Jeep: What’s New and In Store for 2017
What’s New and In Store
The Jeep brand is like no other. Making its rise as an all-terrain vehicle, favored by the most advanced military in the world’s history, it earned a devote following that launched the brand into one of the most popular off-roading lineups and most popular daily driving lineups in the United States. Jeep celebrated 75 years in 2016, and to kick-off 2017, announced more future vehicles to its already impressive lineup. While we are a few years out from the new vehicles hitting dealerships, Jeep did introduce an overhaul to the Compass midyear, as well as some upgrades to other current models.
2017 Jeep Cherokee
Jeep introduced the Overland trim mid-year that includes a leather-bound instrument panel and upgraded interior adornments, premium Alpine audio system, and 8.4-inch touchscreen. The 2017 Jeep Cherokee also received standard HID xenon headlamps for all trims excluding the Sport trim. Otherwise, the Cherokee is largely unchanged from last year.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
For 2017, a rearview camera and rear park assist are standard on all 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokees. The Grand Cherokee Summit received a number of new standard features, including lane departure warning, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and trailer hitch camera.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
Meanwhile, Jeep needed an exclusive fascia to match the 2017 Grand Cherokee SRT’s 6.4 L HEMI V8 that pumps 475 hp and produces 470 lb-ft of torque. Also new is a Signature leather interior package.
2017 Jeep Patriot
The 2017 Jeep Patriot is unchanged.
2017 Jeep Renegade
The 2017 Jeep Renegade is mostly unchanged, albeit automatic high beams and xenon headlamps have been added. A limited edition Deserthawk trim debuted this November, inspired by the harsh conditions of the desert and designed to conquer off-roading. A “blacked-out” Altitude trim also debuted, with black-out interior and exterior accents and powered by the 2.4 L, Tigershark engine.
2017 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Both the 2017 Jeep Wrangler and 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited are mostly unchanged, with the exception to new LED headlights and fog lamps that are standard on the Sahara and Rubicon trims, and optional on the Sport and Sport S trims. A Cold Weather Group package is available on Sport S and Rubicon trims that include remote start, heated seats, engine block heater, slush mats, and 17-inch BF Goodrich KO2 all-terrain tires.
2017 Jeep Compass
Spring. A time for rebirth, and a time to roll out the other 2017 Jeep Compass. While the first run of 2017s were met with mixed reviews, the newest iteration of the Compass is being met with open arms. Offering a more robust vehicle in almost every way, it borrows its good looks from the Grand Cherokee but sets performance parameters of its own. Powered by the 2.4 L, 16-valve Tigershark engine, it delivers 180 hp and 175 lb-ft torque, and manages up to 30 mpg. That is 22 more horses than came standard before. Opt for a 4×4 model and the new 9-speed automatic transmission comes standard. A 6-speed transmission is standard on 4×2 models and available for 4×4 manual models.
Off-road enthusiasts will appreciate the Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems, providing up to five modes that include auto, snow, sand, mud, and even rock for the Trailhawk trim. Both systems can send 100 percent of available torque to any one of its wheels, and even provide better fuel efficiency by disconnecting the rear axle and only engaging 4×4 when needed.
Inside, the Compass seats five and offers 38.3 inches of legroom in the second row. The Compass houses a fourth-generation Uconnect system with 5.0, 7.0, or 8.4 inch touchscreen options that integrate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The steering wheel comes with voice, audio, and speed controls and the instrument cluster comes as a 3.5 or 7-inch LED display. There is added cargo space, with increased storage area thanks to flat folding seats and 3-level rear cargo floor. Available safety features include forward collision warning with braking, lane departure warning and lane mitigation, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross path warning. Backup camera comes standard.
For the size and what it offers, the Compass doesn’t have much in terms of 4×4 competition, which makes the new iteration that more appealing. Trims include Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited. Pricing should start around $22,000.
Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck
With a new Wrangler in the works and Fiat Chrysler’s recent announcement that it will invest $1 billion in updating its American production facilities, Jeep made the official announcement that a new Wrangler pickup truck is in development, alongside the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. The move will create 2,000 new manufacturing jobs in the United States between the Toledo, Ohio plant where the Wrangler pickup is to be built, and the Warren, Michigan plant, where the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are to be built. It has been 25 years since a Jeep pickup was produced. Pictured below is the 2005 Jeep Gladiator concept.
Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer
Phased out a year before the last Jeep truck was produced, the Wagoneer is set to return with the Wrangler Pickup truck. The Wagoneer will stay true to its roots, offering a three-row, body-on-frame SUV. The previous rendition had a run spanning nearly three decades. We might not see the iconic wood paneling, but guess it will stay true to Jeep form and resemble the Grand Cherokee, with a bit more beef. We just hope it doesn’t look like the 1991 Wagoneer 2000 concept.
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