“Green” is definitely not a word anyone would associate with the Jeep brand. As Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) off-road-oriented SUV brand, Jeep is known more for its off-road prowess and run-of-the-mill engines, but the automaker has a plan to adapt and pivot its reputation. Now that Jeep’s been making an effort to expand its lineup to include plug-in hybrid vehicles, it’s safe to say that the brand is embracing a more eco-conscious future. Jeep’s Global President, Christian Meunier, vowed to expand the reach of the brand’s 4xe hybrid powertrain, grow the brand globally, and reform the automaker’s image as the world’s “greenest SUV brand.” Jeep is currently in the middle of implementing a broad, five-year electrification plan across its lineup that’ll have hybrid and all-electric options by 2022. Read the rest of this entry
Jeep Wrangler Islander Returns
Jeep, an automaker with a storied history, is not one to ignore its past. In fact, the iconic Jeep Wrangler itself pays homage to its roots as a World War II utility vehicle with the current Willys trims — named after Willys-Overland, one of the three companies responsible for bringing the vehicle to fruition after a petition from the U.S. military. Now, Jeep is bringing back another iconic moniker — Islander — for the 2021 model year. After a decade-long absence, the Jeep Wrangler Islander returns to the Wrangler lineup with a special new aesthetic that evokes the tropical imagery of Hawaii and its beaches. Read the rest of this entry
The Jeep Wrangler model last made a generation change for the 2019 model year, but that hasn’t stopped the brand from upgrading a few things here and there on the 2020 model. Of course, the Wrangler remains the iconic SUV it’s always been thanks to significant changes that take place under the hood instead of on the Wrangler’s exterior. Some of the most significant changes on the 2020 Wrangler model include the addition of an all-new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine, capable of producing 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. The EcoDiesel engine is only available on four-door Jeep Wrangler models. Read the rest of this entry
A quick rundown of Jeep history tells us that it all started with a Willys MB model that was developed for use in World War II. Although the official military name of the Willys MB was “US Army Truck, ¼-ton, 4×4, Command Reconnaissance, the vehicle quickly became known as a Jeep by the soldiers who affectionately shortened the “general purpose” moniker. Once the war was over, Jeep manufactured vehicles for everyday civilian use, but the Wrangler nameplate wasn’t born until 1986. Read the rest of this entry
For the past year or so, most of Jeep’s attention has been directed towards the all-new Gladiator. Now that it’s launched and breaking midsize pickup records, it’s time for the iconic Jeep Wrangler to step back in the spotlight. Although, 2018 marked a major revamp for the wrangler, it appears that Jeep has decided it’s time for the Wrangler to get some updates. According to Moparinsiders.com, the 2020 Wrangler will feature a new trim package along with some powertrain updates. Read the rest of this entry
Vehicles that morph into icons over time tend to be a hassle when it comes to changes as the model years roll by. Automakers often struggle deciding what needs fixing, what needs enhancing, and just how many alterations can be made to a vehicle before it loses what made it an icon in the first place, but this is not the case of the latest Wrangler. Now in its second year since its last complete redesign, the Wrangler is a textbook example of how to improve a vehicle without losing its essence. Here are four things to rejoice about in the latest JL generation Wrangler: Read the rest of this entry
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
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 recently published an article to help potential Jeep Wrangler buyers determine which Jeep top is right for them, and we’ve got a handy how-to guide for Jeep JL Wrangler top removal, but what if we were to tell you that the next best thing in Jeep tops is finally here? That’s right, there’s an even better way for Jeepers to enjoy that classic fresh air feel that comes naturally in a Jeep Wrangler. Bestop, the nation’s leading manufacturer of aftermarket Jeep soft tops and accessories recently announced the arrival of their first premium soft top for the all-new JL-generation Wrangler – the SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP. What’s sure to become Bestop’s hottest aftermarket accessory is the perfect way to combine the best of both worlds, all with the addition of an all-weather, all-purpose, year-round soft top that quickly flips back like a convertible for that easy access to an open-air experience.
The Bestop SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP was initially launched in 2016 for the JK-generation Wrangler as an aftermarket accessory to provide hardtop Wrangler owners instant access to a quasi-convertible experience without having to go through the hassle of removing the entire hardtop. It was no surprise when the SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP quickly became a best-selling accessory among hardtop Wrangler owners, and it’s not hard to see why Bestop is tapping into the same market for the newest generation.
Current owners of any JK-generation Wranglers who were potentially looking to upgrade in the future need not despair – Bestop has designed the latest SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP in a way that fits both the JK-generation Wrangler (2007 – 2018) and the new JL-generation. This aftermarket accessory makes for a valuable and long-lasting investment that can be enjoyed both now and later.
Arguably the best thing about the SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP (besides the incredible convenience of the accessory itself) is the fact that its installation requires zero power tools and only takes about 30 minutes! The SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP asks that hardtop Wrangler owners remove the front of the cabin’s freedom panels – the two panels come off by undoing the L-shaped latches that secure them to the roof. Once removed, the freedom panels should be stored accordingly to avoid any damage. Now that the front of the cabin is free and clear, it’s time to mount the two rails that level the SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP with the help of a simple Allen wrench. The installation process is now complete, and the SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP is ready to fold back just like a convertible top and hit the road.
Don’t just take it from us, even off-road racing icon Casey Currie is a fan, saying “The SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP makes the Jeeping experience better in every way – I love how easy it is to flip open and let the sun in. It’s an absolute must-have!”
The SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP is available in two different styles – ultra-premium Black Twill or factory-style Black Sailcloth, with limited quantities available. Its retail price starts at $699. Bestop distributors and bestop.com are currently taking pre-orders for the SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP as it makes its official launch throughout the month of October.
Don’t feel comfortable installing it yourself? Our service department is now open on Sundays for your convenience and we’d be glad to help. Schedule a service appointment online today!
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Initially unveiled overseas several months ago, the refreshed Jeep® Renegade was finally revealed this week for the U.S. market, complete with a mild visual update, several added features, and a downsized 1.3-liter turbo engine – available to those drivers who seek a little more power on the road. Additionally, the manual transmission will no longer be an option and the turbocharged engine will not be the standard powertrain.
Doing away with its notorious boxy look, the refreshed 2019 Renegade gets visual updates that modernize its front and rear with reshaped fascias and newly optional LED headlights and taillights. New wheel designs, exterior colors, and even a revised instrument cluster complete the list of visual improvements in the 2019 model year.
Powertrain options experience an even bigger change, with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine now the default engine on the Sport and Latitude trims, a big change from the previously standard turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The 2.4-liter is capable of generating 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque when paired with the standard nine-speed automatic transmission. Limited and Trailhawk trims come standard with an all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine that makes more power than the old turbocharged engine – 177 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. The Limited trim also features engine-stop-start (ESS) technology and active grille shutters for improved fuel economy. A stick-shift option is no longer available since all engines are paired with the standard nine-speed transmission.
No official word yet from Jeep on pricing, but the refreshed Renegade is likely to see an increase thanks to the fact that its automatic transmission is now standard. Industry experts expect a minimum increase of $1000. The Jeep Renegade currently has an MSRP of $18,445 (plus destination fee).
In other Jeep news – we recently wrote about the ongoing web series competition by Jeep, and now we’ve finally got a winner! The six-part web series followed three celebrities – Alex Rodriguez, Maria Menounos, and The Infatuation – and their respective builders as they competed against one another for the Wrangler Golden Grille Award. Each celebrity was given a stock JL Wrangler and was asked to customize it to their liking, trying to earn the praise and vote of the judging panel.
In the end, it was Maria Menounos and DCD Customs who took the award home. They set themselves apart from the competition by building upon a classic two-door Wrangler, complete with custom half-doors and a hand-painted dashboard. Polished aluminum GenRight bumpers, a Warn winch, and 39-inch Super Swampers finished off the custom look.
Check out the winning ride below:
Inspired in becoming a Jeeper? Stop by Miami Lakes Jeep and check out our extensive 2018 JL Wrangler inventory. With the many trims and configurations available across the entire lineup it’s hard not to feel like you’ve gotten your very own customized Wrangler.
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