2017 – JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE SRT   

Visitors to the Salão de São Paulo 2016 will be able to check out various attractions at the Jeep booth. Not just the national line of the brand, formed by the already established Jeep Renegade and the newly launched Jeep Compass, but also with some very special imported models, which complete the family of SUVs more comprehensive in the market.

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Sports version of the top model of the Jeep line is equipped with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine with 481 hp and 640 Nm. Among the leading performance data, the acceleration from 0 to 96 km / h (60 mph) is done in 4.8 seconds, and the 0-160-0 km / h race is completed in 16.3 seconds. The top speed is 257 km / h. There are eight driving modes, which control integral traction, gearbox, stability control, suspension and steering. One of them, the Valet (to leave the car with valets), limits the engine to 4,000 rpm to reduce power and torque, and advances the gears, avoiding stretches.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

For the first time in Brazil, Overland is a version of the Grand Cherokee more luxurious than Limited (currently sold in Brazil, together with Laredo). It stands out for a series of details and differentiated finishes, inside and out, as well as important additional equipment:

height adjustable air suspension

panoramic sunroof

front seat ventilation

frames on the lower part of the bumper, doors and mudguards painted in body color

panel with leather lining on top

steering wheel with wood inserts and leather

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys

Also unpublished in the country, this special series is a tribute to the first vehicles of the Jeep, made by Willys-Overland. It has bright black painted details, such as the wheels (with the same design as the Rubicon version) and front grille. It also features off-road tires BF Goodrich 255/75 (also inherited from Rubicon), reinforced suspension, additional protectors in the bottom of the body (rock rails), special coating on the benches and special carpets of Mopar. The sides of the hood are labeled ‘Willys’. The rear cover is decorated with another sticker, which reads ‘4-Wheel Drive’, a way to rescue some of the history of the first Jeep civilian models, the CJ. Well this year in which the Jeep brand celebrates 75 years of history.

In the concessionaires

At the 200 points of sale of the Jeep brand in Brazil, the line of SUVs available is formed by the national Renegade and Compass, and also by imported Cherokee (in Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk versions), Grand Cherokee (Laredo and Limited gasoline, Limited diesel), Wrangler (two doors) and Wrangler Unlimited (four doors).

2017 – JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE OVERLAND

Visitors to the Salão de São Paulo 2016 will be able to check out various attractions at the Jeep booth. Not just the national line of the brand, formed by the already established Jeep Renegade and the newly launched Jeep Compass, but also with some very special imported models, which complete the family of SUVs more comprehensive in the market.

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Sports version of the top model of the Jeep line is equipped with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine with 481 hp and 640 Nm. Among the leading performance data, the acceleration from 0 to 96 km / h (60 mph) is done in 4.8 seconds, and the 0-160-0 km / h race is completed in 16.3 seconds. The top speed is 257 km / h. There are eight driving modes, which control integral traction, gearbox, stability control, suspension and steering. One of them, the Valet (to leave the car with valets), limits the engine to 4,000 rpm to reduce power and torque, and advances the gears, avoiding stretches.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

For the first time in Brazil, Overland is a version of the Grand Cherokee more luxurious than Limited (currently sold in Brazil, together with Laredo). It stands out for a series of details and differentiated finishes, inside and out, as well as important additional equipment:

  • height adjustable air suspension
  • panoramic sunroof
  • front seat ventilation
  • frames on the lower part of the bumper, doors and mudguards painted in body color
  • panel with leather lining on top
  • steering wheel with wood inserts and leather

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys

Also unpublished in the country, this special series is a tribute to the first vehicles of the Jeep, made by Willys-Overland. It has bright black painted details, such as the wheels (with the same design as the Rubicon version) and front grille. It also features off-road tires BF Goodrich 255/75 (also inherited from Rubicon), reinforced suspension, additional protectors in the bottom of the body (rock rails), special coating on the benches and special carpets of Mopar. The sides of the hood are labeled ‘Willys’. The rear cover is decorated with another sticker, which reads ‘4-Wheel Drive’, a way to rescue some of the history of the first Jeep civilian models, the CJ. Well this year in which the Jeep brand celebrates 75 years of history.

In the concessionaires

At the 200 points of sale of the Jeep brand in Brazil, the line of SUVs available is formed by the national Renegade and Compass, and also by imported Cherokee (in Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk versions), Grand Cherokee (Laredo and Limited gasoline, Limited diesel), Wrangler (two doors) and Wrangler Unlimited (four doors).

2017 – JEEP WRANGLER OUTPOST II BY AEV

A few days before the Jeep introduced the new Wrangler 2018, experts at American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) unveiled the Jeep Wrangler Outpost II at the SEMA Show 2017. This company based in the state of Montana wanted to say farewell to the previous generation of the iconic 4×4 creating a motorhome from the four-door model and the result could not be more spectacular. The idea came directly from Dave Harriton, the president of AEV, a brand that has built a reputation in the United States among the most adventurous thanks to its preparations and off-road accessories for travel. He wanted to demonstrate that his company was perfectly capable of creating a 4 × 4 motorhome based on the Jeep Wrangler, in the style of the works that are seen in Europe, Australia and South Africa. The result was called Jeep Wrangler Outpost II and unfortunately it was manufactured only the copy that illustrates the images and the video below. For the time being they discard more Jeep Wrangler Outpost II units, but that may change due to the great interest the vehicle is generating. Based on a previous-generation Wrangler Unlimited, with the idea of ​​taking advantage of their longer wheelbase and full length to create a ‘habitable’ housing module, they cut the body just after the front doors and installed a platform that the main element of the vehicle. However, the most striking of the Wrangler Outpost II is the cabin, which makes it a motorhome capable of reaching almost anywhere. It includes an electric tilting roof that allows to remain standing inside and at the same time, serves as the basis for some solar panels. Of course there is not enough space to include a bathroom, but neither is something that this type of 4 × 4 vehicle usually includes.

What the vehicle counts on is a large refrigerator with freezer, which is accessible from both the inside and outside of the vehicle, which rests on a sliding tray that also includes the gas stove and the sink. It also has a water tank with 83 liters and multiple compartments to carry objects, which are also accessible from the outside. The Jeep Wrangler Outpost II features a suspension kit that increases the ground clearance by 11.4 centimeters, a high air intake, specific bumpers with integrated winches and a considerably more powerful engine. For the V6 to the original gasoline left its space to a new 5.7 HEMI V8 propeller that in addition to producing a spectacular sound, makes that it is notably faster than the model of series. Watch the video .

2017 – JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE TRAILHAWK

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is currently the most extreme version of the American all-terrain. That’s if we look at the asphalt performance side, since if we want to get the most from off-road driving, the brand has just presented the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk at the New York Motor Show, the most prepared alternative to get off the road with asphalt. maximum guarantees. The Jeep Grand Cherokee thus follows the treadmill of other models like the Cherokee Trailhawk and the Renegade Trailhawk. The new Trailhawk finish adds to the already existing Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit and SRT and has a specific aesthetic. The front bumper was trimmed at the bottom to improve the angle of attack at the exit and was fitted with red hooks to tow or be towed. On the hood there is a matte black sticker that prevents reflections from the sun and the alloy wheels are 18 inches, although there are other 20-inch tires with Goodyear tires reinforced with kevlar. The front grille is different, with the frame of the seven grooves in matte black color. Inside the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk features a black leather and microfiber upholstery with contrasting red stitching. The inserts are in ‘Piano Black’ color and silver gray, as well as the Trailhawk emblems. The 8.4-inch screen of the Uconnect multimedia system can show a lot of information on off-road driving and the state of the vehicle. It has also been modified the selector of the automatic transmission, probably to avoid the problems that have already caused more than one accident. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk offers an angle of attack of 29.8 degrees, which improves to 36.1 degrees if the bottom of the front bumper is disassembled. The exit angle is 27.1º, while the ventral angle is 22.8º. The ground clearance is 27 centimeters, thanks to a pneumatic suspension specifically developed for this model Trailhawk which has more courses in the suspension. Of course, there is no shortage of the Quadra-Drive II total traction system with reduced rear differential. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will hit American dealerships in the second half with three engines: the 3.0-liter V6 of 250 hp, the 3.6-liter V6 of 286 hp and the 5.7-liter V8 of 352 hp, all of them with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It is not yet known when it will arrive in Brazil and with what specifications it will do.

2017 – JEEP WRANGLER HELLBENDER CONCEPT

This week, the first images of the Jeep Wrangler 2018appeared  . While awaiting the presentation of the new generation of one of the most iconic all-terrains in history, which will take place this month at the Los Angeles Motor Show, the Jeep Wrangler Hellbender Concept comes on the market. Based on the Wrangler Unlimited version, this concept is named after the Hellbender amphibious salamander. Prepared by Define Customs, it has a number of components from Smittybilt, such as the bumpers and bumper guards. The Helbender also features Procomp Apex wheeled sidewalks with 37-inch Xtreme MT2 tires. The changes continue, as it also features a tower of arms and two entertainment systems Alpine ICE (In-Cooler Entertainment) with Bluetooth connection. It features front and rear cameras as well as a PSS-22WRA weather-resistant 180 watt sound system, which includes nine speakers, two amplifiers and a subwoofer. Another notable feature is the 9.0-inch X209-WRA-OR infotainment system, water resistant and compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The system also features GPS navigation, as well as an off-road mode with vehicle tilt and tire pressure reading.

5 trivia and legends about the Christmas tree

Just as tradition dictates, the Christmas tree lights are switched on every year from December 8th. One of the most heartfelt traditions that bind adults and children in Italy and around the world during Christmas celebrations is surely that of the Christmas tree, the evergreen fir tree that before December 25th is decorated in many houses around the world. But why does the Christmas tree decorate itself? Let’s find out some of the legends that tell the origins of this tradition.

Origins and history of the Christmas tree

It is said that the Christmas fir tree also had an ancestor in the Garden of Eden and that when Eve decided to seize the forbidden flower, its leaves withered until pungent needles and did not bloom until the birth of the Child Jesus. In ancient Egypt, during the celebrations in honor of  the Sun God , it was customary to decorate a pyramid. This tradition of decorating the pyramid came to other peoples who decided to use it and adapt it to their culture, using something that came close to the image of a  pyramid, therefore a fir tree. Therefore, decorating the Christmas tree with decorative lights would represent, according to the origin of the Egyptian Christmas tree, the light of life similar to those celebrated in the worship of the Sun God. The image of the tree as an expression of the renewal of life is typical of the pagan tradition assimilated, in a second moment, in the Christian culture. Because of the characteristic of being always green, the fir tree recalls the life that is renewed even during the winter, when all the other plants are undressed. For this reason we wanted to bring back the custom of the Christmas tree to the Christian tradition.

Another Nordic story tells instead that in a village, on Christmas Eve, a boy went to the woods in search of an oak tree. At nightfall and no longer finding the way home, the boy decided to take refuge under the only still green plant, a fir tree. The next morning the tree was covered with snow that, with the light of the sun, created sparkling decorations. When the boy’s fellow villagers found him, enchanted by so much wonder, they decided to reproduce the show in their homes. Legends aside, the fir tree was really used in the Middle Ages in the squares of the Germanic countries. It was indeed common the ” game of Adam and Eve “, in which all the squares were filled with evergreen firs and decorations, to recreate the same atmosphere of the earthly paradise.

Another legend whose roots are even more Christian and that of the  Christmas balls . When Jesus was born, in Bethlehem, everyone had gone to the cave to pay homage to the great birth. Among these was a very poor street artist who, although not having anything to offer, wanted to give the newborn a gift. So he decided to offer the child Jesus his talent, performing in a particular show with the balls that made the baby laugh. For this reason it is used to decorate a pointed tree, which recalls the hat of the poor juggler and to decorate it with the balls, the same ones that the boy used to make the child laugh. It is said that at this time it is used to decorate the Christmas tree because once, a woodcutter while returning home during a cold night but illuminated by the light of the moon, he found a wonderful pine whose branches were covered with ice. Thanks to the effect of the moon the ice that rested on the branches reflected the light of the moon and the stars. Eager to share the show with his family, he decided to cut a small pine and decorate it with candles and white ribbons, as if they were stars. The idea of the decorated tree not only affected the families of the woodcutter but also the neighbors of the village so that everyone decided to decorate the Christmas trees in their homes. They adorn all the houses during the Christmas holidays from December 8th to January 6th. Christmas trees are colorful and illuminated, the symbol par excellence of Christmas together with the nativity scene. Their birth is due to peoples across the Alps, especially those of the German language, who have always had a special cult for the tree, specifically the Tannenbaum or the fir tree.

The cult of the Christmas tree

The Christmas tree is not just an exclusively Christian invention. The uses of the adorned tree are very old and can be found in many populations and religions above all as a symbol of life. Particularly among the Nordic peoples the custom of decorating trees, specifically the first because they remained always green even in the most rigid periods of the year, was linked to the winter solstice festivities. On this occasion, we celebrated the rebirth of the sun (in fact, the days begin to lengthen, foreseeing the return of spring). So it was custom, for example at the Celts and the Vikings, to bring branches of fir, which is evergreen, inside the houses and decorate them with fruits to wish a prosperous spring. Moreover, another custom, which has come down to us, was that of burning trees as a good-luck ritual to illuminate the winter darkness that then regressed from the winter solstice. Surely from these ceremonials come the bonfires that are made during the Christmas period.

The Christmas tree in Christianity

During the Middle Ages Christianity began to spread, borrowing a great many of its cults from pagan rites.

The Christmas tree symbolizes:

the life;

Christ;

forgiveness;

the rebirth.

In the Bible, the tree as an emblem is present several times with multiple meanings such as the Tree of Life. An antecedent of the Christmas tree is found in Germany in the “Adam und Eva Spiele” or the real representations that were carried out, during the eve, usually in the churchyard of the churches. At the center of these mysteries is the Tree of the fruit of sin. The latter as an emblem of the fall of humanity in sin becomes the symbol of forgiveness. Initially fruit trees were used and then replaced with fir trees because of their magic of being always green.  The opposition of Adam and Eve who yield to sin in front of the tree of the garden of Eden and are forgiven in front of the tree of life thanks to the birth of Christ is the idea of using the Christian Christmas tree. Also decorating the Christmas tree is the celebration of the wood of the Cross through which Jesus redeemed the world from sin. Before the twentieth century, however, Christians considered the Christmas tree to be purely Protestant, but then after the Congress in Vienna it spread more and more into the Catholic world. Thanks to Pope John Paul II, a giant Christmas tree was erected in Rome’s Piazza San Pietro.

Origins of the Christmas tree

The Christmas tree is born in the Nordic countries and there are 4 cities that are contending for its birth:

Tallin;

Bremen;

Line;

Strasbourg.

The first tree seems to have been made in Tallin in 1441, a huge fir tree erected in the town hall square around which young people danced in search of their soul mate. Then there are two chronicles one of the 1570s of Bremen which tells how a tree was decorated; the other of 1605 in Strasbourg explaining that the citizens brought trees inside the houses to be decorated.

In the city of Riga, however, a plaque of 1510 written in eight languages decrees that the first New Year tree has been adorned in the city. After the Vienna Congress, the Christmas tree as we know it today from the Nordic countries was enormously spread throughout Europe and appeared:

In Vienna in 1816 thanks to Princess Henrietta von Nassau-Weilburg; in France in 1840 by the Duchess of Orléans; in Italy the first decorated tree was made by Margherita di Savonia, in the mid-nineteenth century, at the Quirinale; in England thanks to the husband of Queen Victoria: Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Finally, the German writer Johann Wolfgang Goethe was the first to insert in his most famous text The Sorrows of the Young Werther a detailed description of the Christmas tree making it rightfully included in great literature. Since the Second World War, the use of adorning the fir tree at Christmas has become purely consumerist and has spread throughout Europe and North America.

The evolution of decorations

The Christmas holidays have gone with time losing their authenticity and the most disparate traditions to give way to an increasingly rampant consumerism. It should be stressed, however, that the Christmas tree instead of getting lost, like many other traditions, has had an ever-increasing development with even greater attention to the preservation of the woods, more and more people are choosing ecological alternatives such as artificial Christmas trees. In fact, the use of real fir trees is increasingly preferred by synthetic fir trees to avoid excessive deforestation, the old lights made with candles have been replaced by more secure and bright LED lights. But the greatest evolution was in the decorations. In fact, if in ancient times we used fruits and wheat, slowly we moved on to colored ribbons, garlands, wooden decorations up to the blown glass decorations. Delicate but very colorful and luminous they have become over time the typical ornament off the Christmas tree and are real little masterpieces that see the major producers still active in Eastern Europe.