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Top 4 Things Revealed By The New 2018 Jeep Cherokee Spy Shots and Rumors

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New spy shots of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee emerged online once more. This time, the prototype seems to be shedding more of its camouflage, which gives us a better idea of what to look forward to in the vehicle.

Here’s what the new spy shots and reports revealed to us about the new Cherokee:

1. Design

The new Cherokee seems to be a mere update of its current generation model. The same form and body lines that adorned the existing model of the vehicle were carried to the upcoming SUV. However, the covered areas of the 2018 version of the auto hint where the major updates will take place.

Basing from the camouflaged portions of the new Cherokee, it will get redesigned bumpers and lighting. On the other hand, the wraps in the grille and rear hatch might not necessarily mean restyling. Instead, the covered areas likely hide the real identity of the vehicle before its official unveiling.

2. Engine

Information about the new Cherokee remain heavily guarded. According to the source though, the SUV will probably be equipped with Jeep’s new petrol-fed 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which will also be utilized by the new Wrangler.

The post added it is possible too that Jeep will carry over the current 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.2-liter V6 and 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engines of the Cherokee for the updated model. The engines might be reconfigured to offer a boost in their outputs.

At present, the four cylinder unit produces 130 kW and 299 Nm of torque. The V6 has 200 kW and 316 Nm of torque. The four-cylinder diesel gives off 125 kW and 350 Nm of torque.

3. High-Performance Model

There are rumors that a high-performance version of the 2018 Cherokee will follow in the form of a Trackhawk model.

4. Arrival

The 2018 Cherokee is expected to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December.

Spy Shots

Below are the latest spy shots of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee:

Check Out These Spy Shots of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

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The Jeep Wrangler sports a classic, rugged and unique look combined with reliability and performance even on rough roads. The said features allowed it to survive the market since it came into production in 1986. Recently, a new model of the vehicle was spotted and spy shots of it were taken.

According to Car and Driver, which is the source of the latest spy shots, the new Wrangler will be unveiled before 2017 ends. The auto will be sold under a 2018 model year. It is estimated to cost near the $25,090 price tag of its current model.

1. Engine

The report claimed that the 2018 Wrangler will be available in diesel and hybrid versions. The vehicle was confirmed to get a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. There are no details yet about the possible output of the auto but the source mentioned that it will take either an eight-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox.

It added that the new Wrangler will be available in a four-wheel drive system with manually-operated transfer case. There is also a possibility that the upcoming Jeep will offer a turbocharged four-cylinder engine unit before the diesel and hybrid powertrains arrive.

2. Body

The 2018 Wrangler is expected to carry a new platform, which will be lighter than the one supporting the current model because of its more use of aluminum. The auto will have two-door, four-door and pickup designs.

3. Interior

The multimedia console of the Wrangler will receive significant upgrades. The infotainment touchscreen in high trim models will have better response and easier to operate, thanks to its Uconnect 3.0. Moreover, the article estimated that the touchscreen of the auto will measure 8.4 inches diagonally for the high-end units while the lower end trims will have the 5.0-inch screen.

Furthermore, there appears to be updated climate control system for the new Wrangler plus sound system controls as well as parking assist sensors, start-stop function for the engine, and heaters for the steering wheel.

Photos

Check out the spy shots of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler in the gallery below:

5 Most Powerful American Cars and SUVs Today

Earlier, we have discussed how automotive experts wanted the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon banned from the roads. They are worried that its ridiculously high output might trigger reckless drivers. That is subject for debate though.

For now, let us take a look at where the Dodge Demon falls under the 5 most powerful American cars and sport utility vehicles today based on an article from Fox News Auto.

1. 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

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Unsurprisingly, the Demon falls into first place, thanks to its 6.2-liter V8 engine that can produce up to 808 hp. As if that’s not yet high enough, the source said that pumping the vehicle with 100 octane race gas can raise its output to 840 hp.

2. Dodge Challenger/Charger SRT Hellcat

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The Hellcats each carry a 6.2-liter V8 unit. The engine packs 707 hp. The Challenger model is capable of getting a top speed of 199 mph while the more aerodynamically-built Charger can take up to 204 mph.

3. 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is considered as the most powerful in the SUV segment. The auto shares the same engine as the Hellcat, which is good for 707 hp. The vehicle only falls a bit short in the torque department compared to the Hellcat. The Trackhawk has 645 lb-ft of torque while the Hellcat has 650 lb-ft. The SUV also boasts an all-wheel drive system.

4. 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

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The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 packs a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine. The output of the unit is 662 hp and it can reach up to 202 mph.

5. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z06/Camaron ZL1

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Tying in the fifth place of this list are the Chevrolet Camaro Z06 and the Camaro ZL1. Each car is equipped with 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 650 hp. The ZL1 has faster shift times than the Z06 though as it has a 10-speed automatic gearbox compared to its sibling’s eight-speed unit.

4 Key Features Of The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

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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.

Photos

Check out the official photos of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT in the gallery below:

Fast Facts About the 2018 Jeep Compass

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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.

Competition

Below are the close rivals of the Jeep Compass, according to TopSpeed:

Honda CR-V

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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

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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.

 

Jeep Compass Makes Worldwide Debut In Brazil

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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.

Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition Gets Array Of New Goodies

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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.

2016 Jeep Crew Chief 715 Is Simply Badass

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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:

SUV That Runs on Water People – Introducing the Watercar Panther!

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.

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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.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Delayed!

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.

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