Jeep’s Red Rock Responder is the pickup/Wrangler hybrid we’ve always wanted, one of 7 off-roading concepts (PHOTOS)

Updated Dec 29, 2015
Jeep® Wrangler Red Rock Responder Concept

No. 14 Story in 2015

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This week at the Easter Jeep Safari, an annual nine-day off-road trail event in Utah, Jeep unveiled 7 concept vehicles. And while several of them are excellent, there’s one in particular that we’d be pretty psyched to see go into production.

The Red Rock Responder is a Wrangler/pickup hybrid powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, outfitted with a four-inch JPP lift. The giant truck also features Fox shocks and front and rear Dana 60 axles with 5.38 gearing. It’s designed as a rescue vehicle with enough room in the bed and cargo boxes to hold tires, parts and tools.

The truck sits on 37-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM2 tires. They’re mounted on 17-inch wheels that sit beneath high-top fenders. Steel bumpers guard the front and the rear and a Warn winch assists in any serious rescue work the Red Rock might have to do.

If you could find a way to mount a crane on this sucker, this just might be the ultimate jobsite service vehicle.

Another notable entry in this field of concepts is the Jeep Chief, a beautifully-designed (save for that interior) throwback to the 1970s Jeep Cherokee. The Chief is built on the Wrangler frame and features a custom razor grille first seen on the Wagoneer. It also features removable side panels, chrome front and rear bumpers and 17-inch slotted mag wheels.

In the gallery above you can see the Red Rock and Chief as well as the 5 remaining concepts in the following order (the Staff Car is pretty cool as well):

  • Jeep Staff Car:  a salute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles
  • Jeep Wrangler Africa:  the ultimate Wrangler for back-country and overland expeditions
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander:  built to meet the demands of lengthy wilderness treks
  • Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk:  newest Jeep SUV built for the ultimate desert adventure
  • Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail:  elevated capability with undercarriage armor and extra traction