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The emergence of crossovers and SUVs is a matter of practicality for most Americans. Since they can haul more people and have better space than sedans, crossovers and SUVs have obviously become a favorite for many Americans.
It’s no surprise that manufacturers are adding sportiness and sexiness to these compact vehicles to widen the genre and market reach.
Mild Facelift For 2014 SRT
The model first came to consciousness as a 420-horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, which ran from 2006 to 2011. The second generation came about in 2012. It was a 470-horsepower machine with an abbreviated SRT suffix. By 2014, it received a mild facelift, as well as a new eight-speed automatic transmission with launch control.
Since that year, it received an update of five more horsepower and 5 lb-ft of torque for a grand total of 475 and 470, respectively. This 2017, the Grand Cherokee SRT will undergo slight touchups cosmetically.
Handsome And Luxurious Interior
In the past, the Grand Cherokee SRT couldn’t win comparison tests because its interiors are basic and unassuming. Compared with other vehicles with this much power in the market, the Grand Cherokee SRT would feel like one of your everyday cars.
This year, the Grand Cherokee SRT has been fitted with saddle-colored hides, microsuede leather headliner, carbon-fiber trim, and a batch of other options, most of which come with a hefty price tag. You can opt for these: a panoramic sunroof ($2095), a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system ($1995), and a premium audio system (also $1995).
You may also get it with a trailer-tow package for $995, as well as an $895 set of Pirelli P Zero Run Flat summer tires in $1295 set of 20-inch wheels, and $1295 Brembo brake calipers,
Speed And Power Like No Other
The Jeep’s engine can go 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. If you want to go 30-to-50 mph, that would be 2.9 seconds while 50 to 70 took 3.2 seconds. These aren’t astounding numbers, but the best thing about the Grand Cherokee SRT is that you won’t feel just how fast you’re going. It has such a good suspension system that handling it is such a breeze.
It has multiple driving modes: Snow, Tow, Auto, Sport, and Track. The front/rear torque distribution varies depending on the driving mode.
Cheaper Than Other High-Performance SUVs
At $78,455, the Grand Cherokee SRT is way more affordable than its other rivals from Porsche, Land Rover, and Mercedes-Benz.
Check out the official photos of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT in the gallery below:
The Compass has always been Jeep’s nominee to the compact crossover segment, challenging the likes of Honda CR-V (a beast in this segment) and the 2017 Ford Escape.
After having a bit of a design update in 2011, the second-generation of the Jeep Compass for the 2017 model year finally made its debut during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The new design for this 2018 Jeep Compass brings to mind the likes of the Cherokee on the front end, the Renegade on the D-pillar, and the Cherokee again on the wheel arches. Certainly, the Compass’ second generation looks very much mature unlike the previous one. The biggest change on the front are the HID projector bim headlights, LED daytime running lights, and the lower-placed fog lights.
At the back, the new Compass has an “attractive rump” with clear-lens taillights, deeply scalloped tailgate, chrome-accent strips, and twin exhaust pipes on the Limited trim. According to Jeep, 65 percent of the Compass’ chassis is made of high-strength steel.
Inside, the Compass has a Cherokee-like interior design. The dashboard includes a 3.5-inch or 7-inch display screen, FCA’s 8.4-inch Uconnect system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, dual zone temperature settings, a USB port, Aux-input jack, and a 12-volt power outlet.
The seats are made of two-tone leather with red contrast stitching, although black leather is also available. The second row can seat two passengers, or three in a pinch.
Expect the new Compass to sell for around $21,000.
Below are the close rivals of the Jeep Compass, according to TopSpeed:
As the undisputed king of the compact crossover segment, the CR-V offers on-road comfort, great ground clearance, roomy interior, and an attractive exterior. For the 2017, the CR-V is longer, wider, and taller than other cars in the same segment. Pricing for the 2016 model is at $26,000 and it is unlikely Honda will change that for 2017.
2017 Ford Escape
For 2017, Ford gave the escape a more mature look without losing its functionality. It offers seating for five, and is available in AWD with three engine options—the base 2.5-liter four, the 1.5-liter EcoBoost, and the 2.0-liter EcoBoost. Prices for the 2017 Ford Escape start at $27,700.
The Jeep brand introduced the all-new Jeep Compass in Brazil. It was just in time for the celebration of the start of production at FCA’s Jesp Assembly Plant in Goiana, Pernambuco.
The Jeep Compass was launched as a global all-new compact sport utility vehicle. It was produced with 17 fuel-efficient powertrain options for consumers spread across more than 100 countries around the world.
The introduction of the all-new Jeep Compass expands the brand’s global reach, thanks to the combination of features including what is now considered a “legendary” and “best-in-class” 4×4 off-road capability, as well as advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, premium and authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, superior, on-road driving dynamics, and several safety and advanced technology offers.
But for the US, we are expecting a two-engine mix with either a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder as the base motor. The uplevel choice is going to be Jeep’s upcoming 2.0-liter turbocharged Hurricane four-cylinder.
Both the front- and all-wheel drive will be available for the Jeep Compass. The Renegade variant has a manual option while the Cherokee is only available in automatic transmission. For the Compass, there’s no word yet on whether such a transmission will be offered.
On the outside, the Compass looks more like the Grand Cherokee than the Renegade.
This redesigned small crossover was built on the Small Wide platform that was also used for the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade. This “trucklet” was meant to fit in between the Tonka-toy Renegade and the landshark-go Cherokee.
This all-new Jeep Compass is being considered as the most capable compact SUV. It will be available in North America in the first quarter of 2017. For additional and more detailed images and information about the Jeep Compass, wait for the vehicle’s North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
Every car in the Jeep range gets its own special 75th Anniversary Edition, but nothing is more interesting than the Jeep Wrangler’s version.
By far, it’s the closest in style to the military style reminiscent of Willys off-roader that kicked off the brand’s story in 1941. After the Land Rover Defender, the Jeep Wrangler is the most classic and iconic vehicle coming out of that era.
You may want a brand new car, but that doesn’t mean this special edition Jeep Wrangler won’t attract your eyes. More than comfort, luxury and other technological necessities we find in cars today, Jeep Wrangler prioritizes off-road ability, making it the ideal companion for outdoor trips and sporting activities.
According to Top Gear, the 75th Anniversary Edition will come with an array of features—the option of the new paint finish, Sarge Green, 18-inch alloy wheels, limited-slip differentials, leather seats and a new sat nav and premium sound system.
Inside, it’s easy to see that the Jeep Wrangler did not put comfort over function. It has chunky buttons, hardy plastics and a very upright driving position. This simplicity is a welcome sight, though, as it provides the functionality we all need from a vehicle.
But if you’re the kind who likes to fiddle with all the features a car maker can chunk into an SUV, then you’ll be wrong to go with the Jeep Wrangler. This is made for rugged terrain, where its four-wheel drive and low-range gearing would be most useful.
As for the engine, it comes in two options—a 281 bhp 3.6-lite V6 petrol and a 197 bhp 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel. You would want the diesel, of course, since it has 1,600 rpm of torque compared to the gasoline’s 4,300 rpm. This would come into play when you have hills to climb.
All of these would total to a price tag of £32,000 for the Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition.
Can we just stop for a while to take in how badass the 2016 Jeep Crew Chief 715 is? Since 2002, Jeep and Mopar, its parts division, teamed up to create one-off concept vehicles for the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah from March 19 to 27.
This year, according to TopSpeed, Jeep churned out seven concept vehicles ready for Moab’s tough trails. But 2016 is no ordinary year for the company as it is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Jeep Safari, as well as the company’s 75th anniversary—with beginnings originating from World War II. Over the years, concepts for the Easter Jeep Safari have paid tribute to the maker’s wartime history.
This year, the Jeep Crew Chief 715, designed to recall the Kaiser M715 US Military Truck, will do the honors. The Kaiser M715 was produced between 1967 and 1969, and was based off the Jeep Gladiator pickup.
The Crew Chief 715 based its concept from Wrangler Unlimited with slight changes thanks to Jeep and Mopar engineers, designers and fabricators. Mopar used both dealership-available and prototype pieces for the Crew Chief.
In the past, Jeep used these concepts to test new accessories future productions would have. There’s no telling for sure what will end up in the parts catalogue, but chances are big these concepts would feature some of the major additions there.
Every year since 2002, thousands of Jeep enthusiasts trek to Moab to take part or even just to watch the Jeep Safari. This year, expect more to flock as the new concept are intriguingly going to be part of a host of production Jeep vehicles in the future.
Surely, the attraction of seven new concepts would attract the biggest gathering of Jeep enthusiasts. The event, by the way, is open to the public, so better check out those schedules right now.
Check out some photos of the new Jeep Crew Chief 715 concept below:
Ever qualm yourself riding those super cool and clique James Bond vehicles that move equally well on bother road and water surfaces? For certain, you have. Now your fancy for the ride may be accomplished with the world’s fastest amphibious car, as claimed by the manufacturer, a jeep based off-roading machine that can swim as well, the WaterCar Panther which has been the outcome of endeavor of car manufacturers in the coastal areas, specially Florida and California. Now hassles of towing a boat along, or paying heavy prices for speed boats is a pain redressed.
Powered by a 3.7L V-6 engine supplied by Honda, with a power of 250hp, this limber desert or water off-roader attains speed of 80 mph on the road and an astounding 44 mph in water. The transformation from car to boat mode is a play of merely 15 seconds for the Panther. The engine powers the wheels on road, and Panther jet during water propulsion, as called by the company. The Panther took a period of fourteen years, twenty-seven patents, various failures and successes and numerous hours of uncounted hard work to qualify to a position it adheres to, today. Whilst it has a design evocative of the Jeep Wrangler, even reminding of similar headlights and few design elements, a Light weight bespoke chromel chassis is what supports the Panther. The Panther weighs less than 3000lbs which makes its performance efficient and sliding easily on water contours.
The Panther has capabilities of towing a wake board or water ski, making it the ultimate supper for summer adventure hungry. But to enjoy the Panther to its fullest one must possess a valid drivers’ license and a marine operators’ license in some states of the US. The Panther also needs to be registered both as a car and a boat while insurance agencies will make sure its use for the purpose. Unlike other water skiers in which parts have to be purchased separately and installed for the manufacturer due to government regulations, the Panther can be fully arranged for a price of $135,000 which although seems insanely expensive, yet it saves the pest of buying a boat, a car and an appropriate trailer, all separately. The promo video that aired, boasts quick transformation in the boat mode, not as it is called officially, is for sure noticeable and the bikini-clad advertisement ensures that you tell your female accomplice to exult herself for the boat ride mode.
With the lustrous commercial, WaterCar has launched a promotional giveaway of a thousand dollars, with the tagline question “What will you do with your WaterCar?” on Facebook. As far as the pricing is concerned, the Panther will make its way to the market in three variable forms i.e. the skeletal structure of the chassis rolling out without its engine, ancillaries, gearbox, some missing accessories and wiring for $76,000 while the complete package which only requires turning the key-to-go will come at a price of $135,000. A model amid the two trim levels will be available for $106,000 housing the exhaust but missing on some key components like the lights, doors, steering wheel etc. Overall it is a fun-filled package and an active substitute for yachters.
Jeep’s impudent Cherokee 2014 is rescheduled to launch with a delay of one month than pre-planned because of ‘a wide range of issues’ as cited by Mark Chernoby, Chrysler’s VP. The 2014 Cherokee which was initially set to roll out in May is now been put forward to mid-June as some issues need to be revamped, Chernoby mentioned assuring they have adequate inventory till the fall.
The new Cherokee houses options for both front-wheel and all-drive versions and becomes the first mid-size crossover SUV to achieve Cherokee’s cutting-edge ZF nine-speed transmission which needs to be recalibrated pre-launch while refining tasks at assembly line for making the process more efficient is another essential motive for the delay. For European markets a Fiat sources 2.0L engine will be worn by the 2014 beast while Chinese version, Ziyou Guan will boast a smaller 1.4L turbocharged engine and the production will commence late in 2014. The sales in Europe are believed to kick off by September.
The last jeep product bearing the Cherokee plaque was adorable enough to survive a long ownership changes and culmination of similar competitors until its sad demise at the expanses of Diamler in 2001. Cherokee since its launch in 1984 had maintained an ardent reputation and superior boxy looks, known traditionally as XJ. Now, after a renowned run of first Cherokee in the name of Liberty, Jeep is set to bring back the name Cherokee to the US.
Chrysler’s 2.4L, 184 hp four cylindered “Tigershark” is standard variant on board and is available with engines in base sport. The Limited, Latitude and Trailhawk can be elevated to a 3.2 litre V-6 Pantesar with a power of 271 hp. Whilst all version are premade with a default front-wheel drive system, Cherokee offers a set of three distinct 4X4 driveline experience that negate its suburban looks, hiding enormous power under the hood. Jeep Active Drive I which is facilitated on Limited, Latitude and Sports models is fully automatic which provides a Power-Takeoff Unit (PTU) system which is meant to enhance both over and under-steer conditions and yield balanced torque distribution by braking systems. Jeep Active Drive II is also available on Limited, Latitude and Sports models and also offers a two-speed PTU.
SelecTerrain traction-control orientations with allowable configurations optimize driveline operations for prevalent conditions. Settings incorporate Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud, Auto or Rock modes for stability electronic breaking, hill descent and ascent and required safety.
Contrary to the traditional Liberty housing, which was horrible with both design and execution, Cherokee appears with contemporary details and materials. Heated and ventilated power-adjustable seats are available which come wrapped in leather or premium clothing. Soft touch items are replacements for Liberty’s low grade plastics while 60/40 split folding of rear seat serves comfort and loading ideals. Rendering a heated steering, with standard mounted controls, as well as wireless charging make rides more joyous and convenient.
The compact SUV crossover segment globally has been a heated sphere and Jeep’s entry was much apprehended. The Cherokee is believed to invite huge public interaction and dwindle the popularity of other competitors with its effective brand image and a much loved nameplate.
2014 Jeep Cherokee All Set to Rule the Market!
A bit more than a month ago, revealing photos of the amazing new 2014 Jeep Cherokee were leaked online. Jeep acted quite diligently and launched some of the official pictures of the SUV which they had been keeping in store for the official launch. This helped keeping the leaked pictures to a low as the official pictures suppressed them. Now after the SUV has been released in New York, Jeep released many other pictures of the Cherokee, revealing the exteriors completely. Some of the snaps even show how gorgeous the interiors are! Read along and discover more about the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUV!
Talking about the exteriors and the pictures, we can assure you that no matter how aggressive and mighty looking of an SUV you might have dreamt of, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee will blow you off. With amazingly stylish headlights, the Cherokee will probably be the most aggressive looking SUV out there. The front of the vehicle is carved into an extremely aerodynamic design. Moreover, the front look of the vehicle is enhanced by the iconic and gorgeous Jeep styled seven slotted grill. The rear exteriors are equally elegant and complement the fronts quite well. The tail lamps are also very stylish and the symmetrical setting of the exhausts makes up quite a bold look!
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be available in four different models – Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. Jeep will possibly be offering options among all wheel drive and front wheel drive systems. Buyers can choose on the basis of their engine requirements as well, as their will be a choice between a 2400cc four cylinder engine and a 3200cc Pentastar V6 engine. The latter one is a newer feature and is clearly the stronger one of the two. The 2400cc engine will provide the wheels with a power of 184 horsepower while the 3200cc V6 will impart 271 horsepower power. Hence, you have a diverse variety ranging from a family SUV to a speed freak’s SUV to choose from! These engines will be combined with an amazing nine speed automatic transmission, which will be seen for the first time in this category of SUVs.
Jeep also claims to have incorporated over 70 different safety features in the SUV, and says that the new Cherokee will set a new level among on road SUVs. “The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be the benchmark for mid-size SUVs with a new level of on-road driving dynamics and fuel economy, while at the same time improving the 4×4 capability that customers expect from Jeep,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group. We have seen a large number of hydrogen based concepts and newer SUVs with much better fuel economies than traditional ones. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee also boasts of a hugely improvised fuel economy. Jeep claims that the new Cherokee will be able to deliver a fuel economy as high as 31 miles per gallon (13 kilometres per litre) on highways. The new Cherokee will be assembled in Toledo Ohio, and is set to hit the roads somewhere later in this year.
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Making its way through the SUV world is the amazing new concept that Jeep has just released. Mercedes might have shown what it is capable of by showing of its gorgeous 6 x 6 G63 AMG, but Jeep has done a fantastic job if it wanted to flaunt how awesome it plans to become in the recent future. With one of the most powerful engines that SUVs are seldom blessed with, the Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon is all set to give the Mercedes G63 AMG a very strong competition!
We pretty much covered every important aspect about the Mercedes 6 x 6 G63 AMG off road SUV in one of our previous articles. We also stated that the G63 AMG might be the best SUV that might ever be produced. Here we are, stating that the Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon might threaten the G63 AMG’s legacy quite vigorously. As far as off road experience is considered, the SUV boasts of truck sized 39 inch tyres which can possibly crush sedans with as much ease as we crush a mosquito with. And if you thought that is all that makes the Jeep so amazing, then wait till you check out the engine related specs of the insane beast!
Jeep certainly wished to be crazy this time while designing the Wrangler Mopar Recon’s engine. Note that when we say crazy, we mean really nastily crazy! What other adjective can be used to best describe the 6400cc HEMI V-8 crate engine which is supposed to power the huge sized tyres? Yes, it will be a 6400cc V8 engine, coupled with mammoth sized 39 inch tyres. You name the terrain, and the Jeep will cruise on it as if it is a lonesome highway. What’s more is that the massive engine is capable of deliver an exasperating power of over 470 horsepower, giving the machine the push that it would require for climbing any kind of terrain. If you are still saying “Come on man that could have been better”, then the fact that this engine is combined by a five-speed automatic transmission and a pair of Dana 60 front and rear axles might make you ponder for quite some time!
Wait till you set your eyes upon the vehicle. There can be no doubt in the fact that you won’t be able to take off your eyes from the relentless brutality that the beast would bestow upon you. With the massive wheels as well as rear and front off-road bumpers, the new Wrangler imparts its off-road image quite well. The stock vehicle doesn’t feature any windows, but you can enhance your vehicle with the rear and front window kit add-ons. You can also add LED lights to your headlamps. As far as the interiors are concerned, you will be sitting on beautiful seats made up of a very strong and comfortable material. You can also add a canvas top, if you wish to. We cannot possibly explain how badly we want this machine to go into production. Keeping our fingers crossed is all that we can do!
Image Thanks to blog.caranddriver.com
Big news is on the horizon for the Fiat brand, as it recently announced an all-new, full-sized crossover variant of the Fiat 500X that’s set to hit the U.S. and Europe by early 2014. Teaser images (supposedly unexpected by the company) were released for a few short seconds when the vehicle was announced recently at the Fiat 500L’s media launch on the U.S.’ Independence Day (July 4th) in Turin, Italy. Fortunately for Fiat fans across the globe, the OmniAuto was able to capture the brief a single image on film.
The lone image shows a rather conventional hatchback design, yet with distinctly tall ride height and rugged-looking protective cladding for adventurous types. In Europe, the vehicle will replace the Fiat Sedici, but in the U.S. it will be a brand- new entry in the fast-growing crossover market, which will soon be comprised of the Ford EcoSport, the MINI Cooper Countryman, and the Buick Encore.
The new Fiat 500X will join several other, more seasoned veterans of the Fiat family, which is currently comprised of the Fiat 500C convertible, the standard Fiat 500 three-door hatchback, the sporty Fiat 500 Abarth, and the Fiat 500L MPV. Added to this list is the recently announced 500L minivan (mentioned above), which will begin production at the brand’s Kragujevac, Serbia plant for the North American market next year and Europe in September.
Production of the 500X will begin in December 2013 at the Miraflorini, Turin plant in Italy. The 500X is based on the Punto subcompact and will be longer than any other Fiat 500 model at 165.4 inches in length. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants are expected. The company is pumping billions of dollars for expansion costs into the Miraflorini plant to accommodate the additional 280-thousand vehicles it will produce of the new model each year. There’s also a battery-powered Fiat 500 Elettra model in the works, which is currently testing at several locations across the United States.
As far as power is concerned, the new 500X will likely feature two gasoline engines (TwinAir and 1.4-liter), as well as a turbodisel engine(1.3 MultiJet II) in Europe, while North America will receive a single 1.4-liter Multiair engine. However, this engine could produce more horsepower than the standard 101 hp and 98 lb.-ft. of torque that the current 500 achieves.
Reviewitonline.net also has received news that a new Jeep model will be built alongside of this stylish, rugged new crossover. The new model is code named the B-SUV 500X SUV and will be much smaller than the current Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot. Production of this vehicle is slated to begin in the second half of 2014, and it will be sold in several global markets, including Europe and the U.S. The Jeep model will differ from the Fiat in that it will come with additional premium features and will be trail-rated.
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