Jun 18

Jeep Plans to Preview Revitalized Grand Wagoneer This Summer

1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

In a move to compete with luxury SUVs of the present, Jeep is reportedly bringing back its classic Grand Wagoneer for the 2018 model year. You may remember the woody mammoth from back roads past as the quintessential people mover of the ’70s and ’80s, and this latest model promises to hold true to that reputation. Except unlike the Grand Wagoneer you’d find back then, this new, souped-up version will include a fully modern powertrain more amenable to the times.

The plan is to build out the 2018 Grand Wagoneer using a platform similar to the redesigned 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The major difference, though, is that the new Grand Wagoneer will include three glorious rows of seating, which is more than enough for the entire family. While it remained largely unchanged during its original reign from1963 to 1991, this new Grand Wagoneer promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

According to Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, it’s designed to compete with Land Rover in the upper luxury region of the SUV market. The revitalized Grand Wagoneer is something FCA has been working on for a while but has been waiting to reveal until the perfect time.

Fiat Chrysler plans to reveal this throwback to representatives from U.S. Jeep dealers at its biennial showcase in Las Vegas at the end of the summer. This will be the first three-row SUV in the automaker’s lineup since the Jeep Commander, which went out of production in 2010.

While we don’t know yet whether you’ll be able to purchase the 2018 Grand Wagoneer with its illustrious wood paneling, we do know that we’re eager to see all that the 2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer has to offer for drivers near our Concord, NH, Jeep dealership. We’ll keep you posted as we hear updates!

 

May 18

Digital Trends Names Uconnect Infotainment System of the Year

UconnectChrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles are no strangers to awards and accolades. We recently told you that Jeep and Dodge models were recognized as best resale value cars, and all about how Ram set a world record. Now, FCA US can add another accolade to its ever-growing list of praise. The automaker’s Uconnect system was honored with the ‘Infotainment System of the Year’ award from Digital Trends, an industry-leading consumer-technology publisher with the goal of simplifying technology in an increasingly digital world.

“Receiving this prestigious award from Digital Trends is a tribute to the team of hardworking engineers, designers and human machine interface experts who continue to evolve the Uconnect system, features and services,” said Joni Christensen, Head of Uconnect Marketing and Customer Experience, FCA US LLC, in a release. “The Uconnect team’s mission is to assist drivers and help keep them focused on the road.”

And keep drivers focused on the road it does — the incredible 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system uses a clean, responsive interface to make staying connected simple for drivers of all ages. It includes a host of entertainment and audio options for driver and passenger enjoyment, as well as navigation choices for a stress-free journey every time. With Uconnect systems, users also can listen to SiriusXM Satellite radio, take advantage of Travel Link and traffic update services, hear text messages read aloud and even access the internet through a Wi-Fi hotspot subscription.

Digital Trends chose the Uconnect system as its ‘Infotainment System of the Year’ because it boils all the best parts of an infotainment system down into one easy-to-use, accessible package. To check it out for yourself, stop by our Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Jeep dealership near Manchester, NH, and see our selection of Uconnect-equipped models!

Jan 30

Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Charger Recognized As KBB.com’s Best Resale Value Cars

2015 Jeep Wrangler in NHIf you’re a value-conscious shopper, chances are you took resale value into consideration when deciding which new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or Ram to purchase at our Jeep dealership in Concord, NH. Did you choose the iconic Jeep Wrangler or super cool Dodge Charger? If you did, now there’s further proof that you made a smart decision: the 2015 Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Dodge Charger were all recently recognized amongst the winners of Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards.

With its extraordinary capabilities and modern technology, is no wonder the Jeep Wrangler was honored more than once. The 2015 Jeep Wrangler not only placed on the Top 10 overall models list, but also earned the top prize in the Compact SUV/Crossover category. It’s not the Wrangler’s first drive around the block though: this iconic vehicle has been named the Best Resale Value in its class for four consecutive years now, and has placed among the Top 10 list five years in a row. Plus, the slightly larger four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited scored as the winner for the Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover segment, proving the brand’s undeniable strength.

“The entire list of Top 10 Best Resale Value vehicles is dominated this year by trucks, SUVs and crossovers, which is a testament to the strength these categories will carry in the future,” Eric Ibara, director of residual value consulting for Kelley Blue Book, said in a release.

Rounding out KBB.com’s impressive list of winners is the unmistakably cool 2015 Dodge Charger. Aggressively restyled for the 2015 model year, the most successful four-door fastback-styled muscle car on the market boasts unique design elements and enough space for both people and cargo. The Charger scored the top spot on Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards: Full-Size Car list, proving it’s much more than just a pretty fascia.

Kelley Blue Book’s annual KBB.com Best Resale Value Awards are based on projections from the Kelley Blue Book Official Residual Value Guide, and winners are chosen by talented automotive analysts. The awards recognize vehicles expected to maintain a majority of their original list price five years down the road.

If you haven’t already jumped on the bandwagon and are still looking for a car you can rely on for years to come, stop by our NH Dodge dealership at your earliest convenience. We’ll get you behind the wheel of a new Jeep or Dodge for a test-drive as soon as possible!

Jan 28

New Ram 1500 Duo to Bring More MPGs, Off-Road Capability

Ram 1500 in Concord, NH

Blending class-leading fuel economy with impressive capability, the current-generation Ram 1500 pickup truck appeals to buyers at both ends of the performance spectrum, and that dual threat was highlighted by the debuts of two new models at the Detroit Auto Show this month. On one hand, the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE will extend the nameplate’s fuel-economy leadership by one mile per gallon on the highway, and on the other, the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel will provide buyers with an aggressive new off-roading option in the full-size truck segment. 

By featuring aerodynamic upgrades like class-exclusive wheel-to-wheel side steps and a tri-fold tonneau cover, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE will raise the bar on fuel economy in its segment from 28 mpg to 29 mpg on the highway. When the new model goes on sale late in the first quarter of this year, buyers will also receive a unique trim on the Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab four-door body, including 20-inch wheels and a 6-foot 4-inch bed. They will also be able to opt for a body-colored fascia pulled from the Ram Express model.

“Both of the new Ram 1500 models will allow buyers to stand out from other owners stylistically, but more importantly, they’ll let drivers either go farther between fill-ups or farther off the beaten path,” said Brian Duval, general manager of Bob Mariano Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, a Ram dealer in Concord, N.H. “The EcoDiesel HFE model will be 12 percent more fuel efficient than its closest competitor in the full-size segment, while the Rebel model will bring a long-anticipated off-road option to fans of the Ram 1500.”

Leveraging the Ram 1500’s segment-exclusive air suspension, the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel receives an extra inch of ride height to tackle greater approach, departure and breakover angles. The steering has been recalibrated for that increased ride height, which combines with 33-inch Toyo Open Country A/T all-terrain tires to give the Rebel model a best-in-class ground clearance of 10.3 inches. Other performance upgrades include specially tuned Bilstein front and rear shocks, skid plates and tow hooks. When it arrives at dealers in the second half of this year, the Ram 1500 Rebel will sport a bold exterior design that will be distinguished by new black-bezel projector headlamps, a blacked-out front grille, black front and rear bumpers and black wheel-arch moldings.