2024’s Easter Jeep Safari Concepts Are Odes to the Old School

Meet the Low Down, the Dispatcher, the High Top and the Vacationeer

Jeep unveiled four concepts for the 2024 Easter Jeep Safari, each with a throwback element.

It’s that time of year again — Easter Jeep Safari, a week in which thousands of avid Jeep enthusiasts descend on Moab, Utah to celebrate a beloved American icon. Jeep itself is back once again with a set of concepts that aim to capture the imagination of those dedicated fans, including the Low Down, Willys Dispatcher, High Top and Vacationeer.

While there aren’t as many concepts as some past years, these four do bring a diverse set of powertrains to the table — pretty much every option you can get with a Jeep model in 2024. From the tried-and-true Pentastar V6 to the (departing) big Hemi V8, the 4xe plug-in hybrid and the new Hurricane turbo inline-six, one of these concepts may catch your interest.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Low Down Concept - 2024 Easter Jeep Safari

Wrangler Rubicon 392 Low Down Concept

Let’s kick off covering this year’s Easter Jeep Safari with the biggest tires and the biggest engine. The Jeep Wrangler Low Down concept throws back to the “Lower 40” concept that debuted 15 long years ago. Back in 2009, the team responsible for the concepts fit a massive pair of 40s to a two-door JK with a chopped roof and a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 under the hood. This time, the JL-based Low Down concept doesn’t have as much of a dune buggy look to it, but it still has huge 42-inch BFGoodrich Krawler 42-by-14.5/R20 mud-terrain tires wrapped around custom 20-inch beadlock wheels. Since it’s based on the Wrangler Rubicon 392, it also gets the automaker’s larger 6.4-liter V8 chucking out 470 horsepower.

The mods obviously don’t stop there, either. The Low Down gets a set of custom high-clearance carbon fender flares to accommodate the gargantuan rubber, as well as beefed up Dana 60 axles at each end with 5.38 gears (replacing the Rubicon 392’s standard Dana 44s with 4.10 gears). Completing the look is a Poison Apple Red paint job with a bit of white mixed in, as well as red-tinted bikini top and a race-style fuel door.

Inside, the Jeep Wrangler Low Down concept has custom black leather seats with cloth inserts, Rhino-lined floors and a custom radio delete instrument panel. Instead of the actual infotainment system, you get a massive 392 decal on the IP (though you do still get A/C and the rest of the Wrangler 392’s off-road kit, both of which will definitely come in handy in Moab).

Jeep Wrangler 4xe Willys Dispatcher Concept - 2024 Easter Jeep Safari

Wrangler Willys 4xe Dispatcher Concept

The next EJS concept is also based on Jeep’s immensely popular SUV: this time the plug-in hybrid Willys 4xe. The Dispatcher, as it’s called, is meant to recapture the nostalgia of early post-war Civilian Jeep (CJ) models. To that end, you get 36-inch Super Traxion tires wrapped around 16-by-7-inch “steelie” wheels. While they may look like proper steelies at a glance, the quotes are necessary there because they are, in fact, alloy wheels.

Adding to the classic motif, the Wrangler Willys Dispatcher uses a stubby custom front bumper with an integrated 8274 Warn winch using a Warn Epic Series winch hook, and you get a couple D-rings as well. Instead of a Willys decal on the hood, the font is embossed, giving it a more militaristic vibe. In place of the Trail Rated badge, you get a “Back Dated” badge instead. The Dispatcher further gets Element 115 Green paint, a Jeep Performance Parts bikini top and an onboard air compressor.

Even though the Willys Dispatcher clearly means to invoke the old-school, it does still use the standard 4xe’s plug-in hybrid powertrain, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and electric motor combining to put out 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque through an 8-speed automatic transmission. This concept does get Dana 50 Advantech axles with 4.70 gears, though.

Unlike the Low Down, the Willys Dispatcher concept does still bring in the Wrangler’s new-for-2024 12.3-cnch infotainment screen rocking a Uconnect 5 infotainment system. The retro texture on the instrument panel is also a nice touch, as is the leather pattern for the seats and center console.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon High Top Concept - 2024 Easter Jeep Safari

Gladiator Rubicon High Top Concept

Jeep usually brings at least one showcase for its JPP catalog, and this is it: the Gladiator Rubicon High Top. It’s based on the standard Gladiator Rubicon, complete with a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 putting out 285 horsepower, but it gets a comprehensive set of off-road upgrades. Starting off, the High Top brings in 40-by-13.5/R18 BFGoodrich T/A KO3 tires wrapped around 18-by-9-inch Satin Black KMC Grenade Crawl beadlock wheels. To that, the team also fitted concept flat fender flares, as well as Dana 60 axles with 5.38 gearing, just like the Low Down.

This is the first concept where AEV comes into the mix, by way of its modified front bumper. This concept also gets an integrated Warn winch, Rick Slide Engineering rock rail power steps, a JPP mesh sun bonnet and a Decked truck bed storage system in the back. Again, you get a bit of retro flair here with the two-tone effect, with Ginger Snap metallic paint as the main hue.

Inside, the Gladiator Rubicon High Top is probably the most conventional of the bunch. You get the standard gauge and infotainment layout and switchgear, though this concept does add custom quilted and perforated black Alea leather seats with orange contrast stitching. The JPP logo is embossed on the headrests, while the accessorized theme continues with the JPP pedal kit, all-weather floor mat and door sill guards.

Last but not least, Jeep brought its larger-than-life Grand Wagoneer to this year’s Easter Jeep Safari event.

Grand Wagoneer Vacationeer Concept

The fourth concept takes full advantage of the Grand Wagoneer’s space to create a home-away-from-home vibe. The Vacationeer (get it?) mates the sizable SUV with a 3.0-liter turbocharged Hurricane inline-six putting out 500 horsepower, chunky tires and a large rooftop tent setup.

Right off the bat, if you think this concept looks a bit familiar…you aren’t wrong. In fact, it’s remarkably close to last year’s Grand Wagoneer-based Overland concept, from the bumper setup to the tire package, rooftop tent and interior conifiguration.

Starting off with the wheel and tire package, the Vacationeer brings in 35-inch BFGoodrich mud-terrains around 18-by-9-inch bead grip 701 Method Racing wheels. To fit the beefier rubber, Jeep fitted it with larger wheel openings and custom bodyside flare extensions. Up top, there’s a custom RedTail Overland Skyloft rooftop tent while the Spearminted paint scheme with a white Rhino-lined roof and faux-woodgrain graphics throw back to the original Wagoneer. Completing the performance upgrades, this concept gets front and rear underbody protection, a Warn winch and three 11-inch TYRI LED lights up top.

The Vacationeer removes the second and third-row seats to create a more spacious camping experience, while also offering an interior pass-through between the rear cabin and the two-person Skyloft. The tan Tupelo leather seats get custom fabric inserts by fashion designer and Wagoneer enthusiast Kiel James Patrick.

Which 2024 Easter Jeep Safari concept do you like the best? We’ll have videos on all four coming up soon, so check back here or at AllTFL.com for those and much more from Moab this week!