You know you’ve had the argument with your Jeep buddies. My CJ is better than your JK, my round headlights are cooler than your square headlights, etc. Let’s settle it now, once and for all. Which Jeep model was the best? Let your voice be heard! Sound off below!
In one of the ultimate tests for a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, German Adventurer Matthias Jeschke and his team are attempting to travel from Paris to New York “the long way” (headed East). The ToledoBlade.com is reporting that the expedition is down to only one Jeep which is now partially disabled while attempted to cross Siberia during a fiercer than “normal” Winter. Jeschke made history is 2007 by driving a Jeep Wrangler to a world record altitude of 21,837 on a volcano in Chili. Jeschke is a true modern day Jeep adventurer. Here’s to hoping that he and his team come out safely and are able to complete their quest.
For those of us who love ABC’s Lost & also love Jeeps, the last couple of episodes have really been a treat. First Sawyer, now Jin tooling around in the bright blue Dharma Initiative CJ7 circa 1977. Now thanks to Lostpedia, the quintessential reference for all things Lost , the beautiful blue CJ7 has it’s own Lostpedia page complete with pictures and bio, including groundbreaking information such as “used generally for off road destinations”. Hey at least there’s pictures! Speaking of which, I’ve got to get me one of those sweet jumpsuits!
“Anyway, what does catch our eye is the way the roofline takes a dive as it heads toward the back of the vehicle–a sign that the new Grand Cherokee will adopt a bit more of an aerodynamic look. The new Grand Cherokee rides on a new platform–shared with the Mercedes-Benz M class–that was developed with Daimler before the companies divorced last year.”
To see the Spy Pic for yourself, click here.
Scott Burgess, the Auto Reviewer for The Detroit News recently gave the 2009 Jeep Patriot rave reviews stating that,“it puts the first draft to shame.”
It’s quite capable. My test vehicle, the high-end Limited, was powered on the 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine. It pounds out a respectable 172 horsepower and 165-pound-feet of torque. (That’s an upgrade over the base 158 horsepower, 141-pound-feet torque 2-liter engine.)
It buzzes along the highway quite nicely. It’s quieter now that Jeep has installed sound dampening materials on the floor and inside the engine compartment. It’s also retuned the exhaust. It’s not silent in the cabin when you’re going 70 mph, but it’s easy enough to hold a conversation.
The ride is fairly smooth, but still feels more truck-like, which fits a Jeep’s character…
One area Jeep didn’t have to improve was the vehicle’s gas mileage. While there are five different drivetrain configurations, all of the mileage numbers are good — spanning from 20 miles per gallon city/22 mpg highway for the top of the line 4×4 to 23 mpg city/27 mpg highway for a front-wheel drive with a five-speed manual.
While I did not test the 2009 model’s off-road abilities this time, I have driven the Patriot on some extremely tough terrain in the past without any problems. The Freedom II off road package can handle almost everything a person can throw at it.”
“The five-passenger Wrangler Unlimited EV is powered by a 200 kW (268 hp) electric motor that sources its energy from advanced lithium-ion batteries. This combination delivers a 0-100 km/h time of about nine seconds and a reduced top speed of 145 km/h. More significantly however, the Wrangler Unlimited EV can run 64 km solely on electric power before continuing on for an estimated 580 km on a relatively small tank of gas.
The extended range is delivered by a 94-hp gasoline generator (larger than that used in the Jeep Patriot EV) that recharges the batteries along with regenerative brakes. There is even the possibility of plugging in the Wrangler Unlimited EV to standard electrical outlets.
Outside of the high-tech drivetrain, the Wrangler Unlimited EV has a basic chassis with solid front and rear axles. This Jeep has a go-anywhere feel to it with high 44.4 and 40.5 degree angles of approach and departure, respectively. Given high levels of torque from the electric motors (and adding in all-wheel-drive), this zero-emission-capable Jeep may be the best yet for being one with nature.”
The author also takes a moment to remind us that the transition from gasoline to electricity will not be a smooth one, but highlights the importance of heading in the right direction.
“From an energy standpoint, even if the Wrangler Unlimited EV became available tomorrow at your local dealership, it will still have its draw-backs; it will still use gasoline, and, if plugged in, may rely on non-renewable, unclean energy sources. Furthermore, the technology’s reliability and recyclability stand in question. Regardless, the ENVI products represent a major stepping stone towards where consumer motoring should be.”