Jeep, in collaboration with its performance department – Mopar, unveiled their seven new concept vehicles to drive through the challenging trails of Moab, Utah, at Easter Jeep Safari. This year’s event happens to be the 50th edition of the Easter Jeep Safari that is scheduled to commence from March 19 to March 27 2016. Interestingly the safari also coincides with Jeep brand’s 75th anniversary. Started in 1967 by the Moab Chamber of Commerce, the Easter Jeep Safari consists of trail rides, mostly day long trips, departing from Moab, Utah, throughout the nine-day-long event.
For the said event, the SUV maker unveiled the Hellcat-powered Wrangler with extra off-road capabilities that goes by the name Jeep Wrangler Trailcat. The Trailcat concept vehicle is the off-road machine that can tackle Moab’s rugged trails or a high-speed section with ease. It utilizes both production and prototype Jeep performance parts developed by Mopar. The brand is responsible for developing, building and ensuring that all Jeep performance parts meet rigorous specifications and with 4×4 capabilities in mind, allowing Jeep owners to further enhance their stock vehicle. We don’t call this Trailcat, Hulk, just because it is green, we call it because it packs incredible power and capabilities under its hood!
The Jeep Wrangler Trailcat is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine that kicks out a straightforward 697 bhp of power. The power is sent to the wheels with the help of a 6-speed manual transmission with a custom shifter ball featuring an embossed Hellcat logo. The wheelbase of the regular Wrangler was stretched by an additional 12 inches to house the mighty 707-horsepower Hellcat engine. The windshield was shaved off by two inches for a sleeker look.
Mopar bits include a power-dome vented hood, Satin Black grille, LED headlamps, fog lamps and rock rails. The steel front and rear bumpers, 17-inch beadlock wheels with 39.5-inch BF-Goodrich Krawler T/A KX tires, front and rear Dana 60 axles and Fox shocks provide the extra muscles to the Trailcat. To enhance the off-road demeanour subtle design cues like Hellcat decals are added on the front quarter panels and a ‘Trailcat’ decal sits on the side of the hood. The Trailcat’s interior is simple yet functional and features sport bucket seats from the Dodge Viper, made from carbon fiber and featuring Katzkin leather seat covers with accent stitching.
The Jeep Wrangler Trailcat is all suited and geared up for its mega trail event and is sure to leave the other competing four-wheeled animals into clouds of dust. It is about time to see it growl through the deserts and canyons at the Jeep Safari.