For the past few years. FCA has been bringing tricked out concept vehicles to the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari to show that they are more than just stylish pieces of eye candy. This year, FCA is bringing seven concepts to the event and has a Hellcat themed surprise in store for attendees.
Known as the Jeep Wrangler Trailcat, this particular concept was designed to be the center of attention and comes equipped with eye catching green paint as well as a chopped windshield that looks cool and stylish. The centerpiece however lies under the hood where Jeep engineers have shoehorned the 6.2 liter supercharged Hellcat V8 which retains its mighty 707 horsepower rating, and is hooked up to a six speed manual transmission.
To help accommodate the engine swap, Jeep engineers had to stretch the wheelbase by 12 inches and also add strategically placed reinforced components to help it cope with the extra muscle. While the Trailcat will certainly be capable of running an impressive 0 to 60 time on pavement, look for the concept to excel in rock climbing and busting its way through tough trails where the ample power can be used to its full potential.
This cause is enhanced further with beefy Dana 60 axles front and rear, while 39.5 inch BF Goodrich Krawler T/A KX tires and 17-inch beadlock wheels help ensure that the concept has plenty of grip but retains the reliability that off-readers come to expect from a trail ready vehicle.
While the Trailcat will most likely not make the jump to production like past Easter Safari concepts, look for some elements of the Trailcat to appear on production vehicles especially through FCA’s Mopar division. As for the Hellcat, FCA did not reveal whether it is indeed exploring the idea of a second Jeep Hellcat model, but hopefully strong feedback from attendees and the press will at least spark some board room debate on the idea.
Stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for our thoughts on the other six Easter Jeep Safari concepts and tell us what you think about this years group of vehicles.