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Hennessey to turn Jeep's insanely powerful Trackhawk into a 1000 hp monster

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

9 major automakers will not attend 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

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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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has a starting price of $85,900

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 Grand Cherokee SRT dominates Hot Rod at Santa Pod Raceway in UK

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

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
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