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The 2019 Jeep Cherokee boasts a more sophisticated design than in years past, adding a stylish look to go along with its best-in-class off-road ability. A new fascia and hood are complemented by LED fog lamps, headlights and daylight running lamps, while your choice of five new wheel designs adds a little sporty flair to the overall look. “A stunning, more premium design and the addition of our new fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbo engine make the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee even more desirable in the mid-size SUV segment,” according to Jeep brand chief Mike Manley. “In addition, Cherokee builds on its benchmark 4×4 capability and on-road dynamics with refinement and style, a host of new attributes, powertrains and the latest technology that is perfectly situated for consumers worldwide.” The new Cherokee will arrive on the showroom floor at Chapman Jeep in Scottsdale this spring.

New Engine Offers Power and Efficiency

Jeep owners will love the new 2.0L turbocharged direct injection motor with engine stop/start functionality that turns the motor off every time you come to a complete stop, then fires it up again when you take your foot off the brake. Although the EPA mileage estimates have not yet been released, the motor is expected to move the Jeep Cherokee up to the top of the charts in efficiency for midsize SUVs. With 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, the new motor will offer enhanced drivability and quick acceleration to go along with the increased mileage. Jeep will still offer the 3.6L Pentastar V6 as well as a 2.4L PZEV Tigershark motor.

4×4 Capability Unmatched in its Class

Buyers can choose from three different 4×4 systems for the new Jeep Cherokee, all of which disconnect the rear axle when four-wheel drive isn’t needed to increase fuel mileage. Active Drive I is a fully automatic system which switches in and out of four-wheel drive at any speed. Active Drive II has a two-speed power transfer unit with a low range that gives a little more torque for off-roading. Jeep Cherokees with this configuration also have an extra inch of clearance. Active Drive Lock has all the features of Active Drive II, but includes a locking rear differential for the ultimate in low-speed traction when hitting those trails that other drivers avoid. The new Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is the ultimate trim level for off-roading, with aggressive departure and approach angles, a one-inch factory lift, skid plates and red tow hooks. See all the models later this spring when the new Cherokee arrives at Chapman Jeep in Scottsdale.

A vehicle most often associated with the great outdoors will be taking center stage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, exhibiting some technology that makes it safer and more fun to drive. The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be on display, touting an award-winning infotainment system, a Jeep Adventure Reality app, and a Family Alert feature that lets owners set limits on speed, time and geography for their teen drivers.  “The all-new Jeep Wrangler is developed and engineered with more safety features and advanced technology than ever before and we are proud to showcase our commitment to meet consumers’ increasing desire for unique and innovative vehicle connectivity,” according to Jeep Brand Chief Mike Manley. See the all-new Wrangler soon at Chapman Jeep in Scottsdale.

Jeep Reality App Brings Wrangler Alive

The new Jeep Adventure Reality app allows anyone who owns a late-model iPhone or iPad Pro to build the Jeep of their dreams and put it in familiar situations. You can choose from a wide variety of trim levels, colors and configurations, add different wheels and even go in the cockpit to see all the custom interior selections up close. Remove doors, put the windshield down, turn the lights on and honk the horn. You can then incorporate your Jeep into your favorite four-wheeling spot, your own driveway or even your living room to see if your color selections match your drapes. Once you’re happy with your build, share your dream Jeep on social media with your friends, or better yet, take it to Chapman Jeep to order the vehicle you’ve been waiting for your entire life.

Keep Tabs on Your Teens

If your teen is one of the lucky few who get the opportunity to drive a brand-new Jeep, it shouldn’t come without a little parental oversight. Luckily, the Family Alert function in the new Jeep Wrangler provides parents with peace of mind when the kids are out on their own. Set a boundary alert and you’ll receive a phone prompt anytime your Jeep is driven outside those boundaries. The same goes for a curfew alert and a speed alert. There is even a valet alert for those times you go out on the town and don’t want the kid in the red vest to take your Jeep out four-wheeling. The Family Alert function is available on all 2018 model Jeeps with a UConnect 4C NAV system and a subscription to Sirius XM. For all the latest technology available in the Jeep Wrangler, head to CES in Las Vegas. If you can’t make it, feel free to stop by Chapman Jeep in Scottsdale for a complete demonstration and a test drive.

As Jeep gets ready to ramp up production for the all new 2018 Wrangler, the company took some time to put employees of the Toledo Assembly Complex through a comprehensive training program that focused on eliminating waste, expanding employee knowledge and improving quality. “This training was unprecedented in size and scope,” according to Toledo plant manager Chuck Padden. “It would have been impossible for us to execute this training while also preparing for an important vehicle launch without the cooperation of the University of Toledo and Northwest Community College Staff.” The UT College of Business and Innovation developed a curriculum of hands-on activities to train production, skilled trades and salaried on quality, problem solving, safety and the organization of the workplace. One class had employees building a car with Legos to simulate how important it is to deliver parts on time. The culmination of all this effort will be the delivery of the all-new Jeep Wrangler to Chapman Jeep either late this year or early next year.

See it First at LA Auto Show

With the current JK Wrangler in production for the last decade, Jeep enthusiasts have been clamoring for a re-design. They’ll finally get to see their wish come true when the new JL model comes off the assembly line in late November. It will make its first appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show in early December and be delivered to dealers shortly thereafter. Expect demand to far exceed supply, so it would be a good idea to get in touch with the pros at Chapman Jeep now to express interest in the newest addition to the Jeep lineup. Although it will look much like the current Wrangler, early released pictures show a more bulbous nose, a much-improved interior and an overall more athletic design. Power window switches are moving to the dash to make removing the doors less of a hassle. Reports say that the new Wrangler will use much more aluminum in the construction, bringing a welcome increase in gas mileage. It’s rumored that the new Wrangler will initially come with the standard Pentastar V6 engine, but that a turbo-charged four-cylinder engine that produces more than 300 horsepower will be offered in the near future.

Toledo Plant Keeps Churning Out Wranglers

The intensive training sessions are just part of an overall 3.5 billion industrialization plan that Chrysler has to expand the Ram and Jeep brands. The Toledo plant will be adding 700 new jobs as part of the effort. Toledo has been the production site of the Jeep Wrangler for the past 75 years, churning out more than 2 million vehicles.

With the word “track” right there in its name, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk offers no surprises as the fastest production SUV on the planet. Engage launch control and rev the engine past what any reasonable driver might consider sensible and you’ll make all four tires scream on the way to a 3.7 second 0 to 60 mph run. Jeep says the Trackhawk will roar down the quarter mile in just 11.6 seconds, a number that would make the super powered muscle cars of the 1960s shudder with shame. With 707 horses rumbling under the hood, the Trackhawk is a testament to technology and the ability of Jeep to dream just a little bigger. Check in with the folks at Chapman Jeep to see when you might take a new Trackhawk for a test drive.

Launch Control gets Major Props

The aforementioned launch control is nothing but a button to the driver, but it leads to a complicated system that cuts the gas feed to each cylinder while you press on the brake and rev the engine. When you push the button, the blower on the supercharger builds up boost to 6.5 pounds per square inch, releasing all that energy once you take your foot off the brake. The result is what’s known in the drag racing industry as a “hole shot,” launching you off the line with a thunderous roar from the exhaust system.

Interior Built for Comfort

While vehicles built for racing usually shed unnecessary pounds to increase track times, Jeep recognizes that the Trackhawk will be used mostly as a daily driver. Jeep outfits the Trackhawk with the same plush interior as the Grand Cherokee SRT. There’s plenty of plush leather to go around, with big comfortable bolsters to hold you in place on those days when the daily driver turns into a track monster. Carbon fiber accents are not only beautiful, but help lighten the load to increase your track times. Jeep’s patented UConnect infotainment system lets you stream concert quality sound from your phone as well as make hands-free phone calls.

It’s All About the Power

Let’s not kid ourselves. If you’re looking at a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, chances are you heard about 700 plus horsepower and just had to see what kind of monster vehicle could house such an engine. The Trackhawk is a beautiful piece of design both inside and out that just happens to have more power than any other vehicle on the road. See it for yourself when you schedule a test drive at Chapman Jeep in Scottsdale.

Don’t be so fast to say goodbye to the proven JK Wrangler. Chrysler is coming out with a new version of the Jeep Wrangler for the 2019 model year, but announced recently the current JK body style will remain for the 2018 version. Chrysler is paying homage to this particular brand by issuing a “Wrangler JK” decal on the body. It also announced that there will be some new special edition versions of the Wrangler for this season, including an Altitude and Golden Eagle trim package. See all the special editions and take a test drive when they show up at Chapman Jeep in Scottsdale.

Special Editions Offer Special Features

The Altitude Wrangler will come with 18-inch wheels, special Bridgestone tires and an aggressive bulging hood. Black guards will surround the taillamps and fuel filler door, while the hard top will be issued in a matching body color. Inside the Altitude will feature black leather seats with contrasting gray stitching and interior accents in the color of “Liquid Titanium.” The Golden Eagle has a tan soft top and available matching half doors. Golden Eagle badging and bronze wheels add to the amenities, as do black cloth seats with bronze stitching. The grille will be the same color as the body, while the fender flares will also be in bronze.

All Wranglers Built for Off-road Adventure

The Wrangler offers a number of special edition packages with different features and colors, but one thing they all have in common is the ability to go where few other vehicles dare tread. As the iconic off-road adventure machine, the Jeep Wrangler offers features such as a power dome vented hood to help keep the engine cool, premium off-road rock rails, steel bumpers built to pull yourself out of a jam and a Dana 44 front axle inspired by military vehicles. Every Jeep Wrangler comes with a “Trail Rated” badge, showing that it can handle the toughest off-road conditions. To earn that badge the Wrangler has to pass tough tests related to maneuverability, traction, clearance, articulation and the ability to fjord shallow streams.

Wrangler Has the Power to Take You Higher

Scaling those remote mountain peaks are no problem for the Wrangler, which comes with the time-tested 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine. Rated at 21 mpg on the highway, the V6 delivers up to 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, more than enough to get you up those steep inclines. Locking differentials help provide the ultimate in traction, and features such as hill start and descent control keep you in command on those very steep parts of the trail. If you haven’t driven a Wrangler lately, now’s the time to head to Chapman Jeep and see why it’s the perfect vehicle for exploring the wild outdoors.