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With the arrival of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid, American moms and dads finally have the affordable, fuel-efficient, plug-in hybrid, large and powerful enough to haul big families and all their gear. This vehicle has room for 7, elevated seating, all the safety features and creature comforts you need, yet it handles surprisingly well and looks great. Its electrically bolstered powertrain takes it from 0 to 60 in a respectable 7.8 seconds. This isn’t a vehicle for drag racing. It’s a safe, comfortable, roomy, technologically-advanced family vehicle.

The platinum version of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica PHEV comes with the convenience and safety of Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Park Sense, Blind Spot Monitoring as well as Rear Cross Path Detection. This makes maneuvering this large minivan through thick traffic and into tight parking spots much easier. Plus, its middle seat entertainment system features dual 10.1″ touchscreen monitors that can flip up or down to entertain children and adults in the rear seats making long trips more fun. To see how fun they can be, take one for a test drive at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Its rear liftgate and dual sliding doors equipped with foot trigger is a godsend for busy shoppers with arm loads children and groceries. Plus, the roomy interior is thoughtfully and carefully engineered and has exciting features. The main cockpit has every needed control at the driver’s fingertips. And the easy-folding 3rd row seats make creating even more room a breeze.

The hybrid Pacifica has a 110 volt AC outlet conveniently located behind the 2nd row seats and a 3rd row USB port. Its 3-pane panoramic glass roof is the interior’s true centerpiece. The primary infotainment console has all the features and technology options you need and they can be easily displayed for front and rear passengers at a glance using the hybrid information screen.

This beauty has Andriod Auto, Apple Airplay and all the other connectivity and technology users want. It even displays what the electric motor, internal combustion engine, primary traction battery and the entire powertrain is doing at all times. Plus, the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid can go 33 miles using the battery alone. Turn on conventional hybrid-electric mode and it averages 34 miles per gallon or an 84 MPGe, according to its EPA rating, and leaves a 31% smaller environmental footprint.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid uses its 16 kWh battery and two powerful electric motors most of the time. It draws power from its rooftop solar panels for zero emission driving. Its J1772 EV charging port can use a 120 or a 240 volt EVSE to recharge its battery in 2 hours using a 30-amp circuit Level 2 EVSE or 14 hours with a Level I EVSE with 120 volts.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid is also the safest automobile in its class. It’s overall crash safety rating gets 5 stars thanks in part to having large crumple zones. Plus, its eligibility for $7,500 in US federal tax credit makes it even more affordable without factoring in fuel savings. Overall, it’s a great family vehicle.

Jeep Compass Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

 

For over 75 years Jeep has had a reputation for performance, durability and versatility. Now you can add superior safety. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass earns the top safety pick. This is in part because of its body structure that’s made of high-strength steel. This helped the vehicle earn the highest possible ratings when it comes to collision-warning technology and crashworthiness. In all five of the crashworthiness tests, the 2017 Jeep Compass got the top rating of ‘good’. That’s better than all other vehicles in its class. If you want to enjoy a best in class vehicle, you should first take one for a test drive at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

The all-new Compass was rated ‘superior’ for its Full-speed Forward Collision-Plus which is part of its Automatic Emergency Braking technology that’s currently available. The system benefits from the sensor-fusion strategy employed by Jeep. With more than 70 safety and security features available, including 7 air bags as standard equipment, it’s the most capable compact SUV. The Automatic Emergency Braking technology available on the new Compass was also graded as “superior.” It’s the IIHS’ highest possible rating in its category. Earning an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation requires such performance.

The combination of the over 65% high-strength steel content of the 2017 Jeep Compass and the advanced level of engineering sophistication that went into its development and production contributes to the vehicle’s crashworthiness. It also helps to make the small SUV the most capable ever in its class. Advanced high-strength steel and hot-stamped steel make up over half the high-strength steel in the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass. Since the 2012 model-year FCA US as increased the high-strength steel used in their vehicles by more than 50 percent.

Some other tests in which the 2017 Jeep Compass received a rating of “good” include:

Moderate-offset frontal impact
Side impact involving a pickup truck or large SUV
Small-offset frontal impact
A rear collision powerful enough to cause whiplash
Roof-deformation caused by a rollover

A hallmark of FCA US’ safety strategy is the use of Advanced AEB technology. The all-new 2018 Jeep Compass has benefited from the company’s sensor-fusion technology that’s available in its Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus system in its driver-assist feature. Sensor-fusion uses both radar technology and cameras to provide greater precision when monitoring the road ahead. Most competitive systems employ one or the other. This Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus technology is one of the 2017 Jeep Compass’ 70 security and safety features. They also include side pelvic-thorax air bags mounted on the seats as well as full-length, side-curtain air bags as part of its seven standard-equipment air bags.

The cost of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass begins at $20,995. That excludes destination, title, taxes and registration fees. This is well worth it because this new authentic SUV combines the Jeep brand’s legendary 75 year heritage with versatility, craftsmanship and class-leading capability for people seeking extraordinary journeys. It offers an open invitation for people to live their life to the fullest. The entire line of Jeep vehicles provide owners with the feeling of security to confidently handle any journey.

 

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler, the latest version of a very popular off-road vehicle, will begin showing up in showrooms nationwide early next year. Here are a few things people should know about it.

The current generation of the Jeep Wrangler has been sold for over 10 years. The next generation Wrangler is among the most anticipated of the 2018 trucks. Being produced at the Jeep assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio, new Wrangler will debut in late November in the LA Auto Show.

The Jeep Wrangler is an iconic vehicle, so the 2018 model will look much like the models from previous generations. However, it will feature a slightly more bulbous front grille to help the vehicle meet the pedestrian crash safety standards. Plus, the turn signal will now be on the front part of the fender.

Spy photos show the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will have both two door and four door models and buyers can choose between a hard or soft top configuration. Leaked computer renderings confirm the 2018 Wrangler will still offer the trademark removable doors. Pictures of camouflaged prototypes showing exposed door hinges, one of the Wrangler’s traditional design elements, seems to signal the doors on the new model will be able to be popped off.

The windshield on the 2018 Wrangler has hinges. That may be just decoration or it could mean the windshield will fold down like in previous models. The windshield itself is significantly flatter than before signaling it may fold down.

Spy photos show the new Wrangler has a much nicer interior. It might even feature the latest UConnect infotainment system from Fiat Chrysler. It may also have heated steering wheels and dual-zone climate control as available options. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler isn’t ready for test drive yet, but you can check out others Jeep Wrangler models out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Dashboard-mounted window switches on the new Wrangler imply it will have removable doors. Like older Wranglers, it has a shallow, upright dashboard. Portions of it may be color-matched with the exterior paint. It’s uncertain if that’s a standard feature or a high-end option.

There’ll also be a pickup version of the new Wrangler. Allegedly called the Scrambler, it won’t be available until late 2019.

The new Wrangler will retain the classic body-on-frame construction. However, it will be much lighter and get better gas mileage than previous generations because much more aluminum is expected to be used in its body.

Insiders say the 2018 Wrangler will have multiple engine options. They include Fiat Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 and the Hurricane, a four-cylinder, 2.0 liter, 300 horsepower engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger. Built on an aluminum block, the Hurricane will also feature variable valve timing and direct fuel injection. The new Wrangler could also have hybrid and diesel powertrains. Diesel-powered Wranglers are sold outside the US. The diesel option looks like a turbocharged V6, 3.0-liter engine.

Sources and spy photos hint that the next generation Wrangler will offer an optional manual version and one with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This will improve efficiency over the five-speed automatic currently available.

Here comes the long-awaited new and improved 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude is a Bold SUV

 

Jeep’s 2017 Renegade Altitude is a brash, bold SUV. With a MSRP starting at $22,190, this vehicle gives you a lot for your money. It’s the embodiment of Jeep’s trailblazing spirit and bold style specially designed for 21st century driving. The vehicle features 18-inch tall gloss-black aluminum wheels and striking black accents. Whether you opt for the front-wheel-drive or available 4×4 capability and you are sure to turn heads wherever you go. The 2017 Renegade Altitude has a gloss-black interior and exterior trim and comes in 10 exciting colors.

The gloss-black finishes on the exterior of the 2017 Renegade Altitude make a statement that’s both powerful and stylish. Its bold, modern design makes it equally at home whether making its way along a rugged trail or on paved roads headed uptown to the theater. Add its striking gloss black accents found on the grille, exterior badges, wheels and rear fascia and its easy to understand why the Renegade Altitude always attracts attention wherever it goes. Its attention-grabbing 18-inch aluminum wheels featuring a gloss black finish is sure to make people stop and stare. While it sounds great, to really understand how great the Renegade is, you should take one for a drive at Chapman Chrysler Jeep. Any of the many Jeep Renegade models are sure to impress you.

The interior of the 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude is also bold and impressive. The cockpit is a study in style, accessibility, capability and comfort. Being designed with details like its black cloth seating as well as high-gloss black interior finishes help to give this solid SUV a distinct touch of class that makes a statement no matter where your travel’s take you. Its available Uconnect® 6.5 gives you infotainment and connectivity no matter how far afield you go. Its comfortable cloth sedile seat and stylish black stitching cradles you in the lap of luxury. With its interior bezels and other accents covered in high-quality, high-gloss black finishes, the interior feels and looks great.

When it comes to capability, the Renegade Altitude exhibits the legendary Jeep® obstacle-conquering pedigree in spades. This is especially true when you choose the optional Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System with driver tuned traction setting as well as Jeep’s Active Drive 4×4 System featuring rear-axle disconnect. Combine that with either Jeep’s 1.4 liter MultiAir Turbo or its 2.4 Liter Tigershark® MultiAir® 2 engines and you have all the ingredients you need for a powerful, efficient performance on asphalt, snow, sand or mud.

The 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude has all the safety and security features you need to make sure you have peace of mind of mind no matter the driving conditions. That includes options like the ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera. This system lets you back up or park with confidence by displaying a video image featuring dynamic distance gridlines and bringing previously hidden objects in the front and rear to your attention on-screen.

The Renegade Altitude also comes with a whole host of excellent available options. They include a high-resolution 6.5-inch touchscreen and a Cold Weather Group that includes a windshield deicer, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and all-season floor mats. This bold, beautiful automobile is built to go anywhere, anytime.

2018 Jeep Cherokee Update Revealed

 

The secret is out. The 2018 Jeep Cherokee with all of it’s upgrades has been revealed to the people in the automotive market in the United States. What it shows is that the 2018 Jeep Cherokee will not only deliver the superior performance people have long depended on from the Jeep brand vehicles, it will also be bringing a whole new slate of active safety technologies. Plus, it will also have increased equipment levels available all across the range. That means the new Jeep Cherokee is not only faster and more powerful, it’s also safer and more technologically advanced. Leave it to Jeep to give people more than they anticipated.

For the new model-year, Jeep is offering the American medium SUV that now comes with available technologies that include advances like blind spot monitoring as well as rear cross traffic alert. The legendary automotive manufacturer is also introducing a new member to its historic line-up. For 2018 the company is introducing the entry-level Latitude. This vehicle is sure to turn heads and get hearts racing with its standard features that include 17-inch alloy wheels, fog-lights, HID headlights, rear-view camera and body-coloured door handles and mirrors. Entry level indeed.

Jeep is also introducing the new Latitude Plus grade. This allows Jeep buyers to adds a wide range of new highlights. They include an upgraded infotainment system with an 8.4-inch Uconnect colour touchscreen, keyless entry and start, leather multifunction steering wheel, leather seat inserts and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat that feature four-way lumbar support. There is also ambient lighting, a second row 115V AC outlet, as well as an array of different 17-inch alloy wheels that are available in addition to the base model. Whatever model you check out, you should do so at Chapman Chrysler Jeep as there is plenty of selection. Whether you check out a 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude or another model, you are sure to fall in love.

Go higher up into the new range of Jeep vehicles and you’ll find that the comfort-oriented Limited trims and the off-road focused Trailhawk have all gotten blind spot monitoring, “ParkSense’ rear backup warning and rear cross traffic alert. Buyers in the United States can also get the Trailhawk with dual-zone climate control and the Limited with an added power tailgate.

The new American range of Jeep Cherokees continues by offering two powertrain options. There is 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder, petrol powered 130kW/229Nm as well as a 3.2 liter naturally-aspirated V6 powered 200kW/315Nm. The V6 powered Jeep now has idle stop/start technology as a standard feature. No matter the engine size buyers choose, all of the versions are equipped with an excellent nine-speed automatic transmission and come with the choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

While company officials and industry insiders have shared information on the new Jeep models for the U.S. market, at this stage Jeep’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia, was not able to confirm the details of the model-year updates to the 2018 Jeep Cherokee that will be available in the Land Down Under. Australian Jeep enthusiasts with just have to stay tuned a little bit longer to learn what upgrades will be available on the new 2018 Jeep Cherokee there.