Jeep News & Rumors
•Jeep Compatriot? That’s the nickname for the new SUV replacing the Compass and Patriot.
•That SUV, by the way, will first show up in Brazil, then the U.S.
•The Cherokee Trailhawk with the 3.2L V-6 will qualify for Japan’s Eco-Car tax incentive–the first American-made American-brand gas-fueled vehicle to lay claim to the title. It meets the fuel-efficiency and emissions requirements tied to the tax break.
•By the time you’ve read this, you’ll have already missed a new exhibition of presidential cars on display in the National Mall in a glass case. However, we can give you the main highlight: President Ronald Reagan’s ’62 CJ-6 was one of them, and with that honor came another honor—it became the 10th vehicle documented and recognized by the National Historic Vehicle Register and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Historic American Engineering Record. And the documentation will be part of the national automotive heritage in the Library of Congress. Not bad for a ranch Jeep.
•Jeep’s got a new thing going on at jeep.com/myjeepstory and all over the social media interwebs where they want to hear your Jeep story. Each month will have a theme, and at the end of the year-long festivity—in honor of Jeep’s 75th—there will be a digital compilation of 75 stories that “speak authentically to the spirit of the brand.” Look for hashtags too with #myjeepstory.
•American Force has added a truck configurator to its website, americanforcewheels.com. You’ll be able to quickly get part numbers and pricing. There’s also a way for you to post pics and interact with other enthusiasts.
•The annual Quadratec tent sale is happening October 8, 2016, at the company’s headquarters in West Chester, Pennsylvania. It’s like those sales where crazed women go bonkers to get discounted wedding dresses, but there it will be Jeep things, and with less crazy. Learn more at quadratec.com (or if you need video to see how cool it’ll be, go here: youtube.com/watch?v=vsBNT_okYRw)
•AAA has some good news: Thanks to fuel being cheaper, owning a vehicle got cheaper too, to the tune of a six-year low ($8,558) according to the new Your Driving Costs study. Expect to spend about 57 cents per mile driven (around $713 per month) “to cover the fixed and variable costs associated with owning and operating a car.”
•You know what else is at a record low? Teen drivers. The Atlantic Citylab, using new data from the Federal Highway Administration, pointed to 8 1/2 million 19-year-olds and younger having a license in 2014, and only a bit more than a million were 16 and younger—the lowest figure since the ’60s. One thing to blame might be less need to head to the malt shop to hang out. Now, hanging can be done virtual-style right from their computer or phone.
•Charlize Theron in Fast & Furious 8? Oh, so now you’re interested in imports and drifting and the other things in the franchise, aren’t you?
•No more gas and diesel vehicles to be sold in the Netherlands by 2025?
•CarMax made its own history by selling more than a million used vehicles in a single fiscal year.
•A hearse is in your future, so consider when that time comes to hearse-it that it could be in a one-of-a-kind motorcycle hearse. Simpson Family Funeral Homes now has one in its fleet.
•”Textalyzer” is a thing? It’s a thing. Just like how those suspected of driving drunk have to hand over their breath for a breathalyzer, if it seems that if you’ve been involved in a crash due to suspected distracted driving, you’d have to hand over your phone to police so they could check logs, and if you don’t comply, your license could be taken away. New York is eyeballing it as a potential new law.
•Indiana will now allow non-residents to use designated trails in nonregistered off-road vehicles and snowmobiles by purchasing a trail-use tag.
•Three Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks took a two-day, 375-mile trip from Stuttgart to Rotterdam in Germany. It matters because they made up an autonomous convoy while on public roads. Daimler Trucks said it’s the only manufacturer of autonomous trucks with official road approval worldwide. It was part of the European Truck Platooning Challenge. Platooning is a bit like controlled tailgating.
•The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has done its first-ever testing for headlights. A device was used to measure light from low beams and high beams, and via five different approach angles. Glare was also checked. So far, the testing has focused on 31 midsize cars. And if you’re thinking fancy brands equals fancy lighting, Mercedes-Benz had two cars in the “poor” category. The only “good” went to Toyota for the Prius v.
“They parked the Jeep right in the middle of the track and started clicking selfies from different angles. Meanwhile, Mangala Express, running between Mangaluru and Bengaluru via Mysuru, was approaching.”—Bengaluru Times News Network reporting what police said regarding a couple who posed for selfies with their Jeep that was parked in the middle of the track. The couple was “indulging in a selfie spree” and not hurt. The Jeep, however, was hit by the train .
“GAC FCA stands for an excellent joint effort amongst China, the U.S., and Italy. The GAC FCA Guangzhou Plant enjoys extensive advantages in product, technology, and management. Without a doubt, it will further accelerate the development of not only GAC Group, but also the whole automotive industry here in Guangdong Province, China.”—Zhang Fangyou, Chairman of the Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group, in a statement, marking the milestone moment of the Jeep Renegade rolling down the assembly line at the Guangzhou plat of GAC Fiat Chrysler.
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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Summit
It’s all official: This is the ’17 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. We’ve been wishing upon a star since 2012 when it was first unveiled as a Mopar offering at Moab, then it eventually found its way into the ’14 Cherokee lineup. It’s the sixth model for the Grand Cherokee for 2017 and has everything from Quadra-Drive II with electronic rear limited-slip diff to a special Quadra-Lift air suspension unique to this Jeep for more articulation and suspension travel. Ground clearance rings in at 10.8 inches.
If you think the grille looks familiar, then you know your ’16 75th edition trivia. There are also red tow hooks (a Trailhawk-model signature item), 18- or 20-inch Goodyear Adventure tires with Kevlar reinforcement, a roof rack, and more off-road essentials.
Oh, and there’s a Summit model now, too, or what Jeep calls “the most luxurious vehicle in the fullsize SUV segment.” It has a new fascia, grille, 20-inch wheels, leather interior, LED foglamps, and more to make its luxo game strong.
We Need Your Stuck or Broken or Military Jeep!
We want your Jeep for our Sideways department! Here are ways you can get your Jeep in in Jp! Your broken parts or broken Jeep: Did you have an epic snap, blow-up, or breakage? How about an insane trail repair? Photo or it didn’t happen. Stuck/Flopped/Rollover: Send us your four-wheeling mess.
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2016 Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion
August 27, 2016
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee