The annual Easter Jeep Safari that takes place every year in Moab, Utah, was canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19, but that doesn't mean Jeep still can't do something awesome for its many off-roading fans. The brand typically comes out with a handful of cool concept off-roaders to wow the fans with their looks, utility, and trail capabilities. This year, Jeep took its new Gladiator pickup and turned it into an expedition worthy SUV called the Farout.
The least noticeable trait is its new diesel powertrain, a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel six-cylinder mill that churns out 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. In terms of the look and functionality of the Farout, it gets such niceties as a big 16-foot deployable rooftop tent, a two-inch lift from Jeep Performance Parts, Fox suspension, 17-inch matte black beadlock wheels with huge 37-inch mud-terrain tires, and a modified Rubicon bumper with a 12,000-pound Warn winch. The paint color is actually called "Earl", as in Earl Grey. How's that for tongue-in-cheek?
The Head of Jeep Brand, Jim Morrison stated, "Although we didn’t get to celebrate in Moab this year with our latest round of concept vehicles, we’re pleased to introduce the Jeep Farout concept today as a vehicle that blends Gladiator EcoDiesel’s fuel efficiency with an area of features fans of overlanding will love. Building on the popularity of last year’s Gladiator Wayout concept, and as overlanding continues to grow in popularity, this year’s Farout concept is another opportunity to gather feedback from our passionate customer base."
For those who don't really know what overlanding is, it involves pretty much living out of your vehicle over long periods of time while traversing all kinds of terrain. It's off-grid, off-road, and off-the-beaten-path kind of travel/recreation, and it takes the right kind of vehicle to pull off driving chops, sleeping quarters, fuel needs, as well as emergency situations.
The Wayout from the 2019 Moab Jeep Easter Safari was the only Gladiator-based entry amongst a group of Wranglers. The Wayout included a pop-up roof tent, a two-inch lift kit, a Warn winch, and a big snorkel for water fording. The Farout departs from this formula the most due to the increase in fuel efficiency that's a boon for overlanding. Although no numbers have been posted, the diesel engine should provide about 25 percent more range.
Custom builds like the Wayout and the Farout aren't available at dealerships, but you can certainly buy a Gladiator (also available with the same EcoDiesel V6) and add on Mopar parts, as well as other aftermarket features. Body modifications would require a special shop, of course, but it just might be worth it if overlanding becomes a way of life for you.