In the 45th annual event of Moab Easter Jeep Safari in 2011, Jeep® and Mopar had collaborated to present six new Jeep vehicles to mark the occasion. The six “Moparized” Jeep are the Wrangler ‘Pork Chop’, the Compass Canyon, the Cherokee Overland, the Wrangler Renegade, the Wrangler JK-8 Independence, and the Wrangler Blue Crush.
Jeep Wrangler ‘Pork Chop’ is focused to increase Jeep Wrangler’s off-road fun and performance even more through extensive weight savings. Weight savings began with removal of a long list of items, including: doors, top, tailgate, bumpers, carpet and sway bars. The result is a weight savings of more than 850 lbs., and even more open-air Jeep Wrangler fun. Mopar added an aluminum cold-air intake kit, lightweight fender-flares, slush mats and mirror re-location brackets.
Jeep Compass Canyon, for 2011, features a 2-1/8-inch lift kit provided by Rocky Road Suspension, making room for Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ 225/75-R16 tires with 16-inch alloy wheels from a Jeep Liberty. Select items from the Mopar catalog include a cold-air induction kit, cat-back exhaust system, slush mats and a sport pedal trim kit.
Jeep Cherokee Overland is built up to create a small, light adventure platform alternative. The template is a built-for-export 2011 Jeep Cherokee (Jeep Liberty in the U.S.) equipped with a 2.8-liter CRD 4-cylinder turbo diesel and Selec-Trac II 4×4 system. To increase off-road capability, an ARB 3-inch suspension lift and Old Man Emu shocks clear the way for Mickey Thompson 265/75-R16 MTZ tires mounted on steel wheels.
Jeep Wrangler Renegade is powered by the all-new 475 hp, 6.4-liter HEMITM V-8 from Chrysler Group LLC’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) engineering team. Mopar added a heat dissipating hood and a new winch-mount front bumper. Other Mopar accessories include: fuel door, sill guards, bikini top, rock rails, slush mats and a half-door kit.
Jeep Wrangler JK-8 Independence features JK-8 drivetrain which is fitted with a Mopar/Dynatrac ProRock 44 front axle and stock Dana 44 rear axle, both spun with 4.88 gears. A fresh coat of yellow paint and Mopar’s off-road bumpers for the front and rear were utilized along with a new fuel door and slush mats. The JK-8 kit includes bed floor, inner/outer body panels, half hard top (works with Freedom Top panels), and a new bulkhead.
Jeep Wrangler Blue Crush combines high-speed off-road racing and rock-crawling capability, which is inspired by the King of the Hammers race in the deserts of California. At the core is a Mopar 426 cubic-inch HEMI with 540 horsepower. The all-aluminum V-8 is paired with a 545RFE performance transmission and a gear-drive transfercase.