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The Jeep Wrangler has done it again. This iconic Jeep vehicle has won ‘4×4 of the Year’ for the ninth consecutive year at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show. The Jeep Wrangler is the only vehicle ever to win the ‘4×4/SUV of the Year’ award since the Specialty Equipment Market Association awards was launched in 2010.
The 2018 winners were announced on Monday, October 29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the special SEMA Vehicle Reveal event. The Head of Passenger Car Brands for FCA-North America Steve Beahm was on hand to celebrate the proud moment when the Jeep Wrangler won once again.

Most Accessory-Friendly Vehicle

The SEMA Show exhibitors voted to give the Jeep Wrangler the customization crown as they acknowledged that no other vehicle in its class was as accessory-friendly as the Wrangler. Beahm pointed out that the award recognizes that in the customization world, Jeep Wrangler continues to be the leader. Late last year Mopar introduced over 200 performance parts and accessories for Jeep automobiles. Mopar’s head of Parts & Service noted that the Jeep Wrangler is the portfolio’s star as far as personalization is concerned and the vehicle keeps getting hotter every year. It’s a fact that has made the Jeep Wrangler popular with automobile enthusiasts for years.

Shining A Light

The definitive Original Equipment Manufacturer award at the SEMA Show, the SEMA Awards honors the vehicles that look the hottest while launching and showcasing aftermarket parts. It’s their way of shining a light and letting consumers see what is possible with creative and innovative use of aftermarket parts. Chris Kersting, SEMA’s President and CEO, said the Jeep Wrangler is once again chosen as the aftermarket community’s favorite. He explained that whether accessorizing for every day driving or off-roading, Jeep owners have outstanding aftermarket options available to them.

Four Jeeps On Display

The Mopar brand has a display area at the SEMA Show that’s 15,345-square-feet. The space will feature four Jeep vehicles transformed using Mopar performance parts and accessories made specifically for Jeep automobiles. The display also features a Mopar-modified trail-themed Ram 1500 Rebel as well as a Ram 1500 Big Horn ‘Low Down’ street-styled pickup. Customized versions of other SEMA Award finalists and winners will be on display at the 2018 SEMA Show, which runs from October 30 until November 2. However, if you want to take a Jeep Wrangler, or any Jeep, for a spin, you can at Chapman Chrysler Jeep. You can check out the popular 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

Other Top Finishers From FCA

A few other FCA vehicles also received recognition at the SEMA Show. For the second year in a row the Ram 1500 was a top three finisher for the SEMA ‘Truck of the Year’ award and in the ‘Car of the Year’ category, the Dodge Challenger finished among the top three. The Mopar exhibit at the SEMA Show will also feature the world championship winning Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak that had been driven by NHRA racer Leah Pritchett when she won the 2018 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown as well as the street-legal, drag-oriented Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 with its 392 HEMI® V-8 engine.

 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently announced it has begun preparations to start production of a Jeep Renegade plug-in hybrid model. The action is part of the automaker’s commitment to electrification of more of its vehicles in order to comply with the new, tougher, emissions rules. FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world, had announced in June that during the next five years it was prepared to invest at least $10.3 billion to build electric and hybrid cars to fully comply with the new emissions regulations being enacted in markets around the world.

Just The Beginning

Producing a plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Renegade is just one step in its mission to meet the more stringent emission standards. FCA has also pledged that by 2021 the diesel engines in its European passenger cars will be phased out. The company said it will spend over $200 million euros to develop the new engine. The plug-in hybrid Jeep Renegade will be produced in Southern Italy at the FCA plant in Melfi. The plant already produces the model’s combustion engine version, as well as the Fiat 500X crossover. FCA said the plant will be modernized and workers will be retrained to use the new technology.

More Electric Vehicles From FCA

According to FCA, buyers can expect the plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Renegade to hit the market beginning early in 2020. The company also plans to produce vehicles powered by 12 different electric propulsion systems by 2022. Those will include battery electric vehicles, full hybrids and plug-in hybrids. FCA said it will produce 30 different models that will have one or more of its electric propulsion systems as standard equipment. The automaker had previously announced that sometime in the near future it would begin producing a Jeep Wrangler with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. While not available for a test drive, you can check out a Jeep Renegade at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Coming To America

Although commercial production of the Jeep Renegade PHEV is expected to be in full swing by 2020, it’s uncertain when it will hit the North American market. FCA unveiled a five-year plan that included developing a front-wheel-drive platform to be used on the Jeep Cherokee as well as the smaller Renegade. The automaker also said it would fit an electric motor on the vehicles which would power their rear wheels. Jeep had expressed a desire that by 2022 the American market would have access to eight Jeep plug-in hybrid models. The release of a plug-in hybrid Wrangler in 2020 was expected to be the first of those vehicles.

Meeting Its Target

There aren’t many vehicles powered by electricity on the FCA roster. In the 2017 model year, the company introduced the Chrysler Pacifica minivan’s hybrid version. There’s also a mild hybrid version of the Ram 1500 pickup. That leaves FCA with lots of work left to do to meet its target of 30 electrified models by 2022. Sergio Marchionne, the former FCA Chief Executive didn’t embrace electrification because he felt it wasn’t profitable. However, tougher emissions rules and Tesla’s success has spurred FCA to commit electric vehicles.

 

 

Jeep has recently announced that the newly refreshed 2019 Renegade, the smallest model its lineup, will get a brand new engine and a new gearbox on its top trims along with some slight styling changes. The changing of the engine on the top trims is a bit unusual in that the new one has less horsepower than the 180 horsepower, 2.4-liter engine offered as an option on the entry-level model and standard equipment on the Renegade’s Sport and Latitude trims. There’s also new front fascias, new taillights, new wheels, new active safety features, adjustments to the air intake and more body-color trim.

The New Engine

The 2019 Jeep Renegade’s new engine is a 177 horsepower 1.3-liter turbo four that delivers a healthy 200 pound-feet of torque at just 1,750 rpm. The 1.4-liter Multiair turbo four engine it replaces puts out 175 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm. Now the top engine, the new 1.3-liter turbo is now an option on the Sport and Latitude trims and standard equipment on the Limited and Trailhawk models. Jeep’s new engine working in tandem with a nine-speed automatic transmission is expected to yield better fuel economy as well as lower emissions. This is combined with stop-start and new active grille shutters. The Renegade has a new driveline with an increased crawl ratio of 21:1 which delivers a little more low-range shove off-road when combined with Active Drive Low. Jeep has gotten rid of the 6-speed manual transmission and even though the new Renegade can run on 87 octane, 91 octane is what Jeep recommends.

Styling And Safety Changes

A new front fascia and LED lighting on some of the trims is among the first thing people notice on the 2019 Jeep Renegade. The vehicle also has a lower new air intake and depending on which trim you pick, there’s more body-color trim. The 2019 Renegade also has new taillights and the Latitude and Limited trims have available 19-inch rims.
The Renegade has also added several new features that are now a part of the vehicle’s active safety suite. They include adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors and parallel/perpendicular park assist as part of its available Advanced Tech Group. To see how well a Jeep fits into your lifestyle, you can take one for a spin at Chapman Chrysler Jeep. While you can’t get your hands on a 2019 Jeep Renegade, you can buy a 2018 Jeep Renegade now.

A Better Renegade

With its new turbo engine, new colors, styling upgrades to the front and rear fascias, LED headlights, taillights and fog lamps, new advanced safety features, stop-start tech and nine-speed automatic transmission, the 2019 Jeep Renegade looks and performs better than ever before. With an MSRP of $23,625, the new Renegade offers great value and the potential for lots of exciting adventures. The refreshed crossover, which is built in Italy, is available with both front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive. Even though the 2019 Jeep Renegade has a smaller engine, it is actually more powerful.

Whether your work or play keeps you on the paved roads or off-road and off the beaten path, the new 2019 Jeep Renegade is capable of handling it all with ease and style and will look very good doing it.

 

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4×4 has a new upgraded design for both the interior and exterior of the vehicle. The SUV remains one of the best vehicles in the Jeep line and is perfect to drive on any type of surface. The Sahara will undoubtedly remain a favorite of all the Jeep flavors.

Body Style

To begin, the new look to the Jeep Sahara is sleek. Subtle changes to the grill and windshield make it more aerodynamic without loosing the overall Jeep look. In fact, the company knows that nothing else looks like a Jeep and did not even place a logo on the front grill.

The headlights are LED lights that are brighter than previous versions. The turn signals have been incorporated into the fender and contain LED’s as well. The largest change in the front if the vehicle is the rubber guards on the hood where windshield washer fluid emerges. These guards have been made larger to give extra protection to the windshield if you choose to fold it down. You can see how a Jeep fits into your life and check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

The largest difference in the body styles is the different roof options. A new soft or premium soft top is now available. These tops are very easy to use and are sure to become the most popular top for the vehicle. The hard top is now available in body color or in a standard black plastic, and a third option, an all fabric power top is now available on the Sahara.

The power fabric top is the top-of-the-line choice for the Sahara and runs about $3,500 for the option. The top moves automatically and folds like an accordion. You can remove the rear quarter windows with this top.

The Engine

The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has a V6 Pentastar Engine with 285 horsepower. The 3.6 liter engine has 260 pounds of torque. A smaller 2 liter 4 cylinder engine is available on special order. However, this smaller and less powerful engine will cost the buyer more. The Sahara has an 8 speed transmission. Overall, the vehicle averages about 21 miles per gallon.

Interior

The interior of the Sahara has been significantly upgraded. The option of an 8.7 inch full color informational screen that is equipped with Uconnect 4.0 is one of the newest features to the Wrangler family. The system is very responsive and easy to use. It is also located in an area that will prevent distraction to the driver.

Of course, the interior of the Jeep still remains waterproof. The knobs and fixtures still remain bulky so that they are easy to grab, especially when wearing gloves. The seats are still comfortable and the leg room in the front seat area is still ample enough for taller people to feel comfortable when driving.

One of the largest changes is the addition of the backup camera. The new Sahara has a backup camera system that is hidden within the tire on the back of the Jeep. It is incased in a metal box to allow easy removal of the spare tire. This is the first Jeep to feature the backup camera.

 

When getting an SUV, it can be tempting to get a bare bones one that is great at off-roading but not so great when it comes to city or highway driving. Other SUVs have no soul and aren’t great off the road. However, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is a rare breed. It’s both fun to drive, and it’s civilized.

Inside, the interior is familiar and comfortable for Jeep drivers. With the Uconnect touchscreen information system, you can stay connected and have a ton of information at your fingertips. With the reverse USB Type-C ports, you can rapidly charge your devices. Those who have an I-Phone can use the larger type-A ports.

Sadly, a lot of SUV owners don’t take them into the dirt or mud. But, Jeep Wrangler owners are a bit of a different breed and they feel that there is no reason to buy an SUV and not use it for what it was meant – to go into the dirt and mud! With the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, you will enjoy a little kit so you can take the doors off and remove the windshield. This is unique when compared to other boring SUVs. With a torx driver, you can easily remove the door and have more fun.

if you want to enjoy the top down, you can use the Sky One-Touch power top, which is basically a fabric sunroof that folds itself up. With an open sky, you can really enjoy a Jeep Unlimited Sahara. With the four-door hardtop and removing the doors, you can truly feel the open experience while in nature. If you haven’t ever driven a doorless Jeep, you are in for a nice treat, though you may have to get aftermarket mirrors as it’s a unique experience to change lanes without the side mirrors, which must be removed. If you want to take one for a spin, check a Jeep out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

If you are a Jeep driver and care at all about how fun your SUV is, you know how important a powerful engine is, and Jeep isn’t going to let you down. With a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and six-speed manual, or eight-speed automatic, transmission, you are sure to enjoy how smoothly it shifts. With enough power to plow through mud, merge on the freeway or fly down the highway on your way to a new adventure, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is certainly not underpowered by any stretch of the imagination.

With more than seven decades of engineering expeirence, the Wrangler obviously has some great, solid axles. They are suspended by coil springs and are well-controlled with a five-link layout. This makes it easy to do what you want to do, on and off the road. With four-wheel drive, anyone who owns a Jeep Wrangler is certainly unstoppable.

If you are looking for a civilized, yet fun to drive SUV, it’s hard to deny that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara isn’t the best in class. Not only does it offer luxury and is fun to drive, but any Jeep Wrangler is a true machine.