One analyst estimates that Jeep is worth $ 22 billion as a standalone brand.
Are all the roads near you straight and flat? If not, the performance envelope of the Trackhawk is going to far exceed that of the Demon.
Aston Martin’s new hypercar takes aim at the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918, and we got a peek at the latest spy shots of a Hellcat powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Senior Editor Greg Migliore reports on this edition of Autoblog Minute.
Later this week Jeep celebrates two anniversaries: Their 75th, as well as the 50th anniversary of their annual Easter Jeep Safari. The latter is a nine-day event whereby Jeep enthusiasts converge on Moab, Utah, to put their vehicles to the test on some 40 different trails.
This event is where Jeep not only gains valuable feedback from real-world owners, but also shows off a variety of concept cars—real, working cars that will tackle the trails—to gauge interest. This year they’re rolling out no less than seven of these vehicles. The Trailcat, below, is the one that seems to be getting the most blog love—presumably because it has the Dodge Challenger’s monstrous 6.2-liter supercharged V8 under the hood:
Then there’s their Crew Chief 715, “a salute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles [that] showcases a burly design with heritage styling cues:”
We’re digging their retro FC 150—”built to tackle both challenging rocky trails and the harshness of a western cattle ranch”—where they’ve taken an actual FC 150 body from 1960 and grafted it onto Wrangler chassis:
A little more on the sedate side is their Comanche, which we have to include largely because of what they’re calling the paint color: “Beige Against the Machine.”
Those were our faves, and you can see the rest here.
The Easter Jeep Safari kicks off this Friday.
Fiat Chrysler US issues two recalls covering about 570,000 worldwide examples of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Compass, and Patriot, and Dodge Durango.
A problem with air-conditioning lines in the 2015 Jeep Cherokee coming into close contact with the exhaust manifold has prompted a recall of 75,364 units in the United States, and another 18,531 in other markets.