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    Jeep Cherokee Adds Overland Trim


    • Overland is one of the most luxurious trims in the Jeep lineup.


    At the New England International Auto Show today, Jeep unveiled a new Overland trim for the Jeep Cherokee mid-size crossover.

     

    The new trim level, which goes on sale in Spring 2016, is a new luxury version of the Cherokee. The outside of the Overland features body colored lower trim cladding, new 18" wheels, standard HID bi-xenon head lights.

     

    Inside, the Overland adds new Zebrano wood grim, standard leather heated/vented seating, and the 8.4 inch UConnect system. All Overlands come standard with Jeep's Active Drive II 4x4, which has a 2 speed power transfer unit with low range. Standard power is the familiar 2.4 liter Tigershark producing 184 hp @ 6400 rpm and 171 lb-ft of torque @ 4600 rpm. Buyers can opt up to the 3.2 liter V6 with stop/start that is good for 271 hp @ 6500 rpm and 239 lb-ft of torque @ 4400 rpm. Both engines run power to the wheels via a 9-speed automatic.

     

    Additional standard features include everything on the Limited model, along with blind spot monitoring, power rear hatch, rear crosspath detection, rear backup sensors, and additional sound insulation.

     

    Pricing for the 2016 Cherokee Overland is expected to be $35,690 after destination charge.

     

     

    Jeep Press Release on page 2


    Jeep® Expands Cherokee Lineup With Premium Overland Model

    • New 2016 Jeep® Cherokee Overland debuts at New England International Auto Show
    • More premium Jeep Cherokee model boasts an unmatched combination of luxury and capability in the mid-size SUV segment
    • Cherokee Overland delivers sophisticated styling, a well-appointed interior, a long list of premium standard features and legendary Jeep capability
    • New premium Cherokee Overland available in Jeep showrooms this spring
    • Jeep Cherokee sales increased 23 percent in 2015


    January 14, 2016 , Boston - The Jeep® brand is introducing its new Cherokee Overland today at the New England International Auto Show, expanding the brand’s lineup to deliver consumers a new level of luxury combined with unmatched capability in the mid-size SUV segment.

     

    “The new Cherokee Overland model is a direct response to consumers looking for benchmark 4x4 capability that only Jeep can offer, in a stunning, more luxurious package loaded with premium amenities,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Cherokee sales increased 23 percent in 2015, and we expect the new Overland model will attract even more consumers into our Jeep showrooms going forward.”

     

    The new Cherokee Overland joins Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk models in the Cherokee lineup. With a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $34,695 (plus $995 destination), Cherokee Overland arrives in Jeep dealerships this spring.

     

    2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland
    An exclusive style, premium amenities and enhancements and a long list of standard equipment elevate the new 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland model to new levels of refined elegance and comfort.

     

    The exterior of the new Cherokee Overland model features new body-color fascias with a bright front grille and chin extension, body-color door cladding and wheel flares, new 18-inch fully polished bright aluminum wheels, standard HID bi-xenon headlamps and “Overland” badge on the liftgate.

     

    Inspired by the award-winning Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland model, the Jeep Cherokee Overland interior includes a host of premium enhancements, including a leather-wrapped instrument panel, power front driver and passenger seat with four-way power lumbar, a new Jeep steering wheel with Zebrano high-gloss wood trim, bright door sill plates, Berber floor mats, standard Nappa leather seats with ventilated/heated front seats, standard Alpine Premium Audio system, Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM radio with 8.4-in. touchscreen display, Bluetooth, Navigation, HD Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, SiriusXM Traffic, Uconnect Access Advantage, and standard memory driver’s seat, radio and exterior mirrors.

     

    In addition to the interior and exterior design enhancements and the standard equipment found on the Jeep Cherokee Limited model, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland model adds the following as standard equipment: power liftgate, blind spot monitoring and rear crosspath detection, Parksense rear backup assist system and a premium insulation group. The new Jeep Cherokee Overland 4x4 model comes standard with 8.2 inches of ground clearance to help drivers reach the most demanding destinations.

     

    Living up to the “Overland” name, each Jeep Cherokee Overland 4x4 model comes equipped with the Jeep Active Drive II 4x4 system, which includes a two-speed power transfer unit, low range and an industry-first disconnecting rear axle for improved fuel efficiency when 4x4 capability isn’t needed.

     

    In addition, the Jeep Active Drive II system features the Jeep brand’s Selec-Terrain traction control system. Selec-Terrain allows the driver, with a push of a button on the Selec-Terrain dial, to choose the on- and off-road setting for optimum performance. Four customized settings are offered on the new Cherokee Overland model: Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud.

     

    Selec-Terrain is designed to optimize the four-wheel-drive systems for unsurpassed control and capability. Selec-Terrain electronically coordinates and optimizes up to 12 systems on any terrain providing enhanced vehicle control, including drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, ESC, transmission controller, powertrain controller and Selec-Speed Control (Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control). The system also includes Jeep Selec-Terrain, allowing drivers to choose between four modes (auto, sport, snow and sand/mud), which optimizes the 4x4 system to the driving conditions.

     

    Optional features on the 2016 Cherokee Overland model include:

    • Heavy Duty Protection group includes skid plates and full-size spare tire, 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with standard engine stop/start (ESS) fuel-saving technology, producing 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque
    • Technology Group includes advanced Brake Assist, auto high beam headlamp control, LaneSense Departure Warning Plus with Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Warning-Plus with crash mitigation, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, ParkSense front and rear park assist with rear stop, rain sensitive windshield wipers, wireless charging pad, remote CD player, engine block heater and sunroof.


    Jeep Cherokee
    The 2016 Jeep Cherokee completely redefines the mid-size SUV segment, delivering legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, superior on-road ride and handling, world-class craftsmanship, clever functionality and versatility, more than 70 available safety and security features and advanced user-friendly technology. The Jeep Cherokee stands out against competitors with unmatched off-road capability while not sacrificing on-road ride and handling, comfort or segment-leading features.

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    Overland fixes my only real issue with the Cherokee.  I don't like the look of the cladding.  If I were to buy one in any other trim, it could only be in black so the cladding doesn't stand out. 

     

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    Is the "Overland" packageing kind of like a "platinum/Titanium", "high country" or "Limited" but for Jeeps? 

     

    Kind of... on the Grand Cherokee though there are additional off-road capabilities added.  On this one, it gets a tiny (and I mean really tiny) increase in ride height. 

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    Makes sense, you see how many Denali GMC's there are.  Jeep could do a lot of Overland trims, just like Ford sold a boat load of those Eddie Bauer Explorers in the 90s.

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    Is the "Overland" packageing kind of like a "platinum/Titanium", "high country" or "Limited" but for Jeeps?

     

    Kind of... on the Grand Cherokee though there are additional off-road capabilities added.  On this one, it gets a tiny (and I mean really tiny) increase in ride height.

    So it's not quite a luxury package then?
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    Is the "Overland" packageing kind of like a "platinum/Titanium", "high country" or "Limited" but for Jeeps?

     

    Kind of... on the Grand Cherokee though there are additional off-road capabilities added.  On this one, it gets a tiny (and I mean really tiny) increase in ride height.

    So it's not quite a luxury package then?

     

    Well, that's kind of where the Overland Summit fits on the GC...luxury and off road capabilities.

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    Is the "Overland" packageing kind of like a "platinum/Titanium", "high country" or "Limited" but for Jeeps?

     

    Kind of... on the Grand Cherokee though there are additional off-road capabilities added.  On this one, it gets a tiny (and I mean really tiny) increase in ride height.

    So it's not quite a luxury package then?

     

     

    On the Grand Cherokee it is.  On this, well... that's less clear.  I would imagine when the new Jeep 3-row crossover comes it will have a lux package on it and be called Overland. 

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    Overland fixes my only real issue with the Cherokee.  I don't like the look of the cladding.  If I were to buy one in any other trim, it could only be in black so the cladding doesn't stand out. 

     

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    I see the point you are making, did not realize that the black plastic molding was only available in black. So this does make it look nice in being color matched. Though I will say that I am impressed with the Skyhawk with the black molding and black hood patch. It looks good otherwise you are right would need to be black.

     

    Reminds me of the Honda Element and how long they sold it with black molded sections only before they finally listened to customers and started to offer it all in single monochromatic color.

     

    Kinda makes one think they went cheap on the initial release of color. It is really that much of a cost to have all monochromatic?

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    Is the "Overland" packageing kind of like a "platinum/Titanium", "high country" or "Limited" but for Jeeps?

     

    Kind of... on the Grand Cherokee though there are additional off-road capabilities added.  On this one, it gets a tiny (and I mean really tiny) increase in ride height.

    So it's not quite a luxury package then?

     

     

    On the Grand Cherokee it is.  On this, well... that's less clear.  I would imagine when the new Jeep 3-row crossover comes it will have a lux package on it and be called Overland. 

     

    Hmmm.. Alright.. So it more-or-less just says it is the top trim, whatever that may be. Stupid Jeep. 

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    A couple things with the overland.  You DO appear to get the Trailhawnks ground clearance and the low range active-drive 2.  If I am not mistaken, only the Trailhawk had that and the Limited etc came with a considerably lower ride height and the option pf adding active-drive 1 which does not have the low range.  So basically you are getting the limited with near Trailhawk capabilities.  The GC Overlands do not really offer anything over the standard GC or off-roading.  The 1st OL which came out in 01 was basically all the LUX goodies, side accents (kind of rock rails, but stylized), though i did debut the 4.7 HO engine as standard (was optional on other trims such as the Limited and Freedom editions).  The Overland is pretty well what it has always been, a top tier lux model with all the goodies plus some.  It is a really good value with he content you get.  Thin GMC Denali or All-terrain, compared to the new GMC Acadia All-T4errian this is far more capable still, thouh different.  And don't jump me, I love the new All-Terrain Acadia, but my point is they are really more Lux trims with denali of course being top tier.  this is Jeeps Top Tier.

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    Overland fixes my only real issue with the Cherokee.  I don't like the look of the cladding.  If I were to buy one in any other trim, it could only be in black so the cladding doesn't stand out. 

     

    For comparison:

     

    I see the point you are making, did not realize that the black plastic molding was only available in black. So this does make it look nice in being color matched. Though I will say that I am impressed with the Skyhawk with the black molding and black hood patch. It looks good otherwise you are right would need to be black.

     

    Reminds me of the Honda Element and how long they sold it with black molded sections only before they finally listened to customers and started to offer it all in single monochromatic color.

     

    Kinda makes one think they went cheap on the initial release of color. It is really that much of a cost to have all monochromatic?

    Gray or black cladding has been a Jeep feature for decades. The Grand Cherokee Laredo had the gray cladding in the first two generations, as did the first generation Liberty.

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    A couple things with the overland.  You DO appear to get the Trailhawnks ground clearance and the low range active-drive 2.  If I am not mistaken, only the Trailhawk had that and the Limited etc came with a considerably lower ride height and the option pf adding active-drive 1 which does not have the low range.  So basically you are getting the limited with near Trailhawk capabilities.  The GC Overlands do not really offer anything over the standard GC or off-roading.  The 1st OL which came out in 01 was basically all the LUX goodies, side accents (kind of rock rails, but stylized), though i did debut the 4.7 HO engine as standard (was optional on other trims such as the Limited and Freedom editions).  The Overland is pretty well what it has always been, a top tier lux model with all the goodies plus some.  It is a really good value with he content you get.  Thin GMC Denali or All-terrain, compared to the new GMC Acadia All-T4errian this is far more capable still, thouh different.  And don't jump me, I love the new All-Terrain Acadia, but my point is they are really more Lux trims with denali of course being top tier.  this is Jeeps Top Tier.

    Yet this is only 4x4, not AWD like the Skyhawk. So that is one difference or am I missing something else that is a major difference?

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    A couple things with the overland.  You DO appear to get the Trailhawnks ground clearance and the low range active-drive 2.  If I am not mistaken, only the Trailhawk had that and the Limited etc came with a considerably lower ride height and the option pf adding active-drive 1 which does not have the low range.  So basically you are getting the limited with near Trailhawk capabilities.  The GC Overlands do not really offer anything over the standard GC or off-roading.  The 1st OL which came out in 01 was basically all the LUX goodies, side accents (kind of rock rails, but stylized), though i did debut the 4.7 HO engine as standard (was optional on other trims such as the Limited and Freedom editions).  The Overland is pretty well what it has always been, a top tier lux model with all the goodies plus some.  It is a really good value with he content you get.  Thin GMC Denali or All-terrain, compared to the new GMC Acadia All-T4errian this is far more capable still, thouh different.  And don't jump me, I love the new All-Terrain Acadia, but my point is they are really more Lux trims with denali of course being top tier.  this is Jeeps Top Tier.

    Yet this is only 4x4, not AWD like the Skyhawk. So that is one difference or am I missing something else that is a major difference?

     

     

    Are you having a stroke? Sniffing too much CNG? LOL this is the second funny typo you've made.

     

    Skyhawk is a Buick.  Trailhawk is a Jeep.

     

    The Trailhawk is a 4x4 system is the same as the Limited's and Overland's with Active-Drive II, it just has a locking rear differential. 

     

    Jeep outlines the differences of all of their 4x4 systems on a single page

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    A couple things with the overland.  You DO appear to get the Trailhawnks ground clearance and the low range active-drive 2.  If I am not mistaken, only the Trailhawk had that and the Limited etc came with a considerably lower ride height and the option pf adding active-drive 1 which does not have the low range.  So basically you are getting the limited with near Trailhawk capabilities.  The GC Overlands do not really offer anything over the standard GC or off-roading.  The 1st OL which came out in 01 was basically all the LUX goodies, side accents (kind of rock rails, but stylized), though i did debut the 4.7 HO engine as standard (was optional on other trims such as the Limited and Freedom editions).  The Overland is pretty well what it has always been, a top tier lux model with all the goodies plus some.  It is a really good value with he content you get.  Thin GMC Denali or All-terrain, compared to the new GMC Acadia All-T4errian this is far more capable still, thouh different.  And don't jump me, I love the new All-Terrain Acadia, but my point is they are really more Lux trims with denali of course being top tier.  this is Jeeps Top Tier.

    Yet this is only 4x4, not AWD like the Skyhawk. So that is one difference or am I missing something else that is a major difference?

     

     

    Are you having a stroke? Sniffing too much CNG? LOL this is the second funny typo you've made.

     

    Skyhawk is a Buick.  Trailhawk is a Jeep.

     

    The Trailhawk is a 4x4 system is the same as the Limited's and Overland's with Active-Drive II, it just has a locking rear differential. 

     

    Jeep outlines the differences of all of their 4x4 systems on a single page

     

    And a 56:1 low range crawl ratio the active drive 1 lacks.

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    A couple things with the overland.  You DO appear to get the Trailhawnks ground clearance and the low range active-drive 2.  If I am not mistaken, only the Trailhawk had that and the Limited etc came with a considerably lower ride height and the option pf adding active-drive 1 which does not have the low range.  So basically you are getting the limited with near Trailhawk capabilities.  The GC Overlands do not really offer anything over the standard GC or off-roading.  The 1st OL which came out in 01 was basically all the LUX goodies, side accents (kind of rock rails, but stylized), though i did debut the 4.7 HO engine as standard (was optional on other trims such as the Limited and Freedom editions).  The Overland is pretty well what it has always been, a top tier lux model with all the goodies plus some.  It is a really good value with he content you get.  Thin GMC Denali or All-terrain, compared to the new GMC Acadia All-T4errian this is far more capable still, thouh different.  And don't jump me, I love the new All-Terrain Acadia, but my point is they are really more Lux trims with denali of course being top tier.  this is Jeeps Top Tier.

    Yet this is only 4x4, not AWD like the Skyhawk. So that is one difference or am I missing something else that is a major difference?

     

    There are 2 different systems.

     

    Active drive 1 is basically a fancy AWG system.  It is optional on the lower trims.

     

    Active drive 2 has the AWD capabilities plus a low range crawl ratio and limited slip diff.  It is optional on the Limited and standard on the Trailhawk and Overland.  This is a surprisingly capable system and is standard on the Renegade trailhawk, though here that is the only one it is on.

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    A couple things with the overland.  You DO appear to get the Trailhawnks ground clearance and the low range active-drive 2.  If I am not mistaken, only the Trailhawk had that and the Limited etc came with a considerably lower ride height and the option pf adding active-drive 1 which does not have the low range.  So basically you are getting the limited with near Trailhawk capabilities.  The GC Overlands do not really offer anything over the standard GC or off-roading.  The 1st OL which came out in 01 was basically all the LUX goodies, side accents (kind of rock rails, but stylized), though i did debut the 4.7 HO engine as standard (was optional on other trims such as the Limited and Freedom editions).  The Overland is pretty well what it has always been, a top tier lux model with all the goodies plus some.  It is a really good value with he content you get.  Thin GMC Denali or All-terrain, compared to the new GMC Acadia All-T4errian this is far more capable still, thouh different.  And don't jump me, I love the new All-Terrain Acadia, but my point is they are really more Lux trims with denali of course being top tier.  this is Jeeps Top Tier.

    Yet this is only 4x4, not AWD like the Skyhawk. So that is one difference or am I missing something else that is a major difference?

     

     

    Are you having a stroke? Sniffing too much CNG? LOL this is the second funny typo you've made.

     

    Skyhawk is a Buick.  Trailhawk is a Jeep.

     

    The Trailhawk is a 4x4 system is the same as the Limited's and Overland's with Active-Drive II, it just has a locking rear differential. 

     

    Jeep outlines the differences of all of their 4x4 systems on a single page

     

    Too many different systems, I'm out! 

     

    They lost me past 5-6. Sorry Jeep, You're apparently just too complex for me. 

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    A couple things with the overland.  You DO appear to get the Trailhawnks ground clearance and the low range active-drive 2.  If I am not mistaken, only the Trailhawk had that and the Limited etc came with a considerably lower ride height and the option pf adding active-drive 1 which does not have the low range.  So basically you are getting the limited with near Trailhawk capabilities.  The GC Overlands do not really offer anything over the standard GC or off-roading.  The 1st OL which came out in 01 was basically all the LUX goodies, side accents (kind of rock rails, but stylized), though i did debut the 4.7 HO engine as standard (was optional on other trims such as the Limited and Freedom editions).  The Overland is pretty well what it has always been, a top tier lux model with all the goodies plus some.  It is a really good value with he content you get.  Thin GMC Denali or All-terrain, compared to the new GMC Acadia All-T4errian this is far more capable still, thouh different.  And don't jump me, I love the new All-Terrain Acadia, but my point is they are really more Lux trims with denali of course being top tier.  this is Jeeps Top Tier.

    Yet this is only 4x4, not AWD like the Skyhawk. So that is one difference or am I missing something else that is a major difference?

     

     

    Are you having a stroke? Sniffing too much CNG? LOL this is the second funny typo you've made.

     

    Skyhawk is a Buick.  Trailhawk is a Jeep.

     

    The Trailhawk is a 4x4 system is the same as the Limited's and Overland's with Active-Drive II, it just has a locking rear differential. 

     

    Jeep outlines the differences of all of their 4x4 systems on a single page

     

    Thanks drew for the info, I should have looked at the Jeep page, glad to see all the differences, but wow, the variety can confuse people. For some reason I thought the Trailhawk was an AWD system compared to the lower models having a more traditional 4x4 system. Love to learn even when I confuse my models. :P

     

    CNG Rocking on! :)

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      FCA US LLC Sales Summary August 2016
      Reflects Restated Sales
                             Month Sales
      Vol %
      CYTD Sales
      Vol %
      Model
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Compass
      8,867
      6,891
      29%
      69,462
      40,418
      72%
      Patriot
      11,789
      10,690
      10%
      86,632
      80,328
      8%
      Wrangler
      15,290
      18,264
      -16%
      135,338
      139,536
      -3%
      Cherokee
      23,932
      17,014
      41%
      142,498
      139,582
      2%
      Grand Cherokee
      18,409
      16,477
      12%
      134,135
      125,653
      7%
      Renegade
      8,181
      7,941
      3%
      71,328
      27,861
      156%
      JEEP BRAND
      86,468
      77,277
      12%
      639,393
      553,378
      16%
      200
      4,210
      12,538
      -66%
      45,983
      128,673
      -64%
      300
      5,275
      4,339
      22%
      39,291
      33,069
      19%
      Town & Country
      1,809
      7,255
      -75%
      56,607
      53,469
      6%
      Pacifica
      7,459
      0
      New
      26,893
      0
      New
      CHRYSLER BRAND
      18,753
      24,132
      -22%
      168,774
      215,211
      -22%
      Dart
      2,898
      6,343
      -54%
      34,540
      61,102
      -43%
      Avenger
      0
      45
      -100%
      0
      1,197
      -100%
      Charger
      8,614
      6,964
      24%
      67,402
      67,802
      -1%
      Challenger
      5,262
      5,014
      5%
      45,489
      47,346
      -4%
      Viper
      58
      37
      57%
      406
      456
      -11%
      Journey
      11,732
      8,351
      40%
      66,415
      70,359
      -6%
      Caravan
      10,572
      10,330
      2%
      93,349
      56,218
      66%
      Durango
      5,204
      5,111
      2%
      49,059
      41,416
      18%
      DODGE  BRAND
      44,340
      42,195
      5%
      356,660
      345,896
      3%
      Ram P/U
      40,202
      40,341
      0%
      308,970
      295,243
      5%
      Cargo Van
      0
      29
      -100%
      21
      2,144
      -99%
      ProMaster Van
      3,234
      2,587
      25%
      23,206
      16,812
      38%
      ProMaster City
      990
      752
      32%
      11,832
      4,434
      167%
      RAM BRAND
      44,426
      43,709
      2%
      344,029
      318,633
      8%
      Alfa 4C 
      37
      97
      -62%
      376
      451
      -17%
      ALFA BRAND
      37
      97
      -62%
      376
      451
      -17%
      500
      1,243
      2,102
      -41%
      10,095
      17,982
      -44%
      500L
      131
      314
      -58%
      2,687
      6,334
      -58%
      500X
      898
      1,061
      -15%
      8,348
      2,279
      266%
      Spider
      460
      0
      New
      885
      0
      New
      FIAT BRAND
      2,732
      3,477
      -21%
      22,015
      26,595
      -17%
      TOTAL FCA US LLC
      196,756
      190,887
      3%
      1,531,247
      1,460,164
      5%
                        Total Car & MPV
      48,028
      55,378
      -13%
      424,003
      474,099
      -11%
          Total UV's
      104,302
      91,800
      14%
      763,215
      667,432
      14%
          Total Truck & LCV
      44,426
      43,709
      2%
      344,029
      318,633
      8%
                   
    • By William Maley
      FCA US Reports Increase in July 2016 U.S. Sales  Jeep® and Ram Truck brands both up 5 percent year-over-year Sales of Jeep Renegade up 57 percent in July versus same month in 2015 Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans drive brand increase in July All-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider posts 480 sales in its first full month in the marketplace Sales of all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica up month-over-month as launch momentum continues to build  August 2, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 180,727 units, up 0.3 percent compared with sales in July 2015 (180,124 units).   FCA US retail sales of 155,885 were down 2 percent in July, while fleet sales of 24,842 were up 22 percent year-over-year.   Both the Jeep® and Ram Truck brands were up 5 percent in July compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep Renegade, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot posted sales gains in July versus July 2015, as did the Ram pickup truck and the Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans. Two Dodge brand models – the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Dodge Challenger – also turned in year-over-year sales gains in July. Sales of the Fiat 500X were up year-over-year as well.   Jeep Brand Jeep brand sales were up 5 percent in July versus the same month in 2015. The Jeep Renegade’s 57 percent increase was the largest percentage increase of any Jeep brand model in July. In addition, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Compass and the Jeep Patriot each logged a year-over-year sales gain. Last month, the Jeep Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – won AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award for the Mid-Size SUV segment for the sixth consecutive year.   Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City, were up 5 percent in July versus the same month a year ago. The increase was driven in part by double-digit percentage increases by the Ram ProMaster and the Ram ProMaster City vans. In addition, sales of the Ram pickup truck were up 2 percent compared with the same month a year ago. FCA US announced in July that it will invest $1.48 billion in its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (Mich.) to retool it to build the next-generation Ram 1500 and support the future growth of the Ram Truck brand.   Chrysler Brand Chrysler brand sales were down 4 percent in July compared with the same month a year ago. The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica continues to build momentum in the marketplace. Sales of the Pacifica were up 1 percent in July compared with the previous month of June. July was the minivan’s fourth month in the marketplace. The Pacifica earned an Editor’s Choice pick in July from Roadshow by CNET, in part for the “nicest interior and smart, family-minded technology.”   Dodge Brand Dodge brand sales were down 10 percent in July compared with the same month a year ago. The Dodge Grand Caravan and the Dodge Challenger each posted year-over-year increases in July versus the same month a year ago. Sales of the Grand Caravan were up 28 percent, while sales of the Challenger muscle car increased 7 percent in July. For the fourth year, the Challenger won AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award in the Sporty Car segment, having the “Most Ideal Sporty Car” in its segment.    FIAT Brand FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L and 500X, were down 14 percent in July. In its first month on sale, the all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider posted 480 in sales in July. The 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation. Paying homage to the original 124 Spider nearly 50 years after its introduction, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic design. In July, sales of the Fiat 500X were up 1 percent compared with the same month a year ago.    FCA US LLC Sales Summary July 2016
      Reflects Restated Sales
                      Month Sales
      Vol %
      CYTD Sales
      Vol %
      Model
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Compass
      7,005
      5,359
      31%
      57,565
      33,527
      72%
      Patriot
      11,288
      10,211
      11%
      71,926
      69,638
      3%
      Wrangler
      18,741
      19,828
      -5%
      119,042
      121,272
      -2%
      Cherokee
      15,451
      17,460
      -12%
      116,424
      122,568
      -5%
      Grand Cherokee
      16,704
      16,191
      3%
      116,850
      109,176
      7%
      Renegade
      10,057
      6,410
      57%
      61,907
      19,920
      211%
        JEEP BRAND
      79,246
      75,459
      5%
      543,714
      476,101
      14%
      200
      5,474
      9,526
      -43%
      41,676
      116,135
      -64%
      300
      2,369
      3,820
      -38%
      33,154
      28,730
      15%
      Town & Country
      3,341
      6,561
      -49%
      54,826
      46,214
      19%
      Pacifica
      7,911
      0
      New
      18,742
      0
      New
        CHRYSLER BRAND
      19,095
      19,907
      -4%
      148,398
      191,079
      -22%
      Dart
      3,341
      5,797
      -42%
      31,602
      54,759
      -42%
      Avenger
      0
      90
      -100%
      0
      1,152
      -100%
      Charger
      4,949
      5,936
      -17%
      57,852
      60,838
      -5%
      Challenger
      5,619
      5,241
      7%
      39,998
      42,332
      -6%
      Viper
      49
      57
      -14%
      350
      419
      -16%
      Journey
      6,376
      9,255
      -31%
      54,051
      62,008
      -13%
      Caravan
      10,055
      7,846
      28%
      84,140
      45,888
      83%
      Durango
      5,131
      5,270
      -3%
      43,665
      36,305
      20%
        DODGE  BRAND
      35,520
      39,492
      -10%
      311,658
      303,701
      3%
      Ram P/U
      39,827
      39,159
      2%
      270,637
      254,902
      6%
      Cargo Van
      0
      59
      -100%
      21
      2,115
      -99%
      ProMaster Van
      3,055
      2,167
      41%
      20,527
      14,225
      44%
      ProMaster City
      1,187
      636
      87%
      10,897
      3,682
      196%
        RAM BRAND
      44,069
      42,021
      5%
      302,082
      274,924
      10%
      Alfa 4C 
      43
      49
      -12%
      338
      354
      -5%
        ALFA BRAND
      43
      49
      -12%
      338
      354
      -5%
      500
      1,097
      1,940
      -43%
      8,857
      15,880
      -44%
      500L
      227
      314
      -28%
      2,527
      6,020
      -58%
      500X
      950
      942
      1%
      7,481
      1,218
      514%
      Spider
      480
      0
      New
      481
      0
      New
        FIAT BRAND
      2,754
      3,196
      -14%
      19,346
      23,118
      -16%
        TOTAL FCA US LLC
      180,727
      180,124
      0%
      1,325,536
      1,269,277
      4%
                          Total Car & MPV
      44,955
      47,177
      -5%
      374,543
      418,721
      -11%
            Total UV's
      91,703
      90,926
      1%
      648,911
      575,632
      13%
            Total Truck & LCV
      44,069
      42,021
      5%
      302,082
      274,924
      10%
       
       
    • By William Maley
      Subcompact crossovers are the hot thing at the moment and automakers are trying to make their models stand out. Whether it is using sleek styling, sporty driving dynamics, or value for money, every automaker is trying their best to get their vehicle noticed. For Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, they’re going for a two-prong attack in the class with models from Fiat and Jeep. The Jeep Renegade is aimed at those who want a subcompact that can tackle a trail, and the Fiat 500X provides some chicness for the class. We spent some time in both models to see if they can make some end roads in this growing class.
       




      While the 500X and Renegade may share a fair amount of mechanicals, the design of the two is worlds apart. The Renegade is classic Jeep with a square body, seven-slot grille, and a set of large headlights. The Renegade also features a fair number of Easter eggs throughout the exterior. The head and taillights feature little Jeep grille-and-headlights logos, and a small Willys MB on the bottom of the windshield. This is basically the vehicle equivalent of a hidden object puzzle you might have done back in school. 
      Remember the first commercial for the Fiat 500X where a blue pill falls into the fuel filler of a standard 500. The owner turns around and somehow his vehicle has engorged into something bigger. That’s how you can summarize the design of the 500X. Compared to your standard 500, the 500X is 28.6 inches longer and 15.6 inches wider. A lot of the design traits from the 500 such as the round headlights, long chrome bar holding the emblem, and rectangular taillights are present on this crossover.
       
      Moving inside, the Renegade takes some inspiration from the Wrangler with a rugged dash design and a grab bar for the passenger. Higher trims such as our Limited tester feature a decent amount of soft-touch materials. Like the exterior, the Renegade’s interior has Easter eggs strewn about. The tachometer with has a splash of mud to illustrate the redline, a seven-slot grille design for the speaker grilles, and the frame around the radio having ‘Since 1941’ stamped. The only complaint we have with the Renegade’s dash is the placement of the climate controls. They are mounted a bit too low to reach easily.
       




       
      The 500X’s interior is Fiat’s best effort to date. The overall look has some traits of the standard 500 such as a retro design for the dash. But where the 500X stands out is in the material choices. Fiat went all out with adding soft-touch materials on the dash and door panels to help make the model feel very premium. Our Trekking Plus tester came upholstered in brown leather that added a touch of class that’s nonexistent in other competitors.
       
      Both models offer plenty of head and legroom for passengers sitting up front. In the back, headroom is decent for most passengers even with the optional sunroof fitted. Legroom ranges from decent for most folks to almost nonexistent depending on how tall the person sitting up front is. The seats themselves are lacking sufficient support for long trips. If cargo capacity is a priority, then consider the Renegade as it offers 18.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up. The 500X is towards the bottom of the class with only 12.2 cubic feet mostly due to the design of the vehicle.
       
      For your infotainment needs, Fiat and Jeep offer a lineup of Uconnect systems from three to 6.5 inches. Our test vehicles featured the optional 6.5-inch system. Uconnect is still one of the easiest systems to use thanks to a simple interface and very fast performance. We hope FCA considers adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility in the future.
       




      In terms of engines, both the 500X and Renegade come standard with a turbocharged 1.4L with 160 horsepower. The downside to this engine is that it is only available with a six-speed manual. If you want an automatic, then you’ll need to get the engine found under the hood of our test models; a 2.4L four-cylinder with 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. We’re not fans of the 2.4L in the any of the FCA vehicles we have driven and this trend continues with the 500X and Renegade. Leaving a stop, there is plenty of oomph to get up to speed in urban environments. Out on the rural roads and highways, the 2.4L struggles to get up to speed at a decent clip. Not helping matters is the engine sounding unrefined. The engine noise during hard acceleration could actually drown out the radio. 
      The one bright spot for the powertrain is the nine-speed automatic. This transmission has been a sore point in a number of FCA vehicles for sluggish shifting and not feeling refined. With the 500X and Renegade, it seems FCA has been able to fix many of the wrongs of the nine-speed. Gear changes are much faster and smoother than in previous models.
       
      Both models can be equipped with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Both models came equipped with all-wheel drive. This system primarily works in front-wheel drive to help improve fuel economy. But if the system detects slip, it will hook up the rear axle and start sending power for better traction. The Renegade has the more advanced all-wheel drive system known as Jeep Active Drive. This system gives the driver the choice of various drive modes (Auto, Snow, Sand, and Mud) that adjusts the all-wheel drive, steering, and transmission to provide the best settings for the conditions at hand. There’s also a 4WD lock that splits power 50:50 to provide added traction. Thanks to a freak snow storm in April, I was able to put the system to the test. Driving on some snowy roads, the system was able to keep the Renegade moving without the tires spinning.
       
      The Renegade Trailhawk takes the system a step further with Active Drive Low. As the name suggests, this system features low range via a two-speed transfer case. This allows the Trailhawk to tackle more difficult obstacles such as rocks.
       
      Fuel economy is terrible for the class. The Fiat 500X is rated at 21 City/30 Highway/24 Combined. The Renegade matches the 500X in city and combined fuel figures but is only rated at 29 for the highway. Our average for the week was a very disappointing 22.1 MPG in both vehicles. This is a figure you would expect in a larger crossover, not a subcompact.
       




       
      The ride in both vehicles is on the firm and harsh side. You’ll be able to tell how bad the roads around you are as bumps and road imperfections are transmitted to the seats. Interestingly, both the 500X and Renegade are quite fun around corners. The vehicles feel agile and the steering has some decent weight. But as the Mazda CX-3 has shown, you can have excellent handling characteristics and a decent ride in a crossover. On the highway, the Renegade is the noisier of the two with a large amount of wind noise coming inside.
       
      As for pricing, the 500X and Renegade get off to a good start. The Renegade starts at $17,995 and the 500X comes in at $20,000. Where it falls apart comes in the higher trims. Our two testers had price tags of just under $32,000 - $31,695 for the Renegade Limited and $31,800 for the 500X Trekking Plus. For that same amount of money, you can get into a well-equipped or even a loaded compact crossover. Neither one of these models is worth their high price tags.
       
      The subcompact crossover class has become a hotly contested class in only a couple of years and you have to show up with your a-game if you want to make an impact. In the case the 500X and Renegade, FCA dropped the ball. The larger four-cylinder engine should be shown the door for its issues in terms of refinement and fuel economy. The ride characteristics need a rethink and the value for money argument is tough when dealing with the higher trim models. This is very disappointing as the two models have some characteristics that should put them a bit higher in the class. The Fiat 500X’s interior looks and feels like something you would find in a luxury model. The Jeep Renegade can go into places that other subcompact crossovers not even dare try thanks to a clever all-wheel drive system and Jeep’s off-road know-how.
       
      But these positive points cannot overcome the numerous issues both of the vehicles have. It would be best to avoid them.
       
      Cheers: Off-Road Ability (Renegade), Interior Styling and Features (500X), Nine-Speed Automatic Is Much Better
      Jeers: 2.4L Is Terrible, Rough Ride, Pricing for Higher Trims
       

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      Disclaimer: FCA Provided the 500X and Renegade; Insurance, and One Tank of Gas 
      Year: 2016
      Make: Fiat
      Model: 500X
      Trim: Trekking Plus AWD
      Engine: 2.4L Multi-Air Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Nine-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 180 @ 6,400
      Torque @ RPM: 175 @ 3,900
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 21/30/24
      Curb Weight: 3,278 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Melfi, Italy
      Base Price: $29,000
      As Tested Price: $31,800 (Includes $900.00 Destination Charge)
       
      Options:
      Trekking Plus Collection 1 - $1,900
       
      Year: 2016
      Make: Jeep
      Model: Renegade
      Trim: Limited 4X4
      Engine: 2.4L Multi-Air Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Nine-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 180 @ 6,400
      Torque @ RPM: 175 @ 3,900
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 21/29/24
      Curb Weight: 3,348 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Melfi, Italy
      Base Price: $26,995
      As Tested Price: $31,695 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
       
      Options:
      6.5-inch Navigation Group with Uconnect - $1,245
      Advanced Technology Group - $995
      Beats Premium Audio System - $695
      Safety and Security Group - $645
      Passive Entry Keyless Enter n' Go Package - $125


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