The new Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive in European dealers later in July and in order to help its customers further individualize their SUVs, Mopar is offering more than 100 accessories to choose from. Thanks to these accessories, customers can improve the SUV’s technical, styling and mechanical characteristics.
The list of accessories will include: aluminum racing pedal unit kit; protective mat situated in the boot loading area; and aluminum sill plates distinguished by a back-lit “Jeep” logo. For the exterior, customers can opt for: special wheels; chromed parts; molded splash guards; skid plates; sport-utility bars; a roof cargo basket, soft-side roof cargo carrier; bike and ski carriers; trailer hitch; a trailer wiring; and tubular side steps.
Unfortunately, no updates were made under the hood, but even in the standard version, the Grand Cherokee is quite a powerful SUV.
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Hennessey is far and away one of the best American tuners and this time the tuner focused its attention on a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. Equipped with the tuner’s HPE650 package, the model was taken to the racetrack and put to the test on the 1/4-mile.
The results were pretty impressive for the Grand Cherokee, as it ran the 1/4-mile in 12.6 seconds at a speed of 110 mph. The updated SUV sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.
The HPE650 package includes: new ported cylinder heads; a custom air intake; a TVS2300 supercharger; stainless-steel, long-tube headers; an upgraded fuel system; and an optimized ECU. With these updates, the SRT8 delivers a total of 650 horsepower - up from the standard 470 horsepower.
Let us know in the comments section below if you like the updates offered by Hennessey for the Jeep SRT8.
When we saw the first leaked images of the new Cherokee, we found them rather hard to believe; after all, they were revealing something never seen before on a Jeep model. Those images however were very accurate and the model finally made its world debut today at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
When initially announced, Jeep claimed the new Cherokee will deliver "even more best-in-class capability, exemplary on-road driving dynamics, and fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent versus the outgoing mid-size SUV model," - aka Jeep Liberty.
The new Cherokee will be built at the company’s assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio and will be put on sale in the third quarter of this year. Customers can choose from the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Sport, Cherokee Latitude, Cherokee Limited and the Trail Rated Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.
Updated 03/27/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
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The annual Moab Easter Safari is upon us and as always, Jeep will be presenting a total of six concepts to show off when the event kicks off this coming March 23-31 in Moab, Utah.
One of the models that Jeep released is the Wrangler "Slim" Edition, a rather adventurous-looking utility vehicle that’s been dressed up in what Jeep describes as the Rock Lobster color exterior — a fancy name for a fancy color.
We don’t know where the "Slim" name plays into the picture, but apparently, Jeep is using a plethora of lightweight components on this Wrangler, highlighted by a special 10th Anniversary Rubicon front bumper to with an extremely lightweight rear bumper. The special-edition Wrangler also comes with lightweight rock rails, a fancy black grille, black hood decals, LED headlights, a Mopar cold-air intake, a locking gas cap, and a set of 17-inch Jeep Performance Parts forged bead-lock wheels wrapped in Rubicon tires.
Meanwhile, the interior of the Wrangler Slim only gets a few choice upgrades, particularly leather seat covers, a hard-top headliner, all-weather slush mats and a CB radio.
Powering the Wrangler Slim is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces a stout 260 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque while mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
UPDATE 04/02/13: Interested to see more of the Jeep Wrangler Slim? Well, Jeep has released more photos of the special edition off-road vehicle in the photo gallery below!
A year after unveiling the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept at last year’s Easter Moab Safari, Jeep is headed to this year’s event with the successor to the concept, dubbed the Trailhawk II Concept.
It figures that Jeep would do a second go-round of the concept, seeing as the first model eventually found its way into production.
Just like the first incarnation, the Trailhawk Concept II comes packed with plenty of design cues, including a new SRT hood, a black front grille, a matte-black roof and one-off custom roof rails. That’s before you get into the part about the concept getting dressed in a non-metallic Blood Orange hue, a far cry from the Pure White color of the first concept. From there, custom fender flares were also installed, as well as front and rear skid plates, dual rear tow hooks, modified Mopar rock rails and a set of 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in monstrous 35-inch Mickey Thompson off-road tires.
The interior of the Trailhawk Concept II doesn’t come with as many upgrades as the exterior, although with Mopar slush mats and a rear cargo liner, that’s probably all you need on the cabin of this bad boy.
UPDATE 04/03/13: The second incarnation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept has more photos that we can ogle over. Check them out in the gallery below!
Another Wrangler concept to be displayed at this year’s annual Easter Jeep Safari will be the Wrangler Flattop, a vehicle described as "a paradox of sorts." Though no updates have been made under the hood, all the exterior and interior changes, plus some of the most hard-core off-road updates transformed it into a real eye-catcher.
On the exterior, the concept features metallic sandstone paint with copper accents on the hood hinges, tow hooks, grille slats and headlamp surrounds, and brown accents for the bumpers, side rails, side mirrors and hood decal. There is also a custom one-piece, windowless hard top, plus the hood and bumpers were inspired by the Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition.
For the interior, Jeep opted for dark saddle Katzkin leather seats combined with copper insertions on the steering wheel spokes, vent rings and passenger grab handle.
The concept sits on aluminum five-spoke wheels wrapped in 37-inch Mickey Thompson off-road tires that transform it into the perfect car for the Safari.
UPDATE 04/02/13: A fresh batch of new photos featuring the Wrangler Flattop has been released. Check ’em out by heading over to the gallery!
Just like the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept II, the Wrangler Sand Trooper II is a follow up on an earlier concept Jeep revealed last year.
We all remember the original Sand Trooper that caught a lot of eyes at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. This time, the Sand Trooper II is headed to the Easter Moab Safari and it comes chock-full with new accessories and upgrades, thanks to Mopar.
Chrysler’s in-house aftermarket company really did a number on this Wrangler, complete with a new satin black grille, a hood lock, a Warn winch, Mopar flat fenders, rock rails, a vented hood, and LED off-road lights and headlamps.
Catch your breath because Mopar’s not done yet.
It also installed front and rear half-door and window kits, front and rear off-road “Shorty” modified bumpers, a Rubicon 10th Anniversary swing away rear tire carrier, a trailer-tow hitch receiver, black tail-lamp guards and locking fuel door, a Jeep Performance Parts badge, and last but most definitely not least, a set of enormous 40-inch prototype forged bead-lock wheels.
The interior also features its share of new components, although not as extensive as the exterior upgrades. Most of the modifications feature storage compartments and that includes: a center-console locking storage, locking below-floor storage box and a trunk storage box. There are also leather seats, Mopar slush mats, a Trailside winch kit, black door-sill guards, sun visors and a rear back-up camera display.
Finally, the Wrangler Sand Trooper II carries the same powertrain as its predecessor: a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 that produces an output of 375 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque and mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
UPDATE 04/02/13: More photos of the Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper II have been released. Browse through the fresh batch in the gallery below!
For the 2013 Easter Safari, Jeep has found a solution to combine design elements from the SRT Viper with the amazing off-road capabilities of the 2013 Wrangler Rubicon. This daring combination has been made in the Wrangler Stitch - a concept car that delivers a power-to-weight ratio similar to that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.
Tons of modifications have been made in order to reduce weight: all the interior comfort systems have been removed, the rear seats have also been removed, the front seats were taken from an SRT Viper and the doors were completely removed.
The exterior went on a diet too, as the hood is made of carbon fiber and the roll cage is made from chrome. All the weight-saving changes lead to a total weight of just 3,000 pounds.
In order to make it even more off-road capable, Jeep installed a Mopar cold-air intake, a Mopar exhaust kit, DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 axles with 4.88 gears, ARB front and rear lockers, King shocks, Tom Woods drive shafts, and new 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson 35-inch off-road tires.
UPDATE 04/02/13: More photos of the Jeep Wrangler Stitch have been unveiled. Check them out by hopping over to the gallery below!
As usual, Jeep has found a very interesting way to celebrate Easter: with an annual Easter Jeep Safari taking place in Moab, Utah. The event is already in its 47th edition and will be attended by thousands of diehard off-road enthusiasts. Jeep and Mopar will be presenting a series of concept cars specially developed for the event.
The first from the list is the Wrangler Mopar Recon. It features an authoritative gray exterior paint combined with numerous Mopar add-ons: front and rear half-door and window kits, front and rear off-road bumpers, rock rails, a canvas soft top and headlamps with LED lights. For the interior, the concept adds custom seats made from Navy blankets and Navy camouflage material.
Under the hood, the concept gets something that all Wrangler traditionalists have been craving: a nasty V-8 engine. Just how nasty? Oh, “only” a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 crate engine that delivers a total of 470 ponies to help you better tackle just about any terrain or hillside. This massive 6.4-liter engine comes mated to a five-speed automatic transmission – boo – with a set of Dana 60 front and rear axles with 4.10-to-1 guts on the inside.
Being an off-road concept, Mopar opted for Jeep Performance Parts prototype forged eight-lug beadlock wheels wrapped in 39-inch off-road tires. Also to help you take on the toughest terrain, the Wrangler Recon also features a long-arm lift kit.
Oh, how badly we want to see this nasty machine hit production. Unfortunately, the Wrangler is only becoming tamer at its ripe old age. Maybe someday…
UPDATE 04/02/13: Jeep has released a new set of photos of its Moab Easter Safari line-up. Check out the off-road shots of the Wrangler Recon in the gallery!
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Jeep will unveil the 2014 Compass, which has received numerous upgrades over the 2013 model year.
On the exterior, the 2014 Compass received an updated exterior with an updated grille and headlamps and a new interior trim, plus a choice of two engines. Jeep will also offer new safety features, like front-seat-mounted side air bags and ParkView rear backup camera.
Jeep is also expanding Compass lineup with the addition of a new North trim level developed on the Sport trim line. It adds a series of cool elements like 17-inch aluminum wheels, deep-tint sunscreen glass and more.
The model will be put on sale across Europe in the second half of 2013. Next to the Limited version, Jeep will be also offering North and Sport trims. Prices will be announced at a later date.
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