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Jeep Wins Big in the 2017 IntelliChoice Awards

Jeep Wins Big in the 2017 IntelliChoice Awards

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Jeep Wins Big in the 2017 IntelliChoice Awards! Recently, Toyota won in five categories in MotorTrend’s IntelliChoice Awards: The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited won the 2017 Best Overall Value of the Year- Popular Vehicle; The 2017 Jeep Wrangler won the 2017 Best Overall Value of the Year- Compact Utility; and The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited won the 2017 Best Overall Value of the Year- Mid-Size Utility. As a plus the 2017 Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van was named the 2017 Best Overall Value of the Year- Cargo Van.

The annual awards identify the vehicles with the lowest total cost to own and operate over the first five years of ownership, selected from nearly 2,300 domestic and import 2017 model-year vehicles. According to the website, “IntelliChoice’s BOVY awards represent the oldest and most recognized automotive data analysis focused solely on identifying vehicles that will cost significantly less to own than other vehicles in their respective class.” Motor Trend writes, “Jeep’s reputation for building capable off-road vehicles continues in the company’s current lineup. Vehicles such as the Wrangler continue to be successful, and the subcompact Renegade crossover fills out the bottom of the lineup.”

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the Fastest SUV

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the Fastest SUV

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the Fastest SUV! Recently, Jeep announced the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk as the Fastest SUV ever. The new model offers 707-horsepower and can go 0-60 in 3.5 seconds thanks to its turbocharged 6.2 liter engine that generates an impressive 645 lb.-ft. of torque. It also features an enhanced front suspension with stronger control arms and coil springs, new brembo braking system, and an enhanced TorqueElite eight-speed automatic transmission. The new Trackhawk can tow about 7,2000 pounds and utilizes an advanced all-wheel drive system that controls a variety of performance modes such as: normal, track, snow, sport, and even towing functions.

In terms of the exterior, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk features Gloss Black headlights and “Black Chrome” exhaust tips and specific badging. Some improvement enhancing features include: dual heat extractors in the hood, a 1-inch lower ride height, and speed-rated Pirelli 20-inch wheels. For the interior, the model features Nappa leather, carbon-fiber trim, 200-mph speedometer, and a trackhwak-exclusive performance page section for the Uconnect touch screen that registers top speed, 0-60 time, and skid pad adhesion. The Trackhawk should be arriving this fall and according to the St. Louis Post Depatch, could cost nearly $70,000. 

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Ranks In KBB's Best Resale Value Awards

2017 Jeep Wrangler Ranks In KBB’s Best Resale Value Awards

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Ranks In KBB’s Best Resale Value Awards! Every year KBB released their Resale Value Awards, naming the best overall brand, the top 10 vehicles, and the best vehicles in their class. The winners are chosen based on resale value projections that utilize current vehicle data, sales data, market conditions for each vehicle, competition within vehicle segments, expectations of the future economy and the combined experience of Kelley Blue Book’s team of market and pricing analysts. The models that retain the most of their value over the first five months of new-vehicle ownership are distinguished from the rest by this award.

The editors at KBB explain the importance of the awards, “Over the first five years of new-car ownership, depreciation is the typical car owner’s biggest transportation expense. It’s bigger than the cost of fuel, the cost of maintenance or the cost of insurance. That loss in the value of your car will cost you thousands of dollars during your ownership period, but if you choose a vehicle with a strong resale value story, that cost will be much lower than if you pick a vehicle that plummets in value like a stone kicked off a cliff.”

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler placed fourth in the 2017 Best Resale Value Awards: Top Ten Cars and was also named as the best Compact SUV/Crossover. The editors write: “The Jeep Wrangler is a living, breathing, trail-loving legend, as summed up in our most recent list of the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000: “The only extra-rugged, body-on-frame SUV on this list isn’t just the best off-roader you can buy for less than $25,000, it’s one of the most capable and famous SUVs in the world. Combined with a removable top to let the outside in, the Jeep Wrangler is an equally good coastal cruiser and rock crawler. Excellent resale value is just a cherry on top. Remarkably, perhaps, all this freedom is still available at a starting sticker price of less than $25,000. Even a loaded Wrangler Rubicon is an impressive value at more than $40,000, given all its world-beating capability. The math is just as strong when it’s time to sell. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler isn’t just tops in the Compact SUV/Crossover segment when it comes to retaining value, it boasts the fourth best resale value of all the new vehicles on the market. Fun and smart is always an appealing combination.”

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Two FCA Models Named in KBB's Cost to Own Awards!

Two FCA Models Named in KBB’s Cost to Own Awards

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Two FCA Models Named in KBB’s Cost to Own Awards! Recently, Kelley Blue Book released a list of the vehicles with the Best Cost to Own and the Dodge Caravan and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited won in their respective categories. Factors such as financing, insurance and state fees, plus the anticipated costs of fuel, scheduled maintenance and repairs, purchase price, and projected depreciation are all taken into account when determining which vehicles and  brands are highlighted. 

The 2017 Dodge Caravan won in the minivan category because, according to KBB, “The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan is not a version of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica, but the Dodge version of the van the Pacifica replaced in the Chrysler lineup. It’s still a solid choice for those who need 7-passenger hauling at a low price. And with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $24,500, the Grand Caravan can’t be beat. We don’t know how much longer the Grand Caravan will stick around now that Chrysler has the Pacifica in its fleet. But we do know that it’s an excellent long-term cost value.” 

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited topped the Mid-Size SUV/Crossover category because, “2017 is a hat-trick year for the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. This is the third year in a row that the 4-door midsize version of the Wrangler gets to take home our 5-Year Cost to Own Award. That means on a per-mile basis, the Wrangler Unlimited costs less to drive, insure and maintain than other midsize SUVs, and it’ll lose less of its original sale price over time. The Wrangler Unlimited, by its very soul, feels more comfortable off-road than on, a truth that’s reflected in the efficient minimalism of the Jeep’s roomy interior. Built to a purpose it serves so well, the Wrangler’s resale value is mighty — another low-cost-to-own assurance. A 2017 Wrangler Unlimited, which costs about $3,000 more than a 2-door Jeep Wrangler, starts around $28,000 and can easily reach over $40,000.”

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Jeep Pick-Up Delayed Until 2019

Jeep Pick-Up Delayed Until 2019

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Jeep Pick-Up Delayed Until 2019. We recently reported, “Jeep announced plans to introduce a compact SUV at the New York Auto Show in March and a pickup in 2018. The new SUV will replace the current Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot, but will use one of their names. Mike Manley, CEO of Jeep, spoke on the confirmed Jeep Wrangler pick up, “Sergio and I work very, very closely on the Jeep product portfolio, and both of us have been a fan of a potential Wrangler pickup. For me, there is a historical place in our lineup for it.” Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed Monday that the pickup will be produced in Toledo, alongside the next-generation Wrangler, although no official statement has been released. Jeep has experimented with releasing a pick-up in the past through concept cars including, the Jeep J-12 (pictured left) produced for the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari off-roading event in 2012 and the Jeep Gladiator based on the Jeep Wrangler platform that debuted at the 2005 Detroit auto show.”

Recently CEO Mike Manley confirmed that the pickup, the “JL” Wrangler, will enter production in late 2019. According to Manley, Jeep may considering one of its historic nameplates for the pickup such as the Comanche, Gladiator, or original Willys Jeep Truck. Motor Authority reports that the Gladiator name will likely fit the concept truck. 

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40 Year Entrapped Jeep Getting Released This Week

40 Year Entrapped Jeep Getting Released This Week

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Lately, FCA has been winning so many awards with the innovative Chrysler Pacifica that we haven’t had much time to bring light-hearted news, but a 40 Year Entrapped Jeep Getting Released This Week! According to reporting from Mary Ann Brag for Cape Cod Times, an old Jeep Wagoneer is being unearthed after 40 years trapped in the Musnuff’s wind-blown and sand-filled garage in Truro, MA.

The Musnuff property, which includes the family house and a horse bar-turned-shed were both built before 1895 and sit atop a grassy dune, with the garage half-encased in sand.Basil Musnuff, whose mother owns the car, said the family had wanted to move the Jeep out of the garage for years but the town wouldn’t let them move the sand until now. Currently the town is shifting the dune near the Musnuff property to cover beach parking spaces, with the town asking for the removal of the Jeep as well.  Truro Town Manager Rae Ann Palmer said, “It should be moved for environmental concerns.” The Jeep is scheduled for removal on Friday, weather permitting. 

“Part of my memory of the place is that the Jeep was there,” said Musnuff, who began to visit the house in the late 1970s. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen it driven. It really was the only reason they had it, so they could drive on the beach.”

 

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Jeep Unveils the 2017 Jeep Compass

Jeep Unveils the 2017 Jeep Compass

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Jeep Unveils the 2017 Jeep Compass! A few weeks ago we shared the first images of the 2017 Jeep Compass, but now Jeep has completely revealed the new model in a 13 minute video on Youtube. To give a little back story, we originally reported that Jeep was planning a new SUV to replace both the Compass and Patriot for 2017. It was later revealed that the redesigned Compass would replace the two models, which hadn’t been significantly updated in over a decade. The video clarifies more about the new model. In the beginning, an introduction to what the Jeep brand represents is shown before Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand, comes out to speak to the audience saying, “Jeep is a very social brand. We don’t own it, our customers do. In fact, it still amazes me after all these years. Jeep is a fundamentally American brand and yet, it’s profoundly global. Awareness around the world is incredible.”

He had even more specifics to say about vehicle design moving forward saying that the redesigned front fascia that was originally introduced on the 75th Anniversary Grand Cherokee model has been extended across the full 2017 Grand Cherokee lineup. According to Manley, in 2016 the Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass made up 25% of Jeep sales in the United States. Before introducing the 2017 Jeep Compass, Manley said, “We’re convinced that the world is ready for an urban explorer equipped to scale this global compact SUV market.”

Manley also revealed key production facts including that the Jeep is going to be made in four countries with a selection of 17 powertrain combinations (including 3 gas engines and 2 diesel engines with three different engines options). The Compass will be available in four different models: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk, with each having distinctive design cues. Watch the video below to learn more about the all new 2017 Compass:

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Meet "Old Faithful" Jeep's Purple Heart-Winning Vehicle

Meet “Old Faithful” Jeep’s Purple Heart-Winning Vehicle

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Meet “Old Faithful” Jeep’s Purple Heart-Winning Vehicle! Veteran’s day was last Friday, giving Jeep the perfect opportunity to display its military history. In the reserved video, “Old Faithful”, a legendary Jeep that protected American troops on the beaches of Guadalcanal, is slowed zoomed in on. The ad keeps in the style of all Jeeps 75th Anniversary ads, a style that returns to simple yet powerful videography and messages of the everyday American. “Old Faithful” was the very first vehicle to be considered for a Purple Heart to honor its WWII service, which was eventually awarded by the United States Marine Corps.  The vehicle has since been retired after surviving two beach landings and a shelling by the Japanese military during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1943. 

According to AdWeek,  a July 1944 edition of The Marine Corps Chevron talks about “Old Faithful” saying: “The jeep was retired … after having traveled more than 11,000 miles of jungle terrain as a command car. During its 18 months’ service ‘Old Faithful’ served four Marine generals as well as carrying every ranking Marine officer and visiting official on the two battle-torn islands.” Unfortunately, the original vehicle has been lost to history even though it was supposed to be displayed at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA. Check out the spot below:

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Chrysler Autonomous Vans Spied During Testing

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Today’s news features exciting headlines from both Jeep and Chrysler. Read on to learn how these two very different brands are evolving under the Fiat-Chrysler umbrella which includes: Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati.

Chrysler Autonomous Vans Spied During Testing

We’ve reported on the exciting new venture between Chrysler and Google that will see 100 Pacificas re-engineered to be self-driving. Currently, Google’s self driving fleet consists of 24 Lexus RX450h SUVs and 34 Google-designed prototypes, but with the addition of the 100 Pacificas, Google’s fleet and testing have already passed 2-million miles after just 7 years on the road. The first six minivans arrived at Google’s Mountain View facility, with some already having installed mounting systems and another two equipped with sensor suites. The group at Electrik alludes that the new equipment on the Pacificas are much smaller than the same equipment on the Lexus RX models, meaning the technology is evolving toward more commercialization.

Chrysler Autonomous Vans Spied During Testing

In other FCA news, Jeep has seemingly revealed a look at the upcoming Grand Wagoneer (furthest right) and confirmed that the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler (second from left) will stick closely to the current styling. The lighting signatures show five upcoming vehicles; however, the new Compass is not shown. The vehicle believed to be the Grand Wagoneer shows seven LEDs per headlight on either side of a widened seven-slot chromed grill. For the rear, the horizontal tail light also features seven LEDs across a widened tailgate. The Grand Wagoneer is expected to ride on a stretched version of the next-generation Grand Cherokee platform, with plans for the model to rival a Land Rover in luxury and price (which could top $140,000).

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Scores Highly in Car Seat Check

Jeep Grand Cherokee Scores Highly in Car Seat Check

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Scores Highly in Car Seat Check! Cars.com has been evaluating models based on the IIHS LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) criteria and recently performed one on the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee that also applies to the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Read on to learn what the expert car-seat technicians found. One amazing thing about the Jeep Grand Cherokee is that it can fit three child-safety seats across its backseat. The car seat checks were performed by editors Jennifer Newman and Jennifer Geiger who are also certified child seat installation technicians. For the Car Seat Check, cars.com used a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. To learn more about how the experts configured the car seats, go here.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Scores Highly in CARS.COM Car Seat Check

Pros of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Latch system include:

  • The Grand Cherokee has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats that sit about a half-inch between the back and bottom seat cushions. It’s easy to connect to them with both hooklike and rigid connectors. The rear seatbacks recline, opening up the access to the anchors.
  • The rear-facing infant seat installed easily into the Grand Cherokee. While we had to move the front passenger seat forward to fit it, it was such a small amount that we decided to give it an A grade.
  • With the rear-facing convertible, we didn’t have to move the front passenger forward to fit it in the backseat.
  • In the forward-facing position, the convertible also installed easily into the Grand Cherokee.
  • Our high-back booster seat fit well, though the SUV’s fixed head restraints pushed the seat’s back to a slight angle, though not enough to be worrisome.

Cons include:

  • The three tether anchors are at the base of the seatbacks and sit under a piece of upholstery near some cargo hooks. Parents need to make sure they’re connecting the tether strap to the anchor and not a cargo hook.
  • The Grand Cherokee has short seat belt stalks in the backseat. It was hard to find the buckle and then difficult to use because of their shortness.

Parents should also keep in mind that Latch anchors have 65 pound weight limit which includes the weight of the child and the weight of the seat. Seat belts can also be used to install a car seat. For more Jeep  news, Follow Wilde Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.

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