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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We all want what is best for our families. If you are shopping for a new minivan, we have a big clue for you—the Chrysler Pacifica is the best. According to the New York Daily News, during the publication’s third annual Auto Awards, it gave the Chrysler Pacifica the title of best minivan for the second year in a row.
The newspaper’s 12 automotive journalists compared various models in a variety of segments to determine which ones they would be willing to recommend to their families, friends, and co-workers.
“Redesigned just last year, the Pacifica is great minivan made even better by the wider availability of its optional plug-in hybrid drivetrain and newly enhanced value equation, and, thus, is a repeat champ,” said Christian Wardlaw, autos editor at New York Daily News.
For the 2018 model year, Chrysler added even more value to the Pacifica, with features like standard Rear Park Assist with automatic braking, as well as Blind-Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Buyers also have a choice for more trim levels this year for a total of six: L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited. If you are looking for a hybrid model, there are three trims to consider: Hybrid Touring Plus, Hybrid Touring L, and Hybrid Limited.
Everyone who drives a Jeep® is quick to fall in love with this trustworthy automaker. For years, Jeep® has been considered one of the most iconic American brands thanks to its rugged capabilities, bold styling, and unbeatable fun. Now, the Jeep® brand has officially earned cult brand status with a “2018 Cult Brand” recognition from The Gathering (Society of Cult Brands).
“Other automotive brands have been nominated over the years, but it’s so fitting that Jeep® is the first Cult Brand Honoree. It’s an iconic brand with vehicles that stand apart from any other in the automotive category,” said Chris Kneeland, co-founder of The Gathering and Chair of the Brand Selection Committee.
Jeep® was chosen alongside seven other American staple brands including PlayStation®, Gatorade, Vans®, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, the charitable organization: water, Snickers®, and Beats by Dr. Dre™.
This recognition coincides with the release of the all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler and the soon-to-be-released 2019 Jeep® Cherokee. Both models have earned themselves a cult following.
No other automotive brand comes close to the iconic status Jeep® has here in the United States. Its Wrangler model is one of the most recognizable ones on the road today, thanks to its timeless style and powerful capabilities.
Crossovers have become one of the most popular segments among drivers today. With family-friendly features, impressive safety, flexible cargo space, and capable performances, it’s no wonder. These versatile vehicles are suited for a wide range of lifestyles.
Now Chrysler—whose lineup currently consists of luxury sedans and the most impressive Chrysler Pacifica minivan—is ready to join in on the crossover segment, too. This news was announced at the North American International Auto Show by the company’s current CEO, who said that the Chrysler crossover could be expected to arrive in as soon as 18 months.
The new Chrysler crossover will be built on the platform for the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, so we can assume that this will be a spacious three-row crossover. It will likely feature many of the luxurious options and convenient amenities that can be found in the current 2018 Chrysler lineup. And, if it shares more than just a platform with the Chrysler Pacifica, the Chrysler crossover might end up coming in a hybrid version too, which would put it at an advantage in a segment that’s still lacking in hybrid options.
The annual Texas Truck Rodeo took place last November and, once again, Ram, Jeep®, and Dodge vehicles left judges stunned. The Fiat Chrysler subsidiaries drove off with numerous awards, honoring aspects like luxury to practicality. In total, the three brands earned five awards from the Texas Truck Rodeo.
The 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork stole the show and earned the “Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas” award. It also took home the highest overall interior score. The 2018 Ram 2500 Limited Tungsten was awarded the “Heavy Duty Pickup Truck of Texas” title.
With a reputation for off-road excellence, it’s only natural Jeep® took home a handful of awards across its lineup. The 2017 Jeep® Renegade was named “Subcompact SUV of Texas.” The 2017 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trailhawk followed suit, taking the title of “Mid-size SUV of Texas.”
We at Westpointe CDJR expected nothing less than excellence from the 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon Recon, and it delivered. The Wrangler Rubicon Recon scored big with the “Off-road SUV of Texas” award.
For years, Dodge has been a top competitor when it comes to performance, so it’s only natural the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT stole a top prize. It was named the “Full-size SUV of Texas”. On top of that, it earned the highest overall score for performance.
To experience any of these award-winning vehicles, visit Westpointe CDJR.
When the Chrysler Pacifica was first introduced in the 2017 model year, it was immediately evident that this minivan was going to change parents’ standards for family travel. It offered tons of thoughtful features, like an in-cabin vacuum cleaner and flexible seating for easy access and versatile cargo space. Plus, the debut of this van also brought about the first hybrid minivan: the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid model.
With all of that in mind, it’s been no surprise to the team at Westpointe CDJR to see this hybrid minivan receive several honors during the award season. For one, Green Car Reports—a publication that focuses on hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient options—chose the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as the “2018 Best Car to Buy.” The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was also chosen by The Car Connection as the “2018 Best Hybrid Vehicle to Buy.” The Car Connection also chose the regular Chrysler Pacifica as the “2018 Best Minivan to Buy.”
Other recent Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid awards include best buy recognition from Consumer Guide® Automotive.
With its excellent mile range, its considerate family-friendly features, and its outstanding safety, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is really an amazing option for family travel. See for yourself when you drive one at Westpointe CDJR.
It’s that time of year again. There’s snow, lights, carolers, and a range of holiday events. In fact, Oklahoma City is home to a range of activities and celebrations at the end of the year, many of which are perfect for families and friends. You can ice skate, spend time with Santa, or simply enjoy the holiday atmosphere. There’s a long list of holiday events in Oklahoma City that you should attend this year.
One of the top events in OKC is Downtown in December. Presented by Devon, Downtown in December is actually a series of events that extends over several weeks. For example, you can spend Saturdays with Santa in in the heart of downtown, see the tree lighting festival, shop at the deluxe winter market, or skate at the Devon Ice Rink. You can follow the events through the hashtag #DowntownInDecember.
Art lovers will enjoy the Oklahoma City Ballet. You can see holiday favorites like The Nutcracker, a classic performance made famous by the music of Tchaikovsky. Directed by Robert Mills, the OKC Ballet has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal, Dance magazine, and Playbill.
The ballet and Downtown in December are just two fun things that we at Westpointe CDJR recommend this winter.