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Have you ever considered how well your vehicle would fair against white water river rapids? No? Well, Jeep wanted to put their vehicles to the test, which is why they took the Jeep Renegade to the Cardiff International White Water Centre in Wales. The test was simple — can the SUV be maneuvered through the raging waters of the course?
Talk about a blast from the past: the U.S. Army’s oldest Jeep is still kickin’, and it’s getting some overdue attention this month… and for years to come. The GP-No.1 vehicle is on display at the U.S. Veteran’s Memorial Museum in Huntsville, AL, having just been verified and documented by the Historic Vehicle Association. You can check it out today if you like!
If this past winter in Massachusetts was any indication of years to come, even subcompact vehicles are going to need serious capability to navigate the state’s snow-packed streets. Thankfully, the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade is now on sale in Greater Boston, and it has introduced go-anywhere performance to the burgeoning subcompact SUV segment.
The 2013 Jeep Patriot is already the lowest-priced SUV on the market, but according to Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, the capable compact is also the most affordable in its segment when it comes to long-term cost of ownership. Topping the Compact SUV/Crossover category, the Patriot recently received a 2013 5-Year Cost to Own Award from the auto-research site, with the model estimated to cost drivers just $35,161 during five years of ownership.
KBB.com’s 5-Year Cost to Own Awards are not only determined by each vehicle’s initial purchase price and subsequent depreciation during a five-year period, but also its out-of-pocket expenses, including costs for financing, insurance, fuel, maintenance, repairs and state fees. The Jeep Patriot bested the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and 2013 Honda CR-V to nab its segment award, with KBB.com editors noting the off-road capability of its available Freedom Drive II 4WD system.
“Most vehicles in the Patriot’s segment are SUVs in name only, but Jeep brings legitimate all-conditions performance into the picture, and you won’t pay dearly for it at the pump either,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, a Natick, Massachusetts Jeep dealership. “The Patriot’s low price point attracts a lot of customers into our showroom, but buyers should take extra comfort in knowing that KBB.com has found that the vehicle remains a great deal even as the years pass.”
Jeep claims that the upcoming 2014 Patriot will cost even less to own, thanks to the efficient and intuitive design of a new six-speed PowerTech automatic transmission. Lightweight and compact, the available gearbox features a stepped shift schedule for maximum fuel economy during city driving, while engine rpm is drastically reduced in sixth gear to improve highway gas mileage. Cost of ownership is lowered even further with the transmission’s fill-for-life design, which eliminates the need for filter and fluid changes during normal driving conditions.
Though the 2014 Jeep Patriot won’t start arriving at dealerships until the second quarter of this year, existing models continue to gain popularity in the showroom. Last month, the compact SUV saw its best January sales ever, moving 5,248 units in the United States. That tally was up by 32 percent compared to sales from January 2011, making the Patriot the third-best-selling Jeep model behind the iconic Grand Cherokee and the Wrangler.
“It’s hard not to live in the shadows of renowned vehicles like the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler, but for Boston drivers who want a nimble ride in the city that can still get after it during snowy excursions to the mountains, the Patriot stands alone,” added Gill. “With its new optional automatic transmission, those adventures are going to be even more fuel efficient and fun.”
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.”
While other businesses slow down in productivity this July due to the usual summer lull, the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit will be churning out new models at full throttle. With sales of the SUV up 37 percent year-over-year at Jeep dealerships through April, Chrysler recently announced that it will forgo the usual two-week shutdown of the factory in early July in order to meet growing demand.
The Big Three automakers typically use a two-week period starting around July 4 to stop or slow production, take stock of their inventories and install new manufacturing equipment for the next model year. Chrysler’s decision to instead increase production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is welcome news for both current and future Jefferson North employees, and the automaker also announced that it will move up its plans to add a third shift of workers to the plant to this November instead of next year.
“The Grand Cherokee is one of the few vehicles that can do anything you ask of it, which is good news for both buyers and the workers that rely on its demand,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, a Natick, Massachusetts Jeep dealer. Unlike most SUVs, you get a comfortable, car-like ride, but you can also get a full range of capability, with available four-wheel drive and a large towing capacity for transporting those big weekend toys.”
Currently, the Jefferson North assembly plant employs roughly 2,900 workers to manufacture the Grand Cherokee during two shifts, and is running overtime on two out of every three Saturdays to keep up with demand. Chrysler will be hiring about 1,100 more employees to make up the upcoming third shift.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee sold 2,032 more units last month than it did in April 2011, a 21-percent increase and the vehicle’s best April sales in seven years. The SUV helped the Jeep brand post a 19-percent April sales increase year-over-year, resulting in its highest April sales in five years. Last month was the 24th month in a row that Jeep saw a year-over-year sales increase.
Equipped with its standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque while still returning 23 mpg on the highway. For drivers who need increased capability, a 5.7-liter V8 option offers 360 horsepower and a 7,400-pound maximum towing capacity when properly equipped. Choosing the range-topping 6.4-liter HEMI V8 will give buyers 470 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.
“The Jeep Grand Cherokee is completely customizable to suit your lifestyle,” added Gill. “If you’re someone who travels with a trailer every weekend, one of the V8 options might be for you. If your idea of adventure is getting to the middle school pick-up line no matter the weather, the Grand Cherokee’s V6 will get you there on less gas.”
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.”
Jeep is seeing remarkable sales increases for its redesigned Compass small utility vehicle, as fuel prices force consumers to look for more economic means of getting their off-road kicks. July sales of the 2011 Jeep Compass were up 240 percent compared with July 2010 and year-to-date sales rose 123 percent over the same period last year.
The success of the Compass has Jeep looking to add an even smaller vehicle to its arsenal of off-roaders. According to Car and Driver, Chrysler engineers are designing a vehicle similar to the MINI Countryman, only with more trail-ready technology. Referred to internally at Chrysler as the SS, meaning “super small” or “super sport,” the mini utility is predicted to take on a compact platform from Fiat, feature higher ground clearance than the Countryman’s 5.9 inches, and arrive at U.S. Jeep dealerships around the second half of 2013.
“Not everybody needs a Wrangler or a Grand Cherokee,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge, a Natick, Massachusetts Jeep dealer. “For those looking for Jeep capability in a smaller form, we have the Compass, the Patriot, and soon an even smaller SUV that can provide the ultimate mix of fuel economy and all-terrain capability.”
With its powerplant technology expected to come from Fiat as well, the SS could feature a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine producing anywhere between 130 and 170 horsepower. It could also share the new nine-speed automatic gearbox destined for Chrysler’s next-generation compact cars. Like the Compass, Jeep’s new compact SUV will be available with either front- or all-wheel drive, which would make it a useful winter ride for Massachusetts drivers.
As for Jeeps that are currently on the road, rising fuel prices have helped nudge consumers toward the smaller 29-mpg-highway Jeep Compass and equally fuel-efficient Jeep Patriot, which has enjoyed a rise of 63 percent in sales year-over-year through July. Meanwhile, a redesign for the 2011 Compass gave the small SUV the chiseled looks of the larger Grand Cherokee, resulting in sales through the first seven months of 2011 that have easily surpassed sales from all of 2010 and have nearly matched the last two years combined.
Under its sculpted hood, the Jeep Compass features either a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit producing 172 horsepower. There are three transmission choices, ranging from a five-speed manual to the option of two continuously variable units, one featuring an off-road-capable gearing. A ground clearance of 8.4 inches, along with available drive technology like hill descent control and hill start assist, add to the off-road resume of the Compass.
“Greater Boston Jeep drivers already love the Compass for its versatility and easy-to-live-with dimensions,” Gill noted. “A new, even more fuel-efficient Jeep would fit the bill for our customers who want an affordable, rugged vehicle that is equally at home on the highway and the wooded trail.”
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.”