Jeep News & Ru­mors

Jp Magazine - - Dispatch - By Tori Tellem jped­i­[email protected]­magazine.com

• The new Ul­ti­mate Dana 44 Ad­vanTEK axles are a joint ef­fort be­tween Dana and Mopar/Jeep Performance Parts for the ’18 Jeep Wran­gler. What you get in­cludes chro­moly 4340 axle­shafts, up­graded 1410 U-joints, high-clear­ance car­rier (net­ting more ground clear­ance to the tune of a 1⁄2 inch), nodu­lar-iron diff cover, six gear ra­tio op­tions for the front axle (3.73, 4.10, 4.56, 4.88, 5.13, and 5.38), and seven for the rear (3.45, 3.73, 4.10, 4.56, 4.88, 5.13, and 5.38). Plus, it’s a di­rect bolt-in. Get all the de­tails at mopar.com or spicer­parts.com.

• By the time you read this, we should have the of­fi­cial name for the new Jeep pickup. Stay tuned on the edge of your seat.

• Stay tuned on the edge of your seat over this, too: ru­mors of an up­com­ing in­line six-cylin­der.

• The win­ner of the 4x4/SUV of the Year SEMA Award is never a sur­prise if you base that on the last nine SEMA Awards. As in, the Jeep Wran­gler has won that category ev­ery time, and it’s the only vehicle to win since the in­cep­tion of the award in 2010.

• Jeep Grand Chero­kee: seven con­sec­u­tive wins of the mid­size lux­ury SUV category at the Texas Truck Rodeo. The Wran­gler took home both off-road SUV of Texas (the Ru­bi­con) and mid­size SUV of Texas at the same event.

• Want to win a mod­i­fied Jeep? Of course you do. Cal­i­for­nia Four Wheel Drive As­so­ci­a­tion (Cal4Wheel) will be raf­fling off an ’18 Wran­gler Sport JL that’ll have af­ter­mar­ket add-ons such as rock rails, bumpers, skid­plates, 31⁄2 -inch sus­pen­sion lift, cus­tom shocks, and more. Fe­bru­ary 16, 2019, is the date the win­ning ticket will be drawn. There will also be run­ner-up prizes. Net pro­ceeds will be used to help keep pub­lic lands open. Go here for info and rules: cal4wheel.com/ win-a-jeep. You can af­ford this ticket.

• The Jeep Wran­gler scored the ti­tle of High­est Re­sale Value Com­pact SUV in the ’18 J.D. Power Re­sale Value Awards. • More win: It’s the 24th year in a row that Strate­gic Vi­sion has pub­lished the To­tal Qual­ity Im­pact re­port, which it de­scribed as be­ing “based on re­sults from the New Vehicle Ex­pe­ri­ence Study sur­vey­ing over 44,000 July– De­cem­ber new vehicle buy­ers after the first 90 days of own­er­ship. It in­cor­po­rates the im­pact of prob­lems with the vehicle as well as the driv­ers’ an­a­lyt­i­cal and emo­tional eval­u­a­tions of qual­ity.” Guess who got emo­tional over the ’19 Jeep Rene­gade? Enough of those buy­ers to help it win the en­try SUV category.

• Spot­ted: Steve McQueen’s ’45 Willys MB on sil­ver­stoneauc­tions.com (bit.ly/2AoY1yS). “The orig­i­nal blue Cal­i­for­nian li­cense plates are also in­cluded in the sale and are dated for road use un­til 31st Oc­to­ber 1980 in­di­cat­ing the Jeep was avail­able for use right up un­til Steve McQueen passed away only a week later.” It had been sold in 1984 at the ac­tor’s es­tate sale.

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