Choosing The Right Jeep: A Singaporean’s Guide

Jeep has had a long and illustrious history throughout its 78-year history, producing some of the most iconic vehicles the world has seen. Even the term “Jeep” has been commonly used to refer to any off-road vehicle that resembles a boxy off-roader.

We’ve covered why the Jeep Wrangler is such a good off-road vehicle in our previous article. Now we’re going to delve into the various models that Jeep Singapore has on sale to see which vehicle best suits your needs.

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Jeep Renegade

The Renegade is the smallest Jeep vehicle since the original Jeep CJ that came out at the end of the second World War. The Jeep Renegade is based on the FCA Small Wide 4×4 vehicle platform that sees applications in several other Fiat vehicles.

The Jeep Renegade is the cheapest offering from the American brand in Singapore, but you’re getting the versatility of a compact SUV, with numerous creature comforts that make it a compelling choice for someone looking to get their first Jeep.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokee is Jeep’s mid-sized crossover that looks comfortable on city streets or splattered with mud on a beaten track. Despite being marketed as a comfortable and luxurious SUV, the Grand Cherokee’s 4×4 system enables it to negotiate the roughest terrain, and wade in waters up to 20-inches deep. It is a luxurious adventurer that offers the best of both worlds, encapsulating its occupants in comfort in whatever situation.

Currently, the WK2 Grand Cherokee is available with a 3.6-litre V6 or the range-topping 6.4-litre Hemi V8 in the SRT model. The 3.6L produces 290 horsepower while the SRT model produces 475 horsepower. But there will be a brand-new 2021 Grand Cherokee that should be arriving on our shores in the later part of the year. If you’re looking for an alternative Mid-sized crossover that stands out from the crowd, this is it.

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Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler traces its roots back to the Willis Jeep from the World War II era, seeing multiple uses in both military and civilian applications. But it wasn’t until 1986 that the first Jeep Wranglers rolled off the assembly line.

Now in its 4th generation, the Jeep Wrangler JL adds a new range of powertrains and features, including the 2.0L Hurricane inline-four in the base models, or the Pentastar 3.6L V6 engines that have been fitted to most of the products in the new Stellantis (formerly FCA) group. The top-of-the-line Wranglers can be fitted with a 6.4L supercharged Hemi V8, the same engine that’s fitted to the Dodge Challenger or Charger Hellcat.

Getting a Jeep Wrangler won’t be cheap, as prices start at just about $200,000. But if you can afford one, you’ll be sure to make a statement. And its off-road ruggedness adds a certain flair that is missing in most cars on the roads today.

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Jeep Gladiator

And now for the baddest Jeep of the lot: The Gladiator. The Gladiator draws its namesake from the original Gladiator pickup trucks that were built from 1962 to 1988. That original truck was based on the Jeep Wagoneer (you know, that good old American wagon with wood panelling down the sides).

But this new Jeep Gladiator is based on the outgoing Jeep Wrangler JL, with the same body-on-frame construction as the (slightly) smaller Wrangler. Calling it a half pickup truck and half wrangler is a bit of an injustice because the Jeep Gladiator is so much more than that. It has four doors, a large cargo bed with a 770kg payload capacity, a full-sized spare wheel, larger grille slots for better airflow, and a towing capacity of 7650 pounds, or 3470kg.

Essentially, it’s a fully loaded Jeep Wrangler with a flatbed. Though it might not see much action on Singapore’s roads, it’ll be a truly special sight to behold. And practical too.

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