70th Anniversary Jeeps
2011 marks the 70th anniversary of Jeep. (Note to self: watch out for a huge Jeep celebration in five years.) And to celebrate the occasion, Jeep is offering a special Anniversary package across the lineup with a new, special Bronze Star exterior color, unique interior and exterior badging, special leather inserts, floor mats, premium wheel and tire combinations, and a 70th logo on the information screen. For the Compass 70th Edition (based on the Limited option package) pricing starts at $24,970; the Grand Cherokee (based on the Laredo X) at $36,550; the Liberty (based on the Sport or Limited) at $25,515; the Patriot (based on the Latitude X) at $22,870; the two-door Wrangler at $29,320; and Wrangler Unlimited (both based off the Sahara models) at $32,120. Look for more unique and brand building option packages coming from Jeep as it tries to enter more global markets.
Ram Truck in Moab
Not willing to let Jeep have all the fun in Moab during the 45th Easter Jeep Safari, Ram Truck brought along several Power Wagons to do a little trail climbing. The four made short work of the toughest sections of Poison Spider trail with their swaybar disconnects, front and rear locking differentials (which we only needed four times), front and rear live axles, and 32-inch BFG All-Terrain tires. Even in the world of Jeeps, this could be the strongest and most capable 4x4 on the mountain. Pricing for these crew cab models starts at $45,000.
Jeep Wrangler Mojave
The new Wrangler four-door Mojave is a new option package for Jeep, joining the Islander, Mountain, and Call of Duty models released in the last few years. Like Ram Truck with its unique option packages (Long Horn, Adventurer, Outdoorsman, and others), Jeep is hoping the Mojave will be another successful specialty run. With a price tag starting at $30,000 and based off the Unlimited Sport model, the setup offers a unique color scheme, several lizard graphics, 17-inch wheels, 32-inch tires, dark saddle interior leather, driftwood inserts, and overhead grab handles. The package is on sale now but will only be offered on a limited production basis in Sahara Tan, Bright White, or Black.
Jeep SRT8 Select-Terrain
Jeep decided to show the attendees at Moab this year (which typically falls on the same dates as the New York Auto Show) the 2012 SRT8 Grand Cherokee. Loaded with the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 rated at 465 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, the new Jeep rocketship is reported to do 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds (that's coming up fast, Porsche Cayenne), with a quarter-mile time of 13.6 seconds. The Pirelli P-Zero 295/45R20 tires and bigger brakes are reported to stop the muscle truck from 60 mph in less than 115 feet.
The vehicle will only be offered in all-wheel drive and will utilize Jeep's Select-Terrain feature with a few small modifications. Selectable detents include "Auto" for basic driving; "Sport" for enthusiastic, around-town fun; "Tow" to help reduce pitch, roll, and leveling; "Track" for the ultimate quick-response shifting, steering, and suspension; and "Snow," which will be quite accommodating for bad-weather, low-traction situations. As is appropriate for a vehicle of this ilk, no low-range will be offered and if you have to ask how much they cost, you probably wouldn't understand. Our guess is pricing is likely to start around $45,000.