HEMI® Day: Running the numbers on history-making engines

Performance car fans celebrate April 26 as HEMI® Day, marking the day the calendar aligns (4/26) with the displacement of the second-generation V-8 powerplant.

Join the celebration: Pull on your HEMI and Mopar gear and give the throttle of your car or truck a blip or two to let everyone know today is a special day.

The nearly 70-year history of HEMI engines at our company is filled with plenty of numbers. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • 1950: The original hemispherical combustion chamber engine design is introduced with the FirePower name for 1951 model-year Chrysler vehicles, rated at 180 hp. Dodge, DeSoto and Imperial also used versions of the engine
  • 138: Decibels of the FirePower-driven Chrysler Air Raid Siren
  • 1958: Final year of the first-generation HEMI engine
  • 1964: The Gen II 426 Race HEMI engine debuts as Richard Petty laps the field and wins the Daytona 500. Top three finishers are powered by 426 Race HEMI engines
  • Also 1964: “Big Daddy” Don Garlits breaks the 200-mph barrier with a Gen II 426 Race HEMI-powered car, covering the quarter-mile in 7.78 seconds at 201.34 mph
  • 1965: NASCAR blocks the 426 HEMI by mandating a minimum level of street car production
  • 1966: With the launch of the street version of the 426 HEMI, the engine returns to NASCAR. Petty again wins the Daytona 500
  • 11,000: The number of Gen II 426 HEMI engines produced for customers, making muscle cars with the engine sought after by collectors
  • 350: Net horsepower rating of the Gen II 426 HEMI in 1971
  • 345: Horsepower rating of the Gen III 5.7-liter HEMI when it debuted in 2003 in the Ram pickup
  • 345, 370, 376, 392: Cubic-inch displacements of the Gen III HEMI (5.7-liter, 6.1-liter, 6.2-liter, 6.4-liter)
  • 840: Horsepower rating of the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon engine in the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
  • 1,000: Horsepower rating of the “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Crate HEMI engine
  • 11,000+: Horsepower of the nitro-fueled Gen II HEMI-based engines used by drag racers today in NHRA’s Top Fuel and Funny Car classes.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2019/04/26/hemi-day-running-the-numbers-on-history-making-engines/?fbclid=IwAR3l0SGPDb3wrcH2vjDeFVCXdyM_hLpfwpMH-xXgGUYewgwIfTyG-uVOFz8

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Truck Thursday: All-new 2020 Gladiator carries on the Jeep® truck heritage

The all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator is the latest iteration in a long line of Jeep trucks with more than 40 years of rich heritage to draw from.

Jeep’s truck heritage began back in 1947 when Willys Overland introduced a one-ton truck with four-wheel drive based on the CJ-2A.

1947 Jeep(R) Pickup Truck. (J-0275)

In the early 1960s, the first Gladiator was introduced.

“The most iconic Jeep truck is probably the Jeep Gladiator,” said Brandt Rosenbusch, FCA Manager of Historical Services. “It’s got that round or oval ‘rhinoceros grille’ as they called it. It was just a tough strong looking vehicle.”

1963 Jeep Gladiator

The Gladiator was the third Jeep truck to be introduced after World War II. The truck, which was available in pickup, stake bed, and cab and chassis models, was built until 1965.

“Willys Overland expanded beyond the CJ series into trucks because they knew there was a market for them,” added Rosenbusch, who said the truck didn’t even have a name when it was first introduced. “It was just known as the Jeep truck. It had the same reputation: it could go anywhere and do anything like the rest of the Jeep models.”

In 1957, Jeep launched the FC-150/170 Pickup. These were essentially work trucks with an 81-inch wheelbase for the FC-150 and 103.5 inches for the FC-170.

Jeep brought the Scrambler, which was similar to the CJ-7 but with a longer wheelbase, to market in 1981. The truck was known internationally as the CJ-8 and was available in either hard- or soft-top versions.

The final Jeep truck model was the Jeep Comanche. It was produced from 1986-1992 and was based on the Cherokee platform and was similarly equipped. It received a six-foot bed in 1987, with later models offering Selec-Trac® or Command-Trac four-wheel drive.

1986 Jeep Comanche

As Jeep reenters the midsize truck market, Rosenbusch stated that the new Gladiator pays homage to its lineage while offering the latest in technology, engineering and capability.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

“I think the new Gladiator really harkens back to those Jeep trucks. You know its a Jeep when you see it,” Rosenbusch said. “It has the workload and the work ethic that all the other Jeep vehicles had. I think it’s something we can be proud of calling the Gladiator name again.”

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2019/04/18/truck-thursday-all-new-2020-gladiator-carries-on-the-jeep-truck-heritage/?fbclid=IwAR0Ub3H24mlkZx_RtP5mNjVHZF6GvYaQCdmfdRp9PTWcWvPt6laAVcV3WhY

2020 Jeep Gladiator First Review

  • Best-in-class towing capacity for the mid-sized truck segment
  • Iconic Jeep styling with true convertible capability
  • Legendary Jeep off-road credentials
  • Lightweight, high-strength steel and aluminum body-on-frame construction
  • Additional durability for work truck functionality
  • Priced starting at $33,545 for the base Gladiator Sport model

The long-awaited 2020 Jeep Gladiator, the mid-sized Jeep pickup truck with best-in-class towing capacity and a starting price of $33,545 is here. And we have one question, is it more than just a Wrangler with a truck bed on the back of it?  

What’s the 2020 Jeep Gladiator’s towing and payload capacity?

We’ve been waiting for a Jeep Truck since the Jeep Comanche made its flash-in-the-pan appearance that ended back during the Bush administration – that’s the first Bush administration.

Finally here, the folks at Jeep definitely have something unique-looking on their hands, but this is also a highly capable tool. Gladiator’s body-on-frame construction uses a new lightweight high-strength steel frame, and it’s plenty tough.

According to press materials, towing capacity maxes out at 7,650 pounds and the Jeep Gladiator can carry a payload of 1,600 pounds. That’s 150 more pounds of towing than the competing Ford Ranger, and almost 800 pounds more than the Toyota Tacoma, a best-in-class number for sure. The Nissan Frontier carries a payload about 100 pounds less, but the Ford Ranger claims to be able to hold up to 1,860 pounds, so they may have some arm wrestling to do with the blue oval.

We managed to tow a boat and trailer that totaled around 6,000 pounds with little problem. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator more than handled its task. Power felt steady even up steeper inclines, its low-range torque really proving its working capability. The Gladiator sports a wider grille than its Wrangler cousin. A larger grille equals more intake, which equals better cooling, hence ability to tow more. 
 

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Is the Jeep Gladiator’s truck bed legit?

This isn’t just a truck bed for looks, the Gladiator comes with serious work-truck cred that’s ready for tough tasks. The 5-foot bed is constructed of high-strength steel, no composites. It’s tough. Lighting inside the box comes standard, so you can see what you’re doing. Four heavy-duty tie downs, two that are fixed and two that pivot, also come standard. An available covered external power source, spray-in bed liner, and optional customizable cargo management systems are extra.

The damped tailgate has a thoughtful 3-position feature. In addition to being open and closed, it has a half-way position fixed by the tailgate cables, so the driver can more easily haul longer loads such as sheets of plywood, drywall or 2x4s that extend past the bed. Bonus points because as a 5-foot 5-inch person I can actually touch the bottom of the truck’s bed when standing on the side of it. 
 

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How does the Gladiator perform off-road?

Jeep’s legendary off-road credentials are the boulders over which competitive vehicles high center. When you think of what a Wrangler’s able to do, there’s nothing that compares, and a lot of that capability crosses over to the Gladiator.

On the Sport and Overland models Jeep’s Command-Trac 4×4 system comes standard and features a 2-speed transfer case and heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear axles. In order to make it more robust for truck duty, those axles come wrapped in tubes 10mm thicker than the ones on the Wrangler.

The Rubicon, yes, of course there is a Rubicon Gladiator, comes standard with the Rock-Trac 4×4 system, which includes those beefy Dana 44 axles but also locking differentials and an electronic sway-bar disconnect feature for better articulation to get over tougher terrain.

The available low torque on both systems is as good as you’ve come to expect on the Wrangler, but especially on the Rubicon. If you’ve never driven one and you’re into doing any kind of off-roading, it’s really something you should try.

Class of 2020: The new, redesigned cars, trucks, and SUVs

The big question was does it translate to a truck that’s 31-inches longer than the 4-door Wrangler and has a wheelbase 19.4-inches longer. Most of the terrain we drove over didn’t seem possible, at first blush, but the Gladiator got down to business. Turns in 4L are never graceful on any vehicle, and in the longer-wheelbase Gladiator the sideways crabbing you get as the front and rear wheels fight each other, becomes more pronounced. However, between the grip of the tires and its stout torque, even the manual Rubicon made easy work of large obstacles. Foot-deep mud? Not a problem with Falken mud tires. The Gladiator has a ground clearance of 11.1-inches and can ford up to 30 inches of water.

What other helpful off-road features does the Gladiator have?

Whichever trim you choose, skid plates come standard as well as front and rear tow hooks, presumably for getting everyone else out of trouble. The Rubicon’s front bumper is winch-ready. Speaking of, if adding more after-market equipment is interesting to you, you’re in luck. Mopar’s got 200 products coming for the Gladiator to customize your rig. Are you not entertained? Sorry, couldn’t help it.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator comes optional with Selec-Speed control, which is a sort of cruise control for off-road allowing for speeds between 1-5 miles an hour without the driver having to work the brake or the throttle. While I’m not generally a fan of those systems, on loose downhill descents it read the terrain accurately, preventing a lot of slip in the wheels.  

A front off-road camera is also available, which we love, but they never take the place of getting out and seeing obstacles for yourself, so safety first when off-roading! 
 

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V6 power now, diesel later

Initially, there’s a single engine option available for the Gladiator, a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 285 hp and 260 lb-ft torque and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. An 8-speed automatic transmission is available if you choose. Coming later will be a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 that makes 260 hp and 442 lb-ft torque. The 8-speed automatic will be the diesel engine’s only transmission.

The Gladiator’s great off-road, but what about the ride on the road?

There’s a 5-link coil suspension system at both front and back, both have different control arm set ups, with dampers working for a smoother ride on pavement. Its rear suspension is the same excellent one that’s on the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500. Using that same geometry improves the breakover angle on the Gladiator with its longer wheelbase. We love how that system smooths out the Ram’s ride, and it offers the same cushiony comfort for the Gladiator. 

No, it’s never going to feel like a Bentley, but the on-road driving experience of Jeeps keeps getting better and better. It’s easy going on the highway without a ton of vibration. The Overland and Sport come standard with 32-inch Bridgestone tires, but the Rubicon comes with 33-inch tires with those Falken all-terrain or mud tires that produce a more discernable vibration. There is a bit of road noise inside the cabin, but even that gets better with every Jeep generation.

All the Gladiator’s off-road capability also comes with available on-road safety features like blind-spot warnings, rear cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning in both the Active and Adaptive safety packages.

Jeep’s UConnect system is intuitive and simple to use — easily one of the best on the market. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comes standard on vehicles equipped with the 7- or 8.4-inch screen. The 7-inch screen is optional on Sport and standard on Overland and Rubicon. The 8.4-inch screen is optional on Overland and Rubicon.

What else comes on the Sport and Overland trim levels?

Additionally, the base Gladiator Sport trim comes with trailer sway control, in-bed cargo lighting, 17-inch steel wheels (all-terrain tires are an option), the Sunrider folding soft top with the sunroof, LED interior lighting, push-button start, a 5-inch display, cloth seats and lockable rear and behind seat storage in the passenger area.

The Sport S trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, power door and tailgate locks, power windows, remote keyless entry, automatic headlamps, leather wrapped steering wheel, tinted windows and illuminated sun visors.

Move up to the Overland and you get power-heated side mirrors, side steps so it’s easier to get into your truck, a vehicle theft alarm protecting the doors and tailgate, the universal garage door opener, and 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires.  On the interior you’re treated to dual-zone climate control, that larger 7-inch display screen, and a 115-volt outlet in the center console. There are two more USB and two additional USB-C ports for all your electronics as well. Options include a body-colored hard top, LED lighting and leather-trimmed seats.

Are there any 2020 Jeep Gladiator special editions?

Jeep is also offering a special Launch Edition Gladiator, a fully-loaded Rubicon with body-colored hard top and fender flares and black leather seats with red stitching, in addition to other special badging, additional interior accents and 17-inch mid gloss black wheels with all-terrain Falken tires.

Available in five colors including Billet Silver Metallic and Firecracker Red, all Launch Edition Gladiators will wear an aluminum tailgate badge reading “One of 4,190,” the total limited run number Jeep will produce. The number 419 carries significance to the model as that’s the Toledo, OH, area code and a nod to where both Gladiator and Wrangler are assembled.

The Launch Edition Gladiator will only be offered for pre-order on one day, April 4, Jeep 4×4 day, through an online concierge experience. Pricing on the Launch Edition of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator starts at $60,815 plus $1,495 destination charge.

The Jeep Gladiator is serious eye candy

When we first saw this thing in person the initial reaction was wow, it’s just massively big. We still think that, but it’s also so arresting and so unique looking and we’re huge fans of stuff that’s different. It’s got two soft top and one hard top option. Both can be removed. This is a full-on convertible truck. Let that sink in for a second.  

Its doors are easier than ever to take off. There’s even a special tool kit for that under the left rear passenger seat with instructions easier to figure out than a one-legged Ikea table. The front windshield folds down for that authentic off-road experience. We have a feeling this is going to be one of those vehicles we always turn to look at.

The interior looks and feels familiar to the latest Jeep Wrangler JK generation, with the similar center stack and console. The circle gauges and air vents evoke Jeeps of the past, which is a nice historical touch. It’s rugged inside, and has some comfortable leather wrapped surfaces, but doesn’t feel like it’s going to be a problem when it gets dirty. Notice we said when.

There are some great storage options in the rear, both under and behind the seats. It’s got three seat configurations, regular for passengers, stadium seating when seat cushions are up, and the backs go flat as well. Behind the rear right seat hides an optional wireless speaker for when you want to play romantic music during sunsets. Bravo.

How much will the Gladiator cost and what kind of gas mileage does it get?

There is a $10,000 spread in base price from the entry level 2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport at $33,545 to the rugged Rubicon at $43,545. In between buyers can opt for a Sport S at $36,745 and the Overland, which starts at $40,395. Delivery is $1,495 extra.

The EPA estimates the 3.6-liter with equipped with the automatic transmission will get 17 city and 22 highway miles per gallon, while the manual transmission takes a hit in stop and go traffic with 16 mpg but enjoys better numbers on the highway with 23 mpg.

With the limited number of midsize truck options out there today the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a unique breath of fresh air. But is it a proper truck in its own right and not just a Wrangler with a bed strapped onto the back? Well, yes and no, because it’s both! Believe us, that yes is the highest compliment you could offer this legitimate work truck. It’s that off-road capable.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator doesn’t look like anything else in the segment, but it’s true to the Jeep brand. And like its cousin the Wrangler, it’s capable plus, only now you can do real work in it then head out right after to play. No second vehicle required. 

Read more at: https://www.kbb.com/car-news/jeep-gladiator/2100006164/

Putting Off Car Care? Stop Stalling

Overdue for an oil change or a brake inspection? Whatever the service, by postponing necessary maintenance, you may be causing extensive damage to your vehicle and increasing the chance of a breakdown. With National Car Care Month in April upon us, the non-profit Car Care Council suggests you stop stalling and get your vehicle serviced today.

“Many people don’t realize the consequences of putting off needed vehicle maintenance. Not only can neglecting vehicle service cause safety issues if ignored, but it can lead to costly repairs down the road,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “With nearly 80 percent of vehicles needing service, a new part and/or repair, chances are your vehicle could use some extra attention.”

The Car Care Council recommends following a vehicle service schedule, keeping a free copy of the council’s Car Care Guide in the glovebox and performing the most common routine maintenance procedures to keep your vehicle performing at its best.

  • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
  • Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and safety reasons, such as defrosting.
  • Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.

“Be sure to fully inspect your vehicle annually, including performing a tune-up and wheel alignment,” said White. “If you suspect there is a problem, don’t stall and address it quickly before minor repairs become more complicated, expensive repairs.”

Read more at: http://media.carcare.org/2019-03-26-Putting-Off-Car-Care-Stop-Stalling

Jeep® Gladiator to reign over Easter Jeep Safari in Moab

Six Jeep® Gladiator-based concept vehicles from the Jeep® and Mopar brands can now be found in and around Moab, inspiring the many off-road enthusiasts attending this year’s Easter Jeep Safari.

Jeep and Mopar designers and engineers captured the brand’s sense of adventure, utility and heritage with the custom-built concept vehicles. These concepts are now being shown for the first time publicly at the 53rd annual gathering of off-roaders in Utah.

“The Moab Easter Jeep Safari provides the perfect venue to interact with and gather feedback from our most loyal and passionate customers – the diehard off-road enthusiasts who attend the event each year,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “This year’s Safari will mark the debut of the highly anticipated all-new Jeep Gladiator on Moab’s scenic and demanding trails. To celebrate, we are showcasing six fun and ultra-capable new truck-based Jeep concept vehicles that are certain to turn heads and delight the crowd.”

2018 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Concept Vehicles

The Gladiator-based vehicles are the latest in a long line of concepts Jeep designers and engineers have showcased in Moab. For the past 17 years, it has been a premier location to showcase concept vehicles and accessories in some of the most challenging and scenic terrain in the country.

Jeep enthusiasts who are in Moab for the annual event, and those who virtually follow the trail runs and other Easter Jeep Safari activities, will find vehicles outfitted with a mix of production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts.

Here’s the lineup of unique Jeep vehicles in Moab: 

Jeep Wayout: The Jeep Wayout is a fully capable overlanding concept that takes advantage of the all-new Jeep Gladiator’s best-in-class payload to allow for a full roof-top tent and custom canopy. The Wayout’s exterior features a new Gator Green color that will be available on production models. It also has increased ground clearance and 37-inch mud-terrain tires that harken back to the original Willys pickups.  

Jeep Wayout

Jeep Flatbill: The Flatbill offers the extreme 4×4 capability and utility of the all-new Jeep Gladiator with a nod to Motocross culture through the vented carbon hood and high-clearance flares. There’s also a custom-designed, shortened front bumper and skid plate to improve the approach angle. 

Jeep Flatbill

Jeep Five-Quarter: The tradition of “Resto-Mod” vehicles for Moab continues with a 1968 Jeep M-715 Gladiator-based military vehicle re-imagined with an all-new bobbed six-foot custom-fabricated aluminum bed, new HID and LED lights and a 6.2-liter supercharged “Hellcrate” HEMI(r) V-8 engine.

Jeep Five-Quarter

Jeep J6: A mix of classic Jeep truck styling with concept and production Jeep Performance Parts and accessories from Mopar helps set this concept apart. The Jeep J6 is a Rubicon customized in a two-door configuration with a six-foot functional bed, custom Metallic Brilliant Blue paint, prototype 17-inch beadlock wheels and a removable concept hard top.  

Jeep J6

Jeep JT Scrambler: The Jeep JT Scrambler concept has the look of the early 1980s-era CJ8 Scrambler with a two-inch steel prototype tube sport/roll bar, a concept hard top that is removable and a 3.6-liter engine augmented with a Mopar cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust.

Jeep JT Scrambler

Jeep Gladiator Gravity: This rock-climber-themed Jeep Gladiator concept showcases available-at-launch Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar, including two-inch round steel tube doors, heavy-gauge steel rock rails and seven-inch LED lights.

Jeep Gladiator Gravity

Learn more about the Jeep Gladiator by visiting Jeep.com. For more information about Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar, visit Mopar.com.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2019/04/16/jeep-gladiator-to-reign-over-easter-jeep-safari-in-moab/?fbclid=IwAR3pPhBe_-zm-0q9QeOEL8xSbEQEat4XH9lYd0LvWVRyEELU3u1gu63ejMM

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.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2019/04/19/see-stars-climb-the-mountain-at-new-yorks-auto-show/?fbclid=IwAR2iVhSbltw98wDc_vUZ4TYahEC-ZeWeSckQc_vXDr3WmWdjf26GCj-9OcQ

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.

FCA Drive for Design Contest Ends April 27th!

The FCA Drive for Design contest was first launched in 2013. At that time, only Detroit-area students were able to enter. Now, open on a national level, more than 25 students have won the contest. This week, we catch up with two past winners, Alex Fischer and Josh Blundo.

In 2014, students were asked to design a vehicle that satisfied the needs of young consumers while remaining eco-friendly. Alex Fischer submitted the winning sketch. The contest gave Alex the confidence he needed to pursue a career in automotive design. In 2017, Alex joined FCA as a design intern in the Dodge//SRT design studio and has since graduated from the College for Creative Studies (CCS).

The following year, in 2015, students were asked to submit a sketch of their vision of the Dodge brand. Josh Blundo took the top prize that year. Josh also joined FCA as a design intern in the Dodge//SRT design studio and is studying at CCS today.

The main goal of the Drive for Design contest is to increase awareness and educate students and parents about the good-paying opportunities available in this field. Many of today’s designers had no idea that automotive design could be a career option and the FCA design team wants to change that.

Think you have what it takes to be a car designer? You have one week left to submit your sketch! The FCA Product Design Team is challenging high school students grades 10-12 to sketch the ultimate status vehicle using any FCA brand.

To learn more about the FCA US Drive for Design Contest and how to enter, visit: http://bit.ly/DriveForDesign

Licensed to Drag: 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 “Angry Bee” Approved for NHRA Stock and Super Stock Competition

Arriving in FCA US dealerships now, the drag-oriented, street-legal 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) approved for competition in NHRA Stock and Super Stock Sportsman class competition for the 2019 season. Named for quarter-mile distance (1,320 feet), the showroom-stock Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is the fastest naturally aspirated, street-legal muscle car, with quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.70 seconds at 115 mph.
  • Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, named for quarter-mile distance (1,320 feet), now legal for drag race competition in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Stock and Super Stock classes
  • Quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.70 seconds at 115 mph makes showroom-stock Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 fastest naturally aspirated, street-legal muscle car
  • Drag-oriented, street-legal Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 now arriving in FCA US dealerships
  • New “Angry Bee” interpretation of legendary Dodge Super Bee logo marks front fenders, illuminated Air Catcher headlamps, instrument panel and startup splash screen in gauge cluster
  • Owners of new Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 to receive complimentary one-year membership in NHRA and National Muscle Car Association (NMCA)
  • Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 powered by 392 HEMI® V-8 that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Infused with exclusive drag strip technology from iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is blank canvas for serious grassroots drag racer
  • Vehicle first revealed last year at 2018 Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals and commemorated with special “Angry Bee” graphics on Leah Pritchett’s Top Fuel dragster

The drag-oriented, street-legal 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is now National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) approved. The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 was recently given the green light to be modified for competition in NHRA Stock and Super Stock Sportsman class competition for the 2019 season.

Named for the quarter-mile distance (1,320 feet), the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is powered by the 392 HEMI® V-8 engine that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque. With a quarter-mile elapsed time (E.T.) of 11.70 seconds at 115 miles per hour (mph), the showroom-stock Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is the fastest naturally aspirated, street-legal muscle car available.

The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 can be modified for competition in NHRA according to Stock and Super Stock class rules. The vehicle will feature a class weight break of 8.72 and carry a minimum weight of 3,400 lbs. Contestants intending to compete at an NHRA event must meet any and all rules and regulations for the category they intend to enter.

A new “Angry Bee” interpretation of the legendary Dodge Super Bee logo marks the vehicle’s front fenders, instrument panel, headlamps, instrument gauge cluster startup splash screen and key fob. The street-to-strip muscle car is beginning to arrive in FCA US dealerships.

“With the new 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 hitting showrooms, we know it’s just a short time before the ‘Angry Bee’ is buzzing the quarter-mile in NHRA and NMCA competition,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The 1320 brings the drag racing technology we launched on the limited-production Demon and pairs it with the proven 392 HEMI engine to create a blank canvas for the serious grassroots drag racer who may have one car that needs to do double duty — both at the drag strip and on the street.” 

The Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is approved to be modified to race in hotly contested NHRA Stock Eliminator and Super Stock competition. In Stock Eliminator, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 fits directly into the “B” Stock category, with competitors able to move up and down to run in the “A” or “C” Stock classes.

The Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 can compete in the SS/FA class in Super Stock, but is also eligible for other specific classifications such as SS/EA or SS/GA. Grassroots NHRA Sportsman racers will have more flexibility and opportunities to compete and win in a variety of Stock and Super Stock categories by adjusting the NHRA minimum vehicle weight.

The Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 was first announced last year at the 2018 Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals near Denver. NHRA star and Dodge brand ambassador Leah Pritchett commemorated the vehicle’s unveiling by carrying a special “Angry Bee”-themed paint scheme on her Top Fuel dragster, which she drove all the way to the event win.

The Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is also approved to race without modification in National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) events, making it a true street/strip vehicle. NMCA features both heads-up and bracket racing, one of the most popular forms of drag racing.

Created for the Quarter-mile
Dodge//SRT engineers added drag-specific components and technologies that allow the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 to hit both the street and the drag strip and deliver quick launches when the Christmas tree goes green at the quarter-mile. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 features include:

  • TorqueFlite 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission – required equipment for the R/T Scat Pack 1320, replacing the standard manual transmission on the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack
  • TransBrake – locks the output shaft of the automatic transmission to hold the car stationary before a standing start
  • Torque Reserve – works in conjunction with the TransBrake and Launch Control by managing fuel flow to cylinders and controlling spark advance or retard to balance engine rpm and torque to maximize power delivery and launch performance
  • Nexen SUR4G Drag Spec 275/40R20 street-legal drag radials – all-new specially developed tires that deliver exceptional grip and consistency at the drag strip with minimal burnout preparation
  • SRT-tuned three-mode Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS) electronically re-tuned for the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320    
  • Includes Drag Mode that, when engaged, optimizes weight transfer to the rear for best launch traction
  • Standard interior configuration has driver’s seat only to help reduce weight by approximately 114 pounds; front passenger seat and rear seat are available individually as $1 options
  • Performance-tuned asymmetrical limited-slip differential with 3.09 final drive
  • Extreme-duty 41-spline rear axle half shafts adopted from the Challenger SRT Demon
  • Line Lock – engages the front brakes to hold the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 stationary, but leaves the rear wheels free for a burnout to heat up and clean the rear tires
  • Launch Assist – uses wheel speed sensors to watch for driveline-damaging wheel hop at launch and, in milliseconds, modifies the engine torque to regain full grip
  • Launch Control – controls tire slip during straight-line acceleration
  • Low Gloss Black 20 x 9.5-inch aluminum-forged wheels with knurled bead seats to minimize tire slip on the wheel
  • Brembo High-performance Brake Package with four-piston calipers

In drag strip testing compared with a Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack, the 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 shaves .3 seconds off the quarter-mile time to 11.70 seconds at 115 mph and cuts .3 seconds off the 0-60 mph acceleration time to 3.8 seconds.

The 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 Package adds $3,995 to the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $38,995 for the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack. The mandatory automatic transmission adds $1,595 and the destination charge adds $1,495.

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 Owners Receive Complimentary One-year Membership in NHRA and NMCA
Dodge is making it easy for Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 owners to spend a day at the races. Owners will receive complimentary, one-year memberships in the NHRA and NMCA for the 2019 season.

Vehicle ownership will be verified by calling the SRT Concierge (1-800-998-1110) for memberships to be activated. NHRA membership benefits include:

  • One-year subscription to National Dragster
  • NHRA Rule Book
  • Access to a membership hospitality center at every NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event
  • $10 off tickets to select NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events
  • 10 percent off NHRA merchandise from NitroMall and NitroMall.com
  • Official NHRA membership card, collector’s pin and decal

NMCA membership includes:

  • Complimentary entry to all six NMCA events to compete in the Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout category
  • Onsite drag racing instruction for first-time participants
  • Special parking inside the pit area
  • NMCA membership card and decals
  • One-year subscription to Fastest Street Car Magazine

Dodge also recently launched the all-new 1320 Club, which gives members the opportunity to show off their official drag strip accomplishments with pride and challenge themselves and fellow racers to best their times to earn a top spot on either the Stock or Modified 1320 Club Leaderboard. The 1320 Club lives on Dodge Garage, the brand’s digital content hub for racing and car enthusiasts.

About Dodge//SRT
Dodge//SRT offers a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out in their own segments. Dodge is America’s mainstream performance brand and SRT is positioned as the ultimate performance halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.

For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit of brothers John and Horace Dodge, who founded the brand in 1914. Their influence continues today. New for 2019, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is possessed by the Demon. Its 797-horsepower supercharged HEMI® high-output engine makes it the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car reaching 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.4 seconds and the fastest GT production car with a ¼-mile elapsed time (ET) of 10.8 seconds at 131 mph. It also reaches a new top speed of 203 mph. Joining the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with its more powerful 717-horsepower engine, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, which features fender flares from the SRT Hellcat Widebody and adds 3.5 inches of width to Scat Pack’s footprint, as well as and the new Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. Infused with exclusive drag strip technology from the iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is a drag-oriented, street-legal muscle car and a blank canvas for the serious grassroots drag racer.  The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT, America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV with a best-in-class tow rating of 8,700 lbs. fills out the brands’ performance lineup. These visceral performance models join a 2019 brand lineup that includes the Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger — a showroom that offers performance at every price point.

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Jeep® and Mopar Brands Debut Six Concept Vehicles for 53rd Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari

  • Jeep® Wayout: A fully capable overland concept utilizing the all-new Jeep Gladiator’s best-in-class payload to allow for a full roof-top tent and custom canopy
  • Jeep Flatbill: Extreme 4×4 capability and utility of all-new Jeep Gladiator with a playful nod to Motocross culture
  • Jeep Five-Quarter: “Resto-Mod” of 1968 Jeep M-715 Gladiator-based military vehicle is a true 4×4 showpiece featuring a blend of vintage and modern chassis and drivetrain components
  • Jeep J6: Mixes classic Jeep truck styling with concept and production Jeep Performance Parts and accessories from Mopar
  • Jeep JT Scrambler: Combines retro 1980s-era appearance with Jeep Performance Parts and innovative touches
  • Jeep Gladiator Gravity: Rock-climber-themed trail vehicle courtesy of launch-ready Jeep Performance Parts

The Jeep® Gladiator will reign supreme at this year’s Easter Jeep Safari as the Jeep and Mopar brands have once again joined forces to create six new, custom-built concept vehicles for the annual event that takes place in Moab, Utah, April 13-21. For the 53rd year, thousands of off-road enthusiasts will head to Moab for the annual Jeep event to participate in a week of technical off-roading on some of the most challenging and scenic terrain in the country.

“The Moab Easter Jeep Safari provides the perfect venue to interact with and gather feedback from our most loyal and passionate customers – the diehard off-road enthusiasts who attend the event each year,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “This year’s Safari will mark the debut of the highly anticipated all-new Jeep Gladiator on Moab’s scenic and demanding trails. To celebrate, we are showcasing six fun and ultra-capable new truck-based Jeep concept vehicles that are certain to turn heads and delight the crowd.”

A vast selection of production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts are among the highlights on this year’s collection of Jeep concept vehicles. The Mopar brand develops all Jeep Performance Parts with rigorous specifications and legendary 4×4 capability in mind. This allows Jeep owners to further enhance their stock vehicles with confidence.

“Customization is one of the highest priorities for Jeep brand enthusiasts. This is why we have proactively developed a portfolio of more than 200 exclusive parts and accessories for the all-new Jeep Gladiator,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America. “This portfolio is backed by a factory warranty and has been put through tens of thousands of hours of development, testing and validation, providing our customers a great array of products and peace of mind. At the 2019 Easter Jeep Safari, we will be inspiring our customers by showcasing just a fraction of what is currently available in our catalog and also some conceptual accessories that might make it into production in the near future.” 

Jeep Wayout
The Jeep Wayout concept is a true overlanding vehicle that takes advantage of the all-new Gladiator’s class-leading payload to allow adventure-seekers to go far off the beaten path. The Jeep Wayout is a functional concept that showcases a full roof-top tent and custom, large sprawling canopy.

Wayout’s body-armored exterior features a new Gator Green color that will be available on production Gladiator models. A custom bed rack with an integrated ladder carries the roof-top tent that sleeps two comfortably, while the 270-degree awning with amber LED task lighting helps travelers set up camp when the day is done.

For added convenience, two custom-fit auxiliary fuel tanks are integrated into the bedsides. Also, an ARB on-board air system with a body-mounted quick-disconnect air supply line allows adventurers to travel further off the grid.

For additional capability, a Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit increases ground clearance on top of 17-inch steel wheels that are hugged by 37-inch mud-terrain tires, providing a distinct retro feeling harking back to the original Willys pickups that paved the way for modern Jeep trucks. Furthermore, a 12,000-lb. Warn winch and Jeep Performance Parts snorkel help overcome multiple obstacles – both wet and dry.

Jeep Wayout has a custom integrated roof-rack system for packing gear up top, and the truck bed houses a Mopar/Decked bed-drawer system for added lockable dry storage on long treks. Inside, bed-lined floors, plus trimmed brown leather seats with laser-etched inserts of topographical maps, have been added.

The Jeep Wayout is powered by the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Jeep Flatbill
Designed with the desert lifestyle in mind, the Jeep Flatbill concept is another fun look at the all-new Gladiator, mixed with the extreme thrills of the Motocross world resulting in an unmistakable, loud and rowdy appearance that serves as the ultimate hauler for an array of toys.

On the exterior, the Motocross culture has inspired the vented carbon hood and high-clearance flares, while a custom-designed shortened front bumper and skid plate improve the approach angle.   

The Jeep Flatbill is a truck dedicated to dirt bike riding through and through and is fully equipped to handle transport of dirt bikes for any off-road adventure. This is demonstrated by the Flatbill concept’s truck bed, which features a pair of dirt bikes ready for action. With the removal of the tailgate, dedicated wheel ramps have been installed that slide out for easy access and loading. Custom body work on the bed lowers, plus the addition of a tube rear bumper, increases the vehicle’s departure angle for added capability.

Dynatrac Pro-Rock 60 front and rear axles, plus an Off-Road Evolution custom four-inch lift kit, help the Flatbill tackle any obstacle. Large rear bypass shocks along with 20-inch wheels have been added, as well as 40-inch tires – the first time on any Jeep Gladiator – combining to provide superior traction and off-road performance.

Inside, bright bed-lined floors plus custom-trimmed seats create a fun and sporty environment.

The Jeep Flatbill is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with a cold-air Mopar intake and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter
Continuing the Easter Jeep Safari tradition of “Resto-Mods” comes the Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter that is a seamless blend of vintage and modern components. The term “Five-Quarter” is a historical nod to Jeep trucks of the past that were one-and-one-quarter tons or “five quarters.”

Starting with a 1968 M-715, this Gladiator-based military vehicle was re-imagined with design and functional improvements to its chassis, drivetrain and cargo configurations, resulting in a truly capable showpiece.

On the exterior, the original front sheet metal was removed and a full carbon-fiber front end takes its place. Also, an all-new, bobbed 6-foot custom-fabricated aluminum bed was installed that has been perforated and re-imaged using a mix of water jet cut panels and wood slats. Additional body modifications include a 3.5-inch drop to its convertible soft-top, further enhancing its factory monster truck silhouette.

Headlights have been replaced with new HID lights along with LED auxiliary lights for vast outward visibility. Rearward, LED halo lights have been installed in the original taillight buckets. To protect the body, the original rockers were removed and replaced with functional rock rails that run the length of the body side. Modified front Jeep Gladiator Rubicon steel bumpers have been installed, which complement the brushed metal-finished body and tailgate, producing a polished look.

The M-715 Five-Quarter’s off-road capability has been enhanced by reinforcing the original frame and replacing the leaf springs with a heavy-duty link/coil suspension system. Additionally, the front axle has been pulled forward two inches and replaced with a Dynatrac Pro-rock 60 front axle and a Dynatrac Pro-rock 80 axle in the rear, while 20-inch beadlock wheels are wrapped with large 40-inch tires.

Inside, new Jeep Wrangler seats, free of headrests, have been installed for a sleek, low-back visual. Additionally, water-jetted aluminum components make up a new lightweight and premium instrument panel, as well as door panels. A repurposed vintage 8-71 supercharger now serves to encase the transmission and transfer case shifters and the floors have been bed-lined for enhanced durability.

Power is provided to the Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter by a 6.2-liter supercharged “Hellcrate” HEMI® V-8 engine, which produces more than 700 horsepower.

Jeep J6
The Jeep J6 concept is all truck, all the time, mixing the classic Jeep truck styling of the late 1970s with prototype and production Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar.

The Jeep J6 is a Rubicon customized in a two-door configuration, maximizing cargo space with a large, six-foot functional bed “box” area that is 12 inches longer than the standard Jeep Gladiator bed. Mopar and the Jeep Design team reached back in time for the custom Metallic Brilliant Blue paint, a homage to the exterior look of the 1978 Jeep Honcho. The overall length of the J6 is 201 inches, while the wheelbase clocks in at 118.4 inches, matching the wheelbase of the current-generation Jeep Wrangler 4-door.

The upsized bed area is guarded by a prototype body-color matching spray-in bedliner. A sturdy, two-and-a-quarter-inch steel prototype sport/roll bar planted in the bed carries a set of four, five-inch Jeep Performance Parts LED lights that shine at 4,800 lumens each. A prototype spare tire carrier stores up to a 37-inch tire.

Prototype 17-inch beadlock wheels with a “deep dish” design are set off from the Metallic Brilliant Blue exterior with a Brass Monkey finish, encircled by a silver beadlock ring. A production Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit works with aggressive 37-inch tires to add extra trail clearance.

Additional modifications defend the Jeep J6 against off-road obstacles, including a prototype two-inch steel stinger bar that bolts to the Rubicon front bumper and rock rails customized with two-inch steel tubes welded to the standard Jeep Gladiator rails. The concept hardtop is removable, and classic Jeep J6 badging is swapped in on the tailgate and side fenders.

The stinger bar acts as a mounting point for four additional five-inch Jeep Performance Parts LED lights, with another two bolted on near the A-pillars, for a total of 10 five-inch LEDs working together to illuminate the trail. The grille is custom Mopar Satin Black, and the stock Jeep Gladiator Rubicon hood is accented with Mopar hood latches featuring the Jeep logo.

The 3.6-liter engine receives a performance bump through the Jeep Performance Parts cold-air intake.

Exterior DNA flows into the interior of the Jeep J6. The instrument panel inserts match the body color and Katzkin leather seats and armrests are also accented with body-color blue stitching. The horn pad is customized with a classic Jeep badge. The auxiliary switch bank offers a central operating location for the 10 LED lights, and the trailer brake control switch showcases the ability to tap into additional stopping power when towing. A bright pedal kit, all-weather floor mats and molded doorsill guards with the Jeep logo round out the lineup of Mopar accessories.

Jeep JT Scrambler
The Jeep JT Scrambler concept is a heritage-inspired remix, carrying the throwback color palette and graphics of the iconic CJ Scrambler crossed with a combination of available Jeep Performance Parts and conceptual touches.

The look of the early 1980s-era CJ8 Scrambler is recreated with prototype Punk’N Metallic Orange and Nacho body-side stripes running from the front panels to the bed and a matching hood graphic. The white exterior is crowned with a freedom top painted in vintage amber, continuing the retro feel.

The bed area is customized with a spray-in bedliner and a two-inch steel, prototype tube sport/roll bar painted body-color white. This version of the sport/roll bar anchors to the bed and also extends the length of the bed rails on each side, offering a total of eight tie-down points to lock down cargo. Diffused LED task lights mounted to the sport/roll bar are directed to the rear bed, providing illumination in the cargo area.

Based on the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, the Scrambler pulls liberally from the Mopar brand’s Jeep Performance Parts line, including a set of four five-inch LED lights stationed atop the sport/roll bar and two stationed on the vehicle’s A-pillars. Facing forward on the brush guard up front are a pair of Jeep Performance Parts seven-inch LED lights, pointing the way at 8,000 lumens each.

The Jeep Performance Parts 17-inch slot wheels are customized in a concept bronze to tie in with the exterior color theme. A two-inch Jeep Performance Parts lift kit helps accommodate large, 37-inch tires and tough Jeep Performance Parts rock rails feature a non-slip grip. The 3.6-liter engine is augmented with a Mopar cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust.

The Scrambler color theme is followed through on the interior. Katzkin Amaretto Brown leather seats are bordered in orange thread, with the Jeep grille logo embroidered in a light Tungsten on the seatbacks. The dash panel and armrests receive the same Katzkin Amaretto Brown leather treatment with matching orange thread accents. The auxiliary switch bank offers a single location for operating accessories, including the LED lights, and the Mopar bright pedal kit and all-weather floor mats also dress up the interior.

Jeep Gladiator Gravity
The rock-climber-themed Jeep Gladiator Gravity concept is elevated with a full complement of available-at-launch Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar to help equip those who have a desire to reach greater heights.

The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, colored in attention-grabbing Punk’N Metallic Orange, is a ready-to-order expression of how Jeep Performance Parts can help enhance the all-new pickup’s capability and versatility. In the bed area, mounted Mopar cross rails work in concert with a cargo carrier basket to deliver storage space for rock-climbing gear, such as ropes, carabiners, helmets and shoes. A unique Mopar/Decked truck bed storage system offers additional lockable cargo space through dual sliding drawers, while still allowing for storage on top in the bed area.

The open-air potential of the Jeep Gladiator — unlike any other offered by a production midsize truck —  is realized through Jeep Performance Parts two-inch round steel tube doors, a mesh sunbonnet that provides cover while keeping the top-down feel, and tie-down straps that secure the windshield when lowered.

The Jeep Gladiator Gravity is raised with the Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit and runs on 17-inch gear wheels carrying 35-inch tires. Heavy-gauge steel Jeep Performance Parts rock rails are thicker and wider and utilize the same powder-coating on Ram Truck bedliners to provide a non-slip finish. In front of the Mopar satin black grille, Jeep Performance Parts seven-inch LED lights show the way forward, with help from five-inch LED lights on the A-pillars.

The vehicle is upgraded with a cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust system to enhance horsepower and torque. Inside, the interior is dressed up with Katzkin leather seats featuring the Jeep grille logo embroidered in Tungsten stitching. Additional Mopar accessories include grab handles stamped with the Jeep grille logo, MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) bags for storage and all-weather floor mats with a unique “plug” system that allows for direct draining of water and debris.

Jeep Brand
Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.

About Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) is the service, parts and customer-care brand for FCA vehicles around the globe. Born in 1937 as the name of a line of antifreeze products, the Mopar brand has evolved over more than 80 years to represent both complete care and authentic performance for owners and enthusiasts worldwide. Mopar made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, and expanded to include technical service and customer support.  

Today, the Mopar brand’s global reach distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in over 150 markets around the world. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 25 customer contact centers globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance customer and dealer support worldwide. Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for all FCA US LLC vehicle brands. Mopar parts are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles, offering a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. Complete information on the Mopar brand is available at www.mopar.com.

Jeep Performance Parts
The Jeep Performance Parts portfolio, created in 2012 and offered by Mopar for the Jeep brand, provides enthusiasts with high-end, hard-core quality aftermarket accessories and performance parts, including axles, lift kits, bumpers, winches, skid plates, suspension components and more. These aftermarket offerings are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles and help elevate the Jeep vehicles’ already best-in-class off-road performance to the next level. Each part and accessory is specifically designed, built and quality tested to help transform stock rides into even more capable trail performers.

Easter Jeep Safari
Easter Jeep Safari consists of trail rides, mostly daylong trips, departing from Moab, Utah, throughout the nine-day-long event. The Jeep Safari was started in 1967 by the Moab Chamber of Commerce as a one-day trail ride. Over the years, as participation grew, the Safari expanded until it finally reached the current nine-day event. “Big Saturday” remains the culmination of the event on the Saturday of Easter weekend.

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