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Jeep doesn’t usually make the kind of attention-grabbing headlines in Europe the way it does in the States. But now that the company is slowly establishing its footing across the pond, it looks like their set to use the 2012 Geneva Motor Show as the perfect place to make a sparkling first impression.

All in all, Jeep is bringing three "production-intent" concept vehicles to Geneva. We’ve already touched on the Compass Black Look Concept and the Wrangler Mountain Edition. Now, we turn our attention towards the Grand Cherokee Sports Concept

Just like Compass Black Look Concept, the Grand Cherokee Sports Concept comes dressed with plenty of aesthetic modifications, including a a gloss black accent on the headlamp bezels, grille surround, tinted rear passenger windows, a lift gate light-bar, and roof molding covers that have taken the place of the roof rack. There’s also a new mesh grille, a lower bumper fascia appliqué in Platinum Chrome, black chrome dual exhaust tips, and a new set of 20" aluminum wheels.
Inside, special features include Nappa leather and suede seats, a heated leather steering wheel, carbon fiber trim pieces on the instrument panel and door trim panels, and bright brake and accelerator pedals.

No performance modifications were given to the special edition Grand Cherokee, which means that you can expect it to carry a 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel engine with Fiat’s Multijet II technology, one that produces producing 241 horsepower and 406 lb/ft of torque and mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Range Select (ERS).

At this year’s Geneva Motor Show Jeep will bring a very interesting concept car: the Compass Black Look Concept a prototype model that only serves the purpose of showing us how cool a Compass can become with just the right additions. The concept has received a number of styling cues and functional elements that transform the SUV into a very cool looking model. In fact, the Black Look Concept does look somewhat similar to the Jeep Compass by Mopar that was recently announced for the North American market.

The new Compass production-intent concept features exclusive black-gloss front-end accents, a step pad and 18" aluminum wheels painted in black-gloss. The front grille has also received black-gloss inserts - same treatment being used for the roof rails and step pads, the headlamp and fog lamp surrounds.

For the interior, Jeep added new front and rear bright sill covers, but also a new UConnect multimedia navigation and infotainment system with Bluetooth UConnect Phone and 9-speaker premium Boston Acoustics sound system.

The concept was also fitted with a 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine, one that delivers 163 HP and 236 lbs-ft of torque.

Here’s further proof that Jay Leno is testing the coolest cars currently on the market. The latest addition to his well-stocked Garage is a Jeep JK-8 Pickup Red Jacket Edition. As you may recall, Jeep announced the JK-8 Independence last year. It is built on a Wrangler platform and is the perfect car for off-road parties.

That being said, Jay Leno got the chance to test a special version of this car: the Jeep JK-8 Pickup Red Jacket Edition built for Louisiana’s Red Jacket Firearms. The car is painted in candy-apple-red and features over-sized brush guards and 17-inch bead-lock wheels. The JK-8 kit also includes a bed floor, inner/outer body panels, a half hard top (works with Freedom Top panels), and a new bulkhead. For those interested, the Mopar kit costs $5,499, but this is well worth all of the fun this vehicle can provide.

Jeep unveiled the Grand Cherokee SRT8 at the 2011 New York Auto Show and now driveSRT.com is offering us a pretty cool video presenting the production process of the most powerful Grand Cherokee out there. The video was shot at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant where the SRT is produced.

The video shows some very lucky guy who just bought a Grand Cherokee SRT8 and, as a reward, was invited to take a tour of the build and assembly process. Unfortunately, we can’t join him, but this video provides a good picture of how the SRT8 is built.

As a reminder, the SRT8 is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers an estimated 465 HP and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. This is just enough to sprint it from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.

Of all the models in Jeep’s line-up, the one that doesn’t get a whole lot of love is the Compass . We know all about the Grand Cherokee , the Wrangler , and the Liberty , but the Compass isn’t given the same amount of attention.

Whatever reasons that may have, the new Mopar-tuned Compass "True North" model is giving the Compass some well deserved love and affection.

The enhancements done on the Compass are prevalently cosmetic, albeit a comprehensive one. On the outside, Mopar added plenty of modifications, including a new matte black-finished roof, wider wheel flares, black-headlamp and fog-lamp surrounds, rear fog lights, a new lower fascia, a new black grille with body color inserts, custom front and rear brush bars and custom rock rails, and a new set of 16" matte black alloy wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich All Terrain tires to go with a 2" lift kit from Rocky Road Suspensions.

Inside, the Mopar went to great lengths to give the Compass’ interior space with plenty of fine-tweaking. The most notable is a tie-up with renowned audio component manufacturer Kicker. For the ’True North’ model, the latter added a completely new audio system that includes front and rear speakers, an amplifier, a sub-woofer, and lift gate speakers. Outside of the audio system set-up, Mopar also added a custom center stack gauge pod that carries the pitch and roll inclinometer gauges. There’s also a new Mopar bright pedal kit, door-sill guards, a rear-cargo tray, a new shift knob and neoprene seats, all of which adds some serious flair and attitude to the Compass’ interior.

Availability for the Compass "True North" model has not yet been announced, although we expect to hear more about the details at the Chicago Auto Show this coming February.

A new special edition 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee was making the waves at the recent Houston Auto Show except that the SUV still didn’t have a name. Sounds odd, right?

Apparently, the production-ready concept vehicle is the subject of Jeep’s "Name My Ride" contest, an online competition that gives Jeep fans a chance to come up with the official name of the Grand Cherokee concept. The contest is currently being held at Jeep’s official website with the top three choices being elevated to another round of voting before the official winner is announced in May 2012.

As for the vehicle itself, this one-of-a-kind Grand Cherokee is based on Jeep’s Laredo X package and is highlighted by a bevy of stealth-inspired custom touches, including a Brilliant Black exterior finish, a black mesh grille, a chrome lower bumper trim, black headlamp bezels, a black liftgate light-bar, and a new set of 20" glossy-black aluminum wheels. The interior also comes with plenty of special features, particularly the leather-trimmed seats and heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, as well as key technological components, including a 9-speaker 506 watt amp sound system with subwoofer, iPod/MP3 connectivity, Parkview rear back-up camera, ParkSense rear-park assist system, Keyless Enter-N-Go, and last but certainly not least, the Uconnect hands-free communications system.

"Jeep enthusiasts have always appreciated limited-edition models and the ability to customize their vehicles," said Mike Manley, President and CEO of Jeep. "This new Grand Cherokee comes with a unique, ‘factory-customized’ stealth appearance directly from Jeep, and is certain to attract interest from an array of potential customers."

"If the level of excitement is what we anticipate, this new Grand Cherokee will be in Jeep showrooms this spring."

To that, we say, bring it on, Jeep! This special, one-off Grand Cherokee looks absolutely stunning.

With one little teaser note - "Who Needs Reindeer When You Have an 800 HP Twin Turbo Sleigh?" - Hennessey Performance has given us even more reason to love the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 . The American tuning company went bananas on the HEMI-powered SUV, releasing a comprehensive tuning program that includes aerodynamic and performance upgrades that will leave your jaws on the floor.

Talking about the former, Hennessey dressed up the Grand Cherokee SRT8 with a new carbon fiber front splitter, a lowered suspension system, a new set of light alloy wheels with 15.1" Brembo brakes, and a custom leather interior with a new Alcantara steering wheel. Pretty good, right?

It gets better.

Known for being one of the best engine tuners in the country, Hennessey saw the enormous potential of the Grand Cherokee SRT8’s 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine and decided that it could still get some more tweaking. And that’s precisely what they did. Additional modifications include an upgraded transmission system and torque converter upgrade, 15.1 inch Brembo brakes front and rear, a lowered sport suspension system, lighter alloy wheels, carbon fiber front splitter and a custom leather interior with Alcantara steering wheel. Thanks to an HPE800 Twin-Turbo engine package, an upgraded transmission system, and a torque converter upgrade, Hennessey managed to bring the output of the Grand Cherokee SRT8 from its ’regular’ 465 horsepower and 465 lb/ft of torque figures, all the way up to an eye-popping 805 horsepower and 823 lb/ft of torque. These numbers are good enough to drop the SUV’s 0-60 mph number from 4.8 seconds to a mentally disturbing 3.1 seconds and set the quarter mile at 10.9 at 130 mph.

Hennessey will only build 24 of these bad boys with the limited numbers reflecting the tuned-up SUV’s price tag: $235,000.

Can you say *gulp*?

No aftermarket company has redefined SUV tuning quite like A. Kahn Design. Known for their programs for the Range Rover and all different types of its offspring, A. Kahn Design has, on occasion, jumped out of their comfort zone to build a program that doesn’t have the words ’Range’ and ’Rover’ in its name.

Take for instance the new Jeep Wrangler . By all measure, the rugged American all-utility vehicle fits into the description of a go-anywhere, get-down-and-diggity rough rider. But if you’re Azfal Kahn, the Wrangler can be more than that. And that’s where A. Kahn Design comes in under the banner of ‘Chelsea Truck Company.’

On the outside, the Wrangler Military Edition received a new mesh front grill, gold-finished calipers, smoked side lights and repeaters, dial fascia clocks, LED driving lights, a new quad exhaust system, and a set of 20" Kahn RS wheels, among other things.

There are also other refinements that drive up the looks and security of the vehicle, particularly an optional bullet-proof glass on the blank rear window sections and the LED lights on the vehicle. If bullet-proof isn’t enough to make you feel safe, A. Kahn Design also has what they call "a superior type of glass," a more advanced version of their bullet-proof set-up that even the most high-profile of clients would be happy to have on their vehicles.

Inside, A. Kahn Design always brings the luxury up to bespoke levels, and the Wrangler Military Edition - despite it’s reputation - is no different. From the red quilted leather seats to the dial fascia clocks, A. Kahn Design spares no expense in dressing up the interior according to the preferences of the customer.

For the whole set, customers will have to pay £35,875, or around $56,000 based on current exchange rates.

The 2011 Paris Boat Show had a pair of unlikely attendees in the form of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Nautic Black and White Concepts.

What these two Wranglers were doing at a boat show is a good question, and it can be answered by no less than French design firm Style & Design of Maurepas, France, who designed the two Wranglers to create the perfect all-utility, nautical machine.

The Wrangler Unlimited Nautic Black was designed to offer "all the comfort, design, and elegance of a sailing boat,” something that we clearly associate with one another. Or not. In any case, the Wrangler was given styling modifications on the exterior and interior, including a new "Navy Black" finish to go with a new chrome grille, taillight surrounds, bumpers, and a deck-style finish trim for the running boards, cargo cover, and cargo floor. Open up the cargo cover and you can take out pair of white canvas chairs and a matching canvas awning to set-up your own little comfort area.

On top of all that, the vehicle also has plenty of chrome details, including on the door handles, mirrors, fuel-filler ring, and the outer rim of the spare-tire cover. Finally, the Wrangler Nautic Black Concept sits on a new set of 20" wheels.

Meanwhile, the interior of the Wrangler Nautic Black Concept features black leather on the seating surfaces, steering wheel, manual shift boot, and passenger grab handle. The same deck finish on the exterior also makes an appearance on the steering wheel spokes, dash and door trim, center console, and floor mats.

The vehicle is powered by a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, producing an output of 200 horsepower and 302 lb/ft of torque.

Jeep has a reputation for being one of the best all-purpose, get-down-and-dirty vehicles on the market today. The same, on the other hand, cannot be said for the French.

So you can consider this an odd match-up between the two, but nevertheless, it was still in full display at the Paris Boat Show for all the world to see. We’re talking about a pair of Jeep Wranglers that have been specially built by design firm Style & Design of Maurepas, France. The pair of four-door Wrangler Unlimited models, called the "Nautic" concepts, each comes with its own set of customizations, particularly on the exterior and interior of the all-purpose machine.

On the outside, the Nautic White Concept received a new chrome grille, white taillight surrounds, white bumpers, and more teak-style “deck finish” trim for the running boards and cargo cover. Chrome was also used in abundance on the door handles, mirrors, fuel-filler ring, and the outer rim of the spare-tire cover, which incidentally, is covered in white leather, further accentuating the clean and elegant look of the all-utility Wrangler Unlimited. Smell the irony there?

The Nautic White Concept sits on a new set of 20" wheels while also boasting of a pair of white canvas chairs under a matching canvas awning. Inside, the Wrangler Nautic White was designed using inspiration from the world of sailing, offering plenty of the comfort and elegance associated with sailing boats. It’s been dressed with bright-white leather on the seating surfaces, steering wheel, manual shift boot, and passenger grab handle. It’s also been fitted with a faux wood trim on the steering wheel spokes, dash and door trim, center console, and floor mats.

The Wrangler Nautic White Concept is powered by a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine that’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission and produces 200 horsepower and 302 lb/ft of torque.

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