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 |  Apr 25 2014, 10:33 AM

2014 Jeep Cherokee Dakar

While capable, the new Jeep Cherokee is not the rough-and-tumble, truck-like beast its predecessor was. Something that’s sure to disappoint enthusiasts, it cannot be lifted… sort of.

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 |  Feb 08 2014, 2:02 PM's Must-See List



Chicago typically hosts the most heavily visited auto show in North America, so there’s a better chance you’re going to visit it than any other reports on.

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 |  Nov 20 2013, 9:49 PM


Jeep doesn’t have much to say at the L.A. Auto Show this year. The SUV builder didn’t even bother with a press conference.

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 |  Oct 23 2013, 4:50 PM

Jeep-Wrangler-Polar-Edition-Main-ArtJeep is preparing to launch a new winter-themed Wrangler, the special Polar Edition. This vehicle made its formal debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month.

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 |  Oct 21 2013, 1:32 PM


Have you been anxiously waiting for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee? In spite of long delays the company is finally getting its act together and the new compact SUV should start to arrive at dealerships over the next 10 days.

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 |  Sep 23 2013, 8:32 AM

2015 GMC Yukon XL SLT

General Motors might offer off-road versions of the next-generation SUVs unveiled earlier this month.

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 |  Jul 16 2013, 10:01 AM

Top 10 Places to go Off-Roading This Summer


Wrangler sales are climbing, both month-over-month and year-over-year. Causing consternation among its fan base, the brand is also preparing to revive the Cherokee nameplate.

It rides on the same underpinnings as the Dodge Dart, but Chrysler swears on the Rubicon Trail that its new small SUV will be off-road credible.

True, this is the same brand that calls its stodgy Compass a “trail rated” vehicle. Ignoring the foibles, some of the coolest off-road machines come with a Jeep badge.

Bearing that in mind, here’s AutoGuide’s list of the 10 best places in the U.S. to take your Jeep (or any other off-road capable machine) in no particular order.

 |  May 31 2013, 8:01 AM


The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are getting ready for their market launch but General Motors isn’t stopping to catch its breath just yet.

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Commute, Toy or Destroy – Ford Raptor vs. Jeep Wrangler vs. Toyota FJ Cruiser

Factory Built Off-Road Machines Battle for Your Love

 |  May 04 2013, 12:23 PM


We are back with this week’s installment of AutoGuide’s newest, interactive weekly feature “Commute, Toy or Destroy.”
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 |  Apr 30 2013, 3:02 PM


Land Rover is celebrating its 65th anniversary with a special edition of its Defender SUV.

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 |  Feb 19 2013, 11:45 AM

Jeep will bring the new version of its Liberty utility vehicle to the 2013 New York Auto Show only a short time before it is scheduled to reach dealers.

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 |  Jan 13 2013, 6:40 PM

You can tell it’s the eve of a major auto show because another manufacturer’s embargo has been broken. This time Jeep is the victim. Information on the 2014 Grand Cherokee has just been leaked onto the interwebz and AutoGuide is bringing you the latest.

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 |  Dec 14 2012, 9:35 AM

The chunks of grass and mud flying out from under this Rolls-Royce are almost like fistfuls of money going through a wood chipper. You can see the value going down and it’s awesome.

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 |  Nov 19 2012, 12:36 PM

MINI will once again provide the cars for the X-raid team to defend its championship title from the 2012 Dakar Rally. 

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 |  Oct 23 2012, 1:15 PM

Hark, off-road enthusiasts, Ford is offering a program to satisfy your off-road rampage yearning.

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 |  Sep 27 2012, 5:07 AM

Gracing the halls of the Paris Motor Show today, the 2013 Range Rover with its lightweight aluminum chassis stood for all to see.

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 |  Sep 04 2012, 3:41 PM

Jeep has always had an off-road focus, and today it unveiled two new special editions that both hold true to that philosophy.

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 |  Jul 28 2012, 8:01 AM

This Toyota Hilux has travelled with the Top Gear team to the magnetic North Pole and with James May to an active volcano in Iceland. Now it faces a new challenge: the massive, scorching sand dunes of Dubai.  Continue Reading…

 |  May 17 2012, 9:34 AM

The Bentley EXP 9F can do anything — it can tame lions, break hearts and apparently take on the world’s toughest off-road race: the Dakar Rally.

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 |  Apr 09 2012, 3:01 PM

Green with envy over the successful Toyota Hilux, Land Rover is aiming for its 2015 Defender line to become a low-cost volume seller.

With success and plenty of awards being flung at the company’s compact luxury SUV, the Ranger Rover Evoque, volume sales seem more reasonable for the British brand than they might a few years ago.

Still, the new Defender will have a steep hill to climb if it is to overcome the mighty Toyota Hilux, which recently became the first vehicle to conquer the Magnetic North Pole.

Perhaps spurred on by popular sales figures for the Evoque, Land Rover boss John Edwards said he  hopes the company will grow into a global brand instead of a brand being sold globally. That statement might seem a little bold in the face of only 20,000 defenders selling next to the 549,000 Hilux units sold in 2011.

Part of doing that will be offering more than one popular seller, which the Defender might be — if the company can settle on a design. The Defender DC100 concept got its North American debut last week in New York, but it’s still not clear if that model will make it to production.

Land Rover will also have its reputation for dubious reliability to contend with, especially if it hopes to challenge Toyota, a brand built on its dependability image, despite recent controversy.

[Source: AutoCar]

 |  Mar 28 2012, 8:02 PM

Earlier this week, we took a close and detailed look at the six Jeep concepts heading to this year’s Moab Easter Jeep Safari. As usual, a video has been released showcasing all six concepts.

The concepts heading to Moab, Utah this year are the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk concept, Wrangler Apache concept, Mighty FC concept, J-12 Conversion concept, Mopar Accessorized Wrangler, and the Wrangler Traildozer concept.

The video includes soundbites from President and CEO of Jeep Brand, Mike Manley and Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO Mopar Brand Service, Parts and Customer Care. Along with the feedback from them, we get a better look at all six concepts inside and out.

Watch the video of the 2012 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Concepts after the break.

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 |  Mar 27 2012, 5:32 PM

Each year, the mad scientists of Jeep and Mopar collaborate to create interesting concepts for the 46th annual Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari, held in Moab, Utah.

This year the team stepped it up a notch, announcing six new Jeep concepts. Mopar has also announced an off-road division that will create authentic Jeep parts and accessories.

“The Jeep Safari has long been a great way for Jeep to connect with its core audience. We look forward to spending the week demonstrating our latest potential production and customization ideas and gathering instant feedback from the most knowledgable 4×4 enthusiasts in the world,” Jeep president and CEO Mike Manley said.

Mopar president and CEO Pietro Gorlier addded that “Mopar is tapping into a growing trend among extreme Jeep enthusiasts who want even more power and capability on the trail. This year, Mopar is pushing the envelope in this arena by offering our customers new Pro 60 portal axles and a new HEMI conversion kit, which we will showcase in those new vehicles. In addition, to further maximize our presence in the off-road market, we are creating a Mopar Off-Road division to develop Jeep Authentic Parts and Accessories.”

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 |  Jan 31 2012, 1:30 PM

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Chrysler released details on the Mopar Jeep Compass “True North” today, along with three other vehicles meant to mark their 75th anniversary, all of which will be on display at the 2012 Chicago International Auto Show.

Here’s what we’ve learned about the modified Compass since we published our earlier story featuring photos of all four cars.

First, we’ve found that Mopar knows better than to tinker with a Jeep owner’s pavement-optional perspective. They say it’s still an off-road capable, trail-rated vehicle, though nothing Mopar does really adds, or subtracts anything. The only modification that makes the “True North” Compass any more viable in the bush is the added brush bars on the front and back that might keep your undercarriage a bit safer from rocks.

That said, this is anything but a rock crawler. Realistically, most Compass owners probably don’t go off-roading unless you count driving on the beach or through a snowy parking lot.

The modifications are superficial, but at least they make the Compass look a lot cooler. For example, the two-tone burnt orange and matte black grille and bumper make the car look less like a boring suburb spelunker and more like a stylish SUV. The same matte black accents surround the front and rear fog lights and run along the edge of the fenders and fascia.

The interior really plays up the Compass’s appeal to the young outdoorsy types it’s aimed at. Mopar even added neoprene seats. Yup, the same synthetic rubber material that half the stuff in REI is made of. It’s a cool touch that screams out to people who own CamelBacks and Nalgene bottles.

A center stack gauge pod holds pitch and roll meters if you do decide to take that risky first trip into the wild, though you won’t be doing it without modern amenities. Aside from little interior touches, the last big change is a Kicker sounds system the company says transforms the car into a “rolling high-end sound studio.” We’re not sure what sort of audio work people do on camping trips, but maybe you can enlighten us in the comments box below.

GALLERY: 2012 Mopar Jeep Compass “True North”

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 |  Aug 31 2011, 4:00 PM

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Off-roaders may want to listen up, this is your lucky day. Land Rover has confirmed production for the next-gen Defender SUV. The British automaker intends to launch a new Defender in 2015, and the concept version (DC100) will be present at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show.

Gerry McGovern, Director of Design for Land Rover weighed in on the issue saying, “Replacing the iconic Defender is one of the biggest challenges in the automotive design world; it is a car that inspires people worldwide.  This isn’t a production-ready concept but the beginning of a four-year journey to design a relevant Defender for the 21st century.”

The next-gen Defender is likely to be quite different than the old version in several ways. It will have a more refined design with more technological features and modern structural materials. However the new version will likely stick to the traditional simplistic approach for which the Defender is well-known.

John Edwards, Global Brand Director, Land Rover added:”Loved the world over for its simple, honest and distinctive design, we are determined that the new Defender will be true to its heritage, while meeting the requirements of a changing global market. We plan to engage with existing and potential customers to help us finalize the details of the new vehicle.  One thing’s for sure, it’s going to be an exciting journey, and we can’t wait to get going.”

GALLERY: Land Rover DC100 Concept

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