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The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid has a starting price of $39,995 and has several new standard and available features. Last year, Chrysler released the first gasoline-electric minivan in the industry. With their all-new plug-in model Pacifica Hybrid which can be recharged externally, Chrysler has created a very innovative vehicle.

The Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid Minivan comes in three trim levels. They are the Hybrid Touring Plus, Hybrid Touring L and Hybrid Limited. All 2018 Pacifica models come with the excellent SafetyTec Group, ParkSense Rear Park Assist with Stop, Rear Cross Path detection and Blind-spot Monitoring, as standard equipment. All models have the improved Uconnect 4 audio systems as well.

The exterior features new body-color mirrors and wheels on the Touring Plus, while the Hybrid Touring L has both a Stow ‘n Place chrome roof rack and bright body-side molding. New colors, Ocean Blue Metallic and Copper Pearl Coat, and dual captain’s chairs replacing the three-person bench in the middle row, have been added for 2018. To check out all the amenities on the Chrysler Pacific Minivan, take one for a spin at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Another unique feature of the 2018 plug-in hybrid Chrysler Pacifica is it can recharge its on-board battery by connecting to a power source outside the vehicle. In electric vehicle mode, a single charge can power the vehicle for about 35 miles. It gets 35 mpg when powered by its gasoline engine alone. The EPA has rated it at 84 mpg/e in everyday driving when using both electric power and gasoline.

The 2018 hybrid Pacifica has a V-6, 3.6-liter Atkinson-cycle engine that produces 260 horsepower when combined with the electric motor. Using battery power and a tank of gas, the vehicle has a 530 mile range. The electric motor connected to the specially-designed E-Flite electronically variable transmission which powers the front wheels of the Pacifica is surprisingly powerful. It delivers enough torque at startup to quickly get the vehicle moving.

Switching between electric and gasoline happens automatically when additional power for passing or climbing steep hills is needed. The hybrid system automatically chooses the driving mode that’s most efficient. However, the driver can override it.

The hybrid Pacific has several unique features. The instrument panel has hybrid-specific features which help with monitoring driving efficiency and battery power. The instrument panel has a unique seven-inch TFT display. The panoramic sunroof has three panes that lets people in all three seating rows see the sky.

The hybrid model’s fully regenerative braking system helps recharge the battery while slowing the vehicle. A special app downloaded to a smartphone can remotely control the hybrid’s heating and air conditioning and set the battery pack’s charging times when the Pacifica hybrid is using an outside power sources.

Available features on the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in hybrid minivan include heated and ventilated leather front seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, a 360-degree Surround View system and a KeySense programmable key fob which can remotely control some features of the vehicle. There’s also Chrysler’s Uconnect Theater which gives Android phones and tablets wireless streaming capability, an integrated Stow ‘n Vac system and hands-free rear liftgate and sliding doors.

A Look At The New Jeep JL Wrangler

 

The brand new 2018 ‘JL’ generation Jeep Wrangler is here. The company has revamped the most iconic and recognizable 4×4 it has ever produced. The current ‘JK’ generation four-door Jeep Wrangler had remained largely unchanged for 11 years. Jeep debuted the new model at the LA Auto Show this year.

To please Wrangler fans, the 2018 Jeep version retains the rugged, somewhat boxy look of the previous generation Wrangler. However, the new two-door Wrangler is 2.8 inches longer while the four-door model is longer than its predecessor by 3.8 inches. The new Wrangler also has an aluminum body that’s 200 pounds lighter.

The new Wrangler has larger headlights, with LED beams as an option. The fender flares are smaller and have LED daytime running light integrated into them. There’s also a new CJ-inspired grille, as well as new bumpers on the front and rear. The Rubicon models now have 33-inch tires, fenders painted in the body-color, plus a hood with a vented power dome. The 2018 Wrangler has a manual soft-top roof with a new spring mechanism, allowing one person to raise or fold it. The Wrangler also has a power-folding soft-top option. A Freedom Top hardtop with lighter removable panels is also available. No matter what version you want, you can check out any Jeep Wrangler at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

The changes to the new Jeep Wrangler are more noticeable in the interior. The new upscale cabin has push-button ignition, a 7-inch driver display located between analog gauges, 7-inch UConnect infotainment system with the option to upgrade to an 8.4-inch display featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and other technological advances. Plus, the four-door models have more rear legroom, more comfortable seating positions and larger windows for improved visibility.

Three new engine options and two updated transmissions power the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Chrysler’s Pentastar V6, 285 horsepower engine which delivers 260 pound-feet of torque is the base motor. It can be mated with either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. Drivers can choose between a 2.0-liter turbocharged, e-assisted, 270 horsepower four-cylinder engine which provide 295 pound-feet of torque and a 260 horsepower, 3.0-liter turbodiesel which kicks 442 pound-feet of torque. Those engines are exclusively mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A plug-in hybrid Wrangler will be available in 2020.

The new Wrangler Sport, Sport S as well as the Sahara models have the four-wheel drive Command-Trac NV241 transfer case which has a 2.72:1 low range and a Dana 30 front axle and a Dana 35 rear axle as standard equipment. A Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential is also available. The Wrangler Sahara models can now have the Selec-Trac transfer case which has permanent 4WD. Rubicons get serious off-road hardware. It includes front and rear Dana 44 axles with 4.10 gearing, along with a Rock-Trac transfer case which has 4:1 low-range gearing, as well as Tru-Lok electronic locking differentials. The vehicle also has front sway bars with an electronic disconnect.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler appears to have improved on the JK significantly, but still offers the great look and superior capability Jeep lovers expect.

 

Jeep has announced plans to offer an optional soft-top on their Scrambler pickup. The company has signaled plans to fully reveal its two-door Wrangler along with the four-door Wrangler Unlimited at next week’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Jeep’s new pickup truck will not be there. The plan is to have it make its debut some time during 2018. The Scrambler pickup is slated to begin production at Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio in November 2018. The Scrambler pickup truck is based on the Jeep Wrangler. It is scheduled to begin hitting the market in about a year.

At the Moab Easter Jeep Safari last year, Jeep introduced its Crew Chief 715 concept. That vehicle is based on Jeep’s previous-generation Wrangler Unlimited. The Crew Chief 715 concept looks like a pickup truck that has a fabric roof as well as an array of design cues that pay tribute to a wide selection of Jeep military vehicles that include the Kaiser M715. People that are Crew Chief 715 fans will be ecstatic to hear that the Wrangler pickup that they have long been waiting for, codenamed ‘JT’, will draw some inspiration from the concept vehicle that debuted last year.

Sources with close connections to Jeep have revealed to Automotive News that the utilitarian vehicle will have an optional soft top, just like the regular Wrangler. In addition to that, owners will have the option to simply lower the soft top or to remove it completely. A number of the styling traits that were included in the Crew Chief 715 is said to be planned to be included on the Scrambler. However the front grille will not be a part of it. That will enable it to stay true to the heritage of the Wrangler. The name Scrambler has not yet been confirmed as what the new pickup will be called. If you want to check out any Jeep’s, you should head to Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

There are numerous spy images that have shown that the testing phase of the new pickup truck is already well underway. The new Jeep pickup has rumored to have been in the development stage for quite a few years. Many people have seen the regular Wranglers driving out in the open. Those in the know say they do not expect too many surprises when it comes to the design of Jeep’s new pickup version of the Wrangler. When the new Scrambler eventually arrives, many say it could feature a V6 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine similar to the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as well as the company’s naturally aspirated V6 Pentastar gasoline engines.

For people that are both Jeep and pickup lovers, excitement is at an all-time high. All signs point to the new Scrambler being a great addition to the Jeep lineup of rugged, versatile vehicles. Automotive enthusiasts are counting down the days and poring over spy photographs to get a look at this long-awaited Jeep pickup. The company has a 75 year tradition of creating excellent go anywhere, do anything vehicles and the Scrambler is anticipated continue that tradition.

2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk – Perfect

 

The 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk is the perfect vehicle whether your journeys take you off road or on. It’s an off-road version of a compact crossover. Powered by a Tigershark inline four-cylinder 2.4-liter engine combined with a 9-speed transmission, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk with its 8.5 inches of ground clearance can ford creeks, zip through hill and dale and tow up to 2,000 pounds. It does all you expect a Jeep 4×4 to do and looks good doing it.

The second generation Compass combines elements from both the old Compass and the Patriot into an excellent compact crossover. Slotted between the midsize Cherokee and the subcompact Renegade, the design of the 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk with its wide mesh grille featuring seven slots and wrap-around headlights is like the Grand Cherokee. The vehicle also has a split fascia that flares out to black clad pronounced wheel arches, recessed fog lights, two tow hooks in the front and another in the rear. It also has skid plates in the front and rear, 17-inch wheels and off-road tires. This not only gives it buffed up off-road looks, it enables it drive through water that’s 19 inches deep.

The 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk is perfect for off-road duty. Even with just three wheels on the ground the vehicle’s active drive system moves power to the other wheels and keeps it going over rocks, stumps and rough terrain. The Trailhawk’s hill-descent control allows it to move effortlessly through pedal-free crawls over steep angles. It also does well in normal driving. Even with its complex four-wheel drive system, the Compass still gets an EPA measured combined 25 miles per gallon. Plus, it has good headroom and with the 60/40 folding seats, there’s enough cargo area for the kids and all their sports gear. To get a better idea of how much room you get with a Jeep Compass Trailhawk, check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

This Jeep’s cabin controls, which includes its steering wheel controls and info display, are logical and very easy to use. Its 8.4-inch touch screen with hexagonal icons gives the 2017 Compass Trailhawk a real Jeep feel. The infotainment system, which uses voice commands, works well overall. There is also a “Cold Weather Group” which includes a windshield wiper de-icer that costs $195, remote start for $395 and a dual pane sunroof for $1,295. Overall, the Compass is a very refined Jeep, but by adding the Trailhawk, it retains its rugged Jeep bona fides.

The 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk is perfect for people that need a vehicle to handle the double duty of traveling on and off road. It’s an excellent compact crossover that is available for a very affordable base price of $28,595. The vehicle gets a respectable 22 miles per hour in the city and 30 miles per hour in highway driving. With its 2.4-liter four-cylinder and nine-speed automatic transmission, many people compare it to the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and the Subaru Outback. But what really sets the 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk is how well it performs off-road. This vehicle truly has an authentic Jeep soul

 

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.