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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!

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!

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.

What to Expect for the Patriot in 2017

Jeep Patriot at All Star Jeep Dealer near Creve Coeur

We have known for some time that Jeep would be merging the Jeep Compass and the Jeep Patriot into one super Jeep model. What we have not been sure about is what this new merged model will look like. As spy shots have been becoming available, we are starting to get a better picture of what this new combination model will look like and offer; we want to share with you how we think things are shaping up.

The SUV, which retains the same shape as the prototypes our photographers captured testing earlier this year, borrows a sizable amount of styling cues from the larger, more expensive Jeep Grand Cherokee. Are we getting a new Jeep that is similar to the Grand Cherokee, just smaller?

“If the SUV’s badging is anything to go off of, Jeep will retain the Compass moniker for the upcoming vehicle. At the front, the SUV has a similar grille to the Grand Cherokee with seven rectangular openings, which are smaller than the ones found on the current compass, with chrome trim. The headlights and LED daytime lights are also similar to the ones on the Grand Cherokee.” -autoblog.com

The black roof, which is a new touch for Jeep, is a nod toward the SUV’s European competitors like the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. The new model loses the square-like taillights on the previous model for oval-shaped ones. Overall, the SUV adds modern touches to the aging Compass and Patriot models while staying true to Jeep’s iconic look.

While we still are not 100% sure on what to expect from this new model, we are sure that it will have everything that we expect from a Jeep combined with all of the finest features of the Jeep Compass and the Jeep Patriot. Get more information on this new model at All Star Jeep Dealer near Creve Coeur.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Super Charged

Jeep Grand Cherokee at All Star in MO

We love the Jeep Grand Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer in MO, but we would love it even more if it were super charged. As it turns out FCA has heard our desire for more speed and have happily obliged. Let us learn more about this today!

Jeep in late 2017 will bring to market a Grand Cherokee powered by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ [NYSE:FCAU] awesome supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 known as the Hellcat.

“Speaking with The Detriot News, Jeep CEO Mike Manley confirmed the vehicle will carry the oft-rumored Trackhawk name and be offered alongside the existing Grand Cherokee SRT.”-motorauthority.com

The Hellcat engine delivers 707 horsepower in the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models, though this figure may be toned down when hooked up with the Grand Cherokee’s all-wheel-drive system. Nevertheless, we’ve heard the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s 0-60 mph time could slip under 3.0 seconds.

The Grand Cherokee SRT, meanwhile, is powered by a 6.4-liter V-8 delivering 475 horsepower, enough to hustle the SUV from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

Pricing for the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is expected to start around $80K, which while pricey still makes the vehicle a bargain given the performance on offer. The Grand Cherokee SRT starts at a tad under $68K. Manley described the two models as being “very different.” A debut is expected to take place at the 2017 New York auto show next April, with sales to follow in the fall of that year.

It looks like FCA has really given us a more powerful Jeep Grand Cherokee, and we could not be more thrilled. For more information on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, head to All Star today. Their team would be more than happy to assist you in getting one of these powerful vehicles.

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Grand Cherokee Made For Travel

Tartu - September 26: Jeep Grand Cherokee at the Tartu Motoshow on September 26 2015 in Tartu Estonia

Jeep Grand Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer near Florissant

There are a lot of great SUV models in the Jeep lineup, but one that stands out is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Today we want to share with you some of the great attributes that the Jeep Grand Cherokee has to offer its owners.

SO Much Entertainment – Large vehicles are great for ferrying passengers, and the 2016 Grand Cherokee keeps them entertained too. There are 19 Harmon Kardon speakers, and riders can link up with the vehicle’s Uconnect entertainment system via Bluetooth or USB. In short, parents may finally get a chance to enjoy longer voyages.

It’s Safe – In addition to the standard complement of legally-approved driver and passenger airbags, this vehicle includes head airbags for added crash protection. To reduce the likelihood of getting in a wreck in the first place, the 2016 Grand Cherokee features strong, anti-lock disc brakes with assist technology. Electronic stability and traction controls may also improve a motorist’s chances of staying out of trouble.

Lots of Cargo Space – All that towing capacity doesn’t go to waste in the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle includes around 36 cubic feet of space for gear, baggage, and other cargo immediately behind the rear seating. Those who like to drive without many passengers can fold the rear seats down to almost double the cargo volume. According to testers, the extra space also means that the rear compartment is comfortable for taller riders.

For more information on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, head to All Star near Florissant today. Their team would love to help you select the Grand Cherokee and options that will be perfect for all of your holiday travel this year. You are sure to love everything that the Grand Cherokee has to offer you and your passengers!

More Production, More Employees!

NOVYY URENGOY RUSSIA - AUGUST 6 2016: Off-road car Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 in the industrial area.

Jeep Cherokee at All Star near Florissant

We have heard about how there seems to be an unemployment problem in the United States. A lot of companies have been taking their jobs overseas to countries with more favorable tax codes. One company that is increasing their U.S. production is Jeep. Jeep proudly produces most of their vehicles in the U.S. (This actually works great, because if you custom order a Jeep Cherokee through All Star near Florissant, you will get it sooner than if it had to get shipped from overseas.)

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to hire 300 new workers at its huge factory in Belvidere as it revamps the facility to produce the Jeep Cherokee.

“FCA USA, as the auto manufacturer is also called, said today it will invest $350 million in the factory to ready it for the Jeep Cherokee, one of the company’s top sellers during an auto sales boom that resulted in a record number of sales in the U.S. last year.” -chicagobusiness.com

The Cherokee move to Belvidere has long been rumored, but today’s announcement was the first time Fiat Chrysler confirmed it.

“The Belvidere workforce has proven itself to be one that is very efficient and productive,” Jodi Tinson, a spokeswoman for the manufacturer, said when asked why the company wanted to invest in the northern Illinois plant. Fiat Chrysler employs about 4,500 people at the factory right now, meaning the additional jobs will eventually bring the tally to 4,800.

For more information on the different Jeep models or on the Jeep Cherokee model in particular, stop by the All Star Dealership today. Their team would be more than happy to help you select a new Jeep Cherokee and the options that will enhance your driving experience. Happy Shopping!

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What to Expect Over the Next 5 Years from Chrysler

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New Cars at All Star Chrysler near Chesterfield

Auto makers are always looking for ways to be more innovative and the enhance their vehicle models. As there is always new technologies being developed, companies like Chrysler do rolling updates on their models at fairly frequent rates. Since we do not always know what those updates will be, we like to speculate based on statements released by the company itself and on statements based on industry professionals. We want to share with you a few things that might be coming down the pipeline from Chrysler. When these models become available, you will be able to see them at All Star Chrysler near Chesterfield.

  • Grand Cherokee and/or Wagoneer, labeled as new on the investors’ chart. Wagoneer has an extended wheelbase, starting in price where Grand Cherokee leaves off. The Durango is likely to continue in some form as well — could it move to the Ram basis?
  • “Around 2018-20, the Dodge Journey is likely to become a rear wheel drive crossover, á laMaserati Levante, possibly changing its name to Durango; its role as a front wheel drive crossover is likely to go to a Chrysler. The Fiat Freemont may split off and use a lengthened 500X chassis, by way of the Fiat Toro. Before the new Journey, buyers will see the Alfa Romeo Stelvio crossover, made in Cassino, Italy, on the same line as the Giulia; according to Automotive News, the Journey will be made on the same line as the Stelvio and imported to the US.” -allpar.com

For more information on the current status of each of the models, head to All Star. Their friendly and knowledgeable team would love to share with you everything that they know about your favorite Chrysler models.

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Notes on the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

NOVYY URENGOY RUSSIA - AUGUST 6 2016: Off-road car Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 at the countryside.

Jeep Grand Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer near Clayton

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the top models in the Jeep lineup. One trim in particular has been very popular, the Trailhawk. We had the opportunity to drive one recently and had a few notes that we would like to share with you today. For more information on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and its different trim options, head to All Star Jeep Dealer near Clayton. Their staff would love to answer your questions!

Driving Notes on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

The suspension and off-road system tuning are what really set the Trailhawk apart from other Grand Cherokees. Jeep tweaked the four-corner Quadra-Lift air suspension to improve articulation and suspension travel, while retaining the 10.8 inches of ground clearance of lesser Quadra-Lift Grand Cherokees. Paired with the standard Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive system, rear electronic limited-slip diff, and 20-inch Goodyear Adventure off-road tires, the Trailhawk is not short on capability.

The 3.6-liter V6 negotiated inclines with ease – there’s no shame in ordering the base engine. We only drove a Trailhawk with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 on a road loop, but its 420 pound-feet of torque and 700-plus-mile range should suit the off-roader very well, especially for anyone interested in overland-style excursions. The Hemi V8 is also available.

“Aesthetics are a big part of the Trailhawk line’s DNA, and the Grand Cherokee has all the same stylistic calling cards as the Renegade and Cherokee that wear the badge – a prominent black hood decal, red tow hooks, more aggressive tires on unique wheels, and off-road-friendly front and rear bumpers. But the execution is more mature here, partly because the Grand Cherokee has a more adult design to begin with.”-autoblog.com

We really enjoyed the drive in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, and many others do too! Take your test drive at All Star today!

Comprehensive Safety in the Grand Cherokee

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Jeep Grand Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer in Bridgeton

One of the most important things to keep in mind when considering a new vehicle purchase is the level of safety that the vehicle offers. You want your new car to be safe because it is how you and your family are going to be getting around. Should the worst happen, you want to be protected. This is where the Jeep Grand Cherokee at All Star in Bridgeton really shines. The Jeep Grand Cherokee has a very comprehensive safety program and has received top safety ratings. Let us take a deeper look.

“In addition to the standard complement of legally-approved driver and passenger airbags, this vehicle includes head airbags for added crash protection. To reduce the likelihood of getting in a wreck in the first place, the 2016 Grand Cherokee features strong, anti-lock disc brakes with assist technology. Electronic stability and traction controls may also improve a motorist’s chances of staying out of trouble,” (carbuyingstategies.com). There are actually a number of other safety features on the Jeep Grand Cherokee that come standard. You need to head to All Star and have a sales team member show you all of the safety features that the Grand Cherokee has to offer. There are even optional features that you can choose to add to make your Jeep Grand Cherokee even more safe! One of these features is the intelligent driver aids. The Jeep Grand Cherokee includes adaptive cruise control for increased security during long road trips, and it also features forward-collision warning alarms. Drivers in tight spots can rely on parking sensors in the front as well as the back, and they also get some assistance from a camera that shows them what’s in their blind spots.

 

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