Jeep News & Rumors
•Aluminum Wrangler body like the Ford F-150’s? Not so fast. The upcoming new Wrangler will have a new suspension, and that’s probably where you’ll see more aluminum.
•Cherokee production will be moving so that Wrangler can take its spot. The extra room for production capacity is why it’s all sounding pretty positive for a diesel and a pickup, ripped from everyone’s long-suffering wish-list.
•PUG: Slang for the Pentastar upgrade.
•The Popemobile for the U.S. visit? It was a Wrangler. Secretly modified papal-ly.
•The ’16 Sahara will have a few minor changes, including modified 18-inch rims and a body-colored bumper applique.
•Is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with the Hellcat engine going to see 0-60 in 3.5 seconds?
•Heard about this? A student at Texas State University got her license suspended for DWI, so she began driving around campus in a pink Barbie Jeep. Yes, the toy kind.
•The most Instagrammed automotive brand title goes to BMW. But right behind it is Jeep. The study of 4.6 million posts between January 2011 and July 2015 was done by the Auto Insurance Center.
•Suspension-maker Air Lift Co. has expanded its HQ by 40,000 square feet.
•Preownedengines.com now has 2.5L engines for the Grand Cherokee.
• Motor Trend OnDemand subscription video service has started. You’ll have access to more than 1,000 hours of everything from motorsports and event coverage to documentaries and historical info to original series like Roadkill and Dirt Every Day. Go to motortrendondemand.com.
•What has replaced the Jeep and Hummer as the new Army (and Marines) Corp’s vehicle of choice? It’s the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, which Oshkosh won the contract to build, a deal worth $6.7 billion.
•Is Fiat/Chrysler moving all car production to Mexico?
•Fixed-gear bikes are either effing up Google’s self-driving vehicles, or proving to be safer than any human driver on the road. Seems a cyclist doing a track-stand at a stop caused the auto car to panic that the bike was actually moving and it proceeded to go and stop every time the bike seemed to move from the rider keeping his balance. It decided to err on the side of safety.
•Ram has launched Ram Nation Volunteer Corps, which allows Ram owners and dealerships to help out in disaster relief and community service. Join or learn more at ramtrucks.com/ramnation.
•Are you for serious, Edmunds.com? The Pontiac Aztek is making a comeback because of millennials? We tend to think it was Breaking Bad that deserves the credit.
•On that note, also making a comeback: Volkswagen Microbus. A new one.
•GM’s Technical Center in Michigan has been deemed a National Historic Landmark.
•Have no idea how to share roads with wildlife? Apparently you aren’t alone, since Traffic Injury Research Foundation and State Farm Canada have created the Wildlife Roadsharing Resource Centre, which is described as “a hub of sound information that contains a mix of research, information, and tools designed to increase knowledge and bridge gaps in the field, and create a common understanding of the problem to strengthen efforts to reduce it.” So…tips like, “Ask passengers to watch for wildlife and give specific observations such as, ‘deer on left.’” Educational and fun.
“Gator Hunting with a GoPro for the first time, the selfie FAILED.”—Alex Lopatnyuk on a YouTube post of the video “Jeep GoPro Selfie Fail & Aftermath,” which involved a Jeep, a selfie stick, and a canoe
“I’m sincerely hoping you will enjoy this 3D printed Jeep with tank tracks controlled by android phone! The construction is very simple, varying from one to two days to fully print & build it!”—Nico3DPrinting, on the directions listed on Thingiverse.com for “Jeep with tank tracks”
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New ’16 Wrangler Black Bear
The ’16 Jeep Wrangler is getting a Black Bear Edition. It’s what happens when you take a Sport and add a topographical Black Bear Pass Trail hood decal, rock rails, and other odds and ends like black taillight guards and accents inside, but do not add a bear
Mopar done did up a Jeep Cherokee and a Wrangler Rubicon into rolling billboards of Mopar accessories and parts. Exhibit A is the Cherokee KrawLer; the K and L go full circle to the KL designation of the Cherokee. It’s based off a Trailhawk and has been lifted with a special Mopar suspension and has wider fenders, skidplates, and rock rails. Exhibit B is the Wrangler Rubicon Sunriser—pretty much a showcase of the color orange. But avert your eyes and you’ll also notice Mopar pieces, such as bumpers with a double tow hook, a suspension lift, half-doors, and LED lights between the A-pillar and windscreen.
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