Chicago Auto Show 2020

Jeep chases the high-performance off-road pickup truck market with 2020 Gladiator Mojave

The Gladiator Mojave was developed specifically for tackling tough desert terrain.

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Against a backdrop of wind and cold in Chicago, Jeep revealed the desert-ready 2020 Gladiator Mohave at the Chicago Auto Show. The special edition Mohave allows drivers to crank up the rpms by adding the bones to travel with alacrity across demanding desert landscapes. It carries forward Jeep's 4x4 Trail Rated capability blended with a new Desert Rated badge; it's the first Jeep to be tapped for this rating.

This midsized Jeep pickup came to market last year and has since won a trophy case filled with awards for its unique styling, functionality, tech-filled interior, and slow-speed competence; it now adds high-speed off-road expertise to its persona.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Jeep has given the Gladiator Mojave an added layer of off-road prowess.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Gladiator Mohave recipe starts with a robust platform and proven four-wheel drive stock. Added are new, specially tuned FOX 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs, industry-exclusive FOX front hydraulic jounce bumpers, a reinforced frame, a 1-inch front suspension lift, a ½-inch increase in the track, and stronger axles with cast-iron steering knuckles. The Jeep rides on standard 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain tires.

Gladiator Mohave's Command-Trac 4x4 system is set up with a two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 4.10:1 axle ratio, and standard electronic-locking rear differential. Command-Trac has been re-engineered to allow higher 4LO (low range) operating speeds for ascending sand dunes and traveling over other rugged desert terrain.

Jeep says the new model has a best-in-class approach angle of 44.7 degrees, breakover angle of 20.9 degrees, departure angle of 25.5 degrees and a best-in-class ground clearance of 11.6 inches, along with best-in-class articulation.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave The model has received a Jeep-first Desert Rated badge.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

An Off-Road Plus button allows drivers to take the Mojave to the next level of traction and performance. Adjustments change the throttle, transmission shift points, and traction control for top performance on higher speed passes on sand terrain, as well as during low-speed rock crawling. The Off-Road Plus drive mode also lets drivers lock their rear axle at high speeds while in "4H." This feature is a Jeep-first.

Mojave is adorned with a unique hood decal on its heavy-duty performance hood with center scoop, unique exterior badges, orange tow hooks, unique 17 x 7.5-inch wheels, plus Jeep Performance Parts step sand slider side rails, and a silver front skid plate.

Black and Steel Gray are interior color options; a competition-inspired leather-wrapped steering wheel with accent stitching and an aggressive rim section provides extra grip and better ergonomics. More aggressive seats with integrated upper bolsters bring comfort and safety. The seats are available in leather or cloth with orange accent stitching and embroidered Mojave logos. A forward-facing off-road camera can be added.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Jeep has equipped this new model with the right equipment to get the job done.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The 2020 Gladiator Mojave is powered by Jeep's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine backed by a standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic transmission. With the manual, Gladiator Mojave boasts an impressive crawl ratio of 57.3:1, and 52.6:1 on models equipped with the eight-speed auto.

It has up to 1,200 pounds of payload and up to 6,000 pounds of towing capacity.

Why fast desert-running trucks? A decade ago, Ford brought a new play-book to the stock truck market with its 2010 F-150 Raptor; this full-sized desert runner can be driven to the office or the club, yet marries extreme slow-speed 4WD tech and proficiency to its fast-paced sand playfulness and racing aptitude.

Ram's 1500 Rebel-trimmed full-sizer and Ram's 2500 Power Wagon have garnered favor with their dual-personalities and authentic capability, while the midsized Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison moves the needle in a similar fashion. Other truck makers and builder/enthusiasts have followed suit since, although many new models are one-off upfits, rather than stock from the automaker.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave This edition was specially created for desert driving enthusiasts.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Desert racing has picked up a quickly-growing fan base and has lured more buyers to participate in the thrill of technical off-roading, playing in backcountry sandboxes across the country, and trying out their rigs at desert races, such as the legendary SCORE Baja 1000 or the famed King of the Hammers.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mohave will be in showrooms the second quarter of the year.

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The 2021 Jaguar E-Pace is much improved for the new model year.

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The Jaguar E-Pace is getting the same treatment for 2021 that the automaker gave its big brother, the F-Pace. There's refreshed fascia, a fresh interior, and a bevy of new engine options that make the E-Pace seem almost completely new.

Jaguar will sell the 2021 E-Pace in three grades: P250, P250 SE, 300 Sport. All models come standard with all-wheel drive.

On its outside, the E-Pace gets a revised lower aperture, fresh grille mesh design with diamond detailing with Jaguar's heritage logo in the center wearing a Noble Chrome finish, and side fender vents with the brand's Leaper emblem. All-LED headlights feature Jaguar's 'Double J' signature and feature adaptive lighting technology. E-Pace S models get advanced LED technology while SE and HSE grades receive premium LED headlights with automatic high beam assist. All models get rear animated directional indicators. E-Pace SE and HSE get front ones as well.

2021 Jaguar E-Pace The rear of the E-Pace now has chicane styled taillights.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Out back, the lower rear bumper fascia has a new mesh insert that sits between integrated tailpipes (standard with four-cylinder petrol engines). Slim horizontal bald finishers are standard on models with other engines. Full-LED taillights feature Jaguar's chicane graphic.

E-Pace models with R-Dynamic specification feature distinct black design elements. All models are available with Jaguar's Black Exterior Pack, which includes additional elements finished in Gloss Black.

The 2021 E-Pace is sold in two powertrain variants in the U.S. Both are turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinders paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. E-Pace P250 and P250 SE models have 246 horsepower while the E-Pace 300 Sport ups the output to 296 horsepower.

Jaguar has revised the E-Pace's architecture for 2021 lessening the amount of noise, vibration, and harshness transferred to riders while retaining an expected level of agility and improving throttle response.

2021 Jaguar E-Pace The E-Pace retains its familiar silhouette. Photo courtesy of Jaguar

All E-Pace models have JaguarDrive Control featuring Comfort, Eco, Dynamic, and Adaptive Surface Response drive modes, which can be chosen manually by the driver based on the road conditions. The setting is selected through a toggle switch next to the JaguarDrive Selector and adapts the steering, transmission, and throttle.

Jaguar has curated the interior of the E-Pace to be more luxurious. It features an 11.4-inch high-definition infotainment touch screen that sits at the center of the dashboard. The screen features two coatings - one that reduces glare and one that resists fingerprints.

In front of the driver is an available 12.3-inch interactive driver display with configurable layout. Buyers can also opt for an interior rearview camera mirror and adaptive cruise control.

The company has added a drive selector in place of a traditional shifter and made space for an available wireless smartphone charger. E-Pace's steering wheel features hidden-until-lit switches and metal gearshift paddles.

Designers have taken care to outfit the E-Pace with high-end materials including metallic dials, speaker accents, and vent finishes. An embossed Jaguar Leaper lives on the headrests while 'Est.1935 Jaguar Coventry' upholstery tags reference the history and heritage of the brand. A unique Jaguar animal print pattern fills the central cubby area and in front of the drive selector.

2021 Jaguar E-Pace

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The interior can be specified in Ebony, Light Oyster, Deep Garnet, Caraway and Cloud. The range-topping 300 Sport model features a collection of the latest design enhancements. The 300 Sport also has 20-inch five-spoke Diamond-turned with Satin Dark Grey accent wheels, Black Exterior Pack, illuminated metal Jaguar treadplates, Ebony Suede cloth headliner, and grained leather sport seats (available in Ebony, Cloud and Deep Garnet).

The 2021 E-Pace starts at $40,995 for the P250 while the E-Pace P250 SE has a starting MSRP of $46,095. The top-tier E-Pace 300 Sport is priced at $49,995.

Every new E-Pace comes with a five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, a term of five-years/60,000-mile of complimentary scheduled maintenance, five years/60,000-mile 24/7 roadside assistance, and five-years of Jaguar InControl Remote & Protect connected services.

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The new, bespoke Wraith features design elements inspired by Mother Earth.

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Ground control to Major Rolls. A new, customized Rolls-Royce Wraith has taken inspiration from the Solar System. The design was commissioned by a client through Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi at a cost far exceeding the Wraith's $330,000 base price.

"We're used to clients bringing us grand visions for their Bespoke Commissions, but this provided a new perspective altogether." said Michael Bryden, Lead Bespoke Designer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "In our response to the brief, we've worked at both the 'macro' level, referencing the Sun and planets of the whole Solar System, and the much more personal 'micro' level, centring our view of the world on the place the customer calls home."

Rolls Royce Wraith - Inspired by Earth

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Given the name "Wraith – Inspired By Earth", the model's design features classic Wraith elements alongside unique accents that are only found on this particular vehicle. The exterior wears a Royal Blue paint job representing the 75 percent of the Earth's surface that is covered by water.

On its hood is artwork that depicts a satellite's-eye view of the Middle East, centered on the United Arab Emerites and encompassing the Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and Gulf of Oman. The art was airbrushed on in a process that took 100 hours to complete.

An Emerald Green coastline extends the length of the car and incorporates the eight planets of the Solar System: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

The interior of the Wraith's aesthetic focus is on the Earth's surface including the humans and natural life that inhabit it. The seats are made from Moccasin leather to mimic the sands of the Emirates' deserts; Navy and Cobalto Blue accents are reminiscent of rivers and lakes and Emerald Green piping symbolizes nature. Arctic White "RR" monograms and stitching hint at clouds and translucent running water.

The rear waterfall features a scene of atmospheric clouds rendered in detailed embroidery using Photoflash technology. On the fascia, the Piano Milori veneer is embellished with a satellite image of the Middle East. It's not a photograph but instead another airbrushed design.

The Bespoke Starlight Headliner is embroidered to illustrate all the planets of Solar System, centred on the Sun. Other Bespoke details include treadplates, a clock with metal radial background, and inlays showing the planets in silver, with planet Earth accentuated in gold.

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