Uconnect Delivers an Array of State-of-the art, Innovative and Easy-to-Use Features and Services for 2015

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2015 Chrysler Group vehicles will allow customers to stay connected to the information they want and need while remaining focused on the road. Each vehicle comes equipped with a Uconnect system, which can provide drivers with a range of available communication, navigation and entertainment features or connected services.

Consumers can choose the Uconnect system that suits their individual needs. Drivers have the ability to make handsfree phone calls, receive turn-by-turn directions as they navigate to their location or stream Internet radio. Car and truck buyers have a variety of options to choose from, including:

Uconnect communication features: 

  • Handsfree calling: Simply push a button to receive an incoming phone call, or use your voice to place an outbound call.
  • Voice-text reply: Once a compatible mobile phone is paired to the Uconnect system, drivers can also reply to a text message using 18 predefined messages

Uconnect entertainment features: 
Drivers can enjoy music and information with a variety of entertainment options, which include:

  • AM, FM, HD or satellite radio
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • CD Player
  • USB
  • SD Card
  • AUX Port
  • Drivers can use the switches on the back of the steering wheel, their voice, the touchscreen display or knobs and buttons to control a bevy of entertainment options.

Uconnect Navigation features: 
Uconnect has partnered with the leaders in navigation to help ensure drivers know where they are, where they are going, and how long it will take to get there. Drivers have access to points-of-interest, well-designed maps and turn-by-turn directions that broadcast over the vehicle’s audio system. A Driver Information Display (DID) inside the instrument cluster also provides drivers with real-time, full color directions at a glance.

Uconnect Access: A suite of connected services

  • Explore the next generation of in-vehicle connectivity with an included 6 or 12-month trialin properly equipped vehicles. Uconnect Access offers a variety of services leveraged by abuilt-in data connection
  • Remote lock, unlock and start: Drivers can remotely lock or unlock their doors and start their vehicle from virtually anywhere in the U.S by using their smartphone or computer
  • 9-1-1 or Assist Button: Located on the rearview mirror, drivers can get connected to emergency service providers, roadside assistance dispatchers and vehicle information specialists
  • Yelp Search: Drivers looking for popular locations around them can use their voice to conduct a Yelp search
  • Voice texting: With the voice texting service, drivers can use their voice to send, or reply to, a personal text message
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Vehicle owners can transform their vehicle into a Wi-Fi Hotspot on-demand for a day, week or month so passengers can check e-mail or browse news sites

Uconnect Access via Mobile: 
With an included five-year trial, Uconnect Access Via Mobile is an extension of Chrysler Group’s Uconnect Access that allows customers to enjoy their personal Internet radio accounts and stream audio content using their own mobile device data plans. The result: a truly personalized listening experience.

Uconnect Access Via Mobile seamlessly brings four popular Internet radio apps into the vehicle:

  • Aha by Harman
  • iHeartRadio
  • Pandora
  • Slacker

SiriusXM Radio
Customers purchasing any new 2015 Chrysler Group vehicle equipped with satellite radio receives
a one-year subscription to the SiriusXM service with access to the premium programming lineup, including every NFL game, Howard Stern, every NASCAR race, Oprah Radio and MLB Network Radio, plus access to SiriusXM Internet Radio of smartphone and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

SiriusXM Travel Link and Traffic
Drivers using SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link have access to a suite of services that include:

  • Traffic speed: Color-coded roads on your navigation screen show traffic speed in major metro areas
  • Accidents, construction and road closures: Receive traffic alerts, including accidents, disabled vehicles, construction, and road closures.
  • Alternate route guidance and mapping: In-vehicle navigation systems and detailed traffic data allows drivers to choose alternate routes and receive updated directions to avoid congested roads
  • Fuel prices: Get detailed information on fuel prices and the ability to sort by lowest price, fuel type, distance or brand names
  • National weather information: Receive coast-to-coast weather data, including current conditions, five-day forecasts, and weather maps
  • Sports scores: In-game and final scores, as well as weekly game schedules, for world-class professional sports and college programs
  • Movie listings: Detailed local movie theater listings, including start times and ratings

Control your Uconnect system, features and services your way

The intuitive controls on your Uconnect system are easy to find and easy to use and help keep you focused on the drive – serving you the information you need, when you need it. Drivers can control their Uconnect system their way, using the touchscreen display, steering wheel-mounted controls, voice recognition technology or traditional knobs and buttons.
  • Steering-wheel audio controls: Change from FM to satellite, from one channel to another, adjust the volume or change music tracks without ever taking your hands off the wheel. Rocker-switch buttons are mounted where your fingers rest on the backside of the vehicle steering wheel
  • Touchscreen displays: Control navigation, entertainment, climate, and phone from one place. View album art and artist information, weather, or street maps and points of interest
  • Voice Command: The available Uconnect Voice Command is a voice-activated communication system that allows drivers to operate their mobile phone, music and navigation system handsfree to stay focused on driving. When a compatible Bluetooth mobile phone is initially connected to the system, the phone book within a mobile phone is automatically downloaded, synchronizing as many as 5,000 phone book entries, which can then be selected by simply saying a contact name. The feature also allows drivers to switch radio modes, tune to SiriusXM Radio, AM, FM and HD and request real-time information, such as fuel prices, from the available SiriusXM Travel Link using natural voice commands. The handsfree option promotes driver focus, freedom, value and flexibility.
Bluetooth-equipped cell phones also feature Message Access Profile (MAP) with advance text-messaging that:
  • Announces receipt of a text message
  • Audibly identifies sender
  • Reads the message
This industry-first voice recognition system uses the embedded connectivity to access cloud-based voice-recognition and enable advanced text messaging, which converts the spoken word into verbatim text messages. Communication is limited only by the user’s vocabulary.
Visit DriveUconnect.com to learn more about specific Uconnect systems, features or services available in the 2015 Chrysler Group vehicle lineup.2015 Chrysler Group vehicles will allow customers to stay connected to the information they want and need while remaining focused on the road. Each vehicle comes equipped with a Uconnect system, which can provide drivers with a range of available communication, navigation and entertainment features or connected services.Consumers can choose the Uconnect system that suits their individual needs. Drivers have the ability to make handsfree phone calls, receive turn-by-turn directions as they navigate to their location or stream Internet radio. Car and truck buyers have a variety of options to choose from, including:

Uconnect communication features: 

  • Handsfree calling: Simply push a button to receive an incoming phone call, or use your voice to place an outbound call.
  • Voice-text reply: Once a compatible mobile phone is paired to the Uconnect system, drivers can also reply to a text message using 18 predefined messages

Uconnect entertainment features: 
Drivers can enjoy music and information with a variety of entertainment options, which include:

  • AM, FM, HD or satellite radio
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • CD Player
  • USB
  • SD Card
  • AUX Port
  • Drivers can use the switches on the back of the steering wheel, their voice, the touchscreen display or knobs and buttons to control a bevy of entertainment options.

Uconnect Navigation features: 
Uconnect has partnered with the leaders in navigation to help ensure drivers know where they are, where they are going, and how long it will take to get there. Drivers have access to points-of-interest, well-designed maps and turn-by-turn directions that broadcast over the vehicle’s audio system. A Driver Information Display (DID) inside the instrument cluster also provides drivers with real-time, full color directions at a glance.

Uconnect Access: A suite of connected services

  • Explore the next generation of in-vehicle connectivity with an included 6 or 12-month trialin properly equipped vehicles. Uconnect Access offers a variety of services leveraged by abuilt-in data connection
  • Remote lock, unlock and start: Drivers can remotely lock or unlock their doors and start their vehicle from virtually anywhere in the U.S by using their smartphone or computer
  • 9-1-1 or Assist Button: Located on the rearview mirror, drivers can get connected to emergency service providers, roadside assistance dispatchers and vehicle information specialists
  • Yelp Search: Drivers looking for popular locations around them can use their voice to conduct a Yelp search
  • Voice texting: With the voice texting service, drivers can use their voice to send, or reply to, a personal text message
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Vehicle owners can transform their vehicle into a Wi-Fi Hotspot on-demand for a day, week or month so passengers can check e-mail or browse news sites

Uconnect Access via Mobile: 
With an included five-year trial, Uconnect Access Via Mobile is an extension of Chrysler Group’s Uconnect Access that allows customers to enjoy their personal Internet radio accounts and stream audio content using their own mobile device data plans. The result: a truly personalized listening experience.

Uconnect Access Via Mobile seamlessly brings four popular Internet radio apps into the vehicle:

  • Aha by Harman
  • iHeartRadio
  • Pandora
  • Slacker

SiriusXM Radio
Customers purchasing any new 2015 Chrysler Group vehicle equipped with satellite radio receives
a one-year subscription to the SiriusXM service with access to the premium programming lineup, including every NFL game, Howard Stern, every NASCAR race, Oprah Radio and MLB Network Radio, plus access to SiriusXM Internet Radio of smartphone and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

SiriusXM Travel Link and Traffic
Drivers using SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link have access to a suite of services that include:

  • Traffic speed: Color-coded roads on your navigation screen show traffic speed in major metro areas
  • Accidents, construction and road closures: Receive traffic alerts, including accidents, disabled vehicles, construction, and road closures.
  • Alternate route guidance and mapping: In-vehicle navigation systems and detailed traffic data allows drivers to choose alternate routes and receive updated directions to avoid congested roads
  • Fuel prices: Get detailed information on fuel prices and the ability to sort by lowest price, fuel type, distance or brand names
  • National weather information: Receive coast-to-coast weather data, including current conditions, five-day forecasts, and weather maps
  • Sports scores: In-game and final scores, as well as weekly game schedules, for world-class professional sports and college programs
  • Movie listings: Detailed local movie theater listings, including start times and ratings

Control your Uconnect system, features and services your way

The intuitive controls on your Uconnect system are easy to find and easy to use and help keep you focused on the drive – serving you the information you need, when you need it. Drivers can control their Uconnect system their way, using the touchscreen display, steering wheel-mounted controls, voice recognition technology or traditional knobs and buttons.
  • Steering-wheel audio controls: Change from FM to satellite, from one channel to another, adjust the volume or change music tracks without ever taking your hands off the wheel. Rocker-switch buttons are mounted where your fingers rest on the backside of the vehicle steering wheel
  • Touchscreen displays: Control navigation, entertainment, climate, and phone from one place. View album art and artist information, weather, or street maps and points of interest
  • Voice Command: The available Uconnect Voice Command is a voice-activated communication system that allows drivers to operate their mobile phone, music and navigation system handsfree to stay focused on driving. When a compatible Bluetooth mobile phone is initially connected to the system, the phone book within a mobile phone is automatically downloaded, synchronizing as many as 5,000 phone book entries, which can then be selected by simply saying a contact name. The feature also allows drivers to switch radio modes, tune to SiriusXM Radio, AM, FM and HD and request real-time information, such as fuel prices, from the available SiriusXM Travel Link using natural voice commands. The handsfree option promotes driver focus, freedom, value and flexibility.
Bluetooth-equipped cell phones also feature Message Access Profile (MAP) with advance text-messaging that:
  • Announces receipt of a text message
  • Audibly identifies sender
  • Reads the message
This industry-first voice recognition system uses the embedded connectivity to access cloud-based voice-recognition and enable advanced text messaging, which converts the spoken word into verbatim text messages. Communication is limited only by the user’s vocabulary.
Visit DriveUconnect.com to learn more about specific Uconnect systems, features or services available in the 2015 Chrysler Group vehicle lineup.

Chrysler Canada: Ram Launches 2015 Heavy Duty Models

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with a Trifecta of Claims: Best-in-class Power, Towing Capacity and Payload Capacity

  • New Cummins 6.7-litre calibration adds 15 lb.-ft. of torque, edging out even Class 4 pickup competitors to a best-in-class 865 lb.-ft.
  • 2015 Ram 3500 crushes the competition with up to 13,608 kg (30,000 pounds) of SAE J2807-spec. towing capacity, beating the closest competitor by nearly 1.5 tons
  • 2015 Ram 2500 holds best-in-class 8,151 kg  (17,970 pounds) of towing capacity, while adhering to SAE J2807 test criteria
  • New best-in-class payload of 3,352 kg (7,390 pounds) (Ram 3500)
  • Ram maintains credibility and customer confidence as the only automaker to align with the SAE J2807 towing standard across light-duty and heavy-duty full-size pickups
  • Best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 17,191 kg (37,900 pounds)
  • The first 2015 Ram Heavy Duty trucks begin rolling off the factory line this week
  • Unsurpassed diesel powertrain warranty – five years/160,000 km
August 25, 2014 , Windsor, Ontario – Canada’s Longest-Lasting Pickups takes heavy-duty towing and hauling seriously. With this week’s start of 2015 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty production, the truck world’s “King of the Hill” further adds to its most-capable claims. 

Ram 3500 models will offer increased torque ratings of 865 lb.-ft. and an increased payload capacity of 3,352 kg (7,390 pounds), while maintaining a class leading maximum tow rating of 13,608 kg (30,000 pounds).

Ram is the only automaker to back its heavy-duty towing claims using the SAE J2807 testing criteria.

“Ram maintains leadership throughout its pickup line by offering best-in-class fuel efficiency with our Ram 1500 EcoDiesel of 8.4 L/100km (34 mpg) highway, best-in-class towing with our Ram 3500 at 13,608 kg (30,000 pounds) and best-in-class payload at 3,352 kg (7,390 pounds) with our Ram 3500,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Ram owns best-in-class attributes in the areas that are most important to truck customers.”

Working closely with Cummins, a more aggressive fuel delivery and turbo boost calibration to the 6.7-litre I-6 produces an additional 15 lb.-ft. of torque. This improvement places the coveted engine ahead of the competition with 865 lb.-ft. of torque, while maintaining performance and EPA compliance. The Ram 3500 continues towing leadership at 13,608 kg (30,000 pounds) and adds a new notch in its belt with a chart-topping payload capacity of 3,352 kg (7,390 pounds). The payload claim was made possible by challenging the Ram 3500 6.4-litre HEMI V8 pickup with an increase in GVWR of 45 kg (100 pounds), now 6,260 kg (13,800 pounds) GVWR.

“Ram has driven innovation in the heavy duty segments and intelligently engineered a better truck than our competitors, including a 13,608 kg (30,000 pound) towing monster,” said Mike Cairns, Director— Ram Truck Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. “Our 2015 Ram Heavy Duty Trucks own all three relevant titles in the segment: towing, payload and power, while delivering an impressive level of comfort and features unavailable elsewhere in the market.”

Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickup trucks are assembled at Chrysler Group’s Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.

POWERTRAIN
With Chrysler Group’s all- 6.4-litre HEMI V8, the Ram Heavy Duty delivers  best-in-class horsepower and best-in-class torque among pickups with gasoline engines. Compelling numbers tell the story of this 16-valve engine with 410 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and a peak torque rating of 429 lb.-ft., at 4,000 rpm.

Other engine options include the 5.7-litre HEMI V8, standard equipment for the Ram 2500 and 3500 (SRW). The engine produces 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and generates peak torque of 400 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm. The 5.7-litre HEMI V8 is mated to a 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission.

The renowned 6.7-litre Cummins Turbo Diesel I-6 is available in three versions. The first version is paired with Ram’s segment exclusive six-speed manual transmission. This combination delivers 350 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 660 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,400 rpm. The second option matches the Cummins to the 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engine cranks out 370 horsepower at 2,800 rpm with 800 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm.

Dominating torque charts, the 6.7-litre Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel I-6 for Ram 3500 is paired with the Aisin six-speed automatic transmission (AS69RC), leaving no doubt to Ram Heavy Duty’s capability. In addition to 385 horsepower at 2,800 rpm, the most powerful Cummins generates best-in-class torque of 865 lb.-ft. at 1,700 rpm.

FRAME
Ram Heavy Duty trucks feature frames built with high-strength 50,000 psi steel, including eight separate cross-members, hydroformed main rails and fully boxed rear rails for optimal strength and mass efficiency. Chassis controls on the Ram Heavy Duty ensure reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) measurements and improve ride and handling characteristics. Standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) on single and dual-rear-wheel equipped trucks, and body-to-frame hydro-mounts provide improved ride quality.

Centre frame rail sections are roll-formed, an efficient means for maintaining consistent strength in less complex longitudinal sections. In the rear portion of the frame, the structure includes fully boxed rear rails and a factory-installed rear axle cross-member with provisions for fifth wheel and gooseneck hitches.

SUSPENSION
Heavy Duty trucks generally have a suspension equipped for constant, heavy payloads. This leads to a harsher ride when unloaded. Ram innovation leads again. The Ram 2500 takes lessons learned from the Ram 1500 with a segment exclusive five-link coil rear suspension system. Loaded or unloaded, the 5-link coil system provides exceptional ride and handling. The five-link coil design incorporates support at all major points of force. Leaf spring suspensions struggle to combat axle wrap by using staggered shock absorbers (one mounted on the front of the axle tube and one mounted on the rear of the axle tube). The superior design of the five-link coil system functionally resists unwanted axle rotation. Leaf spring configurations also lack lateral support, forcing the leaf ends and shackles to hold against lateral loads — a task they’re not particularly good at and one reason competitive leaf-sprung rear suspensions shutter on rough surfaces. Additionally, the Ram 2500 offers a rear air suspension system for automatic load levelling and greater versatility.

The Ram 3500 continues to feature the rear Hotchkiss leaf spring system, but offers a supplemental air suspension system (late availability). By adding supplemental air bags to the rear suspension, Ram engineers were able to soften the leaf springs, allowing for more unladed suspension movement— even with a best-in-class 13,608 kg (30,000 pounds) trailer.

In the front, the Ram Heavy Duty line features an advanced three-link front suspension to ensure roll stiffness. Greater roll stiffness, also known as body roll, is an important characteristic in taller vehicles and especially trucks with heavy payloads. Roll stiffness is measured by the amount the truck’s body tips side-to-side, independently of the wheels, during cornering.

BODY
The Ram Heavy Duty comes equipped with robust engine, transmission and body mounts, including pioneering hydro-mounts at C-pillar positions for class-leading noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics despite the truck’s aptitude for higher payloads and towing.

The Ram Heavy Duty trucks feature a factory-installed seven-pin trailer tow connector in the truck bed, included with the optional fifth wheel or gooseneck tow prep package. Ram is unmatched in terms of offering the most complete “hitch ‘n go” towing prep package found anywhere in the heavy-duty category. Additionally, Ram features a standard Class 5 receiver hitch with four- and seven-pin connectors on the bumper. A tailgate handle-mounted, rear high-definition camera backup system is available with dynamic imaging in the 8.4-inch display. Also, the available cargo-view camera located in the centre high-mounted stop light (CHMSL) provides a view of the bed for easier connection to fifth wheel or gooseneck trailers as well as monitoring bed loads.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Ram Heavy Duty customers can enjoy the convenience of an exclusive cargo camera, power folding mirrors and a combination, power rear-sliding window with defrost. Also, central locking includes the RamBox cargo management system and tailgate power locks, creating a convenient solution for locking all exterior doors and storage with one push of a button. Auto rain-sensing wipers and SmartBeam headlamps also are available, adding to a truckload of content offered in Ram Heavy Duty.

Total Cost Of Ownership And Unsurpassed Diesel Powertrain Warranty – Five Years/ 160,000 Kilometres
Operating costs are of great consideration for owners who use their trucks for work. The Ram Heavy Duty holds class-leading features in:

  • Extended maintenance cycle (oil change intervals of up to 24,000 km, fuel filter life on diesel)
  • Brake life with advanced engine exhaust brake and largest brakes in the segment

The 2015 Ram Heavy Duty is backed with an unsurpassed five-year/160,000-km Diesel Powertrain Limited Warranty. The powertrain-limited warranty covers the cost of all parts and labour needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system. Coverage also includes free towing to the nearest Ram Truck dealer, if necessary. The warranty is also transferable allowing customers who sell their truck during the warranty period to pass the coverage on to the new owner. The standard three-year/60,000-km Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram Heavy Duty, from the body to the electrical system.

Chrysler 200, Jeep Cherokee receive standard stop/start on certain models

By Nick Tragianis

Chrysler has announced it will add its start/stop technology as standard equipment on certain Chrysler 200 and Jeep Cherokee trim levels for 2015.

Billed as a measure to improve fuel economy figures across the board by three per cent, Chrysler says its fuel-saving technology will be available on 2015 Jeep Cherokees equipped with the 3.2-litre Pentastar V6 engine, but not on models powered by the 2.4-litre inline-four.

As for the Chrysler 200 sedan, the stop/start system will be available on four-cylinder models, but not on range-topping models equipped with the 3.6-litre V6. Chrysler is expected to make the changes starting with 200s manufactured in the fourth quarter this year, while the stop/start system will be added to Cherokees in the third quarter.

Chrysler’s stop/start system works much like any other system out there; the engine is shut off when the vehicle comes to a stop and starts back up when the driver begins to release pressure on the brake pedal.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee at Woodbine Chrysler

With a luxury cabin and 3.2L V6, the 2014 model plows through the paces at ‘Jeep Hill’

By Russell Purcell

The Jeep name has a long and storied history in North America and it is one of the few American brands that is recognized around the globe.

The decision makers at Chrysler are well aware of Jeep’s popularity, but it became apparent that it would be easier to market the Jeep brand worldwide if the product catalogue was revised to better suit all markets.

As a result, when it came time to update the aging Liberty compact sport utility vehicle, the decision was made to revisit the Cherokee name, a moniker that was carried on the fender of the capable five-passenger vehicle back when it was initially introduced in the mid-1980s.

During this period, the wide acceptance of the concept of the sport-utility vehicle began to take hold, as North American consumers were introduced to a new category of small, go-anywhere vehicles fitted with four-wheel-drive and rugged all-terrain tires.

Toyota’s 4Runner had invaded our shores, the Bronco II had left the Ford corral and General Motors had rolled out the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer and the GMC S-15 Jimmy. The Jeep Cherokee was AMC’s entrant into this burgeoning category, and for the most part, proved to be a value leader and the most capable off-road.

In 2003, the Cherokee name gave way to the Jeep Liberty, a vehicle that while still capable of engaging in off-road adventure, had been engineered to be deliver a more refined ride and a higher level of amenities. Two generations of these more urban friendly models roamed our streets for over a decade, but now the Liberty experiment is over, and the Cherokee is back.

Or is it? The architecture for the new Cherokee is loosely based on that of the Dodge Dart sedan, which itself is an evolution of a platform derived from corporate cousin Fiat. While platform sharing helps a company save money and better manage resources, it can also be detrimental to some models if shortcuts have to be made in the design department to make the plan work.

In the case of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee it is evident that many Jeep fans are worried that the new model may have lost some of it off-road prowess with the redesign, especially given the fact that it is built on a passenger car foundation rather than that of a truck.

My test vehicle was a fully loaded Cherokee Limited 4×4. With its sleek new bodywork and top-shelf interior, it would be easy to believe that this new Cherokee might be afraid to get dirty. I was determined to prove that this was not the case.

Jeep offers four distinct models of the Cherokee: Sport, North, Limited and Trailhawk. The first three are available in either front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive variants, while the Trailhawk model is only available in four-wheel-drive form, and is the only one of the bunch to receive the Trail Rated designation. Jeep models carrying the Trail Rated badge have been specifically designed and outfitted to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories. These include traction, ground clearance, manoeuvrability, articulation, and water fording.

While the Cherokee Limited does not hold such a rating, it is still a Jeep, and there are expectations that most consumers will feel need to be met. The typical Cherokee owner is likely to be an active individual who may enjoy getting back to nature or engaging in a wide array of outdoor pursuits. As a result, there will be times when the roads to the destination might be rather steep, littered with hazards, and probably slippery.

Jeep has developed three innovative 4×4 systems for the Cherokee. The single speed Active Drive I 4×4 system with brake traction control is available on the Sport model. This system has been designed to ensure that the vehicle will maintain traction in all weather conditions.

The North and Limited models can be ordered with the Active Drive II 4×4 system which features a low-range setting which is great for rock crawling, and a neutral mode which permits flat towing behind an RV.
The Cherokee Trailhawk gets its mountain goat agility from the Active Drive Lock 4×4 system which features a 4-Low setting and a rear locker.

Jeep Hill is a six-story, man-made mountain located alongside a popular forest service road in Mission. This cleverly sculpted berm of excavated soil and rock was left behind years ago by a road building crew, and is now used daily by off-road enthusiasts to hone their skills before tackling some of the truly treacherous routes that criss-cross the mountainous terrain in this region.

In preparation for my attempt at climbing Jeep Hill, I put the vehicle into low range with the touch of a console mounted button. The Limited 4×4 model is equipped with the Jeep Selec-Terrain system which allows the driver to select from four operational settings —auto, snow, sport and sand/mud. I decided to leave it in the Auto mode for my test run up the hill to see how it would adapt to the traction challenges

I began my ascent on the narrow trail that runs the length of Jeep Hill, and I must admit that I wasn’t expecting to get past the smattering of deep ruts that had been carved in the road surface by the huge truck tires that rip at the earth as they clamber up the steep grade. The Cherokee Limited was riding on Continental street tires that had no purpose being on this hill, so I half expected to be backing out in short order.

Much to my surprise, the Cherokee soldiered up the steep grade slow and steady, and without hesitation. I was not wanting for power, as the optional Pentastar 3.2-litre V6 engine generates 271 horsepower and 239 foot-pounds of torque, and power delivery proved smooth and consistent.

As my driver’s side rear wheel fell into a deep rut, the nose of the Cherokee rose and my outside front wheel took to the air. Despite having a wheel suspended a full 14-inches above the gravel surface, the Active Drive II system kept the other wheels moving forward as I put steady pressure on the gas pedal. While it looked somewhat dramatic, the vehicle made its way up the grade with obvious ease and damage free.

I was made even more impressed with this performance when I passed by this location a couple of hours later on my return home. There was a small group of people working hard to extract a tricked out, full-sized pickup truck that was stuck in that same rut. And it was sporting a lift-kit and very aggressive off-road tires!

The descent was equally impressive, as the lane down the side of Jeep Hill is a mix of sand and loose loam. I activated Hill Descent Control, which left me in charge of the brakes and the steering. The journey down the steep face left me feeling very confident in the capabilities of the Jeep Cherokee as it was controlled, and slip and slide free.

Afterward I managed to navigate the Cherokee through some light mud, deep sand, and a rock-strewn shoreline on my way to my photo location. The vehicle performed like a champ and left me feeling confident in its capabilities when the going gets rough.

On paved surfaces the Cherokee Limited was a star, as its nine-speed automatic transmission worked to distribute power as efficiently as possible. Handling is very car-like, and the ride was quiet and comfortable. The Cherokee Limited features a level of luxury usually reserved for very high-end automobiles, and the long list of safety features made it an excellent touring vehicle.

Rugged and refined, the all-new Jeep Cherokee is an impressive piece of hardware. So impressive that it was named the 2014 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada

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2015 Jeep Renegade wants you to reimagine the brand

Smaller, fuel-efficient Jeep makes its official North American debut in New York

Making its world debut last month at the Geneva Motor Show, the new 2015 Jeep Renegade makes its North American premiere here in the Big Apple. One size smaller than the new-last-year compact Jeep Cherokee crossover, the subcompact Renegade asks you to rethink the Jeep brand in several ways.

First off, the four-door, five-passenger Renegade has been designed to save fuel. Two four-cylinder gas engines, available with either front- or all-wheel-drive will be offered when the Jeep crossover goes on-sale in Canada as a 2015 model.

If you want to shift gears on your own, you’ll need the Renegade’s 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder gas engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. If you can’t manage a clutch pedal, opt for the 2.4L unit. It makes 184 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque, and uses a “segment first” nine-speed automatic.

JEEP Renegade

Despite its diminutive size and obvious urban driving appeal, the Fiat-Chrysler brand is going out of its way to let you know that its Renegade can indeed be driven off-road.

Two all-wheel-drive systems will be available: full-time Jeep Active Drive and Jeep Active Drive Low, with its “class-exclusive” full-time 4×4 system. Both systems include Jeep Selec-Terrain, which offers up five drive modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trail hawk model)

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2015 Chrysler 200 Review

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Expectations for mid-size sedans have changed at a lightning pace the past several years—a pace that’s simply left the outgoing Chrysler 200 outclassed in many respects. But with the introduction of an all-new 2015 version, Chrysler looks positioned to take back a big portion of the market.

Among the strengths that the 200 offers up to the market: A smooth, style and design that stand out in a crowded segment; stunning cabin materials and detailing; and features and pricing that are among the most competitive on the market for cost-conscious families.

With its smooth, rounded, and very refined grille and front-end appearance—which sets a new, less upright look for Chrysler and seems to pick up where Saab left off—the Chrysler 200 sedan shows up with an unexpectedly fresh face. With an elongated roofline, nice taper going to the tail, and flush decklid with ‘hidden’ exhaust outlet, and the 200 doesn’t follow the look of the current Chrysler 300 or the outgoing 200. According to those involved with the development of the 200, the 200 S V-6 model speaks to the “darker side of Chrysler” with its more flamboyant and emotional, yet toned-down appearance.

Inside, the 200 looks destined for the same kind of transformation that the automaker has applied to recently redesigned vehicles like the Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Durango. Chrysler has looked to what it considers iconic American design—Chris Craft, and Frank Gehry, as well as things as diverse as sand dunes and the Detroit skyline—to make the interior focused around top-grade materials, fits, and finishes, and making simple shapes with ‘exotic’ products. The innovative center-console design allows, like modern Volvo models as well as a few other models, a pass-through storage area beneath—as well as sliding cupholders and versatile cubbies—while the floating stack itself is canted slightly toward the driver. As in the 2014 Dodge Durango and Ram 1500, Chrysler has employed a rotary-dial shift knob, which frees up more space around those in front; and all 200 models get an electric parking brake.

Power will be provided by either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder ‘Tigershark’ four-cylinder engine, making 184 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque, or a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that makes 295 hp and 262 lb-ft here. The 200 is, like its predecessor, primarily a front-wheel-drive car, although it will offer all-wheel drive as an option on all trims except the base-level four-cylinder model. And no matter which engine, and whether you get front- or all-wheel drive, you’ll get a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Chrysler hopes that V-6, all-wheel-drive versions of the 200 will stand out for their strong performance. The American Axle–supplied all-wheel-drive system in the 200 (actually the same system as used in some versions of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee) fully disconnects from the rear wheels during relaxed driving—to help boost fuel efficiency—and it works with the transmission and draws from more than 20 separate shift maps to cater to the road/driving environment. EPA fuel economy numbers aren’t out yet, but Chrysler says that with the most popular powertrain combination—the four-cylinder, front-wheel drive—the 200 will meet or beat a 35-mpg EPA rating on the highway. That’s thanks in part to a best-in-segment 0.27 coefficient of drag.

The new Chrysler 200 is built on an extended-and-strengthened version of the same platform that underpins the Dodge Dart, but in addition to the MacPherson strut front suspension and four-link rear setup, it has a full-width aluminum crossmember that doubles as part of the body structure and helps reduce torsion and bending. There’s also a new dual-pinion steering rack that was designed for electric power steering from the start—so, in short, we’re expecting good things out of the 200 in the ride and handling department.

It’s only about an inch longer and an inch lower than the outgoing model of the same name, but the proportions are quite different. All models get a 60/40-split back seat with a trunk pass-through, and a flip-down seat armrest that includes storage and cupholders; and based on the 200’s roofline, we’re anticipating that it won’t be as compromised for back-seat headroom as some other mid-size sedans.

The base 2015 Chrysler 200 LX will start at just $21,700—or $22,695 with destination—which makes it one of the most affordable mid-size sedans; and it includes air conditioning, rear heat ducts, a full-length console with sliding armrest, overhead storage, keyless entry, LED ambient interior lighting, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, an auxiliary input back, USB connectivity, and Bluetooth connectivity. Limited models step up to alloy wheels and an audio upgrade, and they can be optioned up with packages that include dual-zone climate control, remote start, heated mirrors, a heated steering wheel, a rear backup camera, and satellite radio, among other features. Chrysler 200S models get a sportier look, plus fog lamps, heated mirrors, bigger 18-inch wheels, a sport suspension, and other upgrades, while top 200C models heap on additional features that include a garage-door opener and upgraded materials and trims—and they can be optioned with packages including HID headlamps, LED fog lamps and running lamps, ventilated front seats, real wood interior accents, and a SafetyTec package.

That package includes both an available LaneSense lane departure warning system as well as Rear Cross Path Detection and a Full-Speed Collision Warning-Plus system (with autonomous braking under some situations), plus adaptive cruise control and rain-sensing wipers. The 200C will also offer Chrysler’s first automated parking system—for both parallel and perpendicular situations.

Deliveries of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 will begin just a few months from now—potentially as soon as April 2014.

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