How does a man who is the middle of a five-year, $250 million contract to play soccer in America only drive a car that costs ‘only’ $40,000?
We pose that question after photos of Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham surfaced with him behind the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler in Beverly Hills, recently. According to the tabs, Beckham was on his way home to his sprawling mansion after picking up his eldest son, Brooklyn, 11, from school.
We certainly know that this isn’t the only car in the Beckham household – they probably have a million of them at their estate – but it’s a little comforting to see one of the most recognizable faces in the world driving an imposing, everyday off-roader that costs a little less than one of his wife’s bags in one of the most luxurious neighborhoods in the world. And he looks comfortable doing it, too.
Sort of makes you like Beckham, even for just a little bit. That is, until you realize that he is David Beckham, at which time, all those feelings of envy and jealousy come flooding back in.
Say what you want about the violence and gore that comes with the video game Call of Duty, but it is one of the most popular games to have come out in our generation. Actually, it’s so popular that Chrysler has even decided to jump on its bandwagon – or in this case, MPVs – after the automaker announced that they will be building, through their Jeep brand, a Call of Duty-inspired Jeep Wrangler to go in line with the upcoming release of the video game franchise’s latest bloodfest, Call of Duty: Black Ops.
The game, which is scheduled for a November 9, 2010 release, is expected to be wiped out within days of its release. That’s a good thing for Chrysler because they’d look like complete yahoos if the game flopped massively and here they are, flaunting their limited run COD-themed Jeep Wrangler. Not surprisingly, the special edition off-road vehicle – it even makes recurring appearances throughout the game - will also be released at the same time giving those COD fanatics with enough spare change to buy a special edition Jeep Wrangler first dibs on the off-roader.
Jeep has unveiled the first images of the 2011 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. Both models are now in production and can be ordered at your local dealership. No tmuch has changed for this model except for some interior upgrades and a slew of new color options.
The 2011 Wrangler’s interior has been redone with the help of better quality materials and some new features. The consumer will benefit from a redesigned instrument panel and center stack, as well as new storage areas, steering wheel controls, and hex-head bolts. Jeep has also added heated, power mirrors, silver trim, soft-touch door armrests, and a new USB device interface that includes streaming Bluetooth audio to the Wrangler.
Jeep has brought a little more color to the 4x4 by adding five new exterior colors, including Detonator Yellow, Deep Cherry Red, Sahara Tan, Cosmos Blue, and Bright White. A new body color hardtop is also available for the Sahara.
The Jeep Wrangler Trail Boss is a two-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon set to be presented at the 44th annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. It is a model destined for serious off-road duty featuring a half-door kit, sun bonnet, front and rear AEV off-road bumpers, a Warn 9.5ti winch, rear-tire carrier, AEV hood, 3-inch lift kit, Hutchinson Rock Monster beadlock wheels, Katzkin leather seat trim kit, slush mats, and a Kicker audio system. This customization was designed by Mopar to show off all of their rugged accessories and provide us with a killer Jeep to take off-roading among the sickest of backroads. So hop on and let’s get muddy.
This next Jeep can easily take you over any boulder, rock pile, foothill, or trail without so much as bending a bumper. The General is another Moparized Jeep set to be presented at the 44th annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah and another Jeep based on a 2009 Wrangler. The General adds a custom Mopar 4.5-inch performance lift kit, new flat fender kit, and Mopar/Hutchinson Rock Monster beadlocks.
Mopar also added front and rear off-road bumpers and rock rails to increase the car’s safety. The hood and rear spare tire carrier feature custom Mopar graphics splashed across the Mopar Blue exterior.
This should be the only vehicle needed to get crawling!
The Mopar ImMortal will also be presented at the 44th annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The ImMortal is in fact a Wrangler powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI engine and features Military-grade portal axle ends.
The ImMortal also features: Performance body armor, an AEV heat-reduction hood, half-door kit, Viper Snakeskin Green Pearlcoat exterior paint, off-road front and rear bumpers, and hydraulic steering assist.
The Mopar design team revealed their "Moparized" Jeep and Ram Truck vehicles today at the 2010 New York Auto Show. All of the vehicles will appear at the 44th annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah on March 27th - April 4th, 2010.
The first on the list is the Jeep Wrangler J7, a custom car built off of a Wrangler Rubicon, but stripped of its carpet, fog lamps, alloy wheels and stereo system. Mopar cranked up this military-style vehicle with new front and rear steel bumpers, ‘helicopter hooks’, a heavy-duty tailgate and steel wheels.
In addition to the accessory changes listed above, the car also received a Mopar 2-inch suspension lift, 35-inch Mickey Thompson tires, and a unique Mustard Plug exterior paint.
Want tickets to the New York Auto Show? Want an all-new Jeep Wrangler Islander? Jeep has made it as simple as tweeting, but you have to make sure and study up on the 70 year old brand. Jeep’s “Tweet-to-Win” contest begins Monday, March 15, 2010 on their Jeep Brand Twitter page, www.twitter.com/jeep. The contest, scheduled for five days, will consist of answering Jeep-branded trivia questions. One question will appear in their Twitter page each day. The first person to answer the question in the correct format will win a trip for two to the 2010 New York International Auto Show. On Thursday, April 1st, the lucky winners will have a chance to dig for the “Golden Tiki” in a huge sandbox provided by Jeep. Whoever finds the “Golden Tiki” first will win a Jeep Wrangler Islander. Call me crazy, but I think this is an awesome marketing tool to create some excitement for the Jeep Wrangler Islander. Combining a popular form of online communication with a free car and tickets to an amazing auto show is just plain genius. Whoever thought of this should get a raise or at least a giant pat on the back.
The third and last special edition to be revealed by jeep at the Detroit Auto Show is Wrangler Mountain Edition. It is based on the Wrangler Sport S package, and is available on Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited 4x4 models and the price for the package is $1,820.
This special edition features a unique “Mountain” decal on the hood with latitude and longitude coordinates that represent an actual location relating to the “Mountain” theme of the vehicle; painted high-gloss Mineral Gray 17-inch Moab wheels, grille and bumper appliqués; tubular side steps; 32-inch tires; black tail lamp guards; and a fuel-filler door from Mopar. It is painted in Rescue Green Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat or Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat.
Next to the Liberty Renegade, the second special edition jeep will present at the Detroit Auto Show is the Wrangler Islander Edition available for both Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited 4x4 models. The price for the Jeep Wrangler Islander option package is $1,120.
Jeep Wrangler Islander is featured in unique Surf Blue Pearl Coat, and is also available in Stone White Clear Coat, Bright Sliver Metallic Clear Coat and Brilliant Black Crystal Clear Coat. The model is distinguished by “Tiki Bob” decal on the hood with latitude and longitude coordinates that represent an actual location relating to the “Islander” theme of the vehicle, blackside steps and popular Moab 17-inch wheels shod with 32-inch tires.