Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

One of the most eye-catching members of the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari concept vehicles is the Staff Car. It’s basically a current Jeep Wrangler JK modified to look like the original Willys MB, complete with flat fenders, no doors, classic Firestone NDT tires, and a matte, sand-colored paint job.

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2017 Jeep Luminator

And you thought SEMA has a ton of LED lights…

Continuing in Jeep’s 2017 lineup of Easter Jeep Safari concepts is this, the Wrangler Luminator concept. As the name suggests, this modified Wrangler is all about illumination. It features a wide array of LED lights for busting through the night. There’s even a solar panel on the roof, along with a drone landing pad.

Jeep engineers didn’t leave the rest of the Wrangler unchanged. This concept features upgraded parts throughout. Up front is the 10th anniversary bumper with a Warn winch, the heat-reduction hood covers the engine bay, flat fenders give it a more rugged stance, and the rolling stock has been upgraded to Jeep Performance Parts beadlock wheels and Goodyear Wrangler MT/R mud tires. The differential covers are also upgraded for added strength and a little bit of Jeep branding.

A cool color scheme has a bright blue on bottom, matching the beadlock rinds on the wheels, while glossy black covers the top half. A white roof and stripes finish off the look.

But the main story is all about those lights.

The main headlights are LED projector bi-function units. The taillights are custom designed round lights. The left taillight even has a 110-volt power outlet hidden behind a door. The fog lights are LED, of course, as are the A-pillar lights. The front bumper has large driving lights with smaller side lights that illuminate dark trails. Even the turn signal lights are LED units. There is also a LED light bar hidden long the top of the windshield, and under body lights ensure the ground around the Wrangler is visible.

What’s more, the hood features a unique LED light bar with a center-mounted night-vision scanner. If it detects wildlife or people walking on the trail, it will signal the light bar to shine a spotlight onto the object. Out back, the center high-mount stop light has been replaced with a concept unit. It does multiple duties on top of shining red with the brakes. It uses different colors for different speeds, letting those behind it know how fast it’s going. From one to three mph, the right shines amber, while from three to 25 mph, it shines green. Of course, when it’s time to stop, it shines red. It also acts as a scouting lamp with a white glow.

There’s more about this Jeep concept, so keep reading for more.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler JL to get SRT Demon Edition, Inside Source Says!

Watch out, Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, the Demon Wrangler is coming!

Jeep will build a 750+ horsepower Wrangler Unlimited with all the racing components found on the upcoming Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, including the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 and Drag Mode. The information comes directly from TopSpeed’s anonymous inside source that works closely with SRT projects. Best of all, the Jeep will be called the Demon Wrangler.

“Jeep is expanding its boundaries with the Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk, but some in the company though more was needed,” said our informant during a chat on the dark web. “The Wrangler is our hottest product, so we figured a track-focused edition would get plenty of traction – pun intended.”

The Demon Wrangler will use super wide, 315-series performance tires from Nitto, while its 4WD system is upgraded to a full-time AWD system with beefy components able to withstand hard launches. The interior is complete with a flat-bottom steering wheel, a five-point racing harness, and the Performance Pages on the new Uconnect system.

Under the hood, the Hemi V-8 will use the A/C to chill the liquid-to-air heat exchanger, just like the Challenger Demon. The transmission brake is also present, allowing the Demon Wrangler’s supercharger to reach full boost before launching.

Our inside source says official speed trials have not been completed, but preliminary runs show the Demon Wrangler hitting 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 10.82 seconds at 125 mph – just a hair’s breath slower than the Challenger Demon due to wind resistance.

The insider was adamant these details are mythical, due in large part to a Jeep’s inability to wrangle demons. Happy April 1st, everybody.

2017 Jeep Safari Concept

The open-air Wrangler for those who hate the open air

The crop of concept Jeeps for the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari are upon us, and Jeep has spared no expense to wow Wrangler enthusiast with several outlandish builds, including this – the Safari Concept. Based on the Wrangler Unlimited, this one-off custom features unique parts throughout, not the least of which are the rear suicide doors, vinyl windows, and clear top. Oh, and it has a drone mounted on the roof. You know, for doing drone stuff. Jeep says it built the Safari concept to “bring the outdoors in, while keeping the doors and roof on.” We’re big fans of running without the doors and top, but the idea isn’t lost on us.

Most of this Wrangler remains stock, but many key areas have been updated. First, the grille is new, shared also with the Quicksand Concept, and is likely the grille for the upcoming Wrangler JL, the replacement for the decade-old Wrangler JK. Custom wheels, bumpers, rocker panels, fenders, and interior round out the concept.

Inside, the seats appear to be borrowed from the Fiat 500 Abarth, the stock radio is replaced with an Apple iPad, and the steering wheel is borrowed from the FCA parts bin. Lime green accents are carried around the body and interior, including the door jams and lightweight top.

There’s definitely more to this Jeep, though, so keep reading for the full scoop.

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2017 Jeep Quicksand Concept

Vintage hot rod + 392-powered Wrangler = WANT!

Okay, I’m a big sucker for the Wrangler, but I’ve got a soft spot for vintage metal, particularly from the American hot rod glory days. Well, Jeep has combined the two with this – the Quicksand Concept. This one-off concept Jeep was built for the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari, an annual event in Moab, Utah where thousands of Jeep enthusiasts come to drive desert trails. It’s also been home to outlandish concepts built by Jeep for the last decade.

The Quicksand concept started as a two-door Wrangler but has been completely transformed into something altogether cooler. The wheelbase has been stretched, making more stable off road, the suspension is lifted and features huge coil-over shocks at each corner, and the standard V-6 engine has been scrapped for a massive, 392 cubic-inch Hemi V-8. Of course, that’s just the start.

Check out that kinked grille. I’d bet that’s the grille from the upcoming Wrangler JL, the next-generation of Wrangler. It wouldn’t surprise any Jeep fan to see FCA engineers pull a stunt like that…

The interior of the Quicksand concept is all retro, featuring low-back bucket seats, a huge shifter for the manual transmission, and some throw-back gauges for that authentic feel.

There’s plenty more to talk about, so keep reading for all the details.

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2017 Jeep Switchback Concept

Jeep’s idea of an ultimate off-road Wrangler Unlimited

It’s that time of year – the Easter Jeep Safari is closing in a2d Jeep has just released its batch of 2017 concept vehicles for the annual enthusiast even held in Moab, Utah. Jeep is bringing five original concept vehicles to the jamboree, each with their own style. They also have tons of production and experimental parts from Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts bolted on. This particular Jeep, the Wrangler Switchback Concept, showcases a high-level off-roader modified with beefier axles, bigger wheels and tires, and a slew of one-off parts.

Jeep engineers gave this Wrangler a high-line fender kit, custom half-metal doors, concept wheels, a Safari-style hard top, a roof rack, and a unique heat-reduction hood, among other changes.

Of course, what’s a modified Wrangler without a lift kit? The Switchback concept boasts a four-inch suspension lift with remote reservoir Fox Racing shocks. The axles are heavy-duty Dana 44 units, and the tires are 37 inchers from BFGoodrich. There’s plenty more to cover, so keep reading for more.

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Is the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Windshield Crooked or Wicked?

Rejoice Jeep fans! It has a removable top and doors!

Just leaked on is what’s believed to be the next-generation Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Codenamed the JL, this four-door wrangler will replace the current Jeep Wrangler JL for the 2018 model year. Until now, details have been rather spread out, with hardly any information on the Wrangler’s overall appearance and functionality. But thanks to two grainy images, we’re getting a first look.

Much to the angst of Jeep fans, the 2018 Wrangler will indeed come with hard top that’s completely removable. The doors are also completely removable, just like the past Wranglers. The overall design is more evolutionary than revolutionary, sharing much of the overall appearance with the current Wrangler JK.

Of course, the devil is in the details. The grille has a rearward bend, just as we’ve seen in spy shots and other leaked images. The front quarter panels feature some sort of heat extractor or vent just behind the fender. The hood also features vents, much like the optional Heat Extraction hood offered on some Wrangler models. The greenhouse seems taller, with more height to the glass. The doors have a strong character line just under the window, possibly carving out where the half-metal doors will end.

And even more interesting, the windshield seems to have two hinges. Perhaps Jeep won’t kill the folding windshield design after all! As for the roll cage, it shares a similar layout to the current Wrangler JK, but it looks to be better integrated for stronger roll-over protection.

Around back the tailgate is now hinged on the driver side, making curb-side loading much easier. The spare tire is missing, but we do expect the production model will feature it in this traditional location. The bumpers have a familiar style, shaped like those found on special edition Wranglers like the 75th Anniversary, Rubicon Hard Rock, and Rubicon Recon.

All told, this is a huge relief for Jeep enthusiast worried about a watered-down, mall-rated Wrangler JL. Those fears can be set aside knowing Jeep has kept all the lovable aspects of the Wrangler in place. Let’s just hope this isn’t some fake news rendering crap designed to scam us all…

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What Should Jeep Name Its Wrangler Pickup?

Historic names are apparently under consideration

Development of Jeep’s upcoming Wrangler Pickup is well underway. We’ve spotted camouflaged test mules, heard rumors of turbocharged and turbodiesel powerplants, and even gotten bad news (more than once) regarding its production date getting shifted back. However, the Wrangler Pickup is happening! But what should Jeep name it?

Mike Manley, the head honcho at Jeep, has confirmed FCA is looking into historic Jeep names for the new vehicle. Manley recently told reporters at Detroit News that he, along with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ CEO Sergio Marchionne, were exploring the use of iconic names Jeep fans would instantly recognize.

Three names instantly come to mind: Comanche, Willys, and Gladiator.

Now, each provides something unique, including their own set of problems. Let’s explore this more in detail.

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Jeep Gives Bad News on Wrangler Pickup Debut

Looks like we’ll be waiting even longer…

It seems we’ve got a longer wait before Jeep introduces the upcoming Wrangler Pickup. The news comes directly from Jeep boss Mike Manley during the media launch event for the new 2017 Jeep Compass. Manley told the Detroit News the Wrangler-based truck wouldn’t enter production until late 2019.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time Jeep has pushed back the yet-unnamed pickup. Originally the Wrangler Pickup was scheduled to debut along side the Wrangler SUV in late 2017. The truck was then pushed further back to sometime in mid-2018. While Manley’s explanation for the hold-up makes sense, it is still cause for trepidation from Jeep loyalists.

So what’s going on? Manley says production of the Wrangler Pickup will wait until the Wrangler SUV is in full-scale production. “The key thing for me is to make sure the new Wrangler is fully up and running,” Manley told the Detroit News. He also confirmed the new 2018 Wrangler would launch during the fourth quarter of 2017.

Part of the issue is Fiat Chrysler’s current game of musical chairs it’s playing with assembly plants. Much of FCA’s products are undergoing a relocation of production, including the Wrangler. The current Wrangler JK is assembled at the Supplier Park portion of Jeep’s Toledo, Ohio complex. The upcoming Wrangler JL will be assembled nearby at the Toledo Complex’s North Plant. Both versions of the Wrangler will be in production for a short time, allowing Jeep to normalize Wrangler JL production. At that time, the current-generation Wrangler JK will cease production, opening up the Supplier Park for the production of the Wrangler Pickup. All told, FCA is spending upwards of $700 million to renovate Jeep’s Toledo Assembly Complex.

While Jeep could still make the 2019 model-year goal for the Wrangler Pickup, it’s far more likely the long-awaited model will debut as a 2020 model.

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Source: Detroit News

2017 Jeep Wrangler Night Eagle

European Jeep customers get more blacked-out trim choices

Jeep is bringing several vehicles to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, including a few special edition models. In that mix is the Grand Cherokee Night Eagle, and this, the Jeep Wrangler Night Eagle. Like the Grand Cherokee, this special edition Wrangler is treated to the popular blacked-out theme, with Jeep attaching Gloss Black accenting and unique graphics to the outside, while the interior is worked over with upgraded leather seats.

This isn’t the first Night Eagle edition Jeep we’ve seen. Aside from this year’s Grand Cherokee version, Jeep had already launched Night Eagle editions of the Cherokee and Renegade over the last two years. All four models now share similar attributes. But before diving into what makes the Wrangler Night Eagle different, let’s look at what remains unchanged.

The Wrangler continues to be available in both two- and four-door versions. European-spec Wrangler uses different front and rear bumpers, along with a spare tire cover, and different OEM tires. The Wrangler is also powered by Jeep’s 2.8-liter CDI four-cylinder turbodiesel as standard. It makes 200 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar gasoline V-6 is available and makes 284 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to Jeep’s five-speed automatic transmission.

The Wrangler’s 4WD system carries over unchanged, of course, as it has for nearly a decade. The non-Rubicon Wrangler like this Night Eagle use Jeep’s Command-Trac NV241 part-time, two-speed transfer case with manual shifting. It has a 2.72:1 crawl ratio and locks the engine’s torque split at 50/50 for the front and rear axles. The rear differential utilizes Jeep’s Trac-Lok limited-slip system, which helps provide power to the wheel with the most traction.

With that aside, let’s jump into what makes the Night Eagle edition different.

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AEV Stopping Production of Wrangler JK Brute Double Cab

Aftermarket Jeep tuner preps for the Wrangler JK’s last days

American Expedition Vehicles is a well-known aftermarket parts and tuning company that specializes in Jeep Wrangler TJ and JK off-road parts designed to improve capability while looking like OEM equipment. Perhaps AEV’s most well-known product is the Brute Double Cab. Built using a donor Wrangler Unlimited, the Brute is the only Wrangler pickup available on the market. But with Jeep’s next-generation Wrangler JL coming to market in the next year, AEV is preparing to end Brute production.

AEV offers Brute conversions on brand new Wrangler Unlimited they procure from the Jeep assembly plant. Customers then buy the freshly modified Jeeps right from AEV’s Michigan headquarters, or through the ever-growing network of Jeep dealerships partnered with AEV.

Customers can also custom-order their Brute. Options include larger wheels and tires, suspension lifts, bumpers, and even Hemi V-8 engine swaps. Of course, the Brute’s main attribute is its injection-molded, composite cargo bed. The Wrangler’s frame is actually lengthened by several inches, giving enough room for the cargo bed and the ability to store a full-size spare tire between the frame rails.

Sadly the Brute’s days are numbered. Jeep is mere months away from debuting the next-generation Wrangler, dubbed the JL. As most Jeep enthusiasts know, the Wrangler JL will be offered in a pickup version, dubbed the JT. With Jeep soon making its own Wrangler pickup, AEV will end production of the Wrangler JK Brute. AEV’s order books are closing March 31, so those wanting a piece of Jeep history better act fast.

The Brute Double Cab starts at $41,665, not including the donor Jeep, which can range from $30,000 to $50,000. Pricing can well exceed the $100,000 mark with all the available add-ons selected. Items include upgraded axles, off-road lights, recovery winches, various tire options, and interior leather upgrades. AEV will even swap in the mighty 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 with the Wrangler’s six-speed manual transmission.

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