For All You Jeep Lovers Out There.
In case you couldn’t get to Moab this year for the 49th annual Easter Jeep Safari—a yearly gathering for Jeep lovers filled with trail rides and off-road festivities—we’ll catch you up on the coolest concept vehicle that was unveiled: the Jeep Chief Concept. Based on the Jeep Wrangler, the Chief pays a wonderful homage to the classic, full-size Jeep Cherokee from the ‘70s, with more than a hint of West Coast, surfer-inspired style. On the outside, the Chief has a sweet, vintage Ocean Blue exterior topped with a white “French Bread” roof, plus a custom razor grille that pays tribute to the old school Wagoneer. Throw in some halogen headlamps, removable sides, chrome bumpers and classic, 17-inch slotted mag wheels and you’ll swear it’s 1975 all over again.
The interior keeps the surfer vibe alive, with Hawaiian-themed pink, blue and white flower cloth seats that are trimmed with leather, vintage style surf stickers, plus a tiki-style shifter handle and a Rosewood front-passenger grab handle. And, since it’s actually 2015, don’t worry, the Chief is also tricked out with a Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen media center. There are plenty of aftermarket goodies from Jeep Performance Parts too, like a two-inch lift kit with Fox shocks, front and rear Dana 44 axles with lockers, and cold air intake. Under the hood, there’s a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and of course, most importantly, this Chief’s got one groovy soul. Far out.