If you're going to name an off-road vehicle after a place, the Mojave desert isn't a bad choice. Continuing the line of special editions that includes the Islander, Mountain, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition, the Jeep Wrangler Mojave ($29,000) lives up to its namesake with a desert-themed exterior and interior design that includes "Mojave" and lizard decals on the outside, lizard logos embossed on the front seats, body-color hardtops and fender flares, and driftwood elements in the all-new interior. Other features include the Sahara model's side steps, mineral gray 17-inch wheels with 32-inch tires, dark saddle leather seating, and your choice of tan, white, or black paint jobs.
Okay, we'll admit "most powerful, high performance Jeep ever made" isn't the most impressive title in the world, but it belongs to the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 ($TBA) nonetheless. Powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 pumping out 465 hp — you might remember it from the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 — the SRT8 Jeep goes from 0-60 in just 4.8 seconds, with a governed top speed of 155, and a slew of other features like a new adaptive damping suspension, a new active valve exhaust system, an AutoStick transmission with steering wheel paddle and console shifting options, five-spoke, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, a one-piece front fascia for a sportier look, a dual-sport exhaust system, and all the interior appointments of a high-end SUV.
There's been a gaping hole in luxury makers lineups between entry-level sedans and entry-level crossovers and small SUVs. Audi is looking to change all that. Based on the affordable, compact VW Tiguan crossover, the new Audi Q3 (€30,000; roughly $43,500) improves on Veedub's formula with more agressive, Audi-esque styling, LED lighting, your choice of three turbocharged four-cylinder engines, and options like Quattro all-wheel drive, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, lane change assist, a park assist system, an MMI navigation system with a seven-inch color screen, Bluetooth, a hard drive, and GPS, adaptive cruise control, and adaptive xenon headlights. In other words, everything you'd expect, just in a smaller package.
Standard super-duty pickups simply not enough for you? Take a gander at the SportChassis P4XL ($TBA). With a gargantuan 174-inch wheelbase and 100-inch width, the P4XL is arguably the biggest pickup you can buy, and backs it up with heavy-duty features like an 8.3L Cummins diesel with 330 hp and 1,000 ft/lb of torque, shift-on-the-fly technology, a 17,500 lb. rear air suspension and 10,000 lb. front axle, a passive noise reduction system with Dynamat to keep the interior quiet, an optional adjustable-height hitch, a Pioneer AVIC-Z3 central touchscreen controller for audio, GPS, and telephony, and the assurance of knowing that should you be in an accident, your ride will likely drive straight over the car in front of you. [Thanks, Daniel]
It might not have the most smoking looks, but the 2011 Dodge Durango Heat ($30,300) packs a surprising amount of... power. The five-passenger, full-size SUV features a Pentastar V-6 producing 296 horsepower and good for 23 miles per gallon fuel economy, an aggressively-tuned suspension for hugging the curves, available all-wheel-drive, a color-matched grille, 20-inch wheels, a dual exhaust, and whopping 50 cubic feet of storage behind the second row of seats — more than enough room to practice making the progeny it will take to fill it.