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The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4×4 has a new upgraded design for both the interior and exterior of the vehicle. The SUV remains one of the best vehicles in the Jeep line and is perfect to drive on any type of surface. The Sahara will undoubtedly remain a favorite of all the Jeep flavors.

Body Style

To begin, the new look to the Jeep Sahara is sleek. Subtle changes to the grill and windshield make it more aerodynamic without loosing the overall Jeep look. In fact, the company knows that nothing else looks like a Jeep and did not even place a logo on the front grill.

The headlights are LED lights that are brighter than previous versions. The turn signals have been incorporated into the fender and contain LED’s as well. The largest change in the front if the vehicle is the rubber guards on the hood where windshield washer fluid emerges. These guards have been made larger to give extra protection to the windshield if you choose to fold it down. You can see how a Jeep fits into your life and check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

The largest difference in the body styles is the different roof options. A new soft or premium soft top is now available. These tops are very easy to use and are sure to become the most popular top for the vehicle. The hard top is now available in body color or in a standard black plastic, and a third option, an all fabric power top is now available on the Sahara.

The power fabric top is the top-of-the-line choice for the Sahara and runs about $3,500 for the option. The top moves automatically and folds like an accordion. You can remove the rear quarter windows with this top.

The Engine

The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has a V6 Pentastar Engine with 285 horsepower. The 3.6 liter engine has 260 pounds of torque. A smaller 2 liter 4 cylinder engine is available on special order. However, this smaller and less powerful engine will cost the buyer more. The Sahara has an 8 speed transmission. Overall, the vehicle averages about 21 miles per gallon.

Interior

The interior of the Sahara has been significantly upgraded. The option of an 8.7 inch full color informational screen that is equipped with Uconnect 4.0 is one of the newest features to the Wrangler family. The system is very responsive and easy to use. It is also located in an area that will prevent distraction to the driver.

Of course, the interior of the Jeep still remains waterproof. The knobs and fixtures still remain bulky so that they are easy to grab, especially when wearing gloves. The seats are still comfortable and the leg room in the front seat area is still ample enough for taller people to feel comfortable when driving.

One of the largest changes is the addition of the backup camera. The new Sahara has a backup camera system that is hidden within the tire on the back of the Jeep. It is incased in a metal box to allow easy removal of the spare tire. This is the first Jeep to feature the backup camera.

 

When getting an SUV, it can be tempting to get a bare bones one that is great at off-roading but not so great when it comes to city or highway driving. Other SUVs have no soul and aren’t great off the road. However, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is a rare breed. It’s both fun to drive, and it’s civilized.

Inside, the interior is familiar and comfortable for Jeep drivers. With the Uconnect touchscreen information system, you can stay connected and have a ton of information at your fingertips. With the reverse USB Type-C ports, you can rapidly charge your devices. Those who have an I-Phone can use the larger type-A ports.

Sadly, a lot of SUV owners don’t take them into the dirt or mud. But, Jeep Wrangler owners are a bit of a different breed and they feel that there is no reason to buy an SUV and not use it for what it was meant – to go into the dirt and mud! With the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, you will enjoy a little kit so you can take the doors off and remove the windshield. This is unique when compared to other boring SUVs. With a torx driver, you can easily remove the door and have more fun.

if you want to enjoy the top down, you can use the Sky One-Touch power top, which is basically a fabric sunroof that folds itself up. With an open sky, you can really enjoy a Jeep Unlimited Sahara. With the four-door hardtop and removing the doors, you can truly feel the open experience while in nature. If you haven’t ever driven a doorless Jeep, you are in for a nice treat, though you may have to get aftermarket mirrors as it’s a unique experience to change lanes without the side mirrors, which must be removed. If you want to take one for a spin, check a Jeep out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

If you are a Jeep driver and care at all about how fun your SUV is, you know how important a powerful engine is, and Jeep isn’t going to let you down. With a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and six-speed manual, or eight-speed automatic, transmission, you are sure to enjoy how smoothly it shifts. With enough power to plow through mud, merge on the freeway or fly down the highway on your way to a new adventure, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is certainly not underpowered by any stretch of the imagination.

With more than seven decades of engineering expeirence, the Wrangler obviously has some great, solid axles. They are suspended by coil springs and are well-controlled with a five-link layout. This makes it easy to do what you want to do, on and off the road. With four-wheel drive, anyone who owns a Jeep Wrangler is certainly unstoppable.

If you are looking for a civilized, yet fun to drive SUV, it’s hard to deny that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara isn’t the best in class. Not only does it offer luxury and is fun to drive, but any Jeep Wrangler is a true machine.

Jeep Wrangler Plug-in Hybrid Coming In 2020

All-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler Sahara

 

Jeep is planning to release a Plug-in Hybrid version of their popular Wrangler in 2020. The company announced that it will use its Ohio based Toledo Machining Plant to produce some of the key components for the plug-in-hybrid Wrangler. The plant is being prepared to manufacture the vehicle’s Power Electronics module. That includes the Power Inverter as well as the Integrated Dual Charger, the on-board charger along with the DC/DC converter that’s used for fast charging. Once the parts are produced and tested, they will be transferred to the Toledo Assembly Plant nearby where the Wrangler PHEV is scheduled to be assembled.

According to Jeep sources, the vehicle’s Power Electronics module will be placed in a protective structure located inbetween the exhaust and the drive shaft. Insiders say both the plug-in hybrid components and the V6 engine to be used in the new PHEV Wrangler are likely modelled on those used in the Chrysler Pacifica. Although Jeep hasn’t released much more specifics about the new PHEV Wrangler, it is possible to look at other vehicles in the FCA lineup to understand more about the technology that will be found in the new Wrangler plug-in.

The Pacifica plug-in is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that is modified to use the Atkinson cycle to make it more efficient. It works alongside an electronically variable transmission, a battery pack with 16 kWh and dual electric motors. Using this setup, the Chrysler Pacifica can go as fast as 75 mph using its electric drive alone. This allows it to travel about 33 miles before it needs to be recharged. While some may not think that the Jeep Wrangler plug-in hybrid has power, you will be able to prove them wrong. Once available, you can test drive one at Chapman Chrysler Jeep. Until then, you can check out a Jeep Wrangler to fit your needs.

The Jeep Wrangler’s heavier design means its all-electric range will be shorter unless FCA installs a larger battery pack. Should the company modify the PHEV Wrangler’s battery pack size, it would reduce the Wrangler plug-in’s economy of scale versus the Chrysler minivan which uses the same drivetrain. Chrysler currently procures the battery for the Pacifica Hybrid at Michigan-based LG Chem. It’s very likely Jeep would get the battery pack for the new PHEV Wrangler from the same source. The packs include a thermal management system as well as an extremely dense power to weight ratio that’s approximately 100 Wh per kilogram.

It’s very likely that FCA will begin releasing a lot more information about the Jeep Wrangler plug-in as it gets closer to its 2020 launch date. According to information released by the company, Fiat-Chrysler has plans to release at least 30 electric powered vehicle models by the year 2022. The Jeep Wrangler PHEV is positioned to be among the first of them to be released. The environmental bonuses of using hybrid electric vehicles and the growing demand for them is driving FCA to offer a growing number of PHEV.

For people who are serious about off-roading, the immediate torque as well as the chance of having higher outputs going to the wheel while traveling at low speeds is something very exciting. And Jeep is adding to that excitement with the Wrangler PHEV.

 

 

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee has been released and there are some noticeable differences to this popular model of Jeep. For those who are very fond of the Cherokee, this is the first real updates that the vehicle has received since 2014. Overall, the changes are all an improvement.

To start, the engine has been changed for the vehicle. The horsepower has decreased by one horse to 270, but the torque has been increased. This gives the engine more power at the get go and allows it to perform better overall. After trying two different versions of the Cherokee, the new engine is definitely ranked as an improvement.

The transmission, however, still has the lag in it that was experienced when it was last changed in the 2014. There is a noticeable pause between stepping on the gas and when the vehicle actually starts to move. For some people, this would be a deal-breaker on buying the vehicle, for others it does not matter.

There are a few tweaks to the interior of the vehicle that were probably not necessary, but definitely an improvement. The seven-inch screen and operating system are nice and work well. We will say, however, that if you are operating an older phone or operating system on your phone, there maybe a conflict between the two systems.

The interior has about the same amount of room as previous versions and the head room in the back is still lower than similar models. However, most people do not even notice the difference in head room and a person that is six-foot-tall can easily fit in the back seat without having to bend their neck.

The Cherokee, of course, is still an exceptional off-road vehicle. This has been the fact for as long as anyone can remember. The new model does not disappoint in this manner in any way. The Cherokee will remain the top of the line off-road vehicle for the 2019 model. While you can’t take a Cherokee off-roading on a test drive, you can test drive one at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

The safety features on the 2019 Cherokee have been improved as well. Newer technologies have been added to the vehicle and older technologies have been improved. The vehicle has not undergone all of its new crash testing by the Insurance Safety Council, but it is anticipated to pass with flying colors as it always does. The Cherokee almost always ranks high in safety features because Jeep knowns this vehicle is often taken off-road and used in rougher conditions than just highway driving.

The only other drawback that was really discovered with the vehicle is the fact that you must run premium gas in the car for top performance. This pretty much eliminates any cost savings you would have from the exceptionally high miles per gallon this type of vehicle offers.

Overall, if you love the Jeep Cherokee, you will also love the 2019 version. The good points far outweigh any drawbacks that we discovered when testing the vehicle. The 2018 version of the Jeep Cherokee was ranked as the best built car in the U.S. for that year. It will be easy to believe that the updated 2019 version will have no problem earning this title as well.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Is A True Beauty

 

The 2018 version of the Jeep Wrangler JL is a stylistic modern reimagining that honors its heritage while maintaining its off-road capabilities. It’s more an evolution than a reinvention. This all-new Jeep Wrangler looks and performs great. Its Toledo, Ohio assembly facility is working overtime to meet the demand for this beloved automobile.

While the new Wrangler’s exterior looks largely unchanged, Jeep’s designers and engineers have woven modernity into it. This includes the grille’s “keystone shape”, headlights invading the grille’s outer slats, along with the full-length rain gutter serving as a handy point of attachment for the roof-rack systems. The 2018 Wrangler JL has a larger windshield rake, yet is more aerodynamic with a streamlined system connecting the windshield to the A-pillars while allowing it to fold flat. The rearview mirror remains in place and the doors are still removable. To see how a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JL works for you, check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Built on a new steel frame featuring five boxed cross-members and solid Dana axles in the front and rear connected to the coil-spring suspensions, the 2018 Wrangler JL is longer, with a wider wheelbase and has weight-saving aluminum all over. It’s in the engine mounts, steering gear, hood, doors, fenders, hinges and windshield frame. Its enlarged tailgate’s cast-magnesium assembly is covered with an aluminum exterior skin. The new Wrangler JL also has hollow steel track and anti-roll bars.

The 2018 Wrangler JL’s standard powertrain is the 285 horsepower, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 which produces 260 pound-feet of torque, mated with a choice between the standard six-speed manual or the new eight-speed automatic transmission. It has standard stop/start functionality, electronic trailer-sway control and an optional towing package with Class II hitch receiver, four or seven-pin adaptors, 700-amp battery, 240-amp alternator and auxiliary switches. The two-door model has a maximum tow rating of 2,000 pounds and the four-door’s is 3,500. There’s also an available new turbocharged 2.0-liter, 268 horsepower hybridized inline-four engine with eTorque assist matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission that together produces 295 pound-feet of torque.

The two-door Wrangler JL is available in Sport, Sport S as well as Rubicon spec and the four-door comes in Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon. All have push-button start, backup camera, skid plates, two hooks, cruise control, hill-start assist, side air bags, five USB outlets, fog lights, halogen headlamps and easy-to-access topless motoring with the standard Sunrider softtop. There’s even a Sky One-Touch power-top option on the four-door Sahara and Rubicon models and an optional three-piece hardtop called the Freedom Top.

Technology and creature comforts inside include a driver’s seat that’s six-way manually adjustable, tilting, telescoping steering column and 5.0-inch touchscreen UConnect 3 standard infotainment setup. The Technology Group has a Uconnect 4 system with 7.0-inch touchscreen, 7.0-inch instrument-cluster display, a satellite radio, plus, dual-zone automatic climate control. Its Infotainment Group includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen, navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, nine-speaker premium audio system, electrochromic rearview mirror and available Jeep Off-Road Pages.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL offers all this, plus its legendary off-road and rock climbing skills. Its a remarkable vehicle.