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Jeep has drawn on its decades of experience and created the Jeep Compass Latitude. This refined, budget subcompact SUV provides a good drive and offers good value without having to compromise its rough, rugged and always ready to ride Jeep spirit. Whether you want to load up your stuff and head out for an off-roading adventure, navigate urban traffic or head on down the highway, you can do it in style and comfort and with equal aplomb in the 2018 Jeep Compass Latitude. This vehicle has everything you need to do anything you want and it’s affordable too. It has a base price of only $24,395.

The Soul Of A Jeep

The subcompact Compass is built on Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s solid 4×4 ‘small-wide’ architecture. It has four-wheel independent suspension, can provide ground clearance of up to 8.5 inches and is built to handle rough dirt roads, winding, hilly country roads, snow-covered suburban roads and anything else you might encounter. Its iconic black seven-slot grille, chrome accents, multi-plane hood, flared fenders and 18-inch polished aluminum wheels make the Compass Latitude resemble the Cherokee. It 2,000 pound towing capacity proves this SUV has the authentic soul of a Jeep.

An Impressive Interior

The cabin of the Compass Latitude comes with FCA’s uConnect infotainment system, a new 7-inch or available 8.4-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a large HD display between the speedometer and analog tachometer and phone charging USB ports in the front and back. Its heated, well-weighted, steering wheel has media controls on the back, driver-assist functions on the right and on the left the instrument cluster and the phone. There’s an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, comfortable leather-trimmed front and back seats, panoramic sunroof, door panels with black stitching and between 27.2 and 59.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Together they produce an impressive understated stylishness.

All Good Under The Hood

The drivetrain of the all-wheel-drive Jeep Compass Latitude is made up of a 180 horsepower, 2.4-liter, inline-four M-Air engine that produces 175 pound-feet of torque working in harmony with an FCA nine-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can also choose a more affordable front-wheel-drive version of the Compass Latitude with either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The SUV averages 25 mpg, in city driving it gets 22 mpg and on the highway the Compass Latitude gets 30 mpg. Its auto, snow, sand and mud selectable drive modes help to improve its performance. To see how it performs, check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

A Remarkable Vehicle

Jeep is an expert at building durable, versatile, SUYs and the Compass Latitude continues in that tradition. Its well thought-out, smart and uncluttered interior, is full of cutting-edge technology. The sub-compact SUV is a joy to drive. It has rock steady handling, a composed, quiet ride and an interior that feels surprisingly
spacious. The Jeep Compass Latitude’s OEM system shuts off engine when the vehicle stops at an intersection or a stoplight to boost its mileage. At its affordable price point, the fun to drive, durable, good-looking Jeep Compass Latitude is a very good value.

 

 

It’s almost official. Most automotive insiders in the know now concur that Jeep’s new Wrangler-based pick-up truck will be called the Jeep Gladiator. For several months it was believed the Scrambler was the name Jeep would call the new pick-up. Recently, however, an automotive grapevine ‘long-time trusted source’ revealed a screenshot they saw of the company’s website had the new pick-up being called the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Apparently, Fiat-Chrysler’s media site had the name up long enough for the insider to view it on both their computer browser and their iPhone. The listing was reportedly taken down soon afterwards.

A Logical Choice

Jeep had used the Gladiator name on one of its vehicles during the 1960s. So, the revelation the company was calling the new Wrangler-based pick-up the ‘Gladiator’ was embraced as a great choice by long-time Jeep enthusiasts. They also point to the dramatic 2005 Wrangler concept pick-up that was called the Jeep Gladiator. Another reason many knowledgeable people believe Gladiator and not Scramble will be the name Jeep chooses for its new pick-up, is the Ducati brand, which is owned by Audi, has a sub-brand of off-road, retro-styled bikes that has been using the Scrambler name for years.

What To Expect

Insiders say the new Jeep Wrangler-based pick-up truck will be available in three trim level in the United States. They are the Sport, Overland and the Rubicon. Currently, the Overland trim isn’t offered on vehicles in the Wrangler range. Many expected it would be reserved for use on an off-road camping version. In terms of what features to expect on Jeep’s highly-anticipated and hotly debated new pick-up, insiders say an FCA dealer presentation teaser revealed a photograph of the pickup covered in camouflage said it has “next-generation advanced safety systems”, “15 class-exclusive innovations”, along with the latest infotainment systems featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. If you want to check out any number of Jeep models that are currently available, you are sure to be impressed, and you can do so at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Searching For Clues

Jeep enthusiasts have been searching for clues about the look, features and name of the long-awaited pick-up truck. People regularly visit forum pages, scourer FCA media sites, do searches, follow links, take long hard looks at spy photos and tap all their connections for inside information. They picked up internal chatter about the switch from ‘Scrambler’ to ‘Gladiator’, saw pickup truck codes like Rubicon Pickup JTJS98, Sport Pickup JTJL98 and Overland Pickup JTJP98, go over old press releases and try to make informed deductions about what the Jeep pick-up will look like and be able to do.

The Big Reveal

Most insiders agree all the signs point to the new Jeep pick-up being called the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Still, the excitement is building and countless people around the world are waiting with baited breath to see touch, test drive and buy this innovative new automotive offering from Jeep. The wait will be over soon. All the speculation ends at the LA Auto Show on November 26, 2018. Press releases for the event promise a new Jeep pick-up truck will be revealed. Jeep lovers can hardly wait.

 

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.