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Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

New 2018 Jeep Wrangler

The new Jeep was unveiled at the L.A. Auto show. Even through pre-show internet buzz (the owners’ manual, with pictures, made it online) caused a brief stir among enthusiasts, the 2018 Jeep wrangler was a hit. It shows to be a creative blend of Jeep tradition and technology. New powertrains including those shared with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio reduce weight without sacrificing performance. With a smaller turning radius and the use of lighter weight materials is an additional plus to the Jeep fan base. The Wrangler has also improved the driver experience with the process of removing door and roofs from the Wrangler for the open air effect, Interior enhancements show the Jeep Wrangler to be more user friendly and less utilitarian.

“You Look Just Like Your Father”, the 2017 Jeep Compass

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Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

As I look back over the holidays and the Los Angeles Auto Show, I am reminded of the gathering of friends and family. It’s great to see familiar faces. Those family members, who were once young and awkward, now have grown up to be wonderful adults. It is only fitting that I discuss the all new Jeep Compass that was revealed at the LA show last week.

The first Jeep Compass reminded me of an awkward teenager who hadn’t quite grown into their features, large metal grilles and big eyes. Most of the Jeep family matured into fine products, except for the awkward adolescent, the baby who looks like a product of an affair between two cousins, that’s a whole other story. A couple of product cycles years later, with some aggressive styling, the Jeep Compass has emerged as a debutante of the ball.

The new Jeep Compass sports visual cues from the Jeep family down to the trim levels, Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk The FCA’s “small wide 4×4 architecture” combines world class capability with more than exceptional on-road driving. The fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with optional Multi-Air 2 technology, will be available in US markets. The 2017 Jeep Compass will have 3 transmissions available to deliver an on-road of off-road experience. The Jeep Compass will be available in over 100 countries and produced in four, solidifying Jeep global reach for the brand. Continue reading