Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk? Yes, please!

 

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It feels as if it was so many moons ago when Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) introduced the idea of reviving the Jeep Wagoneer. While consumers have waited a long time for the arrival of the Wagoneer, it’s becoming hard to deny that it’s closer than we think. The concept Wagoneer was introduced earlier this year at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab – a physical concept car meant Jeep was at the very least seriously considering the possible development of this vehicle! As if the Easter Safari was not enough to drum up excitement, a leaked document that possibly indicates a Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk might be in the works will definitely get consumers going. If all goes according to plan, FCA confirmed that the Wagoneer lineup will be making its debut in 2022.

A recently leaked document from German transmission maker ZF mentions a model dubbed the “Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk.” All the details and equipment specs found in this leaked document point to the Grand Wagoneer having an eight-speed transmission – the very same automatic high-torque gearbox that can be found in the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The document also lists a 6.2-liter V8 engine that generates 718 horsepower, nearly identical to the powerful engine of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

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The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer also defy expectations in terms of their underpinnings. Consumers expected that the vehicles’ architecture would mirror that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, however, it seems that FCA has been retooling the Warren Truck Assembly plant with intentions to manufacture the Wagoneer lineup there. It should be noted that the plant currently serves as the assembly facility of Ram pickup trucks, further indicating that it is likely the Wagoneer trims will have Ram underpinnings.

FCA has plenty of experience with the continuous innovation of their vehicles, the upgraded Dodge Durango being a perfect example. The Dodge Durango SRT, outfitted with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, is the most powerful and fastest three-row SUV in America. FCA clearly figured out a winning formula, so it’s not too far fetched to think that Jeep could follow in Dodge’s footsteps.

Consumers have very little to go on, and it doesn’t help that the leaked document is dated from 2017, but hope springs eternal thanks to all of the coincidences. It feels only natural that Jeep continues their winning streak with an introduction of a high-powered trim of their Wagoneer. Of course, this is all speculation at the moment seeing as to how we have no direct confirmation from FCA. As is to be expected a request for comment from FCA went unanswered.

While consumers wait for the Wagoneer to make its arrival, there’s no reason a Jeep model can’t be enjoyed right now. Here at Miami Lakes Automall, we have a large inventory of vehicles from Jeep’s latest lineup. Our friendly sales staff will stop at nothing to make sure you drive off in style.

Already a Jeeper? We’re happy to announce that our service department is now open on Sundays for your convenience! Feel free to avoid the lines and schedule an appointment online today.

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Apple CarPlay – The Ultimate Copilot

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Consumers often find that their car’s infotainment systems are quickly becoming outdated, something we can attribute to the fact that cars themselves receive updates to their design every few years. Apple has found the remedy to this by introducing Apple CarPlay – one of the must-have infotainment features for iPhone owners who are in the market for a new car. Available from iPhone 5 onward, CarPlay, a part of the iPhone’s iOS system, enables users to have access to the latest features including up-to-date maps, contacts, and apps. Consumers are free to update their phones when required without having to make any hardware changes to their vehicle.

How does it work?

Seamlessly integrated into your infotainment center, Apple CarPlay offers a way to safely use the phone’s convenient features while driving. In simple terms, Apple CarPlay takes the user interface of the iPhone and places a simplified version on the screen of your infotainment system. In tune with Apple’s style of simplicity, CarPlay is easy to use – all it takes is connecting the phone to one of the car’s USB ports via a Lightning cable and answering a prompt to enable the use of CarPlay. A growing number of vehicles already allow for a wireless connection via Bluetooth as well.

Once connected, the infotainment display will change into iPhone-style icons that can be controlled via the car’s touchscreen, knobs, and dials. The voice command buttons in many cars are subsequently replaced by Siri when operated, allowing for easy voice-command access to most functions. Not every app is displayed on the infotainment system as a safety precaution, and things like imessages are read out loud by Siri instead of being displayed to aid with the goal of reducing driver distractions.

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Why Adventure Comes Easy In a Jeep

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The most adventurous and durable cars that will get you where you need to go and take you on a few adrenaline filled detours on the way are Jeep® vehicles. For those who love a good adventure, 4×4 off-roading is very fitting. No matter how brutal and intense the terrain may be, 4×4 off road driving is what these Jeeps are made for. Any Jeep with 4×4 off road capabilities will keep you entertained, whilst keeping your car in great condition and getting you through whatever terrain that may come your way. There are many components and subsystems that go into perfecting 4×4 systems for going off road and traversing various terrain, including but not limited to rock crawling, water fording, mudding, and perhaps even driving through a snowstorm.

Off-Road Differentials

To start off, the subsystem that is undoubtedly one of the most important for 4×4 Jeep systems is the off-road differentials, for more than one reason. This subsystem can include one of the three listed here: mechanical, electronic, or brake-assisted differentials. A quick explanation of what really makes this system so important is really because of the increase of traction of the tires that it leads to. The off-road differentials help with sending the highest amount of power to the wheels of the vehicle. Without this, your vehicle could be vulnerable to a decrease of control, thus leading to loss of control of the vehicle when going on an extravagant off-roading adventure.

Front Sway Bar Disconnect System

When your Jeep is all set up and ready to be taken on its next journey, through whatever terrain it may be, there are some subsystems that most people should be aware of. Some systems may not have to necessarily be engaged throughout the entire ride, for example the front sway bar disconnect system. The front sway bar disconnect system actually allows you to disengage the front sway bar, also known as the anti-roll bar. Sway bars are meant to stabilize the car when it leans to one direction, but when you’re driving at a lower speed the function needs to be different, especially when driving through rocky terrain. When a driver is going at a speed that is under 18 mph in low 4 mode and the vehicle has a front sway bar disconnect system, then the front wheels are able to drop and compress for better movement and versatility of the vehicle.

Skid Plates

Now this 4×4 component comes standard for most Jeep vehicles, and they are called skid plates. Skid plates are made of very strong steel making it as durable as possible, which is an extremely important feature for anyone seeking off-road adventures. The reason why skid plates are so important is because of their engineering technique that is made for the protection of the core of the Jeep, or its mechanical components. When coming across rugged terrain such as rocks and boulders, you’re going to be thankful for those skid plates

Rock Rails

Rock rails, also sometimes referred to as rock sliders or sill guards, are another component within the 4×4 Jeep systems. These tough and sturdy rails mounted onto the body of the car also help provide protection to the vehicle when going off-roading in any extreme terrain. They are mainly provided as additional safety for the protection of the door sills and the door bottoms.

Body-On-Frame Design

For Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited vehicles, the body-on-frame design is built within the frame. Body-on-frame designs are extraordinarily tough and flexible, making them that much more suitable for off-roading in intense and harsh conditions. A brief explanation of what a body-on-frame design is consists of a seperate body that is mounted on a frame of a car. The reason why this frame has significance is mainly because of the way it is designed, that being strong and durable, make it capable of surviving harsh conditions, such as going through jagged rocks, mud, or snow.


Come by Miami Lakes Automall and get one step closer to your well anticipated off-roading experience by buying a new Jeep.

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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!

Mark A Smith: Aka Jeep Off-Road Man

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Jeep® recently lost a person, a fellow die-hard Jeeper, who helped the brand grow immensely, especially in the off-road realm. Mark A. Smith passed away at 85 years old on June 9th, 2014 and he was a large reason the 4×4 Jeep vehicles became what they are today. As a pioneer who was one of the first drivers to handle the Rubicon Trail, Mark became a beloved figure for the Jeep brand. He was considered a legendary four-wheel driver, a former United States Marine during World War II who shared his experiences and mentored many people along the way. Mark traveled to over 100 countries across six continents while being an advisor for auto manufacturers, including Jeep.

Mark even had a dog named “Jeep”, which goes to show how much love Mark had for the Jeep brand. He recalled his first adventures in a Jeep during the first Jeepers Jamboree in 1953, which only had 55 Jeeps and 155 people Today those numbers have grown to include thousands of Jeepers around the world. After the first Jeepers Jamboree was a success and a boost to the town’s economy, the Georgetown Rotary Club bestowed Mark with his “Jeepmaster” nickname that would last for over 40 years. His adventures would continue as he traveled on many expeditions. His longest expedition was to embark on a six-month stretch to go from Ushuaia, Argentina to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and cross the Darien Gap. He succeeded.

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Mark began hosting and training fellow Jeepers each year at Jeep Jamboree USA in 1983, He also lead Jeep trips all over the U.S., and held Jamborees in Canada, Mexico, Australia and Europe. His moniker developed from “Jeepmaster” to “The Father of Jeeping”. Smith said the only continent he had not driven a Jeep through was Antarctica and revealed he even got the word “Jeep” tattooed on himself. He said he loved to go on Jamborees to build friendships and experience the power of exploration in a Jeep.

The Jeep brand appreciated Mark and what he brought to the Jeep team so much they have a dedicated page to him. A 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was made in his honor, dubbed the Mark A. Smith edition, which was presented to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the patrol and maintenance of the Rubicon Trail. Mark helped raise the standards of what it means to have a Jeep branded vehicle and his impact will be everlasting for the Jeep brand.

What Makes Jeep So Special

Jeep is a brand that has gained fans and followers all around the world simply due to the Jeep brand’s appeal and ability to go almost anywhere. The off-road ability of a Jeep attracts people like no other vehicle brand, as it did with Mark A. Smith decades ago.

At Miami Lakes Automall, we hope to turn you into a Jeep enthusiast as well. With a test-drive, you can experience first hand how a Jeep handles and we’ll do our part to share the knowledge, like Mark did for so many years, about all the capabilities of a Jeep vehicle.

To find a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler that will be as rewarding as it is powerful, visit Miami Lakes Automall. We welcome you to test drive any of our new or pre-owned vehicles.

If you’re looking for any modifications to your Jeep vehicle or just want to have some routine maintenance done to your current vehicle, we’ll be happy to help. With an easy to make appointment, our service team can be prepared to handle your vehicle properly and return your vehicle back to you in a timely manner. Stop by Miami Lakes Automall today!