by Brett Davis

The Pork Chop is back! It deliciously named Jeep has been unveiled in full along with five other off-road concept cars from Jeep at the 45th annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari in Utah, US. The cars were built purely as concepts but it’s interesting to see such a range of almost cartoon-like cars being unveiled in the flesh all at one place.

First up is the Jeep Wrangler Pork Chop. Apart from its quirky name, the Pork Chop has been produced as a very serious off-road vehicle. It features a comprehensive roll bar set-up incorporating colour-coded bars, Sparco race seats and pin stripes. It also exhibits 35-inch Mickey Thompson dirt tyres, a chopped windscreen (by 5cm) and an overall weight reduction of around 385kg over the standard Wrangler.

Next up is the more traditional Jeep Wrangler Renegade. It also features a full roll cage set-up, but it showcases traditional AEV Pintler wheels with the same 35-inch tyres as the Pork Chop. Under the bonnet however, is a 6.4-litre HEMI V8 capable of displacing bits of Earth in 354kW accelerator prods. The Renegade gets a winch mounted on the front as well as a four-inch suspension lift kit for the ultimate in off-road potential.

The most serious of the Jeep Wrangler concepts unveiled is the Jeep Wrangler Blue Crush. Even though the name sounds like something you might buy from a Boost Juice outlet, this Wrangler is ready for the most extreme off-road conditions. It features vast suspension revisions that leave it in little relation to the standard Wrangler. It comprises custom suspension joints, internal bypass shocks, hydro-steering and a new front stabiliser bar. Under the bonnet sits a 403kW 7.0-litre V8.

As for the non-Wrangler concepts, at the modest end of this showcase is the Jeep Compass Canyon. It features a number of Mopar enhancements including a cold-air induction kit for the engine, a new exhaust system and interior trimming revisions. There’s also 5cm lift kit for the suspension and Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ 225/75-R16 tyres.

Looking a bit like a safari tour vehicle, the Jeep Cherokee Overland goes for a more practical approach. It uses the standard 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine for propulsion and the Selec-Trac II four-wheel drive system. It comes with an ARB 7cm suspension lift kit comprising of Old Man Emu shocks, Mickey Thompson 265/75-R16 MTZ and an ARB air-lock rear differential. The Overland also comes with its own air compressor system in the rear compartment, while underneath the car is treated to a number of bash plates for the transmission, sills and differentials.

Last of the concepts is the Dodge Ram Truck Mopar. It was designed taking inspiration from trophy race trucks that compete in various US desert motorsport events. It features fibreglass front and rear guards to reduce the car’s weight, a 5.7-litre HEMI V8 and a suspension lift kit underneath. It’s also treated to an obvious paint scheme incorporating Mopar and Dodge logos.

Unfortunately, all of the concepts are likely to remain as concepts. They do, on the other hand, give us a taste of what is possible in the modified Jeep scene, and we’re sure most of the parts could be bought separately and adapted to suit production versions.




  • andronicus

    Pork chop and renegade look fantastic. Would love one of those for the weekend.

  • Eric

    Blue Crush needs portal diff’s. All the effort look a bit let down by the low slung diff center.

    Eric

  • B

    Ain’t the Jeep Wrangler a bit small for the modern day Americans?