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JEEP

Can you think of any four-letter words that signify every man's deepest desires? Well, I am sure that there are at least two, and JEEP is foremost in every American mind. Jeep has always been regarded as the muscular and tough off-road vehicle with a masculine appeal. Originally used in the Second World War, the term JEEP has since become synonymous with robust, dependable and all-purpose 4x4 vehicles. Based on the Bantam BRC prototype that first appeared in 1941, the JEEP has since evolved into many modern avatars incorporating all the modern styling and comforts of this era yet maintaining the aura and the rugged image of its ancestor. When we think of a JEEP, the image that comes to mind is the solid metal body of an off-road vehicle and a (4-wheel-drive) 4WD or 4x4, that pioneered the modern-day (Sports Utility Vehicles) SUVs and (All-Terrain Vehicles) ATVs. The legend of the JEEP and the history of its evolution started with the image of the first JEEP carrying soldiers in the Second World War. The image immediately captured the imagination of every man in the world and a new dream was born, 'the dream of owning a JEEP'. In USA, JEEP is the ultimate choice of off-road car and SUV enthusiasts and the name has carved a unique niche for itself under the Chrysler dealer networks. JEEP has constantly provided improved variants of SUVs and 4x4s over the years and the latest models of JEEP 4x4s have been termed as a blend of old-school solidity and modern technology for better performance on the road and off it. With more than 7 variants in its lineup presently, there is a JEEP for every type of off-road need. The current steeds in the JEEP stable are:
Commander
Compass
Cherokee (Not in Production anymore)
Grand Cherokee
Comanche (Not in Production anymore)
Liberty
Patriot
Wrangler
Wrangler Unlimited
Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer (Not in Production anymore) COMMANDER
The Commander is a mid-sized premium SUV from JEEP that was introduced in 2006. Ever since it was first showcased in the 2005 New York Auto Show, Commander has been the eye-candy for many JEEP enthusiasts across America. This 7-seater SUV is characterized by a boxy design with an upright windshield and sharp muscular edges. The Commander is presently available in two engine variants namely, the 3.7 liter V6 and the 5.7 liter V8. Apart from these variants, the Commander is also available in 4x2 and 4x4 options depending on the customer needs. COMPASS
The Compass is a compact crossover SUV from the house of JEEP that was introduced in 2007. The SUV has a very up-market feel to it and is targeted at first-time JEEP buyers. The Compass styling is a mixture of aggressive curves and streamlined edges with a modern outlook. Presently the Compass is available with a 2.4 liter VVT engine in 4x4 and 4x2 options. CHEROKEE
The Cherokee is a mid-sized SUV, which has now been transformed into a bigger and better full-size variant, known as the Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee was introduced in 1993 while its predecessors, the Cherokee SJ and the Cherokee XJ ruled the roads from 1974 to 1983 and 1984 to 2001 respectively. Presently the Grand Cherokee is available as the SRTS, Laredo and Limited variants. The Grand Cherokee SRTS comes with 6.1 liter V8 HEMI engine whereas the Laredo and the Limited variants are powered by a 3.7 liter V6 engine. COMANCHE
The JEEP Comanche was introduced in 1986 as a (four-wheel-drive) pickup truck version of the Cherokee Compact SUV. The Comanche was designed with a Cherokee frame that connected to either a long-bed or a short-bed cargo box. Comanche was one of the first Jeeps to use a Quadra-Link suspension. In America it was available in the 2.5 liter (I4) 4x4 variant as well as the 4.0 liter (I6) 4x4 variant. LIBERTY
The JEEP Liberty has emerged as a replacement for the discontinued Cherokee. The first generation Liberty was based on the KJ engine platform which was in production from 2002 till 2007. The second generation Liberty or the Liberty JEEP of today is based on the KK engine format and has been gracing the roads from the year 2008 onwards. The Liberty is powered by a 3.7 liter V6 engine with 4x4 and 4x2 options. The Liberty Sport and the Liberty Limited are the two models sold by JEEP across the USA. PATRIOT
The Patriot may be described as a close cousin of the JEEP Compass in terms of engine platform and specifications however; the styling of the two Jeeps is radically different. The Compass has more of an up-town hatchback feel to it whereas the Patriot is a traditional 4-door wagon with typically aggressive SUV looks. The Patriot is available in the 2.4 liter VVT engine in its two models i.e. the Patriot Sport and the Patriot Limited. WRANGLER
Many consider the Wrangler as the face of JEEP. This is because of the fact that Wrangler is based on the world famous ancestral JEEP design that was used in the Second World War. The Wrangler represents the iconic image of the JEEP by retaining the looks and styling of the Bantam BRC prototype of 1941 while incorporating the modern 4x4 off-road capabilities and latest comfort definitions of SUVs. The modern Wrangler is a two-door off-road vehicle powered by a 3.8 liter V6 SMPI engine in all its three 4x4 models namely the RUBICON, the SAHARA and the SPORT. WRANGLER UNLIMITED
The Wrangler Unlimited can be termed as the big-brother of the Wrangler JEEP. While the Wrangler is a 2-door SUV, the Wrangler Unlimited is a 4-door convertible with a few more added features than its counterpart. It still hosts the 3.8 liter V6 SMPI engine but contains a few added features like Electronic Stability Program. The Wrangler Unlimited has been in production since 2007 and holds high esteem among premium off-road vehicles in USA. WAGONEER and GRAND WAGONEER
Also known as the Kaiser-Jeep, the JEEP Wagoneer is probably the oldest of the SUV cum Station Wagon platforms. The Wagoneer was in production from 1963 till 1983 under various marques. The vehicle was so well designed that it hardly underwent any major design changes in its 20 year rule. The (4-wheel-drive) 4WD giant was powered by a 401 cubic-inch four-barrel V8 engine. The Wagoneer was renamed the Grand Wagoneer in 1984 to coincide with the downsized Wagoneer and the Cherokee models.

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