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This Week In Jeep:
Talk About Luck
It happened earlier today. With No warning, no horn honking, no screeching of tires, just suddenly. A Jeep. Inside a Fed Ex Store. WAY inside. The Delray Beach, Florida Fed Ex Store suddenly had a new entrance, as a newer model Jeep Wrangler came crashing into the store, and not walls, boxes or copiers could halt its momentum. The vehicle carved a path all the way inside the store before it came to a stop, clear at the other end, under a ceiling-mounted Self Service Copy & Print sign. Not exactly what I would call the best place to look for a valet, and I’m fairly certain there were no signs advertising drive thru copy and fax services. The Thursday afternoon crash at the 1911 S. Federal Hwy. branch injured two people who were inside the store — and one medium-sized black dog that somehow found itself trapped under the Jeep. Delray Beach Fire Rescue treated one of the victims at the scene and transported another to a nearby hospital. The injuries were not life-threatening. According to the department’s Facebook and Instagram posts, rescue crews freed the dog from under the Jeep, and the animal is expected to survive.
Well the US gets left out once again, thanks FCA.
After teasing us (for what, a year or so now?) about the possibility of the grand wagoneer coming back to US showrooms, we find out this week, that Jeep is now building a three-row, seven-passenger SUV in China for the Chinese market! It just debuted at the Beijing Motor Show, and it’s called the Jeep Grand Commander, and…. it looks pretty awesome. The Jeep Grand Commander is one of four Jeep models produced in Ningbo as part of a partnership with GAC, and frankly, I’m kind of miffed that we don’t get it here because it looks real nice. The Grand Commander comes with all the hot stuff like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay via Chrysler’s uConnect. Standard on the Grand Commander is, of course, four-wheel drive. It’s a Jeep at the end of the day after all, and even in the People’s Republic of China, there would likely be civil unrest if they tried to pass off some front-wheel-drive people-hauler as a Jeep. The luxury of this SUV is seen in the Nappa leather seating and “wooden-look” accents. It’s not all business though, as the press release for the Grand Commander wants us to be very well aware of the fact that, thanks to features like three-zone independent air conditioning and plenty of headroom throughout, passengers will not be treated differently because of where they sit. It points this out twice, but the interior does indeed seem like a very nice place to be. Exterior styling is large, square and Jeep-like, which is a good thing.
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