2012 Jeep Wrangler Apache from MoparMost of the items you see on the Apache are available through Mopar right now, or will be very soon. The real purpose of the Apache is to showcase Mopar's Hemi V-8 conversion kit for the Wrangler. Yes, AEV has offered a Hemi conversion for several years now, but this is the first kit fully backed by Chrysler. Mopar went with the 6.4-liter Hemi, so this Wrangler is packing 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to tackle the terrain in Moab. The kit will be available this summer for five-speed automatic transmissions and later on for six-speed manual Wranglers.
The stock Wrangler axles weren't designed for the power of a 6.4-liter Hemi and big tires, so Mopar is also showing off its Mopar Pro 60 axles with 5.13 gearing on the Apache. That gearing, along with a 4.5-inch Stage 3 long arm lift and high-clearance flat fenders, allows the Apache to run 39-inch BFG Krawler tires, just like the Mighty FC concept. A seriously beefy rear bumper/tire carrier allows the Apache to carry a full-size spare tire without ripping off the tailgate.
Mopar also fitted a twin-stick Atlas transfer case to the Apache. Twin-stick transfer cases allow the driver to select high and low range independently for each axle. Why would you want to choose a different range for each axle? You don't. But this allows for front-wheel drive in low range with the rear axle in neutral, which can help drivers make very tight turns off-road. This is the sort of detail hardcore Jeep owners will love at Moab.
2012 Jeep Wrangler Traildozer ConceptJeep partnered with American Expedition Vehicles to put together the Traildozer concept. While the Traildozer isn't the most radical vehicle Jeep is bringing to Moab, it is a good representation of the reason Jeep brings concepts to Moab each year. The "Dozer" paint on the vehicle is a new production paint color for Wranglers that was first seen on a Moab-bound concept a few years ago. The Dozer name came from the event.
The Traildozer is powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that sends power to all four wheels through a Getrag 238 six-speed manual transmission. Rubicon Dana 44 axles with their stock lockers and 4.10 gearing are used front and rear. An AEV Dualsport RS 3.5-inch suspension lift provides the required clearance for the beefy 37-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw tires that cover the Mopar Classic five-spoke wheels. Mopar premium front and rear bumpers and rear corner guards provide protection for the body on tight trails. Mopar's heat reduction hood ensures the massive engine doesn't overheat in the desert while Mopar half-doors allow the driver to get a better view of obstacles. A Mopar-branded Warn 9.5 Cti winch can help free the Traildozer should it becomes trapped between a rock and a hard place. An AEV F-1 leather seat trim kit gives the interior a unique appearance.
Mopar Accessorized 2012 Jeep WranglerThis isn't the best-named vehicle Jeep is bringing to Moab. One executive dubbed it the "Ultimate Daily Driver," which explains the mission of this vehicle quite succinctly. For those who wish to commute and play in the same vehicle, Mopar bolted on a modest two-inch lift kit, 35-inch Goodyear tires, tasteful front and rear bumpers, a Warn 9.5 ti XP winch, LED lamps mounted on the windshield, and Mopar rock rails. A pair of Mopar Dana 44 axles with electric lockers gives the Ultimate Daily Driver some extra capability on the trail without sacrificing drivability on the street.
Interior modifications are minimal with Kicker 6.5-inch two-way speakers, Mopar all-weather floormats, locking center console, rear cargo cubby cover, "Add-a-trunk" secure storage for the cargo area, and hardtop headliner. Anyone who has commuted in a Wrangler alfresco will immediately appreciate the locking storage. If your daily driver also needs to tackle trails on the weekends, equipping it like this Wrangler makes a lot of sense.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk ConceptJeep understandably puts the most effort into Wrangler-based concepts for the Easter Jeep Safari, but there are a lot of loyal Grand Cherokee owners out there, too. The Trailhawk is based on a Grand Cherokee equipped with Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive, air suspension, Selec-Terrain traction control, Off-Road Adventure package, and rear electronic limited slip differential. Extras include 18-inch Mineral Gray alloy wheels with Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor tires that optimize off-road durability and traction without the incessant hum at highway speed that typically comes with more aggressive tires. Mopar rock rails protect the rocker panels when the Trailhawk leaves pavement.
Visual changes to the Trailhawk include a Stone White, Mineral Gray, and red color palette. Mineral Gray finish on the grille surround, lower front fascia, mirror caps, and rear light bar match the five-spoke wheels. Red accents on the upper grille mesh, tow hooks, Jeep logos, wheel center caps, and outline around the matte black hood applique compliment the white and gray color scheme.
Jeep officials told us to look for the Trailhawk touches making it to production as soon as late this year. The anti-chrome, pro-trail attitude of the Trailhawk is a nice departure from the sort of urban appearance packages that seem to be proliferating across 4x4 vehicles lately.