Jeep continues to bring jaw-dropping concept vehicles to the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. After a tumultuous year, 2021 brings us the 2020 Jeep concepts that never made it to Moab last year.
For 2021, the EJS Jeep concept vehicles include everything from electric to diesel: a two-door battery-electric with a manual transmission, an orange Wrangler with all the latest OEM upgrades, a throwback beach machine, and a diesel Gladiator pickup rock crawler.
Along with those four new 2021 EJS Jeep concept vehicles, there will also be three concepts Jeep built for the 2020 EJS that never happened. These include the overland-style Jeep Gladiator Farout, the V8-powered Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept, and the Jeep Gladiator Top Dog mountain bike truck.
Each of these concept Jeeps is impressive, but the Magneto, Farout, and Top Dog concepts stand out to us. Let’s dig into what these Jeep concepts are all about.
And if you’re near Moab from March 27 to April 4, be sure to stop in and check ’em out.
2021 Easter Jeep Safari Concept Vehicles
2021 Jeep Magneto Concept
The green off-road future is here in the form of Jeep’s first-ever battery-electric vehicle (BEV), the Jeep Magneto Concept. While this 70 kWh, 285 horsepower, 273-pound-feet-of-torque EV Jeep two-door remains just a concept, you can rest assured that it is actually a glimpse at a not-too-distant production Wrangler.
This unique electric motor Wrangler Rubicon even has a manual transmission, not something you see on many EVs. By rowing your own gears, you’re able to have the ultimate control when tackling rough terrain. Bonus: This system won’t stall when you’re changing gears.
Max torque will prove near-instantaneous as well, which is perfect for rock crawling this 2-inch lifted Jeep on 35-inch tires. A roll-cage, rock-rails, skid plates, and a steel bumper with Warn winch let you know this Jeep is ready for real off-road adventures.
Best of all, the battery system is waterproofed. So the Magneto retains the stock Jeep’s 30-inch water fording ability.
2021 Jeep Orange Peelz Concept
Throw the Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) catalog at a two-door Wrangler Rubicon, and a few custom parts as well, and you have the Orange Peelz concept. This V6 Wrangler is all about open-air, off-road fun.
A custom removable one-piece Freedom Top glass sunroof and prototype JPP half-doors are sure to bring the sights and sounds of the world around you into this Jeep concept.
Add in some big 37-inch MT tires, ditch lights, custom rock-rails, and prototype metal fender flares, and you’ve got a seriously off-road-capable Jeep. Oh, and the Orange Peelz concept even has Mopar’s new windshield, made of Gorilla Glass — just like your iPhone.
2021 Jeepster Beach Concept
Jeep carries a long, storied history and it always creates a single concept to pay homage to that past. For 2021, we get the Jeepster Beach concept.
Based on a 1968 Jeepster Commando, and built on a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, this restomod is one heckuva head-turner! A bright-red interior somehow plays really well with the bright, two-tone paint job. Low-back bucket seats, a roll-cage, and zero carpeting help bring the beach cruiser vibe.
Under the Jeepster Beach concept’s hood sits a tuned version of the Wrangler 2.0L four-cylinder, now putting out 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This concept rolls on 35-inch tires, turned through an eight-speed automatic transmission and 4:1 transfer case.
2021 Jeep Red Bare Concept
To showcase the latest EcoDiesel Gladiator truck, Jeep created the Red Bare concept. Jeep loaded this rock crawler pickup with all the latest JPP parts. Underneath you have rock rails, skid plates, and Dana 44 axles with 4.88 gears. The Red Bare rolls on 37-inch MT tires, made possible by a 2-inch lift.
The real story here, though, is the factory half-doors and soft top. These parts help showcase the open-air fun built into this Gladiator’s chassis, just like all Wranglers.
A flannel theme inside the truck, along with bright-red paint and accents, make this truck stand out from the crowd. And matte-black graphics and gold accents bring some class to this ready-for-adventure Jeep truck.
2020 EJS Concepts Make Their Debut
Sure, the new concepts this year are cool, especially the electric Magneto. But the real show-stoppers for us are those 2020 concepts that never actually made it out into the wild — until now. Because of the global pandemic, the 2020 Easter Jeep Safari event didn’t happen.
Of course, Jeep had already made its concept vehicle for that show. The 2020 EJS concepts included the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, Jeep Gladiator Farout, and Jeep Gladiator Top Dog. The Wrangler 392 even made it to production and should hit dealer lots soon.
2020 Jeep Gladitor Farout Concept
The Gladiator Farout concept is Jeep’s vision of the ultimate overland pickup and an encore to 2019’s Wayout concept. It utilizes an EcoDiesel engine to offer impressive range (425-plus miles), fuel-efficiency, and payload capacity that can handle overland upgrades.
The hot ticket on this vehicle is a full living system in the truck bed. An AT Overland Habitat pop-top truck topper offers sleeping for four and covered standing room in the truck bed when deployed. The back of the truck is wood-lined, fully lit, has hanging storage, built-in seats and a table, and offers a pull-out fridge and stove.
An integrated roof-rack even allows you to carry your kayaks and bikes on your overland adventures.
Of course, the Farout concept also has all kinds of off-road capability upgrades as well. Think 2-inch lift, 37-inch tires, a 12,000-pound winch, rock rails, and off-road shocks. Plaid seat inserts, blue leather, orange stitching, and custom paint complete the Farout look.
2020 Jeep Top Dog Concept
If you like hot dogs after your mountain biking, then the Jeep Top Dog concept is for you. Yep, this Jeep Gladiator pickup has a flatbed and canopy system on it, with an electric hot dog roller grill built-in. Besides that marketing gimmick, this concept truck is all business. That means 37-inch tires, snorkel, lots of armor, a 2-inch lift, steel fender flares, two winches, ditch lights, and more.
The real key is the plethora of Rhino rack roof rack systems on the Top Dog. These systems create room to carry plenty of mountain bikes, traction boards, tools, extra fuel, and more.
All of these vehicles are both show and go, which is impressive for concept vehicles. Jeep will actually hit the trails with these concepts during Easter Jeep Safari and even let some journalists drive them on the trails.
Jeep Adventure Concepts
We can’t help but dream of a battery-electric version of the Farout concept truck loaded with kayaks and bikes. That sort of dream vehicle isn’t all that far off in the distance.
We’re excited about our electric future, especially if we can still row our own gears and have enough range to confidently get way off the beaten path.