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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Where Rugged Capability Takes Center Stage

For a midsize SUV that’s able to traverse various road and weather conditions, look towards the Grand Cherokee. From the inside out, Jeep engineers have truly outdone themselves with this 2017 edition. Incredible capability intertwines with the latest innovations to produce a ride worth your while every time you hit the road. Stop by Dick Scott Motor Mall or Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to experience the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale for yourself.

The Grand Cherokee offers you three engine options to choose from, all of which are sure to exceed your expectations. The standard powertrain is the 3.6L Pentastar® V6, which expels 295 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. Thanks to its integration of Stop/Start technology, this engine is able to take you on a driving range of over 600 miles1, so you’re free to explore the unknown for hours on end without worrying about your next fill-up. For those who crave a little more, the available 5.7L V8 motor generates 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 3.0L Eco-Diesel V6 achieves 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as a 7,400-lb. towing capacity.

When it comes to capability, the 2017 Grand Cherokee knows how to deliver a durable, sturdy performance. With the available Selec-Terrain® Traction Control System, you’ll have five modes to choose from to take on any type of road ahead: Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud, or Rock. Another amenity you can outfit the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee with is the innovative Quadra-Drive® II 4×4 system. Thanks to this feature, you’ll have superior all-weather traction and prime off-road capability – perfect for the grueling winter months or those weekend adventures. This system even comes standard with a rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential, which monitors and transfers torque to the wheels with the most traction to ensure a well-handled ride.

Whether you’re simply heading to work down I-96 or trailblazing unmapped territory, a variety of aspects adorn the exterior and interior to provide you with a drive of a lifetime every time you get behind the wheel. When you equip the Off-Road Adventure Group II, your Grand Cherokee’s underside will be sufficiently protected, as it comes standard with front suspension, fuel tank, transfer case, and underbody skid plates. To help you along every journey, opt for available Uconnect® 8.4 NAV. On the 8.4-inch center touchscreen, this system, provides you with handy 3D navigation mapping, Siri® Eyes Free, voice command, and SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link. And, for a crystal-clear soundtrack for every adventure, the available Harman Kardon® Audio System is the perfect addition, which features Logic 7® multichannel surround-sound processing and 19 high-performance GreenEdge® speakers.

Visit Dick Scott Motor Mall or Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and you can experience the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee as soon as today!

Durango vs Wagoneer: making room

Years ago, when word of a new Jeep Wagoneer first reached Allpar’s ears, we were told that it would replace the Dodge Durango, which is essentially a lengthened, street-tuned Grand Cherokee. That was before a surprisingly successful ad campaign starring Will Ferrell in his Ron Burgundy character.

When Durango sales rose, the thought of having the Durango and Wagoneer co-exist inevitably arose, but how would they differentiate the two?

According to long-time source redriderbob, the first step will be dropping the Dodge Durango Citadel, which is covered in luxury trim. Instead, the future Durango will be performance-focused, fitting the Dodge theme and raison d’être. There will be an entry-level Durango with two-row seating for five, to help absorb some Journey buyers when that crossover is replaced by a smaller, sportier rear drive version.

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer itself is likely to take on all the luxury trappings of the Citadel, but might retain the Grand Cherokee’s off-road-capable suspension design.

There is also speculation that the Wagoneer — since a company rep has talked about there being both a Wagoneer and a Grand Wagoneer — would be a higher-end, lengthened Jeep Cherokee. It could also be based on the forthcoming rear-drive Dodge Journey.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/2016/09/durango-vs-wagoneer-making-room-33314

Grand Cherokee reworked

The Grand Cherokee, no longer Jeep’s sales leader but quite possibly its main profit generator, has been reworked for the 2017 model year, from off-road Trailhawk to luxurious Summit to speedy street machine SRT.

The updated Trailhawk retains its front and rear tow hooks, and brings 18-inch Goodyear Adventure off-road tires with Kevlar reinforcement, and new badges with red accents. They continue to have an anti-glare hood decal, ascent and descent control, limited slip differentials, a special air suspension, and Quadra-Drive II.

The updated Trailhawk retains its front and rear tow hooks, and brings 18-inch Goodyear Adventure off-road tires with Kevlar reinforcement, and new badges with red accents. They continue to have an anti-glare hood decal, ascent and descent control, limited slip differentials, a special air suspension, and Quadra-Drive II.

Approach angles were reported at 29.8° (36.1° when the lower front fascia is removed for severe off-roading); the breakover angle is 27.1° and the departure angle is 22.8°, with up to 10.8 inches of static ground clearance. The off-road pages have been updated to show wheel articulation, suspension height, and such.

For luxury buyers, the Grand Cherokee Summit has a new leather interior, new exterior appearance (front fascia, fog lamps, grille), and added features, including Lane Departure Warning, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, and Trailer Hitch Camera View at Speed. There are four color schemes including a new full-wrap Laguna leather in Indigo and Ski Gray.

A rearview camera and rear park sensors are now standard on all Jeep Grand Cherokee trims. The Laredo, Limited, Overland, and Trailhawk have the 2016 75th Anniversary front fascia and grille; the Grand Cherokee SRT has a new front fascia, fog lamps, grille, and Laguna leather interior package. That front looks as though it’s ready for a Hellcat engine, doesn’t it?

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/2016/09/grand-cherokee-reworked-32772

Conquer City Streets and Back Roads in the 2016 Cherokee

If you desire a small SUV that can seamlessly go from the paved highway to a gravel road, it’s time you checked out the 2016 Jeep Cherokee for sale in Plymouth, MI. When you combine its off-roading power with its everyday dependability, and the presence of impressive features inside and out, the Cherokee is sure to be the SUV you’ve been waiting for.

When you want to travel off the beaten path, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee can take you there, and it all starts with its rugged engine options. The first being the 2.4L Tigershark® 4-cylinder powertrain, which not only pumps out 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque, but when it’s paired with the 9-speed automatic transmission, you’ll get 31 MPG hwy1 and a 489-mile range2 ­on one tank. For a more powerful drive, the 3.2L Pentastar® V6 produces an impressive 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s also easy to bring your boat to Lake St. Clair with its 4,500-lb. towing capacity3. Along with engine options, there are also three available 4×4 systems, depending on the sort of trail you intend on tackling. There’s even the Selec-Terrain® traction control system, allowing you to turn the knob and choose from five customizable settings: Auto, Sport, Snow, Sand/Rock, and Mud.

The exterior of the 2016 Jeep Cherokee is not only sleek and striking, but it has its own innovative features so you can make the most out of every adventure. For instance, there are available skid plates4 underneath the Cherokee to protect its underbody for the most treacherous of terrain. The signature LED Daytime Running Lights and halogen projector headlamps ensure that you can see and be seen, while the available fog lamps give you prime visibility during inclement weather. There are even available heated side mirrors so snow and ice don’t hinder your view of vehicles at your side.

On the inside, the 2016 Cherokee is stylish and smartly designed to be your home away from home. For starters, there is truly a spot for all your belongings with its impressive amount of versatility. Up front in the dash is a covered bin to keep your wallet, phone, or sunglasses handy, while the rear seats have a 60/40 split. Keep them up for 24.6 cubic ft. of storage space for groceries from Kroger, or fold them flat for an impressive 54.9 cubic ft. of space. On top of this, the front passenger seat can fold down, and there’s even in-seat storage for even more cargo carrying options. To beat the winter chill, the Cherokee offers a Cold Weather Package, which includes a wiper de-icer, heated front seats, a heated steering-wheel, and remote ignition.

To stay entertained and connected, the Jeep Cherokee comes standard with Bluetooth® technology for hands-free calling and audio streaming, while the Cherokee Trailhawk® boasts hands-free voice control over your Bluetooth®-enabled phone, audio, climate, and navigation settings. The available 8.4-inch Uconnect® touchscreen ups the ante in terms of excitement with HD Radio™, 3D landmarks, iPod® mobile integration, text message reply6, and more. Also on this screen is a display from the available ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera5 to help you become more aware of vehicles and objects behind you as you reverse.

Whether you need an SUV for the daily commute, weekend adventure, or a combination of both, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee is the vehicle you need to do both. See it today when you visit your local Jeep dealer, Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Plymouth, MI or Dick Scott Motor Mall in Fowlerville, MI.

The race is on: Cherokee vs Wrangler

The U.S. sales race is on between the Jeep Cherokee and the former front-running Jeep Wrangler. While the Wrangler epitomizes much of what Jeep used to be — its go-anywhere capability, nearly-all-American design and engineering, and the style-and-form ties to the original Army jeeps — the Cherokee is more practical for most people, more technologically advanced, and newer.

So far, the people have chosen the Cherokee, helped by constraints on the Wrangler’s production. Those constraints will not ease for at least a year, as the Cherokee is moved to a new plant (likely Sterling Heights or Belvidere) and the Wrangler moves into its spot.

The Wrangler has not had a full redesign for some years, and is missing some of the creature comforts of the Cherokee — some of which it can’t have anyway, since its removable roof and off-road chops reduce its comfort-and-convenience options. It is making do with a five-speed automatic, shared now only with the police edition of the Dodge Charger, while the Cherokee has a nine-speed which we’ve been assured will be completely sorted out for the 2016 model year.

So far, the Cherokee’s sales have been 178,785 from January 1 to October 31, 2015, well over the Wrangler’s 173,264. However, there’s time for the Wrangler to catch up as winter weather hits, though now it seems unlikely.

Last year, the Wrangler, at this time, was also second fiddle — to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, losing the race for #1 by around 3,400 sales. Cherokee sales are up 24% this year, Wrangler sales are up 17%, and Grand Cherokee is up just 4%. (Patriot is up by 29% but hasn’t broken 100,000 yet.) Part of the problem there, too, is capacity. Adding the Grand Cherokee to its factory-mate the Dodge Durango brings sales of 208,681. Cherokee and Wrangler each have their own factories.

The other Jeep race is between the new Jeep Renegade and the Jeep Compass. The Compass’ sales are up just 1%, year to date, at 52,987, while Renegade is brand new and has already cleared 44,626 sales. If Compass’ sales drop and Renegade supplies increase, the Italian-made newcomer could well beat the decade-old, heavily refreshed mini-Jeep.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2015/11/the-race-is-on-cherokee-vs-wrangler-30641

Wrangler looks to aluminum suspension, not body

The Jeep Grand Cherokee may have shown the future direction of the Jeep Wrangler: using aluminum and other lightweight materials for the suspension and peripherals, but not for the frame or key body parts.

Cheap body repairs are important for Wrangler, because it’s intended to be taken off-road. However, if the company can use relatively light, “high-strength” steel alloy for skid plates and more aluminum in the suspension and other major components, it could still cut weight, or at least maintain weight in the face of higher safety standards (both Federal and insurance-industry).

Key design changes, including using permanent A-pillars and having the windshield itself slide down over the hood rather than folding down both the windshield and pillars at once, could help the Wrangler to have greater “natural” torsional stiffness, so that chassis reinforcement would not be needed, also cutting weight while letting the Wrangler meet normal rollover standards.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is also likely to have a hydroformed frame, as Ram trucks do, increasing stiffness without weight gains. Some reports claim the windshield and grille will only be a little more slanted than the current Wrangler.

This gives the company more time to develop aluminum-bodied cars. Scuttlebutt now has the Grand Cherokee as the first to go with the expensive but lightweight metal.

Read more at: http://news.allpar.com/index.php/2015/09/wrangler-looks-to-aluminum-suspension-not-body-29910

Next Jeep Wrangler Keeps Solid Axles, Loses Folding Windshield

Among the key design features of the Jeep Wrangler, we’d say the solid-axle suspension is several orders of magnitude more important than the cool-but-perhaps-not-critical folding windshield. To that end, a recent Automotive News report should be mostly good news for the Jeep faithful.

The report states that the Wrangler will keep its solid front and rear axles when the vehicle is redesigned for the 2017 model year. That will have true believers breathing a sigh of relief, as Jeep had already ditched the solid axles in its other models.

The Grand Cherokee switched to an independent front suspension with the 2005 redesign, and lost its solid rear axle with the arrival of the current generation, for 2011. Meanwhile, Jeep dropped the solid front axle in the transition from the XJ Cherokee to the Liberty, and then went to a four-wheel independent setup when the Liberty was replaced with the new Cherokee.

Although the solid axles stay on, weight savings and improved fuel economy are major goals for the next-generation Wrangler—not a bad idea, given the current model’s 17/21 mpg EPA ratings. To that end, the new Jeep will get an aluminum body; a smaller, turbocharged engine in place of the current 3.7-liter V-6; and will upgrade to an eight-speed automatic.

The good news on the axle front is tempered, however, by word that the Wrangler will lose its upright, folding windshield in favor of a fixed unit with greater rake. While it’s true that many Jeep owners probably don’t even how that their windshield can be folded down—or wouldn’t know how to do it—the folded-windshield driving experience is one of the things that makes the Wrangler unique. It’s up there with the removable doors and convertible top—both of which had better stick around.

Read more at: http://blog.caranddriver.com/report-next-jeep-wrangler-keeps-solid-axles-loses-folding-windshield/

Jeep hauls in more awards

The Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel was named 2015 Green SUV of the Year by Green Car Journal. The announcement was made yesterday at the Washington Auto Show in the nation’s capital.

In making the presentation, Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com said, “The Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel delivers what today’s drivers really want in an efficient SUV. It offers a do-everything nature with exceptional comfort, power, functionality and driving range, plus surprising efficiency that delivers lower environmental impact.”

On Wednesday, January 21, the Grand Cherokee collected its “SUV of Texas” trophy at the Houston Auto Show.

The Jeep Wrangler received one of Kelley Blue Book’s 2015 Best Resale Value Awards. The Wrangler was No. 2 among the top ten honorees. This is the fifth consecutive year the Wrangler has made the top ten.

In their comments about the Wrangler, KBB.com’s editors said, “There are few vehicles that have remained as faithful to their origins like the 2015 Jeep Wrangler SUV. Despite decades of development, multiple iterations and even necessary nods to modern technology, the Wrangler remains true to its hard-earned and thoroughly deserved reputation as the universal standard for off-road vehicles.”

The Wrangler picked up a total of three Best Resale Value awards. In addition to the Top Ten award, the standard Wrangler also took top honors in the Compact SUV category, beating the new Honda CR-V and the Subaru Forester, while the Wrangler Unlimited took the prize in the Mid-Size SUV category, beating the Toyota 4Runner and Toyota Highlander.

Dodge also picked up a Best Resale Value award: the 2015 Charger won its class, earning Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Award for full-size cars. The Charger beat the 2015 Toyota Avalon and 2015 Chevrolet Caprice.

“Dodge’s full-size sedan offering is more versatile than ever after being redesigned for the 2015 model year,” said the editors. “With a new look that includes a redesigned hood, front doors, spoiler, taillights and front fascia, the Dodge Charger still offers space for both people and cargo. That combination helps the Charger earn the top resale value in its category.”

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2015/01/jeep-hauls-in-more-awards

Jeep Compass mysteries

New mysteries are appearing around the next Jeep Compass, which one source claimed would be produced in Toluca, Mexico, rather than its home of Belvidere, Illinois.

Another source said that, rather than being a CUSW car like the new Cherokee, it would be based on the Jeep Renegade. This is on the same platform as the Fiat 500X, which allowed Fiat to put in more engineering time for both vehicles — but many changes were made to allow Renegade Trailhawk to have the torsional rigidity and clearance needed for the Jeep nameplate.

Either body could be justified as a choice, and in both cases, Jeep was able to overcome many of the problems of using a car platform for off-road use. Renegade did disappoint many by not laying a claim to crossing the Rubicon trail, or Chrysler’s replication of it; Compass might or might not be able to do this. Cherokee has, according to both official and unofficial sources, passed this bar.

The new Compass, regardless of underpinnings, is expected to be a four cylinder only vehicle, most likely with a nine-speed automatic in the United States, and Grand Cherokee-like styling (echoing the current model, shown above). We believe it will use the 2.0 liter Hurricane engine, most likely as an option, along with the current 2.4 four-cylinder. For markets outside the United States, the usual insanely wide range of Fiat engines is expected — Brazilian engines based on the old Neon 2.0, MultiJet diesels, and the 1.4 and 1.4 turbo Fiat gasoline motors.

At this time, Allpar has no firm indication of Compass’ platform or factory location. The launch appears to be around two years away.

As read on: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2014/12/jeep-compass-mysteries

2015 Nissan Murano: First Drive

As we’re getting acquainted with the 2015 Nissan Murano for the first time, it’s eye-opening to note all that this mid-size crossover doesn’t have: There are no multiple drive modes here, no variable steering assist settings, and no steering-wheel shift paddles, no low range or towing mode either.

This is a vehicle that’s easy to figure out. You get in, and the driving interface is what most people are used to, yet with just the right gloss, gleam, blanketing, and buffeting.

And yet on the outside, it’s gloriously complex. It’s as much a rolling sculpture as some sports cars, and you’re turning heads, every step of the way. The Murano really is that good-looking—and something refreshingly different next to the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Edge, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

That aside, for the moment, the 2015 Nissan Murano feels like it was cleverly reverse-engineered to be exactly what it needed to be—stylish, comfortable, quiet transportation for empty-nesters, with plenty of capability to bring friends along.

There’s a lot more than a grain of truth to that. The second-generation Murano, which made its debut in 2009, never lived up to the sales numbers of the first-gen model—although in all fairness, the recession may have been more to blame.

Nevertheless, Nissan reached out to existing owners of the Murano and asked them what they wanted a future Murano to be. From that, “Provocative, Premium, Optimistic,” was the theme used to sum up the feedback. Owners wanted, above all, a vehicle that was visually striking yet sophisticated.

Straightforward in its mission, stunning in its presentation

And they sure did get it with the 2015 Nissan Murano. What makes this one of the most noteworthy new vehicles of the year from an otherwise straightforward, predictable template is the absolutely stunning exterior of this crossover.

In profile, in stance, and in the exterior details, the Murano follows very closely in the steps of the Resonance Concept that was shown at the Detroit Auto Show less than two years ago. And we can actually say we like the production car better, for its synergies in some of the design details, in the ‘boomerang’ design of the headlights and taillights, the ‘V-motion’ grille and hood sculpting, and in how the arched flare above its front wheelwell is echoed over the rear wheels, where the beltline pinches upward toward the ‘floating’ roofline in one of the most distinctive design cues.

The overall result is a vehicle that plays a multitude of visual tricks—appearing lower and far more sport-wagon-like than its predecessor. It’s unlike any other crossover, whether with a luxury badge or a mainstream one.

Murano owners wanted a vehicle that was even more daring in appearance, without giving up comfort. And they wanted even more refinement and features inside—with an interior that they could happily use to take other couples out on a date, or for a weekend-afternoon trip to Wine Country, for instance.

‘Jet Age’ interior inspiration—and no woodgrain, thank you

So Nissan reached out for something new, and sculpted the interior after the early jet age of the 1960s, “when travelers were pampered with luxury and flew with style,” elucidated Ken Lee, the senior creative manager with Nissan Design America, where the Murano was designed.

In short, we love the result. The wraparound look doesn’t limit interior space, and there are plenty of fresh details. For instance, there’s no woodgrain anywhere inside—no fake woodgrain either. Instead, there’s a brushed-metal style trim used for the interior beltline and door and console inserts; but even better, we’d choose the light-colored material that looks a bit like Mid Century Modern linoleum.

All the while, there’s a simple layout to the interior. Nissan has reduced the number of physical buttons from 25 down to 10, but used them where they make sense—like for the climate control—and there’s a straightforward infotainment system that responds well to navigation and infotainment needs.

In California’s Napa Valley region, during the #rainpocalypse this past week, we piloted several different front- and all-wheel drive versions of the Murano, finding it confident and surefooted—and perhaps more notably, finding the interior sublimely quiet and isolated from the gales and pouring rain.

Familiar goods under the hood

The Murano doesn’t have anything groundbreaking under the hood, but its familiar 3.5-liter V-6, making 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque, feels quick, smooth, and relatively responsive with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which is essentially a version of what’s used in the Pathfinder.

The Murano also doesn’t have the issue that affects a lot of its other CVT-equipped vehicles—sluggishness at lower speeds when you need a quick burst of power. Thanks to plentiful low-rev torque from this engine, it gathers speed quickly as the CVT lowers the ratio. And if you accelerate at more than half throttle (but not quite full throttle) you’ll find the transmission now follows some pronounced ‘gears’ along the way—as part of a so-called ‘D-step’ strategy.

The way the Murano rides and handles is very carlike, and much like that of a large sedan—albeit maybe with a little more body lean. The electrohydraulic rack-and-pinion steering has a good, relaxed feel on center, and it loads up nicely. One thing to keep in mind is that models with the 18-inch wheels handle just as well as those with the 20-inch wheels—except for a slight bit more precision in quick transitions. With the larger wheels, you do introduce more road harshness as well.

Composed ride, comfortable seats, conversation alley

In any case, the ride is composed and very comfortable. So is the seating, which has been conceived to be just as accommodating to those in back as in front. The so-called Zero Gravity design—for more back support—not only applies to the front seats but to the outboard seats in back. And while the front seats didn’t entirely win us over, those back seats we’d venture to say are best-in-class.

With a wide center console and those impressive seats, Nissan terms the middle area of the vehicle conversation alley; considering the quiet interior, you should have no problem catching up with back-seat passengers while cruising along.

Thanks to reduced weight and improved aerodynamics, the Murano is about 20 percent more fuel-efficient than the outgoing model, Nissan says. That leads to new EPA ratings of 20 mpg city, 28 highway for the entire model line—and our 24-mpg average over a mix of road conditions suggests you might see about that or better in real-world driving.

The Murano has always fit into a different place in the market than most of Nissan’s other vehicles. Like the Maxima, it’s more of a gateway to luxury-brand models; and in its best-equipped models, it’s a full-fledged luxury vehicle in all but the badge.

Top-of-the-line Platinum breaks into luxury territory

This year that’s underscored with the introduction of a new, top-of-the-line Platinum model that adds things like ventilated front seats, heated back seats, LED headlamps, and power-folding rear seatbacks. Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert is included, and on the Platinum and the next-highest SL you can opt for a Tech Package that adds Blind Spot Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, and Predictive Forward Collision Warning.

How does the Murano add up for value? That’s one we’re still pondering. In all, the top Murano SL and Platinum models feel like true rivals to the Lexus RX 350 or Acura MDX. But at about $46k for a loaded Platinum they’re not priced much higher.

We tend to think that the Murano S and SV models, with their low-to-mid-30s price tags, offer the strongest value of the lineup. That’s where you can actually stop focusing on what the Murano doesn’t have and instead relish what it does have: stunning good looks, an ease about the driving experience, and a true four-adult interior that might just remind you how much fun road-tripping can be.

As read on: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1095800_2015-nissan-murano-first-drive