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2019 Jeep Renegade

2019 Jeep Renegade

The baby Jeep is getting a facelift

The cute-ute Jeep Renegade is getting its first mid-cycle refresh. Spy photographers spotted a camouflaged Renegade winter testing in Europe along side the euro-spec Wrangler JL and some Alfa Romeo products. The changes are confined to the Renegade’s front and rear fascias, along with tweaks to the dashboard.

Changes to the drivetrain will likely be limited to a new nine-speed automatic transmission and updated Active Drive 4WD system, both courtesy of the updated 2019 Cherokee. Jeep could even include its new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, though at 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, is a big jump over the for the 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder and its 180 horses and 175 pound-feet. The power would certainly be welcomed, though.

Jeep is expected to debut the updated Renegade sometime in 2018 ahead of the 2019 model year.

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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 Wrangler JL - First Look

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL - First Look

We get behind the wheel in the Arizona desert

The time has finally come; we’ve gotten a chance to spend quality time behind the wheel of the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. Jeep flew us out to the deserts of Arizona for our first view of the Wrangler since it debuted the week prior at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show.

We’ve coved the new Wrangler to death with nearly a dozen articles focused on various aspects of the Jeep, and most recently, our driving impressions, pricing information, and fuel economy. We can say the new Wrangler is wholly improved and in no way less capable off-road. In fact, Jeep designers and engineers worked tirelessly to retain (and in many areas improve) the Wrangler’s capabilities. So without further ado, here’s our take on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

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2018 Jeep Scrambler

2018 Jeep Scrambler

Our Predictions for the Wrangler-based pickup

The Jeep Wrangler Pickup has been confirmed for some time now, but Jeep has been quiet on the details. Between spy shots and insider information, we know the pickup will use the upcoming 2018 Wrangler JL’s frame, front styling, cab, interior, and powertrains. The mystery still remains as to what the cargo bed looks like and the materials its constructional from. What’s more, Jeep has yet to define the exact target audience for the Wrangler pickup, otherwise known as the JT. Will it offer class-leading payload and towing or will it be more focused on off-road performance? While we can’t say for sure, we’ve got some strong indications of Jeep’s intentions with its 2019-model-year pickup.

The Wrangler Pickup will ride on a lengthened version of the Wrangler Unlimited JL’s frame to accommodate the extra length needed for the bed. This means a longer, more stable Wrangler for on-road driving and trailer towing, but a slightly less maneuverable and (dare I say) capable Wrangler for off-roading adventures. It’s the break-over angle that will suffer the most, making the Wrangler pickup more vulnerable to high centering. Still, expect the JT to come standard with 4WD and Jeep’s Trail Rated rating.

Update 08/22/2017: A report from JeepScramblerForum.com shows confirmation the Jeep Wrangler pickup will be called the Jeep Scrambler, a name already associated with Jeep pickups of the 1980s. What’s more, CAD drawings show the extended frame and upgraded Dana axles. Also confirmed is the pickup’s use of the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6.

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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 Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock – Driven

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock – Driven

The poster child of America’s love for SUVs

Jeep is hardly the oldest automaker, but it’s arguably one of the most iconic. Its premier vehicle, the Wrangler, is slathered in blue-blooded Americana and glorified war history that transcends our continent and into every corner of the globe. Show anybody anywhere that seven-slotted grille and round headlights, and you’ll be rewarded with “Jeep!”

It’s no secret Jeep is completely revamping the Wrangler for 2018, giving it new life with more creature comforts and technology while not diluting any of its rugged off-road capabilities. But before that happens, we’re talking a close look at the current version, the Wrangler JK. It debuted in 2007 and has undergone relatively few changes. Jeep upgraded the interior in 2011 and swapped in the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 in 2012 to replace the lazy 3.8-liter V-6. Beyond that, Jeep has relied on special editions to keep the Wrangler fresh. But despite the on-paper stagnation, the Wrangler has exploded in popularity. Jeep went from selling 80,000 Wrangler TJs in 2006 to 202,702 Wrangler JKs in 2015. Much of that can likely be attributed to the Wrangler Unlimited, the four-door version of the two-door SUV. Families could finally justify a Wrangler for both commuting and weekend getaways. Then came the explosion in aftermarket support from companies solely devoted to selling custom parts for the Wrangler. The Jeep community grew and folks hopped on the bandwagon. And who wouldn’t? Just look at it. Read along as I attempt to objectively revaluate a vehicle I’ve been passionate about since the 4.0-liter inline-six was the engine of choice.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler

2018 Jeep Wrangler

The icon lives on

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is the successor to the wildly successful Wrangler JK – a vehicle that lasted from 2007 until the early parts of 2018. The new Wrangler JL picks up where the JK left off by offering an open-air driving experience on both paved roads and where no roads exist. The Wrangler continues to stay true to the Jeep legacy of all-terrain travel while offering more creature comforts and the least-compromised on-road driving experience of any vehicle in the lineage of the Willy MB from 1941.

For 2018, the Wrangler’s appearance is an evolved take on the previous JK, adding in better aerodynamics, more roof options, and improved safety, especially in the rollover department. New details bring the JL into modern times. Things like LED headlights, fender-mounted daytime running lights, and an interior that doesn’t look made by Little Tikes. New powertrain options bring more power and added fuel efficiency, while a manual transmission and manually operated transfer case keep ties to the Jeep heritage alive.

Update 11/01/2017: Jeep has released photos of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL amid the SEMA Show and ahead of the Wrangler’s full debut at the L.A. Auto Show on November 29.

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2017 Jeep Trailpass Concept

2017 Jeep Trailpass Concept

The new 2018 Compass gets its first Easter Jeep Safari concept

The 2018 Jeep Compass is completely new this year, ushering in a new era of Jeep history without the terribly awful Patriot and first-generation Compass. A new chassis, exterior design, and interior make the new Compass far superior to the outgoing model. Understandably then, we’re excited to see this – Jeep’s first special edition concept based on the 2018 Compass. It’s called the Trailpass and it uses Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts to gain off-road capability and a general improvement in awesomeness.

The Trailpass features a 1.5-inch suspension lift for better ground clearance. It also affords more room for larger wheels and tires. Jeep chose 18-inch wheels wrapped in Continental’s new all-terrain tire, the TerrainContact. The wheels also boast an orange-painted pocket that matches the tow hooks and badges.

The rest of the exterior is dressed up with an olive drab paint color, accented by a black hood and roof. The hood has olive drab graphics that add some character. The mirror caps also match the gloss black wheels for an added touch. Up top, the Compass has a roof rack from Thule that’s available through Mopar. Mounted inside are traction mats for getting out of sticky situations. Rock sliders protect the rocker panels under the doors, while looking like a factory piece.

There’s more going on with the Trailpass concept, so keep reading for more.

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2017 Jeep Luminator

2017 Jeep Luminator

And you thought SEMA has a ton of LED lights…

Continuing in Jeep’s 2017 lineup of Easter Jeep Safari concepts is this, the Wrangler Luminator concept. As the name suggests, this modified Wrangler is all about illumination. It features a wide array of LED lights for busting through the night. There’s even a solar panel on the roof, along with a drone landing pad.

Jeep engineers didn’t leave the rest of the Wrangler unchanged. This concept features upgraded parts throughout. Up front is the 10th anniversary bumper with a Warn winch, the heat-reduction hood covers the engine bay, flat fenders give it a more rugged stance, and the rolling stock has been upgraded to Jeep Performance Parts beadlock wheels and Goodyear Wrangler MT/R mud tires. The differential covers are also upgraded for added strength and a little bit of Jeep branding.

A cool color scheme has a bright blue on bottom, matching the beadlock rinds on the wheels, while glossy black covers the top half. A white roof and stripes finish off the look.

But the main story is all about those lights.

The main headlights are LED projector bi-function units. The taillights are custom designed round lights. The left taillight even has a 110-volt power outlet hidden behind a door. The fog lights are LED, of course, as are the A-pillar lights. The front bumper has large driving lights with smaller side lights that illuminate dark trails. Even the turn signal lights are LED units. There is also a LED light bar hidden long the top of the windshield, and under body lights ensure the ground around the Wrangler is visible.

What’s more, the hood features a unique LED light bar with a center-mounted night-vision scanner. If it detects wildlife or people walking on the trail, it will signal the light bar to shine a spotlight onto the object. Out back, the center high-mount stop light has been replaced with a concept unit. It does multiple duties on top of shining red with the brakes. It uses different colors for different speeds, letting those behind it know how fast it’s going. From one to three mph, the right shines amber, while from three to 25 mph, it shines green. Of course, when it’s time to stop, it shines red. It also acts as a scouting lamp with a white glow.

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2017 Jeep Grand One

2017 Jeep Grand One

This ZJ is resto-modded with nostalgic love

Not every concept for the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari is a Wrangler. Sure, there’s the Compass-based Trailpass Concept, but this… this is The Grand One. It’s a 1993 Grand Cherokee ZJ that Jeep bought off Craigslist and restored with absolute attention to detail. The 1990s is running strong here, as Jeep designers include an old-school car phone and Nintendo Gameboy. The body paint even has translucent woodgrain paneling along the sides. Jeep’s purpose here is to honor the Grand Cherokee’s 25th anniversary, having debuted in 1992.

This ZJ started life as an ordinary Grand Cherokee with the old 5.2-liter V-8 and four-speed automatic transmission. Those components were restored to proper working order, as was the rest of the Jeep. Modifications include a two-inch suspension lift to help clear the 33-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires. The new Dana 44 solid axles were also moved apart, with the front axle relocated two inches forward, while the rear was moved back three inches – both thanks to longer control arms. The wheel wells were widened to accommodate the move, while wider fender flairs cover the meatier tires. Locking differentials were also included.

The Jeep is coated in a warm blue hue, complemented by matte black accents on the hood, grille, and bumpers. Custom 18-inch wheels were created to look like the lace-style wheels originally offered on upper trim levels of the first-generation Grand Cherokee. And it wouldn’t be a Jeep build if there weren’t Easter Eggs scattered about. A “Hammer Time” decal becomes visible when the third brake light illuminates, and there’s a sticker on the back window that reads “OGZJ.”

There’s plenty more Jeep has done to this lucky survivor, so keep reading for the full run-down.

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2017 Jeep Safari Concept

2017 Jeep Safari Concept

The open-air Wrangler for those who hate the open air

The crop of concept Jeeps for the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari are upon us, and Jeep has spared no expense to wow Wrangler enthusiast with several outlandish builds, including this – the Safari Concept. Based on the Wrangler Unlimited, this one-off custom features unique parts throughout, not the least of which are the rear suicide doors, vinyl windows, and clear top. Oh, and it has a drone mounted on the roof. You know, for doing drone stuff. Jeep says it built the Safari concept to “bring the outdoors in, while keeping the doors and roof on.” We’re big fans of running without the doors and top, but the idea isn’t lost on us.

Most of this Wrangler remains stock, but many key areas have been updated. First, the grille is new, shared also with the Quicksand Concept, and is likely the grille for the upcoming Wrangler JL, the replacement for the decade-old Wrangler JK. Custom wheels, bumpers, rocker panels, fenders, and interior round out the concept.

Inside, the seats appear to be borrowed from the Fiat 500 Abarth, the stock radio is replaced with an Apple iPad, and the steering wheel is borrowed from the FCA parts bin. Lime green accents are carried around the body and interior, including the door jams and lightweight top.

There’s definitely more to this Jeep, though, so keep reading for the full scoop.

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2017 Jeep Quicksand Concept

2017 Jeep Quicksand Concept

Vintage hot rod + 392-powered Wrangler = WANT!

Okay, I’m a big sucker for the Wrangler, but I’ve got a soft spot for vintage metal, particularly from the American hot rod glory days. Well, Jeep has combined the two with this – the Quicksand Concept. This one-off concept Jeep was built for the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari, an annual event in Moab, Utah where thousands of Jeep enthusiasts come to drive desert trails. It’s also been home to outlandish concepts built by Jeep for the last decade.

The Quicksand concept started as a two-door Wrangler but has been completely transformed into something altogether cooler. The wheelbase has been stretched, making more stable off road, the suspension is lifted and features huge coil-over shocks at each corner, and the standard V-6 engine has been scrapped for a massive, 392 cubic-inch Hemi V-8. Of course, that’s just the start.

Check out that kinked grille. I’d bet that’s the grille from the upcoming Wrangler JL, the next-generation of Wrangler. It wouldn’t surprise any Jeep fan to see FCA engineers pull a stunt like that…

The interior of the Quicksand concept is all retro, featuring low-back bucket seats, a huge shifter for the manual transmission, and some throw-back gauges for that authentic feel.

There’s plenty more to talk about, so keep reading for all the details.

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2017 Jeep Switchback Concept

2017 Jeep Switchback Concept

Jeep’s idea of an ultimate off-road Wrangler Unlimited

It’s that time of year – the Easter Jeep Safari is closing in a2d Jeep has just released its batch of 2017 concept vehicles for the annual enthusiast even held in Moab, Utah. Jeep is bringing five original concept vehicles to the jamboree, each with their own style. They also have tons of production and experimental parts from Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts bolted on. This particular Jeep, the Wrangler Switchback Concept, showcases a high-level off-roader modified with beefier axles, bigger wheels and tires, and a slew of one-off parts.

Jeep engineers gave this Wrangler a high-line fender kit, custom half-metal doors, concept wheels, a Safari-style hard top, a roof rack, and a unique heat-reduction hood, among other changes.

Of course, what’s a modified Wrangler without a lift kit? The Switchback concept boasts a four-inch suspension lift with remote reservoir Fox Racing shocks. The axles are heavy-duty Dana 44 units, and the tires are 37 inchers from BFGoodrich. There’s plenty more to cover, so keep reading for more.

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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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