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Jeep® Wrangler Earns Ninth Consecutive SEMA '4×4/SUV of the Year' Award


Steve Beahm, Head of Parts & Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America, celebrates with the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show “4×4/SUV of the Year” award, captured by the Jeep® Wrangler for the ninth consecutive year.

  • Jeep Wrangler only vehicle to earn “4×4/SUV of the Year” honor since launch of SEMA Awards in 2010
  • Four Jeep vehicles customized with Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar on display in brand’s SEMA Show exhibit
  • Ram 1500 and Dodge Challenger finish in top three of SEMA “Truck of the Year” and “Car of the Year” classes, respectively
  • Mopar-modified Ram 1500 pickups, one for trail and one for street, part of Mopar SEMA display
  • Dodge vehicles in Mopar exhibit include drag-oriented, street-legal Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 and NHRA racer Leah Pritchett’s championship Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
  • Mopar to announce more news at SEMA press briefing on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7:26 p.m. ET/4:26 p.m. PT
  • Press briefing can be viewed live online at https://livestream.com/FCALive/MoparSEMA2018

For the ninth consecutive year, Jeep® Wrangler is celebrating “4×4/SUV of the Year” honors at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, following announcement of the 2018 award winners at the SEMA Vehicle Reveal event held outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Monday evening, October 29.

Jeep Wrangler remains the only vehicle to earn the trophy since the 2010 launch of the SEMA Awards. Wrangler earned its customization crown in recognition as the most accessory-friendly vehicle in its class, as voted on by SEMA Show exhibitors.

“The Jeep Wrangler continues to lead the way in the customization world following the Mopar brand’s introduction late last year of more than 200 Jeep Performance Parts and accessories,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Parts & Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America. “When it comes to personalization, Jeep Wrangler is a star of our portfolio and it just keeps getting hotter.”

For the second consecutive year, the Ram 1500 pickup was recognized as one of three finalists in the SEMA “Truck of the Year” class, while Dodge Challenger earned finalist honors in the SEMA “Car of the Year” category.

The SEMA Awards, launched in 2010, are the SEMA Show’s definitive Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) award, shining a light on the hottest vehicles that showcase and launch aftermarket parts.

“Once again, the Jeep Wrangler is voted as a favorite from the aftermarket community, with more exhibitors choosing the Jeep Wrangler as the SEMA ‘4×4/SUV of the Year,'” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “Whether drivers are accessorizing the Jeep for off-roading or for every day driving, there are outstanding options available for Jeep owners.”

The Mopar brand’s 15,345-square-foot display at the SEMA Show, scheduled for October 30November 2, will feature customized versions of the SEMA award winner and finalists, including four Jeep vehicles transformed with Jeep Performance Parts and accessories and two Mopar-modified Ram 1500 pickups, the trail-themed Ram 1500 Rebel and the street-styled Ram 1500 Big Horn “Low Down.”

The drag-oriented, street-legal, 392 HEMI® V-8 engine-powered 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 will also be featured, as well as NHRA racer Leah Pritchett’s Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak car, which she drove to the 2018 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown World Championship.

Mopar has additional news on tap for its annual Mopar SEMA press briefing, which will take place on Tuesday, October 30, at 7:26 p.m. ET/4:26 p.m. PT. The presentation can be viewed live online at https://livestream.com/FCALive/MoparSEMA2018.

Read more at: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jeep-wrangler-earns-ninth-consecutive-sema-4x4suv-of-the-year-award-300739866.html

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Adventure Reality by Jeep Adventure App Awarded Two “SMARTIES”

Consumers who have dreamed of owning an all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler, and wondered how a four-door, hardtop version of the vehicle would look in their driveway, can now use an award-winning app to virtually make their dream a reality.

This innovative app, which is the only configuration app that allows consumers to see their vehicle in augmented reality and then place it in a virtual reality environment, was recently honored by the Mobile Marketing Association with two SMARTIE awards: a Silver for “North America Mobile App” and a Bronze for “North America VR/AR”.

The Adventure Reality by Jeep® app allows users to visualize a Jeep Wrangler in a variety of locations.

The Adventure Reality by Jeep® app is the ultimate ‘build your own’ augmented reality configuration tool. It allows users to configure the new Jeep Wrangler to their specifications and place it in a variety of locations from their driveway to their living room.

The app allows consumers to explore trim levels, colors and configurations. They can build it with two- or four-doors, hard top or soft top, their choice of colors and wheels. After designing their personalized exterior, they can go inside the virtual vehicle to see the all-new interior of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler in greater detail.

Interior images from the Adventure Reality by Jeep® app.

The high-resolution imagery in the app shows what it’s really like to sit behind the wheel or zoom in on the flarevents. Users are able to interact with the vehicle by removing doors, putting the windshield up and down, turning on the headlights, opening the doors, honking the horn and turning the wheels.

Additionally, these features can be utilized without goggles. To access the virtual reality experience consumers just need to move the phone or tablet from side to side to see their Jeep Wrangler in various environments. Once the consumer has built their vehicle, they can share it socially and/or link to Jeep.com.

The Adventure Reality by Jeep app can be downloaded on both Apple and Android devices. It is currently available for iPhone 7 and up, including X and iPad Pro.  It is also available on the Android 7.0 and up including the Pixel.

Learn more about the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, and a link to download the app, visit Jeep.com.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2018/10/10/wrangler-wednesday-adventure-reality-by-jeep-adventure-app-awarded-two-smarties/?autoplay=true

Love your engine by checking the oil

The gas station ritual has changed over the years. Today we tend to fill the tank, clear trash out of the door pockets and under the seats, and get going.

One important task has fallen by the wayside – checking the engine oil level.

Oil is the lifeblood of your engine and too little or too much of it can cause serious and expensive damage. Also, regular checking lets you see if the level is falling unexpectedly, an early sign that service is needed.

Checking engine oil is easy and can be done while filling the gasoline tank. You’ll even earn respect from other drivers who see you pop the hood and work the dipstick with authority.

We find it handy to keep a roll of shop towels or paper towels in the car. Not every fuel station puts them out anymore. A shop rag works too. Or, in a pinch, a couple of leftover fast food napkins.

Let the engine sit for a couple of minutes before you check the oil, so go ahead and start the fuel pump and clean out the door pockets. Then pop the hood – the release is usually located on the left edge of the driver’s footwell. Then slide your hand under the front edge of the hood and release the secondary latch to open the hood all the way, using the prop rod to hold it open if your car has one.

The handle for the dip stick is usually topped in yellow plastic and labeled Engine Oil. If you’re not sure, check the owner’s manual for a diagram of its location.

Pull the dipstick out of the tube, grasping the end of the stick with the towel and wiping it clean. Look at the end of the stick and see the high and low marks that define the safe zone for the oil level.

Slide the dipstick back into the tube and push it all the way in until the handle seats. Now pull the dipstick out, again grab toward the end with the towel and look at where the oil level shows:

  • If it’s inside the safe zone, between the marks, all is good so put the dipstick fully back into the tube, close the hood and wipe your hands clean.
  • If the oil level is at or below the bottom mark of the safe zone, it’s time to add a quart of oil. Check the oil fill cap or the owner’s manual for the correct grade, such as 5W-20, and use that oil.
  • If the oil level is above the top mark of the safe zone you should take your vehicle in for service as soon as possible.

Many of today’s vehicles also have an oil life monitor that lets you know when it’s time to change the oil. When you get the signal, have the oil changed – old, dirty oil can lead to engine damage.

It’s easy and quick to check your engine oil. You’ll drive with confidence knowing your engine is maintained to perform as designed.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2018/10/09/love-your-engine-by-checking-the-oil/

Wrangler Wednesday: Testing the all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler to the ends of the Earth

When it came time to take the next step in the development of the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler from the drawing board to actually testing the latest version of the iconic vehicle, a test track just would not do.

For more than seven decades, the Jeep Wrangler has been known for its rugged, go-anywhere versatility. Thus, a sanitized, boring and controlled environment would not be the proper venue to test the capabilities of the latest version of the Wrangler.

All-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon

To do this, the engineers took the vehicle for months at a time to the blistering cold of Alaska and scorching Arizona heat for extreme-weather testing. They also took it through the Northern Michigan mud and the Rubicon Trail.

Additionally, as the popularity of the Wrangler has spread around the globe, the newest version of the Wrangler underwent testing around the world in countries such as China, Brazil, India, Australia, New Zealand and Italy.

All-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler Sahara

When all the miles were tallied, the all-new Wrangler underwent more than 3.9 million miles of testing. This was one of the highest number of miles of testing ever for any FCA US vehicle. It was also something that was necessary for a vehicle with the pedigree of the Wrangler.

“When we were designing, developing and engineering the next generation Wrangler, there were a few things that we knew,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand. “We had to be absolutely authentic to what Wrangler stands for: that’s its capability, its versatility, the whole sense of being able to do more tomorrow than you’ve done today. We knew that and our fans had told us that. We had to stay true to that.”

Learn more about the capabilities of the all-new Wrangler by visiting the Jeep website.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2018/05/16/wrangler-wednesday-testing-the-all-new-2018-jeep-wrangler-to-the-ends-of-the-earth/

JK vs JL Wrangler

After years of patiently waiting, the Jeep community can finally celebrate the release of the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler! With so much anticipation surrounding its arrival, the fourth-generation JL Wrangler has not disappointed Jeep fans yet. In fact, it’s done the complete opposite. Many Jeep enthusiasts were worried that Jeep would cut corners or stray away from the typical Wrangler aesthetic that so many have come to know and love. Instead, Jeep released a new and improved Wrangler that still maintains that classic Jeep vibe. When comparing the JK vs JL Wrangler, it’s clear to see that Jeep has been working very hard to make the Wrangler better than ever while staying true to its roots. With over 75 years of history, Jeep has established itself as the leading producer of off-road vehicles. With the new JL Wrangler dubbed “the most-capable SUV currently on the market” by Jeep CEO Mike Manley, the claim is certainly validated when take a closer look at the JK vs JL Wrangler. Other than the visual updates to the new Wrangler, there are several performance-related updates to account for as well. With better off-roading performance than ever before, Jeep has really stepped up its game with the JL Wrangler.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Review: Is It Better Than The JK?

Check out our new 2018 JL Wrangler on the CJ Off-Road YouTube channel! We opted for the JL Wrangler Sport Unlimited edition in Granite Crystal, which is the four-door base model, with an automatic transmission. At CJ Off-Road, we like to modify our vehicles, so you can bet that we will be adding our own special touches! Learn all about the new features of the JL Wrangler and how it compares to the previous JK generation in this informative video.

JK vs JL Wrangler: Exterior

When looking at the 2018 JL Wrangler, the first thing you notice is the exterior of the vehicle. While it may look similar to the JK Wrangler at first glance, there are several unique characteristics that help distinguish the JL from the JK. If you’re a Jeep lover, then you probably already know that Jeep Wranglers can usually be identified by their grille designs. Just like the previous generations, the new JL Wrangler has received an updated grille that makes it easy to differentiate it from the JK. When comparing the grille for the JK vs JL Wrangler, the fourth-generation Wrangler has a slightly kinked grille with headlights that cut into the signature seven slots. The JL Wrangler grille resembles the first civilian Jeep that was released to the public, the 1941 Willys Jeep. Originally featuring nine slots in the grille, the Willys Jeep was forced to increase the headlight size due to regulations, which meant they had to remove a slot from each side but the headlights still cut into the grille in order to fit. Thus, the signature seven-slot grille was born.

 

Another new design for the front end includes LED daytime running lights and turn signals embedded into the front fenders. Vents located behind each front fender allow for more air circulation and reduce wind noise. The JL Wrangler features a raked windshield that is both easier to fold down and safer. The hood is also reminiscent of the TJ Wrangler generation, which featured a power bulge hood. The cowl panel was also redesigned to feature a black plastic piece and easier windshield wiper removal. Another prominent feature of the JL Wrangler is the body line that runs down the side of the Jeep, giving it a bit more structure. Along with those updates, the door handles, mirrors, and door hinges, have been redesigned as well. Jeep was able to refresh the front end of the Wrangler while keeping the relatively same structure of the past generations.

Wrangler JK Rubicon 2018

Regarding the rear of the JL Wrangler, there is a new reverse camera located on the spare tire mount. Besides the new location of the license plate and the adjustable third brake light, the taillights have been updated and include a blind spot monitoring system. The swing gate is now made of lightweight magnesium, which makes things easier when loading and unloading cargo. With a stronger steel frame and aluminum body panels, the JL Wrangler is more lightweight but just as heavy duty. For the 2018 JL Wrangler colors, there are a few classic favorites available such as Firecracker Red, Billet Silver Metallic, Granite Crystal Metallic, Bright White, and Black. However, several new additions have been added to the list: Nacho, Mojito!, Punk’n Metallic, Ocean Blue Metallic, and Sting-Gray.

JL Wrangler Grille 2018 Rubicon

Also new for the fourth-generation 2018 JL Wrangler is three additional top options that are both easier to use and offer more flexibility. The first option is a hardtop, which can come in either the body color or black, and has panels that can be removed individually, letting air flow freely through the Jeep while still maintaining a bit of protection. So not only is the hardtop improved, but Jeep has two more exciting top options including a convertible soft top and powertop. With the soft top convertible, you just flip up the bottom part, peel off the sides, and slide the back window out — no need to worry about zippers as there are none! You can remove the side windows in the same fashion, then you can either keep the top part on or simply unlatch it and lift it up to allow more air in. Now while the soft convertible top is pretty sweet, nothing can top the new sky powertop. While this does cost extra, the expense is well worth it if you want a completely hassle-free top. With the powertop, there are additional painted rails on top of the Wrangler that the top slides into in order to retract. So this top isn’t completely removable, but it will allow you to get more air flow at the push of a button, even at speeds up to 60 mph! You can also remove the back windows, which basically gives you the same feel as having no top on. The doors on the JL Wrangler are also made out of aluminum, which makes them more lightweight for easy removal. The half doors have a porthole, which allows you to have better visibility while off-roading.

JL Wrangler Grille 2018 Fender

JK vs JL Wrangler: Interior

Along with the exterior changes for the JL Wrangler, several changes have been made to the interior. A label located on the tailgate contains detailed information regarding water fording depth limits, approach and departure angles, and specifications regarding the wheelbase. An updated instrument panel and infotainment center with fourth-generation UConnect technology, as well as an optional nine speaker stereo system with a waterproof subwoofer are just some of the extra technology features for the JL Wrangler. The steering wheel is completely updated in comparison to the JK as well, but has the same overall feel and controls. For the JL Rubicon, built-in auxiliary switches make it easy to connect aftermarket lighting solutions, air compressors, or other gadgets you might need while off-roading. For the JK Wrangler, you would have to install switches separately, which usually required drilling in order to mount them.

Interior Wrangler JL Rubicon 2018

Rubberized storage cubbies, rubber around the infotainment screen, and rubberized cup holders make it safe and easy to spray down the JL Wrangler when, not if, it gets dirty. In the back of the JL Wrangler, there are rear air vents for dual climate control with a foldable middle seat that contains cupholders. As a special touch for the JL Wrangler, you will find little emblems of classic Jeep models scattered about that pay homage to the history of the brand. Jeep really was able to update the interior of the JL Wrangler to add a more luxurious feel without sacrificing the heavy-duty qualities that make it a great off-roading vehicle.

JK vs JL Wrangler: Performance

While it’s clear to see the JL Wrangler is a good-looking rig, what’s going on under the hood? Don’t be fooled by the new Wrangler’s more luxurious interior and redesigned exterior — the JL performs just as well as it looks. Not only does the fourth-generation Wrangler look more aggressive, it performs even better both on and off the road. From the new engine options to the updated transmissions, the JL Wrangler will not disappoint when it comes to mechanics. For the JK Wrangler, there’s only one engine to choose from: the Pentastar V6. Now, in addition to the Pentastar, there will be three new engine options available for the JL Wrangler.

JL Wrangler Engines

Along with an updated version of the classic Pentastar V6 that has been a mainstay for the JK Wrangler since its introduction in 2012, the Wrangler JL will have three additional engine options. A 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine dubbed the “Hurricane” will be added to the lineup for the all-new Jeep Wrangler. The 2.0L turbocharged engine will be equipped with “eTorque”, which basically means that it is a mild hybrid system. If that’s not exciting enough, a 3.0L EcoDiesel six-cylinder engine is also expected to be available in 2019. But that’s not all! Jeep revealed that they are coming out with a full plug-in electric Wrangler JL. Expected in 2020, the new electric engine is definitely a first for the Wrangler, typically known as a gas guzzler.

Even though the Pentastar is competing with all the new engines available, there have been improvements made that make the 3.6L engine even better. Featuring Engine Stop-Start (ESS) technology, the Pentastar V6 is more efficient than ever before. The 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine has auto stop/start technology, electric power assist, intelligent battery charging, regenerative braking, and transmission shift management. With a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger, the 2.0L engine offers both efficiency and performance. Expected in 2019, the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine will offer massive amounts of torque and great fuel economy. The EcoDiesel, like the Pentastar and turbodiesel, comes standard with Engine Stop-Start capabilities and an eight-speed automatic transmission to keep up with the high torque output. Not much information has been released about the full plug-in electric Wrangler, except that it is expected to debut in 2020.

JL Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon Door Panel

An upgraded six-speed manual transmission will only be available for the Pentastar engine, along with an optional brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission. If you want a manual transmission, the only option is the Pentastar V6. All the other engines are equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission. The class-exclusive automatic transmission is designed to improve highway fuel economy, optimize engine output, as well as reduce noise, vibration, and harshness. With an improved crawl ratio of 77.2:1, a 4.7:1 first gear ratio, and a 4.1:1 final drive ratio for the automatic JL Wrangler Rubicon, rock crawling and off-roading is a breeze. However, the new six-speed manual transmission is just as capable for traversing rocky patches and bumpy trails. Equipped with a new gear pattern, 50% shorter shifter, and a revised shift pattern, shifting is both more accurate and more comfortable. Reduced shifter vibration and enhanced sound isolation are due to the manual transmission’s cable-operated design. A manual transmission JL Wrangler Rubicon boasts a 5.13:1 first gear ratio, 4:1 low-range gear ratio, 4.10:1 axle ratio, and a crawl ratio of over 84. Boasting smooth and precise shift quality, an improved crawl ratio, and quick acceleration, the upgraded six-speed manual transmission is a welcome improvement to Jeep enthusiasts and purists.

How Does the JL Wrangler Drive?

JL Wrangler Off-Road Rubicon 2018

So now that we know what’s going on under the hood, there’s one essential question left to be answered — how does it drive? Well, Jeep flew several experts out to Arizona to test the new JL Wrangler’s performance both on and off the road. Not surprisingly, the JL Wrangler received raving reviews by Jeep enthusiasts and industry experts alike. If you’re planning on getting a JL Wrangler as your daily driver, then have no fear. The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL may be trail rated, but it also provides a pretty comfortable ride on the main road, something the JK Wrangler didn’t exactly excel at. While the JK Wrangler is great for off-roading, the JL Wrangler has even better off-road capability than its predecessor. Of course, the Rubicon will be the most capable model for off-roading, with a best-in-class approach angle of 44 degrees, a departure angle of 37 degrees, and a breakover angle of either 22.6 degrees or 27.8 degrees, depending on if you’re driving a Wrangler vs Wrangler Unlimited. Also equipped with an electronic front sway-bar disconnect, the Rubicon has 10.9 inches of ground clearance and 30 inches of water fording capability. With 33-inch BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, the Rubicon is ready for the great outdoors straight from the factory.

When driving on the main roads, the JL Wrangler is smoother and quieter than the outgoing JK. Of course, there is still some wind noise because after all, it’s a Wrangler. The upgraded interior offers a more comfortable ride, but is still not going to be the most luxurious of SUVs since the Wrangler is built to withstand rugged terrain. Increased visibility and safety features make driving the new JL Wrangler on the highway easier than before. Another improvement for the JL Wrangler is the three new tops, which make driving on the road better than ever with reduced wind noise and simpler removal. No matter which top you choose, cruising down the highway in a Wrangler has never been so good. The main consensus seems to be that the JL is a new and improved Wrangler, which is exactly what a new generation model should be. With a smoother and quieter drive on the main roads and enhanced off-roading performance on the trails, the JL Wrangler can do just about anything.

2018 Wrangler JL Rubicon Crossing Water

JK vs JL Wrangler: Price

As with most new releases, the JL Wrangler will be more expensive than the previous generation JK Wrangler. Ranging from an additional $2,600 to as much as $3,350 in relation to the JK Wrangler, the increase in price for the JL Wrangler is well worth it. With all the additional features, better driving performance, and enhanced visual appearance, you can’t go wrong with the fourth-generation Wrangler. These are the prices that Jeep has announced, not including a $1,195 destination charge.

2018 Wrangler JL Prices (2-door)

  • Sport: $26,995
  • Sport S: $30,195
  • Sahara: Not available
  • Rubicon: $36,995

2018 Wrangler JL Unlimited Prices (4-door)

  • Sport: $30,495
  • Sport S: $33,695
  • Sahara: $37,345
  • Rubicon: $40,495

2018 JL Wrangler Parts

If you’re not totally head over heels for the JL Wrangler, the great thing about Jeeps is that they are easy to customize to your liking! Perhaps you are already in love with your JL Wrangler but want to make it even more aggressive than it already is coming straight from the factory. Whether you want to increase your ride height, install aftermarket bumpers or fender flares, add some lighting fixtures, or get a fresh set of new wheels, CJ Pony Parts has all the aftermarket JL Wrangler parts you need to make your JL Wrangler even better!

Read more at: https://www.cjponyparts.com/resources/jk-vs-jl-wrangler

2019 Jeep Cherokee

Six model years after the controversial, squinty redesign of the Jeep Cherokee, the successful midsize Jeep is getting an exterior makeover.

Jeep released a few photos of the 2019 Cherokee ahead of its Detroit auto show debut, and lo and behold, the bizarre stacked-headlight design is gone. In its place is a more traditional setup without the thin daytime running lights. The fog light placement appears to vary based on the trim. Trailhawk versions (pictured in red) get small fogs right under the main headlights, placing them further away from off-road obstacles, while the non-Trailhawk Cherokee (pictured in gray) has its fog lights in the lower fascia. One thing Jeep hasn’t touched is the grille-in-hood design it has going on.

Cherokee photo

Jeep waited longer than most manufacturers do for a mid-cycle refresh like this one.

Out back, Jeep integrated the license plate niche into the tailgate instead of squeezing it in below. A new taillight design helps give the Cherokee a modern and slightly muscular look too.

Customers must not have been complaining about the Cherokee’s interior: It carries over almost entirely unchanged beyond a few button modifications. Jeep says it’ll show more fuel-efficient engines for the Cherokee at the NAIAS in January too. The current Cherokee comes with either a 2.4-liter I4 or a 3.2-liter V6, so we’d expect something small and turbocharged to debut in the 2019 Cherokee when Jeep finally announces it.

Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/detroit-auto-show/2019-jeep-cherokee-shows-its-new-face-ahead-detroit-auto-show#ixzz53FA9TKtq

Rather Dashing: Jeep Teases 2018 Wrangler JL’s Interior

After last week’s surprise reveal of new-Wrangler images during the SEMA show, as well as the introduction of a passel of accessory parts for the next generation of America’s beloved go-anywhere runabout, Jeep seems to have committed itself to a continued trickle of details leading up to the JL Wrangler’s Los Angeles auto show reveal later this month.

2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Rubicon Interior

From the two supplied photographs of a red Rubicon’s passenger-carrying innards, the new Jeep’s interior seems to be an aesthetic improvement over the current version’s Playskool-for-grown-ups cabin, featuring a dash panel color matched to the body. The new unit seems more retro—in a good way—and better suited to the Wrangler’s overall vibe of utility and fun. The vents look less fussy than the previous model’s, and the splash of color goes miles toward rectifying the unpleasant austerity of the outgoing trucklet. The color screen mounted between the tach and speedo also brings a dash of visual life to the proceedings.

 

Also of note is the six-speed manual’s shifter, which appears to feature a reverse-lockout collar that’s either anodized red or color matched to the dash and exterior. In short, the rethought dash provides a much-needed revision to a cabin that failed to echo the previous vehicle’s classic and friendly nature.

 

Read more at: https://blog.caranddriver.com/rather-dashing-jeep-teases-2018-wrangler-jls-interior/?src=socialflowFB&mag=cdb&dom=fb

Will Trackhawk make 700 hp?

Even before the first Hellcat-equipped Dodge Challenger was shown to the public, there has been speculation on what a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with a Hellcat would be like.

(Grand Cherokee SRT shown.) At first, we were told that the Trackhawk might not even be produced, because the Grand Cherokee is an upscale car and the engine was just too noisy; but the Hellcat is quieter than it was when in development trim, and that’s no longer a major issue. Nor is the supply of key parts.

At first, we assumed that the engine was have to be downrated rather dramatically to make all wheel drive possible. How tough can you make the transfer case and still have it fit under the car? We speculated that it would end up at around 640 horsepower, based on the capacity of existing components from various parts makers.

Now, though, reliable sources have posted that the system will make a full 700 horsepower. That means either they’ve found tougher transfer cases (and other parts) that still fit in the Grand Cherokee and aren’t far too pricey; or that they’ve gone the “heavy-handed torque management” route.

Keep in mind, though, that the official rated horsepower might be lower, e.g. 680. That 700 might be an estimate, or a “roughly,” or even gross power (before accessories). Regardless, as we’ve said before, even the low-end estimate we originally had — 640 hp — would be far, far above the current, highly regarded 6.4 horsepower Grand Cherokee’s power.

There’s little sure information about the Hellcat Trackhawk for the moment. We are fairly sure that it will debut in New York City, taking its place alongside the Demon for the most powerful launch in automotive history; but we’ve seen nothing concrete yet.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/2017/03/will-trackhawk-make-700-hp-36922?utm_source=fballpar&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fballpar&utm_term=fballpar

2017 North American International Auto Show Details

All Roads Lead To NAIAS

Detroit is where future mobility innovations meet the pavement. With the largest concentration of the world’s top automotive and technology executives, designers, engineers and thought leaders, the North American International Auto Show serves as the global stage for companies to debut brand defining vehicles and industry-shaping announcements.

The 2017 Show

Last January, the 2016 NAIAS featured 61 vehicle introductions, a majority of which were worldwide debuts. News coming out of NAIAS is heard across the globe as more than 5,000 journalists from 60 different countries annually attend to cover the latest and greatest happenings our industry has to offer.

With the integration of AutoMobili-D, the 2017 NAIAS will serve as the world’s leading showcase of vehicles and technologies aimed at defining how people across the globe experience mobility.

NAIAS is unmatched in the industry in presenting six unique shows in one, including: The Gallery, an ultra-luxury automotive event, AutoMobili-D, an inside look at future mobility platforms, Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview and all concluding with a nine-day Public Show.

The Gallery – January 7, 2017

2017 marks the tenth year of the ultra-luxury automotive event, The Gallery. This event has now become the official kick-off to the North American International Auto Show. Once again, the event is hosted at the luxurious MGM Grand Detroit where a strolling dinner will be served by world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck in the Ignite Lounge. Guests will then have the opportunity to stroll through the MGM Grand Ballroom and experience a nearly $7 million collection of the most amazing automobiles the world has to offer, including brands such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Rolls Royce. In addition, executives and designers responsible for the creation of these products will be on hand to discuss the brands.

AUTOMOBILI-D – JANUARY 8-12, 2017

Automobili-D is a dedicated exposition focused on the rapidly evolving global automotive and mobility landscape. Spearheaded by NAIAS, AutoMobili-D will run in conjunction with the 2017 auto show and will feature more than 100 companies, including automakers, tier one suppliers and tech startups. AutoMobili-D will kick-off on Sunday, January 8, 2017, the day prior to the start of NAIAS Press Days (Jan. 9-10), and will run through NAIAS Industry Days (Jan. 11-12). A very prominent industry thought leader will keynote Sunday’s opening ceremony following an open house that will allow guests to network with peers and participating companies as well as interact with the technologies and vehicles on display. NAIAS will dedicate specific press conference slots for participating AutoMobili-D companies on the afternoons of both Press Days.

Planet M Hall will be open:
Sunday, January 8, 2017
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, January 9, 2017
11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m,
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Press Preview – January 9-10, 2017

Join exhibiting automakers and tier one suppliers along with journalists on a global stage for two full days of reveals, debuts and memorable moments. Featuring over 750 vehicles and countless interactive displays, NAIAS is North America’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcase.

Please note: NAIAS-issued media credentials are required for admittance.

Industry Preview – January 11-12, 2017

Connect and share insights with over 35,000 automotive professionals and analysts representing over 2,000 companies from around the world. This unique networking and professional development opportunity brings together the key individuals responsible for the leading-edge products, technologies and services on display at NAIAS.

Dates and Times
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Noon – 9 p.m.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Charity Preview – January 13, 2017

Charity Preview is your opportunity to be part of one of the most exclusive, high-profile charitable fundraising events in the nation.

Proceeds directly benefit a wide range of children’s charities that are making a positive impact in southeastern Michigan. Since 1976, Charity Preview has raised more than $106 million, with over $41 million raised in the last 10 years alone.

Charity Preview Date and Time
Friday, January 13, 2017
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(Black-tie)

 

Public Show – January 14-22, 2017

Experience an automotive event unlike any other. At NAIAS you have the opportunity to see up-close the vehicles and technologies that will shape the future automotive landscape. From muscle and electric cars, to high-performance supercars and full-size trucks, NAIAS has something for everyone to enjoy.

Dates and Times
8 a.m. daily – Early access for handicapped individuals
Enter at the Hall C Entrance only

Saturday, January 14 – Saturday, January 21, 2017
9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (no admittance after 9 p.m.)

Sunday, January 22, 2017
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (no admittance after 6 p.m.)

Location

Cobo Center
1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will look a lot like the 2017 Jeep Wrangler

 

JL Wrangler Forums suggests the next-generation Wrangler will be restyled in an evolutionary way that maintains the off-roader’s classic looks yet adds new features. The forum used intelligence from spy photos and leaked images to assemble renderings of the new Wrangler.

They show that the front end is still classically Jeep, but with modern updates. The LED headlights and turn signals revealed in FCA drawings are noticeable changes. An interesting touch is just behind the rear bumper, where there appears to be an air dam for aerodynamics. There’s still a gap between it and the front fenders to keep the old-school look intact. The grille, windshield, and hood are also more raked for the sake of aerodynamics.

At the back, the lights follow the FCA drawings as well, though the reverse lights from those illustrations appear to be absent. The square taillights are also shown on the truck variant, along with the plastic fender flares of the SUV version. Spy photos of the Wrangler pickup have shown a streamlined box with integrated taillights akin to the Ram, but it’s likely to be a placeholder until the final design is selected. The sides of both models also feature more squared-off details in the top and door handles, generally with beveled corners for a more modern look.

The top is where things get fuzzy. The new model might lose its removable top altogether, in favor of removable panels similar to the Jeep Renegade. JL Wrangler Forums illustrated how this could work in the above image. The roof can be removed in sections, and the rear-most windows can also be taken out. The overall effect is similar to that of a current Wrangler Unlimited. There is a potential drawback to this system, though. All of these hard panels will have to be left somewhere. And unlike the current model, this one wouldn’t have a soft-top back-up when the weather turns. It’s hard to say for sure if this design will make it to production. FCA has consistently and effectively hidden this part of its Wrangler prototypes since they were first spotted. At this point, we can only speculate on how the top will function.

Otherwise, these renderings seem plausible, and we should know how accurate they are when the Wrangler makes its expected debut next year. The new Wrangler will likely have some aluminum body panels, an 8-speed automatic and an available diesel powertrain. For more details and spy photos, check out our post that has assembled everything we know so far about the 2018 Wrangler.

Read more at: http://www.autoblog.com/2016/11/07/2018-jeep-wrangler-design-renderings/