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Chrysler 200: Generations of Greatness

Chrysler 200 at All Star Chrysler near St. Peters

When you need a great sedan, you think Chrysler. If you want a great sedan that is a little smaller, but still very roomy, you think Chrysler 200. Though the 200 has not been around for as long as some of the other models in the lineup, it has still seen some great generations. Today we want to take a look back at the start of the Chrysler 200. You can still get your own Chrysler 200 at All Star Chrysler near St. Peters.

The first generation Chrysler 200 was a restyled, rebadged and re-engineered version of the third generation Chrysler Sebring that began production in 2006. Although the JS platform had been retained, there were many cosmetic and powertrain changes to the 200. The 2.4 L four-cylinder 173 hp (129 kW) 166 lb·ft (225 N·m) engine with either a four-speed or six-speed automatic transmission carried over. Chrysler’s new Pentastar 3.6 L V6 engine was also offered with a six-speed automatic transmission, generating 283 hp (211 kW) and 260 lb·ft (350 N·m) of torque. A flex-fuel version of the 3.6 L Pentastar engine was also available. Other changes included stiffer body mounts, revised suspension geometry with a softer ride rate, a new rear sway bar, and upgraded tires. The 200 was also more highly equipped than the Sebring. Chrysler added features such as LED lighting, thicker seat cushioning with higher quality materials, along with new measures to decrease noise, vibration, and harshness.

“The 200 and its badge engineered variant the Dodge Avenger, were ranked the “Most American Made” sedans and convertibles by The Kogod Made in America Auto Index in 2013.”-wikipedia.com

Learn more about the Chrysler 200 at All Star Chrysler today. Their friendly team is ready to help you get behind the wheel of this great vehicle today! Don’t delay, shop All Star!

It’s a Jeep Thing

Jeep Grand Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer near Ladue

We have all heard the saying, “It’s a Jeep thing, you would’t understand.” We think that that phrase is a bit outdated, especially when you look at the Jeep Grand Cherokee that you can get at All Star Jeep Dealer Ladue. This Jeep model possess all of the power of an off-road Jeep, like the Wrangler, that we may not understand, but it also has loads of luxury and class both in the interior and exterior, and we think that everyone can understand that! Let’s take a brief at the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a big step away from the “It’s a Jeep thing, you wouldn’t understand” crowd –- it’s comfortable, it’s quiet and it’s stylish. You’ve probably seen your fair share of these if you live in a suburb or while picking your kids up from soccer practice, and there’s a reason: It does everything, and the Summit trim level does it with acres of leather and wood inside. The spacious rear passenger area is more than capable of hauling adults as comfortably as children, and the cargo area should be able to store all the generic athletic equipment or luggage thrown your way.

“The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 churns out a healthy 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. That power is then sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission that doesn’t shudder, jerk or do anything unexpected. Stepping up to a V8-powered Grand Cherokee will net you a better exhaust note and bragging rights, but power delivery is more than fine with the V6 under the hood. Automatic stop/start is standard, but it’s defeatable by pushing a button on the center stack.”-autoweek.com

Take a look at the Jeep Grand Cherokee at All Star today!

 

What’s coming for the Ram Lineup?

Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville

We like taking a look at what is coming soon for the Ram lineup of trucks. It’s fun to see the concept trucks that are coming and what all they might have to offer! Today we want to take a look at what we hope will soon be coming to All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville.

The next generation of Ram 1500 pickup trucks, coded DT, is likely to have some lighter materials accompanying the usual steel, to increase the fuel economy and load capacity. Some models may gain some cab space, as well. It’s scheduled to go into production in early January 2018, as a 2019 model, at the Sterling Heights assembly plant — a move from the traditional Warren plant.

The new Rams are supposed to have grilles that are not quite as tall, so they can improve their aerodynamics. The huge Rebel tailgate letters may be replaced by the Ram logo or smaller letters; but the “big rig” styling will continue. The crosshair is said to be returning in force, with Dodge giving it up instead of Ram. Automotive News wrote that the headlights will be smaller and integrated into the grille, with horizontal fog lights put into the bumper; they also projected a flatter center console to provide more space.

“The Pentastar upgrade with direct injection should boost power to 310-320 hp, with higher economy and better low end torque. A forced-induction straight-six is expected around 2020; and there’s even talk of a four cylinder turbo, around 290 hp, as an economy option for fleets (and to get the “highway mpg” advertising number).”-allpar.com

In the mean time, take a look at the current Ram 1500 that is on display at All Star. We are sure that you will love it!

The Different Lives of the Dodge Journey

Dodge Journey at All Star Dodge near Illinois

Throughout the years, the Dodge Journey has seen a number of different designs and technologies. What you might not realize is that the Dodge Journey, which is available at All Star Dodge near Illinois, has seen a number of different names over the years too! Why would the Dodge Journey have different names? The different names are because of the different regions in which the Journey is sold. This minivan is so popular that it is found in multiple countries all over the world!

Chrysler rebadged the Mexico-manufactured Journey in Europe after model year 2011 as the Fiat Freemont, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2011, and began marketing the Durango.

The Freemont had its Italian launch in the end of May 2011. It has two front-wheel-drive turbodiesel variants the 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) and the 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) version of Fiat’s 2.0 L Multijet turbodiesel. Later will be introduced all-wheel-drive version of 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) diesel and the Pentastar V6.

In Australia and Brazil, both the Freemont and the Journey are available for sale. However, to create a distinct market for the two vehicles, the Freemont is only available with the 2.0 and 2.4L 4-cylinder engines, while the Journey is now only sold with the Pentastar V6 engine (both engines were available before the launch of the Freemont).

“The Freemont was originally available in LHD markets only, except the Netherlands. Fiat Group Automobiles Netherlands did not offer the Fiat Freemont on the Dutch market, owing to the Dutch tax climate, that would make the car too expensive to become a sales success. However, a RHD model was introduced to Australia, but not the United Kingdom.”-edmonds.com

You can drive off in a new Dodge Journey from All Star today. Stop by the dealership!

Chrysler 200: A Replacement that Soared

Chrysler 200 at All Star Chrysler near IL

The Chrysler 200 at All Star Chrysler near IL was initially brought in to replace the Chrysler Sebring and was so popular that it took off in an amazing way! We want to take a look back at the beginnings of the Chrysler 200.

The 200 name first appeared on a prototype hybrid vehicle shown at the 2009 North American Auto Show in Detroit and was called the 200C. It was later decided that the 200C as it was, was impractical.

“The first generation 200 was built from the Sebring platform in 2010, but included several cosmetic and powertrain changes. Chrysler’s new Pentastar 3.6 L V6 engine was offered along with a six-speed automatic transmission, generating 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Additional changes included stiffer body mounts, a softer ride rate, revised suspension geometry, a new rear sway bar, and upgraded tires.”-thenewswheel.com

The 200 also added more premium features than the Sebring, to include LED lighting, thicker seat cushioning, higher quality materials, and new standards to decrease noise, vibration, and harshness.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is the second generation model, and was revealed to the public on January 13th, 2014. The 2015 model year has been built entirely from the ground up based on Chrysler’s Compact US Wide Platform.

The Chrysler 200 has grown to amazing popularity since its beginnings. We are sure that you will love this wonderful model too! Unfortunately, the Chrysler 200 is no longer in production, but you can still get a 200 at All Star. Their team will show you all of the features that the 200 has to offer and help you to select the model that will best compliment you driving lifestyle. Isn’t it time that you drive a stylish and capable sedan? Isn’t it time that you get a Chrysler 200?

Big Plans at Chrysler

New Chrysler Cars at All Star in Bridgeton

Chrysler is making some big moves in 2017. Probably the biggest move is that Chrysler is making is the Pacifica. Chrysler has begun making a SUV and minivan super vehicle, known as the Chrysler Pacifica. We are going to take a look at this impressive crossover.

A minivan may be a box, but the Pacifica is undeniably a good-looking box. Wider and with a more aggressive stance than the Town & Country, it presents a crisp, sleek profile and is arguably the best-looking minivan on the market. As before, the sliding-door tracks are tucked away under the rear windows, further smoothing the look. And its shape also makes the Pacifica the most aerodynamic minivan, according to Chrysler, which improves fuel economy. It lets the Odyssey contend for best-in-class highway mileage at 28 mpg, and the Pacifica does that with 39 more ponies. The Pacifica overachieved its highway rating with an impressive 31 mpg on our real-world highway fuel-economy test, performed at a steady 75 mph.

The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is about the only piece of the Pacifica that is not new, but it has been tweaked for greater power and fuel economy. Good for 287 horsepower and paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, it delivered a 7.3-second zero-to-60-mph time—quicker by a few tenths than its closest competitors.

“A plug-in-hybrid version is promised later this year. It will pair the V-6 with an electric motor, fed by batteries tucked into the compartments that are reserved for folding second-row seats in gasoline-powered versions. Chrysler claims the hybrid will be able to travel up to 30 miles on electric power alone before the V-6 kicks in and will deliver 80 MPGe in the city.”-caranddriver.com

For more information on the Chrysler Pacifica, head to All Star Chrysler in Bridgeton and talk with a member of their staff. They would love to help you!

Let’s Talk Chargers!

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Arnold

It is safe to say that we like to go fast. Ok, you might say that we LOVE to go fast! And a great way to get to go fast is to drive the Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Arnold. For the 2017 model year, the Dodge Charger got a little bit of a face lift, and we want to share those results with you today!

The 2017 Dodge Charger is offered in two trimlines with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 – the SE and SXT – both of which come with 292 horsepower and an 8-speed automatic transmission. Also, both of these packages are available with all-wheel drive and with no Hemi/AWD packages for 2017, these are the only AWD Chargers for this model year.

The Charger SE comes with a few premium features, such as the reconfigurable 7 inch driver information screen, the 5 inch UConnect touchscreen infotainment system, 17 inch aluminum wheels, LED-trimmed headlights, LED-trimmed taillights and the Keyless Enter’n’Go system with push button ignition. This package starts at $29,090 for the rear-drive package and the AWD Charger SE starts at $31,340. (These numbers are based on base price numbers, talk to a member of the All Star team for actual prices.)

“The 2017 Charger SXT package adds the premium 8.4 inch UConnect infotainment system, satellite radio, 18 inch aluminum wheels, LED fog lights, heated front cloth sport seats with power driver’s side adjustment, dual zone climate control, remote start, an auto dimming rear view mirror and a six speaker sound system with a 276 watt amplifier.”-torquenews.com

For more information on the 2017 Dodge Charger models, head to All Star. Their team would love to get you behind the wheel of this incredible model today! Are you ready to go fast???

Dodge Ram – Looking Ahead

New Dodge Ram at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville

In the auto industry, as with most industries, you are only as good as your last product. This means that they always have to look ahead at how they are going to improve their vehicles in the coming years. This also gives customers a look at what they can expect from the Dodge Ram family of vehicles. Let’s take a look at some of the things we expect to see from Dodge Ram in 2019.

The next generation of Ram 1500 pickup trucks, coded DT, is likely to have some lighter materials accompanying the usual steel, to increase the fuel economy and load capacity. Some models may gain some cab space, as well. It’s scheduled to go into production in early January 2018, as a 2019 model, at the Sterling Heights assembly plant — a move from the traditional Warren plant. The new Rams are supposed to have grilles that are not quite as tall, so they can improve their aerodynamics. The huge Rebel tailgate letters may be replaced by the Ram logo or smaller letters; but the “big rig” styling will continue. The crosshair is said to be returning in force, with Dodge giving it up instead of Ram. Automotive News wrote that the headlights will be smaller and integrated into the grille, with horizontal fog lights put into the bumper; they also projected a flatter center console to provide more space.

“The 1500 is getting a Pentastar upgrade with direct injection should boost power to 310-320 hp, with higher economy and better low end torque. A twin-scroll V6 is expected around 2020, but may arrive earlier; and there’s even talk of a four cylinder turbo, production around 280 hp, as an economy option for fleets.” -allpar.com

For more information on the existing Ram 1500 and the other vehicles in the Dodge Ram lineup, head to All Star near Ellisville today!

No Shame in Loving a Minivan!

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near Arnold

For a long time, the minivan has had a negative connotation. Driving a minivan meant that you weren’t cool anymore. Gone are the days of sporty sedans, you had kids, you don’t get to drive something fun any more. At least, this is what the common thought was, however, Chrysler is changing the way we think about minivans with the introduction of the Chrysler Pacifica.

The Chrysler Pacifica entered the market as a replacement for the Town and Country. And while it still looks like a minivan in some ways, it drives more like an SUV.  Navigating the roads in the rolling hills of Southern Missouri a few weeks ago, it didn’t take long to find out. A revised 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine delivered 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, making the climbs up Missouri’s hills effortless. Likewise, the new nine-speed automatic transmission never strained or felt clunky, like it has in other recent products like our long-term Jeep Cherokee. The harmonious combination of the upgraded engine and transmission felt like the single-biggest differentiation between the old and new minivans.

Chrysler boasts that the Pacifica’s new unibody structure provides a stiffer foundation, which in turn provides sedan-like agility. But let’s not get carried away. No one will confuse this minivan – or any other – with a 300 sedan in terms of driving dynamics. But as minivans go, the Pacifica felt responsive with minimal levels of body roll.
The exterior look of the car is also brand new. Gone is the frumpy, toaster-like shape of the Town & Country and Grand Caravan. The wheelbase remains exactly the same, but engineers shortened the front overhang and lengthened the rear one, giving the Pacifica a more rectangular shape. Corners have been rounded and side-view mirrors are body-mounted.

Stop by All Star Chrysler near Arnold for more information!

What is the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited ?

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer near Ladue

What is the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited? This is a question that the people at All Star Jeep Dealer near Ladue frequently are asked. This is because there is sometimes some confusion about the differences between the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Today we want to describe the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited so that it is a little bit easier to spot the differences.

A big reason that this confusion happens is because the Unlimited is technically a trim of the Jeep Wrangler.

Wrangler uses a smooth and fancy Chrysler Pentastar 3.6-liter V6, and a 5-speed automatic transmission designed by Mercedes-Benz with an available 6-speed manual.The engine makes 285 horsepower with 260 pound-feet of torque, scooting a two-door to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, with the heavier four-door Wrangler Unlimited trailing behind, in 8.4 seconds. Wrangler features a rugged chassis with high ground clearance and skid plates, and solid axles front and rear.It is an amazing machine when it comes to scrambling over boulders. (New tricks by the Rubicon model, in pursuit of bigger boulders, include electronic disconnection of the sway bar to allow extreme wheel articulation and stability in extreme situations, but the Rubicon is another trim different from the Unlimited.)

“The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is a four-door that comes with a hard top, soft top, or both. The Freedom hardtop is like a T-top, with easily removable roof panels. The soft top is easier to get down than it used to be, but the T-top is the easiest to manage.”-autoblog.com

For more information on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and its distinct differences from the Jeep Wrangler, head to All Star. The All Star team would love to show you the differences and take you on a test drive of this highly capable vehicle!