Jeep Chief Reveals New Electric Wrangler is in the Works for 2020
As more and more automakers introduce electric vehicles into their lineups, Jeep fans have continued to wonder whether or not we’ll ever see an electric Jeep Wrangler arrive on Jeep dealership lots. At the LA Auto Show press conference this year, Jeep CEO made EV fans very happy with a simple announcement: Yes, we will see an electric Wrangler and it’s going to arrive sooner than you might think.
“A full plug-in electric Jeep Wrangler will be available in 2020,” Jeep CEO Mike Manley told reporters. “[The new Wrangler] will further our commitment to all those who value the responsible, sustainable enjoyment of the great outdoors, and very importantly future-proof this Wrangler for generations to come.”
Although Manley revealed that the new Jeep will actually be a plug-in hybrid rather than a fully electric vehicle, we’re still excited. We’re confident that the automaker is slowly working its way toward an all-electric model. Jeep’s sister companies have achieved major success thanks to electric vehicles (specifically the Fiat 500e and Chrysler’s award-winning Pacifica Hybrid minivan) so it’s only a matter of time before Jeep jumps on the bandwagon as well.
In fact, the automaker recently debuted an all-electric concept vehicle at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. The Jeep Yuntu Concept (a full-size, three-row, six seat SUV) appeared at the show to surprised crowds.
“The Jeep Yuntu Concept is a vehicle created for the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show to target the tastes of Chinese customers,” Jeep said in a statement. “This new concept includes futuristic exterior design, [a] flexible interior and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.”
Although the Yuntu was just a concept and is unlikely to ever make its way onto the production line, the vehicle gave Jeep fans a glimpse at how an electric Wrangler might function and what it might feel like–at least in terms of technology. The Yuntu, with all of its uber-futuristic detailing and far-out Star Trek-esque design components, completely lacks the Wrangler’s classic, down-to-earth relatability.
But if what Jeep fans want is something fresh and new, they won’t have long to wait. FCA unveiled the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara and the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon at the LA Auto Show in November 2017. Both vehicles are truly remarkable.
Best of all: the new 2018 Wrangler will come available in both a hybrid and four-cylinder engine option. We still have a while to wait before a fully electric version arrives, but the 2018 Wrangler is more than just a nice consolation prize.
Visit a Jeep dealership near you for more details and to find out when the new Wrangler will be available for purchase. At Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram our friendly, knowledgeable staff is well-known in the area for offering the best Jeep service near you. Give us a try–you won’t regret it.
There’s a new Demon in town and this time it’s bigger, better and more powerful than ever before. Best of all: it’s street-legal.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is available at a Dodge dealership near you today due to unprecedented demand and excitement from Dodge fans across the country. Thanks to its supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine, the vehicle is capable of 808 horsepower and 717 pound-feet of torque.
Notably, the 2018 Demon is the very first street-legal factory production car designed to run on 100-plus unleaded high-octane fuel. When you pump the vehicle up with that high-octane goodness, you’ll get an increased engine output up to 840-hp and 770 lb-ft of torque. That makes the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon the most powerful muscle car ever created.
“With Demon, our goal was to build a car that would tattoo the Dodge logo into the subconscious of the general market, beyond even our loyal enthusiasts,” Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America, said in a recent statement. “To do so, we had to set records that have never been set before, do more than has ever been done before, go beyond even the legendary Hellcat. The result: an 840-horsepower, 9-second muscle car unlike anything that has ever come before it.”
Oh yeah, we forgot to mention that the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon runs a quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. No big deal. The car goes 0-30mph in 1 second and 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds. Can your minivan beat that?
The new Demon’s record-setting performance capabilities came about as the result of a collaboration between the Dodge/SRT Design, Engineering, Powertrain and Manufacturing teams inside FCA US LLC. Many of the team members are experienced and active drag racers who understand the importance of quality development and expert engineering and design. Thanks to their efforts, the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon is an exceptionally capable street car that’s comfortable both on and off the drag strip. (Technically, the Demon is too fast for the drag strip–it was officially banned by the National Hot Rod Association.)
The 2018 Demon also has the distinction of featuring the first ever front-wheel lift in a production car (2.92 feet) as certified by Guinness World Records. It’s also the first factory production car to be equipped with TransBrake for quick, super-powerful launches and it’s the first factory production drag car with Torque Reserve.
Out of all of our Dodge models for sale, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the one we’re proudest of. Visit your favorite local Dodge dealership today to check out this insanely intense car for yourself. At Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, our doors are always open for you.
Winter is finally here and you know what that means: snow, ice and poor driving conditions abound. One-fifth of all car accidents happen during the winter, when many drivers forget to take care of vehicle maintenance and fail to take steps to ensure their safety. Make sure your vehicle is prepped for winter weather by taking it to a Fox Lake auto service center near you–but first, take a look at our top four winter weather vehicle prep tips. Who knows? It could save you time and money this holiday season.
- Check your engine’s coolant and antifreeze levels.
Antifreeze keeps your engine from seizing up when it’s cold outside so don’t forget to top it up and make sure you have extra on hand. You’ll also want to check your engine’s coolant and make sure you have the ratio correct by reviewing your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Typically, a 50/50 coolant to water ratio is ideal.
- Inspect your tires.
When roads are slick, it’s critical that your tires are in optimal condition. Any Jeep dealership near you will be able to give advice for your specific vehicle but in general It’s important to keep an eye on your tire pressure and monitor your tread depth. To check your tread depth, just insert a penny into the tire tread with the top of Lincoln’s head pointing inward toward the tire. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to make an appointment with a Jeep service center near you for new tires. You might also want to consider installing winter tires for extra peace of mind.
- Change out your windshield wiper fluid.
The windshield wiper fluid you use during the summer won’t do you any favors during the winter months. Swap that old fluid out for a winter fluid which is specifically designed not to freeze on your windshield. Most winter fluids will also help loosen ice and snow from your windshield, ensuring that you’re always able to see even if you’re navigating through a major snowstorm.
- Make an emergency winter supply kit for your car.
Sometimes, you can do everything right and still find yourself in a tough spot. Don’t get left out in the cold unprepared. Buy or create your own emergency kit with necessities like jumper cables, a flashlight, a pocket knife, an ice scraper, an umbrella, duct tape, blankets, road flares, a first-aid kit, extra gloves, a radio, a bag of sand, snacks and a charged cellphone for emergency calls. It never hurts to be prepared!
Any Jeep dealership will be happy to help you get your vehicle in tip-top shape for the winter. But only Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram can offer a fully-renovated service area with top-rated customer service and unbeatable prices. Visit us today to find out how we can weather-proof your car quickly and on-budget.
The 2017 Jeep Compass earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety pick award! Vehicles have to earn good ratings in all five categories of the crashworthiness test to qualify for this award. The categories of the test include moderate overlap front, drivers side small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. Not only did the Compass receive great ratings in these five categories, it all received a superior rating for its front crash prevention system. The IIHS crashworthiness test determines the safety of a vehicle, and the 2017 Jeep Compass scored exceptionally well across the board.
The 2017 Jeep Compass was made for safety. This vehicles exterior is made from extremely strong steel. The outer shell of the Compass was made to protect its passengers. The inside of this vehicle is just as durable. Jeep strategically placed seven high quality air bags throughout the 2017 Compass for maximum protection.
The Compass is equipped with state of the art safety technology. The Electronic Stability Control feature keeps the vehicle sturdy. This feature can assess the weather. It will help maintain a stable and sturdy drive in extremely windy weather. The Lane Sense safety feature keeps drivers in their lanes and corrects any drifting. Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking automatically breaks for you when it senses a possible front impact with another vehicle.
There’s already been quite a bit of speculation emerging from the swirl of excitement surrounding the upcoming 2019 RAM 1500 pickup, a consistent class leader that’s only become more relevant to automakers and drivers alike as the truck segment continues to climb to its highest sales numbers in years. Now, as testing ramps up for this highly-anticipated addition to the impressive RAM trucks lineup, an increasing amount of tantalizing spy shots continue to emerge and to justify the excited fans jostling for more info.
Updating a Legacy of Success
Speculated to make its debut at the Detroit’s 2018 North American International Auto Show in January, the 2019 RAM 1500 has been receiving plenty of attention from a brand looking to continue one of the leading success stories in modern pickup history. With plenty of awards and accolades to the design’s name in recent years and little to prove in terms of consistent sales, RAM designers have clearly taken the opportunity to work at a considerate pace to make the new 1500 the absolute best it can be.
Stylish New Touches
In light of some interesting new changes to the 1500’s classically-tough-with-modern-style design, fans and newly interested drivers alike definitely have plenty to look forward to. Immediately noticeable from recent spy shots are the 2019 RAM 1500’s redesigned front and rear end, which do a lot of legwork in lending some sleek new attitude to the 1500’s traditionally rugged exterior. Likely only the tip of the iceberg in what is sure to prove to be a notable update, including rumored upgrades to tailgate functionality and interior accommodations, these details only stoke our anticipation even more for the arrival of the 2018 RAM 1500 here at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM!
More News to Come Soon!
Things remain in the testing stages for now, but with so much riding on the RAM 1500’s reputation, it’s only reasonable to suspect that the company won’t be wasting any time in bringing this refreshed new offering to the table with all the trimmings as soon as possible. We’ll have more than enough coverage available right here at the Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM blog to keep you up to speed on the details to come, as you can definitely expect to see it anywhere there are RAM trucks for sale near you in no time! For all the support and expertise you’ll need to make the most out of finding the right RAM truck for you at a trusted local Fox Lake RAM dealer, look no further than Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM!
The video footage was taken while the new Wrangler endured off-road testing at the automaker’s Silver Lake Sand Dunes course in Silver Lake, Michigan. Although the videos are short (only about seven seconds each), dedicated fans have been able to use them to uncover some exciting facts about the new vehicle.
The biggest reveal offered by the videos surprisingly has nothing to do with the vehicle’s exterior or its styling. The footage shows the new Wrangler splashing through water on rough terrain, kicking up mud and fishtailing through puddles. What’s notable here is that the Wrangler performs like an absolute champ–the vehicle’s suspension and handling are remarkable and appear to be significantly improved compared to the previous models’ capabilities.
Jeep has refused to confirm that the Jeep depicted in the videos is, in fact, the real 2018 Jeep Wrangler but we’re confident that it’s the genuine article.
This glimpse of the new 2018 Wrangler adds yet another nugget to the growing pile of information we’ve been able to gather on the vehicle despite the automaker’s relative silence. For now, Jeep seems content to let the rumor mill swirl. However, there are a few details about the new Wrangler that appear to be more than rumors.
First of all, Jeep enthusiasts are probably correct when they guess that the new 2018 Jeep will boast a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine paired to an eight-speed transmission under its hood. There’s also a chance that Jeep’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine will appear on base models. Some fans are holding out hope that Chrysler’s 3.0-liter diesel engine might show up under the new Wrangler’s rumored aluminum hood despite the company’s recent diesel dust-up, but the truth is that we just don’t know yet.
As far as the vehicle’s exterior goes, we’re still pretty much in the dark. The automaker will likely ensure that the car’s design language sticks to Jeep’s classic, rugged roots but the likely addition of Renegade-style taillights will help give the Wrangler a modern flair. Additionally, reports that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will have aluminum body parts have been gaining traction. Fans believe that the addition of aluminum might give the new Wrangler an edge by helping to cut weight down and improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics. We’ll have to wait until the car debuts at the LA Auto Show later this year to know for sure.
While you wait for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler to arrive, why not stop by your favorite Fox Lake Jeep dealer for a look at the available 2018 Jeeps for sale? Ray Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is conveniently located to offer the best 2018 Jeeps near you.
The super powerful, luxurious new 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is now available at a Fox Lake Jeep dealership near you. But what can you expect from this newly refreshed classic Jeep vehicle and what makes it such an improvement over previous Grand Cherokee models?
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is, naturally, based off of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is notable for being one of the top off-road SUVs in the country. The SRT model takes the Grand Cherokee’s practical midsize SUV qualities and ramps them up to create a track-ready beast of a vehicle.
The SRT’s charisma starts under the hood, where you’ll find a 6.4-liter V8 engine capable of creating 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. If you’ve ever found yourself longing for a car that melds the insanely intense capabilities of Dodge’s Hellcat vehicles with the superior design and comfort of a Jeep, then the SRT was practically custom-made for you. The vehicle’s V8 engine is the same engine you’ll find inside the Dodge Challenger SRT 392 and the Dodge Charger SRT 392. With the beating heart of a muscle car and the reliability of a Jeep, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is the perfect ride for those of us with a passion for the pavement.
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT goes from zero to 60mph in just 4.8 seconds and runs a quarter-mile in roughly 13 seconds. Its speed tops out at 160 mph, allowing you to feel at home on the drag strip if that’s your thing. Featuring minimal wheel slip and standard Launch Control, the Grand Cherokee SRT is ready for whatever you throw at it.
Jeep even splurged to include standard Brembo performance brakes inside the new SRT with six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear. The upgraded Brembo system utilizes slotted two-piece rotors to keep heat down, allowing the brakes to bring the vehicle (which weighs a hulking 5,104 pounds) to a feather-light stop each and every time. With the addition of Jeep’s Selec-Terrain Drive Mode system (featuring Auto, Sport, Track, Snow, Tow, Custom, Eco and Valet modes) you’ll always know you’re in good hands.
Inside, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT’s cabin puts best-in-class luxury at your fingertips. Jeep’s stellar Uconnect infotainment system allows you to play your favorite tunes via Bluetooth connection to your phone, and Siri Eyes Free allows iPhone users to make use of voice command capabilities. Lush textiles and sleek accents round out the cabin and are sure to impress any passenger lucky enough to catch a ride with you.
Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has this and other fantastic 2017 Jeep models for sale, so hurry in today. For more information about the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and other Jeeps for sale near you, give us a call.
Ram will continue its tradition of building high-end, reliable trucks with the introduction of its new top-of-the-class 2018 Limited Tungsten Edition vehicle. The truck will include enhanced interior and exterior features as well as unique materials and colors.
The luxury truck segment has grown by leaps and bounds in the last nine years, but the Ram Tungsten truck reminds competitors that you just can’t top the original truck brand. The vehicle’s name communicates its industry-leading capacity–after all, tungsten is one of the toughest metals found in nature and is stronger than steel.
“The Limited Tungsten Edition is the highest trim level Ram has made available,” Mike Manley, head of Ram brand for FCA – Global, explained in a recent statement. “The new Tungsten Edition is an example of how Ram directly responds to customer input by offering the industry’s most luxurious pickup. Premium truck buyers will recognize the attention to detail, surrounded by quality materials.”
The new Ram Tungsten truck builds on the Limited trim’s legacy with an even higher level of sophistication, quality design and attention to detail.
The luxury begins inside with the addition of a Light Greystone headliner and ultra-premium “Natura Plus” Frost and Indigo-colored premium leather details throughout the cabin. Drivers and passengers will enjoy leather seats, a leather instrument panel, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and even a leather center arm rest and doors.
You’ll sink your feet into Indigo-colored carpeting with rubber floor mats (so you never have to worry about changing your rugged lifestyle to suit the Tungsten’s high-class sensibilities) and snap-out Frost and Indigo colored inserts. The cabin also boasts real wood components and unique badges to round out its uniquely sophisticated feel.
Outside, the 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten truck has an upgraded Tungsten Chrome grille with large R-A-M lettering to mimic the Limited’s original design in an upscale way. The new truck also includes a sport hood (limited to the 1500 edition only) and body-color matched bumpers, mirrors, door handles and running boards. Body-colored “R-A-M” lettering adorns the tailgate and Tungsten Chrome accents add expensive-looking detailing to the vehicle’s exterior.
The 2018 Ram Tungsten also comes with a range of upgraded features including air suspension, navigational radio, remote start, a backup camera, power adjustable pedals with memory, a heated steering wheel, front ventilated and heated seats, heated rear seats and the RamBox (limited to Heavy Duty 6-foot, 4-inch beds only). You’ll enjoy all this and more while rocking out to your favorite tunes via the vehicle’s standard 8.-4-inch Uconnect radio including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM Guardian.
There are many reasons why you might be in the market for a new truck–they’re a great tool for people who work outdoors, they’re excellent for hauling whatever you might need to transport and they’re a lifesaver when it comes to moving big, heavy household items. But for many drivers, a truck’s biggest selling point is its ability to take a beating and keep coming back for more.
While your truck may have a reputation for durability when you drive it off the lot, you might need to put in some work to keep it that way. Here are our top tips and tricks for keeping your Fox Lake work truck in tip-top shape.
- Give your transmission some love. If you’re the type to take your new Ram Power Wagon on regular off-road excursions, don’t forget that those rough conditions can take a toll on your truck’s transmission. Pick up an oil cooler if your vehicle doesn’t already have an auxiliary one and make sure to change your transmission fluid every 30,000 miles. If your pickup has an automatic transmission, pay special attention to its needs since it’s more likely to overheat than a manual transmission when you’re off-roading.
- Give it a bath. When you’re done splashing through mud and kicking up dirt, make sure you give your truck a thorough washing. If you’re the type who likes to wear grit like a badge of honor, remember that your vehicle’s exterior can deteriorate quickly if dirt, salt, sand and other debris aren’t rinsed off. Plus, taking care of the paint job can help keep the truck’s resale value high.
- Your tires are your best friends–treat them like it. It should just be good common sense to take care of the things that separate you from the road, but you’d be surprised to learn how many drivers fail to utilize their tires to their full potential. For example, properly balanced tires will add years to the life of your truck’s suspension. Don’t forget to rotate your tires every time you change your oil and have your wheel alignment checked as well. Rugged terrain can put extra strain on the wheelbase and bad wheel alignment can reduce tire quality and even lower your gas mileage.
- Give it a home. Give your truck protection from the elements by storing it under a carport or in a garage. Sheltering your vehicle from wind, sun, rain and hail will save you money on body repairs in the future.
If all else fails, come see us at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and one of the talented technicians in our service center will help you out. While you’re here, why not check out our current trucks for sale?
It remains an interesting debate as to how much the work of many classic American automakers can still truly be considered domestic industries these days, in a time when much of the manufacturing and sales efforts being undertaken by these companies now occur as much or more across foreign borders than they do at home. As many automakers move their plants and corporate offices overseas in an effort to maximize the results from an increasingly global market, the value of truly American-made products seems to have also gained some newfound weight. Despite the new attention being paid to domestic craftsmanship, you may still be surprised to find out which companies are doing their part in keeping automotive manufacturing alive in the U.S.A.
A Surprising Metric
Today, we look to share some interesting analysis in regard to this subject, as presented by the trusted researchers at Cars.com. Though your mind likely lands on one of the classic American brands when asked to guess which brands manufacture the most vehicles in the U.S. (or, to be more accurate in most cases, manufacture the most parts of their vehicles), you may be surprised to find that it’s been foreign companies who have topped the list for awhile, namely Toyota and Honda, who have been dedicatedly manufacturing the popular Camry and Accord in the U.S. in big numbers for some time, respectively.
A Return to Form for U.S. Brands
Featuring six of ten top spots going to vehicles made by Detroit’s traditional Big Three automakers, this year’s list definitely demonstrates a shift in the attitudes of American manufacturers to push for more domestic recognition however they can. Taking the two top spots on the new list, in fact, Fiat Chrysler shows that its recent dedication to delivering some standout new vehicles has also included efforts to keep things close to home. With the newly redesigned Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee leading the pack of domestically manufactured vehicles (both made in Toledo, Ohio, in this case), it’s looking like a better time than ever to feel good about driving a Jeep. Staying true to its authentic American roots, Jeep now proves that it doesn’t take an overseas operation to deliver a truly excellent vehicle.
Meet These Standout Vehicles Today
Fans of these classic Jeep vehicles already know well that the most recent generations of the Wrangler and the Cherokee stand as some of the finest of the Jeep lineage and perennial standouts wherever there are Jeeps for sale. Naturally, the most recent generations have been said to be more than successful at bringing modern style and accommodations to the definitive, original off-road and utility vehicles without sacrificing one bit of aftermarket upgrade pleasure or trail-hungry feel that’s always made Jeep the best of its kind. Of course, you can expect to find plenty of these outstanding vehicles ready and waiting for a detailed and exciting personal introduction anytime, right here at your local Fox Lake Jeep dealer, Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!
If you’re looking for a Ram truck with out-of-this-world fuel economy, look no further than the 2017 Ram 2500 HD. The vehicle has recently received recognition for its superb diesel fuel economy ratings as well as its overall performance capabilities.
In a test conducted by PickUpTrucks.com, the Ram 2500 HD (equipped with a 6.7-liter Cummins turbo-diesel inline six-cylinder engine) came out as the clear front-runner among a range of pickups tested by the publication. With a fuel economy rating of 19.2 mpg, the Ram was called a “standout performer” for both its loaded and unloaded performance.
Drivers who favor heavy-duty trucks recognize what a struggle it can be to find a high-performance vehicle that isn’t a gas guzzler. But the comfortable, capable 2500 HD is a workhorse that won’t break the bank when you stop at the gas pump.
Featuring a massive Hemi V-8 engine, the vehicle is capable of producing 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque with its 6.4-liter engine. (The Ram 2500 HD is also available with a 383-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 as well as the 6.7-liter turbo-diesel.) The truck has a reported payload of 3,300 pounds and–thanks to a 4.10:1 rear axle with a limited-slip rear differential–can tow up to 15,630 pounds.
The Ram 2500 HD clocks a top speed of 104 mph but can get you from 0 to 60 mph in less than eight seconds. You’ll be able to run a quarter-mile in less than 16 seconds and you’ll get roughly 14 mph on the highway. On one tank of fuel, you’ll be able to cover an average of 200 miles. Around town, you might get even more. However, since the EPA doesn’t require fuel-economy ratings for vehicles in the truck’s class, we don’t have exact details.
But wherever you take the 2017 Ram 2500 HD, you’ll ride in classic Ram comfort. The vehicle it outfitted with a uConnect infotainment system featuring a 7.0-inch color display so you can access all your favorite music and make hands-free voice calls via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. You’ll also enjoy a fantastic nine-speaker Alpine audio system, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and heated/ventilated front seats.
Optional additions include front bucket seats and a Sport Appearance Group package which comes with 20-inch black aluminum wheels, 265/60R-20 Firestone Transforce AT tires, black power foldaway mirrors, black projector-beam headlights, darkened tail lamps, and body-color grille and door handles.
To find out what other exciting features the 2017 Ram 2500 HD pickup truck offers, stop by Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. We’ve got the Ram 2500 for sale in all trim levels as well as a wealth of other Ram trucks. Our trained associates will be able to recommend the right truck for your work needs.
It was definitely a long time coming for a proper redux of the legendary Dodge Macho Power Wagon, a beloved classic 4x4 originally available from 1978-1981 that still commands a loyal enough following to have its fair share of websites and enthusiast groups steadfastly devoted to it. Reigning as one of the most fiercely off-road-ready trucks ever produced by a Dodge factory, or anyone else’s for that matter, the name retains the power to make 4x4 devotees downright giddy. Considering the fact that so much time went by without any loss in cult popularity for this rough gem, it was a welcome plan for the RAM trucks company to pick up the torch of the gnarly Macho and to bring its legacy back to life in the best way possible, nearly ten years ago today.
Back on Top Again
As the overwhelmingly positive reports continue to roll in for the 2017 RAM 2500 Power Wagon, it’s also quite welcome that the company clearly plans to continue to develop and improve these recent entries, which have thoroughly demonstrated their ability to pick up where the mighty Macho left off. With some timely styling and feature updates for the most recent Power Wagon, it’s clear that the latest chapter in this storied lineage is just getting warmed up.
A Detailed 2017 Facelift…
Starting with the new details apparent at first glance, the Power Wagon’s front end has been considerately updated with a stylish grille derived from the RAM Rebel 1500’s prominently robust design, giving it a more intense look than ever. As usual, conspicuous Power Wagon stickers and exclusive badging make certain that this exceptional 4x4 stands out from the pack. Inside, a variety of options like leather seats allow for some added comforts, though the Power Wagon is generally not too worried about meeting the demands of the current luxury truck market. It’s for good reason, too, as no true update to the RAM 2500 Power Wagon can be an entirely cosmetic one. In that regard, plenty of technical upgrades continue to make the Power Wagon a truly unrivaled force off the beaten path.
…With Plenty of New Hardware!
Straight from the factory, the 2017 RAM Power Wagon includes a built-in, top-of-the-line, 12,000 lb.-capable Warn winch, an upgraded suspension, locking differentials in front and rear, hungry 33-inch DuraTrac off-road tires, and easily accessible/removable sway bars. By putting so much practical muscle to work in one vehicle, there’s no question that RAM has delivered both the modern hobbyist’s dream of a worthy successor to the mythical Macho Power Wagon, and an unmatched rugged worksite truck more than ready to take on anything you’ll find yourself up against on the job. We’d be downright pleased to have the chance to help you learn even more about the best 4x4 on the market today, right here at your local Fox Lake Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM dealer, Ray CDJR!
For months, excited Jeep enthusiasts have been speculating about what we can expect from the new Jeep Cherokee. Now, some savvy internet sleuths have gotten their hands on a few spy shots of the forthcoming vehicle and we finally know what to expect from the sixth-generation Cherokee model. From the looks of the photographs, we can expect an exciting reboot.
A few years ago, Jeep shocked fans with a redesign of the Cherokee that transformed the rugged vehicle into a softer, sedan-inspired crossover. While the spy shots don’t reveal too much, it appears that the Cherokee has been refreshed and somewhat returned to its traditional Jeep roots. For now, the trademark seven-slot grille remains and the vehicle’s headlights have moved up to sit alongside the bumper rather than below it. The rear of the vehicle has also been changed to reflect a more angular design language.
Some experts speculate that the new Cherokee’s grille will return to its original shape and that the headlights will become larger to give the new vehicle a more unique look that’s still within the bounds of the classic Jeep aesthetic. A few slight tweaks here and there could help the Cherokee stand out in the increasingly more crowded mid-size SUV segment.
We still don’t know much about what will be under the new Cherokee’s hood, but we’re confident that Jeep fans can expect the usual Jeep excellence. Some enthusiasts think the automaker will use the debut of the Cherokee to introduce the new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that Jeep originally slated for arrival in the new Wrangler. This new engine could be included as a replacement for–or maybe a supplement to–the current naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter power plant.
We think it’s a pretty safe bet that no matter what, the new Cherokee will get a boost in power and efficiency regardless of what happens to it stylistically.
While we await the arrival of this and other new Jeep models, don’t forget that there are currently plenty of exceptional 2017 Jeeps for sale in Fox Lake, IL. At Ray Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, we’ve got the full range of new Jeep vehicles available for you to check out or test drive.
If the Jeep Cherokee feels like it might be the right fit for you, come check out the current 2017 model. There’s a reason the Cherokee has scooped up countless awards and quickly become one of the automaker’s most in-demand vehicles around the globe. The Jeep Cherokee features incredible interior and exterior design, outstanding safety features, a comfortable cabin and all the rugged powertrain features you’ll need to go from the car pool line to the open road.
Come in and see the 2017 Jeep Cherokee for yourself today.
While you’re at the beach this summer trying to beat the heat, don’t forget that your beloved car needs some summer love too. As we all know, preventative maintenance is key to curb future costly repairs and keep our cars in good condition. Did you know that the summertime is actually a pivotal season for vehicle maintenance?
Here’s how you can ensure your car runs smoothly all summer long:
- Check your fluids and change your oil.
Hot weather can have an effect on the fluid levels in your vehicle so be sure to check your wiper fluid, transmission fluid, steering fluid and coolant on a regular basis. Top them up when needed to make sure your engine doesn’t overheat. Don’t forget that extreme temperatures can put extra strain on your oil and filter, so be sure to change them both out regularly to keep your engine healthy and happy.
- Watch your tires.
Summertime heat can wreak havoc on your rubber tires and cause your tire pressure to increase. Make sure your tires are properly inflated (you can find your vehicle’s recommended PSI in your owner’s manual or on your driver’s side door) and park your car in a shaded area to help keep heat-related damage to a minimum. Don’t forget–hot roads can make heat buildup worse and cause weak tires to wear out faster, so always be on the look-out for damage.
- Treat your car to a spa day.
While it might seem like waxing and washing your car should be further down on the priorities list, treating your car to a good scrubbing can actually save you major cash down the road. Dirt and dust can scratch your vehicle’s top coat and cause your paint to fade and peel in the sun. Once paint peels away, your car becomes susceptible to rust and it’s a slippery slope from there.
- Find some shade.
One way to prevent paint damage is to cover your car and protect it from the sun, dirt, tree sap and even bird poop–all things that can be corrosive to your vehicle when baking in the summer heat. Take the time to clean out your garage so your shiny new car can stay that way for many summers to come.
- Ask an expert.
Make an appointment with a Fox Lake car service center to see a mechanic–after all, sometimes you need an expert to make sure your vehicle is living its best life. Ask for a radiator checkup, have your battery tested and ask your mechanic to put your AC to the test before problems arise.
Visit your favorite Fox Lake Jeep dealer for more tips to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape this summer. Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram can help you check off all the maintenance chores on your list–come see us today!
No vehicle in recent memory has received as much buzz as the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan. The Pacifica has been awarded accolades from almost every single automotive organization in the country; received astonishingly high safety scores; and has gotten the seal of approval from America’s families, big and small. Last year, Chrysler sold more than 62,300 Pacificas and the automaker is on track to beat that record this year. Over 35,450 units were sold by April in 2017.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience the Chrysler Pacifica for yourself, you might be wondering what, specifically, has made this vehicle one of the most lauded and sought-after cars of the last decade.
Let us break it down for you.
The Pacifica Hybrid minivan is one of the most efficient vehicles on the market today. It comes with FCA’s stellar 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline engine, combined with an electric motor and mated to a nine-speed transmission. The vehicle gets an estimated 33 miles of battery-powered electric range and can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 7 seconds.
The Pacifica’s unique hybrid system gets an estimated 84 miles per gallon equivalent in hybrid mode and gets a remarkable 32 mpg in gasoline-motor mode. The vehicle’s total range is roughly 566 miles. The EPA estimates that Pacifica drivers will save more than $2,500 in fuel costs over five years, compared with the average fuel costs for new vehicles of all types. Because of its hybrid status, the Pacifica is also eligible for state and federal incentives which will help offset its retail price and save Chevy fans even more money.
With available seating for seven people, the Pacifica minivan is the perfect choice for families. The vehicle’s second-row seats have their own climate control station and even feature individual seat-back entertainment screens and multiple device plug-ins (including USB charging ports) for the tech-obsessed teens in your life. The third-row seats also come with their own HVAC vents, cup holders, sunshades and sunroof access. A panoramic sunroof ensures that all passengers get to enjoy the sun and fresh air on long road trips.
The Pacifica also comes with FCA’s ubiquitous UConnect infotainment system via a 7-inch touchscreen that provides drivers with information including turn-by-turn navigation. Of course, the system can be connected through Bluetooth to any device so that drivers can access their music, phone calls, text messages and their favorite apps hands-free.
Most importantly, the Pacifica comes with a range of best-in-class safety features, including lane departure warning systems, forward collision prevention systems, a 360-degree surround camera, parallel and perpendicular park assist and more.
Visit your favorite Fox Lake Chrysler dealer for more information on the amazing Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan. At Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we’d be happy to take you and your family for a spin in one of these exceptional vehicles today.
The victory lap has only just begun for Chrysler’s redefining Pacifica minivan, a young entry that’s having no trouble taking on the challenge of making the minivan truly fun and, dare we say, even stylish again. Taking styling cues from some of the company’s sportiest and most progressive designs, including the successful Chrysler 200 sedan, and pulling out all the stops when it comes to features and accommodations, there’s no reason to think that the 2017 Pacifica isn’t well-equipped to make this the best year for minivans in a long time.
Never Enough Options!
To add even more attractive options to the ambitious Pacifica formula, Chrysler has introduced a sixth trim level to the model’s repertoire, pushing the young model even further into a class of its own. Dubbed the Touring Plus, the new trim carves out a new place squarely in the middle of the Pacifica’s library of variations. Offering features including triple-zone climate control, powered rear liftgate, LED taillights for added visibility, and the option for an upgrade package that adds larger wheel, a top-of-the-line interactive touchscreen, and a free overhead DVD player.
Beautiful Inside and Out
The strengths of the Pacifica aren’t all relegated to the interior, either, as the standout young entry has earned more than a few fans with its get-up-and-go feel, which, when it comes to the Touring Plus, comes as a result of a dedicated partnership with a beefy 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that certainly has no problem pushing 287 horses and nearly as many lb.-ft. of torque. To finish things off and keep a proper balance between power and comfort, it’s all kept smooth as silk by a ride-enhancing nine-speed automatic transmission as well.
A Seriously Talented Multi-Tasker
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring Plus is just the beginning of the great capabilities displayed by the game-changing minivan so far, with five other trims and even a hybrid version, complete with two of its own trims, available now. With seating arrangements available for up to eight passengers, plenty of storage room as well as Stow N’ Go under-floor storage containers, and Chrysler’s integrated UConnect Theater system featuring two 10-inch touchscreens and a high-quality 20-speaker soundsystem, you’re sure to find everything you need inside the 2017 Pacifica. Add to that a whole range of active safety features, and you’ll find it just as easy to avoid worrying about anything outside, too.
Welcome to the New Minivan
You can learn plenty more about the very well-received 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and all of its many extensive options currently available from your local GM dealer, anytime you’re ready to stop by to see us here at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. As usual, we’ll have the straightforward scoop about everything you’ll need to know to make finding the perfect vehicle an easy and satisfying experience!
After achieving huge industry success with the Chrysler Pacifica, FCA is bringing yet another stellar plug-in hybrid vehicle to the market, this time under its Jeep brand: the Jeep Yuntu. The automaker debuted the seven-seat plug-in hybrid vehicle at the Shanghai Auto Show in April of 2017. For the time being, the Yuntu is still just a concept but with the warm reception it received at the auto show, we’re not sure that Jeep will keep the Yuntu off its production lines for long.
Some critics already believe that the Jeep Yuntu will become Jeep’s flagship SUV in the near future. With the 2010 suspension of the Jeep Commander from the automaker’s lineup, Jeep lovers who want a 5+ seat vehicle are clamoring for a replacement. With a futuristic exterior design that blends flawlessly with its rugged styling and refined interior, the Yuntu could be just the car you’ve been waiting for.
“The Jeep Yuntu concept is a vehicle created for the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show to target the tastes of Chinese customers,” a spokesperson for Jeep said in a recent statement. “This new concept includes futuristic exterior design, [a] flexible interior and a plug-in hybrid powertrain. SUVs are the fastest-growing segment in China and the Jeep Yuntu Concept showcases the potential for the Jeep brand to keep expanding in the country.”
The Yuntu’s styling cues are decidedly modern–a trait that definitely endears it to the Chinese audience and places it ahead of the curve when it comes to the North American crowd. The concept vehicle has a wide-set stance, a seven-slot grille and chunky tires. Horizontal LED head lamps, orange accents, rear-hinged doors and a black contrasting roof help amp up the Yuntu’s appeal while its exquisitely-designed interior is sure to convert even the most skeptical passenger.
Inside, the Yuntu is all luxury. Sleek digital displays are nestled into glossy, light-colored natural wood and offset by deep, sumptuous leather. Sharp, clean lines abound and the latest in modern technology is featured throughout.
For now, not much is known about the vehicle’s powertrain capabilities. We do know that the Yuntu concept’s electric range is fairly limited–only about 40 miles, which is similar to the Pacifica’s charge on a 16 kWh battery pack.
Although the Yuntu isn’t available and might not ever make it into production, FCA fans who are interested in a plug-in hybrid vehicle with ample passenger seating should consider the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Although the Pacifica is new to the scene, it’s already racked up tons of awards and stellar reviews.
For more information on the Yuntu concept or to check out the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan in person, visit us at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. We’ve got new Jeep models available and waiting for you.
For the fourth year running, Jeep will sponsor the UK’s Tough Mudder series, an endurance test and mud run which has spread to include events across the globe. To celebrate the partnership, Jeep produced a limited edition Tough Mudder Jeep Renegade which went on sale in the UK on April 27 of this year. Only one hundred Tough Mudder Renegades will be produced.
“We are proud to partner with Jeep for the fourth consecutive year and enhance the onsite experience for participants, as Mudders from all over the UK get the opportunity to check out Jeep’s iconic fleet of vehicles,” Will Dean, CEO and co-founder of Tough Mudder, said in a recent statement. “We are thrilled to partner in launching the limited edition Renegade Tough Mudders. I look forward to getting behind the wheel of the Renegade myself.”
The limited edition Tough Mudder Jeep Renegade was designed with the intensity of the race and the ruggedness of the Tough Mudder terrain in mind. The limited edition vehicle was even tested out on a course designed by the people behind the race–it was put through a gauntlet which included rough terrain, dirty water and some signature obstacles like the “Mud Mile” and the “Quagmire.” As expected, the Renegade came out on top.
This limited edition new Jeep model is available in either orange or black and features an anodized orange interior. The vehicle is a version of the Renegade that uses the Trailhawk model’s front bumper to give the Jeep an even more rugged, tough appearance.
The Tough Mudder Jeep Renegade comes standard with 17” black alloy wheels with 215/60/R17 Mud & Snow tires, a Tough Mudder exclusive bonnet decal, limited edition numbered stickers on the upper rear three quarter panel, a Tough Mudder tailgate badge, heated front seats, DAB radio, a Uconnect 5” touchscreen with Bluetooth, satellite navigation and live services, all-weather floor mats and the Tough Mudder Merchandise Pack that includes a water bottle, hat, lanyard and wrist band.
Under the hood, the Tough Mudder Jeep Renegade lives up to its name with a 2.0 Diesel Multijet II engine that produces an impressive 140 horsepower. The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and the vehicle comes with all-wheel drive.
This year, Jeep’s sponsorship of Tough Mudder events means that the automaker will show up to six events across the UK. Jeep plans to bring a fleet of Jeep Renegade, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee vehicles (as well as the new Renegade Tough Mudder limited edition) to help cheer the contestants on.
For those of us who remain in Fox Lake, IL, there’s no reason we can’t soak up some awesome Jeep attitude too. Visit Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to take one of our tough, rugged Jeeps for a spin so you can get into the Tough Mudder spirit.
Finally, the Ram 3500 Heavy Duty truck is being recognized as the remarkable, powerful, fun vehicle all Ram drivers know that it is. The 2017 Ram 3500 has just received the Gold Hitch award from The Fast Lane Truck.
The Fast Lane Truck, also known as TFLtruck by fans, is a website dedicated to producing review content for current and potential truck buyers. Each year, TFLtruck awards its Gold Hitch prize to the truck considered to be the most versatile vehicle reviewed by the website’s staff. The site’s judges pick the winner using a range of criteria including categories like most impressive pulling power, best brakes, best fuel efficiency, comfort, and best handling in extreme terrain conditions. Naturally, the Ram 3500 came out on top.
But before the Ram 3500 could even be considered for the Gold Hitch award, it was subjected to the Eisenhower Pass “Ike Gauntlet” trial–which is exactly as intense as it sounds. The test, which has been described as “Herculean”, takes place just outside of Denver, CO and requires competing trucks to climb more than 11,000 feet while hauling a fully-loaded gooseneck trailer.
Unsurprisingly, most trucks are simply not up to the task. But the 2017 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty truck performed spectacularly.
With its hauling capacity of over 31,000 pounds, the 3500 was practically designed for the Ike Gauntlet test. Equipped with its 6.7-liter Cummins diesel-powered engine and an attitude of complete determination, the Ram 3500 conquered the Ike Gauntlet and claimed the 2017 Gold Hitch award with ease.
“The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty was loaded with a 21,600-pound trailer for a Gross Combined Weight of nearly 31,000 pounds,” Andre Smirnov, technical editor for TFLtruck, explained in a recent interview. “The Ram dually came out on top based on its confident downhill performance, consistent uphill climb and leading observed fuel mileage among the competitors.”
The Gold Hitch award adds yet another prize to Ram’s impressive list of awards and accolades. The automaker has picked up awards for best-in-class gas towing (16,320 pounds with the Ram 2500), highest snow plow rating (Ram 2500 and 3500), most capable full-size off-road pickup (Ram Power Wagon) and more.
For many Ram drivers, the 2017 Ram 3500 seems like the obvious choice when it comes to top-of-the-line trucks that are guaranteed to get the job done–whatever the job is. The 3500 comes in four trim levels: Tradesman, SLT, Laramie, and the Laramie Longhorn. Features include ABS and driveline traction control, 18” styled steel or aluminum wheels, heated mirrors, ParkSense Parking assist and more.
In the late afternoon on Tuesday, May 9th, Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram officially broke ground on their latest construction project to renovate their new dealership in Fox Lake, Illinois. Ray CDJR executives, management, employees, family, and community members all shared their excitement, as they were present during this highly anticipated, groundbreaking ceremony.
In regards to the details surrounding the project, the Fox Lake dealership’s renovation is expected to take 9 months to complete, and is costing an estimated $5.9 million. The project alone is forecasted to bring in over 120 workers to the area to finish this 24,970 square foot construction project. With its completion in early 2018, the dealership is also planning on creating 80 new job positions, which will increase Ray CDJR’s employee base by a staggering 60%. With all of this being said, Ray CDJR’s newest endeavor will not only benefit the company’s business and their customers, but will also help the community prosper by supplying job opportunities & by bringing in additional revenue to the area.
The purpose behind this project was to create a larger, state-of-the-art facility to provide current & prospective Ray CDJR customers with a finer, more up-to-date car-buying atmosphere. Most importantly, Ray CDJR is hoping that their new facility will make a lasting impression on customers as soon as they walk through the door, causing their Fox Lake dealership to become the preferred destination for the ultimate car-shopping experience.
The newly improved facility will have an impressive appearance & top-of-the-line features, many of which Ray CDJR’s competitors can’t even match. For example, in order to quickly & efficiently support a high demand of customers, there will be 16 service bays, a MOPAR express lane, & a commercial truck capacity. To make it an easy & convenient car buying experience for adults and parents, the facility’s new layout includes a customer lounge, a children’s center, and a café. The new dealership will also have its standard business & service centers, which will be spacious and welcoming to all customers.
Once finally completed, Ray CDJR in Fox Lake, Illinois will continue to proudly serve the areas of McHenry, IL, Chicago, IL, Grayslake, IL, Milwaukee, WI, along with many others. If you’re interested in checking out their new facility or if you’re looking to buy a car in the next year, make Ray CDJR of Fox Lake your preferred dealership by visiting them at their new address: 23 N. US Highway 12, Fox Lake, IL 60002. In the meantime, visit RayCDJR.com for more updates on the renovation & to find out when the grand opening will be!
Ask any Jeep owner and you’ll find out why Jeep is the most beloved automaker in the industry. No other line of vehicles is as entrenched in American history or the American way of life as Jeep’s–and no other brand delivers such remarkable performance and comfort in a safe, beautiful package. That’s why when the automotive industry suffered a few years ago, Jeep was able to bounce back and become stronger than ever.
Today, the Jeep division is a part of Fiat Chrysler America and the brand has never done better. Jeep’s successful resurgence is thanks in part to incredible vehicles like the Grand Cherokee, the classic Wrangler, and the new Jeep Renegade.
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a favorite for Jeep dealers thanks to its versatility and power. A true stand-out vehicle, the Grand Cherokee’s design is a blend of traditional Jeep toughness, sleek design cues and classic simplicity. The vehicle’s cabin is outfitted with heated front and rear leather trimmed seats, LED lighting and the latest in Bluetooth technology for all your digital needs.
The 75th Anniversary Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with either a 4x4 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine, an upgraded 3.6-liter V6 gas, or a 5.7-liter V8 gas engine variation. All of the engine options are backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission and deliver remarkable power on the open highway and the open trail.
Though it may be small, the Jeep Renegade has a reputation for being mighty. The Renegade features two engine choices: the standard 160 horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter engine with 4-cylinders and a 6-speed manual transmission, or a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission for 180 horsepower.
Inside, the Renegade is compact but still spacious enough for drivers to bring along passengers and cargo on weekend getaways. With the second row of seats folded down, you’ll get over 50 cubic inches of cargo space–plenty of room for a tent and all the equipment you’ll need for a few nights under the stars.
However, it’s the Wrangler that’s ultimately everyone’s favorite Jeep vehicle.
The Wrangler is the perfect off-roading vehicle: it’s fun to drive, it has great safety ratings, it’s sporty but not too flashy, it’s powerful and capable in any scenario, and its classic looks will never go out of style. In 2019, we even have the new Wrangler pickup to look forward to–a mysterious new vehicle with a slew of exciting improvements on the Wrangler’s traditional design.
To see which Jeep is the best fit for you, visit your favorite Jeep dealer today. Your Fox Lake, IL Jeep dealer has Grand Cherokees, Renegades and Wranglers galore for you to test drive and enjoy before you make your final decision.
Looking to spice your driving life up? Look no further than the newly announced Ram1500 color additions. The automaker announced earlier this month that it would introduce two new changes: one hot new color for the Ram 1500 Rebel and a whole line of paint schemes for the top-of-range Ram 1500 Limited.
Ram Truck made the big announcement at this year’s Houston Auto Show. The Ram Rebel 1500 will now be available in Delmonico Red and there will be a whole new line of color-matching options unveiled soon for the Ram Limited.
Delmonico Red will be the seventh color option for the 1500 model. On the flip side, Ram Limited trim levels across the 1500, 2500 and 3000 models will be available with fresh body-colored R-A-M tailgate letters and sidesteps instead of the standard old chrome pieces. It’s a welcome shake-up for those Ram drivers looking for something a little different but nothing too extravagant.
“Truck buyers are looking for new colors and features that make a statement and allow them to stand out from the crowd,” Mike Manley, Head of Ram Truck, FCA – Global, said in a recent interview. “Whether it’s the off-road enthusiast appeal of the Ram 1500 Rebel or the luxury and sophistication of the Ram limited, Ram trucks deliver features and durability that are winning over more and more owners.”
If you’re thinking about scooping up a new Ram Rebel, now is the time. The Ram Rebel is available in Delmonico Red in two-tone (black lower panels) or monotone paint treatments for no extra charge. The Ram 1500 Rebel Delmonico Red can even be ordered with the Rebel Black (black wheels and front skid plate) appearance package if you’re feeling extra spicy.
The Delmonico Red package features a black and gray interior with black anodized bezels on the doors, center console, instrument panel and gauge cluster trim rings. Delmonico Red owners will also enjoy all-black heated seats with black “Rebel” embroidery highlighted by light slate gray accent stitching. The accent color theme continues throughout the vehicle’s instrument panel, center console lid, doors and seats.
On the other hand, the Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 Limited trim pickups are now also available in colors including Bright Silver Metallic, Bright White, Brilliant Black Crystal, Delmonico Red, Granite Crystal Metallic, Maximum Steel Metallic, Pearl White and True Blue. Monochromatic R-A-M tailgate letters set the colors off and offer an alternative appearance option compared to the standard bright chrome letters introduced last year.
At Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, it’s the season to switch things out and live it up. The Delmonico Red Rebel will hit your Ram dealership in May–are you ready to take this fiery fresh truck out for a spin? Come visit us today.
Sorry Jeep fans, if you’ve been holding out hope for the early release of the hotly-anticipated Jeep pickup we’re sad to report that you’ll have to keep hanging on until late 2019. Although the pickup was slated for release in 2018, Jeep head Mike Manley recently announced that the new vehicle won’t go into production until next year.
Production will take place at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ giant Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio where the Cherokee is currently being built. Though the automaker is currently keeping mum about its decision to push back the pickup’s release date, critics speculate that it may be to free up room for the current Grand Wagoneer project as well as the debut of the all-new Compass.
The pickup doesn’t even have a name yet, though FCA chief Sergio Marchionne is said to be considering historical names from the Jeep family like the Comanche, Gladiator and Willys. Our money is on the “Gladiator” though, since “Willys Wheeler” is already a trim package on the Wrangler and “Comanche” feels dated to say the least.
The last time we saw a pickup roll off Jeep’s production line was the Cherokee-based Comanche, but that vehicle was only around from 1985 until 1992. Ever since then, Jeep enthusiasts have patiently been waiting for another incarnation.
Luckily, we’ve still got the debut of the new Wrangler to look forward to.
Jeep has kept us guessing in regards to the Wrangler’s finalized look, but the experts over at the JL Wrangler Forums predict that the next-gen Wrangler will be redesigned in a way that accents its off-roading looks while introducing some exciting new features. Based on spy photos and leaked images, Fox Lake Jeep dealers have a decent idea of what we can expect from the new car.
The front end of the new Wrangler will have LED headlights and turn signals to give the vehicle a modern feel. New air dams just behind the rear bumpers and an updated grille, windshield and hood will boost the car’s aerodynamics for a more efficient overall product. In the back, the new Wrangler will have square taillights and plastic fender flares. Its sides will also sport squared-off details to continue the motif through the top and door handles.
At this point, we’re still not sure what Jeep will do about the 2018 Wrangler’s top. Some enthusiasts think the automaker will nix the vehicle’s removable top in favor of removable panels like we’ve seen on the Jeep Renegade. Others think that the roof will be removable in sections, similar to the setup of the Wrangler Unlimited. It’s a toss-up.
If you simply can’t wait any longer to get your Wrangler fix, visit a Jeep dealer today. Ray Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram has a smorgasbord of Jeeps for sale, including the ultra-fun Jeep Renegade.
With so many Jeep options available, it can feel overwhelming for drivers to decide which one is the perfect match for their individual needs, lifestyle and aspirations. The choice is especially hard for drivers considering both the 2017 Jeep Cherokee and the equally excellent 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Luckily, Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is here to help break things down and offer you the details you’ll need to make the right call.
This side-by-side breakdown will hopefully make your decision a little easier:
When it comes to choosing the right family vehicle, the question of safety is always at the top of the checklist. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave both the Jeep Cherokee and the Jeep Grand Cherokee four out of five stars overall. However, the Grand Cherokee received five stars overall for its standard, rear-wheel drive SUV and five stars overall for its four-wheel drive option.
Both vehicles scored high with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as well–the Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee got the IIHS’s highest rating in four categories. Both vehicles feature a whole lineup of remarkable safety options, but the Grand Cherokee is probably the best bang for your buck since its base model comes with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.
The race for best fuel efficiency ends in a photo finish between the Jeep Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee. When outfitted with Jeep’s V6 engine, both vehicles deliver 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. However, the Grand Cherokee’s optional diesel V6 engine packs the most punch, delivering 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
If you’re looking for a high-performance vehicle with off-roading capabilities and cool comfort, you can’t do better than a Jeep. The Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee are clearly both great picks but the Grand Cherokee edges out its sibling for a spot at the top.
The Cherokee has a 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood, with the option to upgrade to the 271-horsepower 3.2-liter V6 engine. The Grand Cherokee, however, manages 295-horsepower from its 3.6-liter V6 engine. If that’s not enough for you, you can spring for the four-wheel drive Grand Cherokee SRT which has a 6.4-liter V8 engine that puts out an impressive 475 horsepower.
Due to its compact size, the Cherokee goes for just $23,595 and is available in six fantastic trims. The top-of-the-line Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and the Cherokee Overland can be had for around $35,000. The slightly larger Grand Cherokee starts at $30,395 and is available in seven trim levels. The power-packed Grand Cherokee SRT will run you around $66,895 but we can assure you that it’s worth every single penny.
The Dodge Demon will be headed our way soon and hitting dealerships before you know it. But how much do you really know about Dodge’s latest speed demon? Were you aware, for example, that the new Demon will feature a little something called “drag mode”?
Dodge has been teasing us with little bits of information leading up to the Demon’s official release. Every week, a new video gets posted on the automaker’s IfYouKnowYouKnow.com site, announcing a new feature or hyping up a new element of the vehicle’s design. This time, the hot news is that the Demon will include a driving mode specifically dedicated to drag racing.
“Designed to be highly competent in all drive modes and configurations, the SRT Demon is made to absolutely dominate in Drag Mode,” a recent Dodge teaser release promised. Though the Demon isn’t quite a designated drag racer, it does feature a remarkably capable suspension system to help get the job done in a pinch.
Utilizing special new technology, Dodge has modeled the Demon to include lower spring rates in the front and rear, a hollow front sway bar and adaptive dampening shocks–all in service of the drag racing dream. Dodge has also said that the Demon’s suspension will be tuned mechanically and electronically for the best possible launch and control throughout the drag strip’s quarter-mile. The tuning includes drag-tuned Bilstein adaptive damping shocks and amplified traction and stability control. We still don’t know how much horsepower the Demon will pack but if its name is any indicator, we don’t anticipate being disappointed.
We’ll find out more about the Demon’s drag mode before the vehicle is unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, but for now here’s what we know about this hotly-anticipated car already:
The SRT Demon will be the first factory production car fitted with drag radial tires. The tires–which are absolutely massive–are 315/40R18 Nitto Nt05Rs and they’re the closest thing you can get to a drag racing slick while still having enough tread to be street legal. This means that the Demon will set a new record right out of the gate: the widest front tire on any production car. The tires will even feature little embossed demons on the sidewalls–a stylish touch that adds a lot to the car’s edge without being overly flashy.
Combined with the Demon’s upgraded suspension and tires are new updates to the vehicle’s steering and brakes. Overall, the Demon has been carefully designed to set it apart from pretty much every vehicle that came before it–even outdoing the best in Chrysler’s super-impressive high performance lineup.
The Dodge Demon will be for sale at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for the 2018 model year. Come visit us today to get more specific, up-to-the-minute information. While you wait, you can check out our latest models available today!
At this year’s Chicago Auto Show, Ram showed up ready to wow attendees with a big announcement: the automaker is introducing a new color to its half-ton Dodge Ram 1500 Sport trim. The Ram 1500 Copper Sport joins Ignition Orange as the second in the brand’s limited-edition line of flashy tints appearing on the 2017 Ram 1500 trucks.
“The Ram 1500 Copper Sport builds on the ever-increasing demand for factory-custom trucks,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – Global, in a recent interview. “Our customers continue to enjoy the attention to detail and styling our designers put into each trim level, and this new eye-grabbing model will not disappoint.”
It’s all in the Paint
He’s not kidding. The Ram Copper Sport limited edition gleams with an assertive iridescence–its vivid paint job matches the vehicle’s reputation for fearlessness and boldness. The fresh copper color is set off by the truck’s black-decaled Sport performance hood, black Ram’s head grille badge, black tailgate badge and black body-side badges. Massive 22-inch polished aluminum wheels (available on the two-wheel drive; 20-inch wheels come standard on four-wheel drive models) complete the look.
The Ram 1500 Copper Sport Doesn’t Lack Power
The 2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport exudes strength and power. The truck is powered by a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6/TorqueFlite 8 combination which is capable of generating 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. If that’s not enough for you, the 1500 Copper Sport is also available with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine outfitted with variable valve timing and fuel-saving technology; this version will get you up to 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is rated at 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway and the V8 has a 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway rating.
Inside, this all-star Dodge Ram 1500 truck continues to shine. The interior treatments for the Copper Sport model include copper-colored accent stitching throughout the cabin’s soft-touch textiles, Sport embroidery on the deluxe, heated high-back bucket seats, color-accent Ram’s head embroidery on the headrests and sport mesh on the seat inserts. With the addition of the standard Alpine premium sound system (which includes nine speakers and a subwoofer), you’ll never want to leave the vehicle’s cabin.
Get Your Next Ram Truck at Your Fox Lake Chevy Dealer
If the 2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport sounds like the perfect vehicle for you, hurry down to Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Only 3,000 of these special vehicles will be produced so don’t delay!
But if Copper isn’t quite your style, the 2017 Ram 1500 Sport could still be a great fit. Each Sport model comes equipped with heated seats, a heated steering wheel, halogen projector headlamps and 20-inch painted and polished aluminum wheels. With all of its best-in-class fuel-saving technology, top-of-the-line aerodynamics and remarkable power, we can guarantee that this Ram truck won’t disappoint.
2017 is shaping up to be another big year for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Specifically, FCA has announced that its Jeep brand is jumping into the midsize pickup market with a new truck that will further demonstrate the automaker’s off-roading capabilities.
The new endeavor, which notably includes plans to revive the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, is part of a $1 billion investment to build “vehicles at the heart of the SUV and truck market.” The new truck will be built at the manufacturer’s Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio.
Jobs for the next generation
FCA has also said that it will continue to bolster its reputation as a manufacturer in Detroit by taking production of its next-generation Ram 1500 to the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant near the city. The move will add 700 new jobs to the factory when production starts in January 2018.
In fact, much of the recent news surrounding FCA is centered in Detroit. The announcement that the company would be producing the all-new Jeep pick-up truck was also made at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year.
Coming to a dealer near you: The Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer
We don’t have many details yet about the production schedule for the new Jeep pickup, but we do know that plans for the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are currently in the works. The Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan will be upgraded and modernized for production of the Wagoneer vehicles, while the south plant of the Toledo Assembly Complex will be updated to build the Jeep pickup truck. The estimated completion date for both of the plants is 2020, so we’ll have to wait until after that to finally see the new cars roll off the production line.
“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,” Sergio Marchionne, chief executive at FCA, said.
FCA has certainly done more than its fair share of the work to bolster the United States’ automotive production industry. Since 2009, FCA has invested a total of $9.6 billion in U.S. manufacturing facilities, creating over 25,000 new jobs. The company, which is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, is the seventh largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales. With this latest news of FCA’s plans for expansion and growth, we can expect to see those numbers grow more and more over time.
There’s little debate left to be had over whether or not electric vehicles are becoming a legitimate force in the automotive world, but nonetheless, some milestones still remain, ready to help drive the point home. Now, thanks to a new project from Fiat Chrysler, we can look forward to crossing another one off the list, bringing us just a little bit closer to a world where electric is the norm.
Meet the Portal
Making a splash at last month’s annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, FCA unveiled a stunning new concept that marks a big first in the world of electric vehicles. If, for some unknown reason, someone still convincing on the increasing legitimacy of electric vehicle tech, Fiat Chrysler is ready to drive the point home with the world’s first regular-production all-electric minivan, the Portal. In recent years, the CES has become a first-rate showcase for the most compelling and ambitious emerging technologies in the automotive industry, with a history including early demonstrations much of the cutting-edge tech that we’ve come to consider as commonplace in the hybrid era, and this year stands as no exception.
What We Know
Taking their concept design to a considerately detailed level, FCA officials are able to reasonably suggest a range capability of at least 250 all-electric miles, as well as offering a close look at the plans for a well-equipped interior featuring highly configurable seating, semi-autonomous driving technology, a next-generation Wi-Fi system, and extensive connectivity for devices of all kinds. So far, critics are already finding plenty of reason to look forward to this big step into the electric world from Fiat Chrysler. Of course, it’s important to note that the Portal definitely looks futuristic, with plenty of large, smooth panels in place to keep exterior lines to a minimum. The novel touch, however, is definitely the elevator-style sliding side doors, which open from the middle, extending to both the front and rear.
What is Yet to Come
Though there’s still no word as to how serious FCA is about production at this stage in the Portal’s development, the level of detail in the concept definitely suggests that something at least closely related is in the pipeline. It’s undoubtedly an ideal time for Fiat Chrysler to make its next big move into the electric arena, as it rides on a wave of innovative successes including the revamped line of classic Chrysler muscle cars and a whole new generation of buzz-generating Jeep vehicles. Keep an eye out on the blog for plenty of interesting developments related to the Portal concept, and feel free to catch us right here at your local Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram anytime you’re curious to learn more about all of the other excellent Fiat Chrysler vehicles currently available.
For quite a while now Jeep has been overhauling its brand, making improvements to vehicles and proving the automaker isn’t afraid to shake things up to keep its cars as fresh as possible. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is set to be the latest in this long chain of exciting change.
In order to keep up with competition and to meet the latest safety standards, the upcoming Wrangler will be an all new model. Jeep is not only set to transform the 2018 Wrangler into its latest vehicle with an all-aluminum, lightweight body, the new car will also feature some of the best fuel efficiency the brand has to offer. These are rumors that have been circulating for some time but Jeep has finally (much to our excitement!) confirmed that it’s all true.
Even if Jeep decides to add some beefier parts into the mix, the anticipated weight drop for the new model is between 200 and 300 pounds, a noticeable difference from the driver’s point of view for sure. Of course, these changes won’t sacrifice the Wrangler’s ingrained identity: it will remain a body on frame crossover and won’t lose any of its off-road capabilities.
The lighter aluminum body means the new Wrangler will be more aerodynamic, helping to boost fuel efficiency quite a bit. The vehicle will also be softer and–along with its lowered front end–safer for pedestrians. That’s about the extent of the exterior modifications. Inside, the new Wrangler will feature a nicer dashboard, softer materials, better seats and a more driver-oriented cabin. The new chassis will create a roomier cabin, allowing the Jeep to compete with the more luxurious upcoming Toyota 4Runner.
Under the hood, the updated Jeep will benefit from a new 3.6-liter V6 engine. This naturally aspirated unit will be based on the current Pentastar and will deliver over 320-horsepower and close to 300 lb-ft of torque alongside a new 8-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid model has been announced but no further details will be released about it until 2020. A diesel model has also been teased but won’t be released until closer to 2022.
The price point will also remain mostly unchanged at a totally reasonable $25,000 which is pretty awesome considering the substantial updates the car is slated to receive.
Unfortunately, we still have to wait until at the least the middle of 2017 to see the production version of the new Wrangler and the new model won’t hit the market until the end of that year.
In the meantime, come see us at Ray Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram for a look at the 2016 Wrangler–a modern classic with remarkable off-roading capabilities and a reputation for real, raw fun. Come take one for a spin today.
If you think the Ram 1500 Rebel embodies true coolness, just wait until you see the 1500 Rebel Black edition.
Available in a multitude of colors (yes, that’s right, “Black” here is more about attitude than it is color), the Ram 1500 Rebel Black edition pickup comes with a slew of new goodies, including more rugged fender flares and a whole bunch of luxurious upgrades. Naturally, the dark theme still affects the vehicle’s aesthetics, but we don’t think you’ll mind. The 1500 Rebel Black edition comes with darkened accents that range from its wheels to its brush guard to its stylish new interior.
“Adding the Rebel Black package to an already aggressive off-road truck will continue feeding the momentum Rebel is creating for the Ram Truck brand,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand and Ram Brand for FCA Global, in a recent press release. “The Ram Rebel is unique in the full-size truck segment with 33-inch off-road tires, air suspension and custom interior details.”
While the typical 1500 Rebel comes with plenty of bells and whistles, the new Black package really takes things to a whole new level.
The Rebel Black features heated, embroidered seats, but you can always go for the more sumptuous Katskin leather seats if you really want to treat yourself. The accents continue throughout the door bezels, instrument panel and gauge rings, which are all done up with detailing to match the cabin’s gray accent stitching. Deep rubber floor mats designed to catch snow and mud will give your feet something cozy to sink into while you relax in the Rebel Black’s exceptional cabin.
Like with the regular 1500 Rebel, drivers will have the ability to choose between the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine (delivering 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque) or the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 (delivering 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque). Either can be paired with the Rebel’s standard 33-inch off-road tires and suspension. The vehicle comes with Bilstein shocks, skid plates, tow hooks and plenty of other off-road-ready features to ensure you’re never left unprepared on one of your weekend adventures. The 1500 Rebel even comes with an exclusive air suspension in order to give you the increased ride height necessary to clear even the toughest obstacles.
The Ram 1500 Rebel never balks at any challenge. With the Black edition, any opponent you face will know that you are the real challenge.
The Rebel Black hits dealerships in March, but give us a call at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to find out how you can reserve your pick up today. In the meantime, take one of our 2017 1500 Rebels out for a spin to get a feel for the best off-roading pickup money can buy.
If you’ve been impressed with the recent developments and improvements to the Jeep lineup, you’ll be pleased to know that the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass does not disappoint. More stylish and refined than its predecessor, the new Compass features a remarkable set of improvements across both its interior and exterior–however, nowhere does it excel more than when it comes to fuel economy.
The new 2017 Compass is an all-star efficiency vehicle. Thanks to its new Tigershark 2.4-liter I-4 engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, the new Compass is rated at 22 mpg and 30 mpg highway for the four-wheel-drive version. Compare those numbers to the outgoing model’s 20 mpg city and 23 mg highway ratings and you’ll see what we mean when we say this is cause for some serious excitement.
Naturally, Jeep never sacrifices power for efficiency–you can expect the best of both worlds in your new 2017 Compass. This new vehicle puts out 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. If you’re into off-roading, the Compass is available with a new Trailhawk configuration which includes some extras like tow hooks, chunkier tires, a low range with a 20-to-1 crawl ratio, an increased ride height and better approach, break over and departure angles.
The new Compass is based on FCA’s Small US Wide platform, just like the Renegade and the Fiat 500X crossover. The vehicle has a slightly longer wheelbase than the Renegade though and its packaging and styling work to set it apart from the pack even more.
The 2017 Jeep Compass effortlessly combines elegance with unstoppable toughness to create a rugged yet modern look that reminds us of the Grand Cherokee. With the classic Jeep seven-slot grille and cool–but never fussy–design cues, the new Compass is perfect for the driver who’s not afraid to stand out but doesn’t want to make a scene.
Inside, the Compass looks like a hybrid of the Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee, with a slew of physical buttons and knobs at your service beneath FCA’s ubiquitous Uconnect Infotainment system. Depending on your choice of model, you can opt for either a 5-, 7-, or 8.4-inch information display. Best of all, you can sync all your favorite electronic devices to the Uconnect system via Bluetooth. That means you can enjoy hands-free texting, phone calls, and access to all your favorite apps and music with just a single voice command.
Available active and passive security features include forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a backup camera.
Don’t miss your opportunity to check out the all-new 2017 Compass in person. Head down to Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram before we run out.
It has been the talk of the town for quite a while now, but it looks like we finally have some confirmation with regard to Dodge’s new Durango SRT, as the good folks over at Left Lane News reported that such a thing has been spotted somewhere outside the SRT headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Of course, there have been equally persistent rumors for quite some time now anent the possibility of a new Durango Hellcat version, but Left Lane News is quite to note the spotted “prototype looks to be of the ‘normal’ SRT variety.” Of course, this is nothing to shake a stick at, so to speak. That is to say, the “normal SRT variety” version of the Durango still is rumored to pack a 6.4-liter HEMI V8, which goes on to push roughly 475 horsepower. Not to mention, like its sister vehicle the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, the Dodge Durango SRT will more than likely be of the all-wheel drive variety.
Left Lane News goes on to note a few other key features that might come with this new Durango SRT: “Other upgrades should include massive Brembo brakes and a hunkered-down sports suspension.” Obviously, this is quite the news for any of us who consider ourselves fans of Dodge’s long-running three-row SUV crossover, as well as a vehicle that looks to provide some pretty stiff competition with regard to the likes of the Mercedes-AMG GLS63.
Too, Left Lane News goes on to note that we might have seen versions of this new Dodge Durango SRT before: “Interestingly, Dodge might have been preparing us for the production Durango SRT with the Durango Shaker concept that debuted at the 2016 SEMA Show. Although we doubt the concept’s Shaker hood and Viper seats will make production, much of its hardware should make an appearance in the 2018 Durango SRT.” Now, even though I for one certainly would love to see something like Viper seats in a full on production Durango SRT, I know that such a thing is not all that practical. Nevertheless, the fact that Dodge is rumored to bring over concepts and features from their awesome Durango Shaker concept that was displayed at last year’s SEMA Show is certainly a step in the right direction for the automaker’s famous three-row crossover.
Of course, as automakers tend to be about this sort of thing, Dodge is keeping things pretty close to the chest with regard to both this vehicle as well as the whole 2018 Durango lineup. Still, the brand is expected to have at least some answers at this year’s New York auto show.
As is always the case, keep checking back in here with us at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for more information with regard to the brand new Dodge Durango SRT. Too, while you are at it, why not stop by and sign up to test drive one of our many new lot vehicles? We can promise to do everything in our power to help you find the perfect vehicle!
Woodstock, IL – Marian Central Catholic High School would like to thank Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for donating a new 2017 Jeep Patriot to their annual dinner auction fundraiser. The money raised will go towards tuition assistance and financial aid for the student body. Last year the annual fundraiser, which has been going on for 40+ years, raised $120,000. This year, Marian Central is hoping to raise $130,000. The fundraiser is taking place on Saturday, March 11th, in the Lander’s Pavilion at Marian Central.
Marian Central’s Director of Advancement, Josh Binder says, “We are very fortunate to be able to partner with Ray and his team. Our relationship with Ray Autogroup will benefit both current and future Marian Central students for years to come.” The relationship started through the owner of Ray CDJR, Ray Scarpelli, whose children attended Marian Central and showed a strong desire to get involved.
Raffle tickets will be sold and one lucky, randomly chosen winner will walk away with a brand new Jeep Patriot, courtesy of Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. This is the second year in a row that Ray CDJR has donated to the annual fundraiser. See below for reservations and raffle prices.
General Dinner Buffet Seating – $50/person
Reserved Table of 10 – $500
2017 Red Jeep Patriot Raffle - Winner need not be present
Ticket Prices: $5 each, 5 tickets for $20, 15 tickets for $50, 40 tickets for $100
For more information on Marian Central Catholic High School’s annual fundraiser, go to https://www.marian.com/dinner-auction-2016/
About Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is the newest family member of the Ray Autogroup. They are owned and operated by the Scarpelli family who has been serving Lake County and the Chicagoland are for over 50 years. You can visit them today on Route 12 in Fox Lake.
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Contact: Josh Binder
Director of Advancement
Marian Central Catholic High School
There are certainly plenty of innovative developments afoot at Jeep lately, but that doesn’t mean that the spirit of the classic Jeeps of yore has been anything close to forgotten! As positive reviews continue to pour in for the bright young Jeep entries just beginning to forge their legacies, it’s clear that the company has kept its focus on a balanced priority of providing something for every kind of driver.
First and foremost in Jeep’s consideration, of course, is still the dedicated off-roader. Though fresh entries like the remarkably compact new 2017 Jeep Renegade bring plenty to the table for city drivers and casual utility seekers, the Renegade Trailhawk is there to make sure that even this urbane upstart is more than ready to hit the trail at a moment’s notice without losing a nimble step. Capably equipped with four-wheel drive, custom boosted and upgraded suspension, muscular all-terrain tires, and a wide selection of drive modes with a low-speed gearing feature.
All in all, the Renegade Trailhawk provides a fantastic look at what Jeep is doing with the reliable off-road features that they’re widely known for, but at the same time, the company has also been receiving plenty of accolades for putting some admirable effort into the segments in which its long-running successes are better known to fans and industry critics. Following on the heels of longtime favorites and successful young city SUVs like the Grand Cherokee and Patriot, respectively, new vehicles like the standard Renegade and Renegade Limited are continuing a legacy of proven excellence. As you’re likely to find, once someone buys a Jeep, they become a fan for life.
Though these models still boast plenty of Jeep’s celebrated dedication to utility capability, they also provide surprisingly luxurious accommodations for those more interested in interior space than wide open spaces. With that in mind, the new Renegade Limited brings leather upholstery, heated seats, top of the line touchsreen control system, rain-sensing wipers, and remote start to the familiar palette, just for starters. With plenty of critics and longtime fans alike expressing their amazement at Jeep’s ability to progress into the world of stylish urban SUVs and modern crossovers, you can bet that there’s still plenty of renaissance yet to unfold at Jeep during 2017.
Offering a range of notably powerful engine options for its size, as well as room to spare and a very friendly MSRP, the young Renegade is being heralded as a great addition to an already highly praised Jeep lineup. You’ll be seeing plenty about the 2017 Renegade here, and you can bet that we’ll be more than ready to join you for a memorable introduction to it anytime, right here at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!
After a pretty memorable trip to Las Vegas by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), fans of both Google’s Android operating system and Chrysler have cause to rejoice. That is to say, FCA has recently announced a partnership with the likes of Google which will work to bring an entirely Android-based operating system to Chrysler vehicles. The plan as we know it thus far, will be to integrate Google’s mobile operating system with that of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ already existing Uconnect technology. “With Android, we are able to maintain our unique and intuitive Uconnect user interface, all while integrating our easy-to-use systems with Android’s features and ecosystem of applications,” noted Chris Barman, head of electrical engineering at FCA in a statement from the automaker.
Of course, this all comes just a small time after Google officially made Android Auto available to the likes of anyone who has a device with an Android OS. Before such an announcement was made, Google only allowed from drivers with both an Android Auto device as well as a compatible vehicle to have access to the technology, but that all changed. Now, anyone who happens to have a device with Android 5.0 or later will have access to the Android Auto app and be able to plug such a thing into their cars and be able to experience Android Auto at its fullest.
This Google/Chrysler merger of sorts has all sorts of implications for the future. For instance, the Android operating system (as well as Android Auto) could seemingly be built into any FCA vehicle’s dashboard right out of the gate. This eliminates the need for a cell phone plug in, thus giving the owner quick access to things like Spotify, Pandora, Google Maps, NPR One, Pocket Cast, and Google Assistant, which also works to provide you with assistance if you were to need such a thing.
In any event, the customization that Google and Android Auto bring to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ infotainment system is a big step for both of the company, and a bit of a show stealer when it comes to Apple’s CarPlay system, which basically does the same thing as Google’s Android Auto, only Apple is notoriously vice-like when it comes to controlling its products. The freedom Google will offer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is just what the company needs to really send their infotainment system through the roof, so to speak.
As is always the case, keep checking back in here with us at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM for more information with regard to Chrysler’s Android-based infotainment system. Too, while you are at it, why not stop by our location and sign up to test drive one of our many new lot vehicles? We can promise to do everything in our power to help you find the perfect vehicle!
Rumors have been swirling for months surrounding the impending arrival of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. When will the deluge of blurry spy shots end? When will we finally get the see the new Wrangler clearly and in all its glory?
The Toledo Blade has finally revealed that production of the next-generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler will begin this November at Fiat Chrysler’s Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio. Finally, the countdown to the arrival of the new Wrangler can officially begin.
In order to make space for this hugely important endeavor, FCA will stop production of the Jeep Cherokee in Toledo in early April and move production of the midsize crossover to its Belvedere, Illinois site later this year. The current-generation Wrangler JK will remain in production in Ohio alongside the all-new model until March of next year. After March, the current-generation Wrangler will go out of production in order to make way for the new Wrangler-based Jeep pickup, another highly anticipated vehicle.
So what can we expect to see in the new Wrangler? The keen minds over at JL Wrangler Forums predict that the next-generation Wrangler will evolve in a way that stays true to the off-roader’s classic looks yet adds some exciting new features. The goal seems to be to bring the vehicle around to the modern needs of today’s drivers without losing any of the traditional features that loyalists expect. Based on spy photos and leaked images, the folks over at the JL Wrangler Forums think they have a pretty good idea of what the new Wrangler will look like.
The front end of the vehicle will have a classic Jeep look with a few modern tweaks. LED headlights and turn signals are a new addition, as well as an air dam just behind the rear bumper to boost the vehicle’s aerodynamics. The grille, windshield, and hood are all a bit more raked for the sake of aerodynamics as well.
In the back, the new Wrangler will sport square taillights and plastic fender flares. The sides will feature more squared-off details to continue the motif through the top and door handles.
We’re still not totally sure what to expect from the 2018 Wrangler’s top though. The new model might lose its removable top altogether, in favor of removable panels like those on the Jeep Renegade. The posters on JL Wrangler Forums have posited that the roof (along with the rear-most windows) might be removable in sections, giving an effect similar to that of the current Wrangler Unlimited. While this sounds cool at first, it would leave drivers with a bunch of bulky hard panels and nowhere to store them.
Unfortunately, at this point all we have to go off of are educated guesses. FCA and Jeep haven’t released any new information or made any new announcements.
Can’t wait for the new model to appear but still itching for a new Wrangler? Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has brand new 2017 Jeeps on the lot that are sure to please.
Fans of the Challenger have some interesting choices to make in 2017. The 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A is available in a range of trimlines–the most ever for the legendary muscle car. There are now 13 trimlines available total, which, we understand, can be a bit confusing for some enthusiasts to parse. That’s why we’ve decided to break down a few of the key differences among these new trims and share some of our favorite features.
The 2017 Challenger with the 3.6-liter Pentastar engine: Challenger SXT
Challenger enthusiasts and traditionalists will be pleased to know that the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine is, once again, the base model engine for the 2017 Dodge Challenger. The engine is offered in the SXT trimeline, which is considered the base model. The engine–which is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission–generates 305 horsepower. The vehicle also comes with the Uconnect 5.0, 18-inch wheels, cloth seats, and basic features like power windows, air conditioning, etc. Overall, the SXT offers you the basic Challenger experience.
The Challenger SXT Plus
The SXT Plus comes with all the same drivetrain components as the SXT, but with a few added benefits. The SXT Plus comes with the premium UConnect 8.4-inch infotainment system, satellite radio, rear park assist, silver interior appointments, 20-inch wheels, and heated and cooled Nappa leather performance seats.
The 2017 Challengers with the 5.7-liter Hemi: Challenger R/T
The Challenger R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, R/T Shaker Plus, T/A and T/A Plus all come with the 375 horsepower, 410lb-ft of torque 5.7-liter Hemi engine. The vehicles all come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, though the 8-speed automatic is available for an extra $1,400. The Challenger R/T distinguishes itself as the least expensive Hemi-powered model available. The R/T comes with cloth seats, a UConnect 5.0 setup, power windows, and 20-inch wheels.
The Challenger R/T Plus
The Challenger R/T Plus comes with the same drivetrain components as the R/T but with a few extra bells and whistles. The R/T Plus has unique 20-inch wheels, the premium Uconnect 8.4 system, satellite radio, and heated/cooled Nappa leather performance seats.
The 2017 Challengers with the 392 Hemi: Challenger T/A
The 392 returns with 485 horsepower and 475lb-ft of torque. The Challenger T/A 392 model is the perfect middle-of-the-road performance vehicle–slated between the R/T Scat Pack and the SRT 392–and comes with a standard 6-speed manual transmission.
The Challenger R/T Scat Pack
The Scat Pack looks like it’s the big brother to the Challenger R/T. The vehicle features unique wheels, a new front and rear spoiler, a sport tuned suspension, and the Uconnect 8.4 system.
Many, many more Challenger options are available on the lot at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Stop by for a closer look or for more in-depth information.
2017 is off to a rollicking good start for fans of Ram. The automaker has created new, high-end 1500 Laramie Limited and Longhorn models to appeal to the upscale sophisticate in you. If your resolution for the new year was to bring your swag to a whole new level, then these are the vehicles for you.
The updated pickups comes with a whole range of new attributes and features including a refreshed front grille design with prominent badging and premium wood and leather materials for the interior. The Laramie Longhorn, for instance, comes with a southwestern-themed chrome grille with “RAM” lettering and chrome belt moldings. The Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 Longhorn models also come standard with Keyless Go, SmartBeam headlights, and rain-sensing wipers.
If you want something with a bit of a different vibe, check out the Limited with its billet port grille, available with black “RAM” tailgate letters and either Brilliant Black or Granite Crystal Metallic paint. The Limited also comes with premium bi-function automatic halogen projector SmartBeam headlamps with chrome surround up front, and chromed tail lamps with LED turn/stop/running in the back.
All this stylish goodness rides along on smooth 20-inch aluminum multi-insert wheels with chrome accents wrapped by BSW all-season tires, or 20-inch forged multi-surface aluminum wheels wrapped in OWL all-season tires.
Inside, both the Limited and the Longhorn are veritable wonderlands of luxury and class. Each have sophisticated details like stitching accents, elegant pinstriping and modern and distinct textile patterns. The Limited’s silver pinstripe theme even runs through the wood – no detail has gone ignored. Solid black premium Berber carpet cushions your feet or can be pulled back to reveal practical double-duty slush mats for more adventurous days.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be Ram if these new vehicles didn’t include the latest in modern technology. Both vehicle cockpits are wired with a buffet of communication and tech features, including an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment touch screen system with 3D navigation, a standard rearview camera system and the ParkSense front and rear park assist system.
The Laramie Longhorn and Limited come standard with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, which produces 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. Of course, you can always opt for the slightly more intense 3.0-liter turbocharged EcoDiesel V-6 engine, which generates 420 lb-ft of torque and is capable of towing up to 10,090 pounds.
Despite the excitement surrounding these new flashy features, we think the greatest updates that come along with the new 1500 Laramie models are a slew of frame and body modifications that improve the vehicle’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety test scores. After all, what’s cooler than being safe?
Don’t wait – come check out these incredible new vehicles in person at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today.
In today’s complex and multifaceted automotive industry, it’s pretty uncommon for a single vehicle to be tasked with competing in the global market all at once, rather than just in a few select markets as is most often the case. Sometimes a vehicle comes around that unites the best of all possible circumstances, though, making it uniquely capable of representing an automaker’s best efforts in the entire global marketplace at once. As there are different needs for different populations and many trends defining the buying habits in many different places, the decision not to compete in every market at once is hardly a sign of low quality or a lack of capability. Still, when a so-called ‘universal’ model does come around, it can only be seen as a compliment and a notable measure of a brand’s work.
It may come as a surprise to some, but the newest universal market candidate comes from Jeep, who have been experiencing something of a deserved renaissance under the Fiat Chrysler flag lately. Always in a class of its own, and one that it helped largely to define at that, we’re only finding ourselves more and more excited to see how FCA makes the most of Jeep’s exceptional character. Now, looking to present something that can go toe-to-toe with competition across the globe, the company has revealed its 2017 Jeep Compass, a compact version of its more well-known models that’s poised to bring the best of Jeep to a lot of new drivers.
Right off the bat, Jeep fans will be on point in noticing the Compass’ obvious relation to the classic and perennially popular Jeep Grand Cherokee, the pioneering SUV that expanded Jeep’s off-road focus and made the mark an urban favorite. Now, with more demands being made toward efficiency that doesn’t sacrifice utility capability, and considering the explosive popularity of the crossover segment just about everywhere, Jeep has clearly made good on bringing its SUV expertise to what may be its friendliest model to date.
So far, early looks at the 2017 Compass, which was officially debuted at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, suggest that Jeep is pulling out all the stops in equipping its compact frame with as many technological accommodations and extra features as possible, which is sure to address the needs of many modern drivers in one package. The 2017 Jeep Compass looks to kick things off in the U.S. with Fiat’s four-cylinder Tigershark engine and both front-wheel and all-wheel drive variations, both of which feature six-speed manual options. Never ones to skimp on the utility-maximizing options, Jeep will also make the new Compass available in a rough-and-tumble Trailhawk version that’s more than likely to appeal to plenty of off-road weekend warriors who want to get the most out of their Jeeps.
With the commercial arrival of the new Jeep Compass just around the corner, you can count on plenty of news to come from us here in the near future. Don’t say we didn’t warn you though, and be sure to check back for the best time to come see Jeep’s new standout creation in person right here at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram soon!
It takes an incredible feat of imagination to dream up a Jeep vehicle. It takes that much more to create a Jeep vehicle in Lego form, but that’s exactly what Chiho Kim did.
Back in November, Kim posted his Lego Jeep Wrangler Rubicon to the Lego Ideas website, a space where Lego enthusiasts can post ideas for future sets. The website allows dreamers to design Lego works of their own and, after enough votes gather to support the idea (10,000, to be exact), Lego considers buying them to reproduce and sell worldwide.
It’s a pretty incredible idea, and the submissions are often even more remarkable than the awesome sets Lego produces on a regular basis.
Kim’s idea is for a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, complete with a seven-slotted front grille, bold protruding mudguards, a “beautifully curved hood with clearly stamped letters”, and round top frames. On his Idea page, Kim goes into great detail explaining every aspect of the Lego version of the vehicle, down to describing the exact size of each to-scale tire. (Four 62mm tires, in case you were wondering.)
“The most difficult part of the construction was to join the hood and the two mudguards,” Kim explains. “I was stuck on this part for a couple weeks, struggling to combine a slightly tilted hood module with 1x3x2 arch bricks and mudguard modules with angled technic beams. Though I have successfully managed to integrate them seamlessly… after a series of attempts, better ways of joining these parts together must be sought out for more perfection.”
Kim has nailed every detail of the Wrangler Rubicon, right down to the removable roof. “The roof can be easily mounted by gently putting the separable cover on the top frame, and it will be supported by the frame and held by two studs,” he explains. The mini Wrangler even comes with yellow cones for emergency stops and a tidy little net for holding “essential accessories” in the trunk. The only thing that doesn’t feel totally real is the engine which unfortunately doesn’t actually provide power to the tiny Wrangler.
The jury is still out on what color the kit should be if Lego decides to develop it, but Kim suggests a cool, sleek black as the perfect option.
Right now, Kim’s Lego Wrangler Rubicon has 5,419 supporters but voting will continue for another two years as long as his momentum keeps up. Once the vote tally surpasses 10,000, Lego will make a decision on whether or not to reproduce the kit. We’ve got our fingers crossed that it all pans out.
If you’ve got kids, a busy life and a need to keep things as uncomplicated as possible, then consider this: the 2017 Dodge Durango GT just received top marks from Cars.com’s Car Seat Check.
The new Durango–a burly SUV throwback that can tow up to 7,400 pounds and handle half your kid’s soccer team–is the perfect family workhorse and was designed with kids in mind. Testers at Cars.com found that the new Durango is perfectly crafted when it comes to child-safety seats; installation is easy in any of the Durango’s seven seats.
Car Seat Check used a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat, and a Grace TurboBooster seat to complete their tests. During the trials, the Durango’s front seats were adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger while the three child seats were installed in the second row. The booster seat was placed behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats were installed behind the front passenger seat.
The testers also installed the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seats in the outboard seats to see if they’d all fit side by side. (They did.)
Here’s what Car Seat Check found:
The Durango has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard second-row seats and three top tether anchors situated toward the bottom of the second-row seatbacks. The anchors are exposed and easy to use. (Remember parents: Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.) Both the rear-facing infant and convertible seats installed easily and fit well in the second row. The testers found that there was no need to move the front passenger seat forward to accommodate the car seats behind it. The new Durango was clearly built to accommodate situations just like this.
The forward-facing convertible seat installed easily in both the second and third row and the high-back booster seat fit well in either row as well. In addition, the second-row seats fold and tumble forward to create a wide path to the third row when necessary.
Of course, the 2017 Dodge Durango has an incredible range of safety features and a 4-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration so you and your little ones can feel secure at all times. Safety features include a full range of air bags, brake assist, child safety locks, integrated turn signal mirrors, night vision, a rollover protection system, traction control, lane departure warnings, and a blind spot monitor.
Before the 2017 Chrysler 200 hit the scene, people weren’t sure what to expect. Would it be the new cool car of 2017? Would it be family friendly? Would it be high-tech and modern? Turns out, the 200 is all of those things–plus it’s one of the safest cars available on the market.
The 2017 Chrysler 200 has earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Administration, making it the perfect vehicle for any family, no matter the size. The 200 has also been given a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
“The Chrysler 200 remains an outstanding value for many reasons, most notably its superior performance in various safety tests,” said Bruce Velisek, director of Chrysler brand marketing for FCA US.
The vehicle earned the NHTSA’s highest rating after acing the administration’s front- and side-impact crash tests with ease. The administration tested the 200’s abilities in a side-impact, two-vehicle collision; a frontal collision; and a side-impact single-vehicle collision with a pole or tree. In all three tests, the 200 demonstrated its impressive safety features and outstanding capabilities.
The five-star rating is just for the front-wheel drive versions of the 200 so far though, but that’s only because the NHTSA hasn’t evaluated the all-wheel drive version yet. We’re extremely confident that you can expect to see similar or identical results once the AWD 200 goes in for testing.
So what makes the 200 such an incredibly safe vehicle?
The Chrysler 200 features a full range of passive safety systems, such as the vehicle’s body structure, which help mitigate the effects of a crash. Over 60 percent of the Chrysler 200’s body structure consists of high-strength steel, which helps the car maintain its integrity during collisions and prevents it from folding in on itself and harming passengers.
The 200 is also outfitted with an impressive slew of active safety systems, such as Full-speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, a warning system explicitly designed to help drivers avoid crashes. The vehicle comes with 60 available safety and security features like alerts, autonomous braking, integrated turn signal mirrors, night vision, blind spot monitors, lane departure warnings, and a full rollover protection system. For your money, it’s one of the best, safest vehicles on the market today.
Curious to see the 2017 Chrysler 200 in action? Visit us at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today. One of our knowledgeable associates would be happy to walk you through the 200’s safety features, take you for a test drive so you can see them in action, and answer any questions you and your family might have. Our number one priority is the safety of our customers so rest assured that the 2017 Chrysler 200 comes highly recommended.
Well, call us predictable, but there’s almost nothing we love more than an exciting new concept vehicle! With the freedom to push the envelope and demonstrate some of the most exciting aspects of what’s on the drawing board at automotive company engineering headquarters, a good concept brings a satisfying balance of both practical things to come and bold, stylish takes on new ideas. Now, with plenty of demand demonstrated in the realm of pickups lately, and not the least for the most off-road capable designs, RAM looks to up its game by bringing a truly impressive new concept to the stage.
At last month’s annual Texas State Fair, RAM took the opportunity to unveil a very satisfying new off-road pickup concept dubbed the RAM Rebel TRX. Featuring a variation on the supercharged V8 that’s recently carried the new Dodge Hellcat models to the the top of their class in power as well as the top of customer wishlists, the new RAM Rebel TRX boasts a serious 575 horsepower for a very confident approach to the trail. Along with an awe-inspiring array of upgrades to every part of the Rebel’s basic platform, we think it’s more than reasonable to say that RAM’s newest ideas are making competition like the Ford SVT Raptor look a little bit less imposing all the time.
Alongside an 8-speed automatic transmission in a classic 4x4 setup as well as a new version of RAM’s maximizing Performance Control System, the Rebel’s brawny engine purportedly allows it to reach triple-digit speeds even in rough, rocky, and desert terrain. Though this probably won’t be something you find terribly necessary too often, it’s still plenty of evidence that RAM is taking its new off-road creation seriously. Of course, plenty of other details remain to sweeten the deal. To round out its exceptional powertrain, the Rebel adds internal bypass shocks, specialized heavy-duty braking mechanisms, and some truly massive 37-inch tires, just to name a few of the most obvious upgrades.
With all of this extra hardware, the TRX definitely gives the classic RAM a whole new power- and performance-centric profile. Six inches wider than its standard platform counterpart with oversized composite fenders, a vented and scooped hood, a rear sport bar and an overhead LED strip, this preview certainly brings plenty of fresh thinking to the table while still balancing the more practical things that make a concept truly exciting in its predictions. In short, we can’t wait to see what’s coming up!
With an enthusiastic reception already well underway for this exceptional new offering from RAM, it seems that it’s only a matter of time before these ideas become a reality in one way or another. You can be sure that as instant fans of the truly awesome new RAM Rebel TRX concept, we’ll have everything you need to know about it and any other similar developments emerging from RAM headquarters soon. As always, we also invite you to join us at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM any time for a more personal look at everything that the excellent Fiat Chrysler family of vehicles has to offer!
Back on Thanksgiving day, during an NFL football game, Ram dropped a particularly interesting television spot that worked to give a bit of thanks to the various working class heroes that strive every day to make the United States a better place. Given a very simple title, “Praise,” the spot was certainly quite a high profile event, seeing as running it during the NFL’s Thanksgiving day programming means that roughly around 55 million viewers were watching at the time.
“Appropriately airing on Thanksgiving Day when families across the country take time to reflect and give thanks, ‘Praise’ is the Ram brand’s tribute to hard-working Americans and the story of people who are the backbone of our country,” noted Olivier Francois, Global CMO over at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), and that is certainly summing this ad up in a nutshell. That is to say, the commercial honors a slew of working-class heroes, including waitresses, janitors, mill and factory workers, fishermen, and many more, as they often struggle to make ends meet, but still, as FCA puts it in a press release, “labor to make their families and this nation strong.” Franciois continues: “Just as the brand paid homage to American farm families a few years back during a Super Bowl telecast, we always look for opportunities to build unique, impactful, creative [ads] around a defining cultural moment that allows us to reach large audiences in a very effective way. ‘Praise’ adheres to our marketing mantra of thinking boldly and making a difference in both the message and the way we deliver it.”
Not only that, the television spot makes it a point to specifically pay attention to immigrant workers who also put in their incredibly hard work to strive to make this country a better place. This is a very impactful sentiment, as it points out that, no matter where you come from, we are all working hard every day to help the United States, which, given the very unstable political climate we currently live in here in this country, is a very important message indeed. Too, Ram is encouraging the viewers of the “Praise” spot to share what they are thankful for with the hashtag #RamGivesThanks. Not to mention, Ram country music partners, which include the likes of Easton Corbin and Maddie and Tae, were also involved in the campaign, as they performed at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (which Ram also sponsored).
As is always the case, keep checking back in here with us at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for more information with regard to all your Ram needs. Too, while you are at it, why not stop by and sign up to test drive one of our many new lot vehicles? We can promise to do everything in our power to help find the perfect vehicle for you!
For the 2nd year in a row, Shop with a Firefighter brought smiles and laughter to a group of deserving children in the local community. On Friday, Dec. 9th, holiday cheer was spread all throughout the air at Ray Chevrolet and Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram on Route 12 in Fox Lake when they partnered with the Fox Lake Fire department to bring gifts to local children.
The program made stops around town to brighten needy children's holidays by introducing them to firefighter personnel and they taught them what they do to help the community, along with receiving clothes and toys.
According to Ray Scarpelli, founder of Shop with a Firefighter in Fox Lake and owner of Ray Chevrolet and Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, around 60 children participated in the program this year. Ages ranged from 5 to 14 years old.
Approximately 10 to 15 firefighters, led by the Fox Lake Fire Department, escorted groups of children to Ray Chevrolet and Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram where all the children and their parents enjoyed a pizza party. Santa, Mrs. Claus and even their reindeer made an appearance.
"It's a great way to get the kids to meet the firefighters," Scarpelli said.
Not only did Scarpelli and Ray Chevrolet and Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram donate a generous Walmart gift card to each child for their upcoming shopping trip with the firefighters, the Fox Lake Fire Department matched the donation with an additional gift card. Also, all of the employees got together to pick the children's names out of a hat, and gave them a special gift to unwrap as an added bonus.
To end the day, the firefighters took the children on a shopping spree at Walmart with the gift cards they received to pick out whatever they wanted. In past years, it's been said that some children are seen picking out clothes and items for family members instead of toys for themselves.
"It's the best day of the year," Scarpelli said. "The looks on the kid's faces-what a feeling."
The Ray Auto Group has been serving Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin for over 25 years. They feature new Chevrolets and Chryslers Dodge Jeeps and Rams along with a huge selection of used vehicles. A Full service department is available.
During a time of very strong opinions in the United States, I think there is one thing that we can all very much agree on: the self-driving vehicle is pretty awesome. Still, I do not think anyone really realized just how close we were as a society to such a thing until recently, when some spy images of Google’s very first self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan, snapped by the CEO of Enterprise Garage Consultancy (who then sent the photos to Electrek) surfaced.
It is no secret, though, that Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) were working together with regard to a self-driving Pacifica minivan. No, the two massive corporations made headlines last May when they signed a deal regarding such a thing. However, seeing the images of the real life self-driving Pacificas—the photos from the CEO of Enterprise Garage Consultancy show a number of plug-in hybrid Pacificas with cameras and LIDAR sensors mounted to their roofs—really hammers home the idea that we are living in the future.
As of right now, Google are keeping in quite with regard to what exactly they will be using the Pacificas for, but it is interesting to note two more announcements Google made here recently: 1) that their self-driving Lexus SUVs have clocked a combined 2 million miles on public roads; and 2) that Google is launching a new rid-sharing service that has a focus on carpooling. (And, obviously, this is where the Pacifica comes into play, because if we do not associate minivans with carpooling than I do not know what we associate them with.)
It is now really a race to the finish line with regard to the self-driving vehicle, as many companies have thrown their hat into the proverbial ring. This includes the likes of the aforementioned Google and FCA, Uber, as well as General Motors and Lyft. The end goal for everyone seems to be set firmly on a ride-sharing system that works with a fleet of self-driving vehicles.
Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Chief CEO, has noted quite strongly in the past that he has big, big plans for the FCA and Google partnership, so we will just have to wait and see what becomes of all this. Still, as of right now, things are looking quite up for both Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
As is always the case, keep checking back in here with us at Ray Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram for more information with regard to the self-driving Pacifica. Too, while you are at it, why not stop by and sign up for a test drive of one of our many new lot vehicles? We can promise to do everything we can to help you find the perfect vehicle!
If you’re in the market for a full-size crossover vehicle, the 2016 Dodge Durango Citadel might be the perfect choice. While many other crossovers on the market fail to offer a seven-passenger cabin format, the Durango has you covered.
If you and your family tend to think that bigger is better, you’ll be relieved to know that at 199.8 inches, the Durango is one big, bold crossover–sure to deliver the best, most spacious ride when it comes to family road trips. The 2016 model carries that big attitude over into its design, with a huge chrome Dodge signature grille adorning the front end. Stylish 20-inch polished rims add to the look and chrome accents give the Durango a sporty aesthetic.
Under the hood, the Durango continues on with its larger-than-life feel. The Citadel has a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The V-6 is paired to a light-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission which sends power to all four wheels. A slick rotary selector is mounted into the crossover’s center console, giving you easy access to your transmission control.
Sometimes drivers associate big cars with lackluster fuel economy and while that may be true for some, it’s certainly not true for the 2016 Durango. The EPA fuel economy estimates for the Durango’s V-6 are 18/25 mpg city/highway and 21 mpg combined with all-wheel drive. The crossover is even equipped with a stop-start system that shuts down the engine when the vehicle comes to a complete stop in order to save fuel.
Inside, the Durango’s cabin is the epitome of cozy comfort with its fine leather and soft-touch surfaces throughout. The vehicle’s seating position is higher than those of its competitors, offering accommodating space for folks of all sizes. If you opt for the Citadel, you’ll get Nappa leather seats, an 8.4-inch touchscreen UConnect infotainment system, a heated and power-telescoping steering wheel, heated first- and second-row seats, ventilated front seats, a huge panoramic power sunroof, power front seats, a rear-view camera and rear parking sensors.
To take care of all your travel and storage needs, the Durango’s third row seats split 50/50 and fold flat into the floor so you can pile in whatever cargo you need to transport.
Naturally, the Durango features all the best, top-of-the-line tech too. An optional Technology Group package will add adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning, emergency braking system, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alerts.
If you’re in the market for a family vehicle but can’t stand the thought of springing for a minivan, the 2016 Dodge Durango might be just the thing you’re looking for. Come down to Ray Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and take your future favorite crossover out for a spin.
The world has fallen in love with the Chrysler Pacifica. Have you?
Not just a re-invention of the classic minivan, the 2017 Pacifica is a new family vehicle for a new type of family. It’s practical but still fun; It’s efficient but still stylish; It’s got all the latest bells-and-whistles but it never feels gaudy.
Autoweek has called the 2017 Pacifica’s exterior design “a surprising breath of fresh air”, and we’re inclined to agree. It’s sleek, sophisticated and sporty–the ultimate in stylish family vehicles. The latest model has gorgeous lines and just enough surface detail to keep things interesting without distracting from the streamlined, practical design. With a high shoulder line, smaller-than-average D-pillar side windows, and panoramic-style windows, the Pacifica is truly a work of art.
Inside, the minivan continues to surpass expectations with the ease of access and number of storage areas. You can even turn the cabin itself into one giant storage area by stowing the second and third row of seats with the push of a button–easy enough for the kids to get the job done without pinched fingers or grandpa to take care of without a pulled back muscle. All of the second and third row seats disappear into the floor in a matter of seconds. That’s the kind of magic the Pacifica is capable of.
Drivers will find themselves quickly falling in love with this stand-out vehicle. Its steering is notably quick and fluid with a small turning radius that makes U-turns a breeze. Under the hood, Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar engine is paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission to create the slickest ride you’ve ever experienced in any family vehicle. An independent rear suspension takes care of that minivan drag we’ve all come to fear and hate–the Pacifica moves with the ease of a sedan.
As with all Chrysler vehicles, the Pacifica comes with top-of-the-line safety features to make sure your family is always protected. The 2017 model options include ParkSense front and rear assist with stop, 360-degree surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular park assist with stop, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, full-speed forward-collision warning plus, lane departure warning plus, rain sensitive windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlamp control and advanced brake assist.
Since the Pacifica was no stranger to advanced technology during its design process, it makes sense that advanced technology would inhabit its cabin. Chrysler’s stellar UConnect system with an 8.4-inch screen comes standard, as well as GPS navigation and HD radio.
Have you had a chance to test out the Pacifica for yourself? Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has new models available and waiting for you on the lot. Bring your whole family along. We guarantee they won’t want to leave in anything else.
Fans and owners of the Dodge Challenger already know how versatile, efficient and practical it is in basically every situation. Now, Dodge is working to improve upon what many already view as a near-perfect vehicle–the automaker will present an all-wheel-drive Challenger in 2017.
We first caught wind of Dodge’s plans at the 2015 SEMA show, where the Challenger GT AWD concept was unveiled. Now the automotive world has been set abuzz by the vehicle’s addition to a list of fuel economy ratings on the EPA’s website.
Among the listings, curious researchers found a 2017 Dodge Challenger GT equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 and 8-speed automatic transmission described as having a fuel economy of 18 MPG city, 27 highway, and 21 combined. On the EPA website’s Specs tab, the vehicle is also listed as having all-wheel drive.
For comparison, the regular 2017 Dodge Challenger is equipped with the same engine and transmission but is rated at 19 MPG city, 30 highway, and 23 combined. Don’t let the slight discrepancy there alarm you–all-wheel-drive systems normally increase fuel consumption to match their increased capabilities.
Reports indicate that Dodge will add the Challenger GT to its lineup during Fall of this year, though it won’t be available with the Challenger’s traditional V-8 option. There’s simply no room under the hood due to its tight, economically-designed packaging and the torque constraints of the all-wheel-drive system. The vehicle will, however, appear with a V-6 engine, which is rated at 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. We think you’ll find it more than satisfactory on just about any snowy or icy road, to say the least.
What about the exterior? For the time being, Dodge is keeping most other details under wraps. It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but sources close to the project say that the Challenger GT will feature a distinct wide-body design. The wide-body design will supposedly also be used for a new range-topping model (alleged called the Challenger ADR aka the ‘American Drag Racer’) positioned above the current Challenger SRT Hellcat.
Spy shots of the Challenger ADR reveal that it will feature much wider tires than the 275/40-size set fitted to the current SRT Hellcat. The vehicle will be rear-wheel drive and, combined with the extra rubber in its wider tires, will probably produce more than the current 707-horsepower maximum rating.
The AWD Challenger and the Challenger ADR are expected to be some of the last before the automaker launches its redesign of the Challenger muscle car for 2019.
You’ve got plenty of time to prepare yourself for the power and fun of the new all-wheel-drive Challenger before then, though. Find out if the Dodge Challenger is the right fit for you. Visit us at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today for a test drive.
It’s been a little while now (since the end of the 2014 model year, to be precise) since we were able to enjoy ourselves behind the wheel of a new Chrysler 300. With sales looking strong in the foreign markets that are still lucky enough to see regular new 300 models, it also looks like Fiat-Chrysler may be ready to give the U.S. market another chance at this standout creation. In the least, something’s definitely up at Chrysler!
Spotted in a few traditional testing venues across the U.S. recently, a fully-equipped new Chrysler 300 SRT seems to be poised to make an illustrious return to its home shores soon. The SRT banner has still been staying very active in partnership with Dodge, of course, and to quite good effect given evidence like the beastly Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. But, considering how much things have been improving for FCA lately, we can only agree with Car and Driver when they say in their own report of recent sightings in Detroit that “Chrysler may be able to stretch out a bit without stepping on Dodge’s mission[.]”
There’s also plenty of good competition for the 300 SRT to meet here in the States, as the demand for performance vehicles of all kinds seems to be on the rise. It’s certainly not a recession economy in the automotive industry anymore, and many fans and critics agree that makers like Cadillac are holding open the door for some solid new rivals. Already rolling on the streets of markets in places like Australia and Japan, the 2016 300 SRT boasts a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 with 470 horsepower and as many lb.-ft. of torque. While the official details on just what may be going on with the 300 series have yet to emerge, industry onlookers and insiders alike are in agreement that a powerful new Chrysler sedan is definitely in order.
Showing off a catalogue of tantalizing photos from testing grounds in Colorado, Car Scoops reports some similar results from recent weeks. As can be seen in the shots, the newest Chrysler 300 SRT can also be seen sharing the road with a cadre of new versions of popular FCA vehicles, including several of Dodge’s new Challengers and Chargers, fresh Jeep Cherokee and Renegade models, and a modified version of the groundbreaking Ram ProMaster City. With Chrysler possibly planning to make some dreams come true soon, it looks like it’s also just the tip of the iceberg for Fiat-Chrysler this year.
Though we can’t be sure of what’s in store for the 2016 Chrysler 300 SRT beyond the fact that it’s been making itself comfortable on American test roads lately, we can say for sure that’s there’s plenty of exciting news yet to come one way or another. You can catch it all right here, and we’ll be ready to make it easy for you to get a personal look at the exceptional Fiat-Chrysler family of vehicles anytime at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!
Of course, as in any industry, stalwart products run the risk of getting a bit old. This is especially the case as far as modern technological comforts are concerned (think of things like, e.g., GPS, a hands free starting system, Bluetooth capabilities, or even an auxiliary cable to understand what I am referring to here). A lot of companies in the automotive industry run the risk of their vehicles getting old or falling behind the times, and it usually insights panic within the higher ups of any given automakers. This, however, does not seem to be the fate of Jeep, as both of their midsize stalwarts, the Patriot and the Compass, are running the risk of becoming a bit stale. However, instead of panicking, Jeep has decided to unleash a single new vehicle (instead of deciding to flood the market with two replacements) to the public: the 2017 Jeep Compass.
The new 2017 Jeep Compass is based on a slightly elongated version of the Renegade platform. Speculation with regard to the vehicle’s output remains just that—speculation, but one could expect the vehicle to offer either e a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four cylinder engine or a naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter incline-four cylinder, both paired with a nine speed automatic transmission.
In any event, Jeep plans for the new 2017 Compass to be built at the automaker’s newly established manufacturing plant in Goiana, Pernambuco, Brazil. Too, they plan for the vehicle to be a global SUV, so expect to see the likes of this thing around the world. In a statement regarding the release of the 2017 Jeep Compass, the automaker noted that they were working on “the most compact SUV ever.” What exactly that means is still up in the air, but it definitely sounds good. They also hit all the talking points you would expect from a release of this kind, including things like “open-air freedom” and “advanced fuel efficient powertrains” and “superior on-road driving dynamics,” all of which sound really good. Here’s hoping this all follows through.
All in all, according to a few spy shots taken in Brazil, the 2017 Jeep Compass looks a lot like a mini-Grand Cherokee overall, both inside and out. This is by no means a bad thing, as it fits the vehicle very well, causing a sleek design that looks like it can maneuver its way out of any situation.
As is always the case, keep checking back in here with us at Ray Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram for more information with regard to the new 2017 Jeep Compass. Too, while you are at it, why not stop by and sign up to test drive one of our many new lot vehicles? We can promise to do everything in our power to help find the perfect vehicle for you!
For Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the future of its Ram trucks is currently the top priority. At the top of the pile is the automaker’s next-generation half-ton pickup, a crucial part of FCA’s new SUV and pickup-heavy future product plan which is on schedule to start production in January of 2018.
The new Ram (unnamed as of now but carrying the two-letter code DT) will be built at FCA’s Sterling Heights Assembly plant in Detroit. In order to accommodate the new Ram, the plant will undergo extensive upgrades to allow for body-on-frame construction once it finishes building unibody Chrysler 200 sedans at the end of this year.
Perhaps the most notable piece of information to come out so far is that Ram will continue to use steel for the majority of its body panels and will not switch to aluminum construction like the Ford F-150. This will save money and allow designers to use “more complex shapes in [the vehicle’s] body panels.” For example, the truck’s side panels are said to feature a styling line front-to-rear around the top of the wheel wells to give the design a more muscular overall look.
The 2019 Ram’s exterior is expected to be a natural progression from those of its predecessors. According to sources close to the project, the new truck will probably retain its accentuated raised hood and huge chrome grille. The headlights will shrink in size and become more integrated into the grille, giving the Ram’s front fascia a rugged, “squinty” look.
The updates won’t all just be cosmetic. Under the hood, the new Ram will get an upgraded 3.6-liter Pentastar engine with direct injection and optional turbocharging. FCA officials have said that the company plans to incorporate fuel-saving belt-start generators into its next-generation pickups from now on to boost fuel economy.
A new, larger air intake will appear above the Ram’s tow hooks on the front bumper to accommodate for the engine’s new technology. Horizontal fog lights will also appear on the front bumper and will probably mimic the styling of the headlights above.
Inside, the biggest change will be to the console design: expect a new, flattened design to allow for increased storage space.
The new Ram will make its debut in 2018, which will also be around the same time Ford launches a mid-life F-150 update, as well as the next generation of GM’s full-size truck debut. It’s going to be quite an interesting moment for those invested in the future of pickups.
Curious to find out what kind of pickups are available right now? Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has all the latest models. Come visit, check out what we’ve got on the lot, and maybe even take a truck out for a spin.
Despite the obvious fact that trends have changed quite a bit in the automotive industry since the first wave of minivans arrived in the ‘90s, there are still a few defining icons of the era that are still out there proving that nothing can really compete when it comes to serving families and meeting the necessities of moving a lot of people in comfort and convenience. Today one of the longtime leaders in the minivan segment, the Dodge Grand Caravan, continues to evolve admirably alongside a demanding new automotive landscape. Considering the sustained success achieved by the Grand Caravan, which has kept more than up to speed in the eyes of critics and customers alike, drivers looking for a reliable option in specialized multi-passenger vehicles will do well to keep it in mind.
It’s certainly understandable that many folks wouldn’t ever think to combine the terms ‘stylish’ and ‘minivan’ in a positive sentence these days, but that area of design is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to aspects of the latest Grand Caravan that may surprise most people who haven’t been keeping up. Taking plenty of style advice from its next-generation SUV and crossover relatives, the newest Grand Caravan trades plenty of yesterday’s bulky sluggishness for a remarkable sense of streamlined sophistication. Add that to the fact that Dodge’s family flagship also offers much more space than competitors, not only for people but for a wealth of ultra-modern tech functionality, and there’s very little reason left to count the Grand Caravan out when searching for a new car to serve you and your whole crew to the fullest.
In offering some more legitimate evidence of the fact that the Grand Caravan is doing what it does best even better than ever, we look now to a recent review of the current model from automotive journalism site Torque News, which finds generally that the Grand Caravan “does the minivan job better than any of the competitors” by offering “features that make for a comfortable ride for every passenger.” As noted, the Grand Caravan’s 3.6L, 283 horsepower Pentastar V6 also happens to be the same one that lends the newest Dodge Challenger SXT all of the power that it needs.
Specifying some of the standout details, reviewers make note of such characteristics as unusually accommodating third row seating, assisted access for everyone from kids to the elderly and those with less mobility, as well as a very considerate array of technological accommodations and connective capabilities to boot. Of course, a variety of trim packages also offer plenty of downright luxurious options, including heated leather seats, a variety of DVD-capable infotainment setups, remote start, and automatic push-button doors. When attempting to make a list of ways in which the Grand Caravan fails to meet its competition head on, we understand if one ultimately finds it easier to do things the other way around!
Check back here for more news about what’s coming over the automotive horizon soon, and for all you’ll need to know about the proven excellence that’s built into every Dodge Grand Caravan, you can be sure that we’ll be on hand right here at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM whenever you’d like to stop by. We’ll be ready to give you the tour anytime!
Is there anyone among us who isn’t excited about the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica? No? We didn’t think so.
At Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we’re especially stoked about the forthcoming Pacifica Limited, which starts at just $42,495, plus $1,995 for the Advanced SafetyTec Group or the UConnect Theater Package. It’s the freshest, coolest dad-mobile on the scene–never boring, always capable, and, most importantly, steadfastly reliable.
Your family will never be safer than they are inside the Pacifica. With more than 100 standard and available features, including a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision alerts, you can rest assured that everyone will be well taken care of.
Not only is the Pacifica safe and reliable, it’s also a blast to drive. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 287 horsepower and is paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission to get you from zero to 60 in just 7.3 seconds. While you’re having fun up front, the rest of the family won’t be left behind. The vehicle even includes some fun new features like optional foot-operated power sliding doors, heated second-row seats, and two 10-inch touchscreens mounted on the backs of the front seatbacks.
Designed with families in mind, the Pacifica also boasts tons of utility and storage room. The 2016 model’s standard Stow ‘n Go seats have been improved and are now bigger and more comfortable, Limited models come standard with a new built-in vacuum cleaner to take care of any spills, and cubbies, storage bins and power outlets are amply available throughout the cabin.
You’ll never feel claustrophobic on those long family road trips because the Pacifica has large windows all around that give the car an airy, open feel. Limited models also include a triple-panel sunroof which really gives the vehicle a super-spacious vibe.
Chief among the entertainment options available in the Pacifica is Chrysler’s ubiquitous UConnect infotainment system. Knobs and buttons for audio control are easy to use and the system’s interactive touchscreens are intuitive and sleekly designed. There are plenty of USB and HDMI plug-ins to accommodate everyone, a few even plug directly into the seatback touchscreens for your tech-savvy teens.
A plug-in hybrid version of the Pacifica is due to come out later this year. It will pair the V-6 engine with an electric motor powered by batteries tucked away under the folding second-row seats. Chrysler anticipates that the hybrid will be able to travel up to 30 miles on electric power alone before the V-6 kicks in.
The Pacifica is more than a minivan–right now it’s the minivan. Don’t just take our word for it. Come find out for yourself. We’ll be waiting for you at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
We were first introduced to the Jeep Renegade in 2007, when it hit the scene as a 2-seat, off-road concept car. We first got our hands on it upon its real-world debut in 2015 as a fun, small SUV with advanced tech proportionate to its off-roading flair. Now the Renegade returns and it’s better than ever.
Ever-athletic, the new 2017 Renegade keeps its Jeep standard 7-bar grille and off-road DNA across four trim levels–the most exciting of which, the Trailhawk, comes in 4-wheel drive with hill-descent control and traction management (Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system features five modes: auto, snow, sand, mud, and rock). Keyless Go is featured on all trim levels, HID headlights are now available, and the new UConnect infotainment system now features a large, 7-inch full-color instrument panel. The 2017 Renegade is also available with as many as 70 advanced safety and security features.
Expect to enjoy the latest in tech, power and luxury inside the new Renegade. If you opt for the swanky Renegade Limited, you’ll get optional heated, leather-trimmed black front seats and a heated wrapped steering wheel for optimal coziness. Light stitching and brushed aluminum accents give the cabin a luxe feel while ample cargo space and 60/40 split-folding rear seats keep the car efficient and practical for families on the go. A height-adjustable rear cargo floor is even standard on all trim levels.
Steering wheel controls allow you to scroll through navigation, terrain selection modes, and even direct rear park assist. Your UConnect touch screen makes sure you get where you’re going with ease thanks to voice command hands-free GPS navigation.
What about under the hood?
The 2017 Renegade has two available engine choices: The Sport and Latitude trim levels come standard with a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that creates up to 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque when paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. If you go with this powertrain, expect to average about 27 MPG in combined city and highway driving.
Alternatively, you can spring for the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is paired with a new 9-speed automatic transmission in Limited and Trailhawk off-road variants. This powertrain will get you up to 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque at the expense of your gas mileage–expect to average about 24 MPG in combined city and highway driving with this setup.
To help make the Renegade one of the safest, most secure small SUVs on the road, driver-assistance features like blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic and lane-departure alerts, and forward-collision warning are all available.
Interested in testing out the new 2017 Jeep Renegade for yourself? Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram can help you with that. Come see us today for a test drive.
The Chrysler 300 hasn’t been redesigned since it arrived on the market in 2004. And you know what? It doesn’t need to be. Each year, FCA keeps delivering improvements to the vehicle and each year the 300 is a stand-out car in its segment and beyond. Here’s what we can expect from the 2016 Chrysler 300S.
The 300 proudly features FCA’s ubiquitous 3.6-liter V6 engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive. Those six cylinders pump out between 292 and 300 horsepower. You can also spring for the upgrade and go for the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 if you really love power. The HEMI produces 363 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque, rendering the 300 nearly unsurpassable by other similar sedans. The transmission delivers a smooth, seamless ride either way and the 300 is capable of handling bumps and shifts with ease.
The 2016 300 has a lot of sportiness to it but it’s not entirely performance-oriented. The V8 does consume a good bit of fuel, but it includes a cylinder deactivation system to help mitigate that.
The 300’s cabin, however, is all luxury. The 2016 update comes with upgrades inside which include lots of rich materials and a more rigorous build quality. There are no squeaks or rattles inside the cabin, the driver instrument panel includes a digital info center with legible, gorgeous dark blue numerals and the Uconnect 8.4-inch infotainment system is, as usual, splendidly easy to use. There’s also the newly-introduced 10-speaker BeatsAudio system to keep your tunes in check.
The seating is comfortable and supportive, allowing you to relax and soak up the sun rays streaming in from the 300’s panoramic sunroof. The atmosphere is perfect for long road trips and the 300 has the storage space to match: the trunk volume is rated at a roomy 462 liters.
The base line appearance for the 2016 300S is monochrome sleekness but you can opt for a hot red paint job with an optional blacked-out roof if you want a flashier look. 20-inch Hyper Black wheels also add a touch of edginess to the exterior styling.
A base 2016 Chrysler Touring starts out at roughly $39,995 but with all the additions featured in the luxurious 300S, you’ll be paying a bit more. Of course, the price is all worth it to drive one of the most sophisticated, reliable, smooth, comfortable sedans on the market.
Ray Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram has plenty of Chrysler sedan options on the lot for you to choose from, but the 300 is one of our personal favorites. From the timeless exterior to the modern, cool interior, the 300 is an excellent choice for families and bachelors alike. Come see us today to try one out for yourself.
The compact 2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is quickly making a name for itself as one of the most capable and fashionable SUVs on the market. Initially a bit pricey, the Trailhawk is now available for a much more affordable price with all the same capabilities it had before plus more. You’ll still get all that comfort and all the offroad-related tech for a starting price of roughly $26,000. Trust us when we say, that’s a deal.
The Renegade Trailhawk comes standard with power windows and mirrors, a multi-function trip computer, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, leather trim with electrically adjustable heated front seats and steering wheel, cruise control, auto on/off headlights and wipers, and keyless auto-entry. Plus, it features a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming capabilities and satellite navigation. Your tunes are delivered to you wirelessly from your devices via a 9-speaker Beats audio system that will seriously blow your mind.
Optional interior additions include a panoramic sunroof (which, honestly, is worth the money), auto park assist and lane departure warnings. Some advanced safety features do come standard though, including a blind-spot monitor, reverse-view camera, and front and rear parking sensors.
At just 4.26 meters long, the Renegade is shorter than a Volkswagen Golf Hatchback but it packs a serious punch. Not only does it have ample cargo room, the Renegade is positioned high enough off the ground to leave lots of room for the legs of rear passengers. This also makes it perfect for its number one job: being an offroading beast.
The Trailhawk is more than able to keep pace with the Wrangler on any offroad adventure despite its smaller wheels, arches and shorter ground clearance. There are four drive settings available to Trailhawk drivers: mud, snow, sand and rock in a dynamic four-wheel drive system Jeep calls Selec-Train. It can even be used on standard road surfaces with snow or rain to minimize spinouts and generally give the vehicle increased stability.
The Trailhawk comes with a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine which produces 177 lb-ft of torque and can tow up to 2,000 pounds. If you’re looking for a weekend adventure vehicle capable of hauling your ATV or motorcycle, look no further. If a friend gets stuck in the mud, you’ll get to play the hero using the Trailhawk’s red tow hooks on the front or rear too.
The 2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is one of the most capable, versatile vehicles we have to offer. Whether you’re committed to exploring the great outdoors or just want something a bit more rugged than your standard SUV, the Trailhawk is a perfect fit.
Our trained expert staff at Ray Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is always on hand to help you decide which Jeep is right for you.
Have you ever wondered what your vehicle will be worth after five years of ownership? Will it grow to become a classic or will it languish into irrelevancy? If you own a Jeep or Ram, we’re happy to report that you have very little to worry about.
Every year, Edmunds gives out its Best Retained Value Awards to the manufacturers and models that hold value best over a five-year period. In 2016, Toyota was ranked the best non-luxury brand and Acura was ranked as the best luxury brand. However, Ram and Jeep ranked extremely highly as well alongside several other major automakers.
Not only are automakers ranked for their residual value in general (Toyota, for example, has a projected 53.8% residual value after five years), awards are also broken down by vehicle segment. The Jeep Wrangler was named among the best SUVs (alongside the GMC Acadia, Honda CR-V and a handful of others) while the Ram 2500 was ranked alongside the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra as the best truck.
With its extraordinary style and capabilities, we’re not surprised at all to see the Jeep Wrangler on the list. Wranglers come standard with four-wheel drive and a 285 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission. A five-speed automatic transmission comes optional. Both two- and four-door Unlimited models are available with either soft or hard convertible tops. And, of course, the Wrangler is known for its astounding off-road prowess. Whether you’re crawling over rocky desert outcrops, slogging through mud or blasting through ice, the Wrangler has your back.
Plus, it’s got personality for days. You can pop the roof panels off your Wrangler and it becomes a tanning salon. Take off the doors or fold the windshield and you can get in touch with nature in a way only rivaled by a dirt bike.
Then there’s the Ram 2500–a workhorse unlike any other. The 2500 is available in a range of configurations from the base Tradesman to the deluxe Power Wagon Laramie. It can tow up to 17,980 pounds and it has a payload of 3,990 lb. You can choose between a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission and a 383-hp 5.7-liter V8 engine, a 410-hp 6.4-liter V8 or a 6.7-liter turbodiesel inline-six with 350 or 370-hp. The diesel produces an absolutely insane total of 800 lb-ft of torque. Basically, whatever you need to do–the Ram 2500 can help you do it.
Don’t take our word for it. Don’t take Edmund’s word for it. See for yourself.
Ray Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram has Wranglers and 2500s on the lot right now just waiting to be taken out for a spin. Consider one of them your next great investment.
A ton of marketing is driven by nostalgia. This is just a simple fact of 99.9% of advertising. However, nostalgia in the automotive industry is of an interesting sort. That is to say, most of the time (this certainly is not true across the board), when an automaker deals in nostalgia, the company needs to have a solid product to back such a thing up. If a commercial airs telling customers that the 1990s model of this or that vehicle was the best, it then kind of makes the current model of said vehicle look bad in comparison. The nostalgia has to be there, but the automaker is tasked with bringing that nostalgia into the here and now, which can be quite the daunting task. However, in all honestly, very few companies seem better at doing such a thing than Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), and their most recent announcement is just such a case. That is to say, FCA’s Dodge wing has just announced that the company will be resurrecting two of their most beloved racing vehicles: the Dodge Challenger T/A and the Dodge Charger Daytona.
Now, when it comes to the Challenger T/A, Dodge stacks the vehicle with a 5.7 liter Hemi V-8 engine that pushes around 375 horsepower. This is then coupled with a standard Tremec six-speed manual transmission (with an eight-speed automatic as an option). Too, the vehicle features a new 2.75-inch active performance exhaust and electronic control along with 20 inch black wheels. The T/A package also comes standard with Dodge’s Super Track Pak, which brings a lowered suspension, performance brake pads, a sport tuned stability control system with three settings, high performance Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, and high performance Bilstein shock absorbers all to the table. Price-wise, the Dodge Challenger T/A will start at $38,845.
As far as the Dodge Charger Daytona is concerned, the automaker adds on an awesome SRT Hellcat cold-air induction system to the mix, as well as a 2.75-inch electronically controlled exhaust. Like the Challenger T/A package, the Charger Daytona comes standard with the Super Track Pak. Priced at $40,985, the Charger Daytona is a bit more expensive than the Challenger T/A, but both are absolute steals when it comes to what you are getting when you get behind the wheel of one of these nostalgia-driven powerhouses.
As is always the case, keep checking back in here with us at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for more information with regard to the new Dodge Challenger T/A and Dodge Charger Daytona. Too, while you are at it, why not stop by and sign up to test drive one of our many new lot vehicles? We can promise to do everything in our power in order to help you find the perfect vehicle!
Everybody loves the Jeep Renegade, but do you know who loves it the most? The automaker itself.
Auto industry insiders have been saying for a while now that the Renegade is the revelation Jeep needed to help it bloom in the international market. We think there’s definitely some truth to that. After all, the Renegade has basically everything going for it: it’s chic but not prissy; it’s rugged but not clunky; it’s capable, fun, agile and versatile. Whatever you want out of a subcompact SUV, the Renegade’s got it.
Within Jeep enthusiast circles, the Renegade is known as the “fashionable choice” for weekend off-roaders while the Wrangler is more geared towards the needs of dedicated outdoor adventurers. The Cherokee is, of course, seen as the more premium, luxury option of the Jeep family.
Those archetypes seem to have translated over into international markets quite well. Not only is the Renegade the first Jeep to be produced exclusively outside the United States (it’s being made in Italy, China and Brazil), it’s also one of the first to be tailored towards worldwide expansion. Foreign drivers view the Renegade as the perfect middle ground between the Wrangler and the Cherokee. Like any good family member, the Wrangler definitely helps the Renegade out by filling the role of the more rugged alternative for overseas buyers.
In June, the Renegade helped Jeep achieve its best ever month of sales in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Over 60 percent of total Jeep sales in that region during that time were Renegades. The US market is following suit–Renegades are flying off of car lots and the 2017 Renegade is one of the most highly anticipated Jeeps in recent memory.
The Wrangler is currently built at the automaker’s newly-renovated Toledo, Ohio plant and has an annual capacity of 350,000 units. Jeep plans to pair the Wrangler with the Renegade as part of a new strategy to increase the brand’s global presence and sales. By pushing the Wrangler’s influence beyond North America in the 2017 model year, the brand will gain visibility and buttress the Renegade’s efforts in international markets.
Additionally, the automaker plans to move production for the Cherokee to its Illinois plant so that production capacity in Toledo can be increased to 450,000 vehicles per year. Overall, production will rise by 90 percent. Prepare for total Jeep world domination.
At Ray Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM, we can’t wait for our new Jeep overlords. If you share in that excitement, be sure to visit us today and get a jump on your upcoming plans to become a Jeep owner. We’re ready and waiting with information, enthusiasm and the keys to your next vehicle.
Have you seen the new Jeep pickup truck yet? Well we have and we’re ready to spill every last detail we’ve got.
After years of waiting, sifting through rumors for information, and coping with constant teasing from Jeep’s executives, we’ve finally gotten a look at the new Wrangler pickup truck. The first glimpse comes from spy photos released on an online Jeep forum last month. The images prove that the first Jeep pickup truck since the 1992 Comanche is not only happening, it’s happening soon.
Finally, after drooling over Jeep concepts like the 2005 Gladiator, the 2012 J-12 and the 2016 Crew Chief 715 that never progressed past the prototype stage, the Jeep pickup is actually going to be real.
After we picked our jaws up off the floor, we analyzed every angle of the spy shots to glean as much information as possible from them. Here’s what we know: The photos reveal a prototype wearing the four-door Unlimited body with a pretty large bed hanging at the rear. However, we’re fairly sure that this design isn’t the final one thanks to the curious placement of the rear wheels inside the wheel wells.
The next-generation Wrangler is codenamed JL and is expected to enter production in the tail end of 2017. That means we can expect the pickup version, codenamed JT, to start production in the Fall or Winter of 2018. Both vehicles will be built at the newly-renovated Toledo, Ohio plant.
During a round table discussion with the press at the Detroit Auto Show, Fiat Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne and Jeep’s global chief Mike Manley discussed the decision to introduce the pickup into the marque’s lineup.
“Sergio and I work very, very closely on the Jeep product portfolio, and both of us have been a fan of a potential Wrangler pickup… For me, there is a historical place in our lineup for it,” Manley said.
It’s a smart move (and one enthusiasts have been calling for for years) due in part to Jeep’s long and storied history as a great producer of pickups. The much-beloved Gladiator, for example, was produced for 26 years from 1962 through 1988 and retains a huge following.
According to The Detroit News, we can expect to get some additional details about the new vehicle during FCA’s 2016 earnings call. Insiders say the automaker will detail its revised five-year plan during the announcement.
Can’t contain your excitement? Neither can we! A new Jeep pickup is something the Ray Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM crew has been hoping for for years. Come share in our excitement and visit us today. While you’re here, let’s take one of the 2016 Wranglers out for a spin to celebrate.
If you aren’t excited about the 2016 Dodge Charger V-6 8-speed automatic yet, then get ready because we’re about to blow your mind.
At a glance, you might mistake this version of the Dodge Charger for an R/T or maybe even a Hellcat. Its black 20-inch wheels, low-profile Goodyear Eagle tires, deck-lid spoiler, black accents and badges are familiar, as well as its overall attitude. There’s no doubt it’s a Charger through and through, with its low, muscular, powerful and mean appearance.
But you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and you shouldn’t judge a Charger by its looks either. With the V-6, looks are deceiving.
Look under the hood and you’ll find Chrysler’s stellar 3.6-liter V-6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 is rated at 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque, allowing you to go from zero to 60 MPH in just a hair more than 6 seconds (6.2 to be exact). In 14.7 seconds, you’ll hit 96 MPH. Obviously this is a huge difference from the out-of-this-world Hellcat–which hits 60 MPH in just 3.4 seconds–but the V-6 will more than get the job done for all but the most intense weekend road racers. The vehicle tops out at 140 MPH.
Speed isn’t always the name of the game anyway. What about agility? The V-6 is nimbler than you might expect. With optional Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar summer tires (size 245/45R-20) and sport suspension tuning, this latest Charger handles with a precision that will shock you. Those features combined with accurate electrically assisted power steering and a grip of .86 g push it to the front of the muscle pack.
The V-6 also stands out thanks to its “bad boy” looks. However, it’s not so full of itself that Car and Driver couldn’t also term it “a muscle car for the family”. The four-door sedan has ample leg and head room and plenty of space for whatever junk you might want to put in the trunk. The vehicle also comes with Dodge’s fantastic Uconnect entertainment system, which features Bluetooth wireless connectivity so you can rock out to your favorite music, make phone calls and send text messages hands-free and connect to all your favorite apps.
If you want more from this Charger, you can add the optional all-wheel drive or opt for the rear-drive Hemi V-8s, which are available in a 370-hp 5.7-liter or 485-hp 6.4-liter version.
Not sure what the best fit will be for you or your family? That’s what Ray Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM is here for. Visit us today and talk to one of our knowledgeable sales representatives for more information. We’re always happy to take you out for as many test drives as you need.
Following a season of focused expansion in the mid-size pickup realm, in which many longtime makers are opting to expand the lineups of some of their classic SUV and utility vehicles with some new and creative pickup configurations, it looks like RAM may not be far behind in stepping up to the competition with its own new mid-size pickup entry. Rumors have certainly been swirling off and on for some time in regard to RAM’s possible approach to some decidedly more compact new designs, as the company has got every reason to be looking to expand its successes into new territory.
Still, little has come to light in terms of official details or announcements lately, but the general assessments of the idea offered by company officials lately is definitely suggesting that there’s something relative either currently planned or already in the early stages of development. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press recently, RAM executive Mike Manley made it clear that the company is, in the very least, strongly considering its options in entering the mid-size arena. As the head of Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep and RAM divisions, he would certainly know, and with such an optimistic response to a question that truck fans have been asking for some time, we can only think that the company is definitely already on its way to something exciting.
One of the major considerations that many automotive industry critics and journalists are discussing is how a mid-size RAM truck may be positioned next to another highly-anticipated mid-size pickup that’s being released by FCA soon – the much-discussed Jeep Wrangler pickup. As the smart folks at TFLTruck.com rightly suggest, however, these two models are very likely to stand back to back in compliment, as each looks to serve a different kind of driver. Designed with the trail in mind, as well as offering a bit more engagement to drivers who often find themselves dealing with unusual terrain, the new Wrangler pickup looks to continue to push forward with what Jeeps have always done best, going where most other utility vehicles can’t. Conversely, a new RAM mid-size would help to accommodate drivers who are looking for a sturdy everyday vehicle that offers more in hauling, towing, and other details better suited for getting regular hard work done in a more familiar and comfortable everyday setting.
While there’s still only these bare details to go on, we’ve got a good feeling that it’s going to be sooner than later when we start to see some real images and get some official details on the possible RAM mid-size projects to come. As usual, you can count on us to keep you up to date on all the developments to come here at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, where we’ll be ready to give you a proper welcome anytime you’d like to get a better look at some of the innovative, evolutionary work going on at Fiat Chrysler lately!
For quite a while now there have been plenty of rumors with regard to Jeep’s Trackhawk, most notably that this would essentially be a Hellcat version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Of course, this wetted any appetite of the 99% of us who absolutely love the idea of a Hellcat Jeep, but in the backs of our heads we always had the haunting thought that such a thing was just a rumor. Well, fret no more, because we now have confirmation from Jeep (via a bunch of photos of an un-camouflaged testing vehicle on public streets) that the rumored Hellcat Jeep Grand Cherokee—the Trackhawk—is officially no longer a rumor: it is happening, and it already looks amazing.
Honestly, the Trackhawk is basically a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a supercharger plopped on top of a 6.2 liter Hemi V8 that is believed to be able to push a whopping 707 horsepower and 650 pounds per square feet of torque. This is all mounted, by the way, to an eight speed automatic transmission. To all those who do not know already, this is an insanely wonderful thing, and something that will take the Jeep brand to the next level. Not to mention, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk boasts an all-wheel drive traction that is pretty much a necessity when you are dealing with the kind of power this vehicle is going to be putting out.
Still, these photos tell us that the Trackhawk will mostly keep the overall look of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which includes things like, most notably, the requisite jeep grille (which admittedly has been narrowed just a tiny bit in order to make the necessary room for larger air intakes that the Hellcat needs in order to have enough breathing room, so to speak. Too, Jeep popped in some nifty new LED fog lights as well.
In any respect, jeep has recently claimed that the Trackhawk has a 0 to 60 time of 3.5 seconds, which is incredible and makes it simultaneously the quickest-accelerating Hellcat powered vehicle as well as the quickest-accelerating vehicles in the entire world. Just to compare it to something else, look at the BMW X5 M’s 0 to 60 time: 4.0 seconds. That is an insane 0-60 speed for any vehicle, let alone a bigger one.
As is always the case, keep checking back in here with us at Ray Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram for more information with regard to Jeep’s new 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Hellcat. Too, while you are at it, why not come down and sign up to test drive one of our many new lot vehicles? We can promise to do everything we can to help you out!
The Ram 1500 Rebel has been selected to be Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ NV limited-edition Mopar vehicle for the 2016 model-year. 2016 marks the first time a pickup has been selected for this honor since FCA began offering customized limited-edition cars in 2010.
“The already formidable Ram 1500 Rebel is a perfect canvas for unique Mopar accessories and performance parts developed to reinforce the rugged personality of the Rebel,” Pietro Gorlier, Fiat Chrysler global head of parts and service, said in a recent statement.
So what does this announcement mean for the Ram 1500 Rebel? Well, for starters it means a makeover. The Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel features custom Mopar badging and graphics as well as additional performance parts. Exterior updates include an aluminum, dual bezel sport performance hood embellished with a matte-black hood graphic, off-road wheel flares bulge and a special Mopar blue-and-black graphic stripe on both sides, as well as the tailgate.
While previous selected cars have featured prominent badging and exterior graphics, the brand has chosen to tone it down a bit for the Rebel–favoring a subtler, more sophisticated look.
The Rebel will, of course, maintain its reputation for power and rugged durability via the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission under the hood. You can even spring for the optional cold-air intake and cat back exhaust to give the Hemi a slight bump in performance.
The limited edition Ram Rebel also features a skid plate to guard the power steering box and a new black front bumper skid plate in place of the standard billet silver. Most, if not all, of these changes are available for individual ordering through Mopar.
“The Mopar ’16 content illustrates how customers can easily personalize a Ram truck with factory backed accessories,” Mike Manley, global head of Ram, explained in a press release.
Previous Mopar cars include the 2010 Dodge Challenger; 2011 Charger; 2012 Chrysler 300; 2013 Dart; 2014 Challenger; and 2015 Charger R/T. Even in light of this impressive past line up, the limited edition 2016 Rebel stands out in terms of sophistication and raw power.
However, only 500 of the vehicles will be made. These special limited edition pickups will come with a special owner’s kit, which includes the truck’s birth certificate printed on a sheet of metal, outlining the production date and the number out of 500. Snagging one of these unique cars will cost you about $53,655–roughly $9,000 more than the base Rebel–but the cost is hardly prohibitive when you consider the fact that you’re buying a prestige vehicle.
The Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel arrives in dealerships this summer. Come see us at Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to find out how to secure your limited edition pickup today.
Can you believe it’s already been eight years since the current Dodge Challenger hit the market? Neither can we. Though the Challenger still feels as fresh and exciting as the day it debuted, competitors have definitely risen up in the last few years to try to beat its amazing raw power.
Despite the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro’s best efforts and significant upgrades, they still haven’t bested the Challenger and now it looks like they never will. The FCA group has announced that it is developing a next-generation Challenger with an updated version of the immensely powerful Hellcat V8 engine that will undoubtedly widen the chasm between the Challenger and all other vehicles.
Technical details are pretty scant right now but Automobile Magazine has revealed that the next Hellcat engine will pack up to (and possibly beyond) 750 horsepower, a huge 43-pony increase over the current mill. The engine will have eight cylinders but it’s still too early to tell whether it will continue to use a large supercharger or switch to a pair of superchargers.
Dodge will supposedly base the new Challenger’s rear-wheel drive platform around the Alfa Romeo Giulia and second-gen Dodge Journey, resulting in a more compact overall package and a significant weight decrease from the current model. It seems like the automaker is going for a more streamlined Challenger this time, which we expect will create a massively dynamic driving experience.
At the same time, Dodge appears to be actively trying to offer some variety when it comes to the new generation Challenger. The automaker will continue to offer six- and eight-cylinder engines but will also offer the 300-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four that will debut under the hood of the next Wrangler. Buyers will be able to choose between a manual and an automatic transmission.
However, our favorite rumor is that the next-gen Challenger model will spawn a convertible that will resurrect the Barracuda nameplate that Plymouth launched in the 1960s. The first-ever Dodge Barracuda would, naturally, get a sharp look of its own and would be even more compact than the new Challenger in every way. Unfortunately, this is all just rumors and heresy at the moment but hey, we can dream right?
We have a while to wait before more concrete information becomes available since the Dodge Barracuda and the next Challenger aren’t expected to land at dealerships until the 2019 model years, assuming there are no unexpected delays. Sources speculate we might have to wait even longer to see the new Hellcat. Automotive insiders say it could be 2020 before it makes its debut.
Of course, current model year Hellcats are available on our lot right now just waiting to be taken out for a test drive. We promise you won’t miss those 43 extra amps of horsepower–the 2016 Hellcat will blow your hair back just fine.
More than 30 years ago, Chrysler came up with an automobile concept that would the change the way the world looked at family vehicles.
Those days, Americans were looking for something roomy and practical that didn’t cost much more than the average sedan. And with the price of gasoline on the rise, it became obvious that consumers’ needs were beginning to change.
But what were the options?
Where sedans lacked room, station wagons consumed too much gas.
In 1983, the American car company decided to design a vehicle that drove like a car, was smaller than a truck and could accommodate an entire family and everything they needed to haul around.
Enter the Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager.
And what made the minivan so appealing, was the fact that it got better fuel economy than its predecessors, was easy to climb in and out of, and offered front wheel drive to better accommodate passengers and their cargo.
The vehicle design was functional, particularly for families with children – a mid-size, seven passenger automobile with a sliding rear door, rear hatch and removable seating.
Besides that, it was roomy, yet still small enough to fit into the garage.
Up until the late 80’s, station wagons had become the preferable people-mover. But then the industry began to move away from the wagon-styled automobile to embrace the attributes of the minivan.
Interestingly, the architecture of the original Chrysler minivan is still recognizable in vehicle design today.
The 1989 Town and Country offered some very well apportioned amenities, while being considered the most luxurious of the Chrysler three.
But over the past three decades, the competition has stiffened in the minivan segment.
Not only has the well-known Town and Country received a complete overhaul in design, along with stylistic changes, Chrysler has dubbed its all new seven passenger hauler: The Pacifica.
As part of the company’s efforts to rebrand both the Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, the 2017 Pacifica represents Chrysler’s move away from the image of the conventional, play-it-safe family vehicle.
In fact, we’re told it's the next generation of Chrysler cars and trucks.
Boasting 37 segment firsts, a new body frame and upgraded 3.6 liter engine, the Pacifica’s redesigned exterior features a winged corporate fascia, sculpted sides, nearly undetectable sliding door, an integrated rear van wing, halogen headlamps, high beam daytime running headlamps, available 17 inch aluminum painted wheels, and more.
Inside, many people will be thrilled to find that this vehicle doesn't look at all like the typical minivan.
This vehicle boasts a sculpted dash, brushed-metal vent rings, hands-free, power sliding doors, and power lift gate, three-pane panoramic moonroof, independent rear suspension, 3.6 liter V6x active noise cancellation, an optional 7.0-Inch Full Color TFT Display, Acoustic Windshield, Soft Touch Instrument Panel, 760-Watt Amplifier, SiriusXM Radio Service, 13 Alpine® Speakers, and Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth®.
If that isn't enough, the new Pacifica has undergone rigorous testing to deliver class-leading reliability and durability.
If you're in the market for a vehicle that looks and feels like a luxury SUV, but is still retains the practicality of a minivan, we believe the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is your choice.