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If you want to take a break from all the Paris Auto Show-related news, check out some of the new details we dug up on the next big auto show of the year: SEMA. Mopar has unveiled a series of teaser images for their upcoming line-up, which will be presented in Las Vegas from Tuesday, October 30, 2012, to Friday, November 2, 2012. These images only show five different vehicles, but the company has promised that more than 20 Moparized Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat, and SRT vehicles will be at the show.

The teaser images show a widebody Fiat 500 , a custom RAM pickup, an updated Dodge Charger ,
a heavily modified Jeep, and - our favorite - a very nicely updated Dodge Dart . With its growing list of Mopar-first features, including Electronic Vehicle Tracking Systems (EVTS), Wireless charging, Vehicle-information apps, and Electronic owner manuals, we’re psyched to see what Chrysler’s service, parts, and customer-care brand has to offer at this year’s SEMA Auto Show.

"At Mopar, we always look forward to the SEMA season," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. "The show is an opportunity for us to inspire owners to customize their vehicles, and it’s the perfect place to showcase our vast portfolio of quality-tested performance parts and accessories."

Jeep is showing up to the 2012 Paris Auto Show with the very cool Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Limited Edition. The special edition will go on sale = in October 2012 and will be offered exclusively in a Bright white exterior finish.

The new Limited Edition will be distinguished by a gloss-black grille surround, a black mesh grille texture, a black Jeep logo on the hood, and a black badge on the front door. The car will be offered with a very cool set of 20" Black Vapor Chrome, five-spoke alloy wheels with chrome inserts. For the interior, Jeep added a leather-wrapped perforated heated steering wheel with mounted paddle shifters, sports seats wrapped in Nappa leather, and carbon fiber insertions on the instrument panel and door trim.

Under the hood, customers will find the same 6.4 liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers a total of 468 HP and a peak torque of 465 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission featuring both steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. This setup will sprint the SUV from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds and up to a top speed of 159 mph.

The list of standard equipment is pretty impressive and includes a Command View dual-pane sunroof and a Uconnect multi-media infotainment and navigation system with voice-activated Bluethooth UConnect Phone.

After debuting the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept back in April, Jeep has unveiled the production version which is set to arrive in showrooms in October 2012. According to Jeep, the Trailhawk is the perfect "evidence that even the most awarded SUV ever, and the most capable Grand Cherokee ever, can get even better."

The new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will be offered with both V6 and V8 engines and will add a series of updates that will make it significantly better than the standard Grand Cherokee. These updates include a Quadra-Lift air suspension, with nearly 11 inches of ground clearance; Selec-Terrain traction control system with five settings: Snow, Rock, Sand/Mud, Sport and Auto; a Rear Electronic Limited-slip Differential; and
Quadra-Track II or Quadra-Drive II (just for the V8 models).

Customers will distinguish the new Trailhawk Edition from the standard model thanks to its new signature red Trailhawk and Trail Rated badging and tow hooks, black-surround headlamps, unique gray grille surround, side mirrors, rear light bar, 4x4 badge, and five-spoke 18-inch aluminum wheels. The model will be offered in five exterior colors - Bright White, Brilliant Black, Mineral Gray, Maximum Steel, and Deep Cherry Red - combined with a black hood decal with a red accent stripe. For the interior, Jeep will add black leather and performance suede seats with red accent stitching and front and rear Mopar slush floor mats.

A new edition of the all-purpose Jeep Wrangler is expected to hit dealerships later this year. Unlike most of its predecessors , though, this one comes with the Moab seal of approval because, well, it’s called the Wrangler Moab Edition.

This Wrangler takes its name from being named after the Moab Easter Safari with a style that alludes itself to possessing style and rugged effectiveness.The steel bumpers are one of the first distinguishable characteristics of the Wrangler Moab Edition. The sculpted hood is also uniquely noticeable as are the rock sliders on the sills, and the number of exterior color options, including Black, White, Gecko, Dozer, Crush, and Rock Lobster.

As far as performance, the Wrangler Moab Edition is powered by the same 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that the rest of the Wrangler line-up comes in. Likewise, a limited-slip rear differential comes as standard for most trims, with the Sport and Sahara models having it as added options. Other standard features that come on the Wrangler Moab Edition include newly contoured seats and trim, a lever for one-handed rear-seat folding, ambient cabin lighting, and a second windshield washer nozzle.

The Wrangler Moab Edition will be available for both the two-door Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited versions. No final word on pricing yet, but expect that to be announced soon leading up to the model’s dealership debut in a few months.

Jeep Gladiator concept

As other manufacturers are eliminating SUV-truck hybrids (See: Chevy Avalanche and Ford Explorer Sport Trac ) Chrysler is just now debating officially releasing one in Jeep Wrangler garb. In 2005, Jeep teased us with the idea of this monstrosity with the Gladiator Concept , which we didn’t care for then and really dislike now, as that fad has run its course.

In an interview with CarAdvice, Jeep president, Mike Manley, let them in on the secret that Jeep will be making a decision “pretty soon” on whether the Jeep Wrangler-based pickup will head into production or not.

In the interview, Manley was asked when he thought the Wrangler truck may be an option, Manley responded by saying “Probably the next generation.” This means that the Jeep Wrangler Jeep Wrangler truck could be in Jeep’s lineup as early as 2015. The biggest debate, aside from whether there is a market for it or not, is whether it will come as a 2- or 4-door.

The 2-door model eliminates lots of passenger room, but in return, you get the Wrangler’s impressive break-over angle – the ability to avoid dragging its back end when climbing a steep grade. In a 4-door model, you get the added passenger room, but Jeep would then have to make the bed longer and that would cause a smaller break-over angle, resulting in you dragging the tail when starting up a steep grade. The only other option there would be to lengthen the wheelbase, which can result in your New Wrangler pickup turning into a large teeter-totter when climbing over rocky terrain.

We have a quick solution to this whole problem... Just scrap the plan altogether, Jeep. There is already an aftermarket kit to turn the Wrangler into a truck. If customers want one that bad, they can have it custom fabricated.

We could be wrong and the Wrangler-based truck could be a hit, but we just don’t see that kind of response coming from Wrangler fans.

Source: CarAdvice

If auto tuning was an actual Olympic event, British tuner Kahn Design would probably be the odds-on favorite to win the most gold medals by sheer quantity of programs alone. Don’t sleep on these guys though, because they’ve got top-class quality covered too.

For their latest offering, Azfal Kahn and his team decided to go the utilitarian route by releasing a new program for the Jeep Wrangler , called the Chelsea Truck CJ 300 Expedition Vehicle.

The most distinguishable element of the program for the Chelsea Truck CJ 300 is its military green paint finish, which pretty much gives away the underlying purpose of the vehicle. Moreover, a lot of intricate modifications were given to the Wrangler to ensure that it keeps true to its new looks, including the smoked headlights and indicators to go with LED daytime running lights. The front grille was also abjectly modified to give the Wrangler’s front profile a more menacing look while also getting some technical boost thanks to new openings on the valance and grille area, providing better airflow to the radiator, intercooler and brakes. etc. Over at the back, Kahn Design added a new enamel tailgate, cross hair exhausts in stainless steel, and a new 20" smoked black Kahn RS spare wheel.

Moving inside, the British tuner added heated perforated leather seats with matching stitching, aluminum pedals, and a red speedometer and rev counter fascia to complete the aesthetic overhaul for this off-road menace.


We still have to wait a long time before the 2012 SEMA Auto Show officially starts, but there are already a few vehicles getting prepped for their big day. One of these models is a ruggedly eccentric Wrangler Crush Recovery designed by famed Jeep builder, Dave Doetsch.

His project is based on a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon , the most capable off-road vehicle on the market. The new Wrangler Unlimited "Crush Recovery" was outfitted with more than 60 of the latest products from OMIX’s family. These products include Alloy USA’s high-strength chromoly axle shafts, Rugged Ridge XHD modular aluminum bumpers, and new half doors for the Jeep. Topping off the accessories is an Orange Crush exterior paint finish, which is where the name of the project comes from.

Before its official launch in SEMA, the Wrangler Unlimited "Crush Recovery" will be unveiled to selected customers at the 2012 Airpark Jeep Jamboree in Scottsdale, Ariz. on October 13, 2012.

The most powerful Jeep vehicle ever - the Grand Cherokee SRT8 - is preparing to enter the 2013 model year with the addition of two new special editions: the Vapor and the Alpine. Both of these new editions will sport unique exterior features and a Black Vapor Chrome finish on the split 5-spoke wheels.

As their names suggest, the new Alpine Edition features a very cool, bright white paint finish, while the Vapor is painted in a brilliant black. The Black Vapor wheels on both models join unique gloss black exterior appointments, including a Jeep hood badge, a Grand Cherokee door badge, a front grille surround and inserts, a rear light bar, and a step pad.

Jeep has kept its usual 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine under the hood which delivers 470 HP and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. With this power, the SRT8 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, runs the quarter mile in the mid-13 second range, and hits a top speed of 160 mph.

The 2013 Grand Cherokee SRT8 is priced at $59,995 and the new Alpine and Vapor special edition packages only add an additional $2,495 to the price, making these special editions a bargain at $62,490.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee has been in the spotlight lately, with Teknikens Värld claiming that the vehicle failed their Moose test (or Elk test) miserably. Chrysler called "bullshit" on that claim, but it’s not going to be so easy convincing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that their latest safety concerns are bogus.

The NHTSA is investigating the SUV because of two complaints they received from Grand Cherokee customers. Apparently, there have been some under-hood fires that have caused the destruction of both vehicles. The sources of the fires are unknown at this point, but one customers stated that a hose ruptured when the vehicle was traveling at low speeds: "Mechanic received directive from Chrysler on a fix. He made the fix as directed, but the new hose quickly burst on him during testing," the owner wrote to the agency. The other owner’s complaint was that he "glanced in the rearview mirror and noticed smoke outside the vehicle. He pulled over and exited the vehicle, when suddenly massive flames erupted from under the hood."

We’re not very sure how this investigation will affect the Grand Cherokee, but if these claims lead to a recall, there will be almost 107,000 Grand Cherokee units affected.

Source: NY Times

The guys over Teknikens Värld recently got a little more than they bargained for when they performed a Moose test (or Elk test) with the brand-spanking new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee . The Moose test determines how a vehicle acts when the driver evades a suddenly appearing obstacle, such as an animal or a child, and the Grand Cherokee didn’t exactly get to the top of the class.

The purpose of this test - done at very low speeds - was to determine how well the SUV’s active safety system would work. At only 39.5 mph, the Jeep Jeep Grand Cherokee went up on two wheels, in the middle of the maneuver. If it wasn’t for the professional driver behind the wheel, it would have easily rolled over. As many can imagine, not everyone that purchases vehicles have professional driving skills, so at the hands of probably most Jeep Grand Cherokee owners, the result could be deadly. According to Teknikens Värld’s Linus Pröjtz, this is an unacceptable result for a 2012 SUV, and we would have to 100% agree with this.

By comparison, SUVs like the Volkswagen Touareg and the Volvo XC90 did well at even greater speeds of 43.5 mph. To make matters worse, when Teknikens Värld performed the Moose Test on the previous generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, it passed the test with no problems at all.

This information should certainly not fall on deaf ears, especially the ears of Chrysler heads.

UPDATE 07/09/2012: Teknikens Varld’s tough review of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee immediately caught the attention of Chrysler heads and the company is none too pleased with the results. Their displeasure doesn’t stem from the Grand Cherokee’s failure, though. According to Chrysler, several attempts were made by Chrysler Group engineers to recreate the two-wheeled escapade of Varld’s test, to no avail. Chrysler then joined Teknikens Varld’s team to see if they could recreate the terrible result and they also could not. Turns out, the Jeep used in Varld’s first Moose test was loaded beyond its weight specifications. The Grand Cherokee’s weight limitations are clearly stated on the vehicle and in the owner’s manual.

All is good in our world again.

Hit the jump to read the full statement from Chrysler.

UPDATE 07/10/2012: It looks like Teknikens Varld is not going to give up. After Chrysler attacked them and said their test was not accurate, the Swedish magazine posted a second part to their test in which they explained how the Grand Cherokee failed the evasive maneuver test. According to them, the car they tested was loaded according to the specifications for the maximum load in the Swedish registration certificate and was riding on standard equipment tires. Also, all systems, such as chassis settings, air suspension, and similar, were in normal mode. Even so, in each test they performed, the car either went up on two wheels or was close to overturning. We’re assuming Chrysler is going to have something to say about this as well. The drama continues!!

UPDATE 07/13/2012: The guys from Teknikens Varld are seriously not going to give up! Today they have posted a new part to their Grand Cherokee moose test in which they advise customers not to buy the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Jeep Grand Cherokee until Jeep/Chrysler solves the problems. We are pretty curious to find out what Jeep has to say about this.


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