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Jeep reveals specs for the new JL-generation 2018 Wrangler

The next generation of the Jeep Wrangler (JL) is being touted by the brand as having more power, more features and more off-road ability than the previous JK generation. To back up its claims, Jeep laid down the specs and numbers for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler as the off-road specialist is unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Jeep will be commencing sales of the new 2018 Wrangler in the first quarter of next year. The very capable SUV will be available either as a two-door or four-door model. Customers have three trims to choose from: Sport, Sahara and the most off-road focused Rubicon. There are three top designs offered for new Wrangler: hardtop with a longer “gutter” and lighter removable “Freedom Top” panels; updated convertible top; and the new powered soft top that works like a canvas sunroof.

In terms of power source, three engines are available. One of these is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that offers up to 285 hp (209 kW) of output at 6,400 rpm and up to 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) of torque at 4,800 rpm. This engine is standard on all models of the 2018 Wrangler. Meanwhile, optional on all models of the new generation Wrangler is the 2.0-liter Turbo I-4 engine that could deliver 270 hp (200 kW) of max output at 5,250 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. (400 Nm) of peak torque at 3,000 rpm. Only available to four-door models of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is the 3.0-liter Ecodiesel V-6 that generates 260 hp of max output and 442 lb-ft of peak torque as mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission (850RE).

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Jeep confirms Wrangler plug-in hybrid for 2020 lineup

It has taken many months of rumours and speculations before we actually get a confirmation from Jeep regarding the next generation Wrangler. And finally, the actual product is now exhibited at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mike Manley also took this opportunity to make an interesting announcement. During the event, he said that the car manufacturer does have plans to roll out a plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler for the 2020 model year.

Though the boss did not share a lot of details about the new and improved Wrangler, we know that it will be partially electrified. And having said that, we could expect it to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain like that of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which comes with a 3.6 liter V6 gasoline engine. This would likely be paired with two electric motors and a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Here is the thing, there might be something about the packaging that might turn out to be problematic. And because of that, the Wrangler PHEV might actually feature its own setup. And if that is the case, it will likely still share most of the components of the Pacific Hybrid just like a lot of cars from FCA as part of their strategy to drive down costs related to development.

Read the entire article Jeep confirms Wrangler plug-in hybrid for 2020 lineup

2019 Jeep Scrambler pickup truck to feature a removable soft top

It was during the Moab Easter Jeep Safari last year, when Jeep introduced the rugged Crew Chief 715 Concept that took inspiration from the previous generation Wrangler Unlimited. It has the shape of a pickup truck, but it gets a fabric roof and an assortment of design cues from previous Jeep military vehicles just like the Kaiser M715.

If you liked the Crew Chief 715 concept from last year, you will definitely like this Wrangler pickup under the name “JT” that we have been waiting for. According to Automotive News, sources say that the utilitarian vehicle can be had with a soft top, just like that of the regular Wrangler. Naturally, the soft top can be lowered or be removed completely. An older report also said that the JT Scrambler will be available with a selection of three tops with the codes HT1, ST2 and HT3. These stand for a black 3-piece hard top, black Sunrider soft top, and body colour 3-piece hard top.

You will see in the Scrambler (not its final name) some styling cues that also come from the Crew Chief 715 as well. However, the front grille will remain the same as the Wrangler’s heritage.

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Here are the first interior images of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

Jeep isn't finished teasing the all-new next-generation Jeep Wrangler. In the build-up to the eventual official unveiling of the new 2018 Wrangler at the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Jeep has released more images of the next-generation sports utility vehicle.

While the first three images released for the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler showed the exterior appearance of the SUV, the latest set presents its interior. It basically shows what the cabin of the next-gen Jeep Wrangler looks like. For instance, the images reveal a steering wheel with extra chrome styling elements. Likewise, the central infotainment screen is now more prominent, with its knobs and dials all restyled. Furthermore, the instrument cluster of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler now features a small screen.

According to Jeep, the interior of the new Wrangler combines authentic styling and precision craftsmanship while employing high-quality materials. This combination has allowed the new Jeep Wrangler to offer enhanced levels of versatility and comfort for both its drivers and passengers.

Read the entire article Here are the first interior images of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

Jeep did not warn us that they will be releasing the 2018 Wrangler soon, but surprisingly, it made an unexpected online debut on November 1st at the SEMA show in Vegas. This off-roader has been highly anticipated, and finally, here it is. It features a light evolution, as well as some added modern equipment. Also, thanks to details that have been leaked on the Jeep website, we already know how much it will cost.

If you go and check out the images, you can get the four door 2018 Wrangler Unlimited Sport JLU in the United States for $30,445, plus and extra $995 for delivery. This model will still be Jeep’s entry-level four-door, and you guys may notice a little price increase ($2,550) over the 2017 model. On the other hand, the 2018 Sport JKU will still have an asking price of $27,895 just like the older model.

Another leaked list shows the whole lineup of Jeep models including the three trim levels and options that will be available. The document states that the base Sport model will not come with standard air conditioning. However, it will come standard with features like three separate tow hooks, electronic stability control, tinted glass, a fuel tank skid plate, hill start assist, and a five-inch Uconnect Infotainment system. Of course, expect the higher models like the Rubicon and the Sahara to gain more features such as power heated mirrors, and remote keyless entry.

Read the entire article 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited gets a slight price hike

Barely a month before Jeep officially unveils the all-new next-generation Jeep Wrangler at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the carmaker released three official images of the capable SUV. These images are just teasers, but show the new Jeep Wrangler in its full glory before the LA Auto Show.

According to Jeep, the 2018 Wrangler is the most capable SUV so far, with an ability to deliver the superior 4x4 capability that Jeep vehicles are known. After all, the new Wrangler is expected to feature the latest, most advanced version of Jeep's vaunted four-wheel-drive system, allowing the SUV to remain the king of the off-road world.

The next generation of the Jeep Wrangler will also be available with advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, and will be laden with more safety features and advanced technology. There were no details about these powertrains, but there have been rumours the new Wrangler could be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a turbodiesel mill. An updated version of the 3.6-liter V6 engine employed in the current Wrangler is rumored to be included in the powertrain options, as paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Electrified hybrid variants of the new Wrangler are also expected to be offered.

Read the entire article Jeep releases images of next-generation Wrangler before official reveal at LA Auto Show

While the official premiere of 2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL/JLU) is already set this December, fans everywhere rejoiced at having had something like this appear on the web. Yes, everything we need to learn about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is now accessible thanks to the leaked owner’s manual and user guide posted at the JL Wrangler Forums website. You can find everything from technical specs, operation, down to the interior. The PDF files practically contain all the information about the new Wrangler. It’s pretty overwhelming so we kind of don’t know where to start but allow us to share the juiciest parts anyway.

For starters, why don’t we talk about the engine. The leaked owner’s manual reveals that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will have two powertrain options---one is a 3.6-liter V6 hybrid while the other is a 2.0-liter turbo hybrid gas /electric powertrain. The recommended fuel is 91 octane for the 2.0L (Hurricane) turbo and 87 octane for the 3.6 L V6 (Pentastar) which comes with a manual transmission.

It also seems that the next generation Wrangler has been equipped with all the latest features for safety, luxury and convenience that normally come with a premium model. Likewise, the new Wrangler is offered with the same off-road capability that has been known to brand, with nearly the same payload and towing capacity as the previous Jeeps. Meaning, the JLU can tow up to 3,500 pounds (1,587 kg) maximum, while the two-door Jeep has a maximum towing of 2,000lbs (907kg).

Read the entire article Leaked: See what’s inside 2018 Jeep Wrangler owner’s manual

Hennessey will be dishing out another HPE1000 performance package this time exclusively for Jeep’s Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV. Think HPE’s 1000hp Exorcist (or something like that) that will amplify the SUV’s powerful performance. To that end, Hennessey will provide the Trackhawk’s already potent 6.2liter Hellcat V8 Hemi engine with an added boost of up to 14 psi coming from its 4.5 liter supercharger. Not only this. The full-size SUV will also come equipped with a high flow air induction system, an upgraded fuel pump, a high-flow supercharger bypass valve, some upgraded fuel injectors and new stainless steel long tube headers. All of these will come with the necessary gaskets and fluids.

The enhanced ECU will likely increase its power to 1,012 hp at 6,500 rounds per minute and 969 pound feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. The Trackhawk could go from a zero to 60 miles per hour (96km/h) in 2.8 seconds before hitting the quarter mile in about 10.5 seconds or less at 133 miles per hour (214km/h). You will need Shell V-Power 93 octane gasoline to run this machine including Pennzoil Ultra Platinum synthetic oil for maintenance and filter change. Hennessey will provide a before and after dyno graph report in order for you to see the power and amount of torque measured at the rear wheels. There are no prices released yet but considering Hennessey’s track record, we might see some Trackhawks arriving in Texas following this report.

It is rather interesting to find out how the SUV’s AWD system could actually manage the additional 305hp after the boost. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk as we know currently has 707hp under its hood. Similarly, the HPE1000 will come with a one-year warranty or up to 12,000-miles coverage. Hennessey will also be including 2 plaques exclusively for the package, one with a serial number which is found at the engine bay with the technician’s signature while the other plate will be signed by Mr. John Hennessey himself which you can see along the interior. Speaking of which, the interior will also feature the special “powered by Hennessey” premium floor mats to complete the look. The exterior part of the SUV will likewise receive the same “powered by Hennessey” badges along the side and rear sections.

Read the entire article Hennessey to turn Jeep's insanely powerful Trackhawk into a 1000 hp monster

Recently, we have been hearing news that some of the biggest automakers will not make an appearance at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Despite being one of the biggest motor shows, they seem to not be getting majority of the best brands - for this year’s event at least.

Normally, we would expect most brands to showcase their new cars here. But according to Automotive News Europe, companies like DS, Infiniti, Peugeot, Jeep, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Mitsubishi, Volvo, and Nissan will not be attending the grand event this year. And these brands take up about 20 percent of total sales in Europe.

You must be wondering why then? Firstly, taking part in the biggest shows means spending more too. And the Frankfurt event is probably one of the most expensive events for automakers to attend. Furthermore, spending a lot of money to put your cars on display in these events doesn’t necessarily translate to more sales. So sometimes, these companies lose more money than they expect to earn.

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Jeep will open the order books for the new 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk on August 10, 2017 with a starting US Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $85,900. When the $1,095 destination is taken into account, the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk gets a starting price of $86,995.

Since Jeep introduced the most powerful performance SUV – the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – not a few were already wondering how much they need to take out from their wallets. This isn’t surprising considering that it would be hard to match the power emanating from its Hellcat V8 engine, pegged at more than 700 hp. With such a selling point, the starting MSRP for the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is justified.

Set to be built at Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan, the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a performance monster in the world of sports utility vehicles. Jeep has gifted the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with a 6.2 liter supercharged Hellcat V8 engine that could deliver 707 hp (527 kW) of max output and 645 pound-feet (875 Newton-meters) of peak torque. This monstrous power level is more than enough to make the performance SUV – weighing around 5,363 pounds (2,433 kg) – sprint from nil to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.5 seconds and reach a quarter mile in only 11.6 seconds. In terms of top speed, the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is able to go as fast as 180 mph (290 km/h). It could also tow as much as 7,200 lbs.

Read the entire article 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has a starting price of $85,900

Jeep has shown just how powerful the Grand Cherokee SRT truly is. Considered to be one of the brand’s top-performing vehicles, this model managed to beat the Hot Rod Coupe, fitted with the HEMI engine, in a quarter of a mile drag race done at the Santa Pod Raceway in the U.K.

Driven by none other than UK’s very own drag racing champion Stuart Doignie, the Grand Cherokee SRT crossed the line in 13.5 seconds beating the Coupe, with Kelvin Dunn inside, by 0.9 seconds. Not that surprising really since it is powered by the HEMI 6.4-liter engine. With Doignie’s skill, the engine was able to deliver 468 hp with acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds. For the quarter-mile stretch, the Grand Cherokee SRT was able to cover it in under 14 seconds.

Doignie said that he was truly captivated by the Grand Cherokee SRT’s speed and raw power. He added that while he been behind the wheel in a number of dragster vehicles running at the Santa Pod, this is the first time he has been in a model that was made for the road. It is extremely quick off the line, he said further.

Read the entire article Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT dominates Hot Rod at Santa Pod Raceway in UK

Jeep has been releasing teasers about the Jeep Yuntu Concept months before the auto show in China. Just last week, they revealed a new sketch that we have not seen before. But this week, the Yuntu finally made its debut at the 2017 Auto Shanghai as the company’s newest and largest SUV,

Three-row SUVs have been a thing for a while now. But it doesn’t mean that those buyers actually need a third row - it’s just nice to have. However, a lot of SUVs now with a third row are barely useful, because there’s just too little space. But Jeep’s Yuntu has something interesting to offer.

As you enter its unique cabin, you will be welcomed by three rows of seats (that accommodate six passengers), which is uncommon for a Jeep, and is also what they are highlighting in this concept. Light brown wood trims can be found all around the center console, to the steering wheel, and the door panels, giving it a touch of elegance. Floating elements can be found inside which include the center console, and a long horizontal LCD screen that stretches from the gauge cluster to the passenger dash. More screens are found on the back of each headrest as individual entertainment systems for the second and third row passengers. The Yuntu has a total of eleven large touch sensitive displays.

Read the entire article Auto Shanghai 2017: Jeep Yuntu Concept combines iconic and futuristic features, might soon enter production

The American automotive manufacturer Jeep surprised us all with a seven seater SUV in 2006, namely the GC-based Jeep Commander (XK). Sadly, all good things must come to an end, as the Commander was axed in 2010. With this in mind, the loyal followers of Jeep are all wondering if they can stumble on another 7- seater SUV. Well folks, the good news is here.

The Fiat Chrysler Automobile-owned company is planning to give the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer a second life as luxury SUVs; however, Jeep will possibly launch a 7 seater SUV if there will be a great demand for this type of SUV. Finally, we have a high-resolution teaser concept in our hands, in which the SUV looks impressive.

Believed to be the Jeep "Yuntu", this 3 row SUV will have a futuristic theme to its exterior design while maintaining a ruggedly dapper look. The new images revealed a raked windscreen, and the corporate 7 slot grille is enclosed by a pair of slim LED headlights that is not typical on previous Jeep models.

Read the entire article Jeep reveals first sketches with the Yuntu SUV

For more than a year, Jeep has been preparing to launch the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and it has finally arrived and will be displayed at the 2017 New York Auto Show this week. The model will be in showrooms by the fourth quarter of this year, so you’ll have to wait just a little longer to drive this mean machine.

So what makes this Cherokee so special? Well, it has got a 6.2 liter supercharged Hellcat V8 engine that yields 707 horsepower (527 kilowatts) and 645 pound-feet (875 Newton-metres) of torque. This power makes it possible to drive the monster, which weighs 5,363 pounds (2,433 kilograms), to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in 3.5 seconds, plus it has a top speed of 180 miles per hour (290kph) that can go a quarter mile in just 11.6 seconds. Talk about a supercar in an SUV’s body. In fact, the company did say that the Trackhawk is the quickest and most powerful SUV they have produced ever.

2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The four-wheel drive can vary the front-rear torque split depending on the drive mode in the Selec-Track system: including 40-60 in Auto, 50-50 in Snow, 30-70 in Track, and a few other modes. The Custom mode can let you adjust it to your personal preference. Each mode controls the transmission, suspension and steering.

Read the entire article 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is company's most powerful SUV yet

Two black and white images were leaked to the public eye, whether it’s intentional or not. Coming from a site called JL Wrangler, the pictures are rumoured to be of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler JLU that seem to closely resemble the spy shots and the leaked poster from a dealer meeting last year. Previously the leaked ones were the hood and the grille, now it’s the time for your eyes to feast on the next of kin 2018 JLU. The question lies: Is it worth the wait?

Apart from the removable roof and doors of the model, it is also noticed that the JLU also has a rather larger front bump design compared to the current vehicle, turn signals on the mirrors which are attached to the higher on the doors within new window moldings, headlights winding into the outer grille slats (same with the previously leaked grille), a much longer vented hood, fender vents on the anterior quarter panels, solid frame with fixed roll cage in roughly the same location as the current sport bar, and a windshield that is situated nearer to the hood.

The vehicle's contour is somewhat likened to a pronounced belt line hereby making the door hands positioned slightly below where they are originally located. Moreover, the windows are seen to have rounder corners, and at the rear, we can’t help but admire its wrap around taillights. Worth mentioning also is that the anterior fenders seem to have some distinct LED light strips, which Car& Driver leaked many months ago and which emphasize the 2018 Jeep Wrangler's new light signatures at the front, and also at the back. The new JLU is also rumoured to be fitted with LED headlights and it also comes with the fender strips.

Read the entire article Leaked images give us first look of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JLU Rubicon

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 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

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

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
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