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The Jeep has become one of the most iconic vehicles to travel our roads. Good for on the road, off road adventures, and almost perfect for driving through snow, the Jeep is an all-around multi-purpose vehicle. Of the many different body styles available, the Jeep Wrangler is probably the most popular.

Most people automatically think of the two-door version of the Wrangler. It is by far the most popular Jeep body and make. However, Wrangler does offer a four door version of this classic which is great for families who may need a little more room.

The Wrangler is smaller than the Cherokee, but that does not detract at all from what the vehicle provides. It still has incredible 4×4 power and control and it retains its “jeep” look and feel. If you are unsure if the Jeep Wrangler fits your lifestyle, there are several benefits you should know about owning this type of vehicle. Luckily, with the Jeep Wrangler, you have plenty of models and styles to choose from.

Superior Handling In The Snow

The Jeep Wrangler is perhaps one of the best vehicles you can own if you live in an area that is prone to snow, especially a lot of snow. The power and control of a 4×4 makes maneuvering through snow much easier. The Wrangler also has a minimum of 8.8” clearance underneath, making it much easier to get through larger amounts of snow or drifts. This is nearly double or more the clearance found in your average sdan.

Superior Handling Off Road

For the very same reasons, the Wrangler is the perfect off-road vehicle. The 4×4 control and the powerful engine help you maneuver the off road with ease. You will be able to manage even the toughest terrain with your Wrangler. The clearance lets you move through thick underbrush without much hassle. The Wrangler is one of the most used vehicles for off-road adventures.

Advanced Safety Features

The Jeep Wrangler really offers several advanced safety features not often found in vehicles made for off-road. The Wrangler has a multi-airbag system to provide the most protection and an anti-lock brake system that is perfect for slippery roads. In addition to these safety features, the Wrangler also has an anti-sway safety feature built in to allow for safer towing of trailers.

Lots Of Room

From the outside the Wrangler may not appear to be roomy. However, looks are deceiving in this case because the interior of the Wrangler is very roomy and comfortable for all passengers. There is also a large space in the back for storage. As an added benefit, if you find that you need more room to haul your stuff, you can lay down the back seats and create an extra-large cargo space.
The final reason that you may find that owning a Wrangler is right for you is the overall satisfaction level of other owners. Most people who own Jeeps become brand loyal for life. The satisfaction level is very high in comparison to other brands, and this says a lot about what a vehicle has to offer. If you aren’t convinced, you will certainly be so if you take a Jeep Wrangler for a quick test drive at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

 

The all-new Jeep Wrangler made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 in Las Vegas recently. And it was the perfect setting for this big reveal because the 2018 Jeep Wrangler features a range of new cutting-edge technology. With one fell swoop, Jeep has taken one of its most legendary vehicles and brought it right up to date. The vehicle now has many of the newest technological ‘must-haves’ the modern automobile buyer expects to see when the latest version of any automotive brand is offered to the public.

For automobile manufacturers, the importance of each year’s Consumer Electronics Show, which is held in Las Vegas, is undeniable. It has now become all the more vital because of all the breakthroughs vehicle manufacturers are making in driverless and all-electric automotive technology at a breakneck pace. This year, visitors to the Consumer Electronics Show were given a pleasant, if unexpected surprise. CES 2018 saw one of the world’s oldest and most enduring automotive designs on display. It was the all-new Jeep Wrangler for 2018. While to the uninitiated, the new Wrangler may look a lot like the old Wrangler, the vehicle has changed in significant ways.

Jeep has four vehicles that are on display at this year’s show. The goal is to showcase the company’s advanced technology found in this latest iteration of its iconic vehicles. Those features include the fourth generation of the Uconnect system. It has an 8.4-inch display as well as 4G LTE connected services. Perhaps the biggest change is the never-before-seen, all-new, Jeep Adventure Reality app which makes its debut with the 2018 Wrangler. Jeep’s new Uconnect system features more vivid imagery, sharper graphics, multi-touch gestures, enhanced processing power, along with the ability to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Check out all the tech, and more, at Chapman Chrysler Jeep. At Chapman Chrysler Jeep, you can check out the full range of inventory and find the Jeep Wrangler right for you.

FCA Global’s Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand, explained the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler was developed and engineered to contain more advanced technology and safety features than ever before. According to Manley, FCA is proud to showcase the company’s commitment to meeting the increasing desire of consumers for vehicle connectivity that’s both unique and innovative. Manley explained that Jeep’s award-winning Uconnect systems are created to ensure consumers have access to a wide array of conveniently connected features and services that help to deliver what drivers and passengers consider the ultimate driving experience. That evolution can be enjoyed both on-road and off with the new Jeep Wrangler.

Jeep will have four new Wrangler models displayed at the 2018 CES. They are a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, two Jeep Wrangler Rubicon models, as well as a Mopar-modified Jeep Wrangler Sport. The Jeep Wrangler Sport has been uniquely customized using a number of Mopar-made Jeep accessories and performance parts.

Jeep’s Adventure Reality app let’s buyers ‘build’ their own Wrangler. The app is an online configuration tool buyers can use to choose between two and four doors, as well as wheels, colors and trim levels. The apps’ augmented reality aspect is what makes it more than just another configurator.

 

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

 

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler, the latest version of a very popular off-road vehicle, will begin showing up in showrooms nationwide early next year. Here are a few things people should know about it.

The current generation of the Jeep Wrangler has been sold for over 10 years. The next generation Wrangler is among the most anticipated of the 2018 trucks. Being produced at the Jeep assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio, new Wrangler will debut in late November in the LA Auto Show.

The Jeep Wrangler is an iconic vehicle, so the 2018 model will look much like the models from previous generations. However, it will feature a slightly more bulbous front grille to help the vehicle meet the pedestrian crash safety standards. Plus, the turn signal will now be on the front part of the fender.

Spy photos show the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will have both two door and four door models and buyers can choose between a hard or soft top configuration. Leaked computer renderings confirm the 2018 Wrangler will still offer the trademark removable doors. Pictures of camouflaged prototypes showing exposed door hinges, one of the Wrangler’s traditional design elements, seems to signal the doors on the new model will be able to be popped off.

The windshield on the 2018 Wrangler has hinges. That may be just decoration or it could mean the windshield will fold down like in previous models. The windshield itself is significantly flatter than before signaling it may fold down.

Spy photos show the new Wrangler has a much nicer interior. It might even feature the latest UConnect infotainment system from Fiat Chrysler. It may also have heated steering wheels and dual-zone climate control as available options. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler isn’t ready for test drive yet, but you can check out others Jeep Wrangler models out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Dashboard-mounted window switches on the new Wrangler imply it will have removable doors. Like older Wranglers, it has a shallow, upright dashboard. Portions of it may be color-matched with the exterior paint. It’s uncertain if that’s a standard feature or a high-end option.

There’ll also be a pickup version of the new Wrangler. Allegedly called the Scrambler, it won’t be available until late 2019.

The new Wrangler will retain the classic body-on-frame construction. However, it will be much lighter and get better gas mileage than previous generations because much more aluminum is expected to be used in its body.

Insiders say the 2018 Wrangler will have multiple engine options. They include Fiat Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 and the Hurricane, a four-cylinder, 2.0 liter, 300 horsepower engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger. Built on an aluminum block, the Hurricane will also feature variable valve timing and direct fuel injection. The new Wrangler could also have hybrid and diesel powertrains. Diesel-powered Wranglers are sold outside the US. The diesel option looks like a turbocharged V6, 3.0-liter engine.

Sources and spy photos hint that the next generation Wrangler will offer an optional manual version and one with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This will improve efficiency over the five-speed automatic currently available.

Here comes the long-awaited new and improved 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

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The Jeep Wrangler has long been standard equipment for off-road enthusiasts. It has proven long ago it can handle just about anything you ask it to do. Still, in the quest to get even more from their Wranglers, people often add a few aftermarket upgrades to make a great vehicle even better.

1: A Winch Kit

For people who want to make sure they can pull their Wrangler out of any type of sticky, muddy, or slippery situation, a winch kit is a ‘must have.’ Many people choose Warn winch kits because of the variety of sizes and styles it offers, but the company is just one option. Veteran off-roaders often prefer to gather the parts of their winches piece by piece or even have one custom made. No matter where you get your winch, adding one to your Jeep Wrangler increases your options for having fun.

2: Fender Flares

Off-roaders and other rough riders commonly add fender flares to their Jeep Wranglers to make it easier to put on those monster tires for the ground clearance and traction they need to safely ride over river and dale or slosh through the mud without it sticking to any crucial parts. Bushwacker brand Flat Fender kits are a popular choice, but there are endless brands you can bolt-on to your Wrangler to take this powerful, versatile beast even further off the beaten path. Don’t worry, Jeeps are great for the freeway and city streets, and you can take one for a test drive at Chapman Chrysler Jeep to see for yourself.

3: Additional Lights

Want to make your Jeep Wrangler even better prepared for those night missions or making moves in bad weather conditions? Add extra lights. Whether you prefer spot beams or spread beans, HID or LED, you can bolt them to your Wrangler and add the potential for more fun in any weather, location, or situation. The stock lights on the Wrangler are incredible, but adding auxiliary lighting can take your adventures to a whole new level. Just make sure you have a good wiring harness. Rigid Industries and KC HiLiTES are good choices, among many other Jeep Accessories.

4: Storage Solutions

Hardcore adventurers sometimes need extra storage space for all their camping gear, extra gas, full-size spare, and anything else you need when they head into the wild. Whether you want roof-mounted or tailgate mounted additional storage space, the Wrangler is perfectly built for it. Frontrunner Outfitters, Smittybilt, ARB, and many other companies offer innovative, easy-to-bolt-on additional storage options for your 2 or 4-door Jeep Wrangler that will remain firmly in place no matter how treacherous the terrain.

5: Snorkels

If your off-road adventures take you through water, mud, and dust, then adding snorkels is a wise move. They will help to keep your engine are intake high, dry, and relatively clean. This can allow you to ford rivers and streams and slosh through swampy areas, and traverse sandy, dusty beach and deserts without destroying your engine. Add a Rugged Ridge or another quality kit, and you’ll be ready for just about anything.