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SXT Blacktop Edition Efficient and Fun
Although the Dodge Charger SXT Blacktop engine doesn’t offer enormous horsepower, the four-door sedan with the muscle car heritage still provides a sexy option for people who need a family car but aren’t quite ready for the minivan route. Car and Driver magazine says the SXT Blacktop has “top-notch” handling “with excellent grip in sharp, quick corners and stiff steering.” Sounds like the perfect car for the weekday commute with a few wild weekends thrown in. Powered by the workhorse Pentastar V6 engine that is widely used across the Chrysler product line, the SXT Blacktop delivers 300 horses. It takes just 6.4 seconds to make the run from 0 to 60 mph and whizzes through the quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds. While those aren’t numbers to make its Hellcat brother recoil in fear, they’re certainly respectable for a family sedan. Drive the SXT Blacktop edition today at your Scottsdale Dodge dealer, Chapman Dodge.
Interior Design has Comfort in Mind
With thick, comfortable seats that have bolster to hold you in place, the Dodge Charger SXT Blacktop edition is designed both for long trips and keeping everyone secure as you race around corners. Plenty of sound insulation keeps the road noise on the outside so you can have a conversation or use the powerful stereo system to listen to your tunes. Steering wheel controls let you change channels or use the hands-free communication system for text messaging and phone calls so you can keep your eyes on the road. The SXT Blacktop edition comes in a variety of colors such as the stunning Blue Pearl or Red Tor. Large 20-inch black rims, a satin black spoiler and interior accents set this Charger apart from other models.
Bad Muscle Car Set Tone for Style
With its crisply chiseled body sculpture, aggressive hood scoop and overall nasty-looking disposition, the new Charger hearkens back to the original muscle car days of the late 1960s. As one of the most popular collector cars, the early Charger was a bad machine noted for trouncing opponents both on the street and track. There have been some modifications, of course, including the LED racetrack tail lamp that waves goodbye to all those you vanquish.
Wide Charger Lineup Gives You Plenty of Choice
Whether you just want the look of the Charger without all the power, or feel you need to tame the 707-horsepower Hellcat, the Dodge Charger has plenty of options and price points. The base SE starts at just $27,995. You start to move up the power ladder with the 370 horsepower R/T and then continue climbing with the R/T Scat Pack, which produces 485 horses. Only the supercharged Hellcat offers more power. View the entire Charger lineup today by taking a trip to Chapman Dodge.


Popularity of Iconic Jeep Spurs Brand Extension

Although Jeep pickup trucks have come and gone, the 2018 Wrangler pickup appears to be a real thing, thanks to spies for “Car and Driver” magazine. The heavily camouflaged four-door pickup has been spotted out on the open road. Based on the four-door Wrangler Unlimited, the new pickup will be on a new steel and aluminum frame that will also support the Jeep Wrangler for the 2018 model year. Expect the 3.6L Pentastar V-6, the standard engine in the Wrangler today to power the pickup as well, but there is talk of a 2.0L turbocharged four-banger as an option for both the pickup and the Wrangler. Expect the new Jeep pickup to start rolling onto the lot at Chapman Jeep in the fall of 2017.

Jeep Pickups Date Back to 1947

Just as the vehicle that became the Wrangler made its debut in World War II, the Jeep pickup was not far behind. Jeep offered a pickup of some version from 1947 all the way up to 1992. Some theorize that Chrysler, after taking control of the Jeep brand, didn’t want a small pickup competing with the Dakota, while others blamed a lack of sales. For whatever reason they disappeared, the strong mid-size truck market and the clamor of Jeep aficionados is bringing the pickup back. It will enter a field already full of competition with the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma, Chevy/GMC Colorado/Canyon and the new Honda Ridgeline. There are also strong rumors about Ford bringing back a new version of the Ranger.

Cool FC Truck Perfect for Farming

After WWII, the vehicle that preceded the Jeep Wrangler first became popular with farmers for its utilitarian design and ability to go where others dare not tread. When Jeep introduced the snub-nose FC truck in 1957, it combined all that ability with a look that remains a popular collector’s item. The FC also had numerous power takeoff ports where farmers could attach mowers, balers and other farm equipment. Jeep recently created an FC concept vehicle, which had those anticipating a return of the pickup in a state of frenzy. Sadly for them, the FC was just a one-off nostalgic remembrance of days gone by.

J-Series Still on Road Today

The longest running Jeep pickup was the J-series, which had the front end of an old Wagoneer or Cherokee attached to the bed of a pickup. It was launched in 1963 and continued production through 1987. Originally called the Gladiator, the company renamed it with their alphabet philosophy in the 1970s. Expect supplies of the new Jeep pickup to be limited, so stay in touch with Chapman Jeep to see how you can be one of the first to drive one home.