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2018 Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip

2018 Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip

Restomod done right!

Rumored to return to the market after nearly 30 years, the Wagoneer is not yet visible on the horizon, and a precise date for its unveiling is not yet known. But, Jeep is doing its best to keep the flame burning using the original model, which joins this year’s Moab Easter Safari with modern updates. Specifically, Jeep took a first-generation Wagoneer and gave it the restomod treatment for the annual, Utah-based event, which seems to be the place where the SUV manufacturer likes to bring more and more vehicles of this type. While it doesn’t signal anything related to the modern, upcoming Wagoneer, it’s a strong hint that Jeep doesn’t want to leave this nameplate in the dust.

Called the Wagoneer Roadtrip, this SUV is described as one that "stirs up nostalgic memories of going to Yellowstone National Park on a summer family vacation." Yup, it sure sounds like the 1960s. But don’t let the SUV’s looks fool you. While the exterior is as old-school as it gets, the cabin and the chassis hide plenty of modern upgrades. Jeep has already proven that it has the ability to built solid restomods and the Wagoneer Roadtrip is one of its best examples. Let’s have a closer look at it in the review below.

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Jeep to Cease Wrangler JK Production Making Way for new JL Pickup

Jeep to Cease Wrangler JK Production Making Way for new JL Pickup

That means the pickup’s debut is getting closer

Jeep is scheduled to end production of the outgoing Wrangler JK on April 7, 2018. Both the JK and the all-new 2018 Wrangler JL have been built simultaneously since November, but on separate assembly lines on separate sides of the Jeep campus. However, the JK’s end marks the beginning of the Wrangler JL-based pickup truck, the Scrambler.

Moreover, that means the Scrambler’s official debut is quickly approaching. The 2018 Chicago Auto Show is likely the next-best opportunity. The show is slated for February 8 and 9, so we don’t have long to wait.

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Our First Full Look at the China-Bound Jeep Grand Commander: Video

Our First Full Look at the China-Bound Jeep Grand Commander: Video

You’d rather have the upcoming Grand Wagoneer, anyway

Jeep might be as American as apple pie and baseball, but its newest model is headed right for China. It’s called the Grand Commander, and it won’t be found outside China’s borders. Based on a lengthened version of Fiat Chrysler’s CUSW platform that also underpins the Jeep Cherokee, the new Grand Commander will accommodate seven people over three rows.

Jeep is already taking orders for the new SUV despite it not being officially debuted. That is expected to happen at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show in April before it arrives in showrooms shortly after.

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2019 Jeep Scrambler Spotted On The Road

2019 Jeep Scrambler Spotted On The Road

Camo can’t cover Jeep’s new pickup

It’s no secret Jeep is developing a pickup version of its next-generation Wrangler SUV. We’ve seen countless test mules and pre-production examples driving around, but this might be out best look yet. A YouTuber caught this one on video from mere feet as the pair was stuck in rain-soaked traffic.

The camouflage is almost not needed at this point, since Jeep has already released photos of the two- and four-door Wranglers. The only parts in question are behind the B-pillar. It’s unknown how Jeep has designed the transition between cab and bed, what the rear fenders will look like, or how the rear bumper lines up with the bodywork. On that note, this video shows the Scrambler’s rear bumper hanging well below the cargo bed. It actually looks like a Ram 1500’s bumper, but with D-ring shackles like on the Hummer H2. Jeep will have to rework this transition for the production version.

The Scrambler will share most its parts with the Wrangler Unlimited, including its four removable doors, powertrain options, solid axles, and overall design ahead of the cargo bed. The 2.0-liter turbo-four isn’t expected in the Scrambler, leaving the 3.6-liter V-6 and 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 as the two choices. Jeep would be wise to offer the six-speed manual transmission with both engines, too. We know the eight-speed automatic will be offered, as well.

Differences from the Wrangler will include a unique hard top that is hopefully removable, a lengthened frame and wheelbase, and the obvious addition of the bed. We expect to see the Wrangler’s trim levels carry over to the Scrambler, too, including the Rubicon, but new trim lines might debut.

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Jeep Grand Wagoneer “Placed on Hold,” Sources Say

Jeep Grand Wagoneer “Placed on Hold,” Sources Say

At least FCA has not canceled its Range Rover competitor… Yet.

News about the future Jeep Grand Wagoneer has gone from promising to problem-ridden over the last month. Reports have suggested Jeep is canceling the high-end SUV for good, while others suggest nothing is wrong. Well, word has just surfaced from two different third-party parts suppliers that Jeep in putting the Grand Wagoneer project on hold.

The news comes from Larry Vellequette, a reporter with Automotive News whose dedicated beat for the last decade has been Chrysler and now FCA. He reports the luxo-Jeep isn’t officially dead, but it isn’t alive and well. The major problem, according to Vellequette, is FCA’s very limited cash reserves. FCA is currently funding a company-wide game of musical chairs and retooling with its assembly plants. Vehicles are being moved around, plans are getting refurbished, and this is eating into cash reserves.

Also a major factor is the limited size of vehicle that’s capable of being produced at FCA’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. It currently builds the Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, but anything larger, say like a three-row Range Rover competitor, simply wouldn’t fit down the assembly line.

Vellequette makes an interesting observation though. Why retool Jefferson at great expense for a low-volume SUV rather than build a high-volume, body-on-frame SUV that competes with the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition? Why not base that SUV on the upcoming refreshed Ram 1500? It’s certainly an idea worth exploring.

Ram has never made a three-row SUV based on its pickup despite GM and Ford having outstand success with the concept. Should Jeep choose to pursue this, the Grand Wagoneer name would likely drop the “Grand” portion, recalling the more utilitarian Jeep Wagoneer of 1974 through 1983.

Should Jeep go this route, it could even create a heavy-duty version, competing where the Suburban 2500 and Ford Excursion once did. What’s more, it could even create a Rubicon or Trailhawk version based on the Ram 2500 Power Wagon. Best of all, FCA would need far less cash to pull this off. The Ram’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant could accommodate the 1500-series Wagoneer, while FCA’s Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Mexico could accommodate the heavy-duty and Power Wagon versions.

Of course, this is pure speculation on our part based on speculation by Vellequette. One thing is for sure though – Jeep will not be getting its Grand Wagoneer by 2018 or 2019.

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The 2016 Truck Rodeo: The Full Results

The 2016 Truck Rodeo: The Full Results

The nitty-gritty on the 70-plus vehicles at TAWA’s Truck Rodeo

By now you’ve probably read how the 2017 Ford Super Duty was crowned the Truck of Texas and that the 2017 Nissan Armada won the SUV of Texas. But the Super Duty and Armada were far from the only winners at this year’s Truck Rodeo put on by the Texas Auto Writers Association.

More than 70 journalists and social media influencers descended upon the 1,623-acre Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas to test approximately 71 pickup trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and commercial vehicles in TAWA’s annual event.

A total of 17 categories grouped the vehicles with their competition, ranging from compact crossovers and full-size SUVs to Off-Road pickups. Other categories included best connectivity, best technology, and best powertrain.

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Petrolicious Captures the Joy of Jeepster Ownership: Video

Petrolicious Captures the Joy of Jeepster Ownership: Video

This daily-driven Jeepster is the epitome of cool

It was in 1966 that Kaiser built the Jeepster Commando to compete with the International Scout, Ford Bronco, and to some extent, the Toyota Land Cruiser. It combined the go-anywhere capability of a Jeep with the greater functionality found in larger SUVs, wagons, and pickups. And that’s exactly what Kaiser built. The Jeepster Commando was offered in four forms: pickup, convertible, roadster, and wagon.

The Jeepster Commando is somewhat of an oddity today. Even hard-core Jeep fans might not recognize exactly what this is at first glance. But for Sam Fankuchen, he grew up loving the hard lines, slab sides, and tall hood of the Jeepster. He eventually found one in a modest condition with good paint and a partially rebuilt engine. Time and self-education put the engine back together better than it came from the factory. This 225-cubic-inch V-6 is called the Dauntless and was basically a Buick V-6 built by Kaiser – itself a near copy of the small-block Chevrolet but missing two cylinders. A hot cam, high-flow heads with homemade headers bolted on, and a Holley four-barrel carburetor give the V-6 a distinctive and surprising rumble.

A new set of gauges, a roll bar, a mild suspension lift, and modern wheels and tires give this 1970 Jeepster a new lease on life. And Sam isn’t one to baby this truck. It gets driven all across California on trips to national parks and other scenic destinations. It’s climbed the Redwood Forests and been down to Joshua Tree. Sam says he’s wheeled in just about every off-road park California has to offer.

And who could blame him? His Jeepster seems impeccably restored with reliability and ease of service in mind, but without an overconcentration on aesthetics to the point of being a garage queen.

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“Dirt Every Day” Rescues a 1972 Jeep Wagoneer For Snow-covered Road Trip

“Dirt Every Day” Rescues a 1972 Jeep Wagoneer For Snow-covered Road Trip

This one-owner Jeep sat parked for 13 years, now running strong

The “Dirt Every Day” show, part of Motor Trend’s YouTube channel, is rescuing yet another abandoned 4WD from the clutches of time and neglect. This time, it’s a one-owner, all-original 1972 Jeep Wagoneer complete with documentation, rat’s nets, and Michelin tires from 1978. Thankfully, this pristine SUV isn’t too far gone.

Fred Williams, DED’s host, along with his friend, go to work getting new fuel, new spark plugs, new plug wires, and new fluids in the engine. The old AMC 360 V-8 proves simple enough for two guys to resurrect in a two-day timeframe, before mounting a set a BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires to replace the decades-old Michelins.

I won’t spoil all the fun, but the video is a fantastic example of how to get an old vehicle running after years of neglect. Washington State covered in fresh powder. It’s totally worth the watch, so click it in HD, crank the volume, and enjoy.

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