Introducing the All-New, Next-Generation 2018 Jeep® Wrangler

2018 Jeep Wrangler, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland

October 31, 2017,  Auburn Hills, Mich. – The most capable SUV ever delivers even more legendary Jeep® 4×4 capability, a modern design that stays true to the original, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, more open-air options, and is loaded with more safety features and advanced technology than ever before.2018 Jeep Wrangler, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland

The all-new Wrangler’s unique design includes an instantly recognizable keystone-shaped grille, iconic round headlamps and square tail lamps, improved aerodynamics, a convenient fold-down windshield for off-road purists, even more open-air freedom, and dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations. Additional images and complete vehicle information will be available November 29 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Continue reading

All-New 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUV Sets A New Standard

Jeep raises the bar with legendary benchmark capability, world-class on-road dynamics, fuel economy up to an estimated 6.3 L/100 km (45 mpg), revolutionary Jeep design with world-class craftsmanship inside and out, and an array of advanced safety and technology features.

Windsor, Ontario, Mar 27, 2013  –  There is a new king of the hill in the mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment: the all-new 2014 Jeep® Cherokee.
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The renowned Cherokee name returns to the Jeep® vehicle line-up for the 2014 model year. The result – the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee completely redefines the mid-size SUV segment, delivering legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, fuel economy improvements of an estimated 45 per cent (versus the outgoing Liberty model), superior on-road ride and handling, a cutting-edge, revolutionary design, world-class craftsmanship, class-exclusive technology and more than 70 advanced safety and security features. The Jeep Cherokee is set to delight consumers both on the road and on the trail.
 
“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 LLC.

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Launch – 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Auburn Hills, Mich., May 19, 2010  –  Chrysler Group LLC released images today of the all-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee, an American icon and symbol of the new Chrysler. Offering timeless design and innovative engineering, the all-new Grand Cherokee redefines the SUV industry, delivering true duality: ultimate Jeep off-road capability and on-road refinement for a premium driving experience.

Capability highlights include a choice of three 4×4 systems, new Jeep Quadra-Lift™ Air Suspension and Selec-Terrain™ systems and towing capability of 7,400 lbs (3,356 kg). On-road dynamics are improved courtesy of new independent front and rear suspension systems and a new body structure that dramatically increases torsional stiffness.

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee features Chrysler Group’s all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that boasts an 11 percent improvement in fuel economy and delivers up to 23 mpg (10.2 L/100 km) and more than 500 miles (805 kms) on one tank of gas. Continue reading

2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara – Road Test

Road Test: 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
Text & Images: Iain Shankland

The last time I drove a Jeep Wrangler was many years ago – back when they were called either a TJ or a YJ. They were bouncy and a little primitive to say the least. Other adjectives you could use to describe them could have been: noisy, uncomfortable and did I say primitive? They were also as fast as a 3-legged greyhound wearing army boots.

There were no cup holders in the Wranglers back then, and that was something that probably led to the creation of them. Driving on the smoothest of roads with a hot cuppa Joe in one hand and the steering wheel in the other, along with the jostling and bouncing of the Jeep, lead many to the emergency room of the local hospital with burned nether-regions – myself included (not really, but it was pretty close).

Nevertheless, I still liked the little Jeep and understood why so many people buy them – even the ones that don’t ever take it off city streets and pavement. So why would I want to take another one out for a Road Test? Easy – Jeep completely re-designed the Wrangler for 2007, added two more doors and called it an Unlimited. Continue reading

2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Diesel – Road Test

Road Test: 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Diesel
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Back in April of this year I had a very brief drive in the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel for half an hour or so. I came away thoroughly impressed by its performance and by how quiet it was. I couldn’t wait to see how it would be in everyday driving over the course of a week.

As a brief re-cap, the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee is Chrysler Group’s first diesel-powered, full-size SUV ever to be offered in North America. Previously only available in European markets, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel delivers a combination of performance and fuel economy. Thanks to Chrysler’s partnership with Daimler, they are able to source the extremely popular Mercedes-Benz V-6 diesel engine as it is offered in Europe. This new clean diesel engine will provide Jeep owners with an increase in low-end torque, an average of 30% better fuel efficiency and a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide (Co2) emissions when compared to an equivalent gasoline engine. Under loads such as towing, diesel engines can provide improvements in fuel economy of up to 40%! For the past couple of years the Jeep Liberty has been available with a 2.8 Litre diesel engine, however, because of tougher new 2007 emission standards it had to be discontinued. Continue reading

Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel – 2007 SPECIAL REPORT

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SPECIAL REPORT: 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel
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2007 Jeep GrandCherokee Diesel, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.orgLast week I had the privilege of being included in a select group of automotive journalist’s who were invited to test drive the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel – Chrysler Group’s first diesel-powered, full-size SUV ever to be offered in Canada.  Previously only available in European markets, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel delivers a combination of performance and fuel economy that is well-suited to the demands of Canadian SUV buyers. At the moment there are no plans to sell the Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel in the U.S.

In case you haven’t noticed, the Chrysler group is the only major manufacturer that doesn’t currently offer a hybrid vehicle to the general public. While that situation is going to change in the very near future with the launch of the Dodge Durango hybrid, the Chrysler Group is also being considerate to the environment as they expand their line up of cleaner diesel vehicles. Continue reading