Jeep Patriot EV

Jeep-Patriot-EV

Jeep-Patriot-EV

As a Range-extended Electric Vehicle, the Jeep Patriot EV combines the electric-drive components of an Electric Vehicle with a small gasoline engine and integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to power the electric-drive system when needed. This provides the positive attributes of an Electric Vehicle with the driving range equivalent to today’s gasoline-powered vehicles.

“The Jeep Patriot EV expands our portfolio of ENVI electric-drive vehicles and is just one more example of what is possible through the technology Chrysler is developing,” said Lou Rhodes, President, – ENVI, and Vice President, Advance Vehicle Engineering, Chrysler LLC. “Moreover, the Patriot EV provides socially responsible, advanced electric technology in the industry’s most capable compact SUV.”

The Jeep Patriot EV features a refined and clean front appearance to match the refined and clean powertrain. The signature Jeep grille features vertical accents, and the front fascia is a separate component to help set the grille apart. The use of body-color paint, blended with matte black B- and C-pillars, visually creates a smooth and elongated profile.

The unique wheel design and size gives the Jeep Patriot EV a wide stance which combines with the paint treatment to produce a sporty form. The interior of the Jeep Patriot EV features all of the elements introduced in the refreshed 2009 Jeep Patriot.

The Jeep Patriot EV uses an electric-drive motor, advanced lithium-ion battery system and a small gasoline engine with an integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to power the electric-drive system when needed. Range-extended Electric Vehicles provide customers a no-compromise means of dramatically reducing their gasoline use and carbon footprint. The Jeep Patriot EV has a range of 400 miles, including 40 miles of zero fuel-consumption, zero-emissions, all-electric operation.

The Jeep Patriot EV features a new ENVI Green Pearl exterior with a prominent “EV” graphic adorning both sides – top-to-bottom – of the vehicle.

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Jeep Wrangler

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Jeep_wrangler

The entry level Wrangler X model is equipped with a CD player and a jack that allows other music devices, air conditioning, cloth seats and a center console. If one buys the X model with the optional “S” Package, look for 16 inch tires, tow hooks, cruise control and a display system for temperatures. The Wrangler Sahara model is equipped with 17 inch tires, a sports tuned suspension and quality cloth seats. Optional equipment on the Sahara Model is 18 inch tires, a navigation system. The Wrangler Rubicon model is equipped with the same equipment as the Sahara.

The 2010 Jeep Wrangler is a sports utility vehicle that is available in two body types, a regular body type that seats two and has two doors and an extended body which can seat 4 and has four doors. The Wrangler is available in three models, X, Sahara and Rubicon. All Wrangler models are powered by a 3.8 Liter V6 engine that is rated at 202 horsepower. All Wrangler models are equipped with a six speed manual transmission and four-wheel-drive. The Unlimited is equipped with rear wheel drive. The Rubicon model is equipped with heavy duty axles and a transfer case manufactured by Rock-trac with extra-low gearing.

The 2010 Jeep Wrangler is equipped anti-lock disc brakes, stability control and airbags on the side for those seated in the front. The vehicle is not meant for rough rides and its exterior is not one that can be easily cleaned. The four door vehicle can store 86 cubic feet of cargo.

Jeep Liberty

Jeep Liberty

Jeep Liberty

When you’re driving around in an SUV, it’s a good bet that you’re not going to get the best mileage numbers. My test drive of the 2009 Jeep Liberty just happened to fall on Earth Day, which made me even more aware of its 15/21 mpg city/highway rating.

While I was driving, I kept an eye on the Liberty’s trip computer and hoped for a surprising mileage outcome. It didn’t happen. The best fuel consumption average I achieved was 18.7 mpg on my wide, open country roads. Needless to say, I immediately called my waste management company and added recycling to my trash service.  Next, I drove to the grocery store and purchased a variety of earth-friendly cleaning products. Ahhh, that’s better.

While the Liberty isn’t as environmentally friendly as I’d like it to be, it did spur an urge to get outdoors and enjoy the environment. The Liberty has many Wrangler-inspired features, like four-wheel drive and large tires (17-inchers are standard and 18-inch wheels are available); you can take the Liberty from car pool to tide pools with confidence. 

The Liberty is truck-like in its maneuverability, and it even seemed sluggish and had difficulty accelerating when I switched out of four-wheel drive. Its four-wheel drive didn’t perform nearly as well as I expected on the muddy river that’s normally my street.

Inside and out, I appreciated the rugged nature of the Liberty’s looks. However, the Liberty should have given me more features, more storage space and a better ride despite its somewhat modest price tag.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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grand-cherokee

The Grand Cherokee is due for launch in September 2010 (delayed from July 2010); pilots were built in late 2008 for crash testing, ride/handling tests, and HVAC refinement. The final production-intent vehicle was built in January 2009.

Ralph Gilles said that the platform was co-developed with Mercedes (as opposed to being an adaption of the ML as Jim Press implied); the body structure is stiffer than the Mercedes ML.

An Alfa Romeo-based Grand Cherokee has been all but confirmed; below is an artist’s representation of how hit may appear. The Alfa might only be sold in export markets, where Fiat and Alfa Romeo are mainstream brands with heavy dealer, service, and parts support; or it might be sold in the US as well, adding an “import brand” stamp to those who positively will not buy an American vehicle. An extended version, dubbed the Dodge Durango, was also planned; this would go beyond the old Commander idea and provide minivan-like interior space.

Personal impressions (Jeremy White)

The exterior is very nice; the sculpting is dramatic yet smooth. Ralph Gilles told me they are almost at the “tear point of the metal and the sculpting could not be made deeper without other design compromises. The power liftgate is a new design, seemingly hidden within the rod covering.

The interior is very comfortable with just about all surfaces “soft touch” and good faux wood trim abounds. The control stack aluminum-look plastic is the only part that doesn’t seem top notch, but it is still good quality. Interior panel gaps are tight and controls felt good. The air lift suspension was nice and the sunroof is huge. The dash and seats and instruments are well laid out and ergonomic. The two tone interior on display (Brown/Charcoal) has a nice contrast and color and the leather is very soft. Some of the dash seems to be leather and has stitching similar to the Ram. Back seat room is better than current Grand Cherokee and far better than the Commander.

Direct injection was left out of the V6 — an engineer explained that it caused more roughness and noise than was desirable on a luxury vehicle, and that the benefits did not merit using it at this time. It appears that three rows of seats will only be seen on the Durango version, which might be longer.
Features

The new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will deliver better on-road performance and, despite having more power, up to 11% better gas mileage from its Pentastar V6. The new Quadra-Lift air suspension system with the Selec-Terrain system allows the driver to choose the drive system that best matches on- or off-road driving conditions (or go with “automatic”).

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee powertrains: the flight of the Phoenix arrives

The base engine is a flexible-fuel 3.6-liter V-6 engine pumping out 280 horsepower (209 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 N•m) @ 4,800 rpm — an improvement of 70 hp and 25 lb-ft over the current 3.7 liter V6. Despite that, and a heavier vehicle (4,470 lb vs 4,261 lb), gas mileage should be 11% higher.

The 3.6-liter V-6 engine is a completely new, state of the art design with dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and a high-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder block with variable-valve timing (VVT). Gas mileage is better than the Toyota 4Runner and similar to the less off-road-worthy Honda Pilot.

The Phoenix V6 comes with the Mercedes W5A580 five-speed automatic, which has adaptive electronic control or Electronic Range Select (ERS) driver-interactive manual control. The gas tank has been increased to a 24.6 gallon capacity, which allows for a range of around 500 miles.