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Jeep Wrangler Unlimited the Most Incredible Trim

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer near Ellisville

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer near Ellisville is a super capable off road SUV that is designed to handle the roughest terrains. What you might not know is that the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, while sometimes held out as its own model, is actually a trim of the Jeep Wrangler model. The main difference between the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is that the Wrangler Unlimited is actually longer than the regular Wrangler. Some would say that the Wrangler Unlimited is better equipped to handle really rough terrain, but that is just the opinion of some individuals. Today we want to talk a little bit about the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited model and some of the changes it has seen through the years.

Jeep made no major changes to the 2009 Wrangler Unlimited, adding start assist, a sway control system and some minor storage upgrades. In 2010, Jeep added a removable soft top, and made fog lights, towing hooks and a compass standard in the base model, as well as making some slight changes to the trims. The 2011 Wrangler Unlimited featured a newly designed interior that boasted bigger windows, offered powered mirrors, all-new climate control, Bluetooth integration and a few other minor changes.

The 2012 model year featured a standard V6 engine that was rated at 285 horsepower with a standard five-speed automatic transmission and 4WD. In 2013, Jeep added a system that monitored tire pressure and updated a few trim levels. The 2014 Wrangler Unlimited remained unchanged from the previous model year. (This information was compiled from nadaguides.com and jeep.com.)

For more information on the Jeep Wrangler, head to All Star. Their team will show you all of the amazing features the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has to offer its drivers, we are sure you will love it!

Jeep Wrangler – An American Icon

Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer near Wentzville

The Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer near Wentzville is probably one of the most iconic vehicles in American history. It started out as a utility vehicle designed to help the effort in Europe during World War II and grew into a lifestyle. There are Jeeping groups all over the St. Louis area that take adventures in their Jeep Wranglers. Today we want to take a look back at when the Jeep Wrangler was formally introduced nearly 50 years after its original design.

Outwardly resembling the Jeep CJ-7, the Wrangler, which was formally announced in February 1986 at the 1986 Chicago Auto Show, was based on a new set of design parameters. “The product philosophy behind the two vehicles” François Castaing (AMC VP of Product Engineering) explained, “is completely different”.  Just like the Willys MB and the Jeep CJ, Wranglers continue to use a separate body and frame, rigid solid axles both front and rear, a fold-flat windshield, and can be driven without doors. But its suspension, drivetrain, and interior were borrowed from the new Cherokee (XJ) model.

The Wrangler debuted in 1986 as a new model after discontinuance of the famous Jeep model (CJ). It was revised in 1996, and completely redesigned in 2006. In addition to the model name Wrangler, each model received a designation corresponding to its generation: YJ (1986–1995), TJ (1997–2006), TJU’s (commonly known as LJs- 2004–2006 Unlimited models, or YJL, in the Egyptian owners manual.), JKU (2007–present Unlimited models) and JK (2007–present). Foreign military versions of the Wrangler have carried the J8 designation which was initially dubbed TJL when first produced at Arab American Vehicle’s Egyptian plant. (This information was partially compiled from Jeep.com.)

For more information on the Jeep Wrangler, head to All Star today!

Do You Feel Patriotic?

Jeep Patriot at All Star Jeep Dealer near Illinois

When you are shopping for a great Jeep to drive, you might wonder which Jeep at All Star Jeep Dealer near Illinois would be best for you. We are going to talk about the Jeep Patriot and the different things that it offers to its drivers.

Here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. the Patriot uses either the 2.0 L or 2.4 L World gasoline I4 engine. (In Europe and Australia there are some different engine types.)Both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available. The Patriot features two four-wheel drive systems both of which are electronically controlled. The basic four-wheel drive system is called Freedom Drive I. This system is a full-time front-wheel-drive based 4WD/AWD system that is front-wheel-drive when it has traction, but can automatically put up to 20-30% power to the rear wheels, or can be locked in 50-50 below a certain speed. The other system, called Freedom Drive II, is based on Freedom Drive I, but by using the vehicle’s CVT transmission it is capable of a 19:1 gear reduction simulating a low range usually found in vehicles with dedicated transfer cases. The 2.4 L GEMA I4 is an option for the 4X2 model Patriot. (The Patriot uses a continuously variable transmission equipped with a four wheel drive system, marketed as Freedom Drive II, capable of holding the lowest ratio the CVT can reach, in lieu of a traditional two-speed transfer case. The Patriot carries Jeep’s “Trail Rated” badging.)

In 2009, Jeep Patriot added an extended range electric vehicle to its trim line up. It was not well received and lacked the driving power most Jeep drivers want, so FCA got rid of this model. (This information was compiled from Jeep.com.)

For more information on the Jeep Patriot, head to All Star today!

 

Where are You Going?

Jeep Grand Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer near Florissant

“Where are you going?” This is a question that is asked to find out, in the short term, where you are going. What if we expanded the scope of the question to mean in the long term? This long term question is one that Jeep asked itself in the early 1990’s. Jeep had been a successful auto maker for a long time but were looking for a way to begin competing with the larger scale SUV models that were on the market.

Three trim levels were initially offered; base, Laredo and Limited. All models boasted two features not seen on other vehicles in the Grand Cherokee’s class: a driver’s side airbag and four-wheel antilock brakes. Base models had a few notable features such as full instruments, cloth interior and a five-speed manual gearbox. The Laredo added body cladding, fancier seats, power mirrors and cruise control. And the top-of-the-line Limited came with leather seating, A/C, four-speed automatic transmission, upgraded sound system and power everything. Later in the 1993 model year, the Grand Wagoneer debuted — essentially a G.C. Limited with simulated woodgrain tacked onto the body sides, just like dad’s old Ford LTD Country Squire Wagon.

Built on a stiff unibody chassis, which was lighter than a truck-like body-on-frame arrangement, the Grand Cherokee’s 105.9-inch wheelbase was 4.5-inches longer than the Cherokee’s, resulting in more legroom for those riding in the back. (This information was gathered from edmonds.com and jeep.com.)

This new Jeep Grand Cherokee model was so well received that it became a permanent part of the Jeep line up and added several other trim options. We invite you to head to All Star near Florissant and check out the incredible trims that the Jeep Grand Cherokee has to offer. The All Star team is waiting and ready to help!

Long Time Jeep Cherokee Fan

Jeep Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer near Kirkwood

The Jeep Cherokee is a long time favorite in the Jeep line up. It has been around since the early 1970’s and people have always seemed to love it. Today we want to talk a little bit about the history of the Jeep Cherokee. You can also learn more about the Jeep Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer near Kirkwood.

Prior to 1984, the Cherokee moniker was attached to what amounted to a sportier version of Jeep’s Wagoneer. Mostly unchanged since its debut in the early 1960s, the Wagoneer was a large, truck-based, four-door wagon with four-wheel drive.

The former Cherokee, introduced as a 1974, shared most everything with the Wagoneer, including dimensions and engine selections. The major differences between the two were that the Cherokee was initially available only as a two-door (with the same wheelbase and length as the Wagoneer) and the Cherokee cost less than the more luxurious Wagoneer. A four-door Cherokee joined the lineup in 1977.

The 1984 Cherokee shared nothing with its predecessor, save its name. A shorter wheel- base (over 7 inches less than the “old” model, at 101.4 inches) and overall length (at 165.3 inches, a decrease of 21 inches) combined with a much lighter weight of around 3,100 pounds (over 1,000 pounds less than before) went a long way toward better fuel mileage and easier maneuverability, on-road or off. Two-door and four-door body styles were offered.

“Styling for the trim Cherokee was chiseled and taut, with muscular wheel well flares and a tall greenhouse that afforded good visibility for driver and passengers alike. The interior continued this theme with a likewise simple dash and control layout. Seating capacity was listed as five, though it was tight for three adults to ride in the backseat.”-edmonds.com

Test drive the 2017 Jeep Cherokee at All Star today!

 

What We Know about the Jeep Compass

Jeep Compass at All Star Jeep Dealer near Creve Coeur

It was announced last year that 2017 would mean changes to the Jeep Compass that is available at All Star Jeep Dealer near Creve Coeur. While we do not know a whole lot about what the changes all are going to be, we do know a few things; we want to share those things with you today.

In November 2016 FCA unveiled the Jeep Compass compact SUV and its plan to manufacture the product in major emerging markets including India and Brazil. FCA India has already invested $280 million at its plant Ranjangaon facility to roll out the new compact SUV.

Jeep Compass will be launched in India in August 2017 and we expect the Jeep to price the SUV around $20-25k .

During the global unveil, of the vehicle, at the 2016 LA Motor Show, Mike Manley Head of Jeep brand – FCA Global said, “Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4×4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design.”

“Jeep Compass SUV is based on the ‘small wide 4X4 architecture’ that underpins the Jeep Renegade. It can be regarded as a compact SUV and globally will be available in four different trim configurations. We are not sure if FCA India will adopt the same or different strategy here. The SUV will be a bit longer than the Renegade but will not be a sub-4 meter car.”-indiatimes.com

This is just a little about the changes coming for the Jeep Compass in 2017. We invite you to head to All Star later this year to check out the new model for yourself!

Jeep Renegade Expanding!

Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer near St. Louis

Those in the know, know that the Jeep Renegade is the crossover SUV to get if you want to have a great off road adventure and a smooth highway drive. We are really pleased to announce that for the 2017 model year that Jeep is expanding this model line!

Jeep is continuing to expand the Renegade subcompact crossover SUV model line with the addition of two new trims: the Altitude and the Deserthawk.

Like other Jeep models to previously wear the Altitude badge, the 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude lands on the lot with a host of exterior and interior features dolled up in Gloss Black. This includes the crossover’s 18-inch wheels, badging, seven grille rings, and taillamp surrounds. Although the Altitude is available in a variety of colors, the interior is limited to just one—black.

Based on the $22,490 Renegade Latitude, the $23,385 Altitude includes features such as a rearview camera and proximity key with push-button start. A 160-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine connected to a six-speed manual transmission is standard; however, $1330 buys a bigger, 180-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available with either powertrain for an extra $2000.

“The 2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk, meanwhile, appears to be little more than a U.S.-spec version of the Renegade Desert Hawk the brand revealed at the Paris auto show, itself based on a concept Jeep trotted out at its Easter Safari event in 2015. Despite its name being condensed to one word, the Deserthawk wears the same Moab map on its hood, U.S. Army–style star decals on its D-pillars, and black-painted, 17-inch wheels that can be found on the European Desert Hawk.”-caranddriver.com

For more information on the new additions to the Jeep Renegade line, head to All Star Jeep Dealer near St. Louis!

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – Rubicon Edition

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer near Chesterfield

There are few vehicles more versatile than the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, especially when you get the Rubicon Edition. Today we want to take a broad look at the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Edition and what it has to offer.

A Wonderful Exterior – With its fender flares, iconic seven-slot grille and removable doors and top, the 2017 Wrangler Unlimited is stylishly capable and fun to drive. For an upscale premium appearance, choose the available body-color Freedom Top® hardtop option on the Sahara and Rubicon models.

A Comfortable Interior – Inside the 2017 Wrangler Unlimited, you’ll enjoy ample storage space, thoughtfully designed ergonomics and noise, vibration and harshness protection. You’ll also get comfort and convenience features including available heated leather-trimmed front seats and an available auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated LED map lights.

It’s Highly Capable – The Wrangler Unlimited is one powerful freedom machine. Its Trail Rated status, 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 Systems are just a few of the reasons why Wrangler Unlimited capability is a force to be reckoned with.

It’s Really Safe – “Wrangler Unlimited comes with a wide range of standard and available safety and security features including standard advanced multistage front airbags and available supplemental side airbags with sensor detection. Additional features include on- and off-road four-wheel disc antilock brakes and more.” – jeep.com

Going off-road is incredibly important for Jeep Wrangler Unlimited drivers and it is nice to know that it will keep you safe. “Adventure freely, safely and securely with available Wrangler Unlimited off-road features like Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control and the Tire Pressure Monitoring Display System.” – jeep.com

For more information on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, head to All Star near Chesterfield. Their team has the knowledge to help you get behind the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited today!

 

Wrangler Going Pick-Up?!

Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer near Mehlville

There are so many people in this great country that love the Jeep Wrangler. There are clubs devoted to the Wrangler and driving them. One change that we know is coming to the Jeep Wrangler in 2018 is the addition of a pick-up truck trim. While this model will not be available at All Star near Mehlville until late 2017 to early 2018, we are still excited to see what will be on the new Wrangler, lets explore this today!

Jeep will continue with rugged body-on-frame construction to serve the off-roading aspirations of its faithful and multiplying constituents. That said, the coming edition will use modern materials to cut weight and boost mileage. Expect a hydroformed steel ladder frame carrying a body made of high-strength steel, aluminum, and plastic. A four-door pickup will join the lineup of two- and four-door models with hard- and softtops. Today’s 3.6-liter DOHC V-6 will soldier on with manual and automatic transmissions. Fiat Chrysler’s current product plan also includes a turbo-diesel alternative in the near term and a hybrid after 2020, along with a possible turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder code-named “Hurricane” making around 300 horsepower.

There has been talk about some competition coming for the new Jeep Wrangler trim. “The Wrangler is without peer, a gully-busting rock climber you can drive to work. Compact crossovers bow in its presence. A new Land Rover Defender, expected next year, may re-invade this sphere, though at twice the price.” -caranddriver.com

There are some big expectations on what will make the cut for the pick-up truck trim on the Wrangler, and with an expected sticker price starting at $25,000, it will be easy to talk us into buying one to experience on a daily basis. For more information on what is coming, head to All Star today! Their team will be happy to share more about the new Jeep Wrangler trim!

 

Goodbye Patriot, Hello Patriot?

Jeep Patriot at All Star Jeep Dealer near Ellisville

We have heard for months that the Jeep Patriot would be merged with the Jeep Compass to make an awesome CUV mashup. We have gotten word about what this new model will look like, at it seems like it is going to resemble a baby Grand Cherokee. While you can still get the Jeep Patriot at All Star near Ellisville, we want to talk about what this new model might look like and feature.

Starting with the skin, it’s like Jeep’s designers scaled down the Grand Cherokee’s profile to fit on the new crossover’s stretched Renegade platform. The headlights, grille, and taillights looked like shrunken items from Jeep’s flagship crossover, too. This is good news – even after its 2011 facelift the Compass was a homely little thing, and the Patriot was boxy at a time when CUVs were going for smoother, more aerodynamic lines. Jeep’s new CUV is avoiding those mistakes by aping one of the company’s most popular designs.

Only the driver’s seat, steering wheel, and center stack appear in the interior images, so we can’t tell how the stretched chassis impacts rear-seat legroom compared to the Renegade/Fiat 500X. But in front, it looks like a Jeep – FCA’s corporate steering wheel and HVAC controls are present and accounted for, but the usual touchscreen display looks bigger the expected 8.4-inch unit. That could just be the camera angle playing tricks on our eyes. We can’t make any judgments about the material choices, but we’d expect quality to be on par with the larger Cherokee.

For more information on the existing Jeep Patriot or the new mash up model that is set to be released soon, head to All Star today. Their team would like to show you the great features of their new models!