How do you successfully evolve what is considered the most iconic vehicle in Jeep’s lineup, the Jeep Wrangler, without upsetting loyalists and new customers alike? The Wrangler has maintained its separate body and frame as well as live axles since the days of the Willys, being the closest decedent on the market. Jeep has evolved most of their other vehicles but has stayed hands off with the Wrangler. And while enthusiasts may not like it, the Wrangler will have to undergo changes sooner verses later. There has been much speculation that the evolution in the near future is to insure the cars survival with today’s consumers. The major reason for these changes is increasing fuel economy and efficiency; while not much of a thought before, fuel economy is becoming a driving factor for purchasers. Increasing fuel economy means the Wrangler must shed some weight and feature a new, smaller (and potentially turbo) engine under the hood. Following recent trends, Fiat Chrysler may fashion a unibody platform out of aluminum vs. using a traditional full frame. Reducing weight and cost with a unibody chassis benefits both Chrysler along with Jeep owners looking for a lighter vehicle. Most likely Chrysler will be building this frame out of ultra-light aluminum and high strength steel although nothing has been officially confirmed yet.
Other changes may include the elimination of outdated solid axles on the suspension and replacing it with an IFS suspension, allowing the Wrangler to handle bumps better as well as have solid off road handling without lowering speed articulation. Diesel aficionados will be happy to learn that there is a chance a diesel Wrangler is in the offing, especially after the success of both Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Whether you like the fold down windshield, or hate the curved frame look when folded down, there is a good chance it will be removed for the 2017 model. Some fear that the new Wrangler will not have a removable top, but this has not been confirmed in either.
While speculations are running wild for the future of the Jeep Wrangler, only time will tell what Chrysler officially decides to do with the iconic vehicle. We hope to see improvements in efficiency and technology without sacrificing look or handling. Stay connected with Chapman Chrysler Jeep for updated Jeep news, or stop in to look at current and used models.
Speculations and information found on Four Wheeler Network.
Now that you’ve got the keys to a new or new-to-you Jeep from Chapman Chrysler Jeep, you’re probably itching to put it to the test. Most cities offer some great Jeep off-roading trails all within a short drive of the metro. We’ve done the dirty work and created a checklist for what you need to know before you get those tires (and mirrors and windshields and just about everything else) muddy. Let’s go!
First, let’s get packing. Here’s what you’ll need for a good adventure: a full tank of gas, a tow rope rated to the weight of your Jeep, a spare tire and all the tools needed to actually change that tire, a portable air compressor, maps, a first aid kit and a fully-charged cell phone. You’ll also want to take along a high jack lift, a vehicle-mounted winch, shovel, water for the radiator and drinking water for you and your passengers, two-way radios to communicate with your driving pals and at least one fire extinguisher.
Then, you’ll want to choose your route. While driving through sloppy river bottoms and rock climbing is what we all first imagine when we think of off-roading, you’ll want to gain experience behind the wheel in kinder terrains before hitting a difficult trail. Look for trails with a rating of 1-2, which feature obstacles and terrain that is relatively easy to navigate and might not require continuous use of four-wheel drive. These trails often consist of grass, dry dirt or gravel roads, or crossing dry stream beds. They can offer a fun ride while posing little risk to you, your passengers and your vehicle.
Many national and state parks offer trails just for this type of activity and they can be a great place to start your off-road adventure. Seek out trails that offer good traction materials and don’t have steep climbs or descents. Once you feel comfortable with these trails, you can move on to more demanding trails that feature rocks, dunes, mud and crossing rivers.
Before you set off, make sure you tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return. It’s also a good idea to read and be familiar with your Jeep’s owner’s manual. It will offer details on driving techniques for your specific model. Off-road and Jeep clubs are also a great source of information – search for a club in your area to find drivers who share your love of the road less traveled. Many clubs offer day trips as a group, which is a great way to explore an area in a safe manner and with drivers who have the expertise to help you should you have trouble.
We hope it goes without saying that all off-roading is done at your own risk. Please practice safe driving and know your route before you head out. You’ll want to be sure to leave the area better than you found it, too. No littering or graffiti. Stay safe out there, drivers!
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The 2015 Chrysler 200S is one of the more impressive models to hit the showroom at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.
This writer cannot agree more with the slogan from Chrysler that states, “This is not a sedan that wishes it was a sports car. The All-New 2015 Chrysler 200S is a performance sedan that also happens to be sophisticated and stylish.”
With its slick and sporty exterior design, the 2015 Chrysler 200S comes in eight colors ranging from “bright white clear coat” to “black clear coat.” Each color comes with a tri-coat paint that delivers a deeper shine.
The exterior has plenty of convenient features including keyless entry, 18” satin carbon aluminum wheels, noise-reducing acoustic glass, heated power mirrors and bi-functional lighting for performance and appearance.
The interior of the 2015 Chrysler 200S is a sophisticated eye-opener.
Entering the vehicle, the driver will notice the amount of space offered inside. Best-in-class front and rear shoulder room, a rotary e-shift, and an ergonomic center console with pass-through storage are just a few of the features in the spacious interior. Also the dual-pane sunroof is a nice touch. The moderate placement of chrome combined with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and seating gives drivers a sense of class and sport not felt in most mid-sized sedans.
Looking for comfort? The Chrysler 200S includes Smart Remote Start, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic temperature control with humidity sensor, heating and air conditioning ducts in the rear center console, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Looking at the safety security and performance features is what gives the Chrysler 200S its uniqueness. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection mirrors, a Parkview rear backup camera and eight airbags are a few of the safety features. The security system is top-notch and will detect movement in the cabin or if the vehicle is tilted, sounding a deafening alarm.
Under the hood, the Chrysler 200S features a 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II four-cylinder engine. Paired with the nine-speed automatic transmission, it delivers 184 horsepower, 173 lb-ft of torque and up to 36 highway mpg. Also available is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine. The V6 engine delivers Best-in-Class available 295 horsepower in addition to 262 lb-ft of torque and up to 32 highway mpg.
The sport mode with the Chrysler 200S cannot go unnoticed. With its performance-tuned modifications to the steering, throttle, transmission shift points, electronic stability control and adaptive cruise control, this feature is said by Chrysler to be “the most advanced Sport Mode in its class.”
Lastly for the technology aficionados out there, the Chrysler 200S features the Uconnect 5.0 System. This system includes a high-resolution, 8.4-inch touchscreen display, AM/FM radio, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with one year of service included, integrated voice command with Bluetooth hands-free calling, voice prompts, voice commands for radio functions and voice texting, Bluetooth streaming audio, auxiliary and USB media hub with compatible mobile device integration, and speed adjusted volume with an available 10-speaker premium sound system.
Chapman Chrysler Jeep also has a wide selection of the 2015 Chrysler 200 for those who are looking for something a little less sporty.
Jeep has been on a product roll. The venerable Jeep Wrangler is still selling well, even after all these years. The Grand Cherokee has become a staple amongst the SUV market and community. Even the recently unveiled and wildly designed Cherokee has gotten traction in the market amongst new buyers looking for something rugged and practical without have to spend Land Rover money. For more on Jeep’s lineup, be sure to contact Chapman Jeep today.
Now, Jeep is attacking the smaller, more crossover SUV products by slowly eliminating the Compass and Patriot for something a little more true to the Jeep ethos. Here we welcome in the 2015 Jeep Renegade. Jeep saw the Nissan Jukes and Kia Souls of the world carving a market of small crossover SUVs without offering anything rugged like Jeep is handsomely known for. Styling for the 2015 Renegade comes from the Wrangler, as Jeep diversifies its styling into two design camps—the Grand Cherokee/Cherokee and Renegade/Wrangler.
For Jeep purists, an off-road-oriented Trailhawk model offers 8.8 inches of ground clearance. it also offers 8.1 inches of rear wheel travel and is able to wade up to 19 inches of water, It is almost certain that many won’t option for the rugged Trailhawk version, instead opting for a trim that is more practical with a charming design.
U.S. buyers will have two powertrain offerings at launch. There is the 1.4 turbo 4 160 hp 184 torque paired exclusively with a six-speed manual. There is also the 2.4-liter Tigershark making 184 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, which is mated to a Chrysler nine-speed automatic transmission. Jeep says the crossover will deliver 30 plus mpg on the highway.
Two all-wheel drive systems are available. Jeep Active Drive is a full-time system that can send up to 100 percent of engine torque to any drive wheel as necessary. Jeep Active Drive Low is standard on the Trailhawk model. This adds a low range that gives the Renegade a 20:1 crawl ratio in first gear.
Jeep Active Drive Low will also employ hill-descent control and Selec-Terrain traction control. The traction control will have Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud, and, on the Trailhawk model, Rock 4×4 driving modes.
Expect the Jeep Renegade to hit showroom floors this fall. To stay update on the latest Jeep news, contact Las Vegas Jeep today.
Once a year, Insure.com ranks the vehicles with the best car insurance rates. For 2014, Jeep has claimed a remarkable seven of the 20 “least expensive to insure” spots. The models that made the list include the Jeep Patriot Sport, Jeep Compass Sport, Jeep Patriot Latitude, Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Jeep Wrangler Sahara and the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. But topping the list of least expensive cars to insure in 2014 is the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport.
Jeep Wrangler Sport
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler is offered with two or four door, and the sport edition is one of three trim levels. The Sport comes equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, a black convertible soft-top, fog lights, manual accessories, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat and a 6-speaker audio system with steering-wheel-mounted controls and an auxiliary audio jack.
Options are extensive and include many items that may be standard on other trims. Bluetooth/USB connectivity is optional across the lineup, as is a touchscreen interface for the dashboard. Extensive customization options can be explored on the Jeep website or at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.
Under the hood, all Wranglers are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Two transmissions are offered: a 6-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic. Four-wheel drive with a dual-range transfer case is standard. According to Edmunds, the Environmental Protection Agency rates the regular Wrangler at 17 miles per gallon city/21 mpg highway regardless of transmission.
As for safety, the 2014 Wrangler comes with the basics, including dual front airbags, anti-lock disc brakes, traction control and roll bars. Front side airbags are an extra-cost option.
If you’re thinking about purchasing a vehicle rugged enough to finesse rocky trails, chances are, one make comes to mind: Jeep. This specialty automotive manufacturer has a long history of producing trucks and SUVs capable of off-highway adventures, while keeping your insurance costs to a minimum. Visit Chapman Chrysler Jeep for the latest updates and new Jeep inventory.