Even love-blind Jeep aficionados have to admit that the new Grand Cherokee is a far cry from the rugged, wood-paneled Jeep big-rigs of yore: More Kia Sorento than CJ’s big bro. Finally though, Jeep has decided to toughen up the GC. The new Trailhawk Edition gets Quadra-lift air suspension, a sporty graphics package, aluminum 18s, and all the front-end chrome replaced with matte gray trim. V6 or V8, your choice.
Can anyone explain the link between the combat video game series Call Of Duty and the Jeep Wrangler? Didn’t think so but regardless, Jeep is launching another beefed-up special edition for the release of Activision’s latest Call Of Duty: MW3. Not sure hardcore gamers will fully appreciate the 32-inch mud tires and burly bumper upgrades but they look good to us.
The new Chevy Colorado Rally concept truck looks like it could drive right up and over Hyundais and Kias and crush them like ants. The question is, will the forthcoming production model of the new truck actually look this badass? We hope so. The aggro design, dual front and rear winches, auto-adjust suspension, and beefy 2.8-liter diesel motor will make it a formidable foe against the newest Tacoma, Ranger, and Nissan Frontier.
If & when you’re stepping up to a new truck, there can be no half-stepping. Going full-size means you want the power and torque of a heavy-duty V8. The GMC All-Terrain Sierra HD is the one. With nearly 400 horses and 765-foot pounds of torque, this beast will pull your RV up over the Continental Divide at 80 miles an hour. And if you feel like peeling off the pavement to bushwack through the scrub, it’ll do that, too. It’s got adjustable Fox racing shocks and nearly a foot of clearance at the skid plates. It’s serious.
The Defender is one of the most enduring vehicles ever designed. In over 60 years, it has barely changed. But it’s changing now. Speculation is that Rover will introduce a redesigned model to the U.S. in 2013 with updated emissions and safety features. It will also feature independent suspension and power from one of LR’s proven diesel motors. Basically, you’ve got two years to sell the FJ.
Double-take! No, it’s not a restored and modded ’66 Toyota Land Cruiser. It might actually be better than the classic safari wagon it’s modeled after. The FJ44 is a new, handmade custom utility machine built by Van Nuys, California’s ICON. Designer/builder Jonathan Ward produces this and other models marrying classic ’Yota styling with new alloy bodies, new engines and a sick array of custom parts. Like a steering wheel from a Caterpillar earth mover, Mercedes softtops, and interior bits from Lear jets.
You’ve almost bought a Jeep about five times, right? Then you look at the tiny backseat & wonder how much “utility” you’ll get out of it. Well … now you’re gonna buy one. Not since the homely Comanche, has Jeep launched a pickup … and no offense, but that one is worth forgetting. But right out of the gate, the soon-to-drop Gladiator looks like a winner. It’s boxy & bad-ass. It’s got everything you’ve come to expect from a Jeep – plus room for all your stuff.
Now you can leave and never come back. The XV-JP transforms the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon into a totally self-contained expedition vehicle that will take you from here to Alaska, Patagonia…anywhere into the wild. With a massive list of off-roading upgrades, you’ll be able to drive up mountains and through rivers. With the on-board refrigerator, shower, toilet, heating system & queen-size bed – you’ll be well-equipped once you park it.
Boxy and burly, Land Rover’s Defender was the perfect platform for Italian design house AZNOM to build-up a totally custom vehicle that looks every bit as tough as it is tech. With upgrades like two-tone matte paint, carbon fiber bumpers and a leather & alcantara interior – this is offroad meets chic. Pro-tuner, Romeo Ferraris, handled motor mods – adding an extra thirty horses - completing the total overhaul of this British classic.
The SUV lost its identity to tot-toting brigades years ago. Vintage Offroad reclaims it. Pick a vehicle from their inventory & have it outfitted to your exact specs. Specializing in Toyota Land Cruisers & Land Rovers, soccer moms need not apply.