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2016 Chrysler 200 Combines Value, Sporty Handling
If you are looking for a car that combines value, power, and sporty handling with good looks, comfort, and incredible performance, then the 2016 Chrysler 200 is the perfect car for you. This automobile also has all the technology Silicon Valley has to offer. The 2016 Chrysler 200 with its powerful 4-cylinder, 184 horsepower engine, front-wheel drive, advanced safety features, 9-speed automatic transmission, steering wheel audio controls, keyless entry, and loads of safety features is one of the U.S’ lowest priced family sedans offered in 2016. It almost seems too good to be true.
Whether you choose the base model or spring for the upgrades, you can rest assured you are getting great value for your dollar. Consumers know this. Sales of the 2015 model rose 51% over the year before and customer satisfaction improved too. It seems more and more people are falling in love with the gorgeous Chrysler 200. It’s hard to say whether it is the performance, gas mileage, 5-star government crash-test rating, or all the new technology that has generated the increased interest. The less than $25,000 base price sure didn’t hurt.
For consumers that want their 2016 Chrysler 200 to do more, there are all kinds of upgrades available. Sure the large touchscreen with a variety of apps, text suppression, and phone calls automatically routed to voice mail to allow the driver to focus are standard, but customers can add rearview camera, Bluetooth, and drive-select Eco mode for a song. And if the 23 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway offered by the base model isn’t impressive enough, the car’s pleasing exterior, interior filled with creature comforts, and 16 cubic feet of trunk space, are sure to at least make you smile. Come on down to Chapman Chrysler Jeep to see one for yourself.
Upgrade from the front-wheel drive model with a non-turbo, 4-cylinder engine to the AWD, Pentastar V-6, 3.5-liter double overhead cam 295 horsepower engine and you’ll have a vehicle that’s eager to perform. Its sporty sounding engine lets people know there’s power under the hood and the car is willing to use it at the slightest depression of the accelerator. Plus the AWD provides the Chrysler 200 with excellent traction even on wet pavement. Its on-center steering feel, 19-inch optional all-season tires, and sport suspension lets you feel the road and produces an exhilarating driving experience you won’t soon forget.
Another innovation in the 2016 Chrysler 200 is the elimination of the gearshift. It’s replaced with a rotary dial which puts the ability to change gears at your fingertips. Plus you can opt to upgrade to vented and heated plump, super-comfortable front seats with stylishly sewn seams should you so desire. Add that to all the other amenities available on this automobile and it becomes easier to understand what made consumers gobble up the 2015 model in near record numbers. So if you are looking for an innovative, affordable, sporty-handling, technologically advanced, automobile with a growling engine that’s sure to turn heads, check out the stylish, new 2016 Chrysler 200.
50th Easter Jeep Safari Draws Fantasy Vehicles
Whether or not the concept vehicles Jeep provided at the 50th running of the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah ever make it to an assembly line was not the point. The annual Safari is a chance for the iconic off-road automaker to stretch its creative muscle and provide some fantasy fun for journalists and enthusiasts. This year was no exception. From the Hellcat-powered Trailcat to the Tonka-inspired FC 150, the hills were alive with the sights and sounds of four wheelers pushing the limits of good sense and driver courage. “Every year the Jeep team looks forward to pushing the limits,” Jeep brand boss Mike Manley told “Motor Trend” magazine. “We receive a tremendous amount of valuable feedback from enthusiasts. Unfortunately, you can’t buy any of the concept vehicles, but Chapman Chrysler Jeep has a complete lineup of four-wheelers designed to get you out on the open trail.
Crew Chief 715 Salutes Military
With 40-inch tires, solid steel fenders and bumpers and a look that is all business, the Jeep Crew Chief 715 is a four-door pickup truck that has a definite military flair. It pays homage to the old Kaiser M715. With a winch on both the front and rear bumpers, rock rails and Dana 60 axles, this beast is meant for the toughest trails in the world. With a 139-inch wheelbase, it is one of the longest Jeeps ever created. On the other end of that spectrum was the Jeep Shortcut, based on the old CJ-5 from the mid-20th century. Built on a Wrangler chassis, crews cut 26 inches off the length, which makes it the perfect little bug to master tight trails and switchbacks. The red on red design is offset by chrome bumpers, red wheels and giant 35-inch tires. If ever there was a toy for adults, the Jeep Shortcut is it.
Renegade Stretched into Mini Truck
Jeep designers took a new Renegade, stretched it 6 inches and replaced the back end with a pickup bed to make a sporty little off-road truck. This will undoubtedly strengthen the cries of enthusiasts for Jeep to come back with another version of their production truck. Jeep also found an old 1960 work truck and saved the body, then mated it with the chassis of a new Wrangler. The result is something they call the Jeep FC150, which was outfitted with brakes, power steering and other fun stuff that made it safe to drive. Seventeen-inch white wheels are offset by 33-inch tires. A fake bale of hay in the bed actually houses a cooler where you can keep some drinks to wet your whistle on those long trail runs.
Trailcat Houses 707-horsepower Hellcat Engine
Who needs 700 horsepower out on the trail? Who doesn’t? Jeep engineers stretched the wheelbase of a Wrangler by 12 inches to fit the Hellcat engine, which was paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Although no speed tests were run, it’s safe to say the Trailcat left all the other concept vehicles in the dust. See just how creative Jeep can be by taking a visit and inspecting the inventory at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.
The Chrysler Pacifica is an amazing automobile. It’s roomy, has all the creature comfort the entire family wants, and all the safety features they need. And it’s getting better every year. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica’s highway cycle fuel economy a rating of 28 miles per gallon. That’s a 10% improvement over the last model. This enables families to travel many more miles for a lot less money. It’s a welcome largess for the people in charge of planning the trips and filling up the tank. It also means the new Pacifica is greener too. To see that it is both a green minivan and one that offers power, you should test drive one at Chapman Chrysler Jeep. You are sure to fall in love.
Chrysler has also added a more powerful, lighter, redesigned 3.6 liter, V6 engine with a two-step variable valve lift, and cooled exhaust-gas recirculation. All of this leads to better performance, increased engine efficiency, and better gas mileage. The Pacifica mileage in city driving has improved by 6% while it offers a 12% miles per gallon increase when you take it on the highway. This vehicle just begs to be driven and has enough room to fit all your family and friends and their stuff. It’s green, gorgeous, and loaded with get up and go. Yet seems to simply sip on the fuel.
If that’s not enough, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica also boasts the first 9 speed automatic transmission on a minivan. One that shifts smoothly and makes driving this vehicle a lot more fun. It’s the newest member of the FCA US TorqueFlite transmission family. Plus the redesigned Pacifica is 250 pounds lighter. Together they too help to improve the vehicle’s miles per gallon. So simply purchasing a Pacifica helps you to make your money go further, gets you further on a tank full of gas, and makes you smile every time your drive by a gas station without having to stop.
According to the FCA Group Executive Council Head of Product Portfolio Management and COO of Product Development Mark Chernoby, Chrysler is not only focused on creating an automobile that will better meet the needs of their customers today. The vehicle is designed and built to enhance their quality of life and their driving experience for many years to come. The Town & Country was one of the most beloved minivans ever produced. In order for Chrysler to replace it with the Pacifica it had to be an extraordinary automobile. The EPA verified 28 miles per gallon is only reason the 2017 Pacifica is considered to be special.
Lightweight, high-strength steel and magnesium to reduce weight, improved value, greater customer satisfaction, enhanced transmission, more interior room, a smoother ride, better handling, and improved gas mileage, are just some of the reasons Chrysler is confident the 2017 Pacifica is the right vehicle to replace the vaunted Town & Country. And FCA isn’t finished with the Pacifica. There’s word of a soon to be released Pacifica Hybrid that gets 80 MPGe. Contact your Chrysler dealer for information on when the 2017 Pacifica will be in a showroom near you.
Toledo Plant to Build 350,000 Wranglers a Year
Don’t be shocked if you seen a lot more Wranglers running around in the next few years. Fiat Chrysler America (FCA), the parent company of Jeep, announced that the Toledo manufacturing plant is soon to be geared solely for the production of the mighty little Jeep. A new Jeep Wrangler is set to come out in 2018, but FCA said there will be a period where the plant is making both the current and new generations of the Jeep. The Toledo plant also makes the Jeep Cherokee, but that production is expected to move to Illinois next March so the factory can focus on the Wrangler. Now with 75 years of history under its belt, the Wrangler is one of the most popular off-road vehicles of all time. Check out the inventory and take a test drive with a visit to Chapman Chrysler Jeep.
More Changes Afoot for Wrangler
The magical year appears to be 2018 when Jeep not only produces a new design for the Wrangler, but also introduces a diesel-powered model and a pickup based on the new Wrangler body. The current body style is expected to be called the “Wrangler Classic” and continue on sale for an undefined period of time. Mike Manley, head of Jeep production, says he wants to keep “supply just behind demand. We still see a strong order bank from the U.S., more demand from Europe and still some residual demand from Asia that we can’t fill.” Manley said the Wrangler “is the incarnation of the most iconic American brand in the world,” which accounts for its global popularity.
Devotees Excited About Rebirth of Wrangler Truck
There have been many different examples of a Jeep truck over the years, starting in 1947 with the Jeep Overland Truck, followed by the Gladiator in 1963 and the J2000 in 1965. The J-10 came along in 1974, followed by the CJ-10 and Comanche in the 1980s. Production of the Comanche stopped in 1992, ending the run of Jeep trucks and starting a public outcry for a new model. The 2017 Wrangler Truck promises to be a simple two-seater with a small bed that’s perfect for small utility jobs or taking a tent into some of the wildest terrain in the country.
Diesel, Hybrid Wranglers Still a Way Off
FCA says its diesel-powered Jeep Wrangler will only come on the unlimited model, potentially not until 2022. A hybrid model is planned sometime after that date, utilizing similar technology that is planned for the Ram truck. The hybrid will be a “mild hybrid,” which simply means that the electric engine will support the gas motor, but will not propel the vehicle by itself. Wrangler has plenty of great special editions for sale during Jeep’s 75th anniversary year. Check them out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.