’s likely better uses for that compressor, though.

Jeep Trailcat

The word “cat” is grafted onto this concept because, if you haven’t already guessed, Jeep shoehorned the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 from the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat under its utilitarian hood.

Making 707 horsepower, the engine is more suited for running from border patrol or lawless biker gangs than for rock crawling, but you have to give credit to Jeep for building what people want to see.

Fitting the monster V8 into a space once reserved for a four cylinder meant stretching the frame by 12 inches, while a chopped-down windshield and seats borrowed from the Dodge Viper bolster its performance aspirations.

Jeep Comanche

A familiar name last seen in 1992 returned on Jeep’s Renegade-based Comanche pickup concept.

A six-inch wheelbase stretch was needed to create the pint-sized pickup, which features a five-foot bed, rock rails, lift kit and winch — all of them must-have options, according to suburban Renegade owners.

Adding intrigue to the fairly vanilla Renegade was easy. A true soft top is something you’ll never get on the factory Renegade, and under the hood of the Comanche lies a 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder sourced from overseas markets (dream on, U.S. customers).

In Comanche form, this is about as butch as the Fiat 500L-based Renegade can get. But please, prove us wrong, Jeep.

Honourable mentions

Jeep Shortcut: proof that you can shorten a Wrangler by a foot in order to create a retro concept that emulates the classic CJ-5.

Jeep Renegade Commander: this concept is more of an off-road options package for the littlest Jeep.

Jeep FC 150: a retro cab-over design based on a 2005 Wrangler, complete with a 4.0-litre inline-six and state-of-the-art three-speed automatic.

Jeep Trailstorm: an extensive off-road parts dump onto the Wrangler Unlimited.

[Images courtesy of the manufacturer.]

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  • Jerseydevil200 Jerseydevil200 on Mar 11, 2016

    Very tasty, i agree. I like the Comanche the best, tho I am not very happy about using the names of native tribes for products (or sports teams).

    • Vulpine Vulpine on Mar 11, 2016

      I'm guessing Native Americans are a little less concerned with vehicles named after them than they are with the sports-team mascots and logos. Some of those logos certainly don't exactly offer an honorable view of their People. We'll just have to wait and see, won't we?

  • Luke42 Luke42 on Mar 11, 2016

    I'd love to own the Crew Chief, right after I get an EV for my daily driver. I miss my Ranger, and I'm looking for a 20-year truck that I can use for hardware store runs and kid-adventures. This could be that truck, especially if it can tow a small travel trailer. I plan to save the Jurassic plankton juice for special occasions. It's cheap now, but it wasn't for most of my 20s, and a bunch of my classmates went to Iraq to fight the oil wars in 2003. There's only so much of it to go around. It will be expensive again. Maybe I can run this truck off of biodiesel.

    • Vulpine Vulpine on Mar 11, 2016

      That CC is bigger than I like; certainly bigger than my current '97 Ranger 2WD. But I already have a Wrangler and to get this I would need to sell the Ranger (low mileage) and trade the Wrangler. Doable, but not a very satisfactory choice. Love the Commanche but unfortunately as a single-cab layout it lacks the in-cab capacity I want which is halfway between single and crew.

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