Part SUV-inspired, part pickup, the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator is designed to catch the attention of those potential buyers that are searching for something more than an SUV or a traditional truck. With this latest introduction into the Jeep lineup, the brand is hoping to tap into America’s growing demand for larger vehicles and cater to those lifestyle buyers who need a smaller pickup truck – those buyers aiming to make use of the flatbed functionality. Every automaker knows that if they want to make a statement with a new model, then they’ve got to take risks, and that means designing vehicles with bold (and sometimes polarizing) looks. When the 2020 Gladiator debuted at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show, it was very clear that Jeep had been unapologetic with their design.
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Sales of the Jeep Wrangler topped 190,000 units in 2017 alone, and have been skyrocketing for the past decade thanks to the introduction of the four-door Unlimited Wrangler in 2007. The popularity of such a peculiar vehicle may be puzzling to some, but it’s not hard to understand the Wrangler’s wide appeal when you take into account the Jeep brand heritage, the on- and off-road capabilities, and the vehicle’s own authenticity. “Go Anywhere, Do Anything” is the Wrangler’s slogan that drivers and passengers alike embody when they’re riding in one. And with a slogan and lifestyle appeal like that – well, it’s easy to see why the competition is outsold year after year. Read the rest of this entry
It turns out that the highly-anticipated Jeep pickup truck will not be called a Jeep Scrambler after all. The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) media department has been slowly letting details about its Wrangler-inspired truck trickle out ahead of the LA Auto Show, where the Jeep pickup is expected to make its debut if a leaked dealership presentation is to be trusted. According to an online Jeep forum, it’ll be a Jeep Gladiator making the rounds this late November (2018). Several forum users claim that official pictures and a specs sheet were on FCA’s official media site for a short time before being taken down. So what can we look forward to on this Wrangler-inspired midsize pickup? If the name is anything to go by there’ll be plenty of tough goodies in store. Read the rest of this entry
Italian criminals better watch out as there’s a new patrol in town now that the Carabinieri (Italy’s gendarmerie force) is set to receive 19 armored Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs for their anti-terrorism unit. The specially-prepared vehicles are slated to arrive by the end of the year, with the first few already on their way to officers in Rome. What makes the Carabinieri Grand Cherokee special? Not only its exterior but also its unmatched (and shall we say altered) capabilities.
Flashing blue lights on the grille and roof, combined with the classic Carabinieri blue paint scheme with red accents, adorn this Grand Cherokee SUV that takes crime-fighting seriously. An extra tablet powered by Android on a sliding rack allows the Carabinieri additional communication access, including the ability to access various different Italian Police databases while on the go. These SUVs will be powered by a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine capable of generating up to 190 horsepower and paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Bad guys hiding out on some rugged hills? That’s not a challenge for this SUV, as its four-wheel-drive can conquer any rugged terrain. Read the rest of this entry
We are officially in the final stretch of 2018, but plenty of 2019 model year vehicles are still pending to make their debuts. With the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show (Oct. 30 – Nov. 2) and the LA Auto Show (Nov. 30 – Dec. 9) scheduled to take place, the stage is set for some exciting revelations. A supercharged 2012 Jeep® JK Wrangler from Raw Motorsports is fully loaded with aftermarket parts and is set to be unveiled at SEMA, while the long-awaited Jeep Scrambler is expected to be the talk of the town once it’s unveiled at the LA Auto Show. Read the rest of this entry