Born to serve a nation at war that had to transport men and supplies through swamps and over mountains, Jeeps are now more routinely encountered in mall parking lots. When the Wrangler was offered with four doors, Jeeps evolved from weekend playtoys to daily drivers. However, the essentially non-existent cargo area forced many prospective Jeepers to instead choose a pickup truck capable of hauling bicycles, kayaks or a pallet of sod. Jeep resolved the cargo issue by adding a 5-foot bed to the Wrangler, creating the Jeep Gladiator. The new model combines the Ryan Reynolds-like charm of the Wrangler with the Vin Diesel practicality of a pickup truck. Powered by a 285-hp V6 connected to either an 8-speed automatic or a more manly 6-speed manual transmission, the Gladiator won’t embarrass you on I-95 on-ramps. A diesel version will arrive soon with a towing capacity of 7,000-pounds to further enhance the appeal of a model that is already setting sales records. If you’ve always wanted a Jeep but couldn’t justify a vehicle with less cargo capacity than a Fiat 500, grab your checkbook and head over to the nearest dealer; Jeep.com.
There’s perhaps no social phenomenon as grand as Art Basel and the scores of satellite fairs that it has inspired year after year during Miami Art Week. Herewith: We offer some must-see experiences to add to the agenda as you go off in search of the artwork of your dreams.
Mount Everest is a symbol of the majesty of nature, making it the ideal inspiration for a watch that is powered by sunlight, crafted in part from plants. It may very well be the most eco-conscious timepiece ever made.