Jeep Pickup Truck to Begin Production in 2019

 

Jeep Pickup Truck Production

The automotive industry hasn’t seen a Jeep pickup truck in years, but change is in the wind. Fiat Chrysler confirmed that an all-new Jeep pickup will roll off the production line beginning in 2019. The long-awaited model will be produced in Toledo, Ohio.

Fiat Chrysler officials originally said production would begin in 2020, but it looks like they’re ahead of schedule. The new pickup will be based on the ever-popular Jeep Wrangler, following its redesign next year.

The Jeep brand accounted for nearly 41% of Fiat Chrysler’s sales, which includes Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, and Fiat. The off-road crossover and SUV brand has a strong history of capability and versatility, making it a prime choice for a market where larger vehicles are selling quickly.

The new Jeep pickup truck will compete in the midsize truck segment, which has seen a surge of new competitors in recent years: the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado made their return in 2015, the Toyota Tacoma has seen an increasing sales trend, and Ford announced that the Ranger pickup will return to the market as well.

Now, a new Jeep pickup plans to enter the race and, given the brand’s track record, it’s bound to be impressive.

We here at Jasper Jeep can’t wait for the arrival of the new Wrangler-based pickup!

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Best Tips for Off-Roading

If you’ve found yourself in the driver’s seat of a Jeep recently, you’re probably itching to try some off-roading. If you’re a beginner, don’t fret. These tips for off-roading will get you started on the (off) road to fun and safe adventures.

 

Learn the Language of Terrain

Successful off-roading is made of awareness. The last thing you want when you’re out exploring is an unexpected (read: dangerous) surprise. Find out as much as possible about your path before you take it. Ask other off-roaders or look at a map if possible. Take a long, hard look at the horizon and watch for places where the path seems to disappear, which can indicate a steep drop.

An SUV off-roading in the mountains

Know Your Four-Wheel Drive

Read your owner’s manual before you head out to learn as much as you can about your vehicle’s 4WD. As soon as you slip off the pavement and onto your off-road adventure, switch to 4WD so you’re set to handle anything from the get-go.

 

Bring Equipment

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when off-roading is being over-confident. Even the most experienced people get stuck from time to time, so don’t be unprepared for the worst. At the very least, pack a heavy-duty tow strap, and if you’re going alone bring an electric winch that’s rated for your vehicle. Make sure that before you go you read up on how to use your tools so that you can handle issues like a pro.

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Five Ways To Overcome Cabin Fever

The famous song “What A Wonderful World” never says anything about cold weather and heavy snow. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a wonderful thing! In case you don’t believe it, here are a few ways to overcome cabin fever

# 1 – Go to the movies! Excessively buttered popcorn is a known cure for cabin fever. It is especially effective when consumed over an action-packed blockbuster.

# 2 – Catch up on all of those books you never read! Other seasons are great for buying books and leaving them stacked in your room. Winter actually provides the time and incentive to read them.

# 3 – Don’t be afraid of the snow – embrace it! You only need to go as far as your backyard to fully enjoy the powder. The activities are endless: build a snowman, build an igloo, make snow angels or have a snowball fight with the family.

# 4 – Binge-watch a series on Netflix. The old days when you had to wait every week for the newest episode are over. The best way to watch a season of television is in one sitting, vegging out in the warmth of your own home, while it snows outside.

# 5 – Go Off-Roading in the Snow! There are a lot of great reasons that your Jeep was made to handle off-road terrain. Sure, tackling Moab is a blast but what about running rampant in the snow? Think of it as snowmobiling on steroids.

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Innovation to Improve Driving: 2017 Wrangler Technology

2017 Wrangler TechnologyThe 2017 Jeep Wrangler comes with the latest features, especially when it comes to infotainment and safety technologies. You’ll find premium audio, connectivity, driver assist technology, and more when you step behind the wheel of this new model. Read on to learn more about 2017 Wrangler technology.

According to Jeep, the new Wrangler comes with the latest entertainment options around. This includes the advanced Uconnect system, with navigation, premium audio, and mobile connectivity. Navigation is available via Garmin to help you find you way home regardless of your location, while premium audio includes a nine-speaker Alpine All-Weather Premium Sound System with 6.5-inch speakers and weather-resistant designs. Finally, the available 430N radio system has a 6.5-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM, and more.

You can rest assured when you’re behind the wheel of the Wrangler. Safety technologies make this SUV safer than ever, including options like Electronic Stability Control, Roll Mitigation, and Trailer Sway Control. Whether you’re on rocky trails or the open highway, you’ll feel better protected when you’re behind the wheel of this model.

The 2017 Wrangler is the ideal off-road vehicle, but that doesn’t mean it’s not advanced. Thanks to the suite of Uconnect systems and the advanced safety technologies, the new Wrangler is truly state of the art.

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5 Mistakes Jeep Owners Make

Mistakes Jeep Owners MakeOwning a Jeep is an exciting adventure that opens the world around you. Jeep vehicles are world-renowned for their off-road capabilities and instant community. However, a lot of Jeep owners make a few mistakes. Here are the top five mistakes Jeep owners make.

  1. Not taking advantage of your Jeep’s abilities. Most Jeeps are built to go off-road. Let it live up to its potential and take it out on an adventure.
  2. Not becoming part of the community. When you drive a Jeep, you instantly become part of a close-knit group. Have you noticed how Jeep drivers wave at each other? Jeep drivers are also more likely to stop and help you if you get stuck somewhere.
  3. Making too many modifications. Depending on how your Jeep is equipped, it is likely to be off-road ready right from the showroom floor. Spend some time getting to know your Jeep before you decide to make any changes.
  4. Not using your Jeep’s technology. Just because you like to spend time in the wilderness doesn’t mean you must abandon technology. Use the technology in your Jeep to your advantage.
  5. Not having fun. Your Jeep was built for fun. No matter where you go, whether on the road or off it, enjoy the journey.

Here at Jasper Jeep, we love the Jeep community. Don’t make these mistakes and you’ll be able to get as much as you can out of your Jeep.

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Ram 1500 Comes with New Night Package

RAM 1500 in Jasper

Pickup truck enthusiasts love their special editions and cosmetic packages, and the new 2017 Ram 1500 plans to satisfy that itch with the new Night Package. Ram unveiled the special-edition package early September, showing off a model based on the 1500 Sport trim level but with blacked-out exterior details like the wheels, badging, and grille. The Night Package will be available as an option when the 2017 Ram 1500 goes on sale sometime late 2016 during the fourth sales quarter.

The Ram 1500 equipped with the Night Package will offer drivers their choice of five different paint colors, Bright Silver Metallic, Bright White, Brilliant Black, Flame Red, and Granite Crystal Metallic. The idea for the package came from the 2013 model’s Black Express Package. Ram officials say offering options such as the Night Package allows drivers to further customize their driving experience and makes the buying process feel more personal.

The Ram 1500 Sport trim comes standard with a 305-HP V6, cloth bucket seats, and climate control. Other features added on by the new Night Package include black bezel LED headlamps, 20-inch gloss black wheels, and black sidewall all-season tires. Many other available features and accessories can also be added to the 2017 Ram 1500 on top of the Night Package, as well.

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2017 Wrangler Updates Include New Headlights

2017-wrangler-updates-jasper-jeepJeep has come a long way since its inception 75 years ago during World War II, but the company has a way of always sticking to its roots. The most unparalleled, unrivaled, and iconic nameplate in Jeep’s lineup is inarguably the Wrangler, based on that very first all-terrain reconnaissance vehicle that was eventually turned into the best car on the market for off-road enthusiasts. 2017 Wrangler updates have improved on some of the vintage aspects that maybe weren’t so great, however – like the old headlights that didn’t compare to competitors’ anymore.

 The Wrangler’s old-style halogen lamp headlights have been classified as some of the worst on the market, sticking around in terms of design only for the sake of novelty. However, for 2017, Jeep’s designers have done away with the old lamps and replaced them with much newer and more effective LEDs.

 That’s not the only new thing Wrangler lovers have to look forward to, either. The Sport S and Rubicon models also offer buyers an optional Cold Weather Package that includes all-terrain tires, heated seats, all-weather floor mats, and even a power convenience group among other things.

 The 2017 Wrangler updates will become available on the market, along with the 2017 Wrangler, sometime late this year, when Jeep fans can do away with their old halogen-wearing models and opt for something a bit safer and more modern.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Spotted

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Spotted Jasper JeepRumors surrounding a Jeep Wrangler pickup truck have been floating around for years now but now, they’re no longer rumors. Officials have confirmed that we will indeed be seeing a 2018 Jeep Wrangler pickup truck. As soon as the announcement hit, so did spy photos of the much-requested pickup model.

The photos depict a Wrangler pickup with a longer-than-normal wheelbase, complete with a truck bed. In total, it comes to about the same size as a Chevrolet Suburban and that’s good news for pickup lovers. The bed, in turn, seems to be around five feet long and the taillights resemble those on the Ram trucks. Considering both brands fall under the Fiat Chrysler umbrella, we wouldn’t be surprised if it were so.

Potential engines range from a 3.6-liter V6 to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder and, fingers crossed, a diesel engine. It’s likely any of those engines will be mated to a six- or eight-speed transmission. Both rear- and four-wheel drive will likely make it to the pickup’s list of capability features.

The Jeep Wrangler pickup will be the first of its kind on the brand’s lineup since the Comanche left the market in 1992. The new pickup will also make use of aluminum body panels to reduce weight, just like the next-generation standard Jeep Wrangler.

Expect the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler pickup to debut towards the end of 2017.

We here at Jasper Jeep can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler pickup!

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RAM 1500 Minotaur Could Take On Ford Raptor

2016 RAM 1500 Minotaur

With the 2017 Ford Raptor ready for release later this fall, the Ram 1500 is stepping up its game to slay it. The Ram 1500 Minotaur is one tough truck and if the look of it is any indication, it’s ready for a fight. Available on Ram 1500 models 2013 and newer, the Minotaur aftermarket package is one of the best on the market.

Available from participating Ram dealerships, the Minotaur aftermarket package features a custom suspension, bodywork, wheels, and tires that put the Ram 1500 on a whole new level. Offers by Prefix Performance, the package is available on Ram 1500 Express and Sport models from 2013 and newer. You can also buy a brand new Ram 1500 Minotaur.

The base Minotaur package comes with wide-body front and rear fenders as well as a custom front fascia. Red painted tow hooks and Minotaur badging accent the fascia, fenders, and bedsides that are painted to match the vehicle. To finish off the look, an aluminum front skid plate and 35-inch all-terrain tires wrap around 17-inch wheels.

While the base package costs nearly $22,000, Prefix Performance offers other modifications as well. Drivers can switch the Ram 1500’s engine for a 6.4-liter HEMI V8, add a Dodge Viper-inspired side exhaust system, and more.

Here at Jasper Jeep, we can’t wait to see the Minotaur and Raptor go tire-to-tire!

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New Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Model Turns Up the Capability

Off Road Grand Cherokee TrailhawkThe Trailhawk name has been tacked onto the Jeep Grand Cherokee since the vehicle’s reveal at the 2012 Annual Jeep Safari, though the name was not a new one, having been seen on a Wrangler concept in 2007. The Trailhawk package, while not the most flashy of the concept cars Jeep has unveiled, has always symbolized off-road capability that goes above and beyond the standard Jeep models. Now, the new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk for 2017 was recently announced, and Jeep says it’s the most capable ever.

In March of this year, Jeep went to auto shows in Moab and New York to reveal new concepts and vehicles, and the 2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk was among them. With a number of powerful new upgrades, the new model lives up to Jeep’s hype, following the original look and personality of that first concept in 2012. With Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system, a special Quadra-Drive air suspension tuned specifically for the Trailhawk trim, the option of 18-inch or 20-inch off-road tires, and more, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is equipped to take on the great outdoors. The model is even said to have 10.8 inches of ground clearance.

The Trailhawk also features cosmetic differences such as red tow hooks, a front fascia in common with the 75th Anniversary special edition, gray accents, and a number of badges that indicate to others that this isn’t your average Jeep Grand Cherokee. The interior features black leather or suede bucket seats with red contrast stitching and an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk was designed to offer drivers the utmost in off-roading performance and capability and high-end comfort. Arriving in showrooms sometime this upcoming summer, the Trailhawk will feature the full range of the standard Grand Cherokee’s engine lineup, but pricing has not yet been announced.

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