Of the seven Jeep concepts heading to the 2018 Moab Easter Jeep Safari, the Wagoneer Roadtrip concept stands out. Why? It’s the oldest of the bunch, and we know the brand has a new Grand Wagoneer on the horizon.
It seems only fitting to honor its roots at the annual Moab Safari event, and Jeep spared no expense. The 1965 Wagoneer was kept all original on the outside, but the internals hail from modern day. The original 230 Tornado OHC-6 engine was replaced with a 5.7-liter V8 engine, while a four-speed automatic handles shifting duties. Don’t fret, though, Jeep didn’t toss the old engine away completely.
The interior boasts a toolbox created from the valve cover of the Tornado engine, and a custom cooler ready for road trips is made from period-correct luggage. The rest of the interior sports its original Oxblood-colored leather, while a wicker headliner invites an airy sensation to the cabin.
As mentioned, the body is all original, though Jeep did add a razor grille to the front to modernize the SUV a smidge. Other subtle exterior styling tweaks include reshaped wheel wells, bumpers and integrated rock rails.
When the pavement ends, the Wagoneer Roadtrip concept is fitted with a boxed and reinforced frame, Dana 44 front and rear axles with lockers, four-link suspension with coilover springs, and 17-inch steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain tires to handle wherever the path may take it.