Mopar celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and offers more than 1,000 accessories and performance parts for Jeep vehicles.
Says Pietro Gorlier, president and CEO of Mopar: “This year, Mopar is pushing the envelope in this arena by offering our customers new Pro 60 portal axles and a new Hemi conversion kit, which we will showcase in these new vehicles.
“In addition, to further maximise our presence in the off-road market we are creating a Mopar Off-Road division to develop Jeep Authentic Parts and Accessories.”
Since 2002, Jeep and Mopar have teamed to create more than 30 unique concept vehicles for enthusiasts who attend the popular Easter Jeep Safari.
Each part and accessory will be specifically designed, built and quality-tested in order to meet strict Jeep specifications and fulfill the Jeep brand’s requirements for 4WDcapability, craftsmanship and versatility.
Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
Already the most awarded 4WD, the new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk concept takes the premium Jeep vehicle’s off-road prowess to a new level, while providing a more aggressive visual punch.
Leading the off-road improvement are new 18 inch Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor off-road tyres – chosen to provide even more aggressive off-road performance combined with quiet highway manners – that are wrapped around new painted 5-spoke alloy mineral gray wheels.
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk’s SilentArmor tyres include additional side-wall protection that enhances durability and reduces road noise. Modified Mopar rock rails, engineered to protect the lower body from rugged rocky terrain, are included, and add to the functional off-road capability.
Visually, while the vehicle is featured in stone white, a mineral gray and red theme is highlighted throughout.
Other unique touches include black headlamp surrounds, black exterior front and rear badging, red “Trail Rated” badges on the front wheelarches and a u “Trailhawk” badge on the rear tailgate.
Debuting at the Easter Jeep Safari was the new Mopar 6.4-litre Hemi V8 engine conversion kit specifically for the Jeep Wrangler, and producing approximately 350kW and 637Nm of torque.
Available this summer, the Mopar Wrangler V8 conversion kit initially will mate to Chrysler Group’s W5A580 5-speed automatic transmission, and eventually to the 6-speed manual transmission that drives the 2012 production Wrangler.
Other performance parts on the Jeep Wrangler Apache are Mopar Pro 60 5.13 front and rear axles, a 4.5-inch stage 3 long arm lift kit and off-road bead lock wheels. Aesthetic and functional modifications include high-clearance flat mudguards, rock rails, front and rear half-door kits, a Stinger front bumper, a Warn 9.5ti XP winch, Katzkin leather seats, a locking centre console box and a Mopar branded interior.
Mighty FC Concept
The Jeep Forward Control was built from 1956 to 1965 and offered a clever packaging solution.
It kept overall length at a minimum for manoeuvrability but maintained a full-length cargo box for utility. For 2012 Jeep has created a modern version of this classic, the Jeep Mighty FC concept.
To create the Jeep Mighty FC concept, the design team started with a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon and repositioned the cabin over and ahead of the front axle, lengthened the wheelbase, and added a custom built drop-side cargo box. The cab uses a roof from the Mopar JK-8 conversion kit, as well as a custom-designed front clip.
The Wrangler-based interior has been enhanced with bold, heavy-duty Katzkin leather and a unique colour scheme. The cargo area is handled by a full-width, drop-side tray-style bed that measures more than 244cm long.
Off-road function is dramatically improved with the addition of Mopar’s new portal axle set. These offset axles offer huge ground clearance without requiring excessive suspension lift.
The axles are controlled by King coil-over assemblies along with beefy Teraflex control arms and track bars. Traction is handled by massive 40 inch tyres mounted on custom Hutchinson 17-inch beadlock wheels.
Other Jeep Mighty FC highlights include King coil-over reservoir shocks, Hanson bumpers, a Warn 16.5 winch and a Corsa stainless steel exhaust system.
Jeep J-12 Concept
The Jeep J-12 concept is essentially an extended version of Mopar’s recently introduced JK-8 pickup conversion kit for the Jeep Wrangler. With a new 2012 Wrangler Unlimited as the starting point, the rear of the vehicle’s frame is extended 18 inches, allowing the spare tire to be relocated under the bed floor and making the cargo box a full six feet in length. A custom hood and front fender set was created as a nod to aficionados of the beloved Jeep Gladiator series trucks.
Off-road muscle has been improved with the addition of the new Mopar three-inch suspension lift kit, as well as Teraflex sway bars controlling ARB air-locker equipped Dynatrac D-44 and D-60 axle assemblies. Traction is handled through classic 36-inch tyres mounted on 16-inch steel wheels.
The cabin of the J-12 concept has been “dressed down” in support of a basic truck theme, with the carpet being replaced by rugged truck bed liner, and the bucket seats re-crafted into a modern version of a bench seat, trimmed in white with a whimsical plaid pattern.
Further highlights include a Mopar fuel-filler door, Mopar slush mats, Tom Woods custom drive shafts and Katzkin seat trim.
Mopar offers more than 250 accessories for the 2012 Jeep Wrangler, and built a vehicle for Moab that showcases many of them.
Mopar created an ultra-capable Jeep, with a Wrangler Rubicon model as the starting point. Off-road enhancements offered through Mopar include a 2-inch performance lift kit, 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler tyres mounted on Classic 5-hole wheels, front and rear off-road bumpers, a Warn 9.5ti XP winch, Mopar rock rails, Kicker dash 6.5-inch two-way speakers, Mopar all-weather mats and more.
Some prototype Mopar accessories debuting on this vehicle are a locking centreconsole box, a rear cargo cubby cover, new windshield-mounted LED lamps, a new hard-top headliner and an “Add-A-Trunk” partition that creates secure storage space in the cargo area.
Also included are Rubicon-standard Dana 44 front and rear axles with electric lockers, which are also available in kit form from Mopar.
To prepare the Jeep Wrangler Traildozer for Moab’s toughest trails, Jeep Design worked closely with the American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) engineering team to bring it to life. Starting with a new dozer yellow Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the team added a bolt-in 350kW 6.4-litre Hemi V8 engine mated to a Getrag 238 6-speed manual transmission. Power runs through Rubicon-specific Dana 44 axles equipped with 4.1:1 transfer gears and electronic locking differentials.
To clear the 37-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw radials mounted on Mopar Classic 5-spoke wheels, an AEV Dualsport RS 3.5-inch suspension lift was installed. For severe off-road body protection, Mopar premium front and rear bumpers and rear corner guards were added. Additional items include a Mopar performance heat reduction bonnet, Mopar half-door kit and a Mopar/Warn 9.5 Cti winch.
The Traildozer’s interior includes an AEV “F-1” leather seat trim kit and Mopar slush mats.
75 years of Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for antifreeze in 1937. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s - the muscle car era.
The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use. The brand has expanded to include technical assistance and customer support.