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WranglerMopar-ized Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at Frankfort Motor Show
Posted by mike on 2009/9/15 12:08:17 (4823) reads

Auto123 is reporting that a Mopar-ized version of the 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will be on display this week at the Frankfort Auto Show in Germany.

The "Moparized" Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features chromed mirror covers and brushed stainless steel door sills--popular accents that hold true to the appearance theme. At the rear of the Mopar-outfitted Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, a chromed fuel-filler cap and an upgraded chromed exhaust tip sparkle even in the worst weather and off-road conditions. In addition, tubular side steps double as easy entry points. Further, Mopar's 18-inch chromed aluminum wheels are added to enhance the appearance. Finishing off the iconic Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, the historical seven-slot grille is upgraded to a chromed grill.

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AngryNJ
Posted: 2009/9/18 18:28  Updated: 2009/9/18 18:28
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CHROME?! What an embarassment.

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01TJ
Posted: 2009/9/17 12:05  Updated: 2009/9/17 12:05
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In this day and age the Wrangler should be getting back to basics. I i remember right the TJ was rated one of if not the most cost effective vehicle over it's lifetime, including production, use, repair and disposal. As they get the new Wrangler more and more complicated it will become another high cost vehicle to produce, operate and dispose of. This is why i don't like hybrids and electric vehicles. They really DO NOT help the envoronment as they take too much energy to produce, repair and dispose of. I have owned my TJ since it was new is 2001 and other than upgrades (plenty of those) have only had to repair two things... a rear wheel bearing and front brakes... it has 76k on the odometer. There are not many vehicles on the road you can say that about. Simplicity is a GOOD thing.

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Posted: 2009/9/18 0:02  Updated: 2009/9/18 0:02
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I totally concur regarding simplicity. I'm saying perhaps we need to redefine it. Instead of a heavy expensive power robbing transmission, transfercase, driveshaft, and 2 axles, what if you had an engine/generator and 4 wires, each going to an electric motor in a wheel hub. Electronic components are way more reliable than mechanical ones. This would be much more efficient than a purely mechanical system, and more controlable. Diesel locomotives use this system.

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Glenn
Posted: 2009/9/22 11:00  Updated: 2009/9/22 11:00
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Great point - the diesel-electric drive system has been proven reliable and cost effective in the locomotive industry for decades. There's no reason the technology couldn't be adapted for cars or Jeeps.

Imagine a four wheel drive system that could sense the turn angle of the steering wheel, then drive each of the four wheels at it's mathematically correct speed, and (as stated in an earlier post) with 100% torque on the very first rpm.

How about if each of the four electric drive motors were coupled to portal axle style gears? Then there would be no clearance-robbing axles and pumpkins under the vehicle and the motors would be up higher out of harm's way.

The system could be powered by a small diesel generator at first, then as battery tech gets better the generator could later be dropped.

Better still - hire me to design the thing! I need a job...

Glenn

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Posted: 2009/9/18 13:57  Updated: 2009/9/18 14:02
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X2 for O1TJ

My last Wrangler was a '94 (pre-airbags!) and I put 247,000 miles on it. No major mechanical maintenance. I had to replace that damn ELECTRIC wiper motor though!

Sold it for $3400, it was still running strong --and NOT burning oil. Go figure.

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Posted: 2009/9/18 18:10  Updated: 2009/9/18 18:10
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I'm not saying it has to run on batteries, just that the powertrain loses and weight/cost would be drastically reduced by going from a mechanical drivetrain to an electric one with a gasoline or diesel engine powering a generator. It would actually be even more simple than our current systems that date to the late 1800's. My XJ has 287,000 on it and I just came inside from changing out the original starter. That probably proves both our points. My very lightweight Suzuki Swift 4 cylinder car can equal a hybrid for fuel mileage on the highway (45+ MPG). I think a lightweight, small Jeep with some aerodynamic improvements and light electric hub motors w/o the mechanical 30% drivetrain loss could equal or beat a Toy Pruis for highway mileage and still be very capable off road, with 100% TORQUE AVAILABLE FROM 0 RPM.

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Posted: 2009/9/19 9:52  Updated: 2009/9/19 10:00
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That's what I was teasing about. U had to replace your ELECTRIC starter motor, yet your MECHANICAL engine is doing just fine at 287K!

Why would you ever want anything different than your good ol' durable & reliable 4.0L? Forget better gas mileage for a minute. Think of all the money you've saved taking the reliable 4.0L toward 300Kmiles! That trumps fuel economy... well, at least until gas gets to $5/gallon...

All that electrical gimmickry makes me bilious. It probably won't last you as many miles as your 4.0L, would be expensive to manufacture & repair, and would be a constant worry through every stream & mud puddle... It will have to be "proven" before it's ever embraced by many Jeepers.

But, if someone wants to revive the little lightweight dune buggy-looking Jeep Willys Concept... with a small reliable torquey diesel, at a reasonable price... Hmmmmmm... That could go a long way to helping reach that 34+mpg CAFE standard coming up...

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Posted: 2009/9/16 23:54  Updated: 2009/9/16 23:54
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When cars don't sell make them bigger and add more chrome. Is'nt that what American car companies do. Will tail fins be next?

I keep waiting for the day when Jeep announces a diesel/electric hybrid with motors in all 4 hubs in a small trail friendly vehicle that gets great fuel mieage and can tackle tough trails. And it has to be affordable. No chrome at all thank you! No fancy stero. Just a back to basics Jeep.

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Posted: 2009/9/16 13:42  Updated: 2009/9/16 13:51
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Pathetic!

Now why can't MOPAR give the auto enthusiast world something to really crow about? Like this: JEEP Wrangler SRT6, Supercharged 4.0L V6, 415 HP, 410 ft-lbs, 7.5 psi boost

Sure, it's an old Jp Mag April Fool's spoof, but it would make a great showpiece & talking points for auto show reporters! Talk about free publicity!!

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Posted: 2009/9/16 10:08  Updated: 2009/9/16 10:08
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Chrome, huh. Styles come and go.
Everybody knows it's the stickers that are worth an extra 5 HP.

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Posted: 2009/9/15 23:31  Updated: 2009/9/15 23:31
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I think this is just the chrome appearance package that is sadly available for order. There was a few 2008 Wranglers on lots at nearby dealers with this package, usually Saharas. There's also a leather seating option available I believe.

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Posted: 2009/9/15 13:27  Updated: 2009/9/15 13:27
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...and this is why the rest of the world thinks the US auto makers are a JOKE!!!!

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Glenn
Posted: 2009/9/15 12:47  Updated: 2009/9/15 12:47
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Well, this just goes to show that the mopes at Mopar don't know a thing about Jeeps and jeeping! Chrome gas caps? Chrome exhaust tips?? They may be fine for sports cars, but this is just plain silly...

What's the point of chromed mirror covers, when they'll just get scratched up from tree branches on the trail? Tubular side steps for "easy entry points"?? They'll just lower your clearance and get stuck on roots and rocks! If you want easy access, drive a car!

I guess they forgot the lowering kit and curb feelers... Oh well, next time...

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Posted: 2009/12/4 21:39  Updated: 2009/12/4 21:39
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the moparized jeep wrangler with its chrome mirror covers, stainless jeep doors sill, chrome guards,exhaust tip and grille is the most accessorized vehicle right after the dodge ram..
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