March 04, 2016
Jake Holmes

Jeep buyers are the sort of people who love to customize and tweak their vehicles, whether it be for mall-crawling or bounding through Moab. The engineers at Jeep love to stoke customer imagination every year with a series of concept models revealed for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, but this year the company is promising a seriously intriguing model. Called the Trailcat, the Jeep Wrangler concept looks to have considerably more ventilation than usual in its hood, potentially signaling that a supercharged V-8 is underhood.

We know for a fact that the 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 from the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat will make its way to a production version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. While this Trailcat would only be a concept, we’d still be eager to see (and more than a little nervous to drive) a 707-hp version of the Jeep Wrangler off-roader. A regular Wrangler has only 285 hp from its 3.6-liter V-6 engine.

Jeep has not yet shared any details on the Trailcat — check back later this month for more — but both the name and the abundance of cooling vents in the car’s hood give us hope that there’s something powerful in there.

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