It has been announced today that Jeep are keen to continue the legacy that is the Jeep Grand Cherokee and they are making a statement of intent with details of a new version which brandishes the SRT tag and will be known as the Red Vapor Limited Edition.
This has been made specifically to compete in the sports performance sub-SUV category within the 4WD sector, and will feature a 6.4-litre V8 engine! This car is an absolute beast, but it is far from sluggish and thanks to its massive V8 engine it is capable of 160mph and 0-62mph takes just five seconds. The interior is stunning, the gear stick and steering wheel are covered in high end leather which complements the surrounding Black Laguna Leather and Radar Red suede seats complete with red stitching.
The dashboard plays host to a touchscreen display, which uses voice recognition technology and 3D navigation, you can also control your phone through the screen which syncs via bluetooth. When you do put that phone on through your bluetooth, be prepared as you get three subwoofers as standard… THREE! Not to mention the 19 speakers around the vehicle fed by a 825-watt Harman-Kardon audio system.
You also get cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, yada yada yada, stuff that you may actually need to use because you’re too busy having your mind blown by the sound of those 3 subwoofers, trying to find Dead Prez ‘Hip Hop’ so you can intimidate a Smart City Coupe off the road and let the whole block know that you’re a dick, but you don’t care because… 825-watt Harman-Kardon!
Every year the Super Bowl comes around and creates mass hysteria around commercials, and every year automakers inevitably feature in the line up.
You may remember the Mercedes campaign that features Kate Upton, Usher and Willem Defoe as a very convincing Devil to advertise the Mercedes Benz CLA Class and I’m sure there was another one, again featuring Kate Upton where she got all soapy and wet whilst washing a car, though for some unknown reason I can’t remember for the life of me what the car was, even though I remember Kate Upton…. Vividly.
This year Mercedes will feature again, advertising the AMG GT, and they have released the minute long clip on youtube. It is a throwback to the classic fable about the hare and the tortoise, yet this time it ends a bit differently failing to stay true to the original ‘slow and steady’ message.
The other advert that has been released ahead of the Super Bowl is an extended one featuring Pierce Brosnan and a Kia Sorento. It reminded me of myself though my car is a second hand Kia Sorento, I’m balding, have a bit of a gut and my cabin is at the back of my garden. Not the Canadian Rockies.
The Kadjar is the latest reveal from Renault and it has Qashqai and the Yeti fully in its sights.
The Crossover SUV category seems to be getting stronger and stronger every year so it is no surprise that manufacturers are trying to get in on the act. Renault will be introducing their new Kadjar officially at Geneva though there will be an unveil before that next week on February 2nd. No doubt the teams behind the Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Yeti and Mazda CX-5 will be watching closely as this story develops.
It will be interesting to see if they release a 7 sea variant to rival the Nissan Qashqai +2, though nothing has been mentioned as of yet. It is probable that the Kadja will share similar design traits to the Captur and it will be built on the same CMF platform as the Qashqai itself courtesy of its alliance with Nissan, we also imagine the engines on offer will be pretty similar. Renault are going to utilise social media to create a bit of buzz, by uploading teaser pictures and videos, so far they have uploaded a picture of a handglider, shower head and a bus door…. It is unclear why.