Jeep Switchback concept peeks into the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari


Start with a four-door Wrangler Unlimited with a PentaStar V6 and a five-speed automatic and add numerous bits from Mopar and Jeep Performance and you get another take on the "ultimate" Jeep, in this case, the Switchback concept. Highlights include a special "Safari" hard top with an integrated roof rack, special wheels and tires, Dana axles, high-top fender flares, Fox shocks, and a four-inch lift kit. Other features are half doors with cutouts, advanced (mostly LED) lighting systems, Katzkin leather seats, and interior surfaces treated with spray-on bed-liner coatings. I think the Safari top and roof rack system is especially nice. The Switchback concept is a much-closer-to-production version of the "custom" Wrangler. Again, with the parts, time, and wallet, you could recreate much of what you see here. If you have your own fabricator/installer then you're set. Still need that big wallet though. For more info, check out the release after the jump and the main post.

Source: Jeep/Mopar - Press release after the "read more" jump. Master 2017 Easter Jeep Safari Moab post.


Press Release:
Jeep® and Mopar Brands Reveal New Concept Vehicles for 51st Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari


  • Jeep® Grand One celebrates the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Grand Cherokee ZJ
  • Jeep Safari delivers optimal views for all passengers while providing protection from the elements
  • Jeep Quicksand is a hot rod-inspired Wrangler built for sand dunes
  • Jeep Trailpass delivers Compass Trailhawk capability with added utility and cargo
  • Jeep Switchback boasts added capability with 4-inch lift kit, 37-inch tires and Dana 44 axles
  • Jeep CJ66 makes its Moab debut, fusing a trio of vehicle generations and fueled by a Mopar 345 Crate HEMI® Engine Kit
  • Jeep Luminator delivers the ultimate in lighting performance
  • Vehicles showcase a variety of Jeep Performance Parts available to enthusiasts
The Jeep® and Mopar brands have once again teamed up to develop a variety of vehicles that will debut at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, April 8-16. Now in its 51st year, the Easter Jeep Safari is attended by thousands of die-hard off-road enthusiasts looking to enjoy a week of serious off-roading on some of the country’s most well-known and challenging trails.

“It’s truly a labor of love for the Jeep team to develop exciting, capable concept vehicles each year for Moab and the Easter Jeep Safari,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “We look forward to the reaction and feedback from enthusiasts and our most loyal customers as these new Jeep concepts are put through their paces on the trails in Moab.”

An array of production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts were used on this year’s collection of concept vehicles. The Mopar brand is responsible for developing, building and ensuring that all Jeep Performance Parts meet rigorous specifications and with 4x4 capabilities in mind, enabling Jeep owners to further enhance their stock vehicles.

“Jeep and Mopar have teamed up over 15 years to create unique, fun and highly capable concept vehicles for the popular Easter Jeep Safari in Moab,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “These concept vehicles are a perfect example of how off-road enthusiasts can use Jeep Performance Parts to personalize and enhance the already outstanding Jeep capability, allowing them to face the toughest trails in the world.”

The 2017 Easter Jeep Safari concept vehicles include:

Jeep Switchback
The Jeep Switchback concept vehicle is equipped with an assortment of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts for the ultimate in off-road performance.

Jeep Performance Parts featured on the Switchback include a front and rear Dana 44 axle, a 4-inch lift with Remote Reservoir Fox shocks, heavy-duty cast differential covers, 10th Anniversary steel front and rear bumpers, Rubicon winch, grille, winch guard and cold air intake.

An axle-back exhaust, 17-inch concept wheels and 37-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires increase the off-road capabilities of the Jeep Switchback.

The Switchback exterior features a concept hood and half doors, topped off with a concept “Safari” hard top and roof rack system. The Switchback’s exterior also includes Jeep Performance Parts high-top fender flares, Mopar black fuel door and tail lamp guards, and Jeep Performance Parts swing gate hinge reinforcement and oversized spare tire carrier.

The Switchback’s advanced lighting systems ensure superior visibility in any trail conditions, with a concept LED off-road windshield light bar, concept LED off-road A-pillar lamps, LED tail lamps, and Jeep Performance Parts LED headlamps and fog lamps.

The Jeep Switchback’s interior features Katzkin leather seats, body-color bezel accents, concept sport bar grab handles, spray-in bed liner on the floor and Mopar all-weather mats. The cargo area also features a Mopar swing gate storage rack with first aid and roadside safety kits.

The Jeep Switchback is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

Jeep Brand
Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.

Mopar Brand
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words Motor and PARts) was trademarked in 1937 with the launch of an antifreeze product, but it truly made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era. From Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, the brand soon expanded to include technical service and customer support.

Today, Mopar is FCA’s service, parts and customer-care brand and distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in over 150 markets around the world. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 27 customer-contact hubs globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for FCA brands.

Mopar parts are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles. This offers a direction connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.

Jeep Performance Parts
The Jeep Performance Parts portfolio, created in 2012 and offered by Mopar for the Jeep brand, provides enthusiasts with high-end, hard-core quality aftermarket accessories and performance parts, including axles, lift kits, bumpers, winches, skid plates, suspension components and more. These aftermarket offerings are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles and help elevate the Jeep vehicles’ already best-in-class off-road performance to the next level. Each part and accessory is specifically designed, built and quality tested to help transform stock rides into even more capable trail performers.

Easter Jeep Safari
Easter Jeep Safari consists of trail rides, mostly day-long trips, departing from Moab, Utah, throughout the nine-day-long event. The Jeep Safari was started in 1967 by the Moab Chamber of Commerce as a one-day trail ride. Over the years, as participation grew, the Safari expanded until it finally reached the current nine-day event. "Big Saturday" remains the culmination of the event on the Saturday of Easter weekend.