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Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is SUV of the Year

Four Wheeler Magazine Honors Capable SUV

If you’re looking for a sophisticated daily driver that doubles as an extremely capable off-road vehicle, you can’t go wrong with the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. Honored by Four Wheeler magazine as the “2017 SUV of the Year,” the Trailhawk version of Jeep’s most luxurious SUV was put through a series of tests that included more than 1,000 miles of different on-road and off-road conditions. “The addition of the Trailhawk to the Grand Cherokee model lineup is yet another example of Jeep’s commitment to producing vehicles that are just as nimble and capable in the dirt as they are on the paved road,” according to Ken Brubaker, editor of Four Wheeler magazine. “The Trailhawk model, which includes a unique version of Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension to improve articulation and suspension travel, takes a capable vehicle and makes it even better.” The Trailhawk edition is also available on other Jeep models, turning excellent commuter vehicles into tough off-roaders. See them all with a trip to Chapman Jeep in Scottsdale.

Quadra-Drive II 4×4 System Delivers Legendary Capability

Not one to rest on their laurels, the engineers at Jeep have developed a Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system that improves off-road traction and handling. When teamed up with the Electronic Limited-slip Differential, there are few places the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee can’t go. The Trailhawk’s air suspension provides improved articulation and clearance for going around, or over, large obstacles. Selec-Speed Control provides help maintaining an upright position when attempting to climb or descend steep inclines. All these features helped earn the new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk the coveted Jeep “Trail-Rated” badge. That simply means it has passed some high standards when it comes to traction, water fording, articulation, maneuverability and ground clearance.

Grand Cherokee Most Awarded SUV

With attention to craftsmanship, a beautiful exterior design, legendary off-road capability and an interior that impresses even the most sophisticated tastes, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee has become the most awarded SUV ever. “Our new Trailhawk model is the most capable Grand Cherokee ever produced, and we’re delighted the Four Wheeler editors have recognized its outstanding combination of off-road features,” said Jeep brand chief Mike Manley. “Trailhawk instantly provided Grand Cherokee customers even more legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, quickly becoming one of the fastest-selling and most sought-after models in our lineup.” Get in touch with the pros at Chapman Jeep to see when you can take the new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk for a test drive, or better yet, home to your garage.

Hellcat Brother Drops 200 Pounds

As if producing a muscle car with 700 plus horsepower wasn’t enough, Dodge has now gone a step farther with the ultimate performance car, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Although the company will be releasing information in drips and drabs as it gets ready for the Demon unveiling at the New York Auto Show in April, suffice it to say that the new Demon will be 200 pounds lighter than its Hellcat brethren, which is good news for enthusiastic drivers and bad news for the competition. Use the hashtag #DodgeDemon in your social media to get regular updates, or checkout the website www.ifyouknowyouknow.com to stay up-to-date on the latest Demon news. Be one of the first on the scene to get a test drive when the Demon shows up at Chapman Dodge.

Demon Not Only Challenger ‘Built to Decimate Streets’

If you go to the ifyouknowyouknow.com website, you’ll see one video of the Demon doing a burnout that’s “built to decimate the streets.” Starting back in the era of muscle cars and continuing today, theDemon is not the only Dodge, or Challenger, that can boast that distinction. Not counting the Demon, Dodge has 10 different Challenger models that can all lay claim to various levels of asphalt destruction. Of course, the most powerful is the 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat, but the other nine models are far from slouches. The SRT 392 is a beast in its own right, powered by a 485-horsepower 6.4L HEMI V8 engine. The Challenger 392 Scat Pack Shaker has the same motor, as does the R/T Scat Pack, still a true muscle car in the most iconic sense of the word at less than $39,000. The remaining models all have less horsepower, but still offer that gorgeous pony car design that will cause second thoughts in the minds of an street race competitors.

Be Fast, Be Safe With Dodge Challenger

With great power comes great responsibility, according to some web-slinging superhero, and that’s certainly the case with the Dodge Challenger. This historic pony car begins with a safe structure that includes crumple zones in the front and rear to direct the energy of a crash away from the occupants. A solid frame is made of high-strength steel to help minimize the effects of a wreck, including special attention made to the ability of the roof to withstand a rollover. An entire suite of airbags envelope the passengers in the event of a crash, while special technology such as electronic stability control and all-speed traction control help drivers keep the vehicle on the road when conditions get treacherous. You can wait for the Demon, or head to Chapman Dodge today to look over the entire Dodge Challenger inventory and go for a test drive.

Jeep Invests $1 Billion in New Products

Commitment to Jobs in Michigan and Ohio

Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) recently announced its intention to invest up to $1 billion in Ohio and Michigan manufacturing plants as the company tools up to add some more products to the Jeep lineup. Look for a new Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer and Jeep pickup truck to show up on the lot at Chapman Jeep in the next few years as the result of this move. The investment will also mean an additional 2,000 jobs to bolster the local economies in Warren, Mich. and Toledo, Ohio. “The conversion of our industrial footprint completes this stage of our transformation as we respond to the shift in consumer tastes to trucks and SUVs, and as we continue to reinforce the U.S. as a global manufacturing hub for those vehicles at the heart of the SUV and truck market,” according to FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Ram Truck Also Moving Back to America

The $1 billion investment will help the Warren Truck Assembly Plant get geared up for the production of both Wagoneer models, along with giving it the capability to bring the Ram truck production into the fold. The Ram is currently manufactured in Mexico. The money will also go to upgrade the Toledo Assembly Complex in preparation for the production of the Jeep pickup truck. “The expansion of our Jeep lineup has been and continues to be the key pillar of our strategy. Our commitment to internationalize the Jeep brand is unwavering, and with these last moves, we will finally have the capacity to successfully penetrate markets other than the U.S. which have historically been denied product due to capacity constraints,” Marchionne continued.

New Product Announcement Coincides with Unveiling of Compass

The announcement of the new Wagoneers and Jeep pickup come on the heels of the unveiling of the all-new Jeep Compass, a global compact SUV with phenomenal capability. With two available advanced 4×4 systems to choose from, the new Compass delivers off-road capability in a small package. “Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4×4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design,” according to Mike Manley, Jeep Brand chief. The new Compass will get up to 30 mpg, depending on your engine choice, and comes with a choice of three different transmissions. Look for it this spring on the sales lot at Chapman Jeep.

Specially Outfitted Vans Heading to Streets

Google and Chrysler are teaming up to use the innovative Pacifica Hybrid minivan as part of the tech giant’s self-driving vehicle program. Now called “Waymo,” the project will put 100 Pacificas on the streets outfitted with a sensor suite controlled by a special computer. Telematics will relay information to a central command station. Drivers will be onboard all vehicles during driving times to take over should anything go wrong. “The Pacifica Hybrid will be a great addition to our fully self-driving test fleet,” according to Waymo CEO John Krafcik. “FCA’s product development and manufacturing teams have been agile partners, enabling us to go from program kickoff to full assembly in just six months. They’ve been great partners, and we look forward to continued teamwork with them as we move into 2017.” See why the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is an innovative masterpiece by visiting Chapman Chrysler.

Self-Driving Cars Wave of Future

It will probably be decades before self-driving cars are the sole mean of transportation on the road, but that technology is closer than you may think. Analysts say that self-driving cars have the means to drastically reduce the 1.2 million deaths that occurs on the nation’s highways each year as 94 percent of those deaths are caused by driver error. The ability of Chrysler to quickly modify the Pacifica to meet the needs of the Waymo program, specifically modifying the electrical, powertrain and chassis assemblies, means important testing will be done sooner than anticipated.

Pacifica First Hybrid Minivan

The Pacifica is the first hybrid minivan available in the United States. Stay in touch with Chapman Chrysler to get first word of its delivery to the Scottsdale location. With a range of 33 miles just on electric power, the Pacifica Hybrid has earned an equivalent rating of 84 miles per gallon from the Environmental Protection Agency. “To make sure owners and their families get the most out of the innovative, efficient hybrid powertrains, the all-new Pacifica is loaded with high-tech features that make it easy to connect, charge and maximize the efficiency of their minivan, even remotely from their smartphones,” according to Tim Kuniskis, passenger car director for Chrysler. “Whether it’s scheduling the Pacifica Hybrid’s charge times, locating nearby charing stations, remotely checking the vehicle’s charge status or maximizing efficiency while driving, the Pacifica Hybrid’s advanced technologies let owners easily connect with the vehicle whenever and wherever best suits their schedule.”

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid comes with a unique variation on the standard Uconnect 8.4 system, which provides infotainment, navigation and communication on other vehicles. In the Hybrid, the system has special pages to provide information like power flow, driving history and charge scheduling. It’s just another technological advancement that makes the new Pacifica Hybrid special.

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Family Haulers Just Not for Parents Anymore

The New York Daily News calls the new Chrysler Pacifica “a van that’s almost impossible not to like,” as one of their millennial writers discovered hauling his family around on a holiday weekend. “This is a handsome van from all angles,” Brian Leon wrote, “With interesting curves and styling cues, a sort of ‘50s-looking curb appeal with abundant chrome and piano black accents.” Class is the word that comes to mind when describing the Pacifica, but you don’t need to take a New York writer’s word for it. Check the all-new minivan out for yourself with a quick trip to Chapman Chrysler.

Luxurious Cockpit Defines Overall Feel

Step inside the new Chrysler Pacifica and you’ll find an interior that’s more at home in a premier luxury SUV than a minivan. Materials are soft to the touch and the contrast of colored leather adds an air of sophistication and comfort. Controls are placed in logical locations and there are unique features like an in-vehicle vacuum, available Dual HD video touch screens in the second row and built-in games with a DVD player and mobile USB connection. Bluetooth wireless connections let the kids turn the volume up while the parents listen to their favorite tunes.

Pacifica Earns Top Safety Pick +

A whole suite of camera and sensor-driven driver assistance safety features helped the Pacifica earn the Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These devices warn you when you’re drifting out of your line, keep your vehicle a safe distance away from the vehicle in front of you when using cruise control, and help you with both parallel and perpendicular parking. Forward collision warning with active braking first lets you know of an impending head-on collision, then takes action to brake the vehicle if you fail to react.

Ride in Comfort with Athletic Handling

Leon says the new Chrysler Pacifica ride “is on the softer side, gliding over bumps and imperfections with ease, and absolutely no shimmying, shaking, or out-of-place squeaks in the cabin.” He calls the handling “athletic,” whether you’re on a mountain run or just trying to maneuver in city traffic. Powered by the Pentastar V-6 engine, the new Pacifica has the ability to tow up to 3,600 pounds, or more than enough for a small recreational trailer. The Pacifica is a perfect vehicle for families, but its also great for millennials on the go who like to take friends on weekend adventures. Let your adventure begin with a test drive at Chapman Chrysler.