The 2019 Jeep Renegade is Finally Here

Initially unveiled overseas several months ago, the refreshed Jeep® Renegade was finally revealed this week for the U.S. market, complete with a mild visual update, several added features, and a downsized 1.3-liter turbo engine – available to those drivers who seek a little more power on the road. Additionally, the manual transmission will no longer be an option and the turbocharged engine will not be the standard powertrain.

Doing away with its notorious boxy look, the refreshed 2019 Renegade gets visual updates that modernize its front and rear with reshaped fascias and newly optional LED headlights and taillights. New wheel designs, exterior colors, and even a revised instrument cluster complete the list of visual improvements in the 2019 model year.

Powertrain options experience an even bigger change, with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine now the default engine on the Sport and Latitude trims, a big change from the previously standard turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The 2.4-liter is capable of generating 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque when paired with the standard nine-speed automatic transmission. Limited and Trailhawk trims come standard with an all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine that makes more power than the old turbocharged engine – 177 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. The Limited trim also features engine-stop-start (ESS) technology and active grille shutters for improved fuel economy. A stick-shift option is no longer available since all engines are paired with the standard nine-speed transmission.

No official word yet from Jeep on pricing, but the refreshed Renegade is likely to see an increase thanks to the fact that its automatic transmission is now standard. Industry experts expect a minimum increase of $1000. The Jeep Renegade currently has an MSRP of $18,445 (plus destination fee).

In other Jeep news – we recently wrote about the ongoing web series competition by Jeep, and now we’ve finally got a winner! The six-part web series followed three celebrities – Alex Rodriguez, Maria Menounos, and The Infatuation – and their respective builders as they competed against one another for the Wrangler Golden Grille Award. Each celebrity was given a stock JL Wrangler and was asked to customize it to their liking, trying to earn the praise and vote of the judging panel.

In the end, it was Maria Menounos and DCD Customs who took the award home. They set themselves apart from the competition by building upon a classic two-door Wrangler, complete with custom half-doors and a hand-painted dashboard. Polished aluminum GenRight bumpers, a Warn winch, and 39-inch Super Swampers finished off the custom look.

Check out the winning ride below:

Inspired in becoming a Jeeper? Stop by Miami Lakes Jeep and check out our extensive 2018 JL Wrangler inventory. With the many trims and configurations available across the entire lineup it’s hard not to feel like you’ve gotten your very own customized Wrangler.

If you already own a Jeep then you’ll be happy to learn that our service department is open on Sundays for your convenience. Schedule a service appointment online today!

While you’re at it follow Miami Lakes Jeep on social media to know when the 2019 Renegade starts rolling out to dealer lots.

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How the Jeep Wrangler Got Even Better

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Among the many reasons customers love to own a Jeep® Wrangler is the ability to go almost anywhere. In the future, it will be easier than ever to take a Wrangler out and off road thanks to the newest technology that will be infused into the Jeep product. From the craftsmanship and high level engineering provided by the manufacturing company Arconic, the Jeep Wrangler will be produced with highly formable aluminum. This special aluminum will help reduce weight and provide a greater strength in the material for consumers to have a better and safer product overall.

“Arconic is proud to develop solutions that increase performance and decrease weight, which are strong selling points for Jeep buyers…Consumers continue to demand stronger, safer and smarter vehicles,” said Mark Vrablec, Vice President of Commercial Business Development for Arconic’s Global Rolled Products.

How Much Lighter Will the Wrangler Become?

The addition of these high-strength aluminum front and rear doors are 12 and 10.5 pounds lighter, reducing the total weight by 45 pounds with the new doors alone. Overall, about 75 pounds have been shaved off with the work of Arconic. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) shed a total of 200 pounds compared to the 2017 model. Even with a lighter, yet more durable vehicle, there’s no drop of strength expected. In fact, they are said to be the strongest doors the Wrangler has ever had.

Experts say the aluminum components should be safer than other materials. According to the 2017 Ducker Worldwide survey, aluminum content in North American passenger vehicles has increased by over 40 percent over the last three years, from 397 pounds per vehicle to 565 pounds per vehicle by the year 2028, generally replacing the steel material. Steel is more than twice as dense as aluminum, so this will only benefit automakers going forward.

What Else to Look Forward to With the Next Wrangler?

While the 2019 Jeep Wrangler is still months from being available in showrooms, the Wrangler JL will add a diesel-engine option and a new trim option may be added at a later date. Jeep is expected to add a plug-in hybrid powertrain by 2020 as well. The new-generation JL Wrangler provides a nicer drive and newfound interior quality that sets itself apart from the Wrangler JK of just the previous model year. Look for Jeep to continue pushing the envelope with their 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL later this year.

Stop By For a Test Drive

You’ve probably wanted to test drive a Jeep Wrangler JL since they debuted less than a year ago and now is your chance at Miami Lakes Automall. Find out for yourself what it’s like to have the enjoyment of being able to drive off road and handle adventure with ease. For any buying, leasing, selling or trade-in offers, our professional staff is equipped to make your customer experience remarkable.

We welcome you to visit our friendly staff and helpful service team. Our lineup of the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler is wonderful and we hope you’ll come in to see the lineup or touch up your current vehicle with servicing. Even if you didn’t buy with us, we’ll provide you the same great service we do all our customers and take care of your vehicle promptly. And, our service department for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram is open on Sundays!

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Leaked: Jeep Gladiator (Formerly Known as the Jeep Scrambler)

Miami Lakes Jeep Gladiator Leaked Spy Photo

It turns out that the highly-anticipated Jeep pickup truck will not be called a Jeep Scrambler after all. The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) media department has been slowly letting details about its Wrangler-inspired truck trickle out ahead of the LA Auto Show, where the Jeep pickup is expected to make its debut if a leaked dealership presentation is to be trusted. According to an online Jeep forum, it’ll be a Jeep Gladiator making the rounds this late November (2018). Several forum users claim that official pictures and a specs sheet were on FCA’s official media site for a short time before being taken down. So what can we look forward to on this Wrangler-inspired midsize pickup? If the name is anything to go by there’ll be plenty of tough goodies in store.

If the information obtained by the forum is correct then the Gladiator will be offered just like the JL Wrangler with a soft top or two hard top options. As was previously reported, a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 with auto stop-start will power the Gladiator, along with a choice between a six-speed manual transmission or the brand’s latest innovation: an eight-speed automatic transmission. By the time 2020 rolls around, industry experts believe that the highly-anticipated 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine paired with the eight-speed transmission will become an available choice.

A surprising spec that leaked is that the Gladiator will offer best-in-class towing with an impressive maximum capability of 7,650 pounds, and a best-in-class payload up to 1,600 pounds. Serious off-roaders that have been craving a powerful pickup will not be disappointed as the Gladiator will have “unmatched” crawl ratios and up to 30-inches of water fording according to the specs sheet leak. Updated Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lok electric front and rear axle lockers, a Trac-Lok limited slip differential, a segment exclusive electronic sway bar, and 33-inch off-road tires will also be offered. The Gladiator will be equipped with the classic Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 systems, both tried and true favorites of off-road enthusiasts.

So far the only body style that’s leaked has been the Crew Cab, complete with a five-foot steel bed. The bed covers an external power source and has integrated tie-downs for more versatile cargo options. Also, in case you were wondering, industry experts were right – the Gladiator will have the same folding windshield as the Wrangler as expected.

As we mentioned earlier this tough mudder is slated to debut at the LA Auto Show that takes place later this month (Nov. 2018). Anticipation is running high and these specs leaks only fan the flames as Jeepers have been waiting for a Jeep truck since they got a glimpse of the 2004 Gladiator truck concept. Follow Miami Lakes Jeep on social media to stay up to date with the latest Jeep Gladiator news. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is expected to roll out to Jeep dealerships in April of 2019.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee is Italy’s Newest Crimefighter

Miami Lakes Jeep Carabinieri Grand Cherokee

Italian criminals better watch out as there’s a new patrol in town now that the Carabinieri (Italy’s gendarmerie force) is set to receive 19 armored Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs for their anti-terrorism unit. The specially-prepared vehicles are slated to arrive by the end of the year, with the first few already on their way to officers in Rome. What makes the Carabinieri Grand Cherokee special? Not only its exterior but also its unmatched (and shall we say altered) capabilities.

Flashing blue lights on the grille and roof, combined with the classic Carabinieri blue paint scheme with red accents, adorn this Grand Cherokee SUV that takes crime-fighting seriously. An extra tablet powered by Android on a sliding rack allows the Carabinieri additional communication access, including the ability to access various different Italian Police databases while on the go. These SUVs will be powered by a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine capable of generating up to 190 horsepower and paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Bad guys hiding out on some rugged hills? That’s not a challenge for this SUV, as its four-wheel-drive can conquer any rugged terrain.

Unlike the Grand Cherokee variants that you’ll find at Jeep dealerships, this Carabinieri version is equipped with full body armor, a bullet-resistant windshield, side windows, and even bulletproof tires. Reinforced suspension parts improve on-road handling overall. The Carabinieri Grand Cherokee is far from the first vehicle that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) supplies for the force as their relationship dates back to post World War II Italy. The automaker initially provided Alfa Romeo vehicles as patrol cars, starting with the Giulietta model and eventually transitioning into the Giulia model as of 2016

Earlier this year (2018), during the summer, Jeep Wrangler vehicles were also delivered to the Carabinieri to patrol the northern Romagna coast. Affectionately called the Gazella, or Gazelle, the Carabinieri Wrangler patrols the hottest beaches on the Romagna coast Baywatch style as it drives directly on the shoreline. Not to be outdone by the modifications on the Grand Cherokee, this Wrangler is enhanced with a special Mopar One package that adds ruggedness and grit from the ground up. This Wrangler rides on large 17-inch Performance Gladiator black-painted alloy wheels that are outfitted with 32-inch Hankook Dynapro tires for optimal performance. Additionally, the Mopar One package also includes a two-inch lift with special shock absorbers for added ground clearance, a stabilizer bar, front and rear splash guards, and mudguards with side tangs.

Blue Flashing lights and sirens are also matched to a dark blue body-color and Carabinieri decals on the side, while features like a portable radio and a machine gun holder help complete the functionality of this law enforcement-oriented Wrangler. This Gazella (Wrangler) is powered by a 2.8-liter diesel four-cylinder engine capable of 158 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Check out this beachside Wrangler below:

Miami Lakes Jeep Carabinieri Wrangler

Sadly these vehicles will not be making their way stateside, but occasions like this really showcase the type of modifications that Jeep vehicles are capable of across the entire lineup. If you’re ready to make the switch to a vehicle with unmatched prowess, then Miami Lakes Jeep is here for you – check out our latest 2018 Jeep inventory. Want to know more about possible modifications? Ask us on Miami Lakes Jeep social media.

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Jeep Shows off at SEMA as the LA Auto Show Looms on the Horizon

We are officially in the final stretch of 2018, but plenty of 2019 model year vehicles are still pending to make their debuts. With the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show (Oct. 30 – Nov. 2) and the LA Auto Show (Nov. 30 – Dec. 9) scheduled to take place, the stage is set for some exciting revelations. A supercharged 2012 Jeep® JK Wrangler from Raw Motorsports is fully loaded with aftermarket parts and is set to be unveiled at SEMA, while the long-awaited Jeep Scrambler is expected to be the talk of the town once it’s unveiled at the LA Auto Show.

Not open to the general public and known as a trade-only event that is limited to individuals currently working within the automotive aftermarket industry, SEMA is an auto show like no other. Year after year, automakers and aftermarket parts manufacturers bring their wildest creations to the show, leaving the attendees in awe. Raw Motorsports, an aftermarket parts manufacturer and installer from Southern California that primarily focuses on specialty vehicles, is ready to show off this year. The aftermarket manufacturer modified a 2012 Jeep Wrangler JK and transformed it into a high-performance off-roader to dazzle audiences, aptly-named the ‘Rawbicon’.

The Rawbicon’s original engine was replaced with a much more powerful (read much larger) 6.4-liter SRT HEMI V8 engine and a Magnuson supercharger for increased power – both modifications paired with a six-speed transmission. Is there anyone out there that can handle this much power from a Jeep Wrangler? We’re sure there are plenty of Jeepers that are willing to try.

A ride on this kind of monster can definitely get bumpy, so to help with control and comfort, the folks over at Raw Motorsports equipped this Rawbicon with a long-arm suspension kit, a stage 2 front sway bar, Eibach racing coil springs, a custom stainless steel bar bumper, air bump shocks, 20-inch off-road wheels, and 40-inch Toyo MT Open Country Tires. There’s no terrain this thing can’t dominate! Plus, even this severely altered Rawbicon couldn’t escape the iconic fun in the sun feel of the Jeep brand, as a My Top eight second electric-retractable roof was installed.

Anticipation for the Jeep Scrambler has been building for a few years now since Jeep brand fanatics first heard the news of its impending manufacture. Lucky for them it appears as if the wait is almost over – according to industry experts, Jeep is likely to use the LA Auto Show to introduce the Scrambler – after all, this is the same stage the brand used last year to introduce the all-new Wrangler JL. Thanks to spy photos that have been making the rounds, there are a few Scrambler forums that are predicting the pickup will look very similar to a four-door Wrangler, albeit with a small truck bed in the back. Apparently, there may even be a Rubicon trim of the Scrambler in the works as well!

Scrambler forums are also convinced that the looks of the Wrangler aren’t the only thing that the new pickup is set to inherit – the same engine options are expected to find a home under the hood of the Scrambler as well. Engine options are expected to be between a classic 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The Pentastar is capable of generating 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, while the four-cylinder engine can generate 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. As 2020 environmental regulations loom in the near future across the globe, the Jeep brand is said to be working on Diesel and Hybrid variants for the entire Jeep lineup. The Jeep Scrambler is set to go on sale as of April of next year (2019).

Whether you’re interested in building your very own Rawbicon or your curiosity is piqued by the upcoming Jeep Scrambler, Miami Lakes Jeep is here for you. Get started today and check out our 2018 Jeep Wrangler inventory. Follow us on Miami Lakes Jeep social media to stay up to date on the latest Scrambler news.

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What you Need to Know About the Jeep Wave Program

You’re probably wondering if the Jeep® Wave Program is another cool kids’ club like the Badge of Honor Program we mentioned recently. In some ways, you can say that both programs are similar as they’re only exclusively available to owners of Jeep vehicles. Actually, the Jeep Wave Program is more of a club for Jeep owners that are looking to get the best care for their vehicles  (and themselves) 24/7. Free for new Jeep owners, and available for eligible vehicles from the 2015 model year or older for a cost of $150 per year, the Jeep Wave Program offers many features like 24/7 support with just a phone call or online chat away, VIP perks, no-charge same-day car rental and more.

To reach the exclusive Jeep vehicle owner support agents that are available 24/7, members can dial (844) 533-7928 (JEEP WAVE) or chat online by just logging on to jeep.com/wave. The reps will be able to provide traditional support like answering frequently asked questions while also having the ability to schedule dealer service appointments and more. Perks of being a Jeep Wave member include access to the Savings Network that offers exclusive discounts from about 150 premium retailers for members, with an allotted $500 in annual savings offered at the time of purchase of a qualifying vehicle. The $500 yearly savings can be used to purchase select products offered at 20 percent – 40 percent off the best available price. A great example is an item that retails for $100 but is exclusively available for Jeep Wave members at $75 – the $25 difference would then be deducted from the $500 annual savings bank.

Additionally, Jeep Wave members receive complimentary maintenance services, too – 2 oil changes per year and tire rotations. All services are available to the vehicle owner for the duration of their Jeep Wave membership and can be carried over should the vehicle be sold to another owner during that time. The complimentary services must be performed at an authorized Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) U.S. dealer as part of the rules that accompany the Jeep Wave membership. Trip Interruption coverage is another great perk that covers Jeep owners so that they can vacation with peace of mind. The plan reimburses up to $1,000 for last-minute lodging, meals, and emergency transportation, should the vehicle be inoperable due to a failure covered either with this plan or under the factory warranty. Jeep owners have to be at least 100 miles away from the address of record and must mail all emergency receipts with a copy of a repair bill to Vehicle Protection, P.O. Box 2100, Troy, Michigan 48007-2700 to process the reimbursement. The program does not limit the number of emergency events that can be covered.

A no-charge same-day rental is available when Jeep owners are unable to put their life aside and stop for routine maintenance. The Jeep Wave program covers the same-day rental fee so that members can stay on the move and continue with their errands. More perks are rumored to arrive in early 2019, including an add-on subscription-based car ownership program that will allow members access to use select FCA vehicles for a monthly fee. FCA will join the ranks of other automakers like BMW, Cadillac, Volvo and more that offer a variation of this service as a way to entice current owners to experience other vehicles in their lineups.

Don’t deny yourself the chance to become a Jeep Wave member, pass by Miami Lakes Jeep today and check out the latest 2018 Jeep inventory. With hundreds of Jeep vehicles available in stock it’s not hard to find a perfect one to match all your needs. Follow Miami Lakes Jeep on social media to stay up to date with our latest Jeep news.

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Join the Jeep Badge of Honor Program

Buying a Jeep® vehicle makes one like a member of a special club, but the brand’s Badge of Honor Program offers a little something more for those off-road enthusiasts. The Jeep brand is largely considered iconic thanks to their efficient, durable, and adventurous vehicles that lend themselves to travel to parts unknown. With the Badge of Honor Program as an incentive, the brand invites owners to really experience the power of their vehicles, making the most of all adventures. The Badge of Honor Program may feel like an exclusive club given the amount of Jeepers that are unaware of its existence, but nothing could be further from the truth.

The Basics

Designed as an app for iPhones and Androids, the program allows for Jeepers to discover new trails, earn virtual and hard badges, and share with other Jeepers online as part of a community.

Existing members claim that it feels much like joining an exclusive off-roading club thanks to its perks. Fiat Automobiles (FCA) developed, owns, and operates this program as the only official off-road program for the Jeep brand that’s available to Jeepers only.

Although thousands of legal off-road trails exist in the U.S., as of April of this year (2018) only 49 trails have been designated as Badge of Honor trails. The criteria for trail selection is not made public by Jeep, but off-road enthusiasts believe that the brand makes their selections based on difficulty, technical challenge level, historical significance, and the overall beauty of the trail.

Getting Started

To join the Jeep Badge of Honor Program, users have to follow three simple steps – not counting the true first step of owning a Jeep! The first step to becoming a Badge of Honor Program member is to download the app from the app store. After downloading the app successfully, users will be asked to create a profile or to link the app with one of their social media accounts. Depending on the method chosen, the user’s profile will be connected to the user’s email address – the one they submit when making a profile from scratch or the one linked to a social media account.

After the profile is completed, users will be able to search for nearby trails. Once they arrive at the trail, users will check in, and subsequently, a new screen will pop up congratulating the off-roader for tackling the trail giving them a digital badge. In order to get a physical badge to add to their Jeep, users will have to click on their profile and scroll down until they see a banner that reads “View and Request Badges.”

Once the user clicks on the banner a new screen will populate with a list of all the hard badges they’re eligible for. After selecting their badges, users will need to fill out a short order form that’ll ask them to provide their mailing address and their 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). An email confirmation will be sent to the Jeeper to confirm their order was placed successfully and that the hard badge will arrive within eight to twelve weeks.

Follow Miami Lakes Jeep on social media to be the first to know when a Florida trail is added to the program! If you’ve still got to complete step one of this process and need to get yourself an off-road-ready Jeep then look no further than our 2018 JL Wrangler inventory. Schedule a test drive today!

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The Hottest Aftermarket Soft Top for the JL Wrangler is now Available

We recently published an article to help potential Jeep Wrangler buyers determine which Jeep top is right for them, and we’ve got a handy how-to guide for Jeep JL Wrangler top removal, but what if we were to tell you that the next best thing in Jeep tops is finally here? That’s right, there’s an even better way for Jeepers to enjoy that classic fresh air feel that comes naturally in a Jeep Wrangler. Bestop, the nation’s leading manufacturer of aftermarket Jeep soft tops and accessories recently announced the arrival of their first premium soft top for the all-new JL-generation Wrangler – the SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP. What’s sure to become Bestop’s hottest aftermarket accessory is the perfect way to combine the best of both worlds, all with the addition of an all-weather, all-purpose, year-round soft top that quickly flips back like a convertible for that easy access to an open-air experience.

The Bestop SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP was initially launched in 2016 for the JK-generation Wrangler as an aftermarket accessory to provide hardtop Wrangler owners instant access to a quasi-convertible experience without having to go through the hassle of removing the entire hardtop. It was no surprise when the SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP quickly became a best-selling accessory among hardtop Wrangler owners, and it’s not hard to see why Bestop is tapping into the same market for the newest generation.

Current owners of any JK-generation Wranglers who were potentially looking to upgrade in the future need not despair – Bestop has designed the latest SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP in a way that fits both the JK-generation Wrangler (2007 – 2018) and the new JL-generation. This aftermarket accessory makes for a valuable and long-lasting investment that can be enjoyed both now and later.

Arguably the best thing about the SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP (besides the incredible convenience of the accessory itself) is the fact that its installation requires zero power tools and only takes about 30 minutes! The SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP asks that hardtop Wrangler owners remove the front of the cabin’s freedom panels – the two panels come off by undoing the L-shaped latches that secure them to the roof. Once removed, the freedom panels should be stored accordingly to avoid any damage. Now that the front of the cabin is free and clear, it’s time to mount the two rails that level the SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP with the help of a simple Allen wrench. The installation process is now complete, and the SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP is ready to fold back just like a convertible top and hit the road.

Don’t just take it from us, even off-road racing icon Casey Currie is a fan, saying “The SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP makes the Jeeping experience better in every way – I love how easy it is to flip open and let the sun in. It’s an absolute must-have!”

The SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP is available in two different styles – ultra-premium Black Twill or factory-style Black Sailcloth, with limited quantities available. Its retail price starts at $699. Bestop distributors and bestop.com are currently taking pre-orders for the SUNRIDER™ FOR HARDTOP as it makes its official launch throughout the month of October.

Don’t feel comfortable installing it yourself? Our service department is now open on Sundays for your convenience and we’d be glad to help. Schedule a service appointment online today!

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Diesel-Powered Wrangler is Coming in 2019

It’s a great day to be an off-road enthusiast for those that enjoy off-roading in a Jeep! A Jeep Wrangler powered by a diesel-fueled engine is allegedly in the works. According to many prominent JL Wrangler forums, new order codes are popping up on dealership ordering systems as we near the new model year, and one of the codes (code 26) was confirmed to be the code for a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, including an engine start-stop system (ESS). The JL-generation Wrangler is currently offered in the U.S. with two different engine choices to choose from – the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine or the optional turbocharged four-pot 2.0-liter. Both of these engines are gasoline-powered, sometimes resulting in the disappointment of the consumers that seek a diesel-powered engine instead.

The Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon trims will be the lucky recipients of the engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A diesel engine is currently available in the Wrangler across Europe – a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine to be exact. The U.S. version of the diesel engine is expected to churn a lot more than the European’s 200 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. In fact, industry experts believe this new engine might actually be close to the one on the diesel-powered Grand Cherokee, capable of generating 260 horsepower and a whopping 442 lb-ft of torque. With that much more torque to offer, the diesel-powered Wrangler will definitely be an option for serious off-roaders.

Besides code 26 there were two other new codes that JL Wrangler forums are speculating about – code 22 and code 25. Code 22 points to a two-door Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon trims that will possibly be paired with the same diesel-fueled engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, it appears that code 25 might confirm a long-expected mild-hybrid 3.6-liter V6 that’s been rumored to be in the works over at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for a while now. As is customary, FCA declined to comment on any ongoing projects, these newly-available codes included.

If these reports turn out to be true, then the Wrangler lineup will automatically double its drivetrain options, with one of those rumored options providing a whole lot more torque to amp up that off-roading power. As we enter the last quarter of 2018, automakers will slowly start unveiling their 2019 models, and any other possible future manufacturing plans. Plus, many of the upcoming car shows make for a grand stage where automakers like to make their big announcements, and it’s likely that a confirmation of a diesel-powered Wrangler is imminent.

With all this said, the last design overhaul of the Wrangler was completed in time for the 2018 model year, thus, it’s unlikely for there to be any major changes in terms of looks. As we wait for the big reveal, potential buyers should pass by Miami Lakes Jeep and check out the excellent features of our current 2018 JL Wrangler inventory.

Follow Miami Lakes Jeep social media to be the first to know when the Diesel-powered Wrangler starts rolling out to dealerships.

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Which Jeep top is Right for you?

Jeep Wrangler vehicles are as authentic as their owners, and the many available Jeep tops add to their customizable allure. Whether it’s a soft top, a hardtop, or the latest and most advanced Sky One-Touch Power Top, there’s a Jeep top to suit every level of adventure and provide comfort and convenience depending on the buyer’s needs. We’ve simplified the benefits of each available top type along with some of the common downsides for readers to consider before making their choice.

Soft Top

Jeep soft tops offer plenty of versatility, ranging from full tops to half tops to bikini tops – and sometimes even a combination of several of these. Depending on the kind of adventures that Jeepers may be interested in, they’re free to configure their Jeep soft top however they wish – the side or back windows can be removed, as can the doors and the windshield for an additional thrill factor. The best thing to know about soft tops is that they tend to be relatively inexpensive when compared to their hardtop counterparts. In fact, consumers can actually buy several soft tops for the same amount it takes to purchase just one hardtop. A soft top makes being in tune with nature extremely easy with their ability to be adjusted in just a few minutes. For those adventure enthusiasts that crave exposure to the great outdoors, a soft top will feel like a natural choice.

On the other hand, a big downside to a soft top is the lack of durability. While a hardtop is designed to last the life of the vehicle, a soft top can only last so much – after all, it is a piece of heavily reinforced fabric that is continuously subjected to the elements. It’s likely that a soft top will sustain some damage and wear and tear rather quickly under South Florida’s beaming sun and constant summer rain storms. The removal of a soft top can also be a nuisance to some owners since soft tops need several steps for a complete removal. On the upside, soft tops can be stored easily unlike the hardtop. Lastly, a soft top offers little to no security when it comes to being a theft deterrent – the fabric can be cut open if any thief finds a valuable inside the Wrangler that they want to get their hands on.

Hardtop

A hardtop naturally provides the same type of protection that a regular cabin roof provides for drivers and passengers. The hardtop on a Wrangler comes equipped to protect riders from snow, rain, summer heat, winter cold, and toxic city fumes while also reducing the cabin noise. Designed to be much more durable than a soft top, a hardtop typically lasts the life of the vehicle unless some sort of freak accident (read: improper storage) happens. Adventure enthusiasts will also be happy with the additional cargo space that a hardtop provides – they can even opt for an aluminum half rack or rugged rack to transport gear like kayaks or bikes. Unlike soft tops, a hardtop acts as a good theft deterrent since they’re like a traditional car roof and are less likely to be broken into.

The downsides? A hardtop is a bit hectic to remove, mandatorily required to be removed by at least two people due to its weight and the fact that it slides off in one major piece after removing the initial front-cabin freedom panels. Somewhere to store the hardtop to avoid any damage is an absolute necessity, and riding around without a top that needs to stay behind (unlike the soft top that can be stored on the go) exposes the Wrangler and its passengers to the elements. If we know South Florida weather like we think we do, a likely scenario will have Jeepers finding themselves under a sudden rainstorm without a protective cover – risking damage to the upholstery, the interior electronics, and most importantly themselves.

Sky One-Touch Power Top

The Sky One-Touch Power Top is the latest innovation from Jeep, and it’s the crown jewel of all Jeep tops. Mixing the best of both worlds, the Sky One-Touch Power Top is half soft top and half hardtop. Consumers unwilling to go through the motions of removing their entire hardtop or those who struggle taking apart the soft top piece by piece will be happy to learn that this canvas top operates on a track system much like a convertible. Just like its name invokes, this top requires the touch of a single button to slide back on the track and stack accordion-style above the rear quarter windows – touching the button again will cause the top to slide towards the windshield where it’ll be secured by latches that create a watertight seal. Sensors on the track can detect if any objects or little fingers are in the way and they’ll automatically stop the motion until the path is clear.  

This top style is a very recent introduction and it’s just slowly begun making its way across Jeep dealer lots. Its limited availability – only available on the Sahara and Rubicon four-door trims as a matter of fact, and its additional cost of $3,995 are some of the limitations. It’s unclear if Jeep has any plans to offer this top on any of their other Wrangler trims.

Don’t just take our word for it, come by Miami Lakes Jeep and see these tops for yourself. Check out our 2018 Jeep Wrangler inventory and hit the road on a test drive.

If you’ve already got a Jeep then you’ll be happy to know that our service department is now open on Sundays as well for your convenience! Schedule your service appointment online today!

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Jeep Announces Their First-Ever Web Series Competition

The Jeep® brand is expanding their horizons as they dabble in online content production via their first-ever web series competition. As part of their brand appeal expansion, Jeep has selected former NBA veteran and sports analyst Jalen Rose as the host of the six-episode web series. Among the competitors are baseball legend and MLB analyst Alex Rodriguez, media personality and entrepreneur Maria Menounos, and Andrew Steinthal and Chris Stang, co-founders of the restaurant media platform The Infatuation. Jeep Performance Parts coupled with the assistance of professional customizers will bring to fruition many unique 2018 Jeep Wrangler vehicles that showcase personal style – reflecting personalities and passions. Fans can catch the six-episode series at www.jeep.com/celebrity-customs.

The remaining five episodes will air on Sept. 11, Sept. 13, Sept. 18, Sept. 20, with the final installment on Sept. 27. A special event in Los Angeles is scheduled for September 27 – an event that will have all contestants present as the customization challenge winner is announced. While the Jeep brand will be responsible for choosing the recipient of the Wrangler Golden Grille Award, fans can vote on Jeep.com to award one of the non-winning vehicles a fan favorite award after the big reveal. This voting will begin on September 27 and go on through October 5.

Customization is not a new concept for the Jeep Wrangler as owners of the iconic vehicle have made it a tradition to reflect their individual personalities wherever the road takes them. The participants will work with famed customizers like West Coast Customs and DCD Customs throughout the series to achieve their vision. At stake are not only the bragging rights, but the ability to keep the winning customized Jeep Wrangler. Whatever the outcome, the winning Jeep Wrangler is sure to turn heads regardless of which celebrity is behind the wheel.

The Jeep brand was recently recognized as a 2018 “Cult Brand” Honoree at the annual “The Gathering of Society Cult Brands”. In total, eight brands and their leaders were honored for their unconventional approach to brand management and its cult-like status benefits. Jeep is the first and only auto brand to achieve this distinction.

Does the web series put you in the mood for a new car – a new Jeep Wrangler to be exact? With so many 2018 Jeep Wrangler vehicles in our inventory we are sure that you will find one to match your exact wants and needs.  And with so many options to choose from it’s hard not to feel like you’ve chosen your very own one-of-a-kind, semi-customized Wrangler.

If you already own a Jeep and are interested in any form of customization or in need of parts, please pass by Miami Lakes Jeep so that our service staff may help you. Our service department is now open on Sunday from 9am to 3pm for your convenience. Feel free to schedule an appointment online.  

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