Jeep: 2014 Cherokee Trailhawk review

January 6th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

That grille and the menacing eyes simply scare difficult terrain out of the way. Underpinning the seriousness of Jeep’s commitment to dominating the road less paved, you can wade through water up to 508mm deep due to additional electrical and body seals plus a high air intake, there’s 224mm of ground clearance, the approach angle is almost 30 degrees, the departure angle is 32 degrees and the ramp breakover angle is almost 23 degrees. Continue reading “Jeep: 2014 Cherokee Trailhawk review” »

Jeep: 2014 Cherokee Limited V6 review

July 31st, 2014 by Robert Barry

When the first pictures of the new Jeep Cherokee leaked out of America, many people including myself looked at it and wondered what the design team had been smoking on their tea break.

The square boxy KK series Jeep Cherokee as we all knew it, had been consigned to the rubbish bin, replaced by a modern and contemporary-looking SUV that wouldn’t look out of place in the showroom of any Korean, Japanese, or European brand.

The radical exterior design of the new KL series Cherokee divides the rugged lower body and smooth upper body by the key waterline feature and a waterfall bonnet says Jeep. Continue reading “Jeep: 2014 Cherokee Limited V6 review” »

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Overland 2014 review

March 20th, 2014 by Robert Barry

For those people who aren’t familiar with the origins of the Jeep brand, the Overland name dates back to the 1900s.

Overland front 34John Willys bought the brand from another company and created the Willys-Overland motor company in 1912, which then went onto create the first Jeep for the US military, known as the Willys MB in 1941.

Under the stewardship of Daimler-Chrysler, Jeep brought the Overland name back into the market in 2003 when it created a new luxury trim level for the Grand Cherokee, which sat above the Laredo and Limited specification grades. And still does. Continue reading “Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Overland 2014 review” »

2012 Jeep Cherokee arrives with new diesel engine

October 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The new 2012 Jeep Cherokee goes on sale in New Zealand this month with a new diesel engine option and a range of upgrades.

The 2012 Jeep Cherokee is available in NZ in a single specification level – the high grade Limited. It goes on sale with a choice of diesel or petrol engine variants.

As well as the familiar 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine which produces 151 kW @ 5,200 rpm and 314 Nm of torque @ 4,000 rpm, the Cherokee now offers the new 2.8 DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder Common-Rail Diesel (CRD) engine which produces 147kW at 3600 rpm and 460 Nm of torque at 1600 rpm.

The new diesel engine offers improved performance and economy with 13% more power over the previous model yet uses 12% less fuel. Jeep’s quoted combined fuel consumption figures for the Cherokee diesel are 7.9 L/100km and 206g/km CO2.

Jeep continues to push its 4×4 heritage in the Cherokee by offering the Jeep Trail Rated four-wheel-drive system –Selec-Trac II.

Selec-Trac II is a shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system. Select-Trac II operates in 2WD, 4WD Auto, 4WD Low and Neutral. To back it up the Cherokee features independent front suspension with rack-and pinion steering and a five-link rear suspension set-up. Continue reading “2012 Jeep Cherokee arrives with new diesel engine” »

Maserati details ambitious plans for new model range

July 28th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Maserati has detailed its ambitious plans to shift up a gear and increase annual sales to 50,000 units. There are new products that will push the growth with concepts scheduled to debut at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show.

What Maserati expect to become its volume seller is an all-new entry-level sedan (code-named the M157) it may be launched as early as next year and will compete directly with the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class. Expect luxury appointment on the inside but a Chrysler-sourced engine under the bonnet. The rumoured power source is a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 – based on the current Chrysler 3.6-litre V6 and alternatively, a 224 kW 3.0-litre V6 diesel currently shared with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The new sedan is expected to cost between €55,000 to €70,000. Continue reading “Maserati details ambitious plans for new model range” »

Jeep ute gets postponed… for now

June 29th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

If you’re a fan of the ute and also a Jeep enthusiast then you would have been pretty excited when Jeep announced it may bring out a pickup truck. The bad news is that the Jeep ute project has ben put on the backburner for now, but hey, it might still come to fruition.

Jeep CEO Mike Manley said in a recent interview, “We’re still in recovery mode and have to be very careful with our investments. We have so much going on. Our resources are fully dedicated to small vehicles and working with Fiat. There are none left to work on the Jeep pickup at this time.”

He went on to add, “There’s clear interest in the U.S. for a pickup” and “It could also give us potential for some of our international markets even though the pickup market is slightly different outside of the U.S.” Continue reading “Jeep ute gets postponed… for now” »

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 – the fastest Jeep ever built

April 26th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 has had it’s official reveal in the States at the New York Auto Show and it arrives with the intriguing title of the ‘fastest Jeep ever built’.

How fast can a Jeep possibly be? Well it will sprint from 0-100kph in just 4.8 seconds and push on to a restricted 250kph top speed. If you want to be a quarter mile hero it will cover the distance in the mid-13-second range.

Laying at the heart of the beast is a 6.4-litre Hemi V8 pumping out 347kW of power and will apparently get 13-percent better fuel economy than the outgoing model. To achieve this feat Jeep has employed a new active exhaust system that lets the cylinder-deactivating Fuel Saver Technology operate over a wider RPM band.

According to Jeep the Grand Cherokee SRT8 can handle too, thanks in part to a new Selec-Track system with five driving modes. In it’s sportiest settings this go-hard Jeep can hold on for a .90-g skid pad performance. Continue reading “2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 – the fastest Jeep ever built” »

Jeep offers pop-up camper for off-road holiday makers

July 21st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

So you’ve invested in an off-road machine that can take you to the most remote areas of the land, but where are you going to sleep? Over in the States, Jeep have decided to offer a solution to those that want to get well away from it all but still have a touch more luxury than a regular tent can offer. Called the Trail Edition Camper it’s available as an official Mopar accessory and looks tailor-made hooked up behind a new Wrangler.

This fancy new trailer uses good old pop-up technology to remain a manageable size for towing. Each trailer will have sleeping arrangements for four with one dedicated queen-size bed (the other sleeping quarters are converted from the table and sofa), built-in aluminum cabinets, a power supply and a canvas enclosure.

Two different models will be made available, the standard Trail Edition Camper and if that’s not enough the Extreme Trail Edition Camper. While the basic model gets 32-inch tyres and 12 inches of ground clearance, the Extreme Edition goes bigger with 35-inch tyres and a handy 15 inches of clearance. Other extreme upgrades include a stronger frame and full underbody skid plates.

Check out the gallery below for more images of the ‘Campers’. Continue reading “Jeep offers pop-up camper for off-road holiday makers” »

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