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China-Only Jeep Grand Commander Surfaces In Design Sketches 8
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Beijing Auto Show, china, Jeep, new cars, Reports, SUV on 12 8th, 2017


Following the 2018 Wrangler’s premiere in LA last week, Jeep are now looking to expand their presence in China with an entirely new SUV, named Grand Commander.

The patent images that leaked from the country’s National Trademark Office and were posted by Autohome, reveal a design similar to the Grand Cherokee, at the front.

However, it appears that the new SUV is actually the production version of the Jeep Yuntu Concept, which was shown for the first time at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. It comes with a generous footprint that will allow it to compete locally against the Toyota Highlander and Volkswagen Teramont, offering seating for seven, unlike the study’s six-seat layout.

Power is believed to come from the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder that’s found on the new Wrangler, where it makes 268hp and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque.

Further details are scarce at the moment, but Jeep is expected to shed more light on the new Grand Commander next April, as it should debut at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show.

In other related news, one patent images reveals additional FCA products aimed at the People’s Republic. The first one is allegedly the Chinese name of the Grand Commander, which is said to translate as ‘Big Commander’, literally, followed by the Deserthawk, a Renegade special edition.

The Pacifica is also on that list, as is the Summit Grand Cherokee (Grand Cherokee Summit, perhaps?), a more upscale version of the SUV, and Hyperspace, which could announce a new concept car. Finally, Portal, and Chrysler Portal are mentioned as well, which likely refer to the Portal Concept that debuted at CES 2017.

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Get An In-Depth Tour Of The 2018 Jeep Wrangler 7
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Jeep, Jeep Videos, Jeep Wrangler, LA Auto Show, new cars, SUV, video on 12 7th, 2017


Jeep unveiled the 2018 Wrangler last week at the LA Auto Show and Redline Reviews were able to get up close and personal with the new off-roader, highlighting all of its important features and nuances in the video below.

Unquestionably our favorite 2018 Wrangler variant announced at the event is the two-door Rubicon, available with a plethora of unique body components that are sure to make it an absolute riot when off-roading.

For starters, Jeep has developed optional doors with large cut-outs in them, allowing drivers to look for rocks when driving. Additionally, the entire roof can be removed, as can the side windows. Heck, owners will even be able to lower the windshield by removing just four bolts. It then sits gently on rubberized mats on the hood and offers drivers a true open-air experience.

Another noteworthy feature of the Wrangler Rubicon are 33-inch tires and 17-inch wheels as standard. If that’s not enough, Jeep has also designed the off-roader to support 35-inch tires and a 2-inch lift kit.

From launch, the 2018 Wrangler will be available with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the Alfa Romeo Giulia. The V6 is offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a six-speed manual while the four-cylinder comes exclusively with the eight-speed.

In the coming years, both a 3.0-liter diesel and plug-in hybrid will be added to the powertrain range.

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Jeep Boss Says A Plug-In Hybrid Wrangler Was “Inevitable” 5
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hybrids, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Reports on 12 5th, 2017


Jeep boss Mike Manley says a plug-in hybrid Wrangler was “inevitable.”

At the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show, Jeep confirmed that the new-generation Wrangler will be offered as a plug-in hybrid in 2020.

According to Manley, an electrified model was always on the cards for the latest Wrangler, Motor Authority reports.

“Electrification was always on the books for Jeep—it was inevitable.

“Obviously our engineers were focusing on fuel economy benefits by having a plug-in, but also, because of the way you can control the power and torque, you can improve the capability,” Manley said.

The boss failed to divulge any details about the powertrain, including whether or not it will share components with the setup of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

“There are (problems) if you don’t think about things in advance—for sure. Packaging the batteries are very, very important, not just because you want to make sure that they’re not intrusive to the consumer space.

“For a vehicle like Wrangler, we also want to make sure that we maintain Wrangler’s balance. When we were working on this platform we wanted to make sure that it was future-proofed…and so it was an important part of this Wrangler,” Manley said.

From launch, the new Wrangler will be available with FCA’s Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 delivering 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four producing 268 hp and 295 lb-ft. Before the plug-in hybrid lands in dealerships, a 3.0-liter diesel will be added to the range.

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Cops Need Your Help Identifying Jeep Driver Who Smashed Into Arrow Board 5
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Jeep, Jeep Videos, Jeep Wrangler, video on 12 5th, 2017


Police in Massachusetts are on the hunt for a man that was filmed crashing into an arrow board in Route 73 Tunnel.

Cameras inside the tunnel failed to capture the exact moment the Jeep Wrangler slammed into the arrow board but they do show the arrow board tumbling down the road and the Wrangler screeching to a halt after the impact.

Inevitably, local authorities aren’t thrilled about the man damaging property and then leaving the scene. However, that’s not the only reason they’re seeking his identity.

During the clip, the man can be seen throwing a small black bag to the side of the tunnel, before jumping back in the Jeep and making a run for it.

Police have yet to disclose what was in the bag but are asking for anyone who witnessed the crash, or who recognizes the Jeep or driver, to come forward.

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Jeep’s 707 HP Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Gets RHD To Rock The UK 2
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hellcat, Jeep, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Reports, SUV, UK on 12 2nd, 2017


Jeep has confirmed that it will produce a right-hand drive version of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and make it available in the United Kingdom.

Speaking to Auto Express at the ongoing LA Auto Show, Jeep boss Mike Manley said the vehicle has been given the go-ahead. Unfortunately, he failed to divulge any other details about the right-hand drive Trackhawk, including whether or not it will be sold in other RHD markets, such as Australia.

Sitting beneath the brutish bodywork of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the company’s 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 delivering a mighty 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to an all-wheel drive system and eight-speed automatic transmission, the super SUV accelerates to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds, covers the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds at 116 mph and can reach a top speed of 180 mph (289 km/h).

Like the Grand Cherokee SRT8, the Trackhawk has an impressive 7,200 lbs towing capacity, and in the UK should comfortably undercut its rivals, such as the BMW X5 M and Porsche Cayenne Turbo, on price.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Window Sticker Hints At $45,000 Base Price But Don’t Worry Yet 1
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, prices, Reports on 12 1st, 2017


Jeep recently unveiled the 2018 Wrangler at the Los Angeles Auto Show and now we’re getting an idea how much the model will cost.

The JL Wrangler Forums reports a member recently spotted a 2018 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara at Fiat Chrysler Automobile headquarters in Auburn Hills and it had a window sticker posted on the windshield. While the text is grainy, the sticker lists the base price as $45,000 which would be a massive increase over the outgoing model which starts at $34,245.

Of course, as the site mentions, the price of the optional equipment isn’t listed and the total price of $46,095 only appears to account for the $1,095 destination charge. As a result, it’s likely the $45,000 price is the cost of the vehicle with all the optional equipment instead of the price of the base vehicle.

While that’s not exactly helpful in determining the vehicle’s base price, the site says several sources have suggested the 2018 Wrangler will cost approximately $2,500 more than its predecessor. If that’s the case, the 2018 Wrangler should start around $26,495.

Regardless of the model’s cost, the sticker shows this particular Wrangler is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine which develops 285 hp (212 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Promises Improved On-/Off-Road Performance And Fuel Economy 30
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Galleries, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, LA Auto Show, new cars on 11 30th, 2017


It’s been over a decade since the Jeep Wrangler had its last major overhaul, but the FCA-owned brand has finally taken the iconic SUV into its fourth generation.

Presented during the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the all-new Jeep Wrangler sports an evolutionary design, with visual changes made here and there, in what the automaker describes as “a modern take on the authentic Jeep Wrangler design”.

Inside, users will find cloth or leather-contoured seats with accent stitching, vinyl-wrapped door trim, 3.5-inch or 7-inch TFT instrument cluster, 7- or 8.4-inch display for the fourth-gen Uconnect infotainment system, USB ports, 12- and 115-volt outlets, durable mesh pockets, and even a subwoofer.

However, Jeep had no intention of making the new Wrangler look and feel like the next Grand Cherokee, as the extensive mechanical upgrades are aimed at improving its on-road and off-road performance, and fuel economy, thanks to the ladder-frame chassis with upgraded suspension, aluminum body panels, and new powertrains.

The engine family includes the 285hp and 260lb-ft (353Nm) of torque 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar, and the 268hp and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged with mild-hybrid tech.

Jeep will open the order books for the new Wrangler in North America in January, and they will also launch it, subsequently, in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region next year.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Promises Improved On-/Off-Road Performance And Fuel Economy 30
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Galleries, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, LA Auto Show, new cars on 11 30th, 2017


It’s been over a decade since the Jeep Wrangler had its last major overhaul, but the FCA-owned brand has finally taken the iconic SUV into its fourth generation.

Presented during the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the all-new Jeep Wrangler sports an evolutionary design, with visual changes made here and there, in what the automaker describes as “a modern take on the authentic Jeep Wrangler design”.

Inside, users will find cloth or leather-contoured seats with accent stitching, vinyl-wrapped door trim, 3.5-inch or 7-inch TFT instrument cluster, 7- or 8.4-inch display for the fourth-gen Uconnect infotainment system, USB ports, 12- and 115-volt outlets, durable mesh pockets, and even a subwoofer.

However, Jeep had no intention of making the new Wrangler look and feel like the next Grand Cherokee, as the extensive mechanical upgrades are aimed at improving its on-road and off-road performance, and fuel economy, thanks to the ladder-frame chassis with upgraded suspension, aluminum body panels, and new powertrains.

The engine family includes the 285hp and 260lb-ft (353Nm) of torque 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar, and the 268hp and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged with mild-hybrid tech.

Jeep will open the order books for the new Wrangler in North America in January, and they will also launch it, subsequently, in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region next year.

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New Jeep Wragler’s Half Doors Won’t Be Available Until 2019 30
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Galleries, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, LA Auto Show, Reports on 11 30th, 2017


The new Jeep Wrangler will continue to offer a half-door option but we’ll have to wait until 2019.

We all feared somehow at the potential of the new Wrangler going soft but luckily, Jeep proved us wrong. Aside from improving the old model’s spectacular off-road capabilities, the new Wrangler also retains its multiple body configurations, including a newly-designed half-door option that traditionally lowers the belt line of the car.

The biggest change in the optional half doors is of course that hole in the middle which we’re guessing is there to aid visibility in off-road conditions. Jeep is said to offer a plastic cover -painted in the same color as the door- to fill that hole when required.

The Jeep Wrangler’s new half doors will still be paired with removable plastic windows surrounded by a fabric frame that matches the soft top. Jeep will offer the half-door option in both the two-door and four-door versions of the Wrangler.

Also Jeep claims that the removal and installation of the doors is now easier than before, thanks to the new design of the exposed door hinges. Add to that the easier-to-fold-down windshield and it sounds like we’re going to see more Wranglers going full-commando.

Sales for the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler will begin in January across the US, with pricing details to be announced on a later date.

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New Wranglers Show Off Mopar Jeep Performance Parts 30
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, LA Auto Show, Mopar on 11 30th, 2017


Mopar is dead serious about customizing the new Jeep Wrangler.

In fact, while the Jeep division has been working on the vehicle itself, the parts division has spent over 100,000 hours building up a catalog of more than 200 parts and accessories for the fresh-faced off-roader. And it’s highlighting those offerings right now with a pair of demo trucks at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The white two-door Wrangler Sport is wearing a cargo carrier on the roof, an American flag hood graphic, Moab trail side graphics, a reinforced spare tire hinge, auxiliary lighting, and black fuel door, sill guards, grab handles, and floor mats.

Even more eye-catching is is the green four-door Wrangler Rubicon, with its doors replaced by 2-inch tubing. It also wears rock rails, stubby bumper, winch, additional lighting, intake snorkel, roadside assistance and first-aid kits, and more.

Both feature Katzkin leather seats and ride on 17-inch wheels wearing 35-inch BFGoodrich tires on a two-inch lift kit. Like what you see? You can order just about all of it (save for maybe the leather seats) from the new Jeep Performance Parts catalog.

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Mopar’s Ready To Kit Out Your New Wrangler 30
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, LA Auto Show, Mopar on 11 30th, 2017


If you looked at the new Jeep Wrangler and wondered how you’d customize it, you’re not alone. In fact the manufacturer says that 98 percent of buyers spec at least one Mopar product on their Wranglers. And it’s not missing a beat in meeting the demands of those customers.

Hot on the heels of the all-new Wrangler’s debut at the LA Auto Show, Mopar has released an array of over 200 components designed specifically for it, offering customers a staggering range of customization options.

Far too extensive to list here in full, the catalog includes everything from auxiliary lighting to floor mats. For the first time, Mopar’s offering a roof rack for carrying outdoor sports equipment (like bikes and skis), and a host of accessories for the new Wrangler’s Trail Rail storage system, from a fold-out table to an emergency first-aid kit.

Planning some serious off-roading? Mopar can hook you up with 17-inch beadlock wheels, a 2-inch lift kit, Warn winch, and special off-road bumpers. But even the less hard-core will be served by options like fabric tops for when the roof is removed, optional hood graphics, fuel doors, floor mats… the list goes on and on, ranging in price from $15 for an infotainment screen protector to $1,595 for the winch kit.

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Jeep Boss Confirms New Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid In LA 30
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hybrids, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, LA Auto Show, Reports on 11 30th, 2017


Following the unveiling of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler at the LA Auto Show, head of Jeep, Mike Manley, has confirmed that the new Wrangler will be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain in 2020.

Unfortunately, the automaker has failed to provide any specifics about the model, including any possible fuel economy numbers. We don’t even know if the model will launch for the 2020 model year or during the 2020 calendar year.

If we were to have a guess, we’d be inclined to say that the Wrangler’s hybrid system will probably share components with Fiat Chrysler’s only other plug-in hybrid, a fuel-efficient variant of the Chrysler Pacifica. That vehicle features a 16 kWh battery and has a combined rating of 84 mpg.

Beyond the hybrid setup, another impending powertrain for the latest-generation Wrangler will be a 3.0-liter V6 diesel. It will return approximately 30 mpg on the highway and arrive shortly after sales of the 2.0-liter turbo and 3.6-liter V6 models commence.

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Jeep Boss Confirms New Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid In LA 30
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hybrids, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, LA Auto Show, Reports on 11 30th, 2017


Following the unveiling of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler at the LA Auto Show, head of Jeep, Mike Manley, has confirmed that the new Wrangler will be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain in 2020.

Unfortunately, the automaker has failed to provide any specifics about the model, including any possible fuel economy numbers. We don’t even know if the model will launch for the 2020 model year or during the 2020 calendar year.

If we were to have a guess, we’d be inclined to say that the Wrangler’s hybrid system will probably share components with Fiat Chrysler’s only other plug-in hybrid, a fuel-efficient variant of the Chrysler Pacifica. That vehicle features a 16 kWh battery and has a combined rating of 84 mpg.

Beyond the hybrid setup, another impending powertrain for the latest-generation Wrangler will be a 3.0-liter V6 diesel. It will return approximately 30 mpg on the highway and arrive shortly after sales of the 2.0-liter turbo and 3.6-liter V6 models commence.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Sheds Weight, Adds Tech And 2.0L Turbo 29
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, LA Auto Show, new cars on 11 29th, 2017


It’s finally here. After years of waiting, months of spy shots and weeks of rampant speculation, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler has finally premiered at the LA Auto Show.

Underpinning the all-new Wrangler is a ladder-frame chassis complete with upgraded suspension and complemented by aluminum body panels. This allows the off-roader to be 200 lbs lighter than its predecessor yet still more rigid.

In terms of engines, the range starts with FCA’s familiar Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 delivering 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Mated to eight a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, the four-door Wrangler Unlimited is officially rated at 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with the manual. Opt for the automatic and those figures are 18 mpg and 23 mpg respectively.

The second engine available is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder, producing 268 hp and 295 lb-ft, not the 368 hp as wrongly claimed in official FCA documents. Interestingly, this powertrain is a mild-hybrid and consists of a 48-volt battery and belt starter-generator. In the future, a 3.0-liter diesel will be added to the range.

Customers will have two- and four-wheel drive configurations at their disposal and like the outgoing model, a number of different variants will be sold.

In terms of body styles, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is available as a hardtop, a convertible top consisting of a number of removable roof panels, and as a powered soft top. Alongside these roof options, the 2018 Wrangler is offered as both a two-door and four-door, the former of which includes Sport, Sport S, and Rubicon trim levels. Meanwhile, the 2018 Wrangler four-door is available in Sport, Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon models.

Like the current car, the Rubicon model aims to offer the most off-road prowess. Consequently, it features 33-inch off-road tires, electronically disconnecting anti-roll bars, beefed up fenders, Dana 44 axles, and a host of suspension modifications.

Beyond wanting to improve the vehicle’s off-road prowess, Jeep has spent a considerable amount of time overhauling the interior. To do so, all variants feature FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system with screens in 5, 7, and 8.4-inch sizes. All include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a WiFi hotstop, two USB ports, and two 12V accessory ports.

Sales of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will start in January but no U.S. pricing details have been released just yet.

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Jeep Scrambler Pickup To Offer Fully Removable Soft Top As An Option 24
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Reports, Trucks on 11 24th, 2017


The Jeep Scrambler, a highly anticipated pickup truck version of the new 2018 Wrangler, will reportedly offer a soft top in its options list.

Citing inside sources, Automotive News reports that the upcoming Scrambler will come with an optional droptop able to be lowered or completely removed, just like the new Wrangler which is set to debut at the LA Auto Show.

This will make the Jeep Scrambler a true convertible pickup truck, something that definitely will help it stand out even more out in the segment. Jeep is planning to put the Scrambler into production in November 2018 at the Toledo factory and more specifically, at the same line the current “JK” Wrangler generation is being built.

This is the second time we get a report about a soft top option on the pickup version of the Wrangler. As we learned previously, Jeep is intending to offer the Scrambler, codenamed “JT”, with three roof options: a three-piece hard top that’s either body-colored or unpainted black and the removable soft top version.

The new Jeep Scrambler’s chassis is also expected to be around 18 percent longer than the chassis in the current Wrangler. Powertrains will be shared with the 2018 Wrangler JL, meaning the 3.6-liter V6 with a manual or an automatic transmission, a turbocharged 2.0-liter Hurricane four-cylinder petrol and a 3.0-liter V6 diesel.

Expect to hear more information about the Scrambler coming out next week, as Jeep is going to reveal in full the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler at the LA Auto Show.

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