Archive for April 19th, 2019|Daily archive page

See stars, climb the mountain at New York’s auto show

Head-turning design, the thrill of a crowd, seeing things from new heights – all are possible at FCA brands at the New York International Auto Show, which opens to the public on Friday, April 19.

What is there to see? If you’re going to be in New York City, get over to the Jacob Javits Convention Center and check out:

The Stars & Stripes editions of the 2019 Dodge Challenger and Charger. The package includes a unique Satin Black and Silver accent center stripe, Satin Black American Flag fender decals, 20 x 9-inch Mid-gloss Black wheels and Black badging. Bronze-colored four-piston Brembo brake calipers come standard on Challenger R/T Scat Pack and Charger Scat Pack models, and are packaged with the Performance Handing Group on GT and R/T models. Inside, there are Gloss Black interior accents, unique Black-on-Black cloth seats with an embroidered Bronze star, Dark Brushed II interior bezels, unique Antique Bronze instrument panel badge and Bronze accent stitching.

All-American Performance: Dodge Salutes U.S. Armed Forces With Stars & Stripes Edition on Challenger and Charger

The warm breezes of spring signal the return of convertible weather. 

FIAT has just the thing with the 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition. Based off the Classica model, the Urbana Edition includes Black Diamond 17-inch aluminum wheels with performance tires, dual bright exhaust tips and Piano Black exterior accents, plus a Gloss Black finish on the front pillar bar bezel, seat-back pillar and mirror caps. The Urbana Edition also offers front fog lamps for enhanced visibility. Inside there are matte gray accents, Urbana leather/microfiber seats and a wrapped instrument cluster hood and instrument panel.

2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition

Want to know what it feels like to master the urban jungle, or even the suburban jungle? Then the Camp Jeep ride and drive experience is right for you. Set up just outside the Javits center, you’ll ride along as a Jeep® vehicle tackles a variety of ramps and challenges that demonstrate the benefits of ground clearance, suspension articulation and 4×4 traction.

Jeep fans who haven’t been to an auto show the past few months have the chance to make a real-life inspection of the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator midsize truck at the Jeep stand on Level 1 of the Javits center.

Also on Level 1, near Jeep, are the Chrysler, FIAT and Ram stands, while the Dodge stand is on Level 3 of the complex.

Public days at the New York show run through April 28.

Like many things in New York City, you have to see it to believe it.

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Jeep showing off at the New York Auto Show

FCA had a somewhat smaller presence at the New York Auto Show this year; but, as usual, Jeep dominated before anyone even got into the show, with its off-road simulation course in front of the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.

Jeep Gladiator at New York Auto Show

For this media day, Jeep had their best off-roaders out: two Wranglers, a Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, and the new Gladiator pickup. We took the drive in the Gladiator first, then the Trailhawk for comparison; in the past, we’ve done this in the Cherokee as well.

grand cherokee in new york auto show

The course includes a short, sharp rise that raises and lowers the two sides independently, a long steep rise, a steep 30° bank, an irregular shape with relatively sharp edges that could cause severe body damage to many vehicles. It illustrates how the Wrangler and Gladiator, with axle disconnect, can  keep all four wheels down at once, even under extreme conditions; and how other Jeeps can keep traction with just one wheel down.

The ramps are all open steel, which causes traction problems for many cars, but not these. With the Wranglers and Gladiators packing their V6 engines and the Grand Cherokee holding a Hemi, there was also no issue with the slopes.

Some of the angles are sharp enough to cause a bit of queasiness. The Gladiator’s front camera is a welcome addition, because on real trails, it’s not uncommon to have a fine view of your own hood and the sky, and nothing else. Now, you can see where you’re going on the dashboard, if not through the windshield.

The course provides a nice view of the city, from on top of the steepest ramp—which now provides a good demonstration of the Jeep’s speed-holding capability. You can dial in a speed and the Jeep will maintain it for you on steep downhill runs.

The course is fairly short, though for many it may be thrilling, and it gives a good indication of what Jeep is—before you go into the show and see ads for vehicles that may twist apart on the same course, advertising the freedom to make your own path. Many promise; not so many deliver, and Jeep gets the message out before spectators hit the entrance.