Currently reading: Jeep reveals six new concepts alongside updated Magneto EV
The concepts include a 20th anniversary Rubicon, a military-styled Wrangler and a car named ‘Bob’

Jeep has unveiled six concept cars alongside its all-electric Wrangler Magneto, ahead of the firm’s annual Moab Easter Safari event. 

Among the concepts is a vehicle celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Rubicon, a Jeep Wrangler inspired by the firm’s historic military applications and a car named ‘Bob’. 

The firm’s Moab event is held every year in Utah and puts the capabilities of four-wheel-drive Jeep models to the test. The event generally runs for nine days, through to Easter Sunday. 

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk PHEV 

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The first concept on display was a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, underpinned by the firm’s 4xe powertrain and based on the Grand Cherokee 4xe, which will go on sale later this year. 

It’s powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine mated to two electric motors and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Jeep has also equipped the model with the firm’s Quadra-Lift air suspension to improve the ride quality. 

The PHEV concept sports a unique ‘industrial blue’ exterior paint colour, blue tow hooks and a matt black and blue, glare-proof bonnet design. It also gains an adventure-inspired roof rack, a black Rhino liner roof, custom foglight trims and quad-LED foglights. 

Jeep ’41 

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The Jeep ’41 concept, meanwhile, pays homage to the first ever Jeep model - the Willys MB - and the firm’s military heritage. Driven by the same 2.0-litre 4xe powertrain as the Cherokee Trailhawk, the model can achieve up to 49mpg and 21 miles of all-electric range. 

Its design features a matt, olive green exterior paint named D.R.A.B, as well as black steel bumpers, a winch and a tan-coloured soft-top roof. The side of the car also has custom decals, while accent-coloured tow hooks also appear. 

Inside, the ’41 is fitted with canvas-coloured seats, digital camo inserts, a Rhino-lined floor and a matt green instrument panel. A set of 25in tyres sit on 18in wheels, also painted matt green. 

Jeep Rubicon 20th Anniversary

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To celebrate 20 years of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the firm revealed an anniversary model based on a 2003-model-year, two-door version of the popular off-roader. 

Under the bonnet sits a 6.4-litre V8 engine from the Wrangler Rubicon 392. It produces 443bhp and 450lb ft and enables a 0-62mph time of under 5.0sec. 

The concept is also equipped with a dual-mode performance exhaust, a bonnet with a centre scoop, custom-built half doors and an electric roof. It’s finished in a granite crystal colour and has been lifted by 51mm. Its 17in wheels, meanwhile, feature 37in mud-terrain tyres. 

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Jeep Bob 

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The Jeep Rubicon-based Bob concept was created as a reference to 'bobbing', where drivers shorten the frame of their Jeep behind the rear axle to reduce the overhangs of pick-up beds. 

Some 305mm has been shaved off the concept, while new steel front and rear bumpers improve approach and departure angles. Off-road performance has also received a boost from the addition of an off-road suspension kit, Dynatrac Pro-Rock 60 axles, King coils and Bypass shocks. Huge, 40in tyres are mounted to 20in wheels. 

Bob is driven by a 3.0-litre diesel V6 engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A Mopar cold-air intake is said to further boost torque and improve fuel economy, while a vented carbon bonnet improves airflow to the engine.

Jeep D-Coder 

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The Jeep D-Coder acts as a “rolling catalogue of factory-tested and factory-backed items” that Jeep customers can buy to fit to their vehicles. 

Each part of the Rubicon-based concept is equipped with a scannable QR code. It features a JPP snorkel to support the model's 3.6-litre engine in deep water, while rock rails offer protection for the concept’s underside. 

On the exterior, red paint contrasts with Katzkin leather seats. The door-sill guards, stainless steel pedal covers and floor mats are all supplied by Mopar. 

Jeep Birdcage

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Based on the Jeep Wrangler, the Birdcage concept is claimed to be a “wide-open-air extreme 4x4 machine” and features several accessories from Mopar and JPP, as well as Jeep's plug-in 4xe powertrain. 

The vehicle features 'eagle brown' ​​exterior paint with 'granite crystal' and 'surf blue' accents. Its off-road capabilities have also been improved by the addition of a rock-slider skid plate, a winch, tow hooks and a set of 17in-by-8.5in wheels fitted with 37in tyres. 

The Birdcage will also be easier to use at night thanks to a set of underbody rock lights, but don’t expect to stay warm: its windscreen and doors have all been removed, but Jeep says drivers will be protected from dirt and debris. 

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