We go for a spin in the much-anticipated 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland 4X4; one of the big 4-door’s best trims in our opinion! Check it out!
Wear headphones! The audio in this video was recorded with in-ear binaural microphones. With headphones or earbuds on, you’ll feel like you’re actually sitting in the driver’s seat.
While the 8-speed ZF sourced gearbox that made its recent debut in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was big news, we actually got a preview of how this gearbox might behave when hooked to a Mopar motor by way of this Grand Cherokee, which was the first of the Hemi-powered Chrysler vehicles to benefit from the new gearbox.
At first blush, the 2014 Grand Cherokee isn’t a tremendous departure from the model that debuted for 2012. Subtle styling tweaks are apparent, but it’s what’s in the cabin and under the hood that are cause for excitement.
The folks at Gear Patrol have a new series called “Want This, Get This” where they find more reasonable alternatives to expensive, “lust-worthy” purchases. This week’s article focuses on the BMW X5M, and it’s more wallet-friendly stand-in, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.
The twin grilles, with the traditional seven-slat up top and the gaping maw along the bottom is just odd. It looks like a meth-addled piranha. One of the more interesting styling cues we see is the way the top half of the upper grille curves along with the hood, giving the Cherokee a sleeker, more aerodynamic look than previous Jeeps. That part we like.
Jeep has announced another addition to the Wrangler lineup, the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition, which the automaker promises will be “the most capable production vehicle ever.”
Check out our comments during our recent drive of the 2012 Jeep Wrangler. There’s a commenter named WannabuyaDiesel. He’s a rather strong advocate of a diesel-powered Jeep. While we can’t deliver the news that he so desperately wants to hear, we can tell you about four all-new diesel models that will be coming to the United States quite soon.
To prove its capability, we did what you’re supposed to do with a Wrangler, and got it really, really, really muddy.
Even with the SRT8 in its tamest setting, there’s no denying that this 6.4-liter V-8 is a real charmer. In low-rpm, light-throttle situations, it’s quiet while still feeling willing and able to get to speed quickly. Giving it more boot results in effortless acceleration and a deep, meaningful exhaust note that is as American as apple pie. Despite its raciness, though, the throttle response is very manageable around town. It doesn’t feel overly sharp in Auto, and were it not for the sporty, flat-bottomed steering wheel and heavily bolstered seats, we may have mistaken our SRT for a more mundane Grand Cherokee.
With the exception of the limited-edition Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione supercar, the storied Italian marquee has been absent from the US market since 1995, despite repeated proclamations to the contrary. If recent rumors are true, it looks like we may have to wait a even longer for Alfa to have a presence here again.
Volkswagen has unveiled the seventh generation of its iconic Golf. The popular hatchback is getting a host of changes for its latest iteration, with big changes coming under the hood (at least in Europe). The base engine is a 105-horsepower turbodiesel that delivers 62 European miles per gallon (51.62 mpg in American). There’s also a 1.4-liter turbo, that’ll net 49 mpg (40.8 mpg) with the help of cylinder deactivation. Again, these are European specs, so don’t rush off to your local VW dealer asking about the new 1.4-liter Golf, because they’ll look at you like you’re insane.
Is the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk we just talked about too refined for your tastes? Do you enjoy the thrill of driving a vehicle that has no doors, no windows, or no roof (occasionally)? Then perhaps this Wrangler Moab Special Edition will be a bit more your style.
Called the Trailhawk, it debuted as a concept at the Moab Easter jeep Safari last spring. We’re happy to announce this isn’t just some badge-and-sticker job. Its eighteen-inch wheels are wrapped in Kevlar-reinforced Goodyear tires, for extra durability. It’s built to last as well, with a solid-steel rock guard protecting the underbody (on top of the Grand Cherokee’s standard protections). Power comes from either Chrysler’s award-winning Pentastar V-6 or the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.
In a recent interview with Australian automotive website CarAdvice, Mike Manely, president of Jeep, hinted at the company being excited about the idea of Jeep pickup and that Jeep would make a decision to build such a vehicle “pretty soon”, potentially for 2015 when the next generation Wrangler appears.
Here’s an interesting observation about the cultural heritage of 1970s America—everyone seems to love it. At least, if you’re a young enough Gen Xer or any kind of Gen Yer, you probably don’t have enough working knowledge of that decade of kitsch, glitter, and visible chest hair to view its artifacts with anything short of bemused glee.
On one hand the Grand Cherokee offers plenty of utility to back up its SUV credentials. It is a deceptively big vehicle (larger than it looks in photographs) that provides generous space for five full-size adults, plus a capacious cargo area. Some manufacturers would probably try to make an SUV this size into a somewhat compressed-feeling 7-seater, but Jeep has taken the wiser path of sticking with five seats, while giving each passenger (and said passenger’s luggage and gear) a just-right amount of room. This would be a fine vehicle for longer road trips—especially for those who like to take occasional off-road excursions along the way.