If you’re going to talk about a Jeep Mecca, then you’re going to mention Moab, Utah. There are probably more Jeeps there at any given time than anywhere else. Moab is also the host for the annual Easter Jeep Safari, where this year Jeep unleashed the Jeep Crew Chief 715 Concept on the 4X4 playground.
The concept came to the celebration dressed in a Tactical Green paint job—an homage to the Kaiser M715 military utility rig from the 1960s. The M715 served as the basis for the Jeep Gladiator pickup, and as the inspiration for the Crew Chief. You can pick up on the blunt, forward-leaning nose as well as the mesh grille. Much like the M715 and the Gladiator, the Crew Chief sports a bed, but for this concept it’s a custom five-footer. Front and rear winches also make an appearance on the steel bumpers. Underneath the minimalist body there’s a Wrangler Unlimited chassis that is stretched out slightly. The tires have an old-school vibe to them thanks to the narrow, 40-inch military tires on 20-inch beadlock wheels. The front and rear axles are Dana 60 units. The Crew Chief also sits a bit taller thanks to a four-inch lift and Fox Racing 2.0 remote-reservoir dampers.
Under the hood, Jeep installed a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 capable of 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine is connected to a stock five-speed automatic transmission. While the exterior is kept Spartan to go with the military heritage, inside the Crew Chief is far more luxurious. The seats are done in leather. The center console features a navigational compass. There’s also a section with four military-style toggle switches that operate the air compressor, front and rear locking differentials, and accessories. All of this is kept under a soft-top.
The Jeep Crew Chief 715 Concept shows why there are so many Jeeps conquering tough terrain like that found in Moab. Now it just needs to conquer the production terrain and get more of this concept out on the open road—or off it, whatever the case may be.