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. Read the rest of this entry
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.
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.
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!
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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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.
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