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Archive for the ‘off road’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Soft Top & Windshield in Action

The brand new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL has plenty of improvements throughout, not the least of which are its updated Sunrider soft top and redesigned folding windshield. Unlike before, the new soft top uses no zippers or fussy Velcro to attach its side windows. An innovative sliding plastic channel allows the side window panels to easily slip into place. Securing the bottom and end pieces are still done by snapping the top into channels on the Wrangler’s body and cage. It’s the most simple soft top in the Wrangler’s history.

Likewise, the windshield has been made much easier to operate, though it’s not as easy as the two hand-nuts that held the Wrangler YJ’s windshield in place. Here, only four bolts hold the windshield frame and glass to the now-permanent A-pillars and horizontal support. Jeep supplies a ratchet and T40 Torx bit to remove the bolts, along with the socket to remove the windshield wiper arms from their shafts. The whole process takes less than four minutes.

The windshield is held down by brackets that loop through the rubber bump stops on the hood, or the entire windshield can be removed by undoing the hinge nuts with the supplied T50 Torx bit – the same driver used for the door hinges.

How cool is that?

Stay tuned to [TopSpeed.com} for more videos on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s different tops.

References

2018 Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 742104

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Wrangler


2017 Jeep Wrangler - image 687100

Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon A Detailed Look At the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Dashboard

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is finally here and its new interior is one of its best selling points. The seats are more comfortable, there is more storage room, the materials are all nicer, and the dash has way more functionality baked in. From the buttons on the steering wheel to the dual-zone climate controls, the JL’s dashboard makes for a much better user experience over the outgoing Wrangler JK.

We’re going to take a quick look at Jeep’s improvements to see exactly what has changed. Of course, the Wrangler JL still comes in several trim levels, so not every feature will be available on all models.

Continue reading for more information.

New digs make us dig it more


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“Real metal accents add a touch of class while the center section’s Y-shaped outline recalls the CJ’s steering wheel”

Let’s start with the steering wheel. Jeep wrapped it in soft-touch leather held together by contrast stitching. Real metal accents add a touch of class while the center section’s Y-shaped outline recalls the CJ’s steering wheel. Buttons operate the driver information screen, the phone controls, and the cruise control.

Left of the steering wheel are the headlight controls and dimmer switches. They are incredibly easy and intuitive to operate, and the two dimmer switches separate the dome light controls from the brightness of the dashboard’s backlighting. That’s handy.


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“As for the gauge cluster, the Wrangler has two versions”

As for the gauge cluster, the Wrangler has two versions. The base model comes with a smaller driver information screen and analog gauges for the fuel and coolant temperature. Upper trims get a larger screen with digital fuel and coolant temperature readouts. The screen displays several menu pages and vehicle information like transmission and oil temperature, oil pressure, individual tire pressure, and even off-road information like angle and pitch, steering position, and transfer case gearing.

Three infotainment systems are available. They all now run FCA’s well-loved Uconnect system. The base has a 5.0-inch screen with the basic Uconnect 3 software. The mid-level option has a 7.0-inch screen with the new Uconnect 4 software. Available on the Sahara and Rubicon models is the 8.4-inch screen, again with Uconnect 4, but with navigation and obviously the larger screen.


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“All but the base Sport trim gets dual-zone climate controls – something not offered at all on the Wrangler JK”

All but the base Sport trim gets dual-zone climate controls – something not offered at all on the Wrangler JK. Available creature comforts include three-position seat heaters for the front seats and (for the first time) a steering wheel heater. Other buttons control defrost and vent location controls, while the three knobs control radio volume, fan speed, and radio tuning. Thankfully, Jeep also includes a button for temporarily disabling the automatic start/stop feature that comes standard with all three engine options. There’s also a handy mute button for the radio and controls for the traction control, ParkSense system, and downhill descent control. For those nights driving down dark roads, there’s also a button to completely turn the screen off.

Like the Wrangler JK before it, the new JL positions its power window controls in the center stack. This eliminates the controls on the removable doors, helping keep them light. The window lock button returns in the center but is now a roller switch. Adjacent is a 12-volt power plug and a “media” center with a dust cover. Inside is a USB port, a USB-C port, and an AUX input jack.


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“Adjacent is a 12-volt power plug and a “media” center with a dust cover. Inside is a USB port, a USB-C port, and an AUX input jack.”

Down below is a shallow cubbyhole designed for small items. Unfortunately, Plus-sized cell phones are too wide for the space, though the cup holder area is specifically designed to hold larger deceives. Optional in this cubby space are the four auxiliary switches. These allow customers to control aftermarket equipment like off-road lights without having to install an aftermarket control panel. The switches come with an easy electrical tie-in point under the hood. Rubicon models have their main off-road controls placed in this space, too. A toggle switch turns on the front and rear electronic locking differentials and a button to the left turns them off. A separate button disconnects the front sway bar, just like on the previous Wrangler JK Rubicon.


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“And speaking of those cup holders, their center divider now has a spot specifically for the Jeep’s key fob”

And speaking of those cup holders, their center divider now has a spot specifically for the Jeep’s key fob, so there’s no more losing the key under the seat for those not keeping the fob in their pocket. Better still, the doors now have longer, more thickly padded armrests that are actually comfortable to use. A secret handle is embedded on the underside of the armrests, helping ease the task of carrying the doors once they’re removed. Thankfully, the doors are also lighter, too, due to their aluminum construction.


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“A secret handle is embedded on the underside of the armrests, helping ease the task of carrying the doors once they’re removed”

All told, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL’s interior is far better and more comfortable than the JK’s ever was. There are more controls, more creature comforts, better ergonomics, far better infotainment and info screens, and an overall more upscale feel thanks to better materials and fitments. Those turned off by the previous Wrangler JK’s dull cabin should be more than happy with Jeep’s progress.

References

2018 Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 742104

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Wrangler


2017 Jeep Wrangler - image 687100

Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler’s Other Trims

The Rubicon model has become synonymous with the Jeep Wrangler for hard-core off-roading, despite its relatively recent introduction on the 2002 Wrangler TJ. The Rubicon trim has remained a part of Wrangler history since, including the jump to Jeep’s all-new 2018 Wrangler. The Rubi is now more capable than ever thanks to an improved suspension system, use of the 2018 Wrangler’s stronger frame, improved skid plates, and lower gearing thanks to the new transmissions choices.

But the Rubicon isn’t just about mechanical advantages. There are aesthetics advantages, too.

Most notably, the Wrangler Rubicon comes with steel rock sliders that protect the vulnerable rocker panels under the doors; there’s an available steel bumper that easily holds an electric winch; and new for 2018, the front fenders are taller so owners can run 35-inch tires without having to modify a thing. Let’s get into the details below.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

What makes the Rubicon different from other Wranglers


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“The most obvious difference is the big RUBICON logo on the hood.”

Let’s start with the visual stuff. The most obvious difference is the big RUBICON logo on the hood. The aluminum hood is also vented on Rubicon models. The next most obvious change on a stock 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the unique wheel and tire combinations. Two styles of 17-inch wheels are available and both come exclusively with BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. Next are the red tow hooks. They come standard with the Rubicon. Most Rubicon models will likely come with the optional metal front winch bumper. It’s very similar to the metal front bumper seen on the JK, but its styling has been updated. The end caps still come off and an electric winch fits perfectly behind the center. Mopar sells a grille guard that bolts right to the exposed fasteners, too.


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“The Rubicon’s front fenders have been raised roughly two inches compared to non-Rubicon models”

Last but certainly not least, the Rubicon’s front fenders have been raised roughly two inches compared to non-Rubicon models. This not only gives more clearance for front suspension articulation but allows the fitment of 35-inch tires with zero modifications to the fenders or suspension. Jeep knows its customers will upgrade their Wranglers, so the design and engineering teams made things as easy as possible.

As far as tops go, the Wrangler Rubicon is available with all the offerings. It comes standard with the Sunrider folding soft top and the Premium Sunrider soft top is optional. The same is true for the Freedom Top, the body-colored Freedom Top, and the new Powertop.

Of course, the Rubicon’s biggest attributes are hidden under the skin. The front and rear axles are now the newest generation of Dana 44 axles. They have larger diameter tubes and thicker tube walls for added strength. Front and rear electronic locking differentials return, but with an improved toggle switch on the dashboard. The same is true for the electronically disconnecting front sway bar.


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“The axles continue to have 4.10:1 ratios, but the updated Rock-Trac transfer case now has lower ratios for better crawling”

Gear ratios are another big part of the Rubicon story. The axles continue to have 4.10:1 ratios, but the updated Rock-Trac transfer case now has lower ratios for better crawling.
When combined with the automatic transmission, the Rubicon offers a 77.2:1 crawl ratio and an impressively low 84.2:1 with the new six-speed manual transmission’s first gear.

The Rubicon can be had with either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the new 2.0-liter Hurricane turbocharged four-cylinder. The V-6 can be paired with either the automatic or manual transmissions, while the 2.0-liter only comes with the eight-speed automatic.

While we’d love to tell you how the Rubicon handled the challenging rock course jeep set up for the driving event, our impressions are embargoed until December 13th. Check back with TopSpeed.com for our thoughts then.

References

2018 Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 742104

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Wrangler


2017 Jeep Wrangler - image 687100

Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler’s Other Trims

The Rubicon model has become synonymous with the Jeep Wrangler for hard-core off-roading, despite its relatively recent introduction on the 2002 Wrangler TJ. The Rubicon trim has remained a part of Wrangler history since, including the jump to Jeep’s all-new 2018 Wrangler. The Rubi is now more capable than ever thanks to an improved suspension system, use of the 2018 Wrangler’s stronger frame, improved skid plates, and lower gearing thanks to the new transmissions choices.

But the Rubicon isn’t just about mechanical advantages. There are aesthetics advantages, too.

Most notably, the Wrangler Rubicon comes with steel rock sliders that protect the vulnerable rocker panels under the doors; there’s an available steel bumper that easily holds an electric winch; and new for 2018, the front fenders are taller so owners can run 35-inch tires without having to modify a thing. Let’s get into the details below.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

What makes the Rubicon different from other Wranglers


What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler's Other Trims - image 751435
“The most obvious difference is the big RUBICON logo on the hood.”

Let’s start with the visual stuff. The most obvious difference is the big RUBICON logo on the hood. The aluminum hood is also vented on Rubicon models. The next most obvious change on a stock 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the unique wheel and tire combinations. Two styles of 17-inch wheels are available and both come exclusively with BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. Next are the red tow hooks. They come standard with the Rubicon. Most Rubicon models will likely come with the optional metal front winch bumper. It’s very similar to the metal front bumper seen on the JK, but its styling has been updated. The end caps still come off and an electric winch fits perfectly behind the center. Mopar sells a grille guard that bolts right to the exposed fasteners, too.


What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler's Other Trims - image 751462
“The Rubicon’s front fenders have been raised roughly two inches compared to non-Rubicon models”

Last but certainly not least, the Rubicon’s front fenders have been raised roughly two inches compared to non-Rubicon models. This not only gives more clearance for front suspension articulation but allows the fitment of 35-inch tires with zero modifications to the fenders or suspension. Jeep knows its customers will upgrade their Wranglers, so the design and engineering teams made things as easy as possible.

As far as tops go, the Wrangler Rubicon is available with all the offerings. It comes standard with the Sunrider folding soft top and the Premium Sunrider soft top is optional. The same is true for the Freedom Top, the body-colored Freedom Top, and the new Powertop.

Of course, the Rubicon’s biggest attributes are hidden under the skin. The front and rear axles are now the newest generation of Dana 44 axles. They have larger diameter tubes and thicker tube walls for added strength. Front and rear electronic locking differentials return, but with an improved toggle switch on the dashboard. The same is true for the electronically disconnecting front sway bar.


What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler's Other Trims - image 751465
“The axles continue to have 4.10:1 ratios, but the updated Rock-Trac transfer case now has lower ratios for better crawling”

Gear ratios are another big part of the Rubicon story. The axles continue to have 4.10:1 ratios, but the updated Rock-Trac transfer case now has lower ratios for better crawling.
When combined with the automatic transmission, the Rubicon offers a 77.2:1 crawl ratio and an impressively low 84.2:1 with the new six-speed manual transmission’s first gear.

The Rubicon can be had with either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the new 2.0-liter Hurricane turbocharged four-cylinder. The V-6 can be paired with either the automatic or manual transmissions, while the 2.0-liter only comes with the eight-speed automatic.

While we’d love to tell you how the Rubicon handled the challenging rock course jeep set up for the driving event, our impressions are embargoed until December 13th. Check back with TopSpeed.com for our thoughts then.

References

2018 Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 742104

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Wrangler


2017 Jeep Wrangler - image 687100

Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler’s Other Trims

The Rubicon model has become synonymous with the Jeep Wrangler for hard-core off-roading, despite its relatively recent introduction on the 2002 Wrangler TJ. The Rubicon trim has remained a part of Wrangler history since, including the jump to Jeep’s all-new 2018 Wrangler. The Rubi is now more capable than ever thanks to an improved suspension system, use of the 2018 Wrangler’s stronger frame, improved skid plates, and lower gearing thanks to the new transmissions choices.

But the Rubicon isn’t just about mechanical advantages. There are aesthetics advantages, too.

Most notably, the Wrangler Rubicon comes with steel rock sliders that protect the vulnerable rocker panels under the doors; there’s an available steel bumper that easily holds an electric winch; and new for 2018, the front fenders are taller so owners can run 35-inch tires without having to modify a thing. Let’s get into the details below.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

What makes the Rubicon different from other Wranglers


What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler's Other Trims - image 751435
“The most obvious difference is the big RUBICON logo on the hood.”

Let’s start with the visual stuff. The most obvious difference is the big RUBICON logo on the hood. The aluminum hood is also vented on Rubicon models. The next most obvious change on a stock 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the unique wheel and tire combinations. Two styles of 17-inch wheels are available and both come exclusively with BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. Next are the red tow hooks. They come standard with the Rubicon. Most Rubicon models will likely come with the optional metal front winch bumper. It’s very similar to the metal front bumper seen on the JK, but its styling has been updated. The end caps still come off and an electric winch fits perfectly behind the center. Mopar sells a grille guard that bolts right to the exposed fasteners, too.


What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler's Other Trims - image 751462
“The Rubicon’s front fenders have been raised roughly two inches compared to non-Rubicon models”

Last but certainly not least, the Rubicon’s front fenders have been raised roughly two inches compared to non-Rubicon models. This not only gives more clearance for front suspension articulation but allows the fitment of 35-inch tires with zero modifications to the fenders or suspension. Jeep knows its customers will upgrade their Wranglers, so the design and engineering teams made things as easy as possible.

As far as tops go, the Wrangler Rubicon is available with all the offerings. It comes standard with the Sunrider folding soft top and the Premium Sunrider soft top is optional. The same is true for the Freedom Top, the body-colored Freedom Top, and the new Powertop.

Of course, the Rubicon’s biggest attributes are hidden under the skin. The front and rear axles are now the newest generation of Dana 44 axles. They have larger diameter tubes and thicker tube walls for added strength. Front and rear electronic locking differentials return, but with an improved toggle switch on the dashboard. The same is true for the electronically disconnecting front sway bar.


What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler's Other Trims - image 751465
“The axles continue to have 4.10:1 ratios, but the updated Rock-Trac transfer case now has lower ratios for better crawling”

Gear ratios are another big part of the Rubicon story. The axles continue to have 4.10:1 ratios, but the updated Rock-Trac transfer case now has lower ratios for better crawling.
When combined with the automatic transmission, the Rubicon offers a 77.2:1 crawl ratio and an impressively low 84.2:1 with the new six-speed manual transmission’s first gear.

The Rubicon can be had with either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the new 2.0-liter Hurricane turbocharged four-cylinder. The V-6 can be paired with either the automatic or manual transmissions, while the 2.0-liter only comes with the eight-speed automatic.

While we’d love to tell you how the Rubicon handled the challenging rock course jeep set up for the driving event, our impressions are embargoed until December 13th. Check back with TopSpeed.com for our thoughts then.

References

2018 Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 742104

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Wrangler


2017 Jeep Wrangler - image 687100

Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon Devel Sixty

Big trucks are all the rage these days. Not just big, though, really big. The Devel Sixty is the latest six-wheeled monster to the scene and it comes from a company best known for the outlandish, 5000-horsepower Sixteen. The new truck has seating for six people inside its aircraft-like cabin accessed by an aircraft-like door. Devel debuted the Sixty at the recent 2017 Dubai Auto Show, which is a logical place to debut something so illogical.

Detailed specs are few and far between, but Devel does say the Sixty is powered by a 6.7-liter V-8 turbodiesel making 720 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. The Sixty also has military-style wheels with a Central Tire Inflation System that allows for changes in tire pressure on the move. And in low pressure in the knobby tires isn’t enough to blast through mud or sand, the Sixty has a winch at each end for recovery.

Continue reading for more on the Devel Sixty.

Exterior

  • Six massive tires
  • Custom body design
  • Private jet style folding door
  • Two winches
  • Central Tire Inflation System

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“The front looks like nothing we’ve seen before and takes a big departure away from conventional design layouts”

The Devel Sixty looks like something from some cheesy Michael Bay flick. It’s extraterrestrial proportions and menacing black paint give it an ominous, if not villainous appearance. The front looks like nothing we’ve seen before and takes a big departure away from conventional design layouts. The long, boxy body leads to an angular rear end with LED light strips for tail and brake lights. Big D-ring shackles serve as easy recovery points for pulling stranded vehicles to solid ground.

The Sixty rides on Continental MPT 81 tires sized in something over 40 inches tall. They’re mounted on multi-piece beadlock wheels that incorporate the tire inflation system. Ground clearance is best measured in feet.

interior

  • Room for six people
  • Likely finished in high-end materials

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Note: Devel Sixteen pictured here.

Devel hasn’t shown any interior photos of the Sixty, so the cabin is still a mystery. We do know it seats six people and access is gained via a folding door on the driver’s side reminiscent of a private jet’s door that turns into a staircase. Regardless of the lack of details, expect the interior to be awashed in leather and high-end finishes. This thing isn’t cheap, so its interior will have to match the price tag. Keep reading for that amount.

Drivetrain

  • 6.7-liter V-8 turbodiesel
  • 720 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque
  • Six-wheel drive

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“Powering this beast is a 6.7-liter V-8 turbodiesel making a respectable 720 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque”

Powering this beast is a 6.7-liter V-8 turbodiesel making a respectable 720 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to push this six-wheeled wonder to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds and to a governed top speed of 93 mph. Devel didn’t announce information on the transmission, transfer case, differentials, or where the powertrain is sourced. Our bed is Ford since it makes a 6.7-liter V-8 turbodiesel in the U.S., which conveniently, is also where Devel is based.

Devel does say the Sixty has an independent suspension system and portal axles, but from the photos we see, we’re thinking that might not be true. In fact, the front axle looks suspiciously like the solid front axle on a Ford Super Duty, which is not a portal design. The rear suspension clearly has leaf springs spanning between the two axles, making them not independent.

We hate to say it, but the clues point to the Devel Sixty being nothing more than a rebodied Super Duty with an extra axle added on. After all, only Ford makes a 6.7-liter V-8 turbodiesel and aftermarket tuning kits can easily increase power past 700 horses. We’ve reached out to Devel for clarification.

Pricing


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Big trucks aren’t cheap and the Devel Sixty is no different. It starts at $450,000. Orders will take roughly a year to fulfill and it isn’t clear if Devel has sold any. Since the debut happened in Dubai, though, we’re betting at least a handful were preordered by some oil tycoons.

Competition

Mercedes G63 AMG


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Perhaps the most popular 6×6 is Mercedes’ outlandish G63 6×6 it launched for 2014. It’s based on the G-Class and adds another axle under a lengthened chassis. There’s also a cargo bed for hauling all the expendable income somebody must have to buy something so ridiculous – though we’d probably buy one, too, given the chance.

The G63 6×6 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 making 536 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. The Mercedes features portal axles for improved ground clearance without a tall suspension. It also has five differential locks. Add on 37-inch-tall mud tires, and the 6×6 is basically unstoppable – unless you high-center it.

Mercedes is extremely proud of its six-wheeled creation. In 2013, the price was $511,000, but the limited supply of 100 examples has seen pre-owned 6x6s selling for nearly $1 million.

Read our full review on the Mercedes G63 AMG

Conclusion


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Devel is known for off-the-wall vehicles, namely the Sixteen concept seen several years ago. Along the Sixty came the new version of the Sixteen, meaning Devel has been busy at the drawing board. The U.S.-based company could position itself as the go-to automaker for all things extreme, should it play its cards right. It’ll be interesting to see how things play out.

  • Leave it
    • Few details at this point
    • $450,000 is expensive
    • Could it be a rebodied Ford Super Duty?

References

Devel Sixteen


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Read our full review on the 2018 Devel Sixteen.

PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara Spied with $45,000 Base Price!

Everyone knew the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL would be more expensive than the outgoing, decade-old Wrangler JK. A $1,000 to $2,000 increase in price sounded reasonable for all the improvements made. Well, it seems FCA figures it can charge exorbitantly more for the new Wrangler – $10,000 more on the luxury-minded Sahara trim, to be exact.

The news comes from none other than JLWranglerforums.com, the seemingly official leaker of all things JL over the least two years. A user posted a spied Monroney window sticker showing a base price of $45,000 for an Unlimited Sahara equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and manual transmission.

Now, there are a few caveats to this information. The pricing might not be completely finalized, so there’s a chance the price is inaccurate. Also, the options list only shows Jeeps RPO codes with no breakdown in pricing for each item. There’s a chance the options’ pricing is somehow including in the “base price” of $45,000. If so, that would make the true, pre-options base price far less. Jeep is apparently keeping its $1,095 destination charge from before.

Of course, the base Sport trim will be significantly less expensive than the leather-lined Sahara, especially in two-door form, so modest Jeepers should still be able to find a good deal. The Rubicon, however, will be more expensive than the Sahara thanks to its extra off-road hardware. This tiered system has been around for a while, so that’s old news. What is news is Jeep’s potential of pricing itself out of the active lifestyle, off-roading, and consumer base that made the Wrangler JK so popular.

References

2018 Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 742104

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Wrangler


2017 Jeep Wrangler - image 687100

Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler


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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Jeep Wrangler Can Tow as Much as 3,500 Pounds

The Jeep Wrangler is basically the embodiment of a sport utility vehicle. After all, it did invent the category way back in 1941. Today, most SUVs are truck-based family haulers that don’t mind big loads on their trailer hitches. Crossovers, on the other hand, are generally limited in their towing capacities, with a few notable exceptions The Wrangler is a different beast altogether. Despite its body-on-frame construction, its off-road-biased suspension and relatively small footprint leave it with a compromised tow rating compared to say a mid-size pickup like the Chevrolet Colorado. Still, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler provides adequate towing capabilities for most active users.

The two-door Wrangler can tow up to 2,000 pounds via its optional two-inch receiver hitch. That’s the case with both the standard 3.6-liter V-6 and the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The longer, four-door Wrangler Unlimited has an increased tow rating of 3,500 pounds thanks to a heavier curb weight and its longer wheelbase. Again, both engines will do the job. The same is true for the manual and automatic transmissions.

Sadly, we don’t expect the 2019 Wrangler Unlimited with its optional 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 to boast any towing increases, either. It all comes down to what the chassis and suspension will handle. Thankfully, the upcoming Jeep Scrambler pickup will have an improved tow rating rumored at 6,500 pounds.

Continue reading for the detailed towing specs.

2018 Jeep Wrangler TOWING CAPACITIES

WRANGLER SPORT (4-door)
Engine Trans Type Transmission Axle Ratio Payload Base Wt. Base Wt. Front Base Wt. Rear GAWR Front GAWR Rear GCWR Max Trailer
3.6-liter V-6 gas M6 D478 6-speed manual 3.45 1000 4201 2226 1974 2700 3000 8117 3500
3.6-liter V-6 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 3.45 1000 4215 2240 1974 2700 3000 8117 3500
2.0-liter I-4 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 3.45 1000 4336 2298 2038 2700 3000 8117 3500
WRANGLER SAHARA (4-door)
Engine Trans Type Transmission Axle Ratio Payload Base Wt. Base Wt. Front Base Wt. Rear GAWR Front GAWR Rear GCWR Max Trailer
3.6-liter V-6 gas M6 D478 6-speed manual 3.45 880 4331 2289 2042 2700 3000 10836 3500
3.6-liter V-6 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 3.45 880 4345 2303 2042 2700 3000 10836 3500
2.0-liter I-4 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 3.45 880 4376 2319 2056 2700 3000 10836 3500
WRANGLER RUBICON (4-door)
Engine Trans Type Transmission Axle Ratio Payload Base Wt. Base Wt. Front Base Wt. Rear GAWR Front GAWR Rear GCWR Max Trailer
3.6-liter V-6 gas M6 D478 6-speed manual 4.10 892 4439 2346 2093 3100 3100 11063 3500
3.6-liter V-6 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 4.10 892 4453 2360 2093 3100 3100 11063 3500
2.0-liter I-4 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 4.10 892 4484 2376 2107 3100 3100 11063 3500

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Jeep Wrangler 2.0-liter Turbo Specifications

Those new to the Jeep brand might gawk at a four-cylinder Wrangler, but the Jeep has a strong history with this cylinder count. In fact, the first Jeep, the 1941 Willys MB, came with a four-cylinder. Four-cylinders were offered through the years, with the most recent being in the 1997-2006 Wrangler TJ. In fact, the outgoing Wrangler JK is the only Wrangler/CJ not available with one. That makes the return of a four-cylinder sort of a retro move. Even the engine’s name (Hurricane) is a throwback to older days

The new engine shares nothing with the old Hurricane, of course. It’s a member of FCA’s Global Medium Engine family and is loosely related to Alfa Romeo’s 2.0-liter found in Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover. In the Wrangler, the Hurricane makes an impressive 270 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at only 3,000 rpm. That torque number actually beats the output of the 3.6-liter V-6 by 35 pound-feet! Better still, the Hurricane makes its power lower in the rev range, likely making it a better choice for serious off-roading. Horsepower-wise, the Hurricane only gives up 15 ponies to the V-6.

The natural trade-off is fuel economy. Neither Jeep nor the EPA have announced official numbers, but expect to see upper 20s on the highway, lower 20s around town, and a combined mpg of around 25.

The Hurricane’s secret is its mild hybrid system. The engine uses a belt-starter-generator to help twist the engine’s crankshaft at lower revs. The system is also designed to provide better auto stop/start performance while also improving low-end throttle response before the turbo spools up.

Impressively, the turbo-four loses no ground in the towing department to the V-6. Jeep says the two-door Wrangler will tow 2,000 pounds and the four-door Wrangler Unlimited will lug 3,500 pounds – regardless of engine choice. Sadly for manual transmission fans, the Hurricane is only offered with the new eight-speed automatic.

The Hurricane will be available in all trim levels from the base Sport, to the luxury-minded Sahara, and even the rugged Rubicon. Pricing has not been announced, but the Hurricane will be an option over the standard 3.6-liter V-6.

Continue reading for detailed specs on the 2.0-liter Hurricane turbo-four.


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2.0-LITER TURBO I-4 – Specifications

ENGINE 2.0-LITER TURBO I-4
Availability Available — all models
Type and Description I-4 16-valve with direct injection, turbo charging, with throttled, cooled EGR
Displacement (cu. in. / cc) 121 cu. in. (1995 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 3.31 x 3.54 (84 x 90)
Valve System Chain-driven DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel Injection Direct Injection
Construction Aluminum block, aluminum alloy heads
Compression Ratio 10:01
Power 270 HP @ 5,250 RPM
Torque 295 LB-FT @ 3,000 RPM
Max. Engine Speed (rpm) 5,800 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement Minimum unleaded regular, 87 octane (R + M)/2, 91 octane or higher recommended for optimum fuel economy and performance
Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) 18.5 (2-door), 21.5 (4-door)
Oil Capacity 5 quarts (4.7 liters)
Coolant Capacity 9.9 quarts (9.4 liters)
Emission Controls GPEC4 engine-management system with close-coupled catalyst; and wide range O2 sensor
Max. Gross Trailer Weight 2,000 lbs. (2-door), 3,500 lbs. (4-door)
EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy/combined) TBD — automatic (2-door); TBD — automatic (4-door)
Assembly Plant Termoli, Italy and Trenton South Engine Plant, Trenton, Mich.

References

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Jeep Wrangler 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 Specifications

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL can certainly be described as “all-new,” but the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is largely carry-over from the outgoing Wrangler JK. Still, it’s got a new fuel-saving feature: Auto Start/Stop. The system automatically turns the engine off when stopped at traffic lights or other similar driving scenarios. Like other start/stop systems, the engine restarts automatically when the brake pedal is released, giving the engine time to rev back to idle before the driver has time to press the throttle. The result is less overall fuel consumption.

As for the rest of the Pentastar, the engine retains its 60-degree V shape; its aluminum, deep-skirt block; aluminum alloy heads; its chain-driven, dual-overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder; its 11.3:1 compression ratio; and its multiport fuel injection. The horsepower and torque specs also remain unchanged at 285 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm.

The V-6 can be paired with both the six-speed manual transmission or the eight-speed automatic – both of which are new to the Wrangler for 2018. Towing remains the same, too. The Wrangler two-door can pull 2,000 pounds while the Wrangler Unlimited, the four-door model, will pull 3,500 pounds.

As for that all-important fuel economy, Jeep says the V-6 will get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined with the automatic transmission and 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined with the manual gearbox. That’s a marked improvement over the 16/20 mpg with the manual-equipped JK and 16/21 mpg with the JK’s old five-speed automatic.

Continue reading for detailed specs of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.


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3.6-­LITER PENTASTAR V-­6 – Drivetrain Specifications

ENGINE 3.6-­LITER PENTASTAR V-­6
Availability Standard — all models
Type and Description 60-­degree, V-­type, liquid-­cooled
Displacement (cu. in. / cc) 220 cu. in. (3604 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 3.78 x 3.27 (96 x 83)
Valve System Chain-­driven DOHC, 24 valves and hydraulic end-­pivot roller rockers
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction Aluminum deep-­skirt block, aluminum alloy heads
Compression Ratio 10.2:1
Power 285 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Torque 260 LB-FT @ 4,800 RPM
Max. Engine Speed (rpm) 6,600 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement Unleaded regular, 87 octane (R + M)/2
Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) 22.5
Oil Capacity 6.0 quarts (5.7 liters)
Coolant Capacity 14 quarts (13.25 liters)
Emission Controls Dual three-­way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors and internal engine features
EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy/combined) 18/23/20 (automatic); 17/23/19 (manual)
Engine Assembly Plant Trenton South Engine Plant, Trenton, Mich.

References

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PostHeaderIcon The New Jeep Wrangler JL Has Made its L.A. Debut!!!!

It’s been a long time coming, but the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is finally here. It debuted in all of its two-door and four-door glory, sporting three different engines, two transmissions (including a new eight-speed auto,) fresh interior design with a new Uconnect infotainment system, body-on-frame design, and more than 75 available safety and security offerings. There’s already a host of performance parts from Mopar available and, with four different trims available (three for the two-door plus the Sahara trim on four-door models) there’s definitely an option for anyone with a hankering for a new off-road but road-capable machine.

According to Jeep, all models include a trail-rated badge due to the outstanding four-wheel drive system that includes a 2.72:1 crawl ratio on Sport and Sahara models, a 4LO ratio of 4:1 and locking differentials on Rubicon models, and the ability to ford up to 30-inches of water when properly equipped. Furthermore, the new JL Wrangler can haul as much as 3,500 pounds and can be had with 17-inch off-road wheels. Rubicon models get 33-inch tires as standard equipment while all models get a standard approach angle of 44 degrees, breakover angle of 27.8 degrees, departure angle of 37 degrees, and a minimum ground clearance of 10.9 inches.

When equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar, the Wrangler will offer 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The new 2.0-liter, hybridized, four-cylinder offers as much as 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and – for those of you who really want some serious torque – the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 will deliver 260 horsepower and an astonishing 442 pound-feet of torque on demand. That new eight-speed auto offers up decent economy and simple stop-and-go driving and can be equipped on any model. Real Jeep fanatics will surely go for the three-pedal-and-six-gears standard offering with a revised shift pattern, shorter throws, and a 4.41 ratio for better efficiency, higher speeds, and quick acceleration. All told it’s not bad, but we’ll let you decide for yourself once we update our full review. Until then, you can check out the debut video below, and check out the important specs below along with the full press release at the bottom.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Engine Specifications

3.6-Liter Pentastar V-6

ENGINE 3.6-­LITER PENTASTAR V-­6 Specificaitons
Availability Standard — all models
Type and Description 60-­degree, V-­type, liquid-­cooled
Displacement (cu. in. / cc) 220 cu. in. (3604 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 3.78 x 3.27 (96 x 83)
Valve System Chain-­driven DOHC, 24 valves and hydraulic end-­pivot roller rockers
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction Aluminum deep-­skirt block, aluminum alloy heads
Compression Ratio 10.2:1
Power 285 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Torque 260 LB-FT @ 4,800 RPM
Max. Engine Speed (rpm) 6,600 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement Unleaded regular, 87 octane (R + M)/2
Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) 22.5
Oil Capacity 6.0 quarts (5.7 liters)
Coolant Capacity 14 quarts (13.25 liters)
Emission Controls Dual three-­way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors and internal engine features
EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy/combined) 18/23/20 (automatic); 17/23/19 (manual)
Engine Assembly Plant Trenton South Engine Plant, Trenton, Mich.

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2.0-LITER TURBO I-4 – Specifications

ENGINE 2.0-LITER TURBO I-4
Availability Available — all models
Type and Description I-4 16-valve with direct injection, turbo charging, with throttled, cooled EGR
Displacement (cu. in. / cc) 121 cu. in. (1995 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 3.31 x 3.54 (84 x 90)
Valve System Chain-driven DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel Injection Direct Injection
Construction Aluminum block, aluminum alloy heads
Compression Ratio 10:01
Power 270 HP @ 5,250 RPM
Torque 295 LB-FT @ 3,000 RPM
Max. Engine Speed (rpm) 5,800 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement Minimum unleaded regular, 87 octane (R + M)/2, 91 octane or higher recommended for optimum fuel economy and performance
Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) 18.5 (2-door), 21.5 (4-door)
Oil Capacity 5 quarts (4.7 liters)
Coolant Capacity 9.9 quarts (9.4 liters)
Emission Controls GPEC4 engine-management system with close-coupled catalyst; and wide range O2 sensor
Max. Gross Trailer Weight 2,000 lbs. (2-door), 3,500 lbs. (4-door)
EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy/combined) TBD — automatic (2-door); TBD — automatic (4-door)
Assembly Plant Termoli, Italy and Trenton South Engine Plant, Trenton, Mich.

3.0-liter Diesel V-6 Specifications

ENGINE 3.0 LITER ECODIESEL V-6
Power 260 horsepower
Torque 442 lb-ft
Transmission Eight-Speed Automatic
Availability Four-door only

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2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Transmission Specifications

TRANSMISSION 850RE AUTOMATIC, EIGHT-SPEED OVERDRIVE
Availability Standard — 2.0-liter I-4; Optional — 3.6-liter V-6
Description Adaptive electronic control or Electronic Range Select (ERS) driver-interactive manual control and electronically modulated torque converter clutch
Gear Ratios
1st 4.71
2nd 3.13
3rd 2.10
4th 1.67
5th 1.28
6th 1.00
7th 0.84
8th 0.67
Reverse 3.53
TRANSMISSION D478 MANUAL, SIX-SPEED WITH OVERDRIVE
Availability Standard — 3.6-liter V-6
Description Synchronized in all forward gears and Reverse, multi-rail shift system with top-mounted shift lever, 50% shorter throws
Gear Ratios
1st 5.13
2nd 2.63
3rd 1.53
4th 1.00
5th 0.81
6th 0.72
Reverse 4.49
Final Drive 3.45 standard, 3.73 optional (4.10 Rubicon)

Transfer Case Options

Transfer Case NV241 COMMAND-TRAC NV241OR ROCK-TRAC MP3022 SELEC-TRAC
Availablity Standard on Sport and Sahara Standard on Rubicon Optional – Sahara
Type Part-time Part-time Full-time
Operating Modes 2WD High
4WD High
Neutral
4WD Low
2WD High
4WD High
Neutral
4WD Low
2WD High
4WD High
Neutral
4WD Low
Low Range Ratio 2.72:1 4.0:1 2.72:1

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Axle Specifications

Front Axle Dana 30
Dana 44 on Rubicon models
Differential Type Open (Dana 30) or Tru-Lok electronic locking (Dana 44)
Axle Ratios: 3.45
3.73
4.10
Rear Axle Dana 35
Dana 44 on Rubicon models
Differential Type Open (Sport and Sahara) with available Trac-Lok anti-spin, Tru-Lok electronic locking (Rubicon)
Axle Ratios 3.45
3.73
4.10

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Suspension Specifications

Front Solid axle
link coil
leading arms
track bar
coil springs
stabilizer bar
Stabilizer bar Electronic sway-bar disconnect system — standard, Rubicon
Shock type Sport: Gas charged twin tube shock absorbers with full displacement Multi-Tuned Valve (MTV) technology
Sahara: High pressure gas charged monotube shock absorbers with MTV technology
Rubicon: High pressure gas charged monotube shock absorbers with MTV technology and hydraulic rebound stop
Rear Solid axle
link coil
trailing arms
track bar
coil springs
stabilizer bar
Shock type Sport: Gas charged twin tube shock absorbers with full displacement MTV technology
Sahara: High pressure gas charged monotube shock absorbers with MTV technology
Rubicon: High pressure gas charged monotube shock absorbers with MTV technology and hydraulic rebound stop

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Steering Specs

Type Electro-hydraulic Power
Overall Ratio 17.4:1 – 2-door
15.6:1 – 4-door
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb) (ft./m) 34.5 2-door
40.8 4-door
Steering Turns (lock-to-lock) 3.6 -2-door
3.2 4-door
P/S pump Electro-Hydraulic

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2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Brake Specifications

Type Power-assisted, anti-lock braking system
Availability Standard
Front
Rotor size and type 12.9 x .94 (330 x 24) vented rotor – Sport
12.9 x 1.1 (330 x 28) vented rotor – Sahara and Rubicon
Caliper size and type 1.88 (48) twin-piston floating caliper – Sport
2 (51) twin-piston floating caliper – Sahara and Rubicon
Rear
Rotor size and type 12.9 x .47 (328 x 12) solid rotor – Sport
13.4 x .55 (342 x 14) solid rotor – Sahara and Rubicon
Caliper size and type 1.77 (45) single-piston floating caliper – Sport
1.88 (48) single-piston floating caliper – Sahara and Rubicon

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Dimensions and Capacities

Wheelbase 2-door 96.8 (2,460)
4-door 118.4 (3,008)
Overhang Front: 29.2 (741.6)
Rear: 40.8 (1,036.3)
Track Front: 62.9 (1,598)
Rear: 62.9 (1,598)
Overall Length (includes spare tire) 166.8 (4,237) – 2-door
188.4 (4,785) – 4-door
Overall Width 73.8 (1,875)
Overall Height 73.6 (1,868.4)
Liftover Height 29.7 (756.4)
Cargo Width at Swing-Gate Opening 41.1 (1,052)
Cargo Height at Swing-Gate Opening 36 (942.3)
Load Floor Height 30 (762.1)
CLEARANCES
Tire Size 245/75R17 (Standard on Sport)
Approach Angle (degrees) 41.4
Breakover Angle (degrees) 25 (2-door)
20.3 (4-door)
Departure Angle (degrees) 35.9 (2-door)
36.1 (4-door)
Ground Clearance (inches) 9.7
Tire Size 255/70R18 (Standard on Sahara)
Approach Angle (degrees) 41.8
Breakover Angle (degrees) 21
Departure Angle (degrees) 36.1
Ground Clearance (inches) 10
Tire Size LT28570R17 (Standard on Rubicon)
Approach Angle (degrees) 44 (2-door)
43.9 (4-door)
Breakover Angle (degrees) 27.8 (2-door)
22.6 (4-door)
Departure Angle (degrees) 37
Ground Clearance (inches) 10.8

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2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Curb Weight Specifications

2.0-liter (2- and 4-door)
Wrangler Sport Automatic Transmission (lbs./kg): 4,010 (1,819)
Manual Transmission (lbs./kg): N/A
Wrangler Sahara Automatic Transmission (lbs./kg): 4,380 (1,987)
Manual Transmission (lbs./kg): N/A
Wrangler Rubicon Automatic Transmission (lbs./kg): 4,175 (1,894)
Manual Transmission (lbs./kg): N/A
3.6-liter (2- and 4-door)
Wrangler Sport Automatic Transmission (lbs./kg): 3,955 (1,794) / 4,200 (1,905)
Manual Transmission (lbs./kg): 3,970 (1,801) / 4,215 (1,912)
Wrangler Sahara Automatic Transmission (lbs./kg): 4,345 (1,971)
Manual Transmission (lbs./kg): N/A
Wrangler Rubicon Automatic Transmission (lbs./kg): 4,145 (1,880) / 4,455 (2,021)
Manual Transmission (lbs./kg): N/A

2018 Jeep Wrangler – ACCOMMODATIONS

Seating Capacity (front/rear) 2/2 – 2-door, 2/3 – 4-door
SAE Total Interior Passenger Volume, (cu. ft. / cu. m) 103.7 (2.94)
Front: Headroom: 40.7 (1,036) hardtop / 42.6 (1,083) soft top
Legroom: 41.2 (1,038)
Shoulder Room: 55.7 (1,417)
Hip Room: 53.9 (1,370)
Seat Travel: 8.1 (206)
EPA Front Volume Index: 53.8 (1.52)
Rear: Headroom: 40.2 (1,023) hardtop, 41.7 (1,059) soft top
Legroom: 35.7 (904.2) – 2-door, 38.3 (974) – 4-door
Knee Clearance: 61.6 (1,565.9)
Shoulder Room: 57.7 (1,458) – 2-door, 55.7 (1,417) – 4-door
Hip Room: 45 (1,143) – 2-door, 56.7 (1,440) – 4-door
EPA Rear Seat Volume Index (cu. ft. / cu. m): 49.9 (1.40)
Liftover Height 29.7 (756.4)
Maximum Cargo Width at Liftgate Opening 47.9 (1,218.7)
Minimum Cargo Width at Liftgate Opening 41.1 (1,052)
Maximum Cargo Height at Liftgate Opening 36.0 (942.3)
Minimum Cargo Height at Liftgate Opening 35.7 (907.8)
Distance between Wheelhouse Interior Trim 45.0 (1143)
SAE Cargo Volume: Rear Seat Folded: 72.4 cu. ft. (2.05)
Rear Seat Upright: 31.7 cu. ft. (0.89)
Total Passenger plus Cargo Volume, (cu. ft. / cu. m): 150.4 cu. ft.

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2018 jeep Wrangler – WHEELS

Standard (Sport) Painted steel, Low Gloss Black painted
Size:
17 x 7.5 in.
Sport S (Standard) Fully painted cast-aluminum with High Gloss Tech Silver
Size: 17 x 7.5 in.
Sport S (Optional) Painted and polished cast-aluminum with Low Gloss Granite Crystal
Size: 17 x 7.5 in.
Sahara (Standard) Painted spokes with polished cast-aluminum
Size: 18 x 7.5 in.
Sahara (Optional) Painted High Gloss Technical Gray with polished cast-aluminum
Size: 18 x 7.5 in.
Rubicon (Standard) Painted pocket with Mid-Gloss paint and polished cast-aluminum
Size: 17 x 7.5 in.
Rubicon (Optional) Painted pocket with Mid-Gloss paint and polished cast-aluminum
Size: 17 x 7.5 in.
TIRES
Sport (Standard) Size and Type: P245/75R17, on/off-road, black sidewall
Mfr. and Model Michelin LTX MS2, Bridgestone Dueler HT 685, Bridgestone Dueler AT RH-S, Goodyear Wrangler Adventure AT
Revs per Mile (km): 665 (413) – Michelin LTX MS2
661 (411) – Bridgestone Dueler HT 685 & AT RH-S
668 (415) – Goodyear Wrangler Adventure AT
Sahara (Standard) Size and Type: P255/70R18, on/off-road, OWL
Mfr. and Model Bridgestone Dueler HT 685, Bridgestone Dueler AT RH-S, Goodyear Wrangler Adventure AT
Revs per Mile (km): 649 (403)
Rubicon (Standard)
Size and Type: LT285/70R17C, on/off-road, black sidewall
Mfr. and Model: BF Goodrich KO2 All-Terrain
Revs per Mile (km): 645 (401)
Four–wheel anti-lock brakes Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
All-speed traction control Standard

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2018 Jeep Wrangler TOWING CAPACITIES

WRANGLER SPORT (4-door)
Engine Trans Type Transmission Axle Ratio Payload Base Wt. Base Wt. Front Base Wt. Rear GAWR Front GAWR Rear GCWR Max Trailer
3.6-liter V-6 gas M6 D478 6-speed manual 3.45 1000 4201 2226 1974 2700 3000 8117 3500
3.6-liter V-6 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 3.45 1000 4215 2240 1974 2700 3000 8117 3500
2.0-liter I-4 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 3.45 1000 4336 2298 2038 2700 3000 8117 3500
WRANGLER SAHARA (4-door)
Engine Trans Type Transmission Axle Ratio Payload Base Wt. Base Wt. Front Base Wt. Rear GAWR Front GAWR Rear GCWR Max Trailer
3.6-liter V-6 gas M6 D478 6-speed manual 3.45 880 4331 2289 2042 2700 3000 10836 3500
3.6-liter V-6 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 3.45 880 4345 2303 2042 2700 3000 10836 3500
2.0-liter I-4 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 3.45 880 4376 2319 2056 2700 3000 10836 3500
WRANGLER RUBICON (4-door)
Engine Trans Type Transmission Axle Ratio Payload Base Wt. Base Wt. Front Base Wt. Rear GAWR Front GAWR Rear GCWR Max Trailer
3.6-liter V-6 gas M6 D478 6-speed manual 4.10 892 4439 2346 2093 3100 3100 11063 3500
3.6-liter V-6 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 4.10 892 4453 2360 2093 3100 3100 11063 3500
2.0-liter I-4 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 4.10 892 4484 2376 2107 3100 3100 11063 3500

References

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PostHeaderIcon Ford F-150 VelociRaptor 6×6 by Hennessey Performance

2018 Ford F-150 VelociRaptor 6x6 by Hennessey Performance

How do you make a Ford F-150 Raptor any more awesome? Hennessey Performance has a great answer – stick an extra axle under an elongated cargo bed then add 150 horsepower. Hennessey is no stranger to making outlandish vehicles with insane levels of power. The Texas-based tuner has done several Raptor upgrades before, and naturally, their bread-n-butter is adding more horsepower to stock vehicles. But this marks the first time a 6×6 configuration has been involved.

Mercedes started the 6×6 trend in 2013 with the G63 6×6. Since then, a handful of aftermarket companies have followed those tracks. The idea behind the 6×6 setup is added traction, better payload and towing capacities, and shear badassery. One look at the G63 6×6 or the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6×6 confirms that. Hennessey can’t confirm how well the VelociRaptor 6×6 handles in the dirt, however. The first example already has customer money on the hood. It’s also the same truck Hennessey took to the 2017 SEMA show. With SEMA over, Hennessey had only a few days to ship the truck to its owner in Florida.

Want to know more? Keep reading for details on the VelociRaptor 6×6.

What makes the 2018 Ford F-150 VelociRaptor 6×6 by Hennessey Performance special

  • 6×6 configuration with added rear axle
  • Lengthened cargo bed
  • Special rear leaf-spring & 4-link suspension
  • Larger Fox Racing shocks
  • 20-inch wheels
  • All-terrain tires
  • Hennessey front & rear bumpers
  • LED off-road lights
“It goes without saying the 6×6 portion of this build is the focal point”

It goes without saying the 6×6 portion of this build is the focal point. Hennessey achieved this by extending the F-150’s frame to accommodate another full axle and set of tires. The factory rear axle was moved rearward and a custom axle and pass-through differential rides ahead. That pass-through diff allows rotational power to turn its ring gear and the driveshaft that connects to the second rear differential. It’s a similar setup to an 18-wheeler.

The big-rig inspiration continues with the suspension system. A lengthened leaf spring pack spans between the axles and is mounted on a bar to the outside of the frame rails. A four-link setup locates each rear axle. Upgrade Fox Racing shocks similar to the Raptor’s stock shocks control the bounce of the one-off suspension system. To match the rear suspension, the independent front suspension was lifted for longer travel and higher ground clearance. Upgraded shocks are here too.


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“Hennessey says the 6×6 conversion adds roughly 700 pounds to the Raptor’s curb weight, but the extra boost makes the 6×6 quicker than the stock truck”

Hennessey couldn’t leave the Raptor’s high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 alone, either. The engine normally makes 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, which are very healthy numbers for a small-displacement V-6 with a factory warranty. Hennessey already had its VelociRaptor 600 package developed for the Raptor, so the kit is added to the 6×6.

The engine upgrade includes a high-flow intake, a modified wastegate system, an air-to-air intercooler upgrade, a cat-back exhaust system, and a recalibration of the ECU. The result is 600 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 622 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. Hennessey says the 6×6 conversion adds roughly 700 pounds to the Raptor’s curb weight, but the extra boost makes the 6×6 quicker than the stock truck. The sprint to 60 mph is said to happen in 4.9 seconds.


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“Hennessey is only building 100 examples for 2018”

Other modifications include custom front and rear bumpers, LED off-road lights, 20-inch wheels with Toyo Open Country R/T tires, a bed-mounted roll bar, and VelociRaptor 6×6 graphics on the door, fender, and tailgate. Inside, Hennessey will customize the interior to customer tastes, but the standard upgrade includes a numbered plaque with the vehicle’s build number.

Hennessey is only building 100 examples for 2018. The allotment is split 50-50, with half staying in the U.S. and half offered to customers around the world. Don’t expect to see a VelociRaptor 6×6 in the crowded streets of downtown London, but rather climbing up the sand dunes of the United Arab Emirates. Those folks in Dubai really love extravagant, over-the-top vehicles, after all.


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Paying for the 2018 VelociRaptor 6×6 takes Oil Sheik money, too. Pricing starts at $349,000 and goes up from there, depending on what options a customer adds.

So, what do you think? Would you drive a six-wheeled mega Raptor or is it too much vehicle for you to handle? Let us know in the comments below.

References

Ford F-150


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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Ram 1500 Is Getting A Split Tailgate!

The next-generation Ram 1500 will be raising the bar for pickup truck cargo beds when it debuts for the 2019 model year. A spy photographer just caught a 2019 Ram tester with an uncamouflaged tailgate that is clearly split vertically. The tailgate will be able to open like a regular tailgate while also opening sideways like French doors. The Honda Ridgeline’s tailgate opens like this, though as a solid piece without the split.


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“The step bumper can actually be used as a step, too, allowing for an easy climb into the bed.”

The handiness factor is huge here. Think about it: The tailgate can be swung open for better access to items deeper into the bed. The step bumper can actually be used as a step, too, allowing for an easy climb into the bed. The 60/40 split would also make it possible to carry longer items while still having a closed tailgate for loose cargo.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Ram’s split tailgate. Allpar.com actually found patent drawings of a 50/50-split tailgate on the U.S. Patent Office’s website, which is in the public domain. Though the percentage of the split is different, it’s presumed the production tailgate will operate in the same manner.

Ram isn’t new to innovation in the cargo bed. When the current generation of Ram trucks debuted in 2009, it brought the RamBox Cargo Management System – a lockable and watertight storage box within the walls of the cargo bed. No other pickup has such a feature, though the Chevrolet Avalanche came close. Only the Honda Ridgeline with its InBed Trunk has more watertight and lockable in-bed storage.

What do you think? Do you like this tailgate design? If this is an extra-cost option, what would you be willing to pay? Let us know in the comments below.

References

Ram 1500


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Ram 1500.


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Read more upcoming the upcoming 1500 in our the 2019 Ram Departs From Classic “Big-Rig” Design story.



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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes AMG G65 to bring down the curtains with Final Edition model

Mercedes-AMG G 65 Final Edition

Mercedes-AMG has decided to pull the plug on its iconic G series SUV’s with the Final Edition model before it stops the production. The company will manufacture 65 units which will be sold worldwide.

The G65 Final Edition will feature 21-inch alloys finished in matte bronze with silver brake calipers. The mirrors, bumpers, and spare-tire cover get the bronze treatment as well. The running board and exhaust get matte black elements, tying the whole package together.


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“Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition comes packed with Carbon-fiber bits all around the cabin”

On the inside, Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition comes packed with Carbon-fiber bits all around the cabin. Floor mats and grab handles feature the words “Final Edition” on them. The brown stitching complements the black Nappa leather upholstery well.

Under the hood is the famous, 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces a mammoth 621 horsepower. This astonishing figure is enough to pull this 6000-pound beast from standstill to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds! It is mated to an AMG 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission.

30 of these units will be available for the US market, and Mercedes will carefully handpick the dealers to whom the G65’s will be allotted. The order book will open soon, and the car is priced at an “affordable” $252,690. The car will be manufactured at Mercedes’ plant in Graz, Austria.

Author’s Take


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“The G65 Special Edition has been priced at a premium of $29,000 over its standard counterpart.”

The Mercedes AMG G65 Final Edition marks the end of an era. The G-class has been the company’s longest-running production car, spanning a life of almost 40 years. The G65 Special Edition has been priced at a premium of $29,000 over its standard counterpart. Although the G65 is being laid to rest, an all-new camouflaged Mercedes G-wagon had been spotted last year. It is just a matter of time that the heavily re-worked model hits the floor, thus resurrecting the legend.

Given the enviable clientele of G-series, it is not “how” the car will be sold with sky-high price, but “how quick” all 65 units hit the road.

References

Mercedes G-Class


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG G 65 Final Edition.


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Read our full review on the 2016 Mercedes-AMG G 65.


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Read our full speculative review for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class.


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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Edition – Driven

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Edition

The current Chevrolet Silverado isn’t that old, really. It debuted for the 2014 model year and underwent a very mild cosmetic refresh for 2016. Yet, in the high-stakes game that is the American pickup market, Chevy has to stay current. An all-new Silverado is destined for 2019, but until the fall of 2018, we’re stuck with the current truck. While the 2017 Silverado is hardly a bad apple, Chevy is keeping it fresh by offering several special edition models and among them is this, the Midnight Edition.

I recently spent a week driving a 2017 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab LTZ Z71 Midnight Edition, driving it the same way any truck owner would, well, save for towing a 9,300-pound trailer. I didn’t have one laying around. I did throw a couple coolers and lawn chairs in the bed, haul five people around, take the kiddo to school, and muddle through everyday life like anyone would. Turns out, the Silverado is a fantastic vehicle for active families.

Continue reading for more information.

Video Overview

Exterior

  • Midnight Edition brings blacked-out look, upgraded tires
  • Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires
  • Bumper steps
  • Spray-in bed liner
  • Towing Package
  • Skid plates

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“Looks are subjective, so everybody will have their own opinion.”

The 2017 Chevy Silverado is a handsome truck that’s been around since 2014. The grille, headlights, front bumper, and hood were refreshed in 2016 with a more aggressive design, but otherwise, the truck remains unchanged. Looks are subjective, so everybody will have their own opinion. For me, I like the Chevy’s squared-off appearance.

As for the Midnight Edition, the special edition package brings black door trim, a black front skid plate, black Chevy bowties, and that chrome Z71 badge on the front doors. Equally important to the tuck’s murderous tone are the black 18-inch wheels and Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires. Interestingly, the Midnight Edition also brings Front and Rear Park Assist that works via bumper-mounted sonar sensors.


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“The rear bumper features those awesomely handy steps for getting into the bed”

When it comes to utility, the Silverado has it in spades. The cargo bed has a spray-in bedliner, which came standard as the LTZ trim package. The rear bumper features those awesomely handy steps for getting into the bed. In conjunction, the rear stake pockets have larger openings for handles when climbing up. The tailgate has an easy-lower and lift feature. The towing package, which is standard on the LTZ trim, not only includes the two-inch receiver hitch, but both seven- and four-pin wiring connectors. Having 4WD makes the front tow hooks standard. Other niceties include LED projector-beam headlights, LED fog lights,

All told, the Silverado fulfills its utilitarian role as a pickup, but also does a great job of being family transportation. Compile that with the sinister looks of the Midnight Edition, and it’s a solid package.

Interior

  • Seating for five
  • 8.0-inch MyLink Infotainment
  • Handy center console
  • Fold-up rear bench seats

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“This Silverado is meant to haul people and stuff within the comforts of an air-conditioned space”

Being a Crew Cab, this Silverado is meant to haul people and stuff within the comforts of an air-conditioned space. Naturally, the Silverado does this well. My LTZ tester comes with leather seats and has the $510 front bucket seat option that includes the full-length center console. Though it takes away the middle seat, reducing the seating capacity form six to five, the console offers tons of storage space, a rack for hanging file folders, a wireless phone charger, and a rubberized spot for holding cell phones. Best of all, the console adds an array of charge ports that includes two USB ports, two 12-volt power outlets, and a three-pronged, 110-volt plug.

The LTZ package makes a handful of electronic gadgetry standard, too. There’s the 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment system with navigation and the 4.2-inch driver information screen in the gauge cluster. Both are moderately customizable and allow for different information to be displayed. The MyLink system rivals Fiat Chrysler’s 8.4-inch Uconnect system for simplistic perfection while offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The home screen’s icons can be rearranged to suit the driver’s preference.


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“The heated and vented front seats work exceptionally well at keeping backsides happy”

Another lovely feature is the heated and vented front seats. They both work exceptionally well at keeping backsides happy. The dual-zone climate controls keep front sides happy, too. Unfortunately for those in back, the Silverado does not have rear air vents, meaning they’ll have to rely on front occupants sharing their vents in the game of “move it a bit to the left. No, too much.” Adding insult to injury, the Silverado (and its corporate twin, the GMC Sierra) is the only full-size truck without rear air vents.

One thing the Silverado Crew Cab has plenty of is storage space. Not only does the center console have a ton of room, but all four door pockets have two shelves and room for big-gulp cups. The glove compartment has two tiers, making it easier to organize things. The rear bench seat has space underneath for stuff, as well. Chevy actually sells a storage organizer for this area, should you not need the mostly flat load floor. And yes, the bench seat folds up neatly, allowing larger items to slide in.

Other interesting features include a sunroof, a power-sliding rear window, memory settings for the driver’s seat, and power-adjustable pedals. Those things help make up for the Silverado’s lack of push-button starting.

Drivetrain

  • 5.3-liter V-8
  • 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 4WD with Auto mode
  • Automatic locking rear differential
  • 15 mpg city / 20 hwy / 17 Comb
  • 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds

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“The small-block Chevy kicks out 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm”

The Chevy Silverado 1500 is available with three engines: the base 4.3-liter V-6, the volume-leading 5.3-liter V-8, and the premium choice, the 6.2-liter V-8. All three engines are from General Motors’ EcoTec3 engine family and share the same basic architecture and technology. The three main features (and why its called EcoTec3) are variable valve timing, direct fuel injection, and Active Fuel Management, otherwise known as cylinder deactivation.

Like most consumer-grade Silverados, my tester came with the 5.3-liter V-8. The small-block Chevy kicks out 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. That’s enough grunt to move this 5,300-pound truck to 60 mph in only 7.2 seconds. Chevy limits the truck’s top speed to a measly 99 mph, so don’t expect to run the German Autobahn.


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“The 4WD system offers five modes: 2WD mode, an Auto mode, 4WD high, 4WD low, and neutral”

Behind the V-8 is GM’s eight-speed automatic transmission and two-speed transfer case with auto mode. The eight-speed isn’t as smooth as FCA’s ZF eight-speed gearbox, but it’s plenty fine for pickup duty. The 4WD system offers five modes. There’s a 2WD mode, an Auto mode, 4WD high, 4WD low, and neutral. Auto mode is the set-it-and-forget-it setting that only sends power to the front wheels when traction is an issue. For serious stuff, the Silverado is equipped with the G80 automatic locking rear differential. It mechanically senses a difference in wheel speeds between the rear tires and automatically locks to send equal power to both wheels.

The EPA rates my tester at 15 mpg city, 20 mpg highway, and 17 mpg combined.

Behind the Wheel

  • Impressive handling for a truck
  • Feels more powerful than horsepower suggests
  • Easy to drive but hard to park
  • Comfy interior makes long drives fun

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“The Silverado is no sports car”

The Chevy Silverado is a big truck, but it somehow drives smaller than it looks – at least until it comes time to park. The steering is decently weighted but does require several turns from lock to lock. Throttle and braking inputs are smooth and linear. Visibility is actually pretty good, too, thanks to an airy cab and large side mirrors.

When the pedal hits the metal, the 5.3-liter feels way more stout than its 355-horsepower rating would suggest. Throaty intake and exhaust sounds accompany a heavy right foot, as does plenty of tire squealing if pushed too far. Keeping the transfer case in Auto mode is definitely advisable.

Of course, the Silverado is no sports car. Body roll is present, though not outlandish, as is brake dive and squirm from the knobby Goodyear DuraTrac tires. Still, the Silverado feels stable during quick maneuvers. On the highway, things settle down nicely. The cabin is quiet and free of wind and road noise. The meaty tires do give off more noise than the average all-season, but it’s not bad.

Pricing


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Perhaps the biggest downside to modern pickups is the price. The 2017 Silverado 1500 starts at $29,080, but that’s for the bare-bones WT trim in the single-cab, short bed configuration with the base V-6 and 2WD. Opting for something more upscale requires a fat wallet.

My Crew Cab LTZ Z71 Midnight Edition carries a starting price of $48,890 but quickly escalates with options. There’s the $770 LTZ Plus Package, the $1,050 Midnight Edition package, the $995 sunroof, the $945 Enhanced Driver Alert Package, the $650 heated and vented front seats, the $510 bucket seat option, and the $495 addition of navigation to the 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment system. All told, my tester carries a final price of $55,600. While expensive, that actually represents a decent deal relative to what Ford, Ram, Nissan, and Toyota are charging for an equivalent truck.

Competition

2018 Ford F-150


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The Ford F-150 has undergone a mid-cycle refresh for the 2018 model year. The changes include mild exterior changes like a new grille, front bumper, and revised tailgate skin. Inside, the F-150 carries on unchanged, though that’s just fine since the cab is still fresh form 2015. The F-150 offers the widest array of cab and seating, configuration and options combinations of any vehicle in the industry. Customers can nearly build a one-off truck despite Ford building nearly a million F-Series truck each year.

The big changes for 2018 are found under the hood. The base V-6 is new, displacing 3.3 liters. It’s more fuel-efficient than the outgoing 3.5-liter while producing nearly identical power numbers. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost moves into its second generation with updated technology and 25 more pound-feet of torque at 400 pound-feet of torque. Horsepower remains at 325. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost carries over unchanged from its major updates in 2017. The 5.0-liter V-8 gets love, too, with direct injection and other tech for an increase in power to 395 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque. All but the base 3.3-liter V-6 come with Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. The 3.3 keeps the six-speed automatic used before.

Pricing for the 2018 F-150 swings wildly thanks to the trucks numerous configurations and trim levels. The base XL regular-cab truck with zero options starts at $27,380. Check every box on the range-topping Limited trim and you’re looking at nearly $70,000.

Read more about the 2018 Ford F-150.

2017 Ram 1500


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The Ram 1500 is the oldest pickup of this trio, but that will change for 2019 when the next generation hits showrooms. Until then, the 2017 and 2018 Ram 1500 continues to offer all three cab sizes, multiple bed lengths, a slew of trim lines, and nearly as many options as the F-150. And like the competition, the Ram can vary from stripped-down work truck to glammed-up and loaded out luxury machine. Niceties include the lovely 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, a four-corner air ride suspension, and real wood and aluminum interior accents.

Three engines are available: the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. All three have their place and target audience. The 3.6 caters to the fleet and budget-conscious with 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The Hemi is the one with muscle car ties. It kicks out 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, matching the 2018 F-150’s updated 5.0-liter V-8. The EcoDiesel is for those who enjoy sipping diesel at a slow pace. With 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the turbocharged V-6 can get upwards of 29 mpg on the highway when paired with the right truck configuration. That’s impressive.

Like any half-ton truck, prices vary greatly depending on trim, drivetrain, and cab choices. The base Tradesman trim on a regular cab truck with no options starts at $26,495. Interestingly, the Ram 1500’s max price peaks far lower than the Ford’s at roughly $58,000.

Read our full review on the 2017 Ram 1500.

Conclusion


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Despite strong competition from Ford and Ram, not to mention the hungry Nissan and Toyota, the Chevrolet Silverado continues to sell extremely well, consistently ranking right behind the F-Series. It’s no wonder since the Silverado has a cab size, trim level, and engine choice for just about any job and budget. Choice is what Chevy delivers. Sprinkle on some special edition seasoning and boom, customers who crave something different with their truck can have it.

The Z71 Midnight Edition Silverado adds flair to an otherwise conventional truck. What’s more, the package adds functionality thanks to the more aggressive Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires.

  • Leave it
    • Blacked-out theme is almost too common now
    • Fuel economy
    • Gets expensive with options

References


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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71: An Overview


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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Edition: Dissecting The Name


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The Handiest Feature On The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado


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The Top 4 Things Chevy Needs to Fix For The 2019 Silverado

Chevrolet Silverado


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PostHeaderIcon Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport

2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport

It’s no secret automakers have found big success in special edition versions of conventional models. Nowhere else is that truer than in the pickup market. Ram’s latest special edition is this, the Hydro Blue Sport, and it will be the last special edition of the 2017 calendar year. Then after 2018, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 will be hitting showrooms. But before that happens, expect Ram to continue offering dolled-up versions of its current pickups in 2018.

Mike Manley, the head of Jeep and Ram brands, says, “The custom look and high-impact colors have been well received in the marketplace and this new Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport will surely stand out on dealers’ lots and in customers’ driveways. Enthusiasts demand that their trucks get noticed and our Ram 1500 Sport lineup delivers a durable, powerful alternative with great visual appeal.”

Naturally, General Motors says the same about its special edition Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks, too. And truth be told, they’re right. We recently spent a week with the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Edition and found plenty of people staring and making approving comments. Will the Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport have the same effect? Tell us in the comments after reading all the details down below.

Continue reading for details on the 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport.

What makes the Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport special

  • Based on 2018 Ram 1500 Crew Cab, short bed
  • 5.7-liter Hemi V-8
  • 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque
  • 2WD or 4WD
  • Hydro Blue paint
  • Body-colored grille, bumpers, and trim
  • Black interior with Hydro Blue accenting
  • Only 2,000 examples built
  • Sales start November 2017
  • Pricing starts at $47,455

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“The Hydro Blue Sport is based on the 2018 Ram 1500 Sport trim with the Crew Cab and short bed.”

Remember that insanely catchy song from 1999, “I’m Blue” from Eifel 65? The one with gibberish for lyrics and that spacey sound that dominated pop music at the turn of the millennium? Yeah, that stupid song is now trapped in my head. Yours too, now. Well, that’s what comes to mind with the Hydro Blue Sport Ram 1500.

The Hydro Blue Sport is based on the 2018 Ram 1500 Sport trim with the Crew Cab and shorter, five-foot, seven-inch cargo bed. The special edition is only offered with the venerable 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. The eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard, too. Customers do have the choice between 2WD and 4WD. Either way, the Hemi kicks out a respectable 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque.


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“The truck comes coated in Hydro Blue paint with matching bumpers, mirror caps, door handles, and grille.”

As for the unique parts, the truck comes coated in Hydro Blue paint with matching bumpers, mirror caps, door handles, and grille. Basically everything else is glossy black, including the grille inserts and R-A-M logo, the door badges, and the rear Ram’s Head badge on the tailgate.

As for the wheels, rear-drive trucks come with polished 22-inch aluminum wheels while 4WD models have polished 20-inch wheels. Customers can also upgrade to blacked out wheels, though the sizes remain the same in accordance with 2WD and 4WD drivetrains.


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“Black serves as the base color for the dash, seats and carpet.”

Inside, the blue theme continues. Black serves as the base color for the dash, seats and carpet. The Hydro Blue hue is seen on the anodized aluminum trim surrounding the HVAC vents, along the center console, and on the door panels, It’s repeated in the contrast stitching in the seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The seats are cloth with leather-wrapped bolsters and headrests. Those who want full leather seats can order their truck that way.

Other factory-added options include Ram’s Active level air suspension, ParkSense, the RamBox storage boxes in the bed walls, side steps, and the blacked-out wheel options mentioned earlier.


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“Only 2,000 will be built and prices start at $47,455.”

Like any good special edition, Ram is limiting production of the Hydro Blue Sport. Only 2,000 will be built and the order books are already open. Dealerships will begin receiving the truck before the month is over (November 2017). Ram is charging $47,455 for the 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport, which includes the $1,395 destination fee. Naturally, adding options raises that price.

For those wanting something different from Ram, the brand already has the Sublime green, Copper, and Ignition Orange Sport special editions for 2017.

So what do you think? Are you blue enough to drive this Hydro Blue bad boy? Tell us in the comments.

References

Ram 1500


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Read our full review on the 2017 Ram 1500.



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PostHeaderIcon Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Tackle Rocks in New Zealand!

There’s currently a press junket for high-end members of the automotive media taking place in New Zealand, and video is starting to come in. This particular one shows a white, two-door Wrangler Rubicon clawing its way up slick rocks in some far-flung valley on the other side of the globe. It’s clear the Wrangler hasn’t lost any of its grit and capability.

We can see new Wrangler Rubicon has dumped the old BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM tires for BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. The tires are light-years ahead of the Mud-Terrains in terms of tire technology and grip in all but the thickest of mud. What’s more, the KO2s will definitely improve the Rubicon’s on-road driving dynamics. The tires are mounted on Rubicon-specific, 17-inch wheels. The sharp design has painted spokes and a bright ring around the edge.

The two clips within the video also show the different configurations of the new soft top. At first, the windows are installed, then towards the end, we can see the windows removed and the roof still in place.

As for the engine, the second clip has some telling engine noises. Though we can’t be completely sure, it sounds like a four-cylinder. If true, it would be the Wrangler’s new 2.0-liter turbo-four with the iconic Hurricane name.

Jeep is set to officially debut the 2018 Wrangler on November 29 at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show.

References

Jeep Wrangler


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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.


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PostHeaderIcon Jeep Drops Official Images of 2018 Wrangler Interior

Jeep is slowly debuting the all-new 2018 Wrangler bit by bit before its official debut at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show on November 29. The latest piece is a pair of photos showing the Wrangler’s brand new interior – and boy; the improvements are awesome. Not one screw or plastic bit carries over from the outgoing Wrangler JK. That’s definitely a good thing. The new Wrangler JL is vastly more technologically advanced and fitted with way more creature comforts.

Though we’ve seen teases of the new interior before, this is the first time Jeep has shown the full monty. Both shots are of the same loaded-out Rubicon model, which gives us the complete scope of what’s available. The model features the latest Uconnect system, a large driver information screen with digital auxiliary gauges, dual-zone climate control, the standard assortment of steering wheel controls, dash-mounted window switches, a bank of four auxiliary switches for aftermarket components, and a toggle switch to control the Rubicon’s front and rear locking differentials. A separate button controls the disconnecting from sway bar.

There is plenty more to look at, so keep reading for more information.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL’s interior.

Looking Deeper


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“The driver information screen offers a configurable display”

This Rubicon model is fitted with the six-speed manual transmission and the two-speed transfer case. Jeep will offer a 4WD system with an auto mode in addition to the standard 2WD, 4WD high, neutral, and 4WD low positions. Jeep hasn’t said if this 4WD Auto system is available on the Rubicon, but it’s clear it does not come standard.

Looking at the gauge cluster, we see the driver information screen offers a configurable display which includes roll and pitch diagrams, digital gauges for the fuel level and coolant temperature, a digital speedometer, a comprehensive trip computer, and a digital readout for the transfer case gear position. That last item gets its own display nestled within the tachometer. Other handy features include a 12-volt power plug and several USB ports and an AUX input jack under the “media” cover.

The photo also shows the Rubicon model will come with Automatic Start/Stop on its engine. Again, Jeep hasn’t specified what engine(s) will be offered in this hard-core, off-road trim level, or whether the Star/Stop system will be standard across the engine lineup. As a refresher, the Wrangler will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. Transmission choices include the six-speed manual and the ZF eight-speed automatic.


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“Fit and finish are vastly improved, not that it was hard to improve over the outgoing Wrangler JK”

On the cosmetic front, it appears the colored dash accent will match the body color, however, we’ve seen photos surfacing showing that’s not always the case. It seems Jeep will let you customize the color scheme nearly any way you’d want. Fit and finish are vastly improved, not that it was hard to improve over the outgoing Wrangler JK. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped and accented with contrast stitching and satin chrome. The contrast stitching continues onto the dash, center console, shifter boots, and seats. And those shift knobs look milled from a solid piece of billet aluminum and capped with leather. That’s probably not the case, but the look sure is impressive.

The front passenger gets a grab handle with WRANGLER spelled out. There is a small storage shelf on the top-center section of the dash. Other leaked images we’ve seen around the web show the Wrangler unlimited will have HVAC vents for its rear passengers.

“And like on later models of the Wrangler JK, Jeep should include all the necessary tools needed to remove the doors, windshield, and tops.”

Other notable “Jeep” features include that easy-fold windshield and stationary A-pillars with grab handles. The doors are also easily removable, just as before. An interesting Easter egg can be seen on the door hinge. It says “T-50” with an arrow pointing at the Torx-head bolt that secures the door pin to the body-mounted hinges. And like on later models of the Wrangler JK, Jeep should include all the necessary tools needed to remove the doors, windshield, and tops.

Needless to say, we’re excited to finally see the 2018 Wrangler’s dash. It’s been a long time coming and yet there’s still information we’re waiting on. Thankfully, Jeep should release all the nitty-gritty details on November 29 at the L.A. Auto Show, so stick around for that.

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2017 Ford F-350 “The Operator” By Hellwig

We love it when a builder goes just a little bit of crazy, creating something over-the-top, but only just. This extensively modified F-350 from Hellwig is exactly that. Dubbed “The Operator,” Hellwig started with a stock 2017 Ford Super Duty F-350 Lariat Crew Cab, then added upgrades until it had created the “ultimate recon adventure vehicle.” The most obvious thing to pick out is the large UTV this truck is hauling in its bed – or rather, above its bed might be more accurate. But there’s more to it than just that. “From recon runs in the desert to family camping trips in the dunes, the Operator is capable and comfortable,” says Hellwig, and we believe it. In addition to the usual off-roader gear outside, there’s nice stuff inside the cabin as well, plus a few choice upgrades under the hood to round it out.

All told, while the UTV certainly has our attention, it’s the little details in this build that really impress us. Hellwig didn’t neglect a thing in building its idea of “ultimate,” and in the end, we can’t help but stand back and admire the handy work.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford F-350 By Hellwig.

Exterior

  • UTV mounted out back
  • New bumpers and paint
  • Lots of utility gear
  • Underbody protection

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“One of the coolest things about this truck is the way in which it moves the UTV.”

Let’s just jump straight to it, shall we? Mounted on the bed of this thing is a 2017 Artic Cat Wildcat X LTD two-seater UTV, a zippy little toy that’ll eat up the surrounding terrain without a moment’s hesitation. It’s an awesome thing to have at your disposal in the right conditions, and The Operator is the right platform to deliver it where it needs to be.

One of the coolest things about this truck is the way in which it moves the UTV. Rather than filling the bed to capacity or dragging around a trailer, The Operator mounts it above the bed line and partially on top of the cab. Responsible for this trick is a UTV deck from SherpTek, which offers heavy-duty loading ramps and all the gear you need to keep that pricey toy in one spot. Just don’t take any sharp corners with it loaded up there…


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Adding to the build’s aesthetic appeal is a set of new “Vengeance” bumpers from Fab Fours, both in front and in back. In the corners you’ll find Method Race 305 NV HD wheels, which take up residence under flared-out fenders from Lund (part of the Ford Licensed Accessories line). As a quick side note – notice how the UTV’s wheels match those of the truck that’s carrying it? It’s a relatively small detail, but we think stuff like that really makes a build look fantastic, separating the great from the good.

Up front, there’s a new X-Metal grille insert from T-Rex Grilles, while Rigid Industries and Whelen provide the extra illumination. Rounding off the styling is a BASF paint job courtesy of LGE-CTS Motorsports, on top of which is laid a digital camouflage graphics scheme.


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“Notice how the UTV’s wheels match those of the truck that’s carrying it?”

And of course, we couldn’t forget all the extras added for the sake of utility, such as the Krazy Beaver Tools shovel, Macs tie-downs cargo management system, and Viair air compressor. There’s also a bolt receiver lock system, a hi-lift jack, and a set of Daystar fuel cans.

Protecting the important bits underneath are Mag-Hytech differential covers and transmission pan. A Warn Industries 16.5TI-S winch is placed in the nose, and a Wilco pre-runner tailgate finishes it off.

Interior

  • Power step-ups
  • New seats and upholstery

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“The 5.11 Tactical seats come complete with body-colored coverings from Rogelio’s Upholstery”

With so much attention paid to the exterior of this vehicle, it wouldn’t be surprising if The Operator neglected to do much to the interior space. Thankfully, that’s not the case.

First up, ingress and egress are assisted by electrically operated PowerSteps from AMP Research, a critical component when considering the truck’s sizable suspension lift.

Once inside, passengers will enjoy the 5.11 Tactical seats, which come complete with body-colored coverings from Rogelio’s Upholstery, plus special webbing and tactical storage compartments from Molle. A Ford Licensed Accessories vehicle safe from Console Vault stores sensitive materials up front. Finally, Rugged Radios was called on for the telecommunications kit.

Drivetrain

  • 6.7-liter Powerstroke V-8 diesel
  • 925 pound-feet of torque
  • MagnaFlow exhaust

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“MangaFlow was called on for its Pro DPF exhaust system”

The heart of the vehicle is the Ford F-350’s top-rated 6.7-liter Powerstroke V-8 turbo diesel engine, which, from the factory, is rated at 440 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and an Earth-twisting 925 pound-feet of torque at 1,800 rpm. And that’s good, especially when you consider all the extras hanging off this thing, including the frikin’ UTV on the roof.

To give the powerband a little extra breathing room, not to mention a much better sound, MangaFlow was called on for its Pro DPF exhaust system. A yellow-top battery from Optima provides the spark.

Finally, a TorqShift six-speed automatic gearbox with a SelectShift feature routes the go to the ground. 05SD hubs from Warn Industries finish off the drivetrain spec.

Chassis And Handling

  • Hellwig air suspension
  • Icon Vehicle Dynamics Stag 5 suspension
  • 4.5-inch lift
  • Falken Wild Peak M/T Off-Roading tires

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Underpinning the whole shebang are Hellwig-branded Big Wig air springs, while Big Wig sway bars are mounted both front and back. Completing the transformation is a full Icon Vehicle Dynamics Stage 5 suspension kit, which means this bad boy is standing a full 4.5 inches higher than when it left the factory.

Finally, gripping the terra, we find Falken Wild Peak M/T Off-Roading tires wrapped around those custom wheels.

Conclusion


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SEMA always attracts some truly impressive modified rides, and this particular example is right up there with some of the best we’ve seen in 2017. It’s got the big stuff, like the UTV, but also the little stuff, like Rugged Radios gear and matching wheels, and that makes it both extreme and well-rounded.

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2017 East Coast Defender “Project Beast”

The name “Defender” carries some serious weight in the world of off-roading. With a long history of military service and simply unflappable talent off-road, this iconic model from Land Rover serves as the bones for myriad capability-focused vehicles. Florida-based auto shop East Coast Defenders knows this well, making its name building custom versions of the British model for enhanced style, greater interior comfort, and even greater agility while traversing the great outdoors. Now, ECD is invading the sands of Vegas with its latest custom build, dropping the sheets at the 2017 SEMA show. The project was a collaboration with Warn Industries, a manufacturer that specializes in vehicle recovery equipment, and is based on a Defender 110 model from 1985. Created by hand and equipped with a litany of custom parts, ECD appropriately calls this build “Project Beast.”

Framed as an “elite off-road SUV,” Project Beast was actually completed in 2016, built in ECD’s “Rover Dome” in Kissimmee, Florida. All told, it’s got the right stuff for attracting attention at SEMA. Read on for more.

Continue reading to learn more about the East Coast Defender.

Exterior

  • Classic Defender shape, enhanced
  • Kahn wide body kit
  • External roll cage
  • LED light bar on the roof
  • Custom wheels

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“ECD outfitted Project Beast to play the part of a hardcore rough-stuff killer”

From the off, it’s pretty obvious this is no ordinary Land Rover Defender. ECD outfitted Project Beast to play the part of a hardcore rough-stuff killer, giving it the look of an unstoppable black cube that merges British engineering with American know-how.

The classic four-door exterior styling remains, including the extended rear cargo area and a multitude of broad, flat body panels. However, to this classic shape, ECD added a variety of enhancements.


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“The most eye-grabbing feature is the Kahn wide body kit, which adds some serious girth to the exterior dimensions”

The most eye-grabbing feature is the Kahn wide body kit, which adds some serious girth to the exterior dimensions. Then there’s the external roll cage, which sweeps up from the A-pillar and into the roof, then down again into the rear fenders, adding impressive protection in the event you accidentally tip this thing over. Illuminating the view forward is a large LED light bar, which finds its home just above the windshield.

The front fascia appears to be freshened with a new grille insert, while the new fender flares add extra chunkiness. Filling to extra space are custom wheels, matched in back by a spare of the same design. Finally, the whole thing was slathered in flat-black paint, lending it even more attitude.

Interior

  • Keeps the standard Defender layout
  • Lots of high-end upholstery
  • New seats

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“Inside, you’ll find modern Defender mixed with luxury, with ample coverings of sumptuous hide and stitching.”

Step into the cabin of this thing, and you’ll find a very nice place to be. While the floor gets tough rubber to help rebuff whatever muddy mess you bring with you, the rest of it is modern Defender mixed with luxury, with ample coverings of sumptuous hide and stitching. Indeed, everywhere you look, there is some kind of quilted leather, from the seats, to the door panels, to the center console, to even the dash.

Behind a three-spoke steering wheel from Momo, ECD included the standard three-pod gauge layout, albeit modified to include additional readouts and data, not to mention the requisite ECD plaque below.


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“The seats themselves are elaborate buckets that should do well to hold passengers in place”

The seats themselves are elaborate buckets that should do well to hold passengers in place, while seating for three additional passengers can be found on the second-row bench. Meanwhile, copious space in the cargo area means you’ll be hauling whatever you need to bring with you, whether its gear, supplies, or even more passengers on the fold-out seats.

Drivetrain

  • Chevy LS3 V-8 powerplant
  • Automatic transmission
  • 4X4 traction

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“Output is rated at a healthy 430 horsepower, which is pretty much standard for the powerplant”

As you might imagine, East Coast Defender wasn’t content to keep their build stock as a rock under the hood, so instead, this burly trail buster comes equipped with a brand-new Chevy LS3 small-block V-8, the same engine you’ll find driving the rear wheels in the Camaro SS and the Corvette. Output is rated at a healthy 430 horsepower, which is pretty much standard for the powerplant. However, ECD does say it incorporated a good deal of custom work to make the engine function properly in the Defender platform.

The rest of it includes an automatic transmission routing power to the ground by way of a robust 4X4 drivetrain. And just in case you still can’t find the traction from those big tires, there’s a winch from Warn on the nose to help pull you free.

Conclusion


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“What we’ve created with our custom Defender and Range Rover Classics, fits into a highly niche market. We strip each vehicle down to its frame and complete it according to our client’s exact specifications,” says ECD co-owner Elliot Humble.

That’s exactly the right approach for a SEMA build. The further away from factory you can get, the better. Of course, ECD took care to keep the Land Rover’s inherent off-road worthiness intact, adding to it with the right components, rather than detracting from it with superfluous accouterments.

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