Jeep hopes to steal the show with Trailhawk concept

jeep.jpgCombining traditional off-road features with refined on-road cruising capabilities, Jeep builds on the new Wrangler Unlimited platform to bring us a new take on open-air motoring. Removable tinted glass panels cover the first- and second-row seats, over the cargo compartment and swing-up backlight. When removed, passengers enjoy the same open-air experience found in traditional soft top Jeeps. A 3.0-liter BLUETEC 215-hp 376 lb-ft diesel powers the Trailhawk. Continue reading Jeep hopes to steal the show with Trailhawk concept

Jeep Wrangler JK: same but different

jeep-wrangler-jk.jpgTHE days of the crude, old-fashioned Jeep Wrangler are coming to a close. But is it useful on a regular road? Jeep has reinvented its rough off-road king as a true hybrid — capable of being as respectable on the road as it is brilliant off it. The new Wrangler JK has an improved engine line-up, including for the first time a diesel, a leap forward in refinement, and a four-door Unlimited model pitched at families.  “We had a huge challenge on our hands,” says Jeep product vice-president Mike Donoughe. Continue reading Jeep Wrangler JK: same but different

Jeep Compass comes in below projections

jeep-compass.jpgThe Chrysler Group has gotten tons of PR mileage out of the popularity of the Dodge Caliber, to the point where dealers haven’t been able to keep them in stock and consumers have to beg for a test drive (new Calibers net more profit than demos, after all). Unfortunately for the automaker, the Caliber’s stablemate, the Jeep Compass, isn’t enjoying the same successes. As the first car-based Jeep to hit the streets, the Caliber’s sales have been lower than projected despite the vehicle’s distinctive styling and sharp interior. Continue reading Jeep Compass comes in below projections