Jeep Brings Truck Heritage to Moab
As usual, Jeep brought several concepts to the 2019 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, but uncommonly, each and every one of them are pickups this year.
Some of the concepts are based on the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, but one of our favorites is actually a restomod of a 1968 M-715 “Five-Quarter” military truck. Starting from that 1 1 ⁄4–ton truck’s bones, Jeep ditched the front sheet metal and replaced it with a full carbon-fiber front end, featuring styling that cleverly apes the old truck’s. The all-new cargo box is bobbed to 6 feet, furnished with a wood floor, and perforated with water jet–cut panels, including a flow-through tailgate with a vintage Jeep logo. This feature is obviously a nod to style rather than practicality, but we’ll forgive it because it looks so good.
HID headlights, LED off-road lamps, and LED taillights modernize the exterior lighting. There are also functional rock rails that replace the original rocker panels, and modified Jeep Gladiator Rubicon steel bumpers take the place of the original units. The body has been further altered thanks to a 3.5-inch lower soft top profile, giving the truck a sinister, cut-down look.
Inside, the retro theme continues with lowback seats based on those of the current Jeep Wrangler, while a water jet–cut instrument panel and door panels provide some visual flash. An old supercharger houses the shifter and transfer case levers.
Under the skin, the truck has been fortified with a reinforced frame and a new rear link/ coil suspension that ditches the old truck’s leaf springs. The front axle—a Dynatrac ProRock 60—has been relocated 2 inches forward, and a Dynatrac ProRock 80 rear axle joins the party, supporting 40-inch tires mounted on 20-inch beadlock wheels. The whole thing is motivated by a 6.2L Hellcrate Hemi V-8, which is based on the production Hellcat supercharged engine. Estimated power output is 700 hp, which sounds just fine to us, thanks.
Another favorite of the batch is the Jeep J6, which is clearly based on the 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL but comes with several retro touches. The J6 started life as a Rubicon Unlimited model before being custom-built into a two-door pickup with a bed that’s a full foot longer than that of the Gladiator. Alas, such a body style is unlikely for production.
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