Posts from ‘Jeep’
At the 2017 New York Auto Show earlier this month, Jeep announced the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, a new line-topping high-performance model that borrows its 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 from the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats. At a recent Midwest Automotive Media Association event, we had the chance to check out a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in the flesh—in fact, it was the first time the vehicle had been shown outside the lights and stage of an indoor auto show. This show vehicle wore a stunning candy-apple-red paint job that won’t be available on the showroom version, but otherwise looked to be almost identical to the regular-production Trackhawks that are scheduled begin hitting dealerships late this year. Check it out, and stay tuned… our first test drive of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk should take place later this year.
By Don Sikora II
Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
Jeep introduced its original go-fast Grand Cherokee SRT8 for the 2006 model year. Powered by a 420-hp 6.1-liter Hemi V-8, it was available through 2010.
If you were paying attention to marketing in 1984, you likely remember Apple’s landmark television advertisement “1984.” The computer maker’s ad portrayed a dystopian world chillingly similar to the one conceived by George Orwell in his horrifying 1949 novel of the same name.
Jeep, a name virtually synonymous with SUVs for more than three-quarters of a century, has hit the mother lode in recent years as buyers suddenly began flocking to that market. And in the hottest segment of that market – compact SUVs – the company has long had three entries, together accounting for half of its entire model portfolio.
2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
Class: Compact Crossover
Miles Driven: 148
Fuel Used: 7.6 gallons
According to the National Weather Service, 39 U.S. states saw more than ten inches of snow least year. Now, that snow isn’t especially well dispersed across each state. Here in Illinois, snowfall totals up near Chicago are far higher than they are down near St. Louis, but it’s a safe bet most Illinoisans have at least a passing familiarity with the white stuff.
The Jeep brand has gone through its share of owners. Consumer Guide Editor Jack Stewart details the off-road brand’s chain of custody in his excellent piece, Is There a Jeep Curse?
LOS ANGELES—Jeep introduced a redesigned version of its compact Compass SUV at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass slots in between the subcompact Jeep Renegade and the slightly larger (but still compact-class) Jeep Cherokee. The new Compass replaces both the previous Compass and the Patriot (which is being discontinued) in Jeep’s model lineup.