Jeep is One Step Closer to Getting a New Parent Company

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the parent company of Jeep, is on the verge of finalizing a gargantuan merger with France’s Peugeot parent company. The finalized merger will create the world’s fourth-largest automaker: Stellantis. Now that PSA shareholders have taken a vote and approved the deal, FCA can consider its decade long search for a partner as coming to a close. Both General Motors and Volkswagen previously rejected FCA’s attempts at a merger. Officials suggest that the merger between the two giants is bound to yield billions of dollars in annual savings as Stellantis begins to pool its resources and accelerate the development of electric cars and electric technology. Electric and autonomous vehicles are expected to revolutionize the auto industry in the coming decade. [click to continue…]

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What We Know About the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Jeep made waves a few years ago when the brand announced that it would be reviving its Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer nameplates in upcoming three-row SUV models. The original Wagoneer, something more akin to a station wagon than an SUV, ceased production in 1991 after 29 years on the market. According to the late-CEO Sergio Marchionne, the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will fill a gap in Jeep’s lineup that’ll directly compete with the likes of the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. Here’s a little of what we know about the upcoming Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models.

Body-on-Frame 

Given the requirements imposed by Jeepers, the brand will need to deliver a luxurious SUV that can go off-road and hold its own. Since serious off-road chops are necessary, it’s a given that the new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will need a body-on-frame design. A lot of the speculation up until this point has focused on the rumor that the new Jeep models would use the Ram 1500 pickup platform. Spy photographers have spotted test mules, and they allege that the mules sported a Ram 1500’s truck bed on the back. A clear indication that Jeep will deliver the body-on-frame vehicle its enthusiasts are expecting. 

Three-Row SUV

The lack of a single three-row SUV has mostly been considered the brand’s most significant gap in its lineup. A vehicle capable of seating seven or eight passengers is a hot commodity in our current automotive market. Jeep will finally compete head-to-head with the likes of Land Rover Discovery, Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition, and others like the vehicles we mentioned earlier. If the brand can deliver an SUV that’s capable of being not only an off-road monster but also a convincing family hauler, then it’s all but guaranteed to be a masterstroke. The real challenge for Jeep lies in designing the third row of seats that can comfortably accommodate adults and offer enough room for passengers to sit for an extended amount of time. 

There’ll be a Wagoneer and a Grand Wagoneer.

Here’s where it gets a little tricky, Jeep will bring back the Wagoneer moniker, and it’ll be revived in a short-wheelbase form. The long-wheelbase form will be the vehicle referred to as the Grand Wagoneer. Both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will offer three-row seating, but the Grand Wagoneer is destined to be the crown jewel that’ll have more space for passengers and cargo. Unclear up to this point if the Grand Wagoneer will be designed to compete in the luxury segment, although it does appear that Jeep has been itching for an elevated flagship model since 2016. 

Independent Rear Suspension

Rumors also abound about what kind of suspension setup the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will feature. If the models feature a body-on-frame like the other three-row SUVs mentioned prior, it’ll likely also feature independent rear suspension to improve ride and handling. This setup’s more compact design enhances interior space, specifically in the third row and cargo area, making it an essential requirement for the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer to compete in the premium and luxury segments. 

It’ll be quite some time before Jeep makes any official announcements regarding the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer’s launch, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience everything the automaker has to offer today. Visit us at Miami Lakes AutoMall and explore our current Jeep inventory. Whether you’re looking to conquer paths unknown behind the wheel of a Jeep Gladiator or a Jeep Wrangler or searching for a sensible everyday commuter like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, we’ve got you covered at Miami Lakes AutoMall. Follow Miami Lakes Jeep on social media to stay up to date with the latest Jeep news and offers!

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2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Joins the Toledo Assembly Line

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) Toledo Assembly Complex welcomed a new member to its assembly line — the innovative 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe, the first plug-in hybrid of its kind. For the first time ever in the history of the iconic Wrangler model buyers will be able to buy the most technologically advanced Wrangler with its zero-emission open air-driving capability, all while dominating the road both on and off the beaten path. Assembly of the 2021 Wrangler 4xe, including its 275-horsepower gasoline engine, 17 kilowatt-hour battery pack, and two electric motors was just integrated into the existing Wrangler assembly line with the addition of two new shifts. More than 3,000 UAW-represented employees at the Toledo North plant in Ohio are responsible for assembly. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe is destined to land in dealer showrooms in early 2021. [click to continue…]

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Jeep Now Has its Very Own LEGO Technic Model

Jeep and the LEGO Group unveiled their first — and latest — a collaboration with the new LEGO Technic model, a one-of-a-kind Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Inspired by the real life-size Wrangler, and designed to mimic the iconic design, look, and legendary off-road capabilities, the first-ever Jeep LEGO Technic model is ready to travel down paths unknown and face any epic imaginary adventures.  [click to continue…]

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Jeep’s 4xe Hybrid Technology Marks a Green Shift for the Automaker

“Green” is definitely not a word anyone would associate with the Jeep brand. As Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) off-road-oriented SUV brand, Jeep is known more for its off-road prowess and run-of-the-mill engines, but the automaker has a plan to adapt and pivot its reputation. Now that Jeep’s been making an effort to expand its lineup to include plug-in hybrid vehicles, it’s safe to say that the brand is embracing a more eco-conscious future. Jeep’s Global President, Christian Meunier, vowed to expand the reach of the brand’s 4xe hybrid powertrain, grow the brand globally, and reform the automaker’s image as the world’s “greenest SUV brand.” Jeep is currently in the middle of implementing a broad, five-year electrification plan across its lineup that’ll have hybrid and all-electric options by 2022.  [click to continue…]

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Jeep Opens up Shop on Amazon

Jeep enthusiasts can rejoice since getting their hands on official Jeep gear just became much easier thanks to the brand’s latest business venture. Jeepers can officially shop the brand’s one-and-only “go anywhere, do anything” style on its official Jeep Store by Amazon. Authentic licensed gear, Jeep brand merchandise, accessories, and many other specifically-designed trinkets await Jeepers at the only official Jeep store on Amazon.  [click to continue…]

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The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe is the 2021 Green SUV of the Year

Renowned automotive industry publication Green Car Journal named the all-new 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid model the Green SUV of the Year. The announcement was made at the 2020 Virtual Greenbuild Conference and Expo.

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Mopar Offers New Doors-Off Mirror Kit for Jeep Wrangler, Gladiator

Jeep owners looking to enjoy and enhance their ultimate open-air driving experience should thank their lucky stars now that Mopar introduced a new, factory-backed, doors-off mirror kit for the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator. When the factory-installed doors are removed, along with the attached mirrors, the all-new Mopar doors-off mirror kit can be quickly installed for an enhanced rearview when hitting the trails. [click to continue…]

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Mopar Introduces Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept

Mopar designers dropped another fun concept vehicle that likely would’ve been destined for the annual SEMA show had the pandemic not caused its cancellation. Serious mountain bikers are going to love the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Top Dog concept as it was designed with them in mind. Mopar used exclusive Jeep Performance Parts and other custom accessories.  [click to continue…]

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Jeep Expands its 2021 Gladiator Lineup With the Addition of a Willys Trim

Miami Lakes AutoMall Jeep Gladiator

Jeep continues to expand its Jeep Gladiator lineup, this time with the addition of a 2021 Jeep Gladiator Willys. Interested buyers will find that the Gladiator Willys delivers a new level of personalized content, complete with a distinct appearance and legendary Jeep 4×4 capability. 2021 Jeep Gladiator Willys is now available to order and is arriving in Jeep showrooms this fall.  [click to continue…]

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