Jeeps are known as the standard four-wheel vehicle in war movies. Whether it is a traditional World War II period film or a movie about mercenaries making a histrionic entrance in a very hostile and forbidding terrain, Jeeps are the most sensible choice for a vehicle. But apart from the typical machismo flicks in the traditions of Rambo and The Expendables, Jeeps are also a regular utility vehicle for another breed of crazy maniacs – the types who are fond of messing around with Mother Nature herself.
When it comes to man-versus-nature movie plots, the film Jurassic Park has its own wicked brand of catastrophe. Like the movies Twister and Dante’s Peak, the Jeep is definitely a pragmatic mode of transportation. When Mother Nature gets pissed off, tedious traffic rules become hilariously useless luxuries humanity only hope to enjoy once more when they are on the move. Traveling on land requires the kind of vehicle that doesn’t mind a terrain that normally bends at a 75 degree angle rise, or doesn’t mind ramming through any solid but somehow breakable obstacle.
Why are there dinosaurs in the park again?
The premise of this 1993 science fiction film is pretty simple (though really out-of-this-world). Jurassic Park tells the tale of an unusual amusement park, a menagerie where real live dinosaurs roam within closed and extremely high-voltage perimeters. How the dinosaurs came to be cooped inside the high-tech Costa Rican theme park is a product of advanced bioengineering, also better known as cloning. Scientists and over-the-top entrepreneurs wanted to push the limits of recreational development to a point where they believed resurrecting creatures above mankind’s hierarchy in the biological food chain is no big deal. Jurassic Park is a textbook example of humanity’s hubris going out of control. To understand the conflict, one can simply imagine dinosaurs being let loose throughout the rest of Costa Rica.
Jurassic Park is based on the novel written by Michael Crichton, creator of other science fiction thrillers like The Sphere and Congo. It was directed by Steven Spielberg, the renowned director behind science fiction films like ET: Extraterrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Sam Neill plays the role of Dr. Alan Grant, the leading paleontologist. Samuel Jackson stars as Ray Arnold, the park’s chief engineer. Jeff Goldblum plays the role of Dr. Ian Malcolm, the mathematician who specializes on the chaos theory (the guy who figuratively says “See? I told you why you shouldn’t have done that!”). Jurassic Park’s success spawned multiple sequels for the amusement of people who simply can’t get enough of watching humans suffer the consequences of messing around with dinosaurs who are extinct for a very good reason.
If your car can outrun a T-Rex, any argument is invalid.
Jeeps are standard vehicles authorized to make rounds within the perilous biosphere of Jurassic Park. If one should dissect the movie through the perspective of a vehicle enthusiast, it is safe to say that the Jeep is the foremost instrument that gave the protagonists a fighting chance against rampaging dinosaurs. In a simple calculation, one can say “Jeeps = alive” and “no Jeeps = death.”
Source: Caitlin Jeep of PA
From the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle used by the US Army in World War II, the original Jeep vehicle is an inspiration of success for off-road vehicle make. The Wrangler or Jeep YJ is a direct predecessor of the Willy’s MB Jeeps and the Jeep CJ. One could say it is a fusion of the military and civilian vehicle in terms of functionality and look. Since its launch in 1986, each corresponding generation has a designation separating one from the other. But the typical make of the original Jeep embodies the Wrangler in all generations. A separate body and frame, a fold-flat windshield, rigid live axles on both front and rear, and the signature feature that can be driven without doors.
Bigger is Better
Under AMC, the new Jeep has been designed to be more suited and comfortable for on-road driving. The new design has a wider track with lesser ground clearance. A real Jeep enthusiast can tell what sets the original Jeep from the Wrangler just by looking at it.
Let’s start with the angle of the grille. The older models were flat and evens out with the front fender while the Wrangler grille angles out toward the top while continues to follow a straight line from the midway point to the bottom. In later models, this angle is more lowered upon reaching the bottom. The first generation Wrangler, the Jeep YJ is very similar in body to the CJ7, with only slight modifications except for the new grille. Two distinct looks only a Jeep aficionado can separate the the Jeep CJ from YJ.
Rectangular headlights and wiper blades resting on the windshields is also one of the notable changes. YJ Wrangler also offered variations in design with both the Islander and the Renegade that are distinguished by the colors they’re initially offered with. Islander were bright reds while Pacific blue comes in Sunset yellow, teal and white. Renegade was originally white, black or red, and later blue and bronze. The second generation Wrangler TJ removed both headlights and wiper blades with some added options.
Another noticeable change is the Anti-lock brakes and automatic transcription option. It also features a coil spring suspension. The 2004 TJ Wrangler Unlimited has comfort and convenience options not offered on other Wranglers. The Wrangler JK is a completely redesigned Jeep. This time its a four-door model, wider and an all-new platform. Engine, transmission and to a certain extent braking is computer controlled.
Among the Wrangler models, the Rubicon probably has the most star quality with its A-list exposure in Angelina Jolie’s movie Tomb Raider. In fact, this 2003 release model was named Rubicon Tomb Raider Edition with only 1,050 in production. The models produced were an exact match of the vehicle in the film from its exterior features such as aluminum wheels and Tomb Raider badging down to its interior. Even its bright silver color and unique accessories. Not surprisingly, the 2003 Tomb Raider Limited Edition Wrangler Rubicon has become one of the most highly collectible Jeeps of all time.
The Jeep will always be the icon when it comes to off-road capabilities. And with the Wrangler, being one of the few remaining four-wheel-drive vehicle, durability and strength is incomparable. It can easily go to places where no other four-wheel-drives have been through.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a luxury SUV distinguished by its chiseled and beautifully designed exterior, plush interior loaded with cutting edge technology and infotainment and the tremendous highway and off-road handling provided by all-wheel drive. It’s ideal for buyers who want to look good on the road while enjoying the reliability and efficiency for which the Grand Cherokee has become famous, without having to dish out a tremendous amount of money. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in the Laredo, the Limited and the Overland trims, starting at a MSRP of $28,000.
The Laredo, Limited and Overland models are all fitted with a 290 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 flex fuel engine with a five-speed automatic transmission producing 260 pound feet of torque. There’s also a SRT8 model which comes with a 6.4-liter V8 engine and a automatic transmission. There’s an optional, more powerful 5.7-liter 360 horsepower engine which kicks 390 pound feet of torque which comes with a six-speed automatic transmission.Fuel economy rating for the Laredo and the Limited is a bit disappointing – just 17/23 cty/hwy MPG, while the SRT8 has a fuel economy rating of 12/18 cty/hwy MPG.
Grand Cherokee Trim Levels and Features
We stopped by the Sport Durst Jeep dealership to get some more info on the specific trims and features of the Grand Cherokee. Standard equipment available for the base Laredo includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, cruise control and dual-zone air-conditioning. An optional Laredo E package adds roof rails and keyless ignition/entry.
There are Security and Convenience packages , which include remote engine start, a cargo cover and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Laredo X package adds among other features,18-inch alloy wheels and dual-zone automatic climate control. An optional Trailhawk package includes much of the above equipment in addition to four-wheel drive, air suspension, rock rail body protection and special exterior details.
The Limited has all of the Laredo’s optional equipment in addition to bi-xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, a Garmin navigation system, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and driver memory functions. The Limited also comes with 20-inch wheels, a power liftgate and an ungraded navigation system with real-time traffic, forward collision warning and blind spot and rear cross path detection.
The Overland comes with the options available for the Limited in addition to the adjustable Quadra-Lift air suspension and a very cool mesh grille. The Overland Summit package comes with additional exterior chrome accents, unique 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, front parking assist and blind-spot/rear cross-path detection systems.
The SRT8 is available with most of the Overland’s luxury features along with an exclusive V8 engine, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, LED running lights, performance-tuned steering, Brembo brakes, paddle shifters, leather or suede sport seats and carbon-fiber cabin accents. All models come with an MP3 player and there’s optional DVD player, navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity. Safety features include side and curtain airbags along with stability and traction control.
The latest offering from off-road experts, Jeep Grand Cherokee 2014 is one of the highly anticipated SUVs for 2014. This SUV is all over the news flashing its extraordinary style and luxurious interiors to anyone who will care. The 2014 Grand Cherokee is expected to take the Jeep technology a step further to be one of the most admired vehicle brands in the US. The SUV displays some of the best technology possessed by Jeep including Select-Terrain system and Quadra-Trac.
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2014 is an offering for drivers seeking strong SUV muscle with great stability and control features. The best way to tell if this is the right vehicle for you is to test drive it, in as many driving conditions as you can. Your local Jeep dealership – such as AutoNation Jeep of Denver, is standing by to schedule a drive, as well as answer any questions you may have. We recently spoke AutoNation to get the details on this model. Here are some stats:
• Superior Driving Range: Cherokee 2014 guarantees the best driving range for the highways with its Variable Valve Timing. It is an economic offering with a 24.6-gallon fuel tank and the 3.6-L Pentastar engine for a fuel-efficient journey. You can drive for more than 565 miles after on a full tank.
• Superior Engine: A 3.6 L Pentastar V6 engine designed for a smooth driving experience powers Jeep Grand Cherokee 2014. Some of the exciting features include oil pump with variable displacement, double overhead camshafts, high flow intake exhaust ports, and dual independent cam phasing technology. All of these features combine-together for a smooth and responsive experience.
• Fuel efficient technology: Cherokee 2014 comes with an advanced fuel technology for both 5.7L V8 and 6.4L V8 engine. The engine works according to the requirement and deactivates four cylinders if not required. For highway drive in the range of 40 to 60 mph, the electronic throttle and computer technology transforms the engine to a 4-cylinder fuel-efficient engine.
• Power: Cherokee is available in different engine variants including 3.6-L V6, 5.7-L V8, and 6.4-L V8 engine. Both the V8 variants are suited for drivers looking for more power and top-class performance. The 5.7 L V8 engine can produce 360 hp and 390 PF of torque sufficient for a power strong performance. If you are looking for the ultimate SUV experience, choose 6.4L V8 engine with a power generating capacity of 470 hp and 465 PF torque. It is all packed for a great adventure ride.
The Jeep Wrangler is not new to winning awards…but within the last month Jeep’s beloved SUV has won four awards. Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine has handed the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab its coveted “4×4 of the Year” Award, the second consecutive year that the Jeep Wrangler has won.
Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine is often considered to be the leading off-road-enthusiast publication so winning this award is a huge honor for Jeep. How is the winner of this award chosen? The editors of the magazine drive vehicles hundreds of miles evaluate suspensions, drivetrains, transfer case functionality, and off-road performance, on sand, mud, dirt, and rock. The Jeep Wrangler Moab edition passed those tests, and then some.
The 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab
Jeep Wrangler debuted the Moab as a limited-edition model named after one of the most popular off-road destinations in the world – Moab, Utah. The Jeep Wrangler Moab is based on the Wrangler Sahara model and is equipped with hardware popular with off-roading enthusiasts. It offers 245/75R17 Goodyear SilentArmor off-road tires with Kevlar reinforcement and standard Trak-Lok anti-spin rear differential with an available electronic rear locking differential. When equipped with a manual transmission and a 3.73 rear axle ratio, the Wrangler Moab has a crawl ratio of 45:1. Unique exterior features on the Wrangler Moab include a Mopar power dome hood, premium rock rails, black fuel filler door and tail lamp guards and matching premium black front and rear off-road bumpers. Other exterior touches include the new premium soft top, black wheel arches, a matte black Jeep grille badge and “Moab” decals on the hood. A body-color three-piece hard top is optional. Are you a Jeep fan and interested in test driving this model? Just visit Des Moine’s local Jeep dealer, Ken Garff and they will be happy to get you on the road in your favorite Jeep. The Jeep Wrangler Moab is available as a two-door Wrangler or four-door Wrangler Unlimited model available in Crush, Dozer, Rock Lobster, Gecko, Black and Bright White. And like all 2013 Jeep Wrangler models, the Moab edition features Chrysler Group’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, delivering benchmark capability, excellent every-day on-road driving dynamics, and fuel economy up to 21 miles per gallon.
The Jeep is one of the most recognized brands in the world. They are known for their iconic look and their unmatched off road abilities. Many Jeep models carry a special designation that no other vehicle on the market has…Trail Rated.
So, what exactly does being ‘Trail Rated’ mean? In one sentence…it means the freedom to go anywhere and do anything and it is the recognized standard for proven off-road capability. Jeep Trail Rated vehicles pass a series of grueling tests designed to prove off-road performance on the world’s most demanding terrain. How far will a Trail Rated Jeep take you? These 4x4s have enough traction to climb the type of hills most people would only attempt with a rope and a spotter. Jeep vehicles offer a variety of 4×4 systems to suit all kinds of terrain and driving conditions. Testing includes traction on untamed, slippery roads, and on steep grades.
Before a Jeep is awarded a Trail Rated certification, the automaker first tests each model on some of the toughest off-road areas in the world, including Moab and the famed Rubicon Trail. One of Jeep’s best known Trail Rated models is the Wrangler. We recently visited Arrigo DCJ – a leading dealer of South FL, and went along on a trail ride in a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. This Wrangler offered solid proof of the ability to drive over obstacles or logs, or whatever else happens to be in your path. The ability to cross a specific depth of water at a specific speed keeps you moving forward so you can cross streams and flooded underpasses. The Wrangler Rubicon features additional electrical and body sealing, along with a high air intake for optimum water fording capability.
Jeep vehicle capability is legendary, and 4×4 mastery has always been the cornerstone of the Jeep brand. All 2013 Wrangler models come equipped with a Trail Rated4WD system as standard equipment. Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon and Sahara come with new wheels for 2013. If you are interested in getting out on the trail, and venturing beyond the road, a Jeep Trail Rated model is the only way to go.