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Jeep's new Renegade Motel is suspended 250 ft above the ground at the top of The O2

The Renegade Motel is the kickoff of a campaign to celebrate the new Jeep Renegade 4xe.

Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK Ltd

Jeep is opening an extreme motel, for two nights only. The Renegade Motel is suspended 250 feet above the ground on one of the yellow pylons of The O2 in London.

The accommodations are the world's first urban cliff camping destination. It was opened to celebrate the arrival of the Jeep Renegade 4xe plug-in hybrid to the U.K. market.

From the Renegade Motel's location, you can watch the sun set and rise over London's Canary Wharf.

Jeep Renegade MotelThe motel's location allows for views of the sunrise and sunset over London's Canary Wharf.Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK Ltd

The full experience includes dinner, bed and breakfast, and a 24-hour concierge. The accommodations come equipped with a number of features inspired by the new Renegade PHEV including a wi-fi hotspot, Amazon Alexa connectivity, and a portable power supply. Sleeping bags are provided.

Guests will be able to travel to the Motel by driving a new Jeep Renegade 4xe, which will be delivered right to their doorstep. On arrival, Motel guests will get a sneak peak of where they'll sleep that night while they enjoy The O2's roofwalk experience, Up at The O2. They will then dine in The O2 before heading up to their Renegade Motel 'room'.

The Renegade Motel opened for bookings today with adventure seekers able to apply to stay for free for one night on September 18 or 19. Guests can register to stay through The O2 here.

Jeep Renegade MotelThe Renegade Motel is an extreme take on cliffside camping.Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK Ltd

Following the Renegade Motel's stint at The O2, Jeep will introduce Renegade 'Roof Top' Motels in a select number of UK city locations. At these locations, guests will be taking their accommodations with them, during the Renegade 4xe to a destination where they will make use of the TentBox pop-up tent that sits on the roof of the specially equipped model.

The Renegade 4xe is on sale across Europe now. In the U.K. it starts at £32,600 OTR. The U.S. isn't slated to get the Renegade 4xe yet. The Wrangler 4xe will be coming to the market, however.

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Family-friendly three-row SUVs

Three of our favorite three-row SUVs for 2022

The Grand Cherokee L is available with two different powertrain choices.

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There are more three-row SUVs on sale than ever before, so it can be tough to make a choice between them. You need to balance space, performance, safety, and tech to make your decision, and doing your homework is important. To help you get started down the right path, we've selected three of our favorite three-row family haulers. These are SUVs that bring the latest features and excellent design features to help keep you and your family rolling. Let's get started.

2023 Toyota SequoiaThe Sequoia is all-new for the 2023 model year, and finally stands on level ground with its rivals.Toyota

Toyota Sequoia

Toyota gave the Sequoia a much-needed overhaul for the 2023 model year that brought it up to speed with its competitors. The thirsty V8 and outdated styling are gone, and in their place, Toyota installed a twin-turbo V6 with a hybrid system that produces 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. A ten-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or four-wheel drive are available.

The Sequoia’s update brought a new infotainment system with a much more intuitive, fluid interface. It runs on a standard 8-inch or an optional 14-inch touchscreen. Toyota’s new software offers voice controls, standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and much more.

Inside, the Sequioa’s interior feels much more upscale and modern than before, and there’s plenty of room for the entire family and all their gear across its three spacious rows. Starting with the Limited trim, Toyota gives luxurious standard features, including heated and ventilated front seats, a larger touchscreen, a hands-free liftgate, and a heated steering wheel.

2023 Kia TellurideKia updated the ultra-popular Telluride for 2023 with refreshed styling and features.Kia

Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride is easily one of the best family vehicles from the last ten years, and it offers great value on top of its functional characteristics. Kia updated the SUV for 2022 with a new 10.25-inch infotainment system and a highway driving assistance system.

The Telluride comes with a 3.8-liter V6 that produces 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The SUV’s engine may not be the most powerful or thrilling, but it gets the job done and offers refined, smooth operation.

Kia equips the base Telluride with seating for eight, but the optional second-row captain’s chairs reduce capacity to seven. Interior fit and finish, materials, and styling are all far more upscale than the Telluride’s price tag would suggest, making the SUV an excellent family companion for longer road trips.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee LThe Grand Cherokee got a third row for the first time with the new L.Jeep

Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Jeep completely overhauled the Grand Cherokee for 2021 and added a new three-row “L” model shortly after. The new Grand Cherokee L features boxy, muscular styling that works with its stretched profile. Even with a new shape, the SUV is immediately recognizable as a Grand Cherokee.

Jeep offers two engines in the 2022 Grand Cherokee L. The base mill is a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is available that produces 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Both come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and the V8 comes standard with four-wheel drive.

The L is more premium inside than most likely expect from a Jeep, but at the top end of the model line it’s deep into luxury territory, both on price and design. The Jeep is just shy of its competitors on interior space, but there’s still plenty of room for up to seven people. Top trims get luxury finishes like leather and woodgrain, and available tech like a rear-seat entertainment system helps keep everyone happy for the long haul.

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The 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine delivers big power numbers.

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The old saying that there's "no replacement for displacement" isn't quite as accurate as it once was. Turbochargers and the latest engine designs have made it possible to extract major power from smaller, more efficient power plants. Stellantis' latest announcement proves this point, as its new Hurricane inline-six-cylinder engine will generate big power numbers from a relatively modest 3.0 liters and two turbos.

Stellantis says two variants will be available. The standard output version produces more than 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, while a high output variant delivers more than 500 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The twin-turbo inline-six delivers that power with up to 15 percent better fuel efficiency.

Stellantis Hurricane Inline-SixIt's not yet clear which vehicles will get the engine.Stellantis

The new engine comes as Stellantis works to position itself for an electrified future. The automaker stated a goal of 50 percent a 50 percent battery electric vehicle mix by 2030, but notes that gas engines will still play a major role in its vehicle line for years to come. "The Hurricane twin-turbo is a no-compromise engine that delivers better fuel economy and an important reduction in greenhouse gases without asking our customers to give up performance," said Micky Bly, Stellantis head of propulsion systems.

At this point, it's unclear which vehicles will get the new engine, but Stellantis' brands are packed with opportunities. Dodge, whose Hellcat-powered muscle cars could be a good candidate, and then there's Jeep, with a line of off-road-ready SUVs that could greatly benefit from such an engine. The Hurricane's projected high output of 500 horsepower puts it behind the Hellcat engines power output, but it's still strong enough to make a seriously quick vehicle.

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