Atelier Mopar has prepared a Jeep CJ SUV concept called Surge for the SEMA tuning exhibition. The all-terrain vehicle is equipped with an electric power plant and components from a modern Wrangler. In addition to the Dana 44 bridges, the retro-SUV’s list of improvements includes a power bumper with a winch, bottom protection, Black Rhino Solid wheels with BFGoodrich tires with an outer diameter of 35 inches, Mopar devices, and racing bucket seats.
The Restomod, or, to be more precise, the electro mod, is based on the Jeep CJ SUV (1944-1986). On it, the Mopar studio decided to test the viability of the concept of electric drives “out of the box” (by analogy with crate engines like V8 7.0 Hellephant), which will allow enthusiasts to make such conversions on their own. The all-terrain vehicle was equipped with a nuclear power plant, Dana 44 axles, as not the current Wrangler, and parts from the Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) catalog.
The electric motor (272 hp), gearbox, and inverter on the Jeep CJ Surge are grouped into a single unit mounted on rigid supports instead of the standard engine. The battery, consisting of 24 lithium-ion modules, is located just behind the seats.
Traction on all wheels goes through a two-stage transfer case, but the electric car is also helped by a 51-millimeter increased ground clearance and Black Rhino Solid wheels with BFGoodrich tires with an external diameter of 35 inches.
Dana 44 axles and a bumper with a winch from a modern Wrangler Rubicon are taken from the JPP catalog. CJ Surge got the protection of the bottom and thresholds, a safety frame with a soft top bikini top, a set of all-weather mats Mopar, and racing bucket seats.
In addition, the concept has a shortened windshield, and the center console, which migrated here from the Wrangler, is equipped with a rotary transmission selector. Devices with a battery level indicator are from Mopar.