This week at the Easter Jeep Safari, an annual nine-day off-road trail event in Utah, Jeep unveiled seven concept vehicles. And while several of them are excellent, there’s one in particular that we’d be pretty psyched to see go into production.
The Red Rock Responder is a Wrangler/pickup hybrid powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, outfitted with a four-inch JPP lift. The giant truck also features Fox shocks and front and rear Dana 60 axles with 5.38 gearing. It’s designed as a rescue vehicle with enough room in the bed and cargo boxes to hold tires, parts and tools.
The truck sits on 37-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM2 tires. They’re mounted on 17-inch wheels that sit beneath high-top fenders. Steel bumpers guard the front and the rear and a Warn winch assists in any serious rescue work the Red Rock might have to do.
Another notable entry in this field of concepts is the Jeep Chief, a beautifully-designed (save for that interior) throwback to the 1970s Jeep Cherokee. The Chief is built on the Wrangler frame and features a custom razor grille first seen on the Wagoneer. It also features removable side panels, chrome front and rear bumpers and 17-inch slotted mag wheels.
In the gallery below you can see the Red Rock and Chief as well as the five remaining concepts in the following order (the Staff Car is pretty cool as well):
- Jeep Staff Car: a salute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles
- Jeep Wrangler Africa: the ultimate Wrangler for back-country and overland expeditions
- Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander: built to meet the demands of lengthy wilderness treks
- Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk: newest Jeep SUV built for the ultimate desert adventure
- Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail: elevated capability with undercarriage armor and extra traction