The care of the Monza brand highlights the good characteristics of the Jeep. It moves well in traffic, catches the eye and is completely at ease when you go off the road. Uconnect needs to be reviewed
Driving cars with “high” wheels is an exercise appreciated by Italian motorists. Going in search of an original off-road vehicle, an “extreme” vehicle and at the same time rich in quality equipment, a more complex mission. The activity of Militem, a brand of the Cavauto Group based in Monza, a manufacturer that produces premium range products starting from American models, fits into this last line. Among the latest born the Militem Wrangler JIII, which we tested on the road, the top-of-the-range version of the brand based on the more common Jeep Wrangler, with a price list of 64,300 euros. Off-road vehicle with a capital initial, the result of profound interventions – mechanical and stylistic – to obtain a model produced in small series. Gritty look, captivating design and a pursuit of first-class off-road performance.
The Militem JIII compared to the “base” Wrangler undergoes radical changes. The front and rear suspensions use new reinforced springs, the suspension is raised by 2.5 ”, the fenders increased and painted tone-on-tone, the 17 ” (or 20 ”) wheels colored black. On this model (it starts from a predefined price list, so the list of options can be extended on request …) the Militem Performance bonnet with air intakes does not go unnoticed, as well as the dual tailpipe exhaust, the new bumpers, the two side hooks and the impressive pull bar in front of the Hawk Eyes masks. The strong personality of the model is also on display inside the passenger compartment, where Italian craftsmen create seats and interiors in top quality leather, with ad hoc color combinations and embossed house logos.
On the one hand, the 4-cylinder diesel Crd 2.8 Dohc 16V with 200 horsepower and 460 Nm of maximum torque combined with the 5-speed automatic gearbox; on the other, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 which provides 284 horsepower (on request in the Bifuel LPG version), also with 6-speed automatic or manual gearbox.
how is it going
We tested Militem JIII in the 2.8-liter five-door diesel version (with Soft Top), touring especially in the city, but allowing ourselves some excursions on (simple) dirt roads. The impressions? Despite the off-road DNA and generous tires (35 ” x 12.5 ”) and knobby, the soundproofing inside the passenger compartment is good, the driving position thus raised allows you to dominate the road by raising the level of safety, although the ground clearance means that good agility is required to access the vehicle. Excellent 6-speaker Alpine Premium audio system, Uconnect system can be revised, probably below the overall standards of this car and impractical in smartphone synchronization. Although not a vehicle designed for long motorway journeys, on the move the JIII has brio to “sell”, it moves with agility even in traffic (and the decidedly smaller dimensions of many current SUVs have a positive effect). On the dirt road the vehicle is not afraid of uneven surfaces and obstacles, fully demonstrating its double-sided soul, suitable for traffic (where Militem JIII captures many looks of surprise mixed with admiration) no less than on trips out of town.
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