Jeep® and Mopar Reveal Six New Concept Vehicles for 47th Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari

 Jeep® and Mopar Reveal Six New Concept Vehicles for 47th Annual Moab Easter
                                 Jeep Safari

PR Newswire

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 20, 2013

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oJeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept is most extreme Grand Cherokee ever
    with 35-inch tires and EcoDiesel V-6 power
  oJeep Wrangler Mopar Recon features 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 power and prototype
    beadlock wheels and Stinger off-road bumper
  oJeep Wrangler Stitch is a light-weight follow-up to the diehard
    enthusiasts' favorite Wrangler Pork Chop
  oJeep Sand Trooper II builds on the extreme off-road capabilities of the
    original Sand Trooper with 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and Mopar Portal axles and
    Shorty off-road bumper
  oJeep Wrangler Flattop features 37-inch tires and go-anywhere hardware in a
    sophisticated package
  oJeep Wrangler Slim combines affordable extreme weekend fun with everyday
    road use featuring Mopar prototype 2-inch lift kit and prototype on-road
    beadlock wheels
  oVehicles showcase new Jeep Performance Parts portfolio created by Mopar's
    Off-road division

Jeep® and Mopar will be showcasing a range of extremes at this year's annual
Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Now in its 47th year and taking place March
23-31, the Easter Jeep Safari will be attended by thousands of die-hard
off-road enthusiasts looking to enjoy a week of wheeling on some of the
country's most famous and challenging trails.

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"Off-road enthusiasts will be pleasantly surprised by the range of Jeep models
we're bringing to this year's Easter Jeep Safari," said Mike Manley, President
and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "We go to this extremely popular
event in Moab each year to showcase the latest production vehicles from Jeep,
as well as a host of new customization and personalization ideas. In doing so,
we connect with and receive a tremendous amount of feedback from our most
loyal customers."

Jeep and Mopar sprinkled production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts on
this year's collection of concept vehicles. Jeep Performance Parts are
specifically designed, built and quality-tested to meet strict Jeep
specifications, 4x4 capability, craftsmanship and versatility to help
transform stock rides into even more capable trail performers.

"We created our new Jeep Performance Parts portfolio for extreme off-road Jeep
fanatics," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group
LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand. "Jeep owners who are passionate
about customization, performance and personalization will have a long menu of
Jeep Performance Parts from which to choose."

Since 2002, Jeep and Mopar have teamed to create nearly 40 unique concept
vehicles for enthusiasts who attend the popular Easter Jeep Safari.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept
The recently introduced new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel V-6 has
instantly delighted off-road enthusiasts across North America. With the
introduction of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept, Jeep designers
have taken the most awarded SUV ever and created the most extreme Grand
Cherokee yet. Powered by the new clean EcoDiesel engine, this Grand Cherokee
has mountains of low-end torque to power over any obstacle. From its
blood-orange paint, to its massive 35-inch off-road tires, there's no
mistaking this Grand Cherokee and its off-road prowess.

The 2014 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept – the third Grand Cherokee created
for Easter Jeep since 2011 - features 35-inch Mickey Thompson off-road tires
on Wrangler Rubicon 17-inch aluminum wheels, enlarged wheel openings with
custom fender flares, custom front and rear skid plates, dual rear tow hooks
and modified Mopar rock rails.

Custom design cues include a Grand Cherokee SRT hood, SRT front and rear
fascias that have been modified for extra ground clearance, a black front
grille, a matte black roof and one-off custom roof rails. The body is finished
in a vibrant, non-metallic blood-orange hue that also manages to draw
attention to the larger wheel openings and off-road tires.

Mopar slush mats and rear cargo liner enhance Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
Concept's interior.

Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon
The Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon features a gray exterior and a little extra
firepower with a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 crate engine from Mopar. The 470
horsepower engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and Dana 60
front and rear axles with 4.10 gearing. The axles are suspended by a 4.5-inch
prototype long-arm lift kit and roll on 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
One of the past Easter Jeep Safari concepts still loved today by enthusiasts
is the light weight Pork Chop. For this year's Safari, Jeep has created its
first follow-up vehicle with the new Jeep Wrangler Stitch. Based on the 2013
Wrangler Rubicon, the Stitch has been lightened to a parse 3,000-lb. curb
weight, giving it a power-to-weight ratio similar to that of the 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.

Off-road hardware consists of a Mopar cold-air intake and Mopar exhaust kit,
Mickey Thompson 35-inch off-road tires on lightweight 17-inch aluminum wheels,
custom DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 axles with 4.88 gears and ARB front and rear
lockers, King shocks with pneumatic bump stops and 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 from Mopar
After the popular Sand Trooper made its debut at SEMA in 2012, Mopar upped the
ante with the Sand Trooper II to get it ready to take on Moab. The Sand
Trooper II features a legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 to give it 375 horsepower
and 400 ft.-lb. of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission sends the HEMI
power to Mopar eight-lug front and rear Portal axles for added ground
clearance. Jeep Performance Parts prototype forged beadlock wheels carry
40-inch off-road tires, giving Sand Trooper II its menacing stance.

Mopar exterior enhancements include a satin black grille, hood lock, front and
rear half-door and window kits, front and rear off-road "Shorty" modified
bumpers, Warn winch, Mopar flat fenders, rock rails, a vented hood, 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, and a Jeep Performance Parts badge.

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
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 Wrangler 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
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

Jeep Brand
Built on more than 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV
brand with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people
who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to
live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to
provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup includes Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Wrangler
and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep
models are sold outside North America – and all are available in right-hand
drive versions and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Chrysler Group
LLC sells and services vehicles in approximately 130 countries around the

Mopar Brand
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand and
distributes 280,000 parts and accessories. With the creation of the Chrysler
Group and Fiat S.p.A. partnership, Mopar is extending its global reach,
integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance
dealer and customer support worldwide. Combined with Fiat S.p.A., Mopar's
global portfolio includes more than 500,000 parts and accessories which are
distributed in more than 130 countries. Mopar is the source for all genuine
parts and accessories for Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A. brands.

Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that
create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and Fiat
S.p.A.vehicles — a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company
can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is
available at

SOURCE Chrysler Group LLC

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