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2021 Easter Jeeps – Electric Wrangler And Restomod Jeepster

2021 Jeep Easter Safari concepts including Gladiator Red Bare, Wrangler Magneto, Jeepster Beach and Wrangler Orange Peelz (L to R)

2021 Jeep Easter Safari concepts including Gladiator Red Bare, Wrangler Magneto, Jeepster Beach and … [+] Wrangler Orange Peelz (L to R)

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Spring has sprung and that means it’s time for Jeep fans to head to Moab, Utah for the annual Easter Jeep Safari. Part of that annual ritual is the unveiling of a suite of special Jeep concepts. Since this is 2021 and electric vehicles are really starting to gain traction, one of the quartet of concepts debuting this year is the all-battery powered Wrangler Magneto. It’s joined by the restomod Jeepster Beach, the ultimate rock-crawling Gladiator Red Bare and the half-door Orange Peelz Wrangler.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept

2021 Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept

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The Wrangler Magneto comes on the heels of the launch of the Wrangler 4XE plug-in hybrid, the first Jeep that can use energy from the grid. Unlike the 4XE, the Magneto carries no internal combustion engine at all and it is built on the short wheelbase two-door Wrangler. It uses four of the lithium ion battery packs from the 4XE, with two mounted under the body, one in the rear storage compartment and the fourth under the hood and over the electric motor.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept

2021 Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept

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The motor itself is configured to provide the same nominal output as the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 in the base Wrangler at 285-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque although the torque is delivered from 0 rpm. This is important because unlike most EVs, the Magneto retains a conventional manual transmission, complete with a clutch pedal. The clutch is used to shift among the six gears, but once a ratio is chosen, the driver no longer has to touch the clutch while crawling over boulders and logs.

Since the motor won’t stall like an engine, the Magneto can come to a complete stop and resume. In the 4WD low range and first gear, the Magneto can crawl at about 5 feet per minute. It is equipped with a two-inch lift kit and 35-inch tires but is otherwise largely stock.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept

2021 Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept

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While Jeep is planning to introduce EVs, mostly in China first, the Magneto won’t be coming to dealers any time soon. The plan is to take it to Moab and other trails for at least the next couple of years to help sort it out and learn more about what Jeep owners need and want in an electric off-roader.

2021 Jeepster Beach

2021 Jeepster Beach

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For those not familiar with the restomod concept, it involves taking a vintage vehicle and doing a thorough restoration on it, but not in the traditional way. Rather than keeping it as it came from the factory, mechanical systems are upgraded with modern hardware that improves performance and usually safety as well.

2021 Jeepster Beach

2021 Jeepster Beach

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The Jeepster Beach started life as a 1968 Jeepster Commando. The Jeepster was longer than the CJ of that era and more room for people and cargo. Under the mostly vintage bodywork sits the platform of the present-day JL series Wrangler. That means it gets modern coil spring suspension at both ends and the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The engine has been recalibrated to increase output by about 25% to 340-hp and 369 lb-ft. All of that is sent through a modern 8-speed automatic transmission with a 4:1 transfer case and 35-inch tires.

2021 Jeepster Beach

2021 Jeepster Beach

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The body is mostly original looking except for the gold paint which has been dubbed Hazy IPA along with the white Zinc Oxide accents along the top of the sides and rear.

2021 Jeep Gladiator Red Bare

2021 Jeep Gladiator Red Bare

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The Red Bare is a Gladiator Rubicon powered by a 260-hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 and eight-speed automatic transmission. Underneath, the axles have been upgraded to Dana 44 DAN units with 4.88: final drive ratios. Those lower final drives improve the crawl ratio to 91:1 in 4WD low range. The name comes from the firecracker red paint with gold accents and matte black graphics.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Orange Peelz

2021 Jeep Wrangler Orange Peelz

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The Orange Peelz is another two-door Wrangler, but this one is equipped with the new prototype half-doors that will soon be available for the classic Jeep. In traditional Jeep open-air style, it has no side or rear glass and there is specially made glass freedom top sunroof. Power for the Orange Peelz is the standard V6 and automatic transmission that comes from the factory.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Orange Peelz

2021 Jeep Wrangler Orange Peelz

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A Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit is installed along with a set of Fox dampers to make room for the 37-inch BF Goodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires. A wide assortment of other Mopar and JPP components including the reinforced rear swing gate have been installed to show off the usual customization capabilities that Jeep owners love. Any Jeep owner should be able to recreate most if not all of what is found on the Red Bare and Orange Peelz although the Magneto and Jeepster Beach would take considerably more investment of time and money.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/samabuelsamid/2021/03/22/2021-easter-jeepselectric-wrangler-and-restomod-jeepster/

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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