Uconnect® Market Technology Introduces Enhanced Connectivity and In-Vehicle Payment

Uconnect Market Technology Ram | Yukon, OK

For more than a decade, the ever-evolving Uconnect® infotainment system has offered a seamless connectivity experience for drivers. Now, this award-winning system is getting even better, with the introduction of the Uconnect® Market. Enabling expanded convenience features and automatic in-vehicle payment options, the Uconnect® Market takes connectivity to the next level.

Fuel

With the Uconnect® Fuel function, you can quickly and easily find nearby gas stations directly on the Uconnect® touch screen interface. Additionally, when searching for Shell gas stations, the Market allows you to use the Shell Pay & Save program, further expediting the process of fueling up.

Parking

With integrated PayWhiz technology, Uconnect® Market lets you find parking garages and even pay for them before you arrive, saving you valuable time during your day.

Service

The Service functionality of the Uconnect® Market connects you with Mopar service offers and lets you quickly schedule service appointments at certified Mopar service centers.

Food

No matter where you are, the Food function helps you find nearby restaurants and gives you access to Yelp reviews. It can even help with making reservations, so you won’t have to wait for a table.

Wallet

The Wallet function on the Uconnect® Market connects your credit card directly to your vehicle infotainment system, allowing you to pay for food and fuel with just a few taps on the screen.

See more of the latest tech innovations at Westpointe Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Edmunds Says the Ram 1500 is the Best Truck for Families

2019 Ram 1500 | Yukon, OK

Although pickup trucks are versatile, they’re not often thought of as family vehicles. However, many of them are particularly well-suited to serve as your family’s main mode of transportation. One of those uniquely family-oriented trucks is the Ram 1500, and it’s not just us here at Westpointe CDJR who say so. Just ask the auto experts over at Edmunds, who just named the Ram 1500 as the 2019 Best Truck for Families.

Selected for the top honor from a competitive set of 300 vehicles, the Ram 1500 wowed judges with its roominess, technology, and safety. For the adventurous or outdoorsy family, the Ram 1500 is an ideal vehicle. It features a smooth spring rear suspension system and an e-Torque powertrain system.

Inside the cabin of the Ram 1500, you will find reclining rear seats to keep your little ones comfy and quiet on those long road trips, along with easy-access infotainment features — so everyone can take turns playing DJ without complication. There are also a variety of available driver-assist features, making it easier for you to transport your precious cargo more simply and safely.

The Ram 1500 has a diverse range of trims: Tradesman, Big Horn (known as Lone Star in Texas), Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited. With models ranging from work trucks to luxurious, high-tech driving machines, the Ram 1500 lets you customize your truck to fit your family’s unique personality.

Want to find the perfect Ram 1500? Bring your family to Westpointe Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Next-Generation Dodge Challenger to Adopt Hybrid Alternative Powertrain

Dodge Challenger | Yukon, OK

A living legend in the world of muscle cars, the next-generation Dodge Challenger will take a bold step as it gets a hybrid alternative powertrain, ushering in a new era of muscle car performance.

The Dodge Challenger has virtually always been synonymous with jaw-dropping horsepower and potent HEMI engines. But as consumer demands shift from gas-guzzling high-performance engines toward more efficient and environmentally sustainable options, the Challenger is faced with the question of how to stay true to its roots while adapting to an ever-shifting automotive world.

Some muscle-car enthusiasts might contend that you can’t have the Dodge Challenger without a massive internal-combustion engine, and point out that the Challenger has remained a popular car in the face of declining car sales in the overall market and a shift toward electric and hybrid powertrain technologies.

Still, as Fiat Chrysler CEO Michael Manley has noted, even given the popularity of the current Dodge Challenger, “the reality is those platforms — and that technology we used — does need to move on. They can’t exist as you get into the middle-2020s.”

Manley also notes that skeptics should remember that hybrid powertrain technologies drastically reduce overall vehicle weight, allowing us to think about things like horsepower in a different way.

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Electrified Dodge Challenger Coming To The Lineup

While other vintage muscle cars have developed into sleek, streamlined machines in the 21st century, Dodge’s offerings like the Charger and Challenger have stayed committed to preserving a more rugged design. Now, an electrified Dodge Challenger is reportedly in the works — but FCA says that won’t detract from the traditional muscle-car feel.

“The reality is those platforms and that technology we used does need to move on,” Mike Manley, new head of FCA, claims. He went on to reassure fans, explaining, “We can use electrification to really supplement those vehicles.”

He also told news outlets that the electrification features will not dominate the vehicle — rather, they’ll supplement the traditional gasoline-powered engine. However, the electrified Dodge Challenger will not be getting a 700-plus horsepower engine, like the Hellcat. Instead, Dodge will emphasize creating a new platform and powertrain to compete in a modern market.

Industry experts speculate that the electrified Dodge Challenger will use a 48-volt system or implement a plug-in hybrid model, but FCA Chrysler is staying quiet about what those electrified upgrades to the new Dodge Challenger will fully entail. The technology isn’t set to roll out across the model until the “mid-2020s” according to officials, so there are a few years ahead of the Dodge Challenger before it makes the switch.

Want to get behind the wheel of a Dodge Challenger? Schedule a test drive at Westpointe Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Spring Maintenance Tips

With the spring season right around the corner, there’s a lot you need to think about, including spring cleaning and car maintenance. Here are some car maintenance tips for spring.

Swap Out Windshield Wipers

Since the spring season can come with a lot of rain, you should swap out your car’s wipers. Wipers can experience a lot of wear in the winter due to ice and snow, so make sure that they’re ready to go for the spring.

Check Tire Pressure

You’ll need your car’s tires to keep you going, so check the pressure of all tires to make sure they’re sitting at the ideal 30 – 32 psi. It’s best to check your owner’s manual for your car’s recommended psi. Properly-inflated tires increase your car’s traction on the road and keep you safe, especially in the rainy season.

Spring Clean

Give your car a spring clean for the season! A car wash and wax can help remove the grime and salt that has collected on your car throughout the winter while a wax can protect the paint. Vacuum out the interior of your car as well to get any salt or dirt that has collected there.

Check The Air Filter

Your car’s air filter is responsible for improving engine performance. If the air filter is clogged, it can cause up to a whopping 10 percent decrease in gas mileage.

To make sure your car is up to the demands of spring, schedule a maintenance check with Westpointe Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Car

New Years Resolution

Now that 2019 is here, it is time to start thinking about how you want to improve your life. This year, why not focus on resolutions for you and your car? Think about it. Where would you be if you didn’t have your car? Here are four things you can do this year to show appreciation for your trusty vehicle.

  1. Start a car savings account. No one likes paying for car repairs. However, being prepared can make this more bearable. Create a savings account specifically for car-related expenses. You could even use it as a future down payment on a new car.
  2. Keep up with maintenance. While many of us might keep up with oil changes, most of our other vehicle maintenance is forgotten. This year, catch up on all of your car’s recommended maintenance, which you can find listed in your owner’s manual.
  3. Stay focused on the road. If you have a habit of checking your phone while you drive, now is the time to stop. Make a commitment to not look at your phone while on the road. Put it in the glove box so you can’t even see it.
  4. Clean your car. Have a goal to clean your car inside and out once a month. This will help preserve its shine, especially if you add a new layer of wax, too. It will also prevent the interior from getting too messy.

Jeep® Gladiator Pickup Debuts at L.A. Auto Show

The 2020 Jeep®Gladiator pickup truck was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month, and it’s already proving that it’ll be the talk of the new model year.

The Gladiator will feature a 3.6-liter Pentastar engine paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an available eight-speed automatic. This powertrain will deliver 285 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque. Each trim will feature standard four-wheel drive. According to Jeep®, the Gladiator will be capable of carrying a 1,600-pound payload and towing up to 7,650 pounds.

In 2020, the Gladiator will add a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine to its lineup. This engine will offer 260 horsepower and a mighty 442 lb-ft of torque.

The Gladiator’s look is based on the popular Wrangler. In back, the 5-foot steel bed will offer ample conveniences, like a three-position tailgate, under-rail bed lighting, a 115-volt power outlet, and integrated tie downs. In front, the Gladiator will sport a commanding seven-slot grille and attention-grabbing square headlights.

The Gladiator will be well-equipped to go off-road, offering 11.1 inches of ground clearance, skid plates, locking axles, and a limited-turbocharged diesel. The Rubicon trim will add even more off-road features.

Stay tuned in the coming months for more details on this exciting new Jeep® pickup.

2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn Named Southwest Lifestyle Truck of the Year

2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn

 

 

The 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn edition is available at Westpointe CDJR — and if you were looking for one more reason to buy it, it was recently named the Southwest Lifestyle Truck of the Year.

Earlier this year, 18 automotive journalists joined forces at the Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Arizona, to select the car, truck, SUV, and crossover of the year. This occasion marked the first annual Southwest Lifestyle Media Drive. The journalists reviewed a wide range of vehicles, considering aspects like performance, ride comfort, fuel economy, safety technology, and storage solutions. Ultimately, the Ram 1500 Longhorn won in the truck category.

“The Ram 1500 Longhorn really captures the spirit of what the Southwest is all about,” said Becky Antioco, president of the Southwest Lifestyle Media group. “It perfectly handles our rugged landscapes when we’re out exploring, yet is exceedingly comfortable for everyday driving. It’s the perfect mix of luxury, technology and capability, and that’s why it earned our Truck of the Year award.”

You can test drive and purchase the new Ram 1500 in one of five trims (Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn®, and Limited), in one of two cab configurations (Crew Cab and Quad Cab), in one of two box lengths (6’4” and 5’7”), and in one of two drivetrains (4×4 and 4×2). It can be powered by either a V6 or a V8.

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Design is Rated Among Best for Road Trips

2018 Chrysler Pacifica

 

The Chrysler Pacifica was recently named one of the best cars for a road trip by US News & World Report. In particular, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid design scored an 8.9 out of 10 for its intelligent technologies, excellent handling, capable performance, and — above all — its great fuel economy. You can cruise down the road in the Pacifica and have a truly memorable trip.

The News Wheel notes that there are three trim levels while choosing the Pacifica Hybrid, the Hybrid Touring Plus, Hybrid Touring L, and Hybrid Limited. These models have a 3.6-liter hybrid powertrain as well as an eFlite Si-EVT system, helping it to get a combined EPA-estimated rating of 84 MPGe combined.*

Interior features that keep you comfortable on the road include three-zone automatic climate control to keep everyone happy on your next trip. There’s easy entry to the rear thanks to a sliding second row, as well as a fold-in-floor bench seat to improve storage space. For those who want added luxury, you can also have available ambient lighting, leather trim, and heated front seats.

For those who want to stay connected on the road — or simply keep the kids occupied in the rear seat — standard features like smartphone connectivity allow you to integrate your phones to the in-vehicle system. An easy-to-use Uconnect system with 8.4-inch touch screen allows you to access your favorite apps while driving, while an integrated voice control function lets you keep your hands on the wheel while making calls.

Responsive and efficient, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is deserving of all of the recognition it’s gleaned. Stop by Westpointe Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram to test-drive it for yourself.

*EPA estimated miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe.) Actual mileage may vary.

Is the Dodge Viper Coming Back?

Dodge Viper

In 2017, we all shed tears when the final round of production wrapped up on the world’s last Dodge Viper. But, less than a year later (in fact, some cheeks may not yet have had the chance to dry) there are rumors that the Dodge Viper coming back.

Although the FCA hasn’t released any official announcement, current rumors indicate that the Viper will reappear. The new Viper will have a long hood, continue to utilize independent front and rear suspensions, and will transition from the traditional V-10 to a V-8. Car and Driver reports that the available Viper models will offer various performance levels, with horsepower ranging from 550 to 700.

The first Dodge Viper hit the American streets 1991 with an aluminum alloy V-10 engine designed by Lamborghini, then a subsidiary of the Chrysler Corporation. This first model was a pure miracle of performance — or, an intelligently-designed work of performance perfection. Down to the smallest detail, from the absence of air conditioning to the removal of exterior door handles, the 1991 Viper was created for one thing and one thing only: performance.

We’re excited for the legendary comeback of the Dodge Viper imminent if rumors prove true. Until then, we’re keeping our fingers crossed here at Westpointe Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram that the 2021 model won’t forget its impressive roots.