By on March 10, 2016

Jeep® Trailcat Concept (Images: © 2015 FCA US LLC)

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 Concept (Image: © 2015 FCA US LLC)

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 Concept (Images: © 2015 FCA US LLC)

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 Concept (Image: © 2015 FCA US LLC)

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 Concept (Image: © 2015 FCA US LLC)

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 Concept (Image: © 2015 FCA US LLC)

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

Jeep® FC 150 Heritage Vehicle(Image: © 2015 FCA US LLC)

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 Concept (Image: © 2015 FCA US LLC)

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

[Images courtesy of the manufacturer.]

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35 Comments on “Feast Your Eyes on These Tasty Jeeps, Peasants...”

  • avatar

    …Isn’t that just an actual FC Jeep from back in the day?

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    I love the look of the Crew Chief. Beef up the frame and put in the VM Diesel and I’d be figuring out my finances. The ‘cat was inevitable, time and a place- and this aint it IMHO. Commanche- better than I expected? We’ll see the trailstorm for real most likely, not a big fan of camo on civilian rigs.

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    Someone seems to have left part of a cardboard box on top of the Comanche. It looks ridiculous.

    Why does the retro element of the FC150 include an ode to rust? Other than that, it’s charming but wouldn’t pass safety anything.

    Crew Chief – YES! Normal tires, include a covered rear area, and…

    Wagoneer Limited.

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    Boys and their toys…

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    Yesterday I saw a 4-door Wrangler with 21 or 22″ chrome wheels on, guessing, 35-series tires. Stupidest look in the world. But whatevers, right?

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    That Crew Chief is beautiful.

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    The “Comanche” looks intriguing. Maybe even put a short ute bed on it next time.

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    These are stupid. And I want them. Seriously, they could charge crazy money for the Crew Chief and Trail Cat and have a couple great halo vehicles. The Jeep brand is hot right now, gas is cheap, they should go for it.

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    Look at the rear axle under the trailcat…

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    “Fitting the monster V8 into a space once reserved for a four cylinder meant stretching the frame by 12 inches”

    A V8 is just a little bit longer than an inline four. That’s one reason why the Buick/Rover aluminum V8 is a popular swap for four cylinder British sports cars. Since the Wrangler comes with a V6 the engine bay is probably wide enough for a V8, though the Pentastar is a 60 deg V6, while the Hemi is a 90 deg V8. They may have stretched the frame, but it wasn’t to accommodate the engine.

    • 0 avatar

      also recall the JK Wrangler originally launched with the 3.8 OHV minivan V6, which was tiny even compared to the Pentastar.

      • 0 avatar

        JK and KJ (? – Liberty) had the 3.7 minivan OHV V6, which is a 90° block. With the counterbalance and extra crap, its external dimensions are roughly the same size as the 4.7 V8.

        I suspect the 12″ stretch is for plumbing all the extra cooling. (?)

        • 0 avatar

          JimZ’s right, the KJ had the minivan motor to begin with, it was the Liberty, Grand Cherokee, and Commander that had the 3.7 (which admittedly makes it weird that the KJ didn’t get it).

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          “JK and KJ (? – Liberty) had the 3.7 minivan OHV V6, which is a 90° block. With the counterbalance and extra crap, its external dimensions are roughly the same size as the 4.7 V8.”

          wow, practically nothing you’ve said here is right. the 3.7 was an OHC 90 degree V6. The 3.8 was an OHV 60 degree V6. The JK had the 60 degree 3.8.

    • 0 avatar

      Doesn’t Brute put a standard Hemi in there?

      All the news reports the same thing though, had to stretch it to get the engine in. Maybe because of the supercharger and bellhouseing?

      • 0 avatar

        “Doesn’t Brute put a standard Hemi in there?”
        — Optional. If you check out AEV’s web page, they can leave the stock engine in there for those who don’t want to go all-out Brute.

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    I’m imagining a Crewchief 715 with a Wrangler front end and BFG’s in my garage now. I can and would pay cash — as soon as one of my current two Jeeps die. So…. If they wouldn’t make such indestructible cars….

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    They screwed up last year when they showed the world the Africa concept. Now, I won’t accept anything less.

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    I’d go for either the Crew Chief or the Commanche, though I expect the CC is ridiculously expensive.

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    That slanted prow on the Crew Chief is actually reminiscent of the old M715 1 1/4 ton truck.

    It’s ridiculous. And I’d have a really hard time not buying one…

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    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).

    • 0 avatar

      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?

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    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.

    • 0 avatar

      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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