Posts Tagged ‘Off-Road’
No better time to be a Jeep Wrangler driver than during summer. Warm temperatures give the go-ahead to take the top off and bask in the sun while pushing a Wrangler to its limits on the trail or simply cruising around town. Aside from an annual service check, there are plenty of other things owners can do to get their Wranglers revved up for the summer months. Here are some tips tricks to kick summer into high gear behind the wheel of a Wrangler. (more…)
Off-roading takes quite a bit of skill to conquer the trails without damaging your vehicle, and Jeepers are largely known for their off-roading expertise. While off-roading may come naturally for some, it’s important to start with a solid foundation of off-roading knowledge and where better to start than with some of the most common terminology. Here are a few off-roading related terms that all Jeepers should be familiar with prior to hitting the trails. (more…)
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. (more…)
After nearly a 30 year absence, Jeep reentered the mid-size pickup segment with the launch of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Although the segment may be a bit saturated with the likes of the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, and Toyota Tacoma among others, the Jeep Gladiator stands out not only for its rugged looks, but also for its capability. Much more than what critics call a Wrangler with a pickup bed tacked on, the Jeep Gladiator fills a specific niche in the midsize pickup world. (more…)
The Grand Cherokee was designed for adventures both on and off the road since its inception. Unlike many other trail-oriented vehicles, including its sibling, the Jeep Wrangler, the Grand Cherokee has a unibody chassis instead of a body-on-frame setup to better handle itself on pavement. Luxurious and ample interiors along with smooth riding and handling make the Grand Cherokee popular with both urbanites and families. Despite the fact that the Grand Cherokee makes for an excellent commuter, this is still a genuine Jeep vehicle that can definitely go off the beaten path. Jeep has consistently improved the Grand Cherokee over four generations, let’s see how much it’s changed since the first generation debuted. (more…)
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. (more…)
According to the latest report from Cars.com, the Jeep Cherokee remains the most American-made vehicle on the market for the second year in a row. The annual study takes into account where the vehicle parts are sourced, where the vehicle is assembled, and how many jobs it creates. The economic impact of the production of the vehicle remains the most important factor in determining a winner. (more…)
Designed to tackle any obstacle, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is ready to combat any large rock, log, or unforeseen dropoff that may stand in its path while off-roading. How does the Gladiator accomplish such a feat? Well, as it turns out Jeep designed an innovative forward-facing camera feature so that drivers can see any possible obstacles over the hood. The camera is housed in the middle slot of the Gladiator’s classic seven-slot grille. Drivers will be able to activate the front-facing camera feature by pushing a button on the Uconnect Off-road pages with the image transmitted right on the touchscreen display.
“The inspiration for the forward-facing camera was our customer, the Jeep enthusiast. We wanted to provide another innovative tool for the Jeep enthusiast to use and have a great time while they are off-roading,” said Pete Milosavlevski, the Gladiator chief engineer. Milosavlevski states that the idea for the forward-facing camera came from feedback generated while riding with customers during off-road adventures.
We should note that the camera is exclusive to the Rubicon trim, the same trim that offers over 80 advanced safety and security features on the Gladiator. Once the camera is activated, it can detect obstacles as close as two feet in front of the bumper and as far as 10 feet in front of the Gladiator. The camera doesn’t only show a preview of what’s ahead, it also offers drivers dynamic guidelines to help them better navigate around obstacles.
The little camera also offers another intricate detail. Designers knew that as an off-road camera it was definitely bound to get dusty, so to combat that they installed a tiny camera washer. When drivers cannot see and do not want to exit their pickups, they’re free to activate the stream from their touchscreen display.
Other special features of the Gladiator include a Dana 44 front and rear axle that gives the Gladiator the ability to tear through all manner of rough terrain. Such a heavy-duty axle gives the Gladiator impressive front-wheel articulation. Additionally, the Uconnect infotainment system is widely considered to be a best-in-class system with its Apple CarPlay and Google Android capability, as well as USB-C ports, advanced features for satellite radio. Those Gladiator pickups equipped with navigation will also record any path taken during an off-road excursion so Jeepers can easily find it again in the future.
For the time being the Gladiator only offers one powertrain, but a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel is expected to become available in the near future. Slated to dump out 442 lb-ft of torque while paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, this is a Gladiator trim worth waiting for. The Jeep Gladiator is already touted as the midsize truck with a best-in-class tow rating, a capability of up to 7,650 pounds to be exact. Towing ratings aren’t expected to change with the diesel powertrain, but the extra torque will be the perfect boost to make the Gladiator even more of a beast off-road.
Stop by Miami Lakes AutoMall and experience the brand new 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Luxury and function meet to make an outstanding truck that’s sure to delight any existing Jeepers and convert first-timers into brand devotees. If a pickup isn’t what you’re looking for, explore the rest of the Jeep lineup – ranging from the entry-level Renegade to the luxurious Grand Cherokee.
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Jeep is celebrating the immediate success of the 2020 Gladiator, the brand’s first pickup in almost three decades. One look at the Gladiator is enough to get prospective buyers’ minds reeling given that the pickup is heavily-based on the Wrangler JL. Let us highlight for you the areas where the Wrangler and Gladiator are similar and where they are not. (more…)
Touted as one of the more capable SUVs in its segment, the Jeep Cherokee features impressive towing and off-roading capabilities. Off-road enthusiasts agree that when the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is properly equipped it certainly delivers superior off-road prowess when compared to counterparts in the same segment. It’s important to note that the Cherokee received a bit of criticism these past few years due to its controversial (and nearly slanted) front end styling and its questionable nine-speed automatic transmission according to buyers. Jeep chose to address these issues – and a few others that weren’t as immediate – for the 2019 model year. The 2019 Jeep Cherokee now features a redesigned front end that gives it a more authentic and premium Jeep look like the Grand Cherokee. (more…)