2018 Jeep Truck

There has been a lot of speculation for a few years now that Jeep would be releasing another truck. If we look at previous models Jeep has had 3 compact pickups and 1 full size.

The CJ-8 Scrambler was introduced in 1981 and manufactured through 1986.

Jeep-Comanche-Pioneer.jpgThe Comanche is probably the best known Jeep truck and it was manufactured from 1984-1996.

Jeep CJ10.JPGThe CJ-10 was produced from 1981-1985, and it was designed and sold for export markets. Australia in particular.

The Gladiator has been the only full size truck in the Jeep lineup. It was first introduced in 1962 for the 1963 model year and was produced right up until 1988. After 1971 however the Gladiator name was dropped and the truck was simply known as the Jeep pickup.

All of these Trucks were released in the pre-Chrysler era of the Jeep brand. My guess is that since the Chrysler brand, or Fiat Chrysler Automotives, has made such huge strides in the Ramtrucks brand that a modern day Jeep Truck will be a marriage of Jeep and Ram. Jeep in design with Ram components under the hood.

We can assume that the design of the 2018 Jeep truck will be similar to something that we have already seen. FCA has released its own concept in the past, followed up by the JK-8 truck conversion kit released by Mopar and in the aftermarket world we know that American Expedition Vehicles has been converting Wranglers to trucks for many years now.

The Jeep Gladiator Concept seems to be the most popular model for speculation as to what the 2018 model will look like.

Its very similar to the JK-8 kit that Mopar released.

You can also see some similarities to the AEV Brute conversion kit. We do know that Mopar and AEV have been working very closely together on Jeep accessories and now Ram accessories.

As far as rumors right out of FCA, what we currently know is that the Truck will only come in a 2-door model, and the length the truck will be the same length as a 4-door model. This is to avoid a major factory refit and to maintain production rates. They are expecting it to be about the size of a Ford Ranger in length, but a little wider- with the passenger room of today’s 2-door wrangler, and narrower mirrors and fender flares.

For the time being though this is all speculation and as more specs and details get released we will keep you in the loop!

Happy Jeeping!!!

 

2015 Jeep Cherokee

In 2014 the Jeep Cherokee racked up an impressive list of awards and it’s looking to dominate again in 2015.

The Cherokee represents the true freedom of Jeep. With all of the uncompromising capability you expect from the Jeep name but with the modern and technological twists of the modern market. The 2015 Jeep Cherokee features game-changing aerodynamics and a sophisticated interior that is loaded with state-of-the-art technology.

The 2015 Cherokee offers technology features like the award winning and intuitive Uconnect multimedia center making sure you are always connected, entertained and informed on either a full color 5″ or 8.4″ touchscreen. Once in your Cherokee you can use the voice command to change the radio station to a local channel or one of the many channels available on the built in SiriusXM satellite radio, you can make and receive phone calls as well as answer text messages, choose you navigation destinations or set cabin temps. The Uconnect system employs GPS navigation for audible turn-by-turn directions, and detailed 3D maps to help ensure you arrive on time. The Nav is integrated into your in-cluster display center and on the multimedia center touch-screen display so you can see directions front and center. With the wireless charging pad on the front console you can make sure that all of your devices are charged and ready to go once you arrive at your destination.

The technology isn’t limited to just the entertainment features in the 2015 Cherokee it spans every aspect and feature. With over 70 standard and available safety and security features you can be confident that the Jeep Cherokee will keep your family safe. From forward collision warning with active braking that warns you of potential hazards, to the available adaptive cruise control with stop and go the Cherokee makes your safety a top priority. Whether they are working behind the scenes, like the standard electronic stability control, or alerting you of potential hazards, these systems combine to give you peace of mind on every adventure. The newly available safety tech group (available on the North, Limited and Trailhawk models) arms you with a host of advanced safety features; including: blind spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection and park sense rear park assist. For added convenience, it also comes with power heated exterior mirrors with supplemental turn signals and courtesy lamps.

Here at Rivershore Ram we currently have the 2015 Jeep Cherokee in stock so give our non-commission sales staff a call today to book your test drive.

Day 1 – Jeep Wrangler Copper Crawler

I thought I would kick off 25 Days of SEMA with a Mopar Jeep. Earlier this year Mopar announced that they were expanding their line of after market accessories for the Wrangler and the Copper Crawler is a great example of the kind of goodies you can now get straight from Mopar.

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The Copper Crawler features a Mopar front and rear bumper, lightweight Mopar rock rails, and lightweight 17″ wheels with forged beadlocks and beauty rings, and that’s just a start. Other items that are recognizable out of the new Mopar accessory catalogue are the black grille, Mopar heat reduction hood, black tail lamp guards, and black fuel filler door with locking gas cap. A few other Mopar available items that are featured on the Copper Crawler are the trailer hitch receiver with tow wiring kit, and 9.5ti winch and synthetic winch line. Overall the Copper Crawler is a great example of what Mopar offers for the customization of your Wrangler. I thought it would be a great way to start off the special. Especially since all of these upgrades are available and they aren’t ridiculous when it comes to costs. They make it so your daily driver is just a little cooler. As I continue on some of the Jeep’s are going to be pretty out there. Completely awesome, but not necessarily doable for the average Jeep owner. I like the Copper Crawler because I expect to see a lot more JK’s to be rolling off the dealership lot looking spookily similar over the next few years.

Happy Jeeping!!

2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition

The LA autoshow took place in California last week and the Jeep brand unveiled a special edition that has been very under the radar. The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler edition.

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There are a few features that really stand out to me that I love but I think what I like most about this Wranlger is its no nonsense attitude. The inside is that of what you would expect to see in a base Wrangler Sport. No fancy NAV screens, cloth seats just the basics, which means you won’t feel guilty when you get the inside covered in mud. The outside is what really captures my eye. The first thing for me is the half doors. I have been dreaming of a set for a few years now and I love that since this is a throwback to the original Willy’s Jeep it comes stock with the half-doors (because of safety laws they can no longer sell them with no doors at all). Another feature that I love is the black grille. This is something that I have been thinking about doing to my JK for about a year now and the only thing I would do differently is make it matte black over the high gloss. However, on this model the high gloss looks awesome! This limited edition also comes with Rubicon Rock Rails, BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A tires, and a Jeep Brand Trail Rated kit that includes a burly tow strap, D-rings, heavy-duty gloves all tucked away in a Jeep brand bag.

With December coming up we have some special posts planned so make sure you check back often!!!

Happy Jeeping!

2014 Jeep Cherokee

The arrival of the all new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is fast approaching and the hype is building. The Cherokee is building up to be one of the most controversial Jeep releases in a loing time. Jeep chose to go in a sleeker much more sophisticated direction, which according to some Jeep purists means it is not a Jeep. However, without actually seeing one all I can go on is the reviews that are coming out and according to those the Cherokee is all Jeep.

blacktrailhawkThe following quote is from 4WD magazine who reviewed a Cherokee Trailhawk on the trails of Utah. They tested not only its on road capability but also whether or not it could perform off-road and was deserving of the Jeep name.

“The Cherokee is flat-out enjoyable to drive on-road, and surprisingly capable off-road. Jeep is aware of the Cherokee namesake pedestal and has done a great job with the Trail Hawk edition to offer a wheeler-centric version of an otherwise citified platform. When the small XJ Cherokee was launched in 1984, it was extremely innovative for its time. Although, we often look back at those early XJ models as the less desirable ones, the Cherokee has made a lasting imprint in the world of off-road capable SUVs. Ultimately, as a brand, Jeep has to continue to diversify and grow. That’s the only way the classic seven-slot grille makers will be able to continue to satisfy the hardcore enthusiasts and bean counters alike. Will the Cherokee replace the Wrangler? Heck no, but it certainly has a place in the Jeep fold.”

In honor of the release of the Cherokee and to show off some of its capabilities Jeep has released the “Tales of the Trailhawk” series on Youtube. Over 10 episodes the series will show the capabilities of the Cherokee and how it earned it’s Trail Rated badge. Here is episode 1!!

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