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” »

Jeep Cherokee Sport 2010 Review

April 16th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Building a Jeep can’t be an easy task. Mixing 67 years of brand DNA with all the modern practicalities and technologies demanded by SUV buyers is no simple feat. But Jeep has built a reputation on being rugged and uncompromising in both the vehicles it produces and its attitude towards gaining success in a segment that was once a niche but is now brutally competitive. To combat the competition Jeep has a solid range of off-road inspired vehicles to cater for a variety of needs. Sitting in the NZ line-up between the top dog Grand Cherokee and the pureblood Wrangler is the Cherokee Sport. This mid-size model is currently in its second generation and with a recent facelift is set to continue its assault on the NZ market. Car and SUV got some seat time in the revised Cherokee to see if it’s well positioned to invade the consciousness of Kiwi car buyers.

Little has changed in terms of looks for the updated Cherokee, much of the chrome work has now given way to colour-coded paint cutting down the visual bling. Our test vehicle looked smartly uniformed with door handles, roof rails, mirrors and even the iconic 7-slot grille finished in black. Wide wheel arches, a high waist and distinctive angular lines give the Cherokee a bulky presence while continuing Jeep family styling traits. A chunky front bumper and indicator lights built into the guards create a squared jaw look while at the rear it’s more about function with vertical jeweled lights and a split tail gate. Standard wheels are 5-spoke alloys which are good looking rims but at 16-inches don’t really fill out the arches. Overall, the Cherokee has a boxy charm that’s distinctly Jeep and appears well screwed together.

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Jeep Patriot 2010 Review

March 12th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Back in January of 1991 the World’s attention was directed at the Middle East where the American military had begun its operation Desert Storm against the forces of Saddam Hussein. One of the battles within the war raged between surface-to-air missiles, namely the unfavoured Iraqi ‘Scud’ rockets that were intercepted and destroyed mid-air by the American’s elegantly named ‘Patriot’. A fascinating skirmish ensued with every sinister Scud missile brought down by a Patriot missile before it could reach its desired target. Now, the true success of the Patriot missiles during Desert Storm is disputed but back in 1991 it was a work of pure public relations genius.

The Patriot moniker lay dormant for many years until Chrysler’s Jeep marque brought it back in 2007 for its new budget-priced crossover SUV. For 2010 the Patriot has been given a thorough facelift and is ready to return to battle in this competitive market segment. But will this Patriot have the firepower to seek-and-destroy its rivals? Car and SUV went on a reconnaissance mission to find out more?

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