There’s a reason Jeep is one of the most widely recognized brand names in the world. When it comes to ruggedness and off-road performance, it has no peers. There are plenty of wannabes out there, but only one Jeep.
For 2014 model year, this legend on wheels rolls out with more model choices and features than ever. And more awards. From the Grand Cherokee to the Compass, the accolades are plentiful.
For starters, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee’s all-new 3.0-litre, V6 diesel delivers an estimated best-in-class 4x4 fuel economy. With 240 horsepower and a healthy 420 lb-ft of torque on tap, the 2014 Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel V6 can tow up to 3,265 kilograms (7,200 pounds), which puts it at the head of the class. It’s also mated to a new-for-2014 eight-speed automatic transmission. Together, these two give the Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel V6 an estimated fuel economy of 10.3 L/100 km in town, and 7.1 L/100 km on the highway. Put another way, you can drive the EcoDiesel for up to 1,300 kilometres on a single tank of fuel. Again, head of the class.
If flat-out performance is more to your liking, the Grand Cherokee SRT has a 470-horsepower, 6.4-litre V8 for your consideration, this year delivering better fuel economy than ever before. It also features six-piston front brake calipers with 15-inch rotors and four-piston rear calipers with 13.8-inch rotors. A sport-tuned suspension, complete with beefy stabilizer bars, rounds out the SRT.
For serious off-roader enthusiasts, the Jeep Wrangler maintains its position as the ultimate off-road icon, with the traditional two-door and four-door Unlimited models available. Not to mention one of the best 4x4 systems in the industry. Like all Jeep products, the Wrangler is Trail Rated. Choose from the CommandTrac shift on the fly 4x4 system or the RockTrac heavy-duty part-time 4x4 system – either way, there won’t be many mountains you can’t climb.
With a versatile 3.6-litre V6 engine for power and your choice of automatic or manual transmissions, the Wrangler heads for the hills with a ton of awards, including one of the ‘10 Best Engines’ from Ward’s Automotive and ‘4x4 of the Decade’ for the Wrangler Rubicon from Four Wheeler magazine. The Wrangler remains the world’s only true off-road convertible. Take off the doors and fold down the windshield to get the most of the outdoor experience.
Speaking of capable, the Jeep Compass is the most capable off-road compact 4x4 sold in Canada, with fuel economy ratings of up to 6.6 L/100 km. It’s also Canada’s most fuel-efficient SUV under $22,000. Two engines are available with three different transmission choices, including the all-new PowerTech six-speed automatic for 2014 models.
As it turns out, the Compass’s only rival when it comes to fuel economy is another Jeep: the Patriot. Also delivering up to
6.6 L/100 km on the highway, the Patriot receives a new available six-speed automatic transmission for 2014 and carries with it over 30 available safety and security features, including new front seat-mounted side airbags. This earns it a ‘Top Safety Pick’ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
2013 JEEP WRANGLER RUBICON 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION-Formidable and wildly popular
Ten years is a milestone worth celebrating in a big way, particularly when you’re talking about the wildly popular Wrangler Rubicon. The 2013 10th anniversary edition, in limited production, makes a great thing even better.
Launched at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and built as a tribute to the rugged Rubicon edition of the Wrangler, it features a host of one-off features that enhance its already formidable off-road abilities while making it stand out in a crowd. The Rubicon, which was introduced in 2003 and named after the famously challenging off-road trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains, achieved almost legendary status for its ability to overcome even the most extreme obstacles, and the 10th anniversary model continues that tradition while looking good in the process.
Available in two- or four-door body configurations, with either a soft or optional hard top, it features a higher ride height, special 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels with a red Jeep Wrangler icon logo on the outside lip, BF Goodrich KM2 off-road tires, a winch-capable front bumper with removable end caps, red tow hooks front and back, side-protecting rock rails and a stunning red leather interior with a distinctive instrument cluster. Discreet fender badging helps to separate it from the herd.
Power is provided by the proven Pentastar 3.6-litre V6 engine with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission and Jeep’s renowned RockTrac 4WD system and locking differentials. Horsepower output is 285 with 260 lb-ft of torque ready to take on anything that comes your way.
Taking care of business in the off-road department are things like a special “crawl” gear ratio for the really rough stuff, additional engine cooling and sway bar disconnect switches. There are three paint choices: Billet Metallic, Black and Anvil, all of which are bound to stop traffic.
The 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th anniversary edition will arrive in showrooms in the spring of 2013. Catch one while you can.
2014 JEEP COMPASS-Fuel efficient and tough
The words “off-road vehicle” and “outstanding fuel economy” aren’t usually found in the same sentence.
Unless, that is, you’re talking about the Jeep Compass. Known for its ability to scramble over the roughest backcountry you can imagine, the Compass is also one of the thriftiest 4x4 SUVs sold in Canada. With a fuel-sipping 9.2 L/100 km in town and 7.2 L/100 km on the highway, the Compass is in the same league as some compact cars when it comes to bypassing gas stations. But unlike its road-dwelling brethren, the Compass is just as comfortable off-road as it is on.
There are three versions for the 2014 model year: Sport, North and Limited, with available amenities such as ParkView rear back-up camera, Uconnect hands-free communication system, heated seats, and more engine and transmission choices than ever. Five different powertrains are available, including a CVT II “gearless” transmission and, for the first time, a new PowerTech six-speed automatic.
Needless to say, the Compass’s aforementioned off-road performance is still part of the package, with Jeep’s available Freedom Drive II system on hand to tackle the gnarliest terrain and trails-that-aren’t-there-anymore anytime you need it. And for off-roaders and city slickers alike, Freedom Drive I provides an antidote to one of the most challenging road conditions out there: hydroplaning. Thanks to state-of-the-art electronics, power is redistributed to the rear wheels when things get slippery, and that includes standing water, ice, snow and mud.
Beyond the pale off-road ability and excellent fuel efficiency both at the same time. Who said it couldn’t be done?
2014 JEEP PATRIOT-Affordable yet unbridled
The Jeep Patriot proves that you don’t need deep pockets to get off the beaten track. In fact, with a price tag not even out of its teens, the Patriot is the most affordable SUV you can buy.
For those who like to venture off-road, the Patriot is more than up to the task. That’s because Jeep doesn’t take the term “4x4” lightly. Thanks to Trail Rated Freedom Drive II and state-of-the-art off-road technology – such as hill start assist, electronic stability control and anti-roll mitigation – you can take this one anywhere you wish.
For example, the 19:1 crawl ratio allows you to ford streams, clamber up sidehill and even participate in off-road events. When things get slippery, power is redirected to the rear wheels to avoid any uncertainty in deep snow, ice, mud or standing water.
With five different drivetrain choices – including both manual and automatic transmissions – fuel economy has not been left behind, achieving up to 6.6 L/100 km fuel efficiency on the highway in 4x2 models. All new for 2014 model year is a Power Tech six-speed automatic transmission, and you can drive in comfort with available extras such as leather interior, Sirius XM satellite radio, dual zone climate control and heated front seats.
Let’s not forget safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Patriot one of its Top Safety Picks, and the Patriot offers more than 30 safety and security features.
Call it getting the most bang for your buck.
Founded as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, Chrysler Canada Inc. is based in Windsor, Ontario, and celebrates its 88th anniversary in 2013. Chrysler Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC, one of the world’s leading automotive companies. Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat, S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, Mopar®, SRT and Fiat vehicles and products. Chrysler Canada’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Dodge Grand Caravan, Jeep® Wrangler, Chrysler 300 and Ram 1500.
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