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Jeep News and Jeep Rumors

Posted in News on March 2, 2018
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Jeep News & Rumors

•Someone took home the silver—and that would be Fiat Chrysler’s Mack Avenue Engine Plant, scoring a silver award for World Class Manufacturing from…yes, Fiat Chrysler. The plant, located in Detroit, makes the Pentastar engine and won the bronze version about two years prior.
•Is the ’19 Jeep pickup going to be all ’18 Jeep Wrangler forward of the C-pillar?
•Hennessey got after it—after an ’18 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to test the 707hp 6.2L Hemi. “How fast will the Jeep go?” John Hennessey asked. And he answered: At 175 mph indicated, “completely stable, this thing’s the real deal. Well done, Jeep guys.”
•The three-row SUV destined for the Chinese market will likely repurpose two familiar names: Grand and Commander.
•Musician Bob Seger is a Jeep guy and owns a Rubicon?
•The Consumer Reports Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey put Jeep in the position of No. 21. That’s up 4 spots in the rankings over 2017. See the list here:
•Speaking of 4: Winners of the 2018 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards included the ’18 Jeep Wrangler in the No. 4 slot. The all-new Wrangler also won the Best Compact SUV/Crossover. Read here:
•Highest Conquest Percentage. Um, congrats, Jeep? That’s a win from IHS Markit Loyalty Awards. The Wrangler won the compact SUV category, while the Grand Cherokee won midsize.
•’18 Wrangler app: The Jeep Adventure Reality is about building your Jeep to see what it looks like in various locations, including your own driveway, and can be had for most iPhones and the iPad Pro. It’s mix of virtual and augmented reality that’ll get you 360-degree views, pricing info, and where to get what you designed. We found it here:


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Industry News

•Permatex and Polimotor are collaborating on the Polimotor 2 engine with fiber-reinforced polymer engine parts for weight reduction.
•Truck Hero is an award-winner—the 2017 Kepner-Tregoe Process Achievement Award in a Single and Team Use.
•The ATE Brake Parts line is returning to the North American market care of Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket.
•Hard Core Tuning (aka HCT) has been acquired by Daystar Products.
•Omix-ADA is teaming up with the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer to build a ’17 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited inspired by the ’71 Hurst Edition Commando. The goal of the Jeep is to build awareness about the charity and then be auctioned off, with proceeds benefitting the charity. Learn more here:
•Turn5, which owns, among other automotive websites, has moved into a larger headquarters.
•Yokohama Tire is sponsoring the GenRight Off Road racing team for the ’18 Ultra4 Series. The vehicles will compete on Geolandar M/T R-Spec tires for the 4400 Unlimited Class.
•Champion has expanded the battery availability of its new line for commercial vehicles, light vehicles, and others to now be at a national level. Learn more at
•The very basics: Wrangler spotter’s guide over at Sam’s 4x4:
•The 4 Wheel Parts in Oakland, California, has grand-reopened.


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Auto Graphs

•The “world’s first Super Sport Utility Vehicle” has had its world premiere. That’s the 650hp Lamborghini Urus.
•The Dodge Garage now exists, featuring muscle car and motorsports info, events, images, merchandise, and more. Go to
•Nissan is working on Brain-to-Vehicle tech…as in, the vehicle will predict things a driver is about to do and assist to make it happen quicker.
•Looks like GM got a patent for an external airbag to protect pedestrians.
•One of the coolest car movies has turned 50: Bullitt. In honor of five decades, Ford even released a special-edition 475hp Mustang.
•For the first time ever, Ford has dropped a diesel engine into the F-150. The ’18 pickup has a new 3.0L Power Stroke that’ll make 250 horses and 440 lb-ft of torque, equaling an 11,400-pound towing capacity.
•Also new: The ’19 Ram 1500. Highlights include an upgraded 3.6L Pentastar V-6, plus eTorque tech that helps improve the torque numbers.
•Our sister Four Wheeler magazine named the Chevy Colorado ZR2 its 2018 Pickup Truck of the Year winner.
•Legislation has been introduced in California that would eliminate the sale of new trucks and cars in the state by 2040 if powered by fossil fuels. Acceptable power would come via battery-electric or fuel cell.


“There’s room for an authentic small off-road SUV. Everyone moved out of that segment because of truck CAFE ratings. But we’re getting a lot of requests from folks who want another FJ or some variant.”
—Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz to Motor Trend, regarding the automaker’s potential plan to take on the Jeep Wrangler


“We’re not going to break up anything. We have no intention of breaking it up and giving anything to the Chinese.”
—Fiat Chrysler’s Sergio Marchionne at the Detroit Auto Show, according to Reuters


“Being around a bunch of people who are passionate about technology and engineering at Tech really fosters learning and spawns projects like the Jeep.”
— Trenton Charlson, an aerospace engineering student at Georgia Tech, regarding their project: a Barbie Jeep rebuilt to go 30 mph. Read more here:


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’19 Jeep Cherokee

There’s some new news for the Jeep Cherokee. The 2019 model features a brand-new 2.0L four-cylinder worth 270 horses and 295 lb-ft of torque (bringing the available engines to three, with the 3.2L Pentastar V-6 and 2.4L Tigershark inline-four), a software-tweaked TorqueFlite nine-speed auto trans, and a bit of a different exterior look—due mainly to the front fascia, taillights, hood and various new wheel designs. There’s also a retooled liftgate with an integrated lightbar and hands-free option. The interior also got a refreshing.


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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 Magazine!
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.
Vintage and Military Jeep: We like old-timey and military things, like with your father or grandfather, or even modern service.
Jeep Road Trip: A photo from your best road trip that took place in a Jeep. The Jeep needs to be in the photo in a landmark location. Like the Travelocity gnome.

Follow this format:
Your name and your city/state:
Year/make/model of your Jeep/military Jeep:
Where the photo took place:
Describe what we are seeing in the photo/other info we may need to know:
Why the photo means a lot to you/lesson learned/your takeaway:

In addition to the words, here are the photo requirements:
--JPG (maximum quality), BMP, or TIFF file.
--1,600 by 1,200 pixels (around 2 megapixels or the original size from your phone/device).
--No PDFs or other formats. We just can’t use them in the magazine. They won’t reprint.
--Email the materials to with the subject line, “Sideways”


Where the Jeeps Are

Having an event in 2018? Let us know! Remember the magazine needs about four months of advance warning. Just follow these steps:
Name of event:
Date(s) of event:
City/State of event:
Name of venue (if applicable):
Website for readers to learn more about your event:
Have a high-resolution photo from a previous event? Feel free to send it to us and we might just include it. Photo requirements are JPG (maximum quality), BMP, or TIFF file at 1,600 by 1,200 pixels (around 2 megapixels or the original size from your phone/device).
Send the info and photo to:
Make your subject line, “Where the Jeeps Are”

Rock Junction and Rocky Mountain Off-Road Expo
May 31-June 2, 2018
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Catch these shows on the Motor Trend OnDemand channel.

March 23 Junkyard Gold, Episode 6
March 26 Roadkill Garage, Episode 28
March 28 Engine Masters, Episode 33
March 30 Put Up or Shut Up, Episode 10
April 2 Roadkill, Episode 79
April 4 Ignition, Episode 190
April 6 Dirt Every Day, Episode 75
April 9 Hot Rod Garage, Episode 64
April 11 Head 2 Head, Episode 100
April 16 Roadkill, Episode 80
April 20 Junkyard Gold, Episode 7
April 23 Roadkill Garage, Episode 29
April 25 Engine Masters, Episode 34
April 27 Put Up or Shut Up, Episode 11
April 30 Roadkill, Episode 81
May 2 Ignition, Episode 191
May 4 Dirt Every Day, Episode 76
May 7 Hot Rod Garage, Episode 65
May 9 Head 2 Head, Episode 101
May 14 Roadkill, Episode 82
May 21 Roadkill Garage, Episode 30
May 23 Engine Masters, Episode 35
May 25 Put Up or Shut Up, Episode 12
May 28 Roadkill, Episode 83
May 30 Ignition, Episode 192
June 1 Dirt Every Day, Episode 77
June 4 Hot Rod Garage, Episode 66
June 6 Head 2 Head, Episode 102
June 11 Roadkill, Episode 84
June 18 Roadkill Garage, Episode 31
June 20 Engine Masters, Episode 36
June 25 Roadkill, Episode 85
June 27 Ignition, Episode 193
June 29 Dirt Every Day, Episode 78

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