The All New 2015 Jeep Renegade

All with the spirit of determination. These guys know what it takes to make it big and live their dreams. The 2015 Jeep Renegade shares that same spirit – making the journey as memorable for the band as it was in being a part of it. Features the new hit track “Renegades” by X Ambassadors.

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A runaway Jeep on fire drives through city streets of Austin

According to KXAN, this Jeep “backfired and caught fire” not long after leaving a parking garage. The driver jumped out of the vehicle, but the Jeep kept going until it hit a BMW.

Officials say that no one was hurt.

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LSX Willys Jeep makes room to pack power

LSX Willys Jeep makes room to pack power

Packing an LSX under the hood, this Willys Jeep puts out 300 hp, but according to 1320 Video, there are plans to put in a Nitrous Express nitrous kit to help this military classic produce up to 500 horses.

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Clues on the Jeep Wrangler redesign

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Jeep has begun searching for the extra bodies to mount its next big project: the redesign of the Jeep Wrangler. And the job opening descriptions provide some clues as to the changes planned for it’s next generation.

With just one exception, the job descriptions posted on the Web site don’t identify the Wrangler by name. But given the updated five-year product plan Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed in January, some of the jobs identified appear to be for the next-generation Wrangler, due in 2016.

It appears that Jeep has decided to put the next-generation Wrangler on a serious diet, just as Ram did for the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup.

If that’s the case, then the lightweight Wrangler Stitch concept that engineers revealed in March for this year’s Moab Easter Jeep Safari was a harbinger of things to come.

The job descriptions point to Jeep seeking to use advanced high-strength steels for its frame, a feature that pulled 30 pounds from the weight of the Ram. It also looks as though the Wrangler could lose some steel body panels in favor of aluminum.

It’s also likely to pick up the air suspension system used on the Grand Cherokee and Ram. That would provide added clearance when needed and reduce drag on the Wrangler’s rolling brick design at highway speeds and increase fuel economy.

It’s also likely for Wrangler to add the Ram’s pulse-width modulation technology, which pulses the electrical load from the alternator.From a powertrain standpoint, the job descriptions — and executive statements — point to the inclusion of a diesel engine variant into the Wrangler, as well as the adoption of Chrysler’s eight-speed automatic transmission, or a next-generation variant.

Engineers also will look at the Wrangler’s unique closure systems — the clip-down hood, for example, or its somewhat-inviting-to-thieves exterior door hinges.

What’s not clear is whether the next Wrangler might include a permanently fixed wind screen. Only a small percentage of Wrangler owners ever go through the trouble of dropping their wind screen, but eliminating the ability to do so would allow engineers to increase its rake and with it, the Wrangler’s fuel economy.

In many ways, the next Wrangler will be the ultimate engineering test for Jeep under its new Fiat ownership, and its biggest potential trap.

Keeping the off-roader’s capabilities and customizability is paramount from a sales standpoint, while increasing its fuel efficiency is required by ever-tightening corporate average fuel economy standards.

It’s going to be a big, tough job, and it’s good to see Chrysler reaching out early to add the expertise it will need to get it done.


20-year-old killed at Jeeps Go Topless event

A 20-year-old woman is dead following a Jeep demonstration at an event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

A 20-year-old woman is dead following a Jeep demonstration at an event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The Jeeps Go Topless event drew hundreds of spectators, and this weekend’s unexpected tragedy it left many in shock after the mishap that occurred.

The owner of one Jeep rolled up onto the tire of another Jeep. The driver then turned off the Jeep’s engine and posed for pictures. As he dismounted, the vehicle lurched forward, flipped on its side and struck a woman nearby.

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AutoZone, Xtreme 4×4 Announcement on PowerBlock

Courtney welcomes AutoZone Senior Vice President for Commercial Larry Roesel to PowerBlock for an announcement you Jeep guys will especially love! Ian Johnson and a team of 16 AutoZone commercial customer shop techs will tear down and build a ’99 Jeep TJ in four episodes. Larry will also explain how their Commercial Shop referral program works. Ian Johnson will pop in for some extra build details and our Xtreme 4×4 special begins June 1 & 2nd. Plus, this weekend we’ll feature a father-son build of a ’66 C-10 by Joe and Aron DuRard. Aron, who is only 13, was involved in every aspect of the resto.

See it all on PowerBlock May 11 & 12.

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