Every year since 2002, Jeep, along with its parts division, Mopar, team up to create one-off concept vehicles ahead of the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. This year is no different, with seven amazing concept Jeeps ready to blast Moab’s tough trails with thousands of Jeep enthusiasts trailing behind.
This year is special though; it marks the 50th running of the Jeep Safari. 2016 is also Jeep’s 75th anniversary, having been birthed from the beginnings of World War II. Over the years, several of the Easter Jeep Safari concepts have paid tribute to Jeep’s wartime history. For 2016, the Jeep Crew Chief 715 does the honors.
The Crew Chief 715 is designed to recall the Kaiser M715 U.S. Military truck, which was produced between 1967 and 1969 and based off the Jeep Gladiator pickup. The styling cues are clear, especially in the front. The concept is based off a Wrangler Unlimited, but with a slew of changes from Jeep and Mopar engineers, designers, and fabricators.
Both dealership-available Mopar parts and custom-built prototype pieces were used to construct the Crew Chief. As in the past, Jeep engineers have used these concepts as test beds for new accessories. There’s no telling what parts we could see become available at Jeep dealerships, but chances are high for something seen here to end up in Mopar’s parts catalog.
The 2016 Easter Jeep Safari will take place in Moab, Utah March 19 through 27 and is open to the public.
Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Crew Chief 715.