It seems like we just got done with Christmas and Easter is already around the corner. But, that’s okay because that means the Moab Easter Jeep Safari is also right around the corner. The Moab Jeep Safari is an annual event held by the Red Rock 4-wheelers off-road club in Moab, Utah, hosting a fun week of off-roading and all around good fun. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Safari, and it will surely be one to remember. it also marks the 75th anniversary for the Jeep brand. To pay tribute, Jeep is bringing seven different concepts that are sure to tear up the trails.
There is the Crew Chief 715 that pays homage to Jeep military vehicles, the Jeep Shortcut, which is inspired by the CJ-5 and is designed for winding trails, and there’s even a lifted Jeep Trailstorm that has two-inches of lift, 37-inch tires, and Dana 44 axles. The most interesting of all the concepts, however, is this one – the Jeep Trailcat. As you might have guessed from the name, this baby is powered by the same 707-horsepower mill that powers the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
With the announcement of the Charger and Challenger Hellcats, immediately Jeep fans started screaming “us too,” and at the Detroit Auto Show, Jeep CEO Mike Manley confirmed that a Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee was in the works. A week after that, Jeep was caught testing that very model on an empty race track. Now, with the Moab Easter Jeep Safari on the horizon, we’ll finally get a chance to see what a Hellcat-powered Jeep can do on the trails.
A lot of work went into making the concept, and in all honesty, it comes off as a custom build that you might expect some off-road fanatic with lots of money to build in his garage. Jeep says the Trailcat is at home on Moab’s most rugged trails, or on a high-speed section – designating it as the perfect all-around off-roader. With that said, let’s take a closer look at the Trailcat Concept, which could be one of the best off-road concepts that we’ve seen in quite a while.
Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Trailcat Concept.