Monday, November 25, 2013

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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The new generation Jeep Grand Cherokee was unveiled at the 2010 New York Auto Show, and for the 2014 model year it got even better thanks to the addition of a new diesel engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission. There is also a new Grand Cherokee Summit version added to the lineup, plus a new array of advanced user-friendly technology features.

Thanks to the new diesel engine, the Grand Cherokee will deliver the best-in-class fuel economy and driving range. Next to the new diesel engine the 2014 Grand Cherokee will continue to be offered with the usual V-6 and V-8 engines, that transformed the SUV into a leader on the market.

Jeep also decided to make some improvements on the exterior look and added new bi-xenon headlamps with signature LED daytime running lamps, while for the interior the model was updated with premium amenities including Natura leather, exotic open-pore wood trim and new color offerings.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.


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The 2014 Grand Cherokee continues the tradition started by the 2011 model and adds an even higher level of opulence and strength. The upper grille is now shorter in height and the headlamps are slimmer, while the fog lamps have been raised and are more pronounced within the fascia design.
For the rear, the 2014 Grand Cherokee will get new, larger tail lamps with signature LED lighting, a larger, more aerodynamic rear spoiler, and a re-sculpted tailgate. The exhaust system ends with dual pipes on the Limited, Overland and Summit models.
Base Curb Weight4,545 pounds
Ground Clearance - at curb weight8.6 inches
Overall Body Width76.5 inches
Overall Height - With Roof Rack69.3 inches
Overall Height - With Roof Rails69.3 inches
Overall Height - Without Roof Rack68.1 inches
Overall Length189.8 inches
Overhang - Front33.6 inches
Overhang - Rear43.5 inches
Wheelbase114.8 inches


Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Body-Color Door Handles
  • Body-Color Fascias
  • Body-Color Grille with Bright Inserts
  • Bright Day Light Opening Moldings
  • Exterior Mirrors with Heating Element
  • Halogen Headlamps
  • LED Tail Lamps
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
  • Body-Color Fascias with Bright Insert
  • Body-Color Grille with Bright Inserts
  • Bright Exhaust Tip
  • Bright Side Roof Rails
  • Chrome Body Side Molding
  • Exterior Mirrors with Heating Element
  • Halogen Quad Headlamps
  • LED Tail Lamps
  • Rear Window Defroster
Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
  • Cashmere Pearl Coat Exterior Paint
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps
  • Body-Color Fascias with Bright Insert
  • Body-Color Grille with Bright Inserts
  • Body-Color Shark Fin Antenna
  • Bright Day Light Opening Moldings
  • Bright Door Handles
  • Integrated Liftgate Rear Spoiler
Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
  • Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat Exterior Paint
  • Chrome Body Side Molding
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Bright Side Roof Rails
  • Exterior Mirrors with Turn Signals
  • Adaptive Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps
  • Body-Color Fascias with Bright Insert
  • Body-Color Grille with Chrome Inserts
  • Bright Side Roof Rails
  • Exterior Mirrors with Heating Element




Jeep Grand Cherokee

For the 2014 model year, the interior of the Grand Cherokee was revised with a new Uconnect 5-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreens, plus a new leather-wrapped E-shifter for the eight-speed transmission. The model also received a new three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in high quality leather and combined with sections of wood on Overland and Summit models.

Cargo Capacity - Behind 2nd Row Seat36.3 ft
Cargo Capacity - Behind First-Row Seat67.5 ft
Head Room - Front39.9 inches
Head Room - Rear39.2 inches
Leg Room - Front40.3 inches
Leg Room - Rear38.6 inches
Passenger Interior Volume105.4 ft

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
  • Dark wood trim on the dash and doors
  • Front and Rear Interior LED Lamps
  • Front Passenger Seat Belt Alert
  • Front-Passenger Fold-Flat-Forward Seat
  • Illuminated Cup Holders
  • Leather-Wrapped Shift Knob
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Rearview Mirror with Microphone
  • Premium cloth seating
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
  • Bright insert door sill scuff plates and bright metal accents
  • Capri leather seating
  • Driver / Passenger Power 4-Way Lumbar Adjust
  • Front and Rear Interior LED Lamps
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Keyless Enter-N-Go™
  • Leather-Wrapped Shift Knob
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Rear 60 / 40 Folding Seat
  • Steering Wheel Paddle Shift Control
Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
  • Leather-Wrapped Instrument Panel and Center Armrest
  • Leather-Wrapped Shift Knob
  • Luxury Front / Rear Floor Mats with Logo
  • Memory for Radio, Driver Seat and Mirrors
  • Non-Adjustable Pedals
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • Stitched-leather instrument panel
Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
  • Full-Length Floor Console
  • Leather-Wrapped Instrument Panel and Center Armrest
  • Leather-Wrapped Shift Knob
  • Rear 60 / 40 Folding Seat
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • Wood / Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Heated, ventilated and memory front seats
  • Open-pore wood trim and Copper accents
  • Premium suede-like material covering the A-pillars and headliner
  • Nineteen-speaker, 825-watt high-performance Harman Kardon surround sound audio system


For the 2014 model year the Grand Cherokee received a new 24-valve dual-overhead cam 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. With the new engine, the Grand Cherokee will deliver a fuel economy of 22 mpg on the city driving and 30 mpg highway in 4x2 models.
Next to the new diesel engine, the Grand Cherokee models will continue to offer the usual 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and an updated 5.7-liter V-8. The V-6 engine delivers a total of 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, while the V-8 engine delivers a total of 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.
All the engine can be combined with a new eight-speed transmission that ensure a fuel economy of 17 mpg on the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
For the 2014 model year the Grand Cherokee will also offer a new Eco Mode that optimizes the transmission’s shift schedule and helsp improving fuel economy.


Laredo 4x2$28,795
Laredo 4x4$30,795
Laredo E 4x2$30,495
Laredo E 4x4$32,495
Limited 4x2$35,795
Limited 4x4$37,795
Overland 4x2$42,995
Overland 4x4$45,995
Summit 4x2$47,995
Summit 4x4$50,995


Thursday, December 8, 2011

2008 Ferrari F430 Scuderia

Earlier this year, we chanced upon a dressed up Ferrari F430 Scuderia that was turned into a proverbial art car by digital artist Laurence Gartel, the same dude that pretty much taught Andy Warhol the ropes.

Recently, another 430 Scuderia-based Art Car was seen being developed, only this time, it’s the work of one Philippe Pasqua. The French artist took the task of wrapping up the Italian super car’s body in treated cowhide leather before putting his artistic skills to good use, designing the 430 Scuderia’s body in what can only be described as a comprehensive ode to something you’d see from Ed Hardy.

We doubt that Pasqua’s design had anything to do with the American clothing brand, but the intricate detail of Japanese motifs, sea creatures, and frightening skulls certainly speaks to the language of Hardy’s work. What we can take away from Pasqua’s design on the 430 Scuderia is that the man is a hell of an artist. What’s especially impressive is the fact that he was able to work around all of the edges and tiny crevices on the Italian supercar to enhance the beauty of his project.

We’ll give props where they’re due, and in Pasqua’s case, it’s all very much warranted. Now, if you happen to be in Paris next month, be sure to stop by at the Galerie Laurent Strouk to check out the Pasqua’s Ferrari F430 Scuderia Art Car hanging on a wall as an exhibit.

2012 Smart For-Us Concept

The next big auto show will take place at the turn of the calendar, but as early as now, we’re getting a good look at some of the concepts that are scheduled to be in attendance at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January.

German automaker, Smart, has never been shy when introducing zany concepts in the past and it’s looking like they’re going to unveil a new one in Detroit.

The car is called the "For-Us" Urban Pick-Up Concept that Smart is describing as a concept targeted to the "young and young-at-heart with active lives who attach importance to low emissions and taking up minimum road space."

The description is pretty much apt to all their previous concepts so there’s nothing unique there. What’s different, though, is that the For-Us Urban Pick-Up Concept comes with an electrically-powered tailboard that opens and retracts with a 900mm cargo area that’s big enough to hold and serve as a charging port for as much as two Smart E-Bikes.

As far as powertrain goes, the For-Us Concept will be powered by a magneto-electric motor to go with a 17.6-kWh lithium-ion battery. Together, the hybrid motor produces an output of 75 horsepower and 96 lb/ft of torque. Seeing as this is a future peg for a city car, the For-Us Concept’s top speed only hits 75 mph.

Expect more details on the For-Us Concept to be made available as soon as it makes its world premier at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which opens its doors on January 12, 2012.

2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG

The recently launched Mercedes CLS 63 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine that delivers a total of 518 HP and 516 lb.-ft. of torque - a very impressive output for a luxury sedan, no doubt. That being said, American tuner, Renntech, has found a way to further improve the final output of the car to an impressive 669 HP and 734 lb-ft of torque.

According to the first details offered by the tuner, this is just the Stage 1 upgrade for the CLS63 AMG. In this stage, the extra output is provided by the addition of ECU tuning software and a new exhaust system. This allows the Mercedes to sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds at a speed of 125.01 mph. Better yet, it recently took on a Nissan GT-R at the Palm Beach International Raceway where it achieved a quarter mile in 11.21 seconds at 126 mph.

The total price for this package is $3,495.

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe

Having a car like the BMW 1-Series M Coupe affords you the opportunity of bringing a tuning company that can play around with it and modify it according to your tastes and preferences.

Such was the case when an owner of the 1-Series M Coupe brought his freshly delivered sports car to the people of IND with the sole purpose of turning it into a bonafide rocket on wheels. Time was of the essence for IND, who were only given 48 hours to complete their project. And true to their reputation as certified pros, IND did a whale of job, building a comprehensive tuning program that includes plenty of specially selected pieces that are all new to the market.

For instance, the 1-Series M Coupe’s hood was taken out, replaced by a new power dome with carbon fiber pieces by Seibon. To give the sports car a colorful balance of sportiness and aggression, IND added gloss black front and side grilles to match the car’s Valencia Orange paint finish. Similarly, the tuning company also put in a two-piece adjustable front lip and two-piece rear diffuser, provided for by RevoZport, a new rear spoiler from BMW Performance, a custom paint scheme for the engine cover, and a Valencia Orange-striped BMW Performance steering wheel.

A one-off, pre-production sports shifter from Rogue Engineering was also put in, as was Eisenmann’s new downpipe-back exhaust system, which was added, together with Akrapovic downpipes, to provide a significant bump up in performance output for the 1-Series M Coupe. With all the changes in tow, the car’s software was further optimized by ESS Tuning, giving it significant improvements in terms of its engine performance.

No word yet on the new numbers for this IND-tuned 1-Series M Coupe, although one wouldn’t be remiss thinking that these could be one of the most powerful tuning programs done on the 1M sports car.

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS

You would think the Chevrolet Camaro SS already exudes the kind of classic retro-modern look that the American muscle car has come to be know for. But even if there are already plenty of styling hints that point to that conclusion, a company like Retro USA still has something in store for all of us.

The US-based tuning firm specializes in splashing some ’retro-ness’ to your Camaro - their name, after all, is Retro USA - and recently, they presented their work for the Chevy muscle car.

The aerodynamic modifications are absolutely noticeable, beginning with a new front and rear bumper configuration, courtesy of Chrome-Tech Bumpers. The body panel is mounted to an existing fascia with two pre-taped thermoformed inserts that lift the bumpers off the fascia for a more authentic look. In addition, the program also includes 68′-69′ styled hood vents that provide that nostalgic and aggressive look. Rocker moldings have also been mounted to the existing rocker panel while new quarter moldings - available in either chrome or painted - have been constructed using chrome-plated injection molded ABS with painted flat black accents.

You only need to take one look at at this program to come to the conclusion that it is just what the Chevrolet Camaro SS needs to become a full-fledged American classic muscle car.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

2011 Renault Megane Monaco GP

renault megane monaco gp

Renault will come at the Geneva Motor Show with a new Monaco GP package available for the Megane Coupe and the Megane RS models. The new models will be offered in limited edition and only 14 countries will get it. Monaco GP edition can be ordered in elegance, sport and style versions.

Monaco GP package has been offered for the first time in 2010 for the Lagua Coupe models, and it includes pearlescent white paint developed specially for these models ,Etoilé black body components (including the side mirrors, rear diffuser and fog-lamp surrounds), black headlight masks and "Monaco GP" badge work on the sides. The interior also gets a pearlescent white cabin, Monaco GP" stitching on the seats, a numbered plate and "Monaco GP" protective mats.

The new Monaco GP edition can be combined with five engine options starting with a dCi 110 EDC and up to 2.0 16V turbo, 250 hp.

Hit the jump to read more about the Renault Megane Monaco GP.

The exterior and the Interior

The new Renault Megane Monaco GP comes painted in an exclusive pearlescent white color and features sleekly drawn headlights and large air intake, a broad shoulder line, EtoilĂ© black body components (including the side mirrors, rear diffuser and fog-lamp surrounds), black headlight masks and "Monaco GP" badge work on the sides, GT/GT line front and rear bumpers and of course 17-inch Celsium gloss black rims. The RS version gets Leather upholstery with an electrically-controlled heated driver’s seat enhanced with Monaco GP stitching and 19-inch diamond-effect STEEV rims.

For the interior Renault is offering a pearlescent white cabin, Monaco GP" stitching on the seats, a numbered plate and "Monaco GP" protective mats. The list of standard equipment includes ESP, together with bi-xenon directional headlights and latest-generation dual-chamber airbags, while the RS version gets an extra independent pivot arm on the front axle.

The engine

The new edition can be combined with five engine options for the Megane Coupe version: dCi 110 EDC, dCi 130, dCi 160, Tce 130, Tce 180 and a 2.0 16V turbo, 250 hp for the RS version. These engine will be combined with a six-speed EDC gearbox controlled automatically or manually.

The Competition

Renault Megane has lots of strong competitors on the European market. And the long list includes models like Ford Focus Coupe, Volkswagen Golf or Audi A3. The Focus Coupe is equipped with a 2.0-liter, Duratec 20 dual-overhead-cam (DOHC), inline 4-cylinder engine that delivers 143 HP, while the VW Golf gets four gasoline versions with output 80 hp, 102 hp, 122 hp and 160 hp. Engines will be mated to either a 6-speed or 7-speed DSG transmission.


The new Megane Monaco GP will make its world debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show and sales will begin shortly after. It will be offered in limited edition in just 14 countries. Prices will be announced at a later date.

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