There are few vehicles with as rich of a military history as the Jeep. Its birth was to aid with the war effort during World War 2 and the image of soldiers driving one, filled with officers, or supplies, is the iconic imagery of the war. If there is one vehicle to celebrate Memorial Day and to celebrate those that service, Jeep is the one that makes the most sense. For that reason, workers at the Toledo plant have refurbished an old 1942 Jeep.
Chrysler Toledo Assembly Complex managed to restore a Willys Military Jeep from 1942. It was worked on by the employes and then unveiled during a special ceremony where the Jeep rested under a Jeep signed dedicated to the troops on Expressway Drive in north Toledo.
The Jeep was designed to be the new “work-horse” of the military in a time when technology was replacing many aspects of the military. Jeep has always had a good relationship with the military and is making sure to honor the troops this memorial day.
I will never understand how somethings get their names. Take the Jeep Renegade for example. That one makes sense. Renegade is the perfect name for a Jeep, it sounds threatening and powerful, like something that could take on the off-road in the ways it is built to do. But then there is the name of ‘Cute Ute’ that accompanies it and I don’t even know where to start. As far as first impressions go, that one leaves me thinking of some animated cat winking at a camera accompanied by a child’s voice announcing the name. While this ‘Cute Ute’ may fail the initial impressions based on name alone, it thankfully lives up to the quality that Jeep users know and desire.
The Jeep Renegade is Jeep’s first entry into the small SUV segment. This brand new model is aimed at younger drivers who are looking for a gateway into adventurous driving. The model was first displayed for public consumption at the Geneva Motor Show and since then has been very popular amongst the Chrysler Dealerships. Many see it as a chance at targeting a new demographic that previously wasn’t being offered much by Jeep.
The pricing for the Renegade hasn’t been revealed yet but many are speculating that it will serve as affordable enough for first time car buyers. Thankfully, it is also expected that this low price entry will not diminish the quality of the features and capability of the Jeep.
The Renegade will be borrowing some from its older brother the Jeep Cherokee. The Renegade takes with it one of the most advanced 4×4 systems in its class and is the first small SUV to feature disconnecting rear axle and power take-off.
This new Jeep Renegade might be seen as the ‘baby Jeep’ aka the ‘Cute Ute’ but it certainly doesn’t seem like it when the details come out. First impressions are one thing but the Renegade delivers on the promise that all Jeeps have, power and capability for all drivers no matter the look or the size of the Jeep.
Jeep is getting some major changes moving forward. Chrysler is putting forward a five-year plan that is meant to trim the fat and put their best foot forward to make their brand one of the top ones across the globe. Sadly, that means some tough choices will be made. Jeep will be losing some members of the family as a part of the plan.
The Jeep Compass and Patriot will be discontinued come 2016. The reasoning behind this move is that both Jeeps are compact SUVs and instead of putting the resources into two similar vehicles to put all that into a single compact SUV.
The plan did not reveal what the name of this replacement Jeep is going to be. The plant and production of where both Jeeps are being produced will have their resources shifted to making an all-new Chrysler 100. In the meantime, there is speculation of what the new Jeep could be without any real concrete evidence pointing to any name or build. One thing that is know will be the new Jeep will be using the CUSW (Compact US Wide) platform the company has already used for the 2013 Dodge Dart.