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Off-roading takes quite a bit of skill to conquer the trails without damaging your vehicle, and Jeepers are largely known for their off-roading expertise. While off-roading may come naturally for some, it’s important to start with a solid foundation of off-roading knowledge and where better to start than with some of the most common terminology. Here are a few off-roading related terms that all Jeepers should be familiar with prior to hitting the trails. (more…)
The Jeep brand announced it is expanding the Badge of Honor program via its mobile app, adding several new challengers for Jeep enthusiasts that are devoted to conquering numerous off-road trails. Created in 2013, the Badge of Honor program allows enthusiasts to earn digital badges as they conquer new trails. Trails allow enthusiasts to earn exclusive badges directly from Jeep, all while putting their iconic vehicles to the test. The expansion of the program adds seven new trails for enthusiasts to conquer, including Northwest OHV Park in Texas, Bearwallow in West Virginia, and in our very own state — Tread Lightly! Four Wheel Drive Wat in Florida! Overall, the brand’s Badge of Honor program offers a total of 56 trails, including some of the most renowned ones such as Hell’s Revenge in Moab, Utah, the Rubicon Trail in California, and Imogene Pass in Colorado. (more…)
The Jeep Gladiator has been slowly making its way towards dealer lots as the official release is scheduled for Summer 2019, but the industry accolades are already starting to pile up. Just this past week, the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator – whose tagline is “The most capable midsize truck ever” – ruled the 25th annual “Mudfest” competition hosted by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA). Turns out Jeep was the big winner in three of the six vehicle categories thanks to the all-new 2020 Gladiator taking home top honors as it was voted “Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year” by NWAPA journalist members as well. (more…)
The last time Jeep offered a truck in its lineup was over 26 years ago. Needless to say the arrival of the Gladiator during the second quarter of 2019 is sure to turn quite a few heads and cause a commotion. Hotly anticipated and purported to combine the off-roading abilities that the brand is known for with the expected functions of a midsize pickup, the Gladiator appears to be ramping up to be a success before its official arrival. Weekend warriors and commuters unite! We’ll provide an in-depth review once we meet the Gladiator face to face, but for the time being here’s what you need to know!
For months on end, enthusiasts speculated about what Jeep would name this vehicle, floating around names like “Scrambler” or “Comanche” as nods to previous vehicles in its line-up. The Gladiator debuted at the 2018 LA Auto Show and its moniker is borrowed from a full-size pickup truck that Jeep manufactured from 1962 to 1988. The old Gladiator survived the brand’s numerous transitions from Willys, Kaizer, American Motors, and Chrysler ownership.
Standard on the Gladiator is a 3.6-liter V6 engine capable of generating 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine can be paired with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel-drive. Towing capacity is 7,650 pounds with a payload of 1,600 pounds. A new diesel engine with more than 440 lb-ft of torque will make its way under the hood of the Gladiator in 2020.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the obligatory Trail-Rated badge on the front quarter panel. The Gladiator has aggressive approach angles and ample ground clearance, as well as Dana 44 axles – favorites among off-roaders. The Gladiator Rubicon is slated to be the new off-road king of pickups with its standard 35-inch off-road tires, Fox off-road shock absorbers, electronic-locking front and rear differentials, and an electronically-disconnecting front sway bar.
The Gladiator comes in four trims: Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon. Standard on the Sport trim is a 5-inch infotainment screen with the latest Uconnect feature, USB ports, a backup camera, Bluetooth hands-free calling with voice command, and Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities. The Sport S trim adds the availability of certain options packages such as the Cold Weather Group and offers a larger Uconnect infotainment touchscreen display.
The Overland trim offers much more luxury thanks to its leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift-knob, a wall-style 115-volt power outlet, and a 7-inch touchscreen display. Heated seats and leather upholstery are both available for those willing to option up. Both the Overland and Rubicon trims also offer an optional 8.4-inch touchscreen display, while the Rubicon alone adds special cameras on all four sides so that Jeepers can monitor the trail. The front trail camera even has an integrated washer so that off-roaders always know what lies ahead.
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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!
The Wrangler Unlimited is the king of off-roading. It boasts an upscale, highly adaptable interior while consistently demonstrating why it’s worthy of wearing Jeep’s Trail Rated badge.
Like the other models at your local Jeep dealer, the Unlimited doesn’t notice boundaries; it’s only focuses on the possibilities.