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2018 Jeep Grand Commander

2018 Jeep Grand Commander

Jeep’s largest SUV yet is a China-only model

Discontinued in 2010 after only five years on the market, Jeep’s seven-seat SUV, the Commander, makes a comeback in 2018. But unlike its predecessor, which was a global model, the new SUV is only available in China. Production also shifted to the Asian country, while the nameplate was updated to the Grand Commander. The midsize hauler was unveiled at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show.

The new SUV is heavily based on the Grand Cherokee design-wise, and it appears to be focused more on hauling people rather than off-roading. While the Grand Commander won’t make it to the United States, a three-row SUV will be offered here, but under the Wagoneer name. Jeep plans to build both Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models, which will be based on the body-on-frame platform of the latest Ram 1500 truck.

Does the Grand Commander provide hints as to what we will get from the Wagoneer? It’s difficult to say given that the latter is still a couple of years away, but let’s take a closer look at the China-spec SUV for now.

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2019 Jeep Cherokee

2019 Jeep Cherokee

A prettier face and new powertrain options

Jeep has brought a mild facelift and some powertrain improvements to the Cherokee for 2019. Jeep divulged all the details at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit alongside Fiat Chrysler’s other big reveal, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500.

This marks the first change to the current Cherokee since its introduction in 2014. Despite strong sales averaging around 200,000 per year in the U.S. alone, many complained about the Cherokee’s ugly mug. Jeep obviously listened as the front and rear mark the only external changes, along with five new wheel options. The interior also sees minor changes with Satin Chrome and Piano Black accents, a slightly larger cargo area, and the new fourth-generation Uconnect software that include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on both the 7.0- and 8.4-inch touchscreens.

Jeep didn’t forget about the powertrain, either. An all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is available, while an updated nine-speed automatic transmission is said to have better refinement thanks to new software. The 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 and 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 return.

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

You won’t believe what sports car it keeps up with!

The 840-horspower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon stole the show at the 2017 New York Auto Show, but the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk certainly garnered a ton of attention. The highly anticipated an long-rumored Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is everything we hoped for and more, including that 707-horspower 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8, beefed-up TorqFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and reinforced full-time 4WD system. The Jeep even gets the Demon’s Torque Reserve system, helping launch five-passenger SUV to 60 mph in an astonishing 3.5 seconds!

Yeah, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk isn’t the most practical vehicle debuting at New York this year, but it’s by far the most practical Hellcat ever produced. Sure, the Charger Hellcat is a usable sedan with little draw-backs, but the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk offers 68.3 cubic feet of cargo volume and a respectable 7,200 pounds of towing capacity. Not to mention, this Jeep will likely do well in wintertime conditions with a set of proper tires, especially since its drive modes include a setting for snow.

Jeep engineers didn’t just shoehorn a Hellcat V-8 under the hood of an ordinary Grand Cherokee, however. The Trackhawk is heavily modified, sharing nearly no common powertrain parts with the standard Grand Cherokees. Even the 6.4-liter V-8-powered Grand Cherokee SRT version comes with less whiz-bang engineering.

Update 08/08/2017: Jeep has announced pricing for the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. It will start at $86,995, including the destination fee. Read more in the Pricing section below.

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Night Eagle

2017 Jeep Wrangler Night Eagle

European Jeep customers get more blacked-out trim choices

Jeep is bringing several vehicles to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, including a few special edition models. In that mix is the Grand Cherokee Night Eagle, and this, the Jeep Wrangler Night Eagle. Like the Grand Cherokee, this special edition Wrangler is treated to the popular blacked-out theme, with Jeep attaching Gloss Black accenting and unique graphics to the outside, while the interior is worked over with upgraded leather seats.

This isn’t the first Night Eagle edition Jeep we’ve seen. Aside from this year’s Grand Cherokee version, Jeep had already launched Night Eagle editions of the Cherokee and Renegade over the last two years. All four models now share similar attributes. But before diving into what makes the Wrangler Night Eagle different, let’s look at what remains unchanged.

The Wrangler continues to be available in both two- and four-door versions. European-spec Wrangler uses different front and rear bumpers, along with a spare tire cover, and different OEM tires. The Wrangler is also powered by Jeep’s 2.8-liter CDI four-cylinder turbodiesel as standard. It makes 200 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar gasoline V-6 is available and makes 284 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to Jeep’s five-speed automatic transmission.

The Wrangler’s 4WD system carries over unchanged, of course, as it has for nearly a decade. The non-Rubicon Wrangler like this Night Eagle use Jeep’s Command-Trac NV241 part-time, two-speed transfer case with manual shifting. It has a 2.72:1 crawl ratio and locks the engine’s torque split at 50/50 for the front and rear axles. The rear differential utilizes Jeep’s Trac-Lok limited-slip system, which helps provide power to the wheel with the most traction.

With that aside, let’s jump into what makes the Night Eagle edition different.

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Night Eagle

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Night Eagle

Another “special edition” trim with piano black accents

Jeep is launching a new special edition for the Grand Cherokee. Called the Night Eagle, this trim adds gloss-black trim and some bespoke interior pieces to the European-spec Grand Cherokee. The Night Eagle makes its debut appearance at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Jeep fans might remember the Night Eagle edition over the last two years. The edition originally launched for the Cherokee and Renegade models. Now with 2017 the Grand Cherokee, along with the Wrangler, get the blacked-out themed package.

Mechanically, the Grand Cherokee remains unchanged. The Euro-spec version comes with two engine choices: the 3.0-liter Multijet II turbodiesel with 250 horsepower and the 286-horsepowe, 3.6-liter Pentastar gasoline V-6. Both engines come standard with the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission Rear-wheel drive is standard, but 4WD is available.

Optional extras can be had on the Night Eagle Jeep, just as on any standard Grand Cherokee. These include Bi-Xenon headlights, a power-operated liftgate, the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Uconnect Live services, the 506-watt Alpine audio system with nine speakers and a subwoofer. Safety options include the Parkview rear backup camera and the Park Sense front and rear sonar sensors.

That doesn’t touch what makes the Night Eagle different, so keep reading for that.

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2017 Jeep Compass

2017 Jeep Compass

Jeep gives the Compass a new direction

The Compass has long been Jeep’s leader in the compact crossover segment, slotted between the Patriot and Cherokee in terms of pricing and functionality. Now, 10 years after its initial introduction, Jeep is releasing the second-generation Compass for the 2017 model year. The U.S.-spec Compass debuted at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show and proved the Grand Cherokee’s aesthetics work well in a smaller package.

An all-new design brings a welcomed exterior update to the crossover, along with an interior modeled after the Cherokee. A total of 17 powertrain options will be selectively available to the 100-plus global markets Jeep is selling to. Here in the U.S., however, the Compass is solely powered by a revised version of FCA’s 2.4-liter Tigershark turbo-four. Two automatics and a manual transmission are available, as is front-wheel drive and two versions of Jeep’s Active Drive 4WD system.

The Compass will come in Jeep’s wide range of trim levels, including the base Sport, the mid-grade Latitude, the luxury-minded Limited, and the off-road ready Trailhawk. This will mark the first time the Trailhawk trim will be offered on the Compass, telling of the Compass’ improved off-road prowess.

Jeep says the all-new Compass is capable of getting 30 mpg on the highway, though that’s likely with the FWD model. Production for the North American market will take place in Mexico. Sales will begin sometime in early 2017, though Jeep gave no official date during the L.A. Auto Show.

Jeep boss Mike Manley says, “Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4x4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design.”

With that, let’s dive into the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass.

Update 02/24/2017: Jeep has announced official pricing for the 2017 Compass. Prices start at $22,090 and range to slightly more than $30,000. Read below for the full pricing breakdown.

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2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude

2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude

More style and attitude for Jeep’s Cute ‘Ute

Jeep announced two new special edition Renegades ahead of the 2016 L.A. Auto Show, each with their own unique personality and style. The Renegade Deserthawk is all about off-roading, while this, the 2017 Renegade Altitude is all about street cred with its murdered-out appearance. The Renegade Altitude continues Jeep’s use of the Altitude name and blacked-out styling cues, though this si the first time we’ve seen such a package on the Renegade.

“These two new Jeep Renegade models help to extend our popular small SUV’s continued global success since its launch last year, and to provide customers with the choice of two distinctive and unique special editions,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. Manley says the Renegade Altitude is “for customers looking for an edgy and aggressive appearance,” and mentions that this special-edition model builds off the other Altitude models across the Jeep lineup.

The 2017 Renegade Altitude is based off the Renegade’s Latitude trim level and brings many of the same features found on that model. These things include the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with its MultiAir2 valvetrain system, a six-speed manual transmission, and standard features that include ParkSense rear backup camera and Keyless Go. The Renegade Altitude can also be had with the 180-horsepower 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder and FCA’s nine-speed automatic transmission. Optional with either powertrain is Jeep’s Active Drive 4WD system.

The 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude will go on sale beginning in November 2016 for a starting price of $22,390. That represents a $995 increase over the 2016 Renegade Latitude model. There’s a ton more information about the 2017 Renegade Altitude, so keep reading for the full run-down.

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2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk

2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk

The Renegade goes full desert mode for 2017

Jeep announced two new special-edition Renegade models ahead of the 2016 L.A. Auto Show – the 2017 Renegade Altitude and this, the 2017 Renegade Deserthawk. Playing off Jeeps current “-hawk” naming scheme, the Deserthawk brings a slew of minor upgrades that form a rather complete and intriguing special-edition trim. Best of all, this production Jeep is birthed directly from the 2015 Renegade Desert Hawk concept Jeep built for the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari.

This goes to show that Jeep takes its concept vehicles very seriously. While some might be on the wild side, others have the ability to transition into production. That’s exactly the case with the Renegade Deserthawk. Even down to the paint color and graphics package, this production Jeep mirrors the once one-off custom upgrades found on the 2015 concept.

“The Jeep Renegade Deserthawk takes the best-in-class capability of the Renegade Trailhawk and combines it with a unique look and additional features that include rock rails and a towing package – all inspired by the desert’s extreme conditions,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global.

Jeep is going so far an announcing pricing and release dates. Yep, the 2017 Renegade Deserthawk carries a base price of $28,140 and will be available come January of 2017. There’s a ton more information Jeep announced about this special-edition model, so keep reading for the full scoop.

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2016 Jeep CJ66

2016 Jeep CJ66

Frankenstein creation combines three Jeeps into one

What happens when Jeep engineers are given free reign to build something and there are three Jeeps lying around? This – the “CJ66.” It combines the best of a Jeep TJ, Jeep JK, and a 1966 Jeep CJ into one, go-anywhere vehicle. Sadly this is just a one-off concept, but it does showcase the dept of parts available through Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts (JPP). And that’s what SEMA is all about, right?

Jeep engineers started with the Jeep TJ’s fame. They then added the CJ’s body, and then sprinkled in some Jeep JK parts, tons of JPP items, and the seats from a Dodge Viper. All told, this beast is ready for the trail and for a cruise down Woodward Avenue.

Still, several parts were custom made for this Jeep. The hood is similar to the JK’s Heat Reduction hood, but it has been form-fitted over the CJ’s grille and to meet its flat fenders. The interior is custom as well, using parts and pieces from both the Jeep catalog and around the aftermarket industry.

Let’s jump in and dissect what the Jeep CJ66 is all about.

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with MoparONE pack

2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with MoparONE pack

Another special edition JK for Europe before the JL debuts

Jeep is set to debut a new Mopar package for the Wrangler at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. It’s the MoparONE pack and it includes several add-ons that make the Wrangler a more competent off-roader. The package is available on both two- and four-door Jeep Wranglers fitted with the Rubicon package. Jeep is only selling the MoparONE on Euro-spec Wranglers headed to the EMEA region, which includes Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

This special edition is perhaps one of the last ones available for the Jeep Wrangler JK. Fiat Chrysler is currently deep in the development stages for the next-generation Wrangler, codenamed the JL. It is expected to debut ahead of the 2018 model year, when the all-new Wrangler hits showroom floors.

Jeep currently produces the Wrangler for nearly every region around the world. Each one is built in America, at Jeep’s Toledo Assembly plant in Ohio. This includes these Euro-spec Wranglers fitted with different bumpers and powertrains. These Wranglers, like this one seen here, comes powered by a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel. It makes 200 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. Like every Wrangler, it the transmission is mated to a manually operated, two-speed transfer case. The T-Case diverts power to the front axle when the driver selects either 4WD high range or 4WD low range.

Without further ado, let’s jump into what makes the Wrangler Rubicon with the MoparONE pack different.

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Jeep adds a new model to its Grand Cherokee lineup, and it’s designed for those who like to play off-road

The doors of the 2016 New York Auto Show are open, and there are lots of things to look and talk about. Remember the “Trailhawk” concept that Jeep introduced back at the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari? Well, that concept was so widely accepted, Jeep made it a trim level for the 2014 model year of the Jeep Cherokee. The following year, it was brought back as a trim level for the Jeep Renegade. Now, Jeep is bringing the "Trailhawk" name to the 2017 Grand Cherokee, promising it will be the “most capable factory-produced Grand Cherokee ever.”

Mike Manley, Head of the Jeep Brand for FCA Global, said, “Our Cherokee and Renegade Trailhawk models are among our fastest selling and most sought-after models, and we are following that successful formula to provide consumers even more legendary Jeep 4x4 capability for Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever.”

The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will be on display at the New York Auto Show until April 3rd, and, according to Jeep, it’s slated to arrive in Jeep showrooms toward the end of the summer, which means you’ll be able to get your hands on one just in time for some fall off-roading. Until then, however, let’s take a look at the new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and why you’ll probably want to buy one if you’re a Jeep guy.

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2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT might not be creating the biggest headlines from FCA’s SRT department, but the 475-horsepower, AWD SUV is no doubt worthy of conversation. That’s even more true with the Grand Cherokee SRT’s new special edition trim package called “Night.” Simple yet effective, it seems.

Though much of the Jeep’s underpinnings remain unchanged, this appearance package does add several new features and eye-catching upgrades. Starting up top, the Grand Cherokee SRT Night comes with a blacked-out roof, rear spoiler, and matching B- and C-pillars. The front and rear Jeep badges also get the treatment. Those upgrades match the already-black grille and lower fascias front and rear.

On the more useful side, the wheels are new, lightweight units that Jeep calls “5Ten” due to the split, five-spoke design. Measuring 20-inches in diameter, the Satin Black wheels match the other blacked-out exterior cues. Jeep also gloats the wheels help show off the red calipers and slotted rotors that come standard from Brembo.

Not too much has changed within the Grand Cherokee’s cabin. The black Laguna Leather seats come with silver accent stitching and light black chrome bezels for an extra pop. The 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system still presides over the center dashboard, while the driver gets his own configurable TFT display in the gauge cluster.

Along with the 475 horses, the Grand Cherokee SRT’s 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 turns out 470 pound-feet of torque that helps the full-size SUV hit 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and through the quarter-mile in the mid-13-second range. Top speed is listed at 160 mph.

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2015 Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Concept

2015 Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Concept

For most of the automotive industry, the biggest show of the year for showing off customized versions of all sorts of cars is SEMA, which is happening now in Las Vegas. The exception is Jeep, which holds its own annual event every Easter in Moab, Utah, and always brings a wide variety of customized Jeep products. it seems that Jeep still doesn’t want to be left out of SEMA they year, however, so this year there is a Jeep concept at the Vegas show that “pays tribute to the Red Rock 4-Wheelers off-road club that hosts the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.”

So, even Jeep’s SEMA vehicle is a nod to the big unveiling in Moab, but that’s fine — Jeep can call it whatever it wants so long as we keep getting new customized concepts. The concept, named the Red Rock Concept after the club that inspired its creation, is different in one other important way. It hasn’t just been built to show off the kinds of accessories that you can find in the Mopar catalog. The Red Rock Concept is also a preview of an upcoming special edition of the Wrangler — one that will also be called Red Rock.

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2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Sunriser

2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Sunriser

The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most customizable vehicles sold today. The aftermarket support, as well as the growing options found at Jeep dealerships though Mopar, make the current JK a blank canvas. The Jeep you seen here is no different.

This Wrangler started off life as a Rubicon Hard Rock but has undergone some extensive work inside and out, making it a capable trail rig with guts to spare. The Wrangler Rubicon Sunriser made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show where it stood out thanks to its tall ride height, massive tires and flat orange paint job.

While this Jeep isn’t slotted for regular production, it does show European customers the length to which the Wrangler can be customized. Folks who want a setup like this can simply order the parts and turn their own wrenches. Well, the painting process might be a touch more, shall I say, involved.

Anyway, let’s take a look at all the goodies Jeep stuffed under this Wrangler.

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2015 Jeep Cherokee KrawLer

2015 Jeep Cherokee KrawLer

The current 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a funky-looking, off-road-capable compact crossover , but it hasn’t exactly resonated well with Jeep loyalists. Looking to prove that the new Cherokee is worthy of wearing the iconic seven-slot grille, Jeep and Mopar have teamed up to develop the Jeep Cherokee KrawLer concept vehicle. While this vehicle could have just as easily been a Moab Easter Jeep Concept, Jeep wanted to put the tuned Cherokee on global display, so the concept was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show .

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2015 Jeep Cherokee KrawLer

2015 Jeep Cherokee KrawLer

The current 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a funky-looking, off-road-capable compact crossover, but it hasn’t exactly resonated well with Jeep loyalists. Looking to prove that the new Cherokee is worthy of wearing the iconic seven-slot grille, Jeep and Mopar have teamed up to develop the Jeep Cherokee KrawLer concept vehicle. While this vehicle could have just as easily been a Moab Easter Jeep Concept, Jeep wanted to put the tuned Cherokee on global display, so the concept was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

A play on the Cherokee’s codename, KL, the KrawLer concept shows a more rugged side of the polarizing crossover. Based on the already rugged Cherokee Trailhawk, the Cherokee KrawLer gets more extreme with lots of Mopar add-ons, which are probably one-off for now but hopefully will make it into production. It would be nice if said parts would eventually be available as an over-the-counter and/or dealer-installed kit, but I’m not holding my breath. Just like the other Jeep concepts on display at Frankfurt, the Jeep Cherokee KrawLer is just a way for Jeep to flaunt its off-roading abilities to a broader audience.

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2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

The 2015 Jeep Renegade is the youngest of Jeep’s lineup of SUVs and crossovers, having only made its debut in March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show. In short order, the Renegade has established a following, reflected by its strong sales figures. As of September 1, 2015, Jeep has moved 28,907 units of the Renegade in the U.S. alone.

With the Renegade doing well, Jeep has taken the next step to bolster the Renegade’s appeal by showcasing a “Moparized” version of the Renegade Trailhawk trim at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The updates are mostly cosmetic, although some of the added equipment should come in handy when the Renegade goes off-road.

The “Moparized” Renegade Trailhawk isn’t going to go on sale as it’s depicted in Frankfurt. Instead, Jeep is showing prospective customers a template of what they can expect should they avail themselves Mopar equipment.

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