Posts tagged Jeep Wrangler
Your Wrangler can tackle everything from city streets to rugged terrain with ease. Legendary Jeep capability lets you command the road with confidence while advanced engineering and iconic Jeep styling make it an authority on the road, all year long. But when the seasons change and the temperature starts to drop, it’s time to think about adding more protection from the elements.
The annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas is a prime place to check out the latest aftermarket auto parts, with many manufacturers modifying production models into futuristic, aggressive or downright weird concepts. Whatever a company’s vision, though, many of them shared one thing in common: the Jeep Wrangler. Each year, the SEMA Award is presented to the hottest car, sport-compact, 4×4-SUV and truck, based on the number of new models shown in exhibitor booths.
This year, the Jeep Wrangler came out on top in the 4×4-SUV category, and it’s easy to see why. The ultimate off-roader provides the auto-customizing crowd with an aggressive, capable starting point. The 2012 Wrangler features a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque to give drivers the power they need to crawl over rocks, roots and ruts. And with one of the most recognizable grilles in the industry, tuners can make all the modifications they want without losing the essence of the Wrangler.
If you’d like to test-drive this icon that so many tuners were eager to get their hands on, come visit our Massachusetts Jeep dealership near Boston. We look forward to seeing you soon!
First developed by the U.S. military to be used as a light reconnaissance vehicle in World War II, the Jeep Wrangler is one of the most uniquely American vehicles on the market today. Now on sale and designed to honor that history is the new Jeep Wrangler Freedom edition, which not only features military-inspired styling, but also supports military charities with each sale.
Available in Deep Cherry Red, Bright White or True Blue, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Freedom edition has star decals on its hood and rear quarter panels, as well as a fender badge that reads “Oscar Mike,” meaning “on the move” in military terminology. Jeep will set aside $250 for each Wrangler Freedom edition sold, splitting the money between the Fisher House Foundation and the I Support Foundation. The Fisher House Foundation provides families of injured or sick military members with a place to stay near the hospital, while the I Support Foundation provides grants to charities for veterans and helps returning troops find jobs and healthcare.
“Many Americans still associate the Jeep name with iconic images from World War II, and the Wrangler Freedom edition is a great way of honoring our military’s past and present,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, aJeep dealer in Massachusetts. “Buyers get a unique, boldly styled Wrangler model while supporting our troops, and Jeep has created a $500 cash allowance for military members that want to take the model home for themselves.”
Offered as a two-door Wrangler or a four-door Wrangler Unlimited, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Freedom edition is based on the vehicle’s Sport trim. The grille, bumper inserts and 17-inch alloy wheels are all painted Mineral Gray, while a Mopar fuel fill door and a Sunrider top with deep-tinted rear windows finish off the list of exterior modifications.
The military-themed styling of the Jeep Wrangler Freedom edition continues inside, with Oscar Mike logos embroidered on the seat backs in silver stitching. French Silver stitching marks the steering wheel, seats, doors and front arm rest, while the front-passenger grab handle, door pulls and dash-vent rings all receive Quick Silver accents. That metallic theme is taken further with Satin Chrome spokes on the Wrangler Freedom edition’s leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Like all 2012 Wrangler models, the Wrangler Freedom edition houses a new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque while returning up to 21 mpg on the highway. That mix of power and fuel efficiency proved very popular in U.S. showrooms in June, with the Wrangler achieving its best sales month ever, up 28 percent year-over-year. Automotive News recently reported that the Chrysler Group will be adding jobs at the Wrangler’s Toledo, Ohio assembly facility later this year to keep up with high demand for the vehicle.
“The Wrangler has been selling very quickly since it was outfitted with the versatile Pentastar V6 for the 2012 model year,” Gill noted. “What really attracts buyers though is that the powerplant is available in so many customizable Wrangler trims, whether it is a model that honors our soldiers or one that owns the off-roading trails.”
Though most Jeep fans will buy a Wrangler for its off-road abilities and rugged styling, it is the SUV’s lasting value that may serve them best when the time comes to trade it in. Currently available at Jeep dealerships, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler has earned the number one spot on the Top Ten Models list in the Kelley Blue Book 2012 Best Resale Value Awards.
Kelley Blue Book chose its 2012 Best Resale Value Award winners based on a number of criteria, including vehicle and sales data, market conditions, competition within vehicle segments, expectations of the future economy and the combined experience of its staff. The Jeep Wrangler bested all vehicles on the market with a predicted retained value of 68 percent after three years and 55 percent after five years. With a first-place finish overall, it is no wonder the Wrangler also emerged as Best Compact SUV in the awards.
“All you have to do is look around and you’ll see Wranglers everywhere, and they’re not only the new ones,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, a Natick, Massachusetts Jeep dealer. The Wrangler is built to last, has a huge following of loyal fans and features enduring looks that never get old. That’s a great recipe for maintaining high resale value.”
Kelley Blue Book isn’t the only automotive research group that has recently recognized the lasting value of the Wrangler. ALG also chose the Jeep model in its 2012 Residual Value Awards, naming the Wrangler Best Compact Utility Vehicle. Out of the 19 vehicle categories, the Wrangler was one of only two American vehicles to be named a winner by ALG.
Part of the Wrangler’s lasting appeal is its iconic styling, which Jeep has been careful to preserve throughout each generation of the vehicle. Large round headlamps and a seven-bar grille are Wrangler staples, as are the removable top and doors and forward-folding windshield, which creates a true open-air atmosphere. While style makes the Jeep stand out in a crowd, it is the Wrangler’s usability that keeps buyers coming back.
The 2012 Jeep Wrangler features a wash-out interior, which means a day on the muddy trails can end by hosing down both the exterior and the interior. With removable plugs, the interior can drain out, making for a useful feature while fording a stream or river. And while rugged may be the norm for the Wrangler, that doesn’t mean it is bare bones when it comes to technology. Inside, there is an available Uconnect System, which includes navigation, satellite radio, hands-free calling through a Bluetooth-connected smartphone and even wireless internet access from Mopar.
“The current Wrangler is a perfect mix of classic and new features that is hard to resist,” Gill noted. “There’s nothing else on the market that checks all the boxes like the Wrangler, whether you’re talking about capability today or the cash you’ll get back down the road.”
This week, thousands of Jeep enthusiasts travel to the rugged desert terrain of Moab, Utah to ride, play and share feedback on four new-look Jeep Wranglers, courtesy of Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand, Mopar. Ranging from complete engine packages to slush mats, the parts and accessories on the customized vehicles at the 2011 Easter Jeep Safari will reveal new possibilities to Jeep Wrangler customers, whether they want to stand out in the desert or blend in on Cape Cod’s dunes.
The four “Moparized” Jeep Wranglers on display at the Easter Jeep Safari will include the Jeep Wrangler “Pork Chop,” “Renegade,” “Blue Crush,” and “JK-8 Independence.” A more nimble version of the Wrangler, the Pork Chop sheds more than 850 pounds by ditching tailgate bumpers, carpet and sway bars and using lightweight aluminum for its bumpers, hood latches, cold-air intake kit and skid plate. The Renegade favors pure power, delivering 475 horsepower from a powerful 6.4-liter Hemi designed by Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team.
Off-road racing enthusiasts will be drawn to the Blue Crush, which includes a high-speed, 426-cubic-inch, 540-horsepower Mopar Hemi anchored by a Mopar-added suspension system with internal bypass shocks. Meanwhile, the JK-8 Independence represents the first return to a consumer-focused Wrangler pickup truck since the popular Jeep Scrambler CJ-8 from the 1980s. The JK-8 Independence’s drivetrain includes a Mopar/Dynatrac ProRock 44 front axle and stock Dana 44 rear axle, each set in motion with 4.88 gears.
“Jeep’s Moab event is a perfect example of why the Wrangler is still the most fun vehicle out there, with some of the most fun owners,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge, a Massachusetts Jeep dealer. “How many other vehicles have as many options for drastic alterations to completely meet a customer’s desires? Thanks to Mopar’s range of parts, the answer is none.”
While most of the vehicles on display at the Easter Jeep Safari are currently only concepts, Mopar has announced that it will soon be offering a JK-8 kit that will allow owners of the four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to convert their vehicles into pickup trucks. With a planned release in late summer, the kit can be ordered by Wrangler owners through their Jeep dealer and be installed over the course of a weekend.
In addition to serving Jeep, Mopar has thousands of accessories and parts available for Chrysler, Dodge and Ram vehicles that can be ordered and installed at dealerships. Several new models are also available off the lot with Mopar accessories, such as the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, which features optional Mopar chrome grilles and sidesteps.
“Mopar offers our customers the chance to upgrade and customize throughout their vehicle’s entire lifetime, and it’s a labor of love for many of them,” Gill added. “Whether it is a simple exterior accessory at the time of purchase, or a completely new suspension system later on, we can make their vehicle completely unique.”