Eight cool Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept features that won’t make it on the production model
After years of rumors and speculation, Jeep finally revived the iconic Wagoneer though the Grand Wagoneer concept. The production model won’t arrive until 2021, but this so-called concept vehicle doesn’t seem very different from what we will get in showrooms. However, it showcases a range of cool and fancy features that most likely won’t make in on the production model, despite its luxury-oriented status. Here’s a list of items you should expect to find on the upcoming, factory-built Wagoneer.
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Jeep Renegade to Get a Plug-in Version by 2020
FCA is one of the slowest groups to move towards electrification. Currently, it has got just 3 cars under its umbrella which are anywhere close to electrification. Nevertheless, FCA announced the production of a Jeep Renegade Plug-in hybrid. It will be built alongside the regular Renegade and its Fiat 500X platform mate in FCA’s factory in Melfi, Italy. Jeep will start building pre-production units in 2019, and launch it in the market in early 2020.
Amazon Alexa Will Talk Directly To Your 2018 Jeep Cherokee
The world is getting more techie every day. Jeep and Amazon have partnered together to make home-to-car voice communications possible, basically allowing customers to remotely control their 2018 Cherokee from inside their home or business via their Amazon Alexa enabled devices. The Jeep can be remotely started, the doors locked or unlocked, and directions sent to the GPS navigation system. Conversely, the Jeep will also report vitals like tire pressure and fuel level when asked through Alexa.
“The introduction of Amazon Alexa to the Jeep Cherokee allows us to meet consumers’ increasing desire for innovation of information,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Jeep Cherokee’s new Tech Connect Package allows customers to minimize the everyday stresses of busy lifestyles by providing them with a variety of ways to stay conveniently connected to their vehicles while making every drive exceptionally informative, entertaining and unique.”
But, not just any Jeep Cherokee will communicate with Alexa. It has to be a 2018 Cherokee with the mid-grade Latitude trim level and the new Tech Connect Package. Such Cherokees will actually include an Amazon Echo Dot, which normally costs around $50 by itself. Owners will also get a three-month subscription to the Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan and Audible. Of course, the Cherokee Latitude comes standard with the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with navigation. Interestingly, Jeep is dropping the price slightly for the 2018 Cherokee. The 2017 Cherokee Latitude in FWD starts at $26,740. Even with the Tech Connect Package, the 2018 Cherokee Latitude FWD has an MSRP of $26,190. The 4WD model starts at $27,690 – a drop of $1,050 from the 2017 model. Of course, you won’t hear any complaints from us or prospective Cherokee customers.
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Galaxy Note 7 Self Destructs, Takes Jeep with it
If you were thinking about upgrading to the Galaxy Note 7, you probably noticed that your service carrier’s website shows an unknown or rather extended shipping date. So, you go for a Google search and find out that the Note 7 has been recalled because of battery issues. So far, there has been at least 35 incidents regarding the Note 7 and its ability to randomly blow up. Samsung has since initiated a recall, but that recall didn’t come soon enough for one man in St. Petersburg, Florida who is not only out a phone but his Jeep as well.
According to local news outlet, Fox 13, Nathan Dornacher and his family were out doing some summer yard selling. After purchasing a desk, they traveled back home to offload it, at which point Mr. Dornacher left his Note 7 charging in the center console of his Jeep Grand Cherokee. After offloading the desk, the family sent their daughter and the family’s service dog back out to the Jeep, but the dog – doing his duty – made it known that something wasn’t right. Upon looking out the window, Dornacher realized that his Jeep was engulfed in flames. Lucky for them, they hadn’t sent their daughter and dog back to the Jeep any earlier, or the family could be suffering a loss much worse than a phone and a jeep.
Dornacher advised Fox 13 that his Jeep was a “point of pride” as he had made many upgrades to the vehicle. Now, the vehicle is a total loss, and the family must now find a new vehicle. Samsung has been made aware of the incident and told Fox 13 that they are working with the family to investigate the situation and will do everything they can for him.
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In light of the recent hack demonstration on the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler has issued a recall for nearly 1.4 million FCA vehicles in the U.S. The recall’s remedy is to install an update to the Uconnect infotainment software with the goal of stopping any such attacks from actually taking place.
The demonstration by Wired magazine showed how two hackers were able to wirelessly control the Cherokee via a laptop, over the Jeep’s Internet connection. The hackers were able to control small features like radio volume and HVAC fan speed, along with major systems like engine, transmission and even braking functions.
While it took these two hackers more than a year to write the code, FCA and government agencies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have not taken the threat lightly. The NHTSA in fact, is urging lawmakers to set new regulations to protect vehicles against outside hackings.
You can input your VIN on Chrysler’s website to see if your vehicle is under the recall. If so, you can download the software update onto a USB thumb drive and install it yourself, or elect to receive a USB in the mail. If you’re not into DIY fixes, you can take your car to your FCA dealership for the update as well. On top of updating individual vehicles, FCA and its cellular provider have taken measures to secure cell-to-vehicle communications.
Still, I encourage you to ensure your vehicle is up to date. The range of effected vehicles includes everything from the Dodge Viper all the way to the Ram 3500 Chassis cab.
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is showing off a new smartphone app for its Uconnect system at CES 2015. Available for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles, the Uconnect Access smartphone application features a new look, improved feel and functionality, enabling owners to navigate through it in a faster and more intuitive manner. The new app also introduces four all-new services, through which drivers are able to locate their cars with their smartphones, send destinations to the navigation system remotely and receive health reports about their vehicles via email accounts.
Designed to "minimize the everyday stresses by providing drivers with a variety of ways to stay conveniently connected to their vehicle," the app and the new services are scheduled to become available during the first half of 2015 on 2015 model year Chrysler family vehicles equipped with 8.4A or 8.4AN Uconnect infotainment systems. Naturally, drivers must be registered or have an active Uconnect Access subscription to benefit from this update. Keep reading for the full run-down on the new services.
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Jeep Gets in on the Action at the 2007 Winter X Games and Launches the Jeep Safe Way to Play Campaign
Jeep teams up with Dr. John R. Tongue of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and professional snowboarder Stacy Thomas to provide important winter sports safety messages Nearly 400,000 sledding, skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling injuries reported annually With millions of people planning to watch the athletes at this year’s Winter X Games perform bold and (...)