We love Easter for one very specific reason. Sure, there’s the unending inhalation of Mini Eggs entirely shame free, not to mention the wonderful overlap of a few days off work and constant Wallace and Gromit reruns on the TV. Better than both of those combined, though, are the events in Moab, Utah.
That’s where, for 53 years, Jeep has held its Easter Safari, the owners’ meet of all owners’ meets and the site of half a dozen very exciting unveilings. Namely Jeep’s Easter concepts.
This year’s are all based upon the new Jeep Gladiator pick-up, and thus are already pretty damn cool in our book. But boy, has Jeep gone to town making the Gladiator even harder to resist for those of a ‘fling yourself off road with all of the bikes attached’ persuasion.
So get clicking to peruse 2019’s Easter concepts and nominate your favourite by use of the lovely inviting comments box below…
For those of a ‘fling yourself off road with all of the bikes attached and sleep there’ persuasion, there’s this Wayout. It’s a Gladiator that’s painted in army colours and looking ready for its national service. Or the role of an extra in Jurassic Park.
But most key of its various modifications is the roof-mounted tent, accessible via a handy side ladder (for that ‘hostel bunk bed’ vibe) and sitting atop a canopy that houses some dry storage for all of your luggage
Jeep JT Scrambler
Who knew nachos and amaretto went together so well? The red of the JT’s body stripes is called ‘Nacho’ while the brown is dubbed ‘Katzkin Amaretto Brown’, and doesn’t the combination look excellent?
Indeed, retro liveries defeat all when it comes to grabbing our attention. So while – of all the Easter concepts – this one appears closest physically to the Gladiator it’s based upon, we think it looks flipping ace.
Its colour scheme is nicked wholesale from Jeep’s 1980s CJ Scrambler – no point having heritage if you can’t reuse it, right? – while the Mopar accessories catalogue has been liberally raided.
Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter
Three cars in and the rules have already been bent a little, but with good reason. Rather than being based upon the new Gladiator, this one’s based on the old, 1960s Gladiator, more specifically the M-715 military version.
It’s another of those pesky resto-mods, but flipping ‘eck, it’s cool. Everything’s been reinforced to ensure it doesn’t feel exactly like a 60s army Jeep with fancier paint, with stronger suspension – for proper off-roading – and some carbon at the front end and aluminium in the loadbay.
You want to do proper off-roading? You won’t be wanting ridiculous fripperies such as a roof and doors, then. That’s the attitude of the hard-as-nails Gravity, a Gladiator that’s simultaneously dieting and necking protein shakes.
You can lower the windscreen and tie it flat, too, for those looking at the above image and thinking it all still looks a bit claustrophobic. The fools.
In Jeep’s words, this is a Gladiator with “an unmistakable, loud and rowdy appearance that serves as the ultimate hauler for an array of toys”. Never before has a car been aimed so directly at the less mature end of the TG web desk.
So as well as containing a pair of motocross bikes, the Flatbill has been designed to look like one, too, with the kind of decals you’d expect from a two-wheeled off-road toy.
Jeep’s final Easter concept is the J6, with two fewer doors than a regular Gladiator, but no less loadbay. Thus it’s the Gladiator for people who have significantly more possessions (say, perhaps, dogs) than friends. Or those who prioritise possessions (dogs) over friends (people). Us, then.