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Daimler CEO Names His Four Automotive Icons, Do You Agree With His Picks? 19
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford Mustang, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, mercedes, Mercedes SL, porsche, Porsche-911 on 01 19th, 2018


When Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche unveiled the 2019 G-Class in Detroit last weekend, the executive revealed he only believes there are four "automotive icons" that can withstand the test of time.
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Mutant RAM Wrangler From Abu Dhabi Is Very Happy To See You 10
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Middle East, Offbeat News, RAM, tuning on 01 10th, 2018


While calling this the “RAM Wrangler” would be the simplest way to describe it, in actuality, it looks more like something that a giant version of Cruella de Vil might drive.

This image was uploaded to Reddit by user craigchandler0398, and according to MiceTimes, the car is part of the exclusive collection of Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi.

As you can see, while the front end belongs to a RAM truck, the entire cab is from a Jeep Wrangler. Meanwhile, there’s no telling what type of chassis work was performed underneath that body kit, or what type of engine lies buried underneath the gigantic bonnet.

Believe it or not, this is hardly the weirdest thing you might find in the Sheikh’s collection, as he also owns a gigantic Jeep and Dodge Power Wagon, an old S-Class monster truck, a 6-wheel Nissan Patrol and even a house on wheels.

For the rest of us however, seeing a part Jeep, part RAM, part “I can’t even…”, makes for a rare and unusual sighting, to say the least.



FCA To Showcase 2018 Jeep Wrangler And New Tech Features At CES 5
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in CES, FCA, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Tech on 01 5th, 2018


Chrysler introduced the Portal concept at the Consumer Electronics Show last year and the company is returning in 2018 to showcase of host of new features.

The main attraction will be the 2018 Jeep Wrangler which recently debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is bringing it to CES to highlight the model’s high-tech features which include 4G LTE connectivity and an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The brand will also be showcasing their new Jeep Adventure Reality app for late model iOS devices such as the iPhone 7, 8, and X as well as the iPad Pro. The app is currently available and it’s an augmented reality configuration tool which allows users to build their own 2018 Wrangler and then see what it would look like in their driveway.

Besides the Wrangler, FCA will be touting their new Uconnect smartwatch app which is available for Apple Watch and Android Wear devices. The app allows users to remotely start their vehicle, lock / unlock doors, and honk the horn if they need to find their vehicle in a crowded parking lot.

Another new technology feature is FCA’s Family Alerts which allow owners to monitor their vehicle from the Uconnect smartphone app. Owners can set a variety of alerts including a Boundary Alert, a Curfew Alert, and a Speed Alert. There’s also a Valet Alert which will notify owners if their vehicle is driven outside a 0.25-mile radius of its drop-off location.

Another new feature is called Drive ‘n Save and it is available on 2018 models equipped with Uconnect Access or SiriusXM Guardian. The system collects data on how the vehicle is being driven and owners can then use that information to try to get a discount on insurance.

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Viper-Powered Jeep Wrangler V10 Is What You Dreamed Of As A Kid 4
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Dodge Viper, eBay, Galleries, Jeep Wrangler, used cars on 01 4th, 2018


The Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Viper are two iconic automotive institutions so when the two come together, the results are expectedly incredible.

What you’re looking at is a Viper-powered Wrangler that has undergone a comprehensive transformation to make even the new-generation Wrangler seem rather boring.

One look under the Wrangler’s bright red hood reveals the mammoth 8.3-liter naturally-aspirated V10 engine that made the Viper so iconic. This engine pumps out roughly 500 hp and the listing claims that no expense was spared to ensure that the customized Jeep is much more than just a straight-line warrior.

In fact, numerous chassis modifications have been done to improve the vehicle’s off-road prowess. For example, there’s a beefed-up suspension system with increased travel, a custom built transmission, bespoke driveshafts with Tom Woods U-joints, a modified front axle, and a Dana 60 axle at the rear with 35 Spline shafts. Additionally, there are a set of 20-inch wheels with 35 Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ tires and brakes lifted straight from the Viper SRT10.

One look at the exterior of the Wrangler provides a hint of what’s going on under the skin but only those passing by with the most creative mind could ever guess the engine that sends power to the ground.

The current asking price on eBay sits at $52,000, a somewhat reasonable sum considering all the work that’s gone into the off-roader.

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The Front Fender Vents On The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Serve A Unique Purpose 22
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Jeep, Jeep Videos, Jeep Wrangler, Reports, video on 12 22nd, 2017


The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL has an evolutionary design which is instantly recognizable but the company also made several design tweaks to ensure consumers could tell the difference between it and the outgoing Wrangler JK.

One of the more noticeable styling changes is the addition of front fender vents. While these are typically added for engine cooling or styling purposes, the vents serve a unique function on the latest Wrangler.

According to Fox News, the vents where added to the vehicle to eliminate the “hood flutter” from previous models. When older Wranglers were traveling at high speeds, air would enter the grille and build up pressure underneath the hood. This would cause the hood to bounce and vibrate which is annoying to say the least.

The front fender vents eliminate this problem as they allow air to easily exit the engine compartment. Jeep also installed new hood latches which more securely hold the hood in place.

The 2018 Wrangler starts at $26,995 and features a 3.6-liter V6 engine which produces 285 hp (212 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. It can be connected to either a six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission that costs an outrageous $2,000.

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Toyota Highlander Tops Consumer Reports’ SUV Satisfaction Survey 22
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, Film, honda, Honda Pilot, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, SUV, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Highlander, video, VW, VW Touareg on 12 22nd, 2017

As consumers have, for some time now, been flocking towards crossovers and SUVs, it’s inevitable that more of these vehicles end up on the used car market.

So, let’s say you’re looking for a 3- to 5-year old mid-sized SUV, which still has a lot of life left in it, do you know what to shortlist and what to avoid?

If not, then Consumer Reports’ owner satisfaction survey, put together using feedback from owners, should help you decide better, and Japanese automakers scored big here, bagging three spots in CR’s Top 5.

Toyota tops the list with the Highlander, which is followed by the 4Runner. Honda’s Pilot also made it into the Top 5, although it’s not all Japanese, as Jeep fans love the Wrangler in spite of its faults, as it’s a hoot to drive off-road, and most VW Touareg owners said they’d buy it again.

On the other hand, CR also lists three SUVs that owners were mostly dissatisfied with, and one of them comes from the FCA group – but you’ll have to watch the following video to find out more.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Configurator Goes Live, Reveals Auto Gearbox Costs $2K 20
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Configurator, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler on 12 20th, 2017


The Jeep faithful can hardly wait to get their hands on the 2018 Wrangler and they’re getting one step closer as the company has released its configurator for the upcoming model.

The two-door Wrangler Sport starts at $26,995 while the four-door variant begins at $30,495. Pricing quickly climbs from there and maxes out at $36,995 for the two-door Wrangler Rubicon and $40,495 for the four-door model. When options are added into the equation, it’s not hard to hit the $50,000 mark for the range-topping off-roader.

While options vary by model, a few notable choices are the $595 Cold Weather Group which includes heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and an engine block heater. Customers can also opt for the $1,295 Electronic Infotainment System Group which adds an Alpine premium audio system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an 8.4-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation.

Owners will also be tempted by leather seats that cost $1,495 and the $2,195 Dual Top Group which includes a three-piece hard top and a premium Sunrider soft top.

One of the more surprising options is the eight-speed automatic transmission that costs $2,000. For comparison, the previous five-speed automatic retailed for just $1,400.

H/T to JLWranglerForums

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Configurator Goes Live, Reveals Auto Gearbox Costs $2K 20
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Configurator, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler on 12 20th, 2017


The Jeep faithful can hardly wait to get their hands on the 2018 Wrangler and they’re getting one step closer as the company has released its configurator for the upcoming model.

The two-door Wrangler Sport starts at $26,995 while the four-door variant begins at $30,495. Pricing quickly climbs from there and maxes out at $36,995 for the two-door Wrangler Rubicon and $40,495 for the four-door model. When options are added into the equation, it’s not hard to hit the $50,000 mark for the range-topping off-roader.

While options vary by model, a few notable choices are the $595 Cold Weather Group which includes heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and an engine block heater. Customers can also opt for the $1,295 Electronic Infotainment System Group which adds an Alpine premium audio system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an 8.4-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation.

Owners will also be tempted by leather seats that cost $1,495 and the $2,195 Dual Top Group which includes a three-piece hard top and a premium Sunrider soft top.

One of the more surprising options is the eight-speed automatic transmission that costs $2,000. For comparison, the previous five-speed automatic retailed for just $1,400.

H/T to JLWranglerForums

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Configurator Goes Live, Reveals Auto Gearbox Costs $2K 20
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Configurator, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler on 12 20th, 2017


The Jeep faithful can hardly wait to get their hands on the 2018 Wrangler and they’re getting one step closer as the company has released its configurator for the upcoming model.

The two-door Wrangler Sport starts at $26,995 while the four-door variant begins at $30,495. Pricing quickly climbs from there and maxes out at $36,995 for the two-door Wrangler Rubicon and $40,495 for the four-door model. When options are added into the equation, it’s not hard to hit the $50,000 mark for the range-topping off-roader.

While options vary by model, a few notable choices are the $595 Cold Weather Group which includes heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and an engine block heater. Customers can also opt for the $1,295 Electronic Infotainment System Group which adds an Alpine premium audio system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an 8.4-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation.

Owners will also be tempted by leather seats that cost $1,495 and the $2,195 Dual Top Group which includes a three-piece hard top and a premium Sunrider soft top.

One of the more surprising options is the eight-speed automatic transmission that costs $2,000. For comparison, the previous five-speed automatic retailed for just $1,400.

H/T to JLWranglerForums

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Is Still An Off-Road Animal, Only Easier To Live With 17
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Jeep, Jeep Videos, Jeep Wrangler, video on 12 17th, 2017


The new generation Jeep Wrangler promises to be better than its predecessor in every single aspect, and now it’s time to find out if it delivers the goods.

It took Jeep 11 years to replace the outgoing JK model with the new JL. The automaker’s latest off-roader may look too similar with the previous one for some, but fans will recognize the new one more easily.

The 2018 Wrangler will be offered with the 285hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 paired to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. A 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder with 268hp is also making its debut, while Jeep will add a 3.0-liter diesel in the range later on.

If you want the most off-road capable version, then you’ll have to go for the Rubicon, as it features 33-inch off-road tires, disconnecting anti-roll bars, a modular front bumper and Dana 44 axles, among others.

Is the new Wrangler worthy of its iconic nameplate? Edmunds delivers its first driving impressions on the video linked below.

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Geiger Sends Off JK Wrangler With WW2-Style Willys Special 14
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in GeigerCars, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler on 12 14th, 2017


The Jeep was one of the first American vehicles introduced to Europe – not for commercial purposes, but on the back of the liberating US Army.

That point isn’t lost on the people at GeigerCars, which has revealed this special-edition Wrangler reminiscent of the WW2-era Willys GP.

The German specialists in American cars has taken a US-spec two-door Wrangler, stripped it down, and rebuilt it to better imitate its heroic forebear. The bodywork has been completely repainted in matte green with stenciled logos and lettering in the style of the time.

The bumpers have been replaced with Rugged Ridge units, with a motorized winch at the front and a full-size spare at the back. Those 17-inch steel wheels wear all-terrain tires, while the fabric roof and interior upholstery have been replaced with green canvas.

The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 has been left untouched, save for a variable exhaust system, and can be had with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Geiger will only build 10 examples as a fitting send-off to the current JK model – each of them priced at 68,900 euros (including Germany’s 19-percent VAT), which works out to more than $80k at current exchange rates. For that kind of money, you could get yourself a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8. But then, we gather, that’s not the point.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Pricing Starts At $28,190 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, prices, Reports, USA on 12 13th, 2017


Jeep recently unveiled the 2018 Wrangler JL at the Los Angeles Auto Show and now we’re learning how much it will cost to get behind the wheel.

Car and Driver reports the entry-level Wrangler Sport will carry a base price of $28,190 which is an increase of $3,100 over the 2017 model. The four-door Wrangler Sport also sees a significant price jump as the model starts at $31,690.

Both models come equipped a Sunrider soft top, full metal doors, and 17-inch steel wheels. The Wranglers also have a push-button ignition, LED interior lighting, and an eight-speaker audio system.

Power is provided by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 285 hp (212 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. It is paired to a six-speed manual transmission and a Command-Trac four-wheel drive system.

Moving up to the Wrangler Sport S adds convenience features such as power windows / locks, power heated mirrors, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Other additions include air conditioning and a remote keyless entry system. Pricing starts at $31,390 for the two-door variant and $34,890 for the four-door model.

The two-door Wrangler eschews the Sahara variant but it costs $38,540 on the four-door model. It features automatic headlights, a unique grille, body color fender flares, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Drivers will also find an automatic dual-zone climate control system, LED ambient interior lighting, a universal garage door opener, and a Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch display.

Last but not least, the Wrangler Rubicon starts at $38,190 and climbs to $41,690 for the four-door variant. The off-road focused models have an electronic front sway bar disconnect system as well as remote locking Tru-Lok differentials. The models also have a Rock-Trac transfer case, heavy duty Dana 44 axles, and 17-inch wheels with off-road tires.

An assortment of different options will be available and we can expect to learn more about their pricing closer to launch.

Note: Prices include a $1,195 destination charge

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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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