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Jeep

Country of Origin:
USA
Austria

Models:
Cherokee
Commander
Compass
Grand Cherokee
Patriot
Wrangler
Key:
* Top speed electronically limited
2.5SC 2.5-litre supercharged engine
2.5TC 2.5-litre turbocharged engine
2.5D 2.5-litre diesel engine
2.5TD 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine
I4 4-cylinder engine in inline configuration
V6 6-cylinder engine in V-shaped configuration
FWD   Front-wheel-drive platform
RWD   Rear-wheel-drive platform
4WD   Four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive platform
5M   5-speed manual
5A   5-speed automatic
5AM 5-speed automanual
CVT Continuously variable auto transmission
l/100km   Litres of fuel consumed every 100 kms

Jeep Cherokee

Completely redesigned for the 2008 model year, the Cherokee is tougher than most compact 4WDs. Also known as the Liberty in some markets, it seats five people and can carry their gear too. Powered by a 3.7-litre V6, it is mated to a 4-speed automatic. Fold the rear seats and it can move two people and their cargo. The entry-level Sport has a body-coloured grille, while the upscale Limited has a chrome grille. Turn off the pavement, and it can negotiate most trails with confidence. All models come with stability control, ABS brakes, Electronic Roll Mitigation, front airbags, available side airbags, and all-speed traction control. Standard on all models is a full-time four-wheel-drive system with low-range gearing. Available features also include power windows, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, CD stereo, cruise control, parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, 17-inch or 18-inch wheels, and a cloth or faux-leather interior, among other items. Options include a trick roof that can open the full length of the ceiling to the elements.


Compact 4WD



Road Tests & Articles:
none

Competitors:
Honda CR-V
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Toyota RAV-4
Price Range
Dhs 105000 - 115000 (US$ 28600 - 31300)
Body Styles
5-door wagon
Weight (kg)
1918
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
3.7 V6 4WD 4A 210 318 13.1 10.6 180
Good
Manageable size, off-road ability, unique looks
Bad
Old automatic, needs more power, poor fuel economy




Jeep Commander

The new Commander is the first Jeep that offers three-row seating and the ability to carry seven passengers. Available with either a 4.7-litre V8 or a 5.7-litre Hemi V8, they are both mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, and both offer similar fuel economy. Standard is Jeep's Quadra-Trac I, which is an automatic full-time all-wheel-drive system enhanced by electronic traction control. Other standard features on the Commander include AM/FM stereo with CD player, power windows, power mirrors, power eight-way driver's seat, flipper glass on the liftgate with remote control, all-terrain tyres on 17-inch aluminium wheels, tyre-pressure monitoring, and cruise control. The higher-trim Commander comes with the Hemi V8 with fuel-saving Multi-Displacement System technology, a full-time active 4WD system known as Quadra-Trac II, that has a two-speed transfer case with front and rear electronic limited-slip differentials, dual-zone temperature control, leather-trimmed bucket seats with memory, power adjustable pedals, power sunroof, power front seats and a six-disc in-dash CD player with MP3 capability. Options include rear DVD and 17-inch chrome wheels. Safety includes ABS, electronic stability control, Brake Assist, and numerous airbags.


Large 4WD



Road Tests & Articles:
none

Competitors:
Ford Expedition
Nissan Patrol
Toyota Land Cruiser
Price Range
Dhs 111500 - 139900 (US$ 30300 - 38000)
Body Styles
5-door wagon
Weight (kg)
2174 - 2294
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
4.7 V8 4WD
5.7 V8 4WD
5A
5A
235
326
413
677
14.7
14.7
10.0
7.4
180
208
Good
Roomy interior, off-road ability, engine choices, price
Bad
Size, fuel economy, soft handling, cramped third row




Jeep Compass

The Compass is an all-new compact all-wheel-drive 4WD that throws Jeep's off-road reputation out the window. It is based on the Dodge Caliber and features Jeep styling cues such as a seven-slot grille and round headlights. The windshield is steeply raked and the lower than that of a traditional 4WD, but it comes with sculpted fenders, standard 17-inch wheels or optional 18-inch wheels, and a simulated locking differential. The Compass is powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with either a standard 5-speed manual transmission or an optional second-generation CVT automatic transmission. The Compass Limited with CVT offers the AutoStick feature that allows drivers to control the transmission manually so that it simulates a 6-speed gearbox. The full-time active four-wheel-drive system includes a “Lock” mode for use on low-traction surfaces. Standard equipment includes side-curtain airbags, ESP, traction control, fog lights and a fabric interior. Other features include a built-in flashlight, flip-down rear speakers in the tailgate, and power features.


Compact 4WD



Road Tests & Articles:
none

Competitors:
Chevrolet Captiva
Honda CR-V
Toyota RAV-4
Price Range
Dhs 85900 - 95000 (US$ 23300 - 25800)
Body Styles
5-door wagon
Weight (kg)
1460 - 1523
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
2.4 I4 4WD 5M/CVT 170 220 8.7-9.5 10.7-11.3 183-185
Good
Manageable size, comfortable ride, headroom
Bad
Off-road ability, slow, cheap cabin, refinement




Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokee was all-new for the 2006 model year, and for 2008, it has been updated with a new front end, HID headlights with integrated turn lenses and new 17-inch and 18-inch wheels. Interior updates include a new centre console and a four-gauge instrument cluster with LED illumination. It continues with an upgraded 4.7-litre V8, a carryover 5.7-litre Hemi V8 and an SRT-exclusive 6.1-litre V8. Cloth upholstery is standard, as are power windows, power locks with remote keyless entry, eight-way power driver's seat, CD audio, driver information center, 60/40 split folding rear seat, and available parking sensors. All models offer full-time four-wheel drive, with low-range gearing. Higher models get leather upholstery, Boston Acoustics six-speaker six-CD changer and MP3 capability, power adjustable pedals, power front seats, rain-sensing automatic wipers, electrochromic rearview mirror, tyre pressure monitor with display, adjustable roof rack crossrails, and more. The fancy Overland model adds real wood accents on the doors and console, two-tone leather and ultra-suede seats, leather-covered console and armrest, reverse-parking sensor and more. The rocket-like SRT-8 gets stiff suspension for the road, but gives up its off-road ability. Safety features include a stability system with roll mitigation, ABS brakes with brake assist, traction control, and numerous airbags.


Midsize 4WD



Road Tests & Articles:
2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 road test
2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee first look

Competitors:
Ford Explorer
Nissan Pathfinder
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
Price Range
Dhs 115900 - 195000 (US$ 31300 - 53000)
Body Styles
5-door wagon
Weight (kg)
2019 - 2190
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
4.7 V8 4WD
5.7 V8 4WD
6.1 V8 4WD
5A
5A
5A
305
330
420
453
509
569
14.2
14.2
17.4
8.0
7.1
5.2
202
209
243*
Good
Powerful, off-road ability, manageable size
Bad
Fuel economy, low-grade cabin materials, no third row




Jeep Patriot

The Patriot is an all-new compact all-wheel-drive 4WD that, like the Compass, is based on the Dodge Caliber and features Jeep styling cues such as a seven-slot grille and round headlights. Unlike the Compass, the Patriot attempts to retain some features of a traditional 4WD, such as decent ground clearance and short overhangs. The all-wheel-drive Patriot is powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with either a standard 5-speed manual transmission or an optional second-generation CVT automatic transmission. The Patriot is available in very bare Sport trim and loaded Limited trim. The full-time active four-wheel-drive system includes a “Lock” mode for use on low-traction surfaces. The optional off-road package has simulated low-range gearing using the CVT gearbox. Standard equipment includes side-curtain airbags, ESP, traction control and a fabric interior. Other features include a built-in flashlight, flip-down rear speakers in the tailgate, 17-inch alloy wheels and power features.


Compact 4WD



Road Tests & Articles:
none

Competitors:
Chevrolet Captiva
Honda CR-V
Toyota RAV-4
Price Range
Dhs 83900 - 95000 (US$ 22700 - 25800)
Body Styles
5-door wagon
Weight (kg)
1565 - 1600
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
2.4 I4 4WD 5M/CVT 170 220 8.7-9.5 10.7-11.3 180
Good
Manageable size, safety features, headroom
Bad
Slow, cheap cabin, refinement




Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler has been redesigned for 2007, with a stiffer frame, revised suspension, a new engine, and fresh styling. The all-new real jeep is longer and wider, more refined, and for the first time, offers either two or four doors. Now powered by a 3.8-litre V6, with a manual or automatic, it still offers low-range gearing and off-road capability. The lengthened four-door wheelbase also provides room for a three-wide rear seat in the new Unlimited, making for five-passenger capability. It also offers more ground clearance, more wheel articulation and some new suspension hardware. For the first time, the Wrangler offers an optional electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar. This Active Sway Bar System allows more front-wheel travel for overcoming extremely challenging off-pavement obstacles. Also available is the Command-Trac part-time four-wheel-drive system. A Trak-Lok limited slip differential and Rock-Trac with special off-road tyres also are available. Safety includes Electronic Stability Program, ABS brakes and a bunch of airbags. It can be equipped with a new three-piece hardtop with removable panels. Also available is a Sunrider soft top with a sunroof feature.


Midsize 4WD



Road Tests & Articles:
none

Competitors:
Kia Sorento
Nissan Pathfinder
Toyota Fortuner
Price Range
Dhs 87900 - 115000 (US$ 23800 - 31200)
Body Styles
2-door convertible, 4-door convertible
Weight (kg)
1706 - 1969
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
3.8 V6 4WD 6M/4A 205 325 13.0-13.5 11.5-13.0 160
Good
Off-road ability, tough image, nostalgia
Bad
Very slow, road handling, rear seat room, basic cabin






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