Automechanika Shanghai 2018
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The History of Jeep and its Bakkie Range
Jeep – a brand known to have a greater history than Toyota.
With the 2018 Los Angeles auto show Jeep was finally able to show off their ‘bakkie strategy’ with their new model – the Gladiator – a double-cab Wrangler. With evolution of their product – one seems to wonder why it took them so long to execute.
This new Gladiator has a combination of the trustworthiness and reliability that has become known with a Wrangler.
Engines include the Jeep’s 3.6 litre as well as the new 3-litre V6 Turbo Diesel. This is due for distribution globally in 2020 – meaning we might be seeing more of these on our roads in the pretty near future.
This car is now seen as the rival to Toyota’s Landcruiser 70 Series V8 double-cab now that the Defender 130 double-cab has been put up onto the collector’s shelves.
Now how did Jeep manage to get to where they are today? Time for a little history lesson…
Willy’s Overland (1947 - 1965)
This was a loadbin version the post-war original Jeep. Powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine, solid axles and leaf springs as well as a three-speed manual gearbox – Jeep intriguingly enough then went on to produce a rear-wheel drive imitative.
Jeep Gladiator (1962 – 1988)
This iconic Jeep bakkie was famed for its AMC 401 engine and capable of mileages a true road-hog could only dream of. With easily replaceable service parts, a gaping grille and inverted shark nose front styling , this Jeep was one of the most successful and popular models.
Jeep Comanche (1986 – 1992)
“An attractive, square-proportioned bakkie” manufactured to rival the mass increase in the Japanese opponents within the US market. Made to be a lot more comfortable on the road but still able to tackle the rough terrain.
And now for...
The Jeep Gladiator, now the next ‘most capable, mid-sized bakkie’. With the best towing and 4x4 payload, fuel-efficient powertrains and superior on and off-road dynamics, not to mention safety and advanced technology features – basically a truck recognised as a Jeep.The demand for this unique piece of work is extremely high, specially from loyal Jeep customers – definitely the ultimate vehicle if you are looking for an adventure.
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“When Chevy was about to introduce the first Geo 4wd, the president said to the engineers, “What should we call it?”.
One engineer jumped up and said “How about the Geo Tracker?”
The president said “That sounds like a winner!”
After the meeting the president asked the engineer “What made you think of that name?”
The engineer replied, “It was simple, since it will have to follow a Jeep!”
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