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Verizon has the perfect solution for traffic – the Hum Rider by Jeep [w/video]

Finally, the perfect SUV for the busiest cities! Don’t we all just want to avoid driving when it’s rush hour? Well, Jeep has the perfect answer to your problem with their new Hum Rider. Sadly, the monster truck is not for sale. But trust me, you would not want one anyway.

Why? First of all, it weighs 8,500 pounds, that is probably the heaviest I’ve heard an SUV weigh. Its base frame is a fully customized hydraulic rig that lifts all that weight, and widens the stance so it can drive over smaller vehicles. It is purely hydraulic. In fact, the whole thing, including its movement is controlled by 300 feet of high-pressure lines. The truck does not even have a Jeep’s engine, and is powered by a single Honda generator instead. The only cool thing about this is probably the camera that is attached to the bottom of the truck, giving it a view of what’s underneath it, making sure it doesn’t smash smaller vehicles.

It might look cool for you Transformers fans, with its ability to extend its legs and do jaw-dropping tricks, but imagine the hassle of getting a clearance to drive a vehicle like that. And who are we kidding, American roads are packed with SUVs, and I mean ninety to one. Bear in mind, this car can only go over the tiniest subcompacts (like a Ford Fiesta), and it doesn’t even have that much allowance. To be honest, with its fragile looking legs, it might collapse if a rugged pickup or truck accidentally latches on one of its legs. I hope you’ve changed your mind about wanting to buy the Hum Rider after reading all this.

Read the entire article Verizon has the perfect solution for traffic – the Hum Rider by Jeep [w/video]

Jeep to commence production of next-gen Wrangler JL in November 2017

Jeep will soon be very busy with regards to the next generation of its Wrangler SUV (known as JL and JLU internally). First up, Jeep will be officially unveiling the new generation of the Wrangler (2018 model year) at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show this week. Then, Jeep will be retooling a portion of its Toledo Assembly Complex to prepare for the production of the next-gen Wrangler, local union officials told The Toledo Blade.

Specifically, Jeep will retool the site’s portion that currently produces the Jeep Cherokee. The retooling will commence in April and is expected to be completed within six months. This means that Jeep will stop production of the Cherokee at Toledo starting April, and shift its assembly to Fiat Chrysler’s Belvidere site in Illinois. Local media in Illinois have been reporting that Jeep is currently in the midst of preparing the Belvidere site for Cherokee production. Fiat Chrysler’s Belvidere site used to build the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot, with their production ending December 23, 2016.

Once the retooling of this specific portion of the Toledo manufacturing site is completed in November this year, Jeep will immediately commence production of the next-gen Wrangler JL, as disclosed by Bruce Baumhower, president of United Auto Workers Local 12. Assembly of pre-production models will start earlier to determine and iron out the possible kinks in the lines.

Read the entire article Jeep to commence production of next-gen Wrangler JL in November 2017

Year-end recap: Top five custom cars of 2016

The previous year has brought us a lot of good things to rave about --- even when they’re next to impossible to get a hold of. We’re talking about those custom cars that took a lot of time and effort to create.

Since it’s the start of the year, we’ve gathered the five most amazing custom cars from 2016. Proud owners of these very unique vehicles will surely be glad knowing all their hard work has paid off.

Without further ado, let’s make way for Ferrari SP275 RW, the 458 MM Speciale, the Jeep Wrangler Trailcat, the 1UZ V8-powered Toyota FJ and Ryan Tuerck’s Toyota GT4586. Read on.

Read the entire article Year-end recap: Top five custom cars of 2016

Center Line RT1X wheels on Starwood's Jeep Wrangler steal the show!

A custom-made Jeep Wrangler wearing Center Line’s RT1X wheels was seen recently in the Lucas Oil offroad Expo in Pomono, California. In this event, Starwood Motors enticed their audience with Centre Line wheels and seems to have captivated the majority. It’s one of those moments when all eyes are stuck on the wheels.

Starwood Motors has teamed up with Center Line to build a new beast. We know how wheels can be more useful for off-road vehicles so this comes as no surprise. But let’s face the fact that some vehicle brands and tuning specialists have already shied away from offering their own take on wheels. Most have relied on partnership and have been pushing after market fitments instead. This probably led to Starwood and Center Line’s latest collaboration.

Since the Jeep Wrangler is a conventional off-road naked SUV, the team has worked doubly hard to create a new impression of power, strength and durabilty. While it looks similar to other Jeeps, Starwood Motors’ white and black Jeep Wrangler isn’t boring.

Read the entire article Center Line RT1X wheels on Starwood's Jeep Wrangler steal the show!

The much-anticipated debut of the new Wrangler will surely happen. As it approaches, we’ve gathered all the latest information released so far. Of course, most are expecting that the next generation Jeep Wrangler will be a better version of the current SUV. Well, we can tell you it won’t only be better as it will also be quite different.

Here’s the thing; the same Jeep, which has been the brand’s role model for the last ten years, will finally use a new code name. From what we heard, JK, the outgoing model’s internal product code will be changed to JL for 2018. In other words, there will be significant changes in its design. Even so, Wrangler’s classic body-on-frame will most likely remain intact given the new platform.

Renderings of the new Jeep Wrangler continue to surface as time passes by. Based on what we’ve seen, the engineers will try to incorporate some new approach. If we come to think of Ford’s new F-150, most of the body is now made of aluminium. In case Wrangler needs to consider cutting down on weight and fuel consumption, their engineers will likely use the same strategy.

Read the entire article At a glance: What we know about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

Perhaps not a few have mistaken this Wrangler JK Unlimited Rubicon for a Jeep XJ Cherokee. After all, this off-road SUV is a tuned Wrangler with the face of a Cherokee. This is the Jeep XJK Pathkiller, a crossed SUV recently featured at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (2016 SEMA Show) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Since there has been no one daring enough to significantly change the front end of the Wrangler, it is fairly understandable that nobody would right away recognize the Jeep XJK Pathkiller as a Wrangler if it features the face of a Cherokee. Greg Henderson of Michigan-based custom vehicle builder Unofficial Use Only made good use of his creativity, skills and experience in creating the Pathkiller.

Henderson is already famous in the aftermarket world for his previous vehicle designs. He was then tapped by myTop -- an aftermarket company that retails electric convertible soft tops for Jeep Wranglers – to create something to be displayed at the 2016 SEMA.

Read the entire article XJK Pathkiller is a custom Jeep Wrangler with a Cherokee face

According to JL Wrangler Forums, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will continue to have a radical design in that it will continue to have the classic look of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler but it will have new features. To come up with this description, the forum put together a rendering of the new model using leaked photos as well as spy photos.

Starting with the rear section, the lights are the same as those on FCA drawings with the exception that the reverse lights are not present. Meanwhile the plastic fender flares are those seen on the SUV variant with the square taillights being the same ones on the truck version. Spy photos on the other hand reveal that the pickup is similar to the Ram in that the box is streamlined and have the taillights integrated to it.

Chances are that this is more of a placeholder until the brand chooses the final design. Both models show that its sides have squared-off details for the door handles and top. The addition of beveled corners gives it a more contemporary appearance. One design change that could catch anyone’s attention can be seen at the back of the bumper in the rear as there seems to be an air dam to help with aerodynamics.

Read the entire article 2018 Jeep Wrangler rendered

Many have been excited with the impending arrival of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler and the new 2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which is slated to be the brand’s new range-topping model. Jeep has yet to officially unveil the next-generation Wrangler and the Grand Wagoneer, which are slated to be launched for the 2018 and 2019 model years, respectively.

While it seemed it would take longer before we could get a good glimpse of these new models, a purported leak occurred during a dealer presentation. An attendee of the dealer event managed to snap some shots of the presentation slides using a smartphone. Blurry as they may be, but the photos are clear enough to show the Jeep brand’s upcoming vehicle lineup.

The new vehicles – lurking on a black background – include (from left to right) the Renegade, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Grand Wagoneer. However, the five-vehicle lineup does not include the new Jeep Compass.

Read the entire article Leaked photos of next-gen 2018 Jeep Wrangler, 2019 Grand Wagoneer emerge after dealer presentation

No thanks to malfunctioning brakes, the rear wheel of the Jeep Renegade SUV could be lifted off the ground during hard breaking. This was the discovery made by Spanish automotive journalist Pablo Gonzalez while test driving it.

It is pretty easy to under that under heavy braking, the weight of the vehicle is usually thrown forward. When this happens on a motorcycle, its rear wheel could lift off the ground. However, even if the weight of a car is thrown forward, its rear wheels aren’t usually lifted off the ground. But it could happen in a Jeep Renegade.

In 2015, Gonzalez was in the midst of testing a 1.6-liter Jeep Renegade when he decided to do an emergency braking test from around 84 mph (135 km/h). He narrated that he was already expecting the body of the front-wheel-drive diesel-powered Jeep Renegade to lean forward during emergency braking. However, the SUV continued to lean forward and then he was seeing all asphalt on his front instead of the sky on his horizon.

Read the entire article Faulty brakes could cause rear wheels of Jeep Renegade to lift off the ground [w/video]

We have become all too familiar with sports cars getting facelifts or power boosts that even these crazy makeovers don’t look too surprising anymore. However recently, there has been a growing number of tuning companies who have devoted their time and effort to make 6x6 variants of vehicles in various body styles. Now it looks like a new trend is starting amongst tuning companies.

It’s not a common occurrence for automakers and tuning companies to create these super rare 6x6 vehicles. It’s even more infrequent for them to actually get it right. Mercedes-Benz is by far the only automaker known to make 6x6 variants straight from their factories. They have created the wild and crazy beauty that is the G63 AMG 6x6, very popular and loved by the public and the ultimate off-road buddy.

Then there’s Kahn Design’s Flying Huntsman Concept – a 6x6 coach-built special edition based on a Land Rover Defender – and all its other odd concoctions from a Lamborghini Urus 6x6 to a Smart Fortwo 6x6. Now, joining the line-up is a 6x6 Jeep Wrangler.

Read the entire article China-based G. Patton creates own version of 6x6 Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Comanche, given the designation MJ, is a pickup truck edition of the Cherokee compact SUV launched in 1984. Models came in rear-wheel and four-wheel drives. Two cargo boxes, which measure either 6 or 7 feet, were also available. Production of the unique truck was from 1986 to 1992.

Comanche has quite an unusual form as it is a unibody vehicle built along the likes of the Volkswagen Rabbit and the Dodge Rampage. The engineers at AMC made a subframe that they connected to the unibody structure to serve as the cargo box’s support.

There were two different subframe designs: one for the long-bed model and the other for the short-bed model, which was launched in 1987.

Read the entire article Jeep Comanche – a legendary pickup truck from the 1980s

Jeep recently released what can be considered as the most luxurious model of the full-size SUV class with the 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit. In addition to having the usual premium amenities, the exterior has an updated look with the new front fascia and the grille and LED fog lamps.

Even the polished aluminum 20-inch wheels contribute to its upper class looks. The interior meanwhile will have the full-wrap Laguna leather with the Ski Gray and Indigo color scheme, one of the four available. Its full leather interior has its door panels, center console, and dashboard wrapped in Nappa leather.

Furthermore, the Laguna leather seats have the edge welting. The interiors are also offered in Dark Sienna Brown, Brown, and Black colors. All of the Summit models will have the lighted door sill, premium headliner, and acoustic windshield and full side glass.

Read the entire article Jeep releases its most luxurious SUV, the 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit

Grand Cherokee has long been part of the Jeep brand. The company however wanted a model that was a 4x4 and able to offer a higher level of off-road capability through a wide-range of functional features, as well as having a tougher yet unique look.

The result was a Grand Cherokee Concept vehicle that carried the "Trailhawk" name. This concept vehicle was first presented to the public during the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari held in Moab, Utah.

When the 2014 Jeep Cherokee was later introduced, it paved the way for the production of the "Trailhawk" name. At that time, it became its most capable model compared to the Latitude, Limited, and Sport.

Read the entire article 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk makes its debut at 2016 New York Auto Show

Along with the release of the most awaited superhero movie of the year, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jeep is also unveiling a limited edition Jeep Renegade small SUV. Only 500 models will be produced.

Customers can choose between a core of 1.6-liter E-torQ, 110-hp-producing petrol engine or a 1.6-liter MultiJet II 120-hp-producing diesel engine, both of which sport a manual transmission. The limited edition model is inspired by the Longitude mid-range level.

It is made even better and bolder with its Carbon Black, Colorado Red, or Granite Crystal livery and an array of polished black accents, fog lamp, rear light cluster surrounds, one-of-a-kind 18-inch alloy wheels, seven-slot grille, black roof bars, and a distinct Dawn of Justice emblem.

Read the entire article Only 500 units Jeep ‘Dawn of Justice’ limited-edition Renegade are up for grabs

Seven Jeep concept vehicles are set to join thousands of off-road vehicles on March 19-27, 2016 at Easter Jeep Safari at Moab, Utah. These seven ultra-capable concepts are fitted with Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts – which are also available to customers.

These dates mark the 50th running of the annual event that coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Jeep brand. Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand at FCA Global, remarked that every year, the Jeep team tries to defy the limits with new concept vehicles brought to Easter Jeep Safari, an event where the brand usually gets a huge amount of valuable feedback.

He remarked that this year’s edition of the event is extra special, since it marks the 50th year of the Easter Jeep Safari and 75th anniversary of the brand. He described the concept Jeep vehicles as seven of the most capable and stunning Jeeps created for the annual event.

Read the entire article Seven Jeep concept vehicles set to take part in 2016 Easter Jeep Safari at Moab, Utah

Jeep Renegade Concept is a two-seater vehicle ideally made for all-weather adventures— from dune-surfing to rock-crawling. The B-segment Jeep concept is built with environmental-responsible materials in line with its theme of sustainability.

The Renegade is specifically designed for environmental-friendly customers who have high regard for innovation and performance consistent with caring for nature.

Read the entire article Jeep Renegade Concept: for nature lovers

Making its debut at the 37th Tokyo Motor Show was the Chrysler Group’s concept vehicle that pushed the boundaries of the Jeep brand. The Jeep Treo Concept explores new possibilities in design, technology and environmental protection. The classic Jeep design has had a revamp. It now proudly sports a seven bar grille with a dominant airy windscreen.

The interior seats three passengers and despite its airy feel, it is very compact. Therefore, if your passengers have bags, it’s really a two seater plus gear arrangement. The Treo has an all new platform which uses modern technology to highlight the range of possibilities for future Chrysler production cars.

Using drive by wire technology, zero emission fuel cell and electric drive powertrain, the Treo provides a constant four-wheel driving experience. The impetus behind this concept car was for the Chrysler designers to speculate 10 years into the future and design a concept car that exceeds anything in the automotive world today.

Read the entire article Jeep Treo Concept: an offroader with zero emissions

Jeep Trailhawk Concept is a perfect blend of off-road functionality of the new body-on-frame four-dour Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the redefined sophistication of an all-new on-road open-air concept vehicle, giving a new and unique expression to the brand.

Inspired by the fresh Wrangler platform, the Jeep Trailhawk is an enhanced highway cruiser that showcases the brand's off-road features. The vehicle has a broad stance. The wheels, which are pushed to the Trailhawk's corners, are enclosed in robust flares offset from the body.

The partly trapezoidal, non-asymmetrical, angular, crisply-contoured flares reinterpret one of Jeep's classic fundamental architecture cues. The body tapers toward the front in plain view, exposing the flares and accenting the stance.

Read the entire article Jeep Trailhawk Concept: sophisticated open-air off-road experience

FCA US LLC, also known as Chrysler, reported a surge in its January 2016 sales after having sold a total of 155,037 units last month. Considered as the group’s best January monthly sales figure in nine years, it also represents a 7 percent increase in monthly sales when compared to the January 2015 sales of 145,007 vehicles.

Chrysler Group continued its 70-month year-over-year sales gains boosted by the sales figures of the company’s three brands, composed of Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck, all reporting increased January sales compared to year ago levels. Dodge posted the most notable increase of 19% and now holds the record as the largest sales gain for any FCA US brand for the month of January.

According the FCA US LLC, nine models made January records this year. For the Jeep brand, the three models that did quite well are Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass. The three performers from the Dodge brand include the Dodge Journey crossover, Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger.

Read the entire article FCA announces best January sales in 9 years with 155,037 units sold

The Jeep brand, created in 1941, will be celebrating its diamond anniversary in 2016. This means 75 years of being the leader in the 4x4 segment, an amazing military history, the ability to enjoy the open-air partnered, and of course, adventure. To mark this milestone, Jeep will be making unique special-edition version for each of the vehicles in its product lineup.

All of the models that will be released under the 75th Anniversary special-edition will have the exterior in the Jeep-exclusive Green. Some models though are available in the Jungle Green, Recon Green, or the Sarge Green.

In addition, the exterior will also have Bronze and Orange accents while the wheels will come in Low Gloss Bronze. The interior is expected to be unique and the seats will either be embossed with 75th Anniversary logo or will have the Ombre Mesh fabric that will have the 75th Anniversary exterior badge.

Read the entire article Jeep celebrates 75 years with ‘green’ 75th Anniversary special edition models
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