In all, the UACJ-6D was one of the most problem-free UA buildups in the history of the event. That’s no small feat, but it speaks volumes about the dedication and talents of Tech Editor Verne Simons, 4WOR freelancer Trent McGee, and everybody else who lent a hand in turning this forlorn former Border Patrol 1971 CJ-6 into one of the coolest UA builds to date. It’ll be hard to top, but you can be sure we’ll sure try when it comes time to break out the tools to build the UA2018 vehicle.



Overlanding trailers, built around the concept of combining both teardrop and utility trailers shod with high-ground clearance axles, meaty rubber, a tent on a rack above the bed, and outfitted with many of the comforts you’d find in a pickup camper or traditional tent trailer, are attracting a lot of attention among today’s off-road crowd.

Their growing popularity is not surprising: They are light in weight and can be towed just about anywhere you can drive the rig doing the towing, be that over rocky trails, sand dunes, the desert, or through mud and snow. There’s also a wide variety from which to choose with trailers to fit just about every off-roader’s budget, style, and needs from cash-strapped and basic to flush with bucks and want it all.

We’ve highlighted just a few examples of tent-type off-road trailers to give you a taste of the variety. As you can see, they vary greatly in price and design. What they all have in common is providing a great way to move camping gear out of your 4×4 and into a trailer that will easily follow your tow vehicle wherever it leads, and provide a tidy little base camp from which to spend the rest of your time exploring and wheeling.

Turtleback Expedition Trailer

USA-built Turtleback’s Expedition Trailer provides a full range of camping accessories nicely integrated into the 1,900-pound unit, which sits atop a 3,500-pound torsion axle capable of running 37-inch tires. The use of space, quality components, and overall durability allow it to stand up to the harshest off-road uses. The frame is a SolidWorks-designed chassis, hot-dip galvanized with an industry-leading 10-year warranty. The 4×6-foot main box contains a 42-gallon water tank, six-gallon water heater, and a full Baltic birch kitchen and pantry with stainless sink and two-burner stove. Up top is a heavy-duty, two-room 23Zero rooftop tent, and a wrap-around awning to maximize the outdoor living space. Price nicely equipped: $23,000; 855-732-2383;

Oregon Trail’R TerraDrop

Oregon Trail’R TerraDrop is a product of the two owners’ exploring and off-roading passions. OT offers three models: DoDrop, FronTear, and TerraDrop. All of which can be towed behind just about any vehicle that can be fitted with a hitch. All the interiors are built of the finest-quality marine-grade Baltic Birch using cabinetmaking and boat-building fabrication techniques. Of the three, the TerraDrop is OT’s most popular offering for the overland and off-road crowd, which comes standard with a reinforced frame, Timbren axle-less off-road suspension and all-terrain tires. It has a load of cargo space, and is completely configurable to buyer’s specs with every option being offered a la carte. Price nicely equipped: $15,000; 541.357.8895,

Patriot X1 Grand Tourer

Want it all? Australian-built Patriot Campers X1 Grand Tourer is an 11-foot-long trailer that rolls on 35-inch mud tires and a dual-shock, long-travel air suspension. It opens up like a Transformer to make camp central sweet indeed. The 2,100-pound trailer boasts 66.5 cubic feet of storage spread across a variety of drawers, compartments, and stowaway areas. Sleeping quarters includes a king-size bed in the spacious flip-open tent that has wide stairs leading from the floor to the bed. A drawer extends from the belly of the X1 to reveal a 60-quart portable fridge and stainless steel kitchen that hides a wet-storage compartment, cutlery drawer, and plumbed kitchen sink. The L-shaped kitchenette has anti-scratch bench tops, and there’s 20 gallons of fresh water in the tank. A twin-burner gas stove and grille sits alongside pullout pantry drawers. Up front a lid lifts to reveal a Rhino-lined “man cave” with twin propane bottle holders, fire extinguisher, high-lift jack, a large, convenient utility shelf, and a swing-away barbecue. Options abound. Price nicely equipped: $38,390; (61) 75-597-0638;

Jackwagon Off-Road Basecamp

The Jackwagon Off-Road Basecamp is hand-built in Prescott, Arizona, by avid off-road enthusiasts. As the company motto says, “These trailers will follow you anywhere you want to go.” It features 48 cubic feet of lockable storage behind a trio of doors and a fullsize lid to keep everything you’ve ever wanted to bring to camp within easy reach. The steel frame is powdercoated, and the independent suspension runs 33-inch A/Ts on 16-inch steel rims to provide great ground clearance. There’s plenty of external storage for fuel cans, or propane tanks, and trailer comes with a fullsize table for feeding hungry souls. Sleeping accommodations are high above the ground in a spacious Tepui Kukenam three-person RTT with easy-access aluminum ladder. Each trailer is custom-built to order. Jackwagon just introduced a “Flatbed” version to carry a single ATV with the RTT carried on a rack above. Base price: $7,875; 928.925-5086,

Conqueror UEV-440

The Australian-made UEV-440 Extreme is one of the most innovative and user-friendly off-road campers in the Conqueror North America product mix. It’s outfitted like an RV, sleeping four on double beds inside the rooftop tent that also sports a drop-down room. The rugged, 2,700-pound Urban Escape Vehicle (UEV) is jam-packed with individual features, accessories, and storage, including slide-out Dometic propane stove and a 90-liter National Luna fridge/freezer. The ingenious blower pressurizes the interior during travel keeping it dustproof, the roof, supported on gas struts, is insulated, the floor carpeted. A pressurized water system and a large 42-gallon water tank provide showering and wash-up solutions wherever you make camp. The UEV’s all-metal body rides on a solid-beam axle with high-end off-road shocks and 31-inch A/T tires. The 12-inch brakes and a 360-degree Alko off-road coupler add to its go-anywhere functionality. Price nicely equipped: $38,950; 937-594-9565;

Schutt Xventure XV-2

At 1,190 pounds and a payload capacity of 2,300, Schutt Industries’ XVenture XV-2 Severe-Duty Off-Road Trailer was originally developed to exceed the stringent performance standards demanded by today’s military. The aluminum structure is huck-bolted instead of welded, making it one of the strongest, lightest, and most durable of any expedition-style trailers in its class. Choose from either a Cascadia Tent or James Baroud USA rooftop tent system. At the front of the trailer is a 5-foot-wide utility cabinet, containing the trailer’s power distribution center with deep-cycle battery, inverter, and charger, plus space for two Jerry cans, and another sealed compartment to carry the 20-pound propane tank. The XV-2 can be optioned with a fresh water tank, electric pump, propane hot-water system, freezer/fridge, outside shower and additional LED lighting. Solar power is also an option. Customize the XV-2 just the way you want it. Price, nicely equipped: $21,400; 715-823-8025;

Moby1 XTR

Camp. Tour. Explore. No wasting time setting up basecamp in the process. That’s the Moby1 mentality that drives the design of a Moby1 XTR. This 1,800-pound compact, fully self-contained teardrop-style expedition trailer makes journeys into rugged and remote locations as comfortable and convenient as possible. Its small footprint contains an interior bed and cabinetry for clothing and gear, with an outdoor galley for the cooking and a large awning for sheltering your outdoor relaxation space. The XTR’s 54-inch-wide aluminum body rides on an independent A-arm coil suspension with Fox 2.0 shocks and 32-inch A/Ts. If you want a queen-size mattress, Moby1 offers that in the 60-inch-wide body as an option. The interior cabinetry is maple, and the galley under the front cover is fullsize with additional cabinets to store food and cookware. From there on the Moby1 is outfitted like going to a full-service restaurant: Look at the menu, order what you want. They offer roof racks to rooftop tents, generators to solar panels, heating and air conditioning to refrigerators/freezers—and a lot in between. Price nicely equipped: $25,500. 801-872-4054;

Livin’ Lite Rock Climber

The aluminum-bodied QuickSilver Rock Climber from Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles weighs in at just under 1,300 pounds. It’s based on an aluminum tube frame with an enclosed torsion axle running 34-inch LT315/70R17 A/Ts that put 17 inches between the trailer’s diamond-plated skidplate and terra firma. This is a wallet-friendly tent trailer for those who enjoy wheelin’ in the backcountry. The heavy-duty flip-out tent sits on strong tubular aluminum supports, and the 60×78-inch mattress bed sleeps two adults in comfort, while the 5-foot sofa bed in the trailer can accommodate the younger explorers. The Rock Climber also includes 12V/110V outlets, a 12V interior Fan/Light Package, and LED exterior lighting. At just under 11 feet, it’s easily towed by small SUVs. Electric brakes, A/C, awning, and awning room are options. Price nicely equipped, $13,000; 800-768-4016;

The Turtlebacker

It’s here. Turtleback Trailers’ Turtlebacker is a combination their Expedition Trailer with a flatdeck so off-road enthusiasts can camp and have their toys close by in one shot without having to lug around a huge toy hauler. The tandem-axle beast, which has a maximum trailered weight (GVWR) capacity of 7,000 pounds, is built to hold quads, side-by-sides, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and small sand rails. There’s a full slide-out galley under the front-mounted rooftop tent, 42 gallons of fresh water onboard, gas stove, fridge, and over 50 cubic feet of built-in storage. A California King–sized mattress provides sleep space, and the trailer provides a way to bring your toys to camp all in one easy move. Options abound in tent models and cool accessories to make basecamp exactly the way you want it. Price ready to roll: $33,995; 855-732-2383;

Schutt Xventure XV-Flatdeck

You can haul up to a four-person side-by-side utility vehicle with ease, taking you wherever the road can take you—and beyond. Available for pre-order in Q3/Q4 2017.

XV-F includes a 10-year chassis warranty, lighted license plate mount, military- grade electrical harness, military-grade Deutsch electrical connectors, cargo tie-downs, electric brakes, dual independent manual parking brakes, max coupler tri-axis hitch, independent suspension, 32-inch tires, drive-over fenders, locking front storage cabinet, emergency breakaway system, and all LED lighting. 715-823-8025;


The Trailer/Tent Combo That Can Be Pulled By Midsize Trucks And SUVs Is An Exciting New Twist In Tent Trailers And Toy Haulers

When you’re looking for a toy hauler that has sleeping accommodations for up to four people and be able to serve as a basecamp, there are dozens up on dozens of choices. But when you need one that’s light enough to be towed by vehicles with maximum towing capacities of under 6,000 pounds, and you want the trailer to be sturdy and truly off-road capable? Well, the pickings get downright slim.

That’s because conventional toy haulers, by design, are heavy, typically requiring a fullsize pickup to tow even the smallest of those with a kitchen, onboard water system and provisions to sleep a couple adults. Don’t even think about taking them seriously off-road. But the newest offering from Arizona-based Turtleback Trailers we recently checked out, called the Turtlebacker, provides an innovative way to tow light and still rest easy when camp is set up.

The Turtlebacker mounts Turtleback’s self-contained Expedition Trailer unit on a conventional flat-deck tandem-axle trailer so those with lighter vehicles have a toy hauler complete with sleeping quarters, slide-out kitchen, 42 gallons of fresh water, hot water, shower, and 45 cubic feet of secure storage space. The 21-foot 10-inch trailer has a dry weight of 3,600 pounds with a 3,400-pound payload capacity. (Our demo unit weighed 3,600 pounds loaded and ready for camp, sans the dirt bikes, quads, or a side-by-side strapped to its deck.)

Setting up camp and rolling off our ’18 Polaris RZR XP 1000 for a romp in the Oregon Dunes took less than 10 minutes. We pulled out the twin aluminum ladders on the 23 Zero rooftop tent on our demo unit and used them to rotate the tent from its folded position to fully open in seconds. The tent’s internal aluminum framework around the ripstop polycotton canvas, with thick, high-density foam mattresses, makes for an inviting sleeping quarter.

Slipping in the window stays, fanning out the optional Foxwing awning that provides 270 degrees of sun/rain protection, and placing the anchor ropes for the awning and tent takes another couple minutes.

The compartments beneath the tent contain the slide-out galley and locking storage areas. The galley is made from a rich Baltic Birch, with a big slide-out drawer above the cooking and washing area to store everything from condiments to utensils. The 18-inch, two-burner Partner propane stove on our unit was a nice upgrade over the base Wedgewood unit if you do a lot of camping in windy conditions.

The built-in stainless sink, with a glass top, serves both as cleanup area and added counter prep space. Perimeter lighting is all LED and a Deka AGM marine battery powers it. The trailer also comes pre-wired for solar power.

Hot water is piped to both the sink and to the exterior shower, and the 6-gallon hot water heater capacity and 42-gallon fresh water tank are more than adequate to handle the needs of three to four people dry camping out in the desert or dunes for extended periods of time. Our test unit was also outfitted with an optional 65-liter freezer/fridge on a slide-out rack between the tent/galley unit and the wedge-shaped storage box mounted on the trailer’s nose.

The toy-hauling section aft of the people-serving area is also well designed. The galvanized and powdercoated frame, supported by a pair of 3,500-pound capacity UCF Flexride torsion-style axles (with electric brakes), is topped with aluminum decking inlaid with E-tracks on both sides and down the center so there are tie-down points every couple inches. The tubular beavertail ramp is light enough to fold up or deploy easily, and stout enough to handle the heaviest of side-by-sides.

We’ve spent a lot of time dry camping in the mountains, desert, and dunes with Turtleback’s Expedition tent trailer and found it to be a very comfortable camp central. Now having the ability to bring along our toys at the same time opens up a new level of off-road exploration opportunities for those of us who don’t own fullsize 4x4s—or just don’t want to deal with the off-road constraints pulling a conventional toy hauler. –DSOR

Turtlebacker Specifications

Length: 96 inches wide, 21 feet 10 inches long

Vehicle Deck: 12×6-foot aluminum (14-foot optional deck)

Dry Weight: 3,600lbs

Payload Capacity: 3,400 pounds

Frame: Boxed steel 2×4-inch hot-dip galvanized

Axles: Dual 3,500-pound UCF Flexride w/ electric brakes

Wheels: Pro-Comp steel wheels with 33-inch BFG K02 tires

Tent: 23 Zero Sydney RTT

Galley: Two-burner Partner propane stove and stainless sink; Baltic Birch pantry; dual slide-out drawers

Water: 42-gallon fresh-water tank; 6-gallon DSI hot-water tank; 12V on-demand water pump; exterior shower

Propane: 20 pounds with stainless steel bracket

Electrical: Deka AGM 12V battery with single-bank charger; 30-amp solar controller; six-circuit fuse block

Lighting: LED interior and exterior

Base MSRP: $36,383

With a payload capacity of 3,400 pounds and a dry weight of 3,600 pounds, the 2018 Turtleback Turtlebacker toy hauler provides a nice alternative for off roaders to bring along their toys with a fully self-contained camp setup.

In addition to sleeping two adults very comfortably, the storage box on Turtlebacker’s nose also houses the electrical system that powers the trailer’s 43-gallon fresh-water system, hot water heater and LED lighting.

Turtlebacker has a slide-out galley with a two-burner propane stove and a stainless steel sink with a glass top that doubles as a prep area. Baltic birch woodwork and side-out drawers are nicely done. Freezer/fridge between the galley and storage box is an option.

The tubular beaver-tail loading ramp makes it easy to get toys on/off the 72-inch-wide aluminum trailer deck.

There’ll never be a problem finding a tie-down point for bikes or ATVs. The Turtlebacker deck has three rows of E-tracks that provide quick anchoring of anything put on the trailer. Trailer is available with both 12- and 14-foot flat decks.

Our test trailer came with the 1A Electrical System Upgrade ($300) that includes dual Deka 24 AGM marine batteries, Blue Sea six-circuit fuel block, 8-amp marine battery charger and a 10-amp solar control with voltage meter. The Xantrx pure-sine 2,000-watt inverter package is also an option ($850.)

Jeep® auf der Dubai International Motor Show 2017

• EMEA-Premiere des neuen Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk und des Jeep Grand Cherokee “25th Anniversary Edition”

• Premiere des neuen leistungsstarken Jeep Compass für den mittleren Osten

• Zwei Sonder-Editionen des Jeep Wrangler:

• o Wrangler Unlimited “Freedom Edition” – exklusiv für die Märkte des mittleren Ostens

• o Wrangler Rubicon Recon Sonderedition mit Mopar®-Elementen für das Exterieur

Frankfurt, im November 2017

Die Marke Jeep® präsentiert drei Neuheiten sowie zwei Sonder-Editionen auf der diesjährigen Dubai International Motor Show. Besonderes Augenmerk liegt auf dem Jeep Grand Cherokee – dem am häufigsten prämierten SUV überhaupt. Er tritt in Dubai gleich im Doppelpack auf: als Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, angetrieben von einem 6,2 Liter großen Kompressor-V8 mit 520 kW (707 PS, nach SAE Testmethodik) sowie als Jeep Grand Cherokee 25th Anniversary Limited Edition, der jene Legende würdigt, die das Premium-SUV-Segment seit dem Grand Cherokee-Debüt im Jahr 1992 entscheidend mitgeprägt hat. 

Der von Grund auf neu entwickelte Jeep Compass – Benchmark im Bereich Kompakt-SUV – betritt das erste Mal Messeparket im mittleren Osten – hier in den gehobenen Ausstattungslinien Trailhawk sowie Limited mit Exterieur in „Spitfire Orange” respektive dreischichtiger „Pearl White”-Lackierung.

Zwei Sonder-Editionen des zur Ikone gewordenen Jeep Wrangler haben ebenfalls ihr Regional-Debüt in Dubai: Jeep präsentiert den Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition – erhältlich ausschließlich im mittleren Osten – hier in „Firecracker Red” und den Wrangler Rubicon Recon in „Billet Silver” mit individuellem Mopar®-Exterieur. Beide Fahrzeuge verfügen über einen 3,6 Liter großen sowie 209 kW (284 PS) starken V6 und eine Fünfgang-Wandlerautomatik.

EMEA- Premiere des neuen Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Der Star der Dubai International Motor Show ist der neue Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, der Ende dieses Jahres zu den Jeep-Händlern im mittleren Osten rollen wird. In Deutschland werden die ersten Fahrzeuge voraussichtlich im Frühjahr 2018 beim Handel sein.

Als Antrieb dient ein 6,2 Liter großer V8 mit 520 kW (707 PS, nach SAE Testmethodik) sowie 875 Nm Drehmoment. Der Achtzylinder gibt seine Kraft an eine verstärkte Achtgang-Wandlerautomatik der TorqueFlite-Reihe weiter. In dieser Antriebskonfiguration ermöglicht der Trackhawk bahnbrechende Fahrleistungen: Den Standardsprint von 0 auf 100 km/h erledigt er binnen 3,7 Sekunden, und die Höchstgeschwindigkeit liegt bei 289 km/h. Eine neue Brembo-Hochleistungsbremsanlage sorgt dafür, dass er auch schnell und sicher wieder zum Stillstand kommt. Für Weltklasse-Fahreigenschaften auf der Straße und bestes Handling sorgen das Selec-Track-System mit seinen fünf verschiedenen Fahrmodi sowie ein adaptives Dämpfungssystem von Bilstein.

Das Exterieur des Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk weist aggressive und funktionale Karosseriemerkmale auf, darüber hinaus ist er sofort erkennbar an den in Wagenfarbe gehaltenen Radhausverbreiterungen, der prägnant ausgeformten Motorhaube mit den typischen Entlüftungsgittern sowie an spezifischen, eckigen Auspuff-Endrohren. Den für Jeep typischen Kühlergrill mit sieben Schlitzen flankieren adaptive Bi-Xenonscheinwerfer mit schwarzem Hintergrund sowie charakteristische LED-Leuchten.

Neue “Titanium”-Serienräder der Dimension 20 x 10 Zoll geben den unverwechselbaren Blick auf die gelben Bremssättel frei. “Supercharged”-Embleme an den vorderen Türen und ein “Trackhawk”-Signet an der Heckklappe schimmern in „Liquid Titanium Chrome” auf mattschwarzem Hintergrund.

Der vom Rennsport inspirierte Innenraum ist ganz auf den Fahrer ausgerichtet: Er verwöhnt ihn mit Premium-Softtouch-Materialien, einzigartigen Applikationen in „Light Black Chrome” und Kohlefaser sowie einem sieben Zoll großen Multifunktions-Display im Instrumententräger und einem Tacho bis 320 km/h im linken Anzeige-Segment.

Die Instrumententafel mit 8,4 Zoll großem Uconnect Touchscreen verfügt über Apple CarPlay and Android AutoTM sowie über eine Trackhawk-exklusive Leistungsanzeige, um die Fahrzeug-Performance in Echtzeit anzuzeigen.

Der Trackhawk verwöhnt seine Passagiere mit serienmäßigen Nappa-/Wildledersitzen mit gesticktem „Trackhawk”-Logo. Serienmäßig an Bord sind Echtmetall Applikationen welche den Trackhawk-Innenraum  weiter aufwerten. Zur Premium-Innenausstattung gehören außerdem: aktive Geräuschunterdrückung, Velours-Dachhimmel, eine belederte Armaturentafel inklusive Türverkleidungen, Berber-Fußmatten mit Trackhawk-Emblemen; auf Wunsch ein Entertainment-System für die Rücksitze mit zwei Monitoren und Blu-Ray-Player. Außerdem steht serienmäßig das Audiosystem von Harmann-Kardon zur Verfügung mit 19 Lautsprecherboxen sowie zwei Subwoofern.

Der neue Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk bietet mehr als 65 Schutz- und Sicherheitsmerkmale, einschließlich einer Beobachtungskamera für die Anhängerkupplung, die dem Fahrer ermöglicht, den Anhänger während der Fahrt immer wieder zu kontrollieren. Der aktive Tempomat verfügt über eine Stopp-Funktion, es gibt einen erweiterten Bremsassistenten, einen Querverkehr-Warner, der auch Fußgänger erkennt, eine Kollisionswarnung inklusive Autonom-Bremsung, Einparkhilfe rundum sowie eine Spur-Verlassenswarnung.


Neues Grand Cherokee Sondermodell feiert 25 Jahre Offroad-Kompetenz

Der Jeep Grand Cherokee 25th Anniversary Edition ist im mittleren Osten ab sofort verfügbar und in den Jeep-Schauräumen präsent – ebenso steht er für die Besucher der diesjährigen Dubai International Motor Show bereit. Dieses in begrenzter Stückzahl gebaute Jubiläumsmodell feiert 25 Jahre 4×4-Kompetenz und hebt damit hervor, wie der Grand Cherokee das Premium-SUV-Segment seit 1992 mitgeprägt hat und unterstreicht gleichzeitig den bis heute bewahrten Pioniergeist der Marke Jeep sowie ihr Streben nach technischer Innovation.

Die Merkmale der Jeep Grand Cherokee 25th Anniversary Edition umfassen einzigartige Modifikationen des Exterieurs, darunter „Platinum Chrome”-akzentuierte Embleme, etwas niedriger positionierte Frontschürzen-Applikationen, spezifische Umrandungen der für Jeep typischen Kühlergrill-Schlitze, eine spezifisch ausgeführte Dachreling und modellspezifische Einfassungen der Rückleuchten sowie Nebelscheinwerfer. Darüber hinaus unterstreichen 20-Zoll-Leichtmetallräder im Design „Tradition”, “Platinum”-Abschleppösen sowie das Limited Edition 25th Anniversary-Logo das exklusive Äußere dieses Editionsmodells. Das neue Sondermodell rollt wahlweise in acht verschiedenen Außenlackierungen an den Start, darunter auch im exklusiven “Sangria Clear Coat”.

Auch innen besticht die 25th Anniversary Edition durch feine Detailänderungen, darunter Echtmetall Applikationen beispielsweise im Bereich der Mittelkonsole. Lederbespannte Armaturen und Sitze mit dekorativen Nähten sind weitere Merkmale. Zum spezifischen Innenraum-Styling gesellt sich anspruchsvolle Technologie, darunter das neue Uconnect-Infotainment-Modul mit 8,4 Zoll großem Touchscreen. Zu den Funktionalitäten gehören Apple CarPlay für Freihand-Telefonie (inklusive Diktierfunktion für Textnachrichten) sowie Navigation, ein 506 Watt-Soundsystem aus dem Hause Alpine mit serienmäßiger Geräuschunterdrückung, um das Hörerlebnis durch gezielte Unterdrückung von Störfrequenzen zu optimieren mit Hilfe gegensinniger Tonfrequenzen.

Der neue Jeep Compass feiert seine Premiere im mittleren Osten

Auf der Dubai International Motor Show 2017 kann die Öffentlichkeit erstmals den von Grund auf neu entwickelten Jeep Compass in Augenschein nehmen, das Kompakt-SUV, das eine bisher unerreichte Kombination von sehr guter Offroad-Kompetenz, modernem und authentischem Jeep-Design sowie dynamischen Onroad-Eigenschaften bietet, und die komplette Bandbreite an fortschrittlichen, nutzerfreundlichen Technologien für Konnektivität und Sicherheit. Der Marktstart des neuen Jeep Compass für die Regionen des mittleren Ostens wird Anfang 2018 erfolgen.

Der neue Jeep Compass bietet ein einzigartiges, modernes Design mit der richtigen Mischung aus markanten Linien und eleganten Proportionen. Das neue Kompakt-SUV ist sofort als Jeep erkennbar dank der charakteristischen, traditionellen Designmerkmale wie dem Kühlergrill mit sieben Lüftungsschlitzen oder den trapezförmigen Radhäusern. Die Jeep Designer haben dem legendären Kühlergrill einen frischen Look gegeben, indem sie jeden einzelnen der verchromten Schlitze vor einen glänzend schwarzen Hintergrund setzten. Die schwarz gerahmten Scheinwerfer-Einfassungen verstärken Persönlichkeit und Ausdruck der Vorderansicht ebenso wie die LED Signatur Lichter.

Eine schnelle, dramatische Dachlinie und muskulöse Kotflügel schaffen ein eindrucksvolles Profil. Die charakteristische Fensterlinie die sich um die gesamte Karosserie zieht und das auf Wunsch lieferbare schwarz lackierte Dach erzeugen einen einzigartigen Premium-Auftritt. Das ebenfalls auf Wunsch lieferbare zweiteilige Sonnendach für maximale Kopffreiheit liefert das Open Air Gefühl, das zur Marke Jeep einfach dazu gehört. Markante Scheinwerfer-Einfassungen sorgen mit ihren schwarzen Konturen für eine unverwechselbare Persönlichkeit, während die schlanken, rechtwinkeligen LED-Rückleuchten, die sich sanft-fließend in die Kofferraumklappe integrieren, das Heck des neuen Jeep Compass hochwertig erscheinen lassen

Für zusätzlichen Kundenkomfort bietet der neue Jeep Compass auf Wunsch eine elektrisch betriebene Heckklappe, damit das Beladen komfortabler wird.

Die Innenraum-Designmerkmale des neuen Jeep Compass umfassen wertige Materialien und fortschrittliche technische Details. Die trapezförmige Einfassung der Mittelkonsole ist ein charakteristisches Jeep Designmerkmal und zeigt Farbe und Finish, die die Innenraumauswahl ergänzen. Die obere Mittelkonsole beherbergt die Touchscreens mit fünf, sieben oder 8,4 Zoll Bilddiagonale des Uconnect-Systems. Das Anzeigenfeld für den Fahrer ist durchdacht gestaltet und in einem je nach Ausstattung 3,5 bis sieben Zoll großen LED Informationszentrum zusammengefasst. Das in den Modellen Limited und Trailhawk serienmäßige Vollfarb-Display mit sieben Zoll Durchmesser zeigt Informationen, die sich der Fahrer selbst konfigurieren kann.

Der Jeep Compass setzt einen neuen Standard bei den Infotainment-Systemen von Jeep. Er bietet drei neue Uconnect Systeme (UConnect 5.0, 7.0 und 8.4NAV) mit hochauflösendem Bildschirm und kapazitiver Berührungssteuerung (erst ab 7.0), Kommunikation, Entertainment und Navigation. Uconnect 7.0 und 8.4NAV integrieren auch Apple CarPlay und Android Auto (serienmäßig bei Limited und Trailhawk) mit Freisprecheinrichtung, Navigation (beim optionalen 8.4Nav) und Diktierfunktion. Kunden können so die Diktierfunktion und eine Vielzahl an Apps ihres kompatiblen Smartphones nahtlos integrieren.

Klassenbeste Geländefähigkeiten verleihen die beiden fortschrittlichen, intelligenten vollautomatischen 4×4 Systeme Jeep Active Drive und Jeep Active Drive Low dem neuen Compass, letzteres exklusiv für den Geländespezialisten Trailhawk und mit einem klassenbesten Kriech-Untersetzungsverhältnis von 20:1. Jedes der beiden Systeme kann 100 Prozent des verfügbaren Drehmoments wenn nötig an ein einziges Rad leiten. Sowohl Jeep Active Drive als auch Active Drive Low haben das Jeep Selec-Terrain System mit bis zu fünf Modi (Auto, Snow, Sand und Mud, plus Rock beim Modell Trailhawk) für die jeweils beste 4×4-Leistung bei nahezu jeder Art von Untergrund und Wetter.

Der Compass verfügt außerdem über eine entkoppelbare Kardanwelle und Hinterachse, um die Effizienz zu erhöhen, wenn nur zwei Antriebsräder benötigt werden.

Sobald  höherer Traktionsbedarf besteht, schaltet das System die Hinterachse blitzschnell zu, ohne dass der Fahrer hierfür einen Schalter betätigen müsste. Beide Systeme, Jeep „Active Drive” und Jeep „Active Drive Low”, wechseln abhängig vom Traktionsbedarf nahtlos zwischen 4×2- und 4×4-Betrieb. Beide Vierradantrieb-Systeme sind in der Lage, bis zu einhundert Prozent des verfügbaren Drehmoments an eines der vier Räder zu leiten. Alle 4×4-Ausführungen des neuen Jeep Compass verfügen über eine „Lock”-Funktion, welche den 4×4-Betrieb traktionsunabhängig aufrechterhält. Der Fahrer kann sie über den Select Terrain-Controller einschalten.

Die exzellenten Fahreigenschaften des Jeep Compass sind das Ergebnis seines Chassis mit Einzelradaufhängung, dem im Segment bislang einzigen adaptiven Dämpfungssystem für alle Federbeine sowie der präzisen elektrischen Lenkung.

Einen wesentlichen Beitrag zum kürzlich ermittelten Maximalergebnis des Compass von fünf Sternen im EuroNCAP Test leistet auch die Verfügbarkeit von über 70 Systemen und Funktionen zur aktiven wie passiven Sicherheit, die im Modellprogramm von Jeep einen neuen Standard setzen.

Zu den serienmäßig in alle neuen Compass eingebauten Sicherheitssystemen gehören unter anderem aktive Fahrerassistenzsysteme wie das Auffahrwarnsystem Forward Collision Warning-Plus und der Spurhalteassistent LaneSense, die Radar- und Videotechnologien kombinieren, um potentielle Kollisionen zu erkennen und einen Aufprall mit hör-, sicht- und fühlbaren Warnungen an den Fahrer zu vermeiden. In bestimmten Situationen nutzen diese Systeme das elektronische Lenksystem (EPS), um den Fahrer zu unterstützen. Darüber hinaus helfen optional Totwinkel-Warner sowie Fußgänger-Erkennung, eine Rückfahrkamera sowie die Einparkautomatik, der aktive Tempomat, der Überschlag-Schutz sowie zahlreiche Airbags, den Compass so sicher wie möglich zu machen. Zusätzlichen Schutz gewährleistet der Sicherheitskäfig, der zu 65 Prozent aus hochfesten Stählen besteht – und damit sehr hohe Torsionssteifigkeit und Insassenschutzwirkung sicherstellt.

Neue Limited Edition-Modelle des ikonischen Jeep Wrangler

Last but not least präsentiert Jeep zwei neue Limited Edition-Versionen des legendären Jeep Wrangler auf der Dubai Motor Show 2017: den Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition sowie den Wrangler Rubicon Recon.

Der Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition wird ausschließlich in den Regionen des mittleren Ostens angeboten und verfügt über spezifische Styling-Elemente, die an die militärischen Anfänge der Marke Jeep erinnern.

Prägnante “O”- und “M”-Aufdrucke – die Buchstaben weisen im militärischen phonetischen Alphabet darauf hin, wenn eine Aufklärungs-Einheit gerade „on mission”, also im Einsatz ist – finden sich auf der Motorhaube, den Kotflügeln sowie auf den hinteren Seiten der Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition. Die markanten Elemente des aggressiven Exterieurs umfassen Leichtmetallräder sowie einen Kühlergrill in “Low Gloss Granite Crystal”, in Wagenfarbe gehaltene Kotflügelverbreiterungen, einen Heavy-Duty Schwellerschutz mit passenden, schwarzen Rückleuchten-Schutzelementen sowie einen damit korrespondierenden Tankdeckel. In der Fahrgastzelle fallen silber akzentuierte Nähte auf, die die Armlehne, das lederummantelte Lenkrad, Sitze und Türverkleidungen aufwerten. Halte- und Türgriffe sind in „Iron May Metallic” gehalten, ebenso die Ringe der Lüftungsdüsen, um die Modifikationen des Innenraums abzurunden.

Außerdem können die Besucher der Dubai International Motor Show die Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Special-Edition entdecken, die insbesondere eine verbesserte 4×4-Fähigkeit bietet dank spezifischen Offroad-Komponenten wie eine verstärkte Vorderachse sowie ein Heavy-Duty-Differenzialgehäuse aus Gußeisen. Auch in Deutschland wird im kommenden Jahr eine kleine Anzahl dieser stark limitierten Sonderserie erhältlich sein.

Das Exterieur der neuen Wrangler Recon Special-Edition weist zahlreiche Merkmale auf, um den Charakter des Wranglers herauszuarbeiten und seine legendäre Offroad-Fähigkeit zu unterstreichen. Ein glanzschwarzer Grill mit Einlagen im Ton „Low Gloss Granite Crystal” korrespondiert mit entsprechenden Scheinwerfer-Fassungen sowie den Leichtmetallrädern in der gleichen Farbgebung. Die markante Motorhaube mit Power Dome und doppelten Lüftungsschlitzen sowie schwarz-schattierter „Rubicon”-Beklebung weist unverkennbar auf den „Recon” hin. Der in Dubai präsentierte Wrangler Rubicon Recon wurde außerdem mit maßgeschneiderten Mopar®-Teilen ausgerüstet, um seine Offroad-Ausrichtung zu betonen. Hierzu zählen: Metall-Stoßfänger, LED-Scheinwerfer- und Nebellichter, ein Zweizoll-Liftkit sowie Offroad-Bereifung. Die Farben rot und schwarz ziehen sich wie ein Faden durch den Innenraum des Rubicon Recon. Vor allem die rot akzentuierten Nähte verleihen den beheizten, schwarzen Ledersitzen Prägnanz zusammen mit dem eingestickten „Rubicon”-Logo.


Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 520 kW (707 PS)

17,6 l/100 km*

385 g/km*

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition 209 kW (284 PS)

11,9 l/100 km*

276 g/km*

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon 209 kW (284 PS)

11,9 l/100 km*

276 g/km*

* Voraussichtlicher Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert (l/100 km) und voraussichtliche CO2-Emission kombiniert (g/km). Das Fahrzeug ist in Deutschland noch nicht bestellbar. Die hier angegebenen Werte wurden ermittelt anhand von Vorserienmodellen. Der offizielle Kraftstoffverbrauch und die offiziellen spezifischen CO2-Emissionen nach RL 80/1268/EWG werden verfügbar sein, wenn die Fahrzeuge homologiert wurden. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und zu den offiziellen spezifischen CO2-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem “Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen” entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und hier unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.



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Jeep Wrangler JL New

So, new JL features – do you have a hit or miss so far, or are you waiting for the Wrangler to reach dealer lots before making up your

We’re interested in that ‘Open Air’ top mode and to see how the aftermarket reacts. Plus, we are intrigued with the easier-to-fold down windshield, and how it will be embraced by the wheeling crowd, as well as what kinds of aftermarket products may evolve to enhance that feature. Maybe a quick release kit like what has been created for JK hardtops?

On the flip side, we’re not sure about those flare-embedded turn signals which may add some extra install time for aftermarket flares. We’ll take a live look at the LA press conference to get a better idea. Also, while we understand the wiring logistics of placing the power window controls in the center stack, we’d love to get them back on the door. Some of us can’t be the only ones who – even after all these years – still sometimes reach for the door when the window needs to come down.

We’re interested in that ‘Open Air’ top mode and to see how the aftermarket reacts. Plus, we are intrigued with the easier-to-fold down windshield, and how it will be embraced by the wheeling crowd, as well as what kinds of aftermarket products may evolve to enhance that feature. Maybe a quick release kit like what has been created for JK hardtops?

Official 2018 Jeep Wrangler Interior Shots Revealed


his just in…more official Jeep shots of the 2018 Wrangler have been revealed and this time we get to see the new 4×4’s interior.

The first image shows a red Rubicon with a black interior with red stitching. It looks bloody cool, especially the six-speed manual transmission.

There’s also a decent-sized navigation screen, a sporty leather wrapped steering wheel with more red stitching, and a lot of familiar controls and doodads found in the current Jeep line-up.

The all-new Wrangler’s interior design combines authentic styling, precision craftsmanship, and high-quality materials that result in improved versatility and comfort for drivers and passengers,” says the latest release from Jeep.

The second image offers more of the same except it is taken from the outside of the vehicle. Overall it looks pretty awesome to us and we are looking forward to taking one to our favorite mud bog.

Jeeps says more images and information about the all-new Wrangler will be revealed at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 29.

We can’t wait. If the meantime check out more photos in our exclusive gallery and don’t forget to check back for more updates.

Why Is The 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk Good But Not Great?

Why Is The 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk Good But Not Great?


The 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk has significantly improved. The manufacturer has done a good job in the crossover’s overall performance. However, it has not reached its ultimate level of greatness, according to experts.

The 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk is reviewed to lack refinement. It comes with a cheap interior as well. For the extra-critical buyer, this should come as a disappointment. However, for those who casually shop around for a different crossover, the Compass Trailhawk is not bad of an option.

It took a decade before the second-generation Compass to arrive. Is it all worth the wait? Well, it depends on who is looking at it. It has its fair share of critics and fans as well. At this point, any feedback is all too important.

Road Show by CNET for one rates the 2017 Jeep Compass an overall 7.8 out of 10 points. This is not bad of a score though other crossovers rate higher. Its design got the highest for having 8.3 points. All else are rated an 8 and 7.5 for performance, features, and media and connectivity.

The folks at the site think that the Trailhawk’s off-roading capabilities are better than anything in its class. Well, all Jeeps are known for this. It may not come as powerful and capable as the Jeep Wrangler but the Compass Trailhawk easily outperforms other crossovers.

It has a total of 8.5-inches ground clearance, which is half an inch more than the standard Compass with four-wheel drive and full inch more than the front-wheel-drive Compass. It offers adequate power because of its nine-speed automatic. Its suspensions deal with road imperfections and terrain.
 Well, its acceleration may need more push and improvement. Industry experts also want to see more safety features. The 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk doesn’t rate well in terms of passenger and cargo space. However, if one is into serious off-roading activities, this is the crossover to consider.


Jeep Wrangler Debate: Should You Wait For The JL Or Buy The JK?

Jeep Wrangler Debate: Should You Wait For The JL Or Buy The JK?

A new Jeep Wrangler doesn’t come along often. Since its introduction in 1987 Jeep has only brought out three models of the icon. The current version (known by insiders as the JK) has been around for 10 years. FCA plans to produce the model alongside the soon-to-arrive JL. Why? We don’t really know much except the current Wrangler still sells well. But while much of the new Wrangler is still a mystery, we have picked up some predictions of what the next-gen model (the JL) will include. So for Jeep enthusiasts the obvious question arises: Should you wait for the new model JL or purchase the current JK?

It is believed the new Wrangler will stick with several old items of tech including solid axles and a traditional body-on-frame architecture. While a positive for those looking for off-road capability, it will likely mean a sacrifice on-road when compared to an independent suspension setup as seen on the Toyota 4Runner. Another challenge associated with a traditional frame is weight, something FCA will likely address in future models. CEO Sergio Marchionne said the new model will use aluminum but will not rely completely on the material stating “I think we can do almost as well without doing it all-aluminum.”

Powering the two and four door models of the new Wrangler are several possible engines including a 4-cylinder turbo and diesel. All current JK’s are powered by the 3.6L Pentastar V6, an engine used across many FCA makes and models. Developing 285 hp and 260 lb-ft. of torque the Wrangler JK is no slouch.



During our 38,000 mile road-trip we experienced every inch of the Wrangler interior and a complaint faced by many would-be owners: a lack of refinement. While several trims are available ranging from the bare-bones Sport to top-of-the-line Rubicon Recon, no amount of leather and touchscreen entertainment systems can mask physics. The Wrangler is an upright, largely un-aerodynamic vehicle rolling on chunky off-road tires. Prototype models have been spotted featuring what appears to be a more raked windshield which suggests an overall focus on aerodynamics. Speaking of windshields, it is rumored that the new JL will do-away with a Jeep signature, the fold down windscreen. Although a very in-depth procedure on the JK, many enthusiasts will likely miss the option if it is eliminated.


Current JK’s are decent places to spend time and are greatly improved with the addition of the optional 3-piece freedom top hardtop. Both roof and doors are completely removable, something that should be around on the new one as well.

Photos captured by JL Wrangler Forums show what could be a new interior. New materials, higher quality instrumentation and new switches grace a still largely upright dashboard. New safety and technology features will likely find their way into the new Jeep as well, something greatly missed on the current model. Base 2-door 2017 Wranglers come standard with just two airbags and lackluster safety ratings. With Jeeps now a staple on the school runs, safety will likely be a priority going forward.


Wranglers are expensive regardless of trim. Starting at $23,995, a fully loaded Unlimited can crest $50,000. Surprisingly, given their age and cost, the Wrangler is still a huge seller for FCA. According to GOOD CAR BAD CAR, Last year Jeep sold over 191,000 units in the U.S. alone with over 60,000 2017 model year Wranglers already on the road to date. It is unlikely Jeep will lower the price for the new JL, and the JK presents an appealing option for those looking to enter the world of Jeeps.


Our long-term experiences with two Wrangler JK’s has been positive. Early 2007 and 2008 model Wranglers faced reliability problems, many of which have been sorted over the decade. There is something to be said about purchasing a model late in its life cycle, and our two Jeeps have been well sorted.

Ultimately we have little information as to when the JL will be released or hit dealerships. The JK has proven to be a very versatile platform (if not fuel efficient) that is both capable off-road and (relatively) comfortable on-road.

I can’t wait for the opportunity to experience the new Jeep, but the current JK is still a great option and a true Jeep if you must have one today!




The new Jeep Wrangler Pickup will be pushed back once again. Originally slated for later this year, the Jeep Pickup was pushed back until mid-2018. A new report now says that the Wrangler Pickup will hit production sometime in late 2019.

According to a report by Road and Track, the head of Jeep said that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV plans on begin production of the new Wrangler pickup late in 2019. There is no name for the upcoming pickup truck yet.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and Jeep head Mike Manley are considering historical Jeep names. The last pickup the brand sold was the Comanche. It was produced from 1985 until 1992 when the company decided to focus on the now discontinued Dodge Dakota.


Before the Comanche, there were several other Jeep Wrangler Pickup predecessors. The Willys Jeep Truck that was available earliest came between 1947 until 1965. After that came the Jeep Gladiator full-size pickup from 1962 until 1971. Finally, the J-Series was available from 1971 to 1988. All of the Jeep pickup trucks were assembled in Toledo. The new Wrangler Pickup will also be made here.

According to The Detroit News, Jeep has long teased the idea of the return of their pickup. They have shown a lot of concepts including the Jeep J-12 in 2012 and a Jeep Gladiator based on a Jeep Wrangler at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show.

An analyst commented that the Comanche name may prove to be problematic because it is not politically correct and could be offensive. Moreover, the Willys is the “holy grail of Jeep” and could be a new trim line altogether.

Since the new Wrangler Pickup has was pushed back this also means other highly anticipated models will also be pushed back. The all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will likely be available in 2020 at this rate. Grand Wagoneer was planned to debut in 2018 initially. Manley has confirmed that he is very comfortable with this timeline considering all of the retooling Jeep has needed to spend on.

The new Jeep Wrangler Pickup was confirmed for production in January 2016. Analysts predict that the golden age of Jeep will come once again and will significantly challenge the sales of Ford.