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Changes Coming for Chrysler

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Chesterfield

If you are like us, you have probably noticed that the Chrysler lineup at All Star Chrysler near Chesterfield has been looking a little thin. While the Chrysler 200, 300, and Pacifica are all great, we want more! It looks like Chrysler has heard our cries and is going to be making some changes to the lineup, including the additions of some new crossovers.

300: Sources say a planned redesign of the LX-based 300 onto the Giorgio platform, originally scheduled for 2020, has been scrapped. Instead, designers will do a major freshening of the 300 in 2019 in hopes of shedding weight and improving fuel economy. The addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder is a strong possibility to augment an improved V-6 to help get the job done. In the meantime, Chrysler will put a Hellcat engine in its luxury sedan in late 2018 because why not?

Pacifica: The well-regarded minivan will be freshened in 2020.

Midsize crossover: The front-wheel-drive midsize crossover, to be built at FCA’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois beginning in 2019, will share a platform with the Jeep Cherokee and have three rows of seating, similar to the Dodge Journey.

Portal: Chrysler’s electric and autonomous minivan concept received high praise when it debuted in January. FCA realizes it must get into the electric vehicle business eventually, if only to meet regulatory requirements in states such as California, and the Portal would be a competitive offering. However, there are no announced plans to move toward production.

Full-size crossover: Plans call for Chrysler to resurrect the Aspen name in 2021 for a full-size, three-row crossover on the Pacifica platform.

These are just some of the plans that Chrysler has in mind. As soon as we know more, we will let you know! In the mean time, head to All Star Chrysler and get your Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300, or Chrysler Pacifica today!

Is a Jeep Renegade Right for You?

Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer near Clayton

When you are shopping for a new SUV, we know that you have quite a few from which to choose, but we think that you should consider looking at the Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer near Clayton. Today we want to share with you some information on this wonderful SUV!

“The Jeep Renegade is the small, fuel efficient, manual 4×4 wagon(ish) the world has been yearning for. What do you need to know before you buy a Jeep Renegade? The Renegade wears the “Jeep” costume pretty well, and the Trailh.comawk can make its way down a road rough enough to send most crossovers scurrying back to the safety of proper pavement. But the little Renegade no Wrangler. That’s a bummer when you’re trying to rock crawl, and a godsend everywhere else.”-jalopnik

Renegade’s true nature as a compact car isn’t as exciting to talk about as off-road abilities but the reality is, it makes for a much better daily drive.

Handling is well-balanced and the brakes are more than strong enough to keep the little car in check. Especially since it’s in no hurry at all to accelerate, even with the bigger 2.4 engine.

In town is the ideal setting for a Renegade as power feels plenty adequate from stopped to 35 MPH and the stubby shape is ridiculously easy to park. The nine-speed automatic transmission stays busy and never seems to make it to top gear, but operates smoothly enough that you’re never going to think about it.

A lot of the Renegade’s “fun feel” is derived from its looks, and you never forget you’re playing Jeep with all the cute “SINCE 1941″ accents around the interior. For more information on the Jeep Renegade, head to All Star today!

Small but Mighty

Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer near Kirkwood

So you want a lot of power but don’t want a huge SUV, what vehicle do you get? You get the Jeep Renegade from All Star Jeep Dealer near Kirkwood. This wonderful vehicle packs all of the punch you would expect from a Jeep without the bulk that some SUV models carry. Let’s take a look at this small but mighty Renegade.

The Renegade is the smallest and least expensive model in Jeep’s expansive SUV lineup, slotting below the Patriot, Compass, Wrangler, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee. The Renegade shares the same platform as the Fiat 500X and is one of the most affordable SUVs on the market. The Renegade is one of the few compact crossovers that offers a manual transmission with all-wheel drive.

“The 2018 Jeep Renegade will likely carry over the same powertrains: a 180-hp 2.4-liter I-4 mated to a nine-speed automatic, or a 160-hp 1.4-liter turbo-four mated to a six-speed manual.  Renegades route power to the front wheels or to an available all-wheel-drive system,” (motortrend.com). The Trailhawk model with Jeep Active Drive Low, a 20:1 crawl ratio and Rock mode will likely return, and it’s possible Jeep might freshen the Renegade lineup with new features, colors, and maybe a new special-edition model for 2018. Don’t be surprised to see the base Sport trim and highly capable Trailhawk model return for 2018. The Renegade will be a good fit for those who want more comfort and practicality than you get from a Wrangler and more style and flair than the outdated, last-generation Compass model that might still be on dealer lots.

Jeep Renegade Possibly 2018’s Best Crossover

Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer near Clayton

There are few crossover models on the market today that go over really well, unfortunately  there are a lot of crossovers that have not done well at all. We are not here to talk about those, we are here to talk about the Jeep Renegade for the 2018 model year. It is expected that the Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer near Mehlville could be named the best crossover for 2018. Today we want to take a look at what we can expect for the 2018 model year on the Renegade.

“The 2018 Jeep Renegade home will provide you with the best luxury and comfort and ease. This car will be created by the best technicians in neuro-scientific auto portable industry development. The brand-new 2018 jeep renegade can make it easy so that you can drive especially in international and busy roads by simply the by using a the 3 DIMENSIONAL GPS navigation system.”-automotivefree.com

What is changing? The new 2018 Jeep Renegade is not simply more attractive, but these types of are functional changes. Fresh styling should improve sleek. All the other visual modifications will be not so visible. To get example, slight changes will be prepared for framework, although vehicle is going to keep the same surface clearance. It was correctly balanced so 2018 Rebel could fix all ground challenges. Other, notable adjustments are recorded headlights and bumpers, but final look is usually not designed yet, seeing that car will be away late in 2017. In house layout will take 5 travelers. For this model, business prepared new dashboard, when almost all of the instruments will be upgraded or replace by simply new features.

For more information on the current Jeep Renegade or to learn more about the 2018 Jeep Renegade, head to All Star. Their friendly and knowledgeable team is ready to assist you!

More People Movers Coming for Dodge?

New Dodge at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Peters

One thing that Dodge Ram, or FCA as the parent company is called, has noticed through the years is that buyers love people movers. However, the people movers cannot just be all about utility, they have to be stylish and capable. This is the goal that FCA is looking to accomplish with the introduction of the Dodge Magnum. Today we want to share some more information on this new possible vehicle.

Right now its speculation but one problem of making Dodge’s full lineup more consistent with its image is that the best sellers are the people-movers — the Dodge Journey and Dodge Caravan.

Long ago, product planners were going to fix that by putting the Journey name onto an Alfa Romeo Stelvio-based crossover made in Italy. The current Journey’s role as a people-moving-front-drive-crossover would go to a new Chrysler.

One way to keep repeat Journey and Caravan buyers might be moving the car names over to Chrysler. Thus, the company could launch two new crossovers at once — the Alfa-based Dodge Magnum (etc.), and the CUSW-derived Chrysler Journey.

“There would still be a Journey in the showroom, three rows of seats and all; and there would still be a Caravan for Canadians and some Americans to buy. With that move, Dodge could move one step closer to being the American performance brand, and any lingering rumors about Chrysler’s viability would disappear. That is, if buyers accepted the Journey and Caravan as Chryslers. If not, well, the long-term viability of Chrysler might be seriously discussed in Turin and Auburn Hills.”-allpar.com

You can get the latest Dodge Ram vehicles at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Peters. Their friendly and knowledgeable team will help you pick the right people mover for you!

 

The Perfect Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near North County

It would seem as though the days of the minivan were gone, being replaced by crossovers and fancy SUVs. However, Chrysler did not want us to say goodbye to the minivan as they were the originators of this remarkable vehicle. For this reason, Chrysler spent a lot of time and effort in developing what we think is the ultimate minivan. This new minivan is known as the Chrysler Pacifica and we think that you are really going to love it!

Although the Pacifica existed in another life as a discontinued crossover, the new luxury minivan replaced the brand’s Town & Country and made a stunning debut in 2016 as the new challenger to the minivan market that has been dominated by the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna. Fans loved it and so did the critics — all for good reason. It is also only only hybrid minivan currently on the market. (thecrier.net)

The Pacifica crams so much great stuff into the vehicle that is boggles the mind. It offers automatic opening doors and rear seat entertainment, with each of the two seats getting its own television screen, hidden storage bins, second row seats that not only fold flat into the floor (called Stow ’n Go) but can be pushed to provide easy access to the third row. Kids going into the third row don’t have to climb over second-row friends, which hardly is an easy exercise. As a bonus, the underfloor compartments can be used as more than simply storage. You can buy liners and fill them with ice and used as coolers. Perfect for the lake, long trips and tailgating.

For more information on the Chrysler Pacifica, head to All Star Chrysler near North County.

New Platform for the Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer near Glendale

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the top models in the Jeep lineup. It has been popular for a long time with long time Jeep fans and new Jeep fans alike. While we were not anticipating any major changes on the Jeep Grand Cherokee to be announced at the auto show currently happening in Detroit, but we did learn some new information. We want to share this information with you today.

“At a roundtable discussion with members of the media, Marchionne revealed that the upcoming Jeep Grand Cherokee will be built on a rear-wheel-drive platform developed by Alfa Romeo,” (yahoo.com). To our ears, it sounds like Marchionne is referring to the platform currently being used in the Alfa Romeo Giulia-a platform which, in modified form, will underpin the upcoming Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV and a number of additional new Alfa offerings. With the Giulia and Stelvio both offering all-wheel drive, it shouldn’t be difficult for Jeep to integrate an off-road capable 4WD system into the shared platform.

It’s a telling, but logical, revelation. Fiat Chrysler is undertaking a massive product shift, in an effort to erase the massive debt the automaker currently carries, and platform sharing is a great way to extend the product portfolio while saving money on development costs. Those plans involve a huge new investment in updating FCA’s U.S. manufacturing plants to produce pickup trucks and crossovers, to the tune of $1 billion. (This announcement also means that there are likely to be at least 2000 new jobs added because of this investment.)

For more information on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, head to All Star near Glendale. Their team would be more than happy to talk about this new platform and have you test drive the Grand Cherokee.

Changes Coming for 2018

Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer near Florissant

The Jeep Wrangler is and has always been one of the top selling models in the Jeep lineup for many years. In order to try and keep ahead of the curve, and anticipate what their customers will want. Today we want to share with you some of the things that we can expect to see on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

What will the platform look like? 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.

What about the powertrain? 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.

What about the Competition? 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.

There really is no possible comparison for Jeep Wrangler, especially after these changes are done. We are sure that you will love all of the changes that are coming for the Jeep Wrangler. We encourage you to stop by All Star Jeep Dealer near Florissant and learn more about the Wrangler. You might even want to test drive this delightful model, but be careful, you might just fall in love!

Minivan Market Shrinking

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Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star near Ballwin

We should have known that it was coming. When SUV models and crossovers started hitting the market, we should have known that this was going to happen. We are starting to say goodbye to the minivan. When Chrysler brought the first minivan to market, it was popular, but its popularity really exploded during the late 1980’s and 1990’s. There wasn’t hardly a family that didn’t have a minivan. But are we starting to see a decline in the number of minivans being produced and being bought. Why is this? Let’s take a deeper look at this today.

“Minivan sales shrank by 4 percent in 2013, according to industry data, to 532,357. That’s still enough volume that the industry can’t completely write off what critics have dubbed “mom-mobiles,” but it’s a far cry from the 1.4 million minivans manufacturers like Chrysler sold at the segment’s peak in 2000.” -nbcnews.com

Meanwhile, there are fewer players in the current minivan segment since the mid-1990s, when the segment captured a peak 8.5 percent of the total U.S. automotive market. Chrysler alone has killed off the old Plymouth Voyager and the short-wheelbase Dodge Caravan. Both General Motors and Ford Motor Co. have pulled out of the segment.

There are some that say that the generation that grew up being shuttled around in minivans are now becoming parents themselves and don’t want to drive the vehicles that they associated with stay at home soccer moms. It could also be that we are seeing a decrease in family size. People are having fewer children and sometimes at a later time in life. We are not seeing families with 3 and 4 kids like before, most have only 1 or 2. We hope this is not the end of the minivan, Chrysler will continue to put out quality minivans for as long as people want them, and All Star near Ballwin will have them.

 

Texas Auto Writer’s Association Honors Ram With Two Awards

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Every year the Texas Auto Writer’s Association hands out honors to top performing pickups, SUVs, crossovers, and commercial vehicles during it’s Texas Truck Rodeo. This event takes place over two days, putting entered vehicles through a number of challenging on- and off-road obstacles designed to prove their ability to stand above all the rest.  This year’s event drew 88 vehicles that were judged by a total of 69 members of the  Texas Auto Writer’s Association.  These individuals take all aspects into consideration including exterior style, interior appointments, off-road capability, overall utility, performance, and value.

When it was all said and done, on October 13th the Ram brand was able to take home two spots on the list of this year’s winners.  These spots include:

  • Top Full-Size Pickup Truck for the 2016 Ram 1500.
  • Top Heavy Duty Pickup Truck for the 2016 Ram 2500.

Also on the list, were six other FCA US models that included the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee as top mid-size SUV, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit as top mid-size luxury SUV, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee as top compact SUV, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as top off-road utility vehicle, the 2015 Jeep Renegade as top compact crossover utility vehicle, and the 2015 Dodge Durango as top full-size SUV. According to Michael Marrs, TAWA president, “The Truck Rodeo was extremely competitive this year with a record number of media and vehicle entries, so it’s impressive that the FCA brands received top awards in numerous categories.  The Jeep brand SUVs continue to be favorites among TAWA voters, as every Jeep SUV won its category again this year. In addition, the Ram and Dodge brands also reclaimed titles.” 

To find out if any of these winning Dodge Ram trucks near University City fit your needs, visit the All-Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram team today!  At All-Star St. Louis area residents always find the best selection of Dodge Ram trucks for sale near University City at the best price.  Contact the All-Star Team today to make your test drive appointment.