SEMA is back this year and, as tradition has it, American Stellantis brands Jeep, Ram, Dodge and Mopar are bringing some truly amazing concepts to the show. The brands have come up with seven vehicles, four from Jeep, two from Ram and one from Dodge. Some of them show off the current Mopar catalog and possible future parts, while others are just really cool uses. Let’s take a look at them.
Jeep Wrangler Overlook Slide-2358629
We’ll start with perhaps the most interesting of the concepts on display, the Jeep Wrangler Overlook. And you’ll notice right away that it’s longer than your average Wrangler Unlimited. It’s actually a full foot longer. And it doesn’t just add luggage space, it also adds passenger space. There is a third row of seats in the Overlook. Those seats also required the modified safari-style rear roof. It’s two inches longer than a regular Wrangler roof to provide headroom for rear seat occupants. It also made room for the extra windows. Front passengers also get a sleek one-piece roof with pop-up glass, and the interior features black leather and bronze accents.
Other body changes include a modified hood, narrower front bumper for a better approach angle and wider rear bumper to protect the longer tail. It also gets custom front bumper lighting, Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) A-pillar lighting and tubular side steps. The Overlook also rides the Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) 2-inch lift kit with Fox shocks and 20-inch wheels with 37-inch tires.
We didn’t think a three-row Wrangler would be something that would reach production, and it’s still unlikely. But this looks really good. And if Land Rover is already offering a third row in the Defender, and working on a stretched version, we’re starting to wonder if Jeep should consider an even more stretched Wrangler.
Kaiser Jeep M725 slide-2358646
Next up is this year’s resto mod from the Stellantis crew. They found an old Kaiser Jeep M725 military ambulance and did a few things to make it a more modern, all-around super tailgater. Under the hood is a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V8 mated to an old-school TorqueFlight 727 automatic transmission, shifted by a B&M shifter housed in a repurposed ammunition box. It is still four-wheel drive and has the old axles, but they are attached via coil springs instead of the original leaf packs. The whole thing sits on 20-inch wheels wrapped in 40-inch tires, which only fit after the fenders have been opened.
Other upgrades include LED lighting all around, a reinforced frame and a rear view camera. The rear cargo area has also been transformed into a sort of beverage dispensing station with a pop-up side panel and pop-up roof. The interior countertop features a pair of taps for serving your frothy drink of choice, and the Jeep grille motif on the side is made up of bottles. The cabin is still quite bare and painted the same color as the outside, but has a modified steering wheel, data panel, gauges and Wrangler seats covered in brown canvas upholstery.
Jeep Grand Cherokee L Breckenridge Slide-2358640
Not all Jeeps are trail-bound and the Grand Cherokee L Breckenridge is a cool showpiece for a luxury and street-oriented Jeep. It has a special two-tone paint scheme with a matte metallic blue-grey lower section and a glossy black roof. The badges and grille are painted bronze. The roof is linked to a black cargo box. The wheels are 21-inch units available through Mopar.
The real highlight is the interior. The seats are upholstered in “Atmospheric Blue Palermo” leather. Further reflecting the exterior are glossy black door panels and bronze accents. It also has a real walnut wood finish. Jeep even added some leather cushions and some custom luggage to go in the cargo bed.
Jeep Wrangler 4xe Slide-2358658
Rounding out the group of Jeeps is a Wrangler 4xe packed with JPP and Mopar parts. It lifts on the new 4xe-specific JPP 2-inch lift with Fox shocks. The Gorilla Glass windshield is mounted along with a number of other official JPP parts, such as the steel bumper, winch, LED terrain lights, tubular doors, rock rails, fold-down rear table, tailgate hinge reinforcement and third brake light relocation kit. That suspension lift and tailgate bolster is needed for the beadlock wheels and 37-inch tires.
There are a few custom parts that could be a preview of future JPP offerings. These include the vinyl floorboards and a rack on the dashboard for mounting things like your phone, a camera or other devices. It is quite reminiscent of a similar feature on the Ford Bronco. Other special touches include the livery, rear cargo area and tailgate-mounted air compressor.
Dodge Challenger Holy Guacamole slide-2358621
The Holy Guacamole Dodge Challenger shows that a few small changes can go a long way in making a unique car. It is painted in a matte green called “Rotten Avocado” and paired with ghost stripes and a light gold (“Gold School”) shaker scoop. It’s on Mopar coilover suspension and some vintage-style 20-inch wheels with white letter tires
The real highlight is the interior. Continuing with the retro theme are some amazing green and yellow plaid inserts. And the wood finish harks back to the vinyl wood accents of old-school Mopar muscle cars.
Ram 1500 Outdoorsman Slide-2358675
Surprisingly, the most interesting of the Rams going to SEMA is not the TRX. Instead, we’re quite intrigued by the Ram 1500 Outdoorsman that Mopar put together. The reason for this is all its custom concept parts that we could see as some really interesting future accessories. Some of them seem inspired by the latest Ford F-150, such as the tailgate worktop that has unit conversions and can accept clamps for bits of wood or other objects. Inside there is a workspace that matches the folding backrest of the sofa. Something more original is the built-in vacuum cleaner called RamVac, hidden under the rear seat. The rear bed rack is another concept part with two height positions to either accommodate really tall things, or to hide shorter things behind the cab for aerodynamics.
The entire truck is lifted on the currently available Mopar 2-inch lift kit and sits on 20-inch wheels with 35-inch tires. It also has tube stairs. The bed gets some Expertec sliding bed panels and the whole truck has a custom paint and graphics package.
Ram 1500 TRX RexRunner Slide-2358688
Finally we get to the Ram TRX RexRunner. This is the truck we thought would be a hybrid TRX, but it’s just a TRX with blue badging and tow bars. Well, it’s a little more than that. The unique parts of this truck include the paint and graphics, huge 14-inch LED lights on the sports bar and seriously tough skid plates front and rear. It also sits on 18-inch wheels with 37-inch tires.
Most of the rest of the truck is fitted with readily available Mopar accessories. These include the aforementioned sports bar, bed-mounted spare wheel carrier, rock rails, exhaust tips and bed extension. The interior gets the easy-to-clean, one-piece Tradesman door panels and vinyl floor.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Information