Jeep – Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:40:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 Next-Gen Jeep Compass Debuts in Brazil With New Look http://www.automobilemag.com/news/next-gen-jeep-compass-debuts-brazil-new-look/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/next-gen-jeep-compass-debuts-brazil-new-look/#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:00:20 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=995888 Though we were hoping the old Jeep Compass and Patriot would perform the fusion dance to become the Compatriot, only one of those nameplates gets to live to see another generation. FCA unveiled the all-new Jeep Compass at its Jeep plant in Goiana, Pernambuco, Brazil. The automaker shared few details about the new crossover, but...

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Though we were hoping the old Jeep Compass and Patriot would perform the fusion dance to become the Compatriot, only one of those nameplates gets to live to see another generation. FCA unveiled the all-new Jeep Compass at its Jeep plant in Goiana, Pernambuco, Brazil.

The automaker shared few details about the new crossover, but did say it will be offered with 17 powertrains across the globe and will uphold the brand’s reputation for off-road capability. FCA also says to expect advanced technology and safety features.

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The outgoing Compass was styled after Jeep’s current range-topper, and the new model continues that baby Grand Cherokee look. Overall, the Compass’ shape is much less boxy than before, but the grille and headlights still bring to mind its larger stablemate. The model slots in between the Renegade and Cherokee, and rides on a stretched version of the former’s platform. Jeep hasn’t revealed powertrain options, but the Compass could receive the new 2.0-liter Hurricane turbo-four that’s in development. You can also expect FCA’s nine-speed automatic transmission to find its way into the C-segment crossover.

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In addition to the Brazil plant, the Cherokee will also be built in Toluca, Mexico, and Guangzhou, China. FCA says we’ll see and learn more about the Jeep Compass at the Los Angeles auto show in November, ahead of the vehicle’s launch in the first quarter of 2017.

 

 

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One Week With: 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4×4 75th Edition http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-4x4-75th-edition-one-week-review/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-4x4-75th-edition-one-week-review/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:49:42 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=994284 I’ll admit it right up front: I’ve always been a fan of the Jeep Wrangler. In fact, in the late 1990s I owned a TJ. Loved every minute of that three-year relationship; nothing but smiles, fun, and sun. Mind you, for a man in my position, admitting to Wrangler affection can be a tough position...

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I’ll admit it right up front: I’ve always been a fan of the Jeep Wrangler. In fact, in the late 1990s I owned a TJ. Loved every minute of that three-year relationship; nothing but smiles, fun, and sun. Mind you, for a man in my position, admitting to Wrangler affection can be a tough position to be in, mostly because fellow auto journalists love to poke fun at the Jeep’s heft, jouncy ride motions, lousy gas mileage, and general drill-sergeant demeanor. To which I always reply, “Yeah? Well I’ll bet Marlon Brando was a pain in the ass to be around, too—but nobody would call him anything less than an icon.”

In late August, I flew from L.A. to Michigan for a family reunion in the leafy “up north” lakeside village of Glen Arbor. Awaiting me at Detroit’s Metro airport was a shiny-new 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4×4 75th Anniversary Edition. Yep, Jeep’s most famous model has been around in its basic form since the original 1941 “GP” of World War II. If anything, it’s even more iconic than Brando. But in the ensuing years, the rig has been so thoroughly refined (aside from its famous boxy looks) it’s doubtful G.I. Joe would recognize it. The 75th Edition ($4,680) goes even further. Starting out as a mid-level Sahara—already nicely equipped—it adds such extras as leather and cloth seats (heated in front), bronze 17-inch aluminum wheels and body accents, a Power Dome hood, and various exterior bits painted in body color (my test vehicle was a handsome Silver Billet Metallic). Also on board was another $7,660 of options, including a Freedom three-piece hard top, 5-speed automatic, Alpine speaker system, automatic A/C, Tru-Lok rear diff, and remote start. Bottom line: $48,530. Yikes! Maybe Jeep thought they were still pricing this thing for Uncle Sam.

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Okay, everything the Jeep naysayers love to point out is true. Driving northward on I-75, bombing along with the rest of traffic at 70-80 mph, the Wrangler was every bit as quiet and buttoned-down as a foam party. The steering was numb, the chassis pogoed over dips in the road, and just keeping up the speed required a firm right foot (lifting off felt like a rear parachute had just been deployed). As for fuel economy, well, driving a rig with the aerodynamic efficiency of a jukebox yields an EPA highway rating of 20 mpg—at best.

But once up in Glen Arbor, all was forgiven, for the Wrangler was now fully in its element. I immediately popped off the two front roof panels and headed out to explore the forests and lakes of the idyllic Leelanau peninsula. Soon I started running into other Wranglers—remember the Jeep wave!—and finding off-road trails to reconnoiter. And, man, is the Wrangler just perfect for that. You’re up high, with a commanding view, the roof is open, windows down (I could’ve taken off the doors and folded-down the windshield, too), and in 4×4 mode, you can go anywhere you want. A couple times I came across regular cars that were turning around, afraid to push on as the dirt road deteriorated. Me? With one of the world’s most capable four-wheel-drive systems, nearly ten inches of ground clearance, and approach and departure angles that rival a bear’s, I didn’t think twice. Short of coming across an unexpected volcano or a herd of armed deer, nothing was going to stop me. I was rewarded by finding several hidden spots with stunning views of Lake Michigan.

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Jeep has done a fantastic job of upgrading the Wrangler to meet modern expectations—standard on this rig were keyless entry, power windows, a leather wheel, and tire-pressure monitoring—yet still retaining that classic, square-jawed look and can-do personality. The Wrangler wins you over because there’s really nothing else like it. No other SUV—hell, practically no other car—can boast such everlasting appeal and red-white-and-blue charisma. You could park this Wrangler next to an original GP and everyone would know the two share a bloodline. The Jeep has been right from the very beginning—it’s like a four-wheeled Douglas DC-3 that way.

Is there anything I’d change? Frankly, despite having 260 pound-feet of torque on tap, the Wrangler needs more bottom-end oomph. Peak torque doesn’t come on tap until 4,800 rpm, and you’ll never reach revs like those when you’re creepy-crawling around. The good news: for the 2018 model year the Wrangler is said to be getting an optional diesel. I’ve got my fingers crossed it’s the same 3.0-liter EcoDiesel six I recently sampled in a Jeep Grand Cherokee, ‘cause that baby’s got 420 pound-feet, and it’s all ready for duty at just 2000 rpm. That engine in a Wrangler would be creepy-crawling, off-roading perfection. Yum.

Until then, I’ll fondly remember my week up north with the 75th Edition (I racked up 1000 miles all in). Maybe it’s the history, maybe it’s the look, maybe it’s the capabilities—or a combo of all three—but driving a Wrangler just makes me happy. I salute you, Jeep. I’ve never enjoyed going slow more.

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2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4×4 75th Edition Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $34,690/$48,530 (base/as-tested)
Engine: 3.6L DOHC 24-valve V-6/285 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 260 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Layout: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD SUV
EPA Mileage: 16/20 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H: 184.9 x 73.7 x 72.6 in
Wheelbase: 116.0 in
Weight: 4,600 lb
0-60 MPH: 8.5 sec (est)
Top Speed: 110 mph
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Jeep Wrangler Will Use Aluminum in Doors, Hood: Report http://www.automobilemag.com/news/jeep-wrangler-will-use-aluminum-doors-hood-report/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/jeep-wrangler-will-use-aluminum-doors-hood-report/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:20:07 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=992392 Through many decades and iterations, the Jeep Wrangler has essentially remained a rough-and-tumble SUV with rugged construction with a relatively simple design. This formula is reportedly changing for the next generation, as rumors have circulated regarding diesel, pickup truck, and hybrid variants, along with extensive use of different materials and technology. Now, according to a...

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Through many decades and iterations, the Jeep Wrangler has essentially remained a rough-and-tumble SUV with rugged construction with a relatively simple design. This formula is reportedly changing for the next generation, as rumors have circulated regarding diesel, pickup truck, and hybrid variants, along with extensive use of different materials and technology. Now, according to a report from the JL Wrangler Forums, the entire hood of the next Wrangler will be composed of aluminum, as will the interior of the doors.

The report claims an employee from metal supplier Alcoa confirmed the use of Alcoa 6022 sheet aluminum for both the inside and outside hood, along with the inside and outside of both the front and rear doors.

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This doesn’t come as a surprise; in a bid to achieve better fuel economy and efficiency, the next Wrangler will pack a host of upgrades, including an eight-speed automatic transmission, “Hurricane” turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and a mild hybrid system. In addition, the next Wrangler is set to receive both a diesel powertrain and pickup truck variant, a long-awaited upgrade for many U.S. Wrangler fans.

The report goes on to mention this does not mean the door and the hood will be the only place the lightweight metal will be used. When the new Wrangler debuts for the 2018 model year, look for extensive use of aluminum in other body and roof components.

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FiatChrysler Outlines Changes for 2017 Beyond the New 124 Spider, Pacifica http://www.automobilemag.com/news/fiatchrysler-outlines-2017-changes/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/fiatchrysler-outlines-2017-changes/#respond Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:01:50 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=984166 There are the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider and the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. And then there’s the rest of the 2017 model year Fiat Chrysler lineup. Like its competitors in the auto industry, FCA relies on updates, new paint colors, and trim-level adjustments to keep mainstream consumers interested. Beyond the sports car, biggest news for enthusiasts...

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There are the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider and the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. And then there’s the rest of the 2017 model year Fiat Chrysler lineup. Like its competitors in the auto industry, FCA relies on updates, new paint colors, and trim-level adjustments to keep mainstream consumers interested.

Beyond the sports car, biggest news for enthusiasts is that “Dodge has developed five serialized special edition models to commemorate the end of production and the 25th anniversary” of the Viper. For 2017, the Dodge Viper is available as the 1:28 Edition ACR, GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, Snakeskin Edition GTC, VooDoo II Edition ACR, and Dodge Dealer Edition ACR. The 2017 Dodge Viper GTC and ACR are available in “more than 50 million unique build configurations” via its one-on-one customization program.

This probably qualifies as the first official confirmation of the Viper’s demise, though it has been discussed for so long that we can’t keep track. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has kept open the possibility that the Dodge Viper could return in a somewhat different guise someday, perhaps on a Ferrari-, Maserati-, or Alfa Romeo-based platform with something other than a V-10 truck engine under its hood. Such a project certainly would face boardroom discussion as FiatChrysler, like all its competitors, concentrates on the high demand for sport/utility vehicles, but a reborn Viper has at least one prominent proponent in design chief Ralph Gilles.

For value-minded families and retirees, the big model-year news is that Fiat Chrysler’s Windsor, Ontario, plant will continue to assemble the old, boxy Dodge Grand Caravan alongside the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Dodge has cut Grand Caravan trim levels from six to a still healthy four, enough diversity to ensure that the Dodge minivan is not just a rental lot queen. It also serves to prop up transaction prices for the more upscale Chrysler Pacifica.

The Grand Caravan SE, SE Plus, SXT, and GT come with equipment upgrades for 2017. The base SE model starts at $25,090, which is $1,100 less than the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE.

Elsewhere in the Fiat Chrysler lineup, three of our favorite mainstream full-size American cars (in part because they’re rear-wheel drive)—the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Challenger—benefit from the new fourth-gen UConnect system and 8.4-inch navigation touchscreen. The latest version features Apple CarPlay and Android for Auto, faster startup times, more processing power, and sharper, higher resolution graphics. The 2017 Chrysler 300 receives a facelift that adds a new exterior sport appearance package with a more aggressive front fascia and unique LED foglamps. For the 300S, sculpted side sills and decklid spoiler are standard with the V-8 engine and optional with the V-6. An interior sport package features premium perforated leather and more pronounced bolsters, and available ventilation and suede trim. Get one while it’s still RWD, before it’s replaced with a Pacifica-based sedan.

As for the front-wheel-drive Chrysler 200, it’s not gone — yet. In fact, there are three new trim levels for 2017: the 200 Touring, 200 Limited Platinum and 200C Platinum.

The Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats for 2017 come with new, 20-by-9.5-inch, five-spoke aluminum wheels that save 4 pounds of unsprung weight per corner. The Charger/Challenger SRT 392 now comes with an illuminated white steering wheel logo, and Hellcats receive logos illuminated in red.

Elsewhere in the Dodge lineup, the Durango Limited and Journey R/T are renamed Durango GT and Journey GT.

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At Jeep, the Cherokee gets new, premium options including heated and ventilated front seats in Nappa leather, eight-way power for the driver’s seat, and a new Overland package. There’s a new Trailhawk model of the Jeep Grand Cherokee with the Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system and electronic limited-slip differential, a unique version of the model’s Quadra-Lift air-suspension, red tow hooks, 18-inch Goodyear Adventure tires reinforced with Kevlar, new badges, and red accents. Keyless Enter-N-Go is now standard, and high-intensity discharge and automatic high beams are optional in the Renegade. On the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, new LED head- and foglamps are optional on the Sport and Sport S trims and standard on Sahara and Rubicon. A cold-weather group available on Sport S and Rubicon includes 17-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tires, engine-block heater, all-weather slush mats, heated seats, and remote start.

Ram adds the new Power Wagon and 2500 4×4 Off-Road to the heavy-duty lineup. The 1500 and 1500 Rebel pickups receive additional standard and optional features, and tow capacity and gross combination weight ratings are up by 1,000 pounds for 3500, 4500, and 5500 commercial chassis trucks. The 118-inch wheelbase ProMaster van is no longer available with the diesel engine.

Not much changes at Fiat. The 500, 500L, and 500X lines are simplified to three trim levels each, and option packages can now be combined “so customers can get the features they desire.”

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Sterling Stamping Plant to Produce Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler Body Panels http://www.automobilemag.com/news/sterling-stamping-plant-produce-next-gen-jeep-wrangler-body-panels/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/sterling-stamping-plant-produce-next-gen-jeep-wrangler-body-panels/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:00:14 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=983498 Stampings for the next-gen Jeep Wrangler will be sourced from the Sterling Stamping Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., FCA announced this week. The automaker announced last year that it would invest $166 million in the 51-year-old stamping plant. That money went toward adding three new press lines, and now we know the investment was made...

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Stampings for the next-gen Jeep Wrangler will be sourced from the Sterling Stamping Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., FCA announced this week. The automaker announced last year that it would invest $166 million in the 51-year-old stamping plant. That money went toward adding three new press lines, and now we know the investment was made in part to accommodate Wrangler.

FCA says the investment will support future growth of the Jeep and Ram brands and will raise annual capacity by 20 million stampings per year. The plant currently produces body panels for Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram truck models. Sterling Stamping will also supply body parts for the next-gen Ram 1500, which will be built at the nearby Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, the former home of the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart. In January, FCA announced an update to its five-year business plan that detailed a shift away from cars toward SUVs and trucks, a move it said was in line with customer demand.

As we previously reported, FCA is investing more than $1 billion in support of Jeep production. The funds will benefit the Belvidere Assembly plant in Illinois, which will start building the Jeep Cherokee in 2017, and the Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio, which will build the next-gen Wrangler. The money will be spent on retooling and other upgrades. FCA says it has invested more than $8.3 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations since 2009, and of that amount, $3.5 billion has gone toward Michigan plants.

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One Week With: 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4×4 EcoDiesel http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-jeep-grand-cherokee-summit-one-week-road-test-review/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-jeep-grand-cherokee-summit-one-week-road-test-review/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:00:40 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=978950 I hadn’t driven a Grand Cherokee in a long time, so I was looking forward to this drive. I like Jeeps. The GC and the Wrangler in particular are right-sized, hard-working machines that in recent iterations have been polished to an impressive shine—they’re refined, good-looking, and do their jobs with flair. But I was particularly...

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I hadn’t driven a Grand Cherokee in a long time, so I was looking forward to this drive. I like Jeeps. The GC and the Wrangler in particular are right-sized, hard-working machines that in recent iterations have been polished to an impressive shine—they’re refined, good-looking, and do their jobs with flair. But I was particularly keen to check out this test car because it came equipped with Jeep’s optional 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. Jeep plus diesel sounds like a match made in Moab to me, yet somehow I’d never managed to sample one.

I wasn’t disappointed. One step on the gas, and immediately I began to grin the way you do when you’re blessed by a perfect breeze. It just feels good. Ahhhh, that smooth, effortless flood of turbo-boosted torque—420 lb-ft peaking at just 2,000 rpm. Never mind that this top-trim Summit edition weighs 5,400 pounds. With the EcoDiesel on board, the mass just seems to disappear under the engine’s broad shoulders. Add the superb eight-speed ZF automatic, and the powertrain is never out of breath, never straining, never anything but calm and collected. Diesel clatter? It’s there—but just enough to whisper “you’ve got the Terminator up front, the one that can tackle anything and keep coming back for more.” It’s no more intrusive than the sounds from the standard 3.6-liter gas V-6.

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The EcoDiesel—sourced from Italy via Jeep’s Fiat Chrysler parents—delivers other virtues as well. In 4×4 trim, highway fuel economy is an outstanding 28 mpg (the 4×2 version gets 30 mpg). In addition, the all-wheel-drive Grand Cherokee’s maximum towing rating is a prodigious 7,200 pounds—the same as that delivered by the 4×4 5.7-liter gas V-8 (which delivers just 22 mpg highway). Range? You got it. Under ideal conditions, you could drive the GC 4×4 diesel for more than 680 miles without stopping for a fill-up. On such a relentless march, it’s up to you whether you want to follow the advice of a guy well-known for lengthy stints behind the wheel, NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr.: “If you can’t hold it, you go.”

In other respects, the Grand Cherokee is much the same as it’s been since its last revision for the 2015 model year. And that’s not a criticism. On the contrary, the GC delivers excellent visibility, nicely weighted steering (an electric system is new for 2016), and—thanks in part to the Quadra-Lift air suspension standard on the Summit—a pleasant ride. The package just feels right too—big enough for bona-fide SUV chores but not so big that it’s a hassle to maneuver through urban traffic. On this test I didn’t locate any off-road pathways anywhere near challenging enough to push the GC’s optional Quadra-Drive II AWD system hard, but I’ve driven enough Grand Cherokees in the past to know that, especially in 4×4 trim, they’re all but unstoppable in even the roughest stuff.

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There’s nothing rough about driving a Summit. The GC’s top trim level (excluding the fire-breathing SRT models), the Summit boasts about every luxury and convenience you could want. Leather, nav, keyless entry and go, Harmon-Kardon premium audio with 19 speakers and subwoofer, ventilated front seats, dual-pane panoramic sunroof—it’s all there and much more. Worth special mention is the 8.4-inch touchscreen display. It’s one of the simplest, most intuitive, and easy to use interfaces I’ve experienced. Hats off to the design team on this one.

The GC Summit is also loaded with safety tech. Standard features include blind-spot and cross-traffic detection, adaptive cruise control with automated stopping, a Parkview rear back-up camera, and forward-collision warning that emits audible and visual alerts if an object is approaching too rapidly—and it will also automatically apply the brakes if a collision is imminent.

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None of this top-line Jeep goodness comes cheap. Base price for the fully loaded Summit 4×4 is $53,70. The EcoDiesel package, which also adds a heavy-duty alternator, heavy-duty brakes, an electronic rear limited slip, and the top-level Quadra-Drive II AWD system, costs another $5,000. My tester also boosted the glam with the Southern California package, adding 20-inch satin-carbon wheels, lots of body-color exterior pieces, and gloss-back and platinum-chrome front grilles. Total cost: $60,575.

That may be a gulp-worthy price tag for a vehicle bearing the Jeep badge, but to its credit the GC Summit justifies that sticker somewhat with a drive that feels thoroughly luxurious and ready for any mission. And if you love the diesel as I do but don’t need all the extras, the engine is available in the GC Limited (and above models), which starts at $38,560.

Well done, Jeep. Now … some more good news: Word is the next-gen, 2017 Wrangler will offer the EcoDiesel/eight-speed auto combo too.

I need to celebrate this long-awaited Jeep development. Somebody get me some Champagne. And a hot dog.

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4 4 EcoDiesel side profile

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4×4 Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $53,790/$60,575 (base/as tested)
Engine: 3.0L turbocharged DOHC 24-valve diesel V-6/240 hp @ 3,600 rpm, 420 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Layout: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD SUV
EPA Mileage: 21/28 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H: 189.8 x 76.5 x 63.9 in
Wheelbase: 114.8 in
Weight: 5,400 lb
0-60 MPH: 8.0 sec (est)
Top Speed: 115 mph (est)
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Jeep Wrangler Pickup Caught Testing in New Photos http://www.automobilemag.com/news/jeep-wrangler-pickup-caught-testing-new-photos/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/jeep-wrangler-pickup-caught-testing-new-photos/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:00:41 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=969789 It’s finally here. Our spy photographers have spotted the new Jeep Wrangler pickup, wearing some serious off-road tires. The prototype sports the same four-door body style as the Wrangler Unlimited. Jeep has done a pretty good job concealing the pickup with camouflage, but we can tell the grille looks different than other models in the...

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It’s finally here. Our spy photographers have spotted the new Jeep Wrangler pickup, wearing some serious off-road tires.

The prototype sports the same four-door body style as the Wrangler Unlimited. Jeep has done a pretty good job concealing the pickup with camouflage, but we can tell the grille looks different than other models in the lineup. The automaker has separated the vertical slats into two sections, reinterpreting the tried-and-true Jeep front fascia. Only time will tell if the production version ends up adopting this look.

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In these photos, the pickup looks a bit awkward, likely because of the positioning of the camo. We doubt this is the final design anyway. The tires will likely be replaced, and the body should end up looking more cohesive. The placement of the truck’s rear wheels in the wheel well signal we aren’t looking at the final version of the bed.

Jeep hasn’t offered a pickup truck since 1992 when it ended production of the Comanche. Many times since then, Jeep has hinted it wants to get back into the pickup game. The Gladiator concept whetted our appetites in 2005, followed by the J-12 concept that hit the 2012 Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Last year, Fiat Chrysler toyed around with the idea of a Jeep-based pickup, but noted it wasn’t a top priority at that time. Finally, at this year’s Detroit auto show, Jeep CEO Mike Manley confirmed a Jeep Wrangler pickup is on the way.

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The Jeep pickup will likely enter production sometime in the second half of 2018, and it will be based on the next-generation Wrangler SUV. All models in the new Wrangler lineup will ride on a new chassis that features lightweight materials, including a touch of aluminum. Expect the Wrangler to offer multiple engine options, including a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, 3.6-liter V-6, and a turbodiesel. Rumor has it Jeep may also bring out a plug-in hybrid version.

When it goes on sale, the Jeep Wrangler pickup will compete with the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, and Honda Ridgeline. We hear it will go into production in the third or fourth quarter of 2018, likely arriving as a 2019 model.

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Watch the One-off Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute Get Built in Seconds http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-the-one-off-jeep-wrangler-75th-salute-get-built-in-seconds/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-the-one-off-jeep-wrangler-75th-salute-get-built-in-seconds/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:30:30 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=968673 Jeep celebrated its 75th anniversary by building a one-off Wrangler called the 75th Salute Concept, and now the automaker has released a time-lapse video on Facebook showing the car being built at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio. The Wrangler 75th Salute Concept pays tribute to the Willys MB, the original Jeep used during World...

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Jeep celebrated its 75th anniversary by building a one-off Wrangler called the 75th Salute Concept, and now the automaker has released a time-lapse video on Facebook showing the car being built at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio. The Wrangler 75th Salute Concept pays tribute to the Willys MB, the original Jeep used during World War II by the U.S. military. The concept pays homage to the original with design cues like small foglights beneath the main headlights and the military green exterior paint with a U.S. Army star emblazoned on the hood.

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In addition to the video showing the Wrangler 75th Salute Concept going through the assembly line, Jeep also released a second clip showing a timeline of the evolution of its vehicles. The video starts with the iconic 1941 Willys MA and works its way up to Jeep’s modern lineup, which includes the Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Renegade, and Wrangler. This video highlights how Jeeps started off as military vehicles used in World War II and eventually evolved into civilian cars with a rich and rugged history, one that’s embodied today by the Wrangler.

The Wrangler remains Jeep’s most iconic vehicle and a new generation will launch in 2018, possibly with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the first time. Expect the next-generation Wrangler to offer the same go-anywhere capability as its predecessors but with better efficiency.

Check out both videos below.

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Jeep Celebrates Birthday with Wrangler 75th Salute Concept http://www.automobilemag.com/news/jeep-celebrates-birthday-wrangler-75th-salute-concept/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/jeep-celebrates-birthday-wrangler-75th-salute-concept/#respond Sun, 17 Jul 2016 18:18:46 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=968433 Jeep celebrates its 75th birthday today and it’s celebrating by commemorating the military vehicle that started it all. Unveiled a few days ago at the automaker’s in Toledo, Ohio was the Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept, which is based on a Wrangler Sport and modified to mimic the Willys MB. Jeep says its birth date...

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Jeep celebrates its 75th birthday today and it’s celebrating by commemorating the military vehicle that started it all. Unveiled a few days ago at the automaker’s in Toledo, Ohio was the Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept, which is based on a Wrangler Sport and modified to mimic the Willys MB.

Jeep says its birth date falls on July 15, 1941, which is when it officially received a government contract to produce the Willys MB. The initial order called for 18,000 units priced at $749 a pop. Making the Wrangler look like the historic military Willys MB was a pretty simple job. Mods includes dark green paint, 16-inch steel wheels wrapped in non-directional tires, steel front and rear bumpers, and canvas seats. The doors and B-pillars are absent, just like in the historic Jeep. The concept is powered by 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 mated to a six-speed manual.

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The Salute concept is obviously far from production spec so Jeep says it’ll keep it as a show car. That said, you can get your hands on the Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition, which was unveiled earlier this year and pays tribute to the original Willys. The special edition Wrangler sports exclusive “Sarge” green paint, commemorative badging, and bronze accents.

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FCA Investing More Than $1 Billion to Support Jeep Production http://www.automobilemag.com/news/fca-investing-1-billion-support-jeep-production/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/fca-investing-1-billion-support-jeep-production/#respond Fri, 15 Jul 2016 18:04:41 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=968077 FCA today announced that it will invest over $1 billion in retooling the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois and the Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio. The investments at both facilities will result in the creation of up to 1,000 new jobs with 300 located at the Belvidere facility and 700 at the Toledo plant. Belvidere...

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FCA today announced that it will invest over $1 billion in retooling the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois and the Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio. The investments at both facilities will result in the creation of up to 1,000 new jobs with 300 located at the Belvidere facility and 700 at the Toledo plant. Belvidere will receive $300 million for retooling to accommodate Jeep Cherokee production, which will move to that plant in 2017, while Toledo will receive $700 million to get ready to produce the next-generation Wrangler. FCA will announce the fate of the Southern complex of the Toledo Assemble Complex at a later date.

Production of the Dodge Dart and Jeep Compass and Patriot will come to a close at Belvidere by the end of 2016. The Compass and Patriot will be replaced by one new compact crossover, which has yet to be named. Automotive News reports that CUV will be shown at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show and will be produced at FCA’s Toluca, Mexico, facility. AN also suggests that the South complex of the Toledo Assembly Complex will be used to manufacture the Jeep pickup, which should launch sometime in 2018. We reported earlier that the reconfiguration of the Toledo Assembly Complex will allow it to produce 350,000 Wranglers, or 50 percent more than its current capacity. The current-generation Wrangler will also continue production alongside the new model and the Wrangler-based pickup.

FCA boss Sergio Marchionne revealed earlier this year that the automaker will focus more on trucks, crossovers, and SUVs as part of its updated 2016 business plan. As a result, the company will stop production of the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart, which have been slow sellers since their introduction. Instead, FCA will likely outsource replacements for the 200 and Dart to another automaker. The next-generation Wrangler is expected to debut for the 2018 model year and it may also come with a new turbocharged four-cylinder from FCA’s upcoming Hurricane engine family.

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