Jeep Sand Trooper is just what the Jawa ordered

The Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper is one of 24 custom vehicles that Mopar will bring to the 2012 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. In addition to customized vehicles, Mopar will feature more than 500 parts and accessories throughout its exhibit. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Mopar brand.


This must be what Jawas drive on the weekend.

The Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper is a showcase of parts from Chrysler’s Mopar division that’s being built by the automaker for the upcoming Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show in Las Vegas. Although the concept sketch shows a two-door with a soft top, the final product will be a four-door sans top, landspeeder style.

The extreme machine is fitted with portal axles to offer ultra-low gearing for sand crawling and simultaneously jack it up five inches without the need for a lift kit, 42-inch Super Swamper Bogger tires on beadlock wheels and a skid plate that runs the length of the truck. A 375 hp 5.7-liter V8 replaces the Wrangler’s standard six-cylinder and sits under a vented hood while a unique set of Fox Shox have been installed to handle all of the extra potency on tap.

Serious off-road gear including a Warn winch, LED lights and slush mats are in sharp contrast to the luxe Katzkin Leather upholstery, while the addition of a trailer-tow hitch receiver may make the Sand Trooper the ultimate go-anywhere tow vehicle for the coolest camper ever. There’s even a locking trunk for any broken-down droids you come across in the desert and a CB radio to call for help loading them.

If Luke had one of these, we’re guessing would have been a lot happier living on Tatooine.

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