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2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Fuel Economy Numbers Hailed by Autoblog.com 

Friday, October 18th, 2019

High on luxury factor, boasting a cabin that is quiet and comfortable, and stellar tow ratings are just a few reasons why buyers here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta are going wild over the entire Ram truck line. As all of the talk about being eco-conscious is so very prevalent in today's industry, many are realizing just how efficient it can be to move on up to diesel. As Jonathon Ramsey of Autoblog excitedly announced in an article this week, the EPA ratings are out for the upcoming model, and the results are likely to make many daydream of pulling over to the far pump while filling up.

 

The final numbers are 22 miles per gallon in the city, 32 mpg highway, 26 mpg combined for the 4x2 trim, 21 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, 24 mpg combined for the 4x4. With the 4x4 trim, EcoDiesel city mpg is one mpg more than the F-150 and two mpg short of the Silverado, and the EcoDiesel highway number is 4 mpg more than the F-150 while tying with the Silverado. The Ram comes in at a range-topping 12,560 pounds for the tow rating and buyers who choose the 4x2 diesel Ram and the 33-gallon tank will be able to nail down 1,000 miles before it runs dry: that's some serious pavement situated in a “Tale between two cities”.

 

Every trim receives the new EcoDiesel option for 2020, including a first in the form of the Ram Rebel. The new year model's engine is heavily redesigned, including a 15-pound lighter iron block but it holds onto its 60-degree 3.0-liter V-6 configuration. The ZF transmission on board is the one ranked “excellent” by auto aficionados Car and Driver, and in Rebel form during testing the Ram EcoDiesel hit 60 mph in 8.1 seconds.

 

The Ram also wears the proud badge of being a 10Best winner, primarily due to its well-finished interior, and optional air springs that provide the best ride quality hands down among the current offerings for half-ton trucks. Truly a powertrain that becomes more attractive as mileage increases, many are watching intently as the 2020 Ram 1500 makes its way onto the lot. The Ram has so many ingenious and useful features that define its rugged practicality: the multi-function tailgate, air suspension, off-road package, trailer brake control, and RamBox cargo system are just a few of the perks that will make your everyday drive or wander into the wild that much more feature-rich and ready to ride!

2020 Dodge Charger Widebody Adds Bigtime Flex and Rubber to Meet the Road

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

The 707-hp Dodge Charger Hellcat has always been a jackhammer of sorts, with an unforgiving stance and arsenal of power that can blow its competition out of the water during a quick race. For the 2020 model year, John Pearly Huffman of Car and Driver offered up the story about how it's going to be even more blunt and exciting for the 2020 model year. It will now be available in widebody form, adding to its already wildly conspicuous stance.

 

New fender flares add 3.3 inches of width to the Charger to make room for 11-inch wide, 20-inch diameter wheels wrapped with optional Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires sized 305/35R-20 on all four corners. Boasting the additional width makes the Charger just that much more visually menacing, and the new fascia, as well as revised grille opening, also adds to the aggressive stance that eagerly paints the car as up to no good. The lineup starts with the Scat Pack model that gets power from a 391-cubic inch, 6.4-liter Hemi under its hood.

 

From there you take a step up to the Charger SRT Hellcat widebody getting power from the 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8. Every 2020 model year Charger SRT Hellcat will be a widebody, and all Chargers continue to feature Fiat Chrysler's 8-speed automatic transmission as standard. There also will be the Daytona 50th Anniversary edition versions of the 2020 Charger Hellcat, created to commemorate the half-century since the original Charger Daytona saw its debut on NASCAR tracks. Software tweaks now add an extra 10 horsepower to the supercharged V-8's output, up to 717. This model has its own very cool color-keyed deck wing, Daytona stripe tail graphics, and a re-trimmed interior, and just 501 will be produced matching the number of original Charger Daytonas built in 1969.

 

As soon as you thumb the start button, you are rewarded with the familiar exhaust note and the familiarly whining snarl of the supercharger. The 8-speed transmission has been given the job of managing monstrous torque, but is still well-behaved. The Charger puts to use much stiffer anti-roll bars than regular models do, which results in level body control even at the limit of adhesion when you really can sense the abundant G forces at play.

 

The Bilstein dampers do a great job of isolating out most road bumps to assure that you have a smooth ride over any type of road surface. With the addition of all this rubber, the Dodge possesses more understeer when pushing the levels of performance. The raw feel of this car is something you have to test drive to experience, and we hope to see you this fall here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta to drink in the teeth-chattering and champion-bred essence of the  Widebody's flex!

2020 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel Put to the Test By Green Car Reports Staff on Canada Fishing Trip

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Over the past year, most of the leading brands in the auto industry have made claims about electrification for the near future, and there has been a mad dash of sorts while they wait to produce fully-electric cars and trucks. It has been startling how fast things have changed, and some of the major manufacturers have already had to heartily promise to keep hybrids around for those of us who love the raw and throaty roar of pipes during our drive.

 

The most fuel-efficient full-size pickups out there today are the ones that derive power from diesel fuel, and our prized Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is our offering with a tow rating of up to 12,560 pounds. The knowledgeable staff at Green Car Reports took a pre-production 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn EcoDiesel and loaded it up heftily with luggage, fishing gear, and four guys to embark on a fishing trip to Canada for the weekend. They began in Minneapolis where they filled the tank and read 550 miles of range on the indicator. Just a few minutes into the trip they hit a nasty storm, with very heavy rain and winds that added negative drag to the equation.

 

Around seven hours of travel yielded about 350 miles of distance, they arrived at the beautiful Lakes of the Woods landing, unloaded the truck, and bid farewell to any source of Wi-fi signal. During their first refuel, they figured out that they had an average of around 23.7 mpg. After over 12 hours in the truck they had traveled 732 total miles from the beginning to the end of the fishing expedition. Throughout the trip the computer claimed an average of around 22.8 miles, and calculations reflected a cost of around $0.09 per mile.

 

Aside from getting away from the city for a while and enjoying the benefits of nature, the crew learned one of the most important things about the Ram 1500: that diesel fuel is very energy-dense, and this helps to not use as much additional fuel while loaded down heavily. Diesel-powered trucks historically have much better resale value, and the upfront investment takes about six years at current fuel prices for the buyer to experience repayment.

 

The experts at Greencarreports.com agreed that when electric trucks arrive it will be an entirely new era, but for now, it's pretty hard to concoct an argument against the EcoDiesel in the 2020 Ram. We recognize here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta that the future will be changing drastically, and are also proud of our existing example of “Getting it right” in the efficiency department!

Tenth Anniversary Throwback: Ram's Redefining of the American Truck

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

October 4th was a day that was a true mile marker in the truck industry: it is the tenth anniversary of Ram Trucks becoming its standalone trademark. Since its launch during October of 2009, Ram has made a very trailblazing mark on the entire industry with its technical features, durable presence, and exclusive features such as the multi-link coil rear suspension. Thermal axle technology, RamBox cargo management system, a multifunction tailgate, and mild hybrid eTorque engine options are other extras that you will not find integrated into any other brand's offerings.

A great feature on the Carbuzz.com blog highlighted the last ten years since Ram became a distinct brand, allowing it to build the best vehicles possible for our customers. In 2009, Ram Truck introduced its innovative RamBox cargo management system, which ingeniously creates storage along each side of the pickup bed utilizing space that used to be untouched because of wheel-well intrusion. One year later, the Ram 1500 Outdoorsman trim joined the lineup crafted specifically for those who prefer fresh over recirculated air, instantly creating a large fan base. During the State Fair of Texas in 2011, the Laramie Longhorn debuted completely cloaked in luxury, and the chassis cab was announced to the lineup.

 

The Ram 1500 saw a complete refresh during 2013 when it was given an all-new grille and front fascia, improved projection headlamps and LED front turn signals as well as an upgraded interior. It also saw the addition of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. Just one year later, the Ram 1500 became the first half-ton in existence to offer efficient and reasonable diesel, brandishing a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel and accomplishing a 28 mpg EPA rating. The much-loved Ram 1500 Rebel debuted in 2015 sporting a completely new grille design, black off-road front bumper, new front tow hooks, and Bilstein front and rear shocks that improve the truck's ability to hop off-road and really shine.

 

All truck lovers go righteously crazy over power, and the Ram Rebel TRX Concept debuted in 2016 as the most powerful Ram 1500 ever, brandishing a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 with 575 horsepower. This model saw the introduction of remote start and security alarm, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, automatic dual-zone temperature control, rear backup camera, and rear park assist.

 

2018 enjoyed the arrival of several in the Ram lineup, including the Harvest Edition, the 1500 Limited Tungsten, Heavy Duty Lone Star Silver Edition, and Laramie Longhorn. This year the fifth-generation Ram 1500 debuted with an upgraded eTorque version of the 3.6-liter V6 delivering 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque as well as a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 producing 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque.

Another huge milestone was in regard to the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty: this was the year it became the most capable pickup in the segment with a towing capacity of 35,100 pounds and a payload capacity of 7,680 lbs. To top it off, the Ram 1500 is now the first full-size pickup truck to earn the Top Safety Pick + award from the IIHS. Everyone here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta could not be more proud of the truck that has every reason and right to be the world's favorite, and definitely can't wait to see what the next decade will bring!

Spy Shots From Autoblog.com Depict Potential V-8 Powered Gladiator

Friday, October 4th, 2019

This year there has been a huge jolt of excitement surrounding the Gladiator's coming, and every way imaginable it has proven itself to be so much more than a hybrid of a Jeep and truck. Touting the ability to spring off-road at a moment's notice as well as having the rugged power a truck needs to tackle its daily duties, it was a vehicle that had a very sizable following before it even got out of the gate. Spy shots that we have been sent recently indicate that there may be a V8 Gladiator in the testing stages, under black plastic and heavy disguise.

 

One spy photographer had noticed that recent camouflaged Gladiators had all derived power from a diesel engine, but this model had a sticker indicating that unleaded fuel was the case. Another thing noticed was that the wheel and tire package was a variant never before seen on a Gladiator, but there was no change in the exhaust components. A V8 version would certainly be welcome among existing enthusiasts who are already in love with their new Jeep truck but are on the hunt for a bit more power.

 

The towing and hauling ability would all improve, and since many adventurous and fun-loving souls out there have never had an issue happily cramming V8s into their Wranglers, it is obviously a distinct possibility. James Riswick of Autoblog does a great idea of wondering aloud if Jeep may just be testing out a new hood design, but since no midsize truck currently offers a V8 engine, the time may be more than opportune to spring. Since the Hummer H3T and Dodge Durango V8 are both no longer in existence, the notion of a greater power source would surely be widely accepted.

 

Picking up right where the Comanche left off in the early 90's the Gladiator proudly sports a 4-door cab as well as five-foot box, and a well-planned arsenal of off-road preparedness. Gigantic off-road tires, a suspension that is fully able to take the brunt of any boulder-laden trial, and a proud vessel to retain the title of the first Jeep pickup truck in nearly three decades. The Gladiator is 31 inches longer overall than the Wrangler, also boasting an extra 19+ inches between the front and rear wheels.

 

The skid plates are some of the juiciest off-road equipment found on the Gladiator, and the rock-crawling axle ratios help with the ability to ford up to 30 inches of water. One of the most element-ready details on board is a waterproof push-button start, as well as roof and body panels that can be removed easily to bring the open air abundantly into the cabin. Customers we talk to every day here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta are telling us that they are needing to embrace their outdoor surroundings more then ever to feel refreshed. It just so happens that the Gladiator is a vehicle that is trusty enough to haul the tent, extra rigging, climbing gear, and any other necessary means for a fresh-air starved urban commuter to make their escape!

2020 Jeep Wrangler Boasts 3.0- Liter Diesel V6 Available on Every Trim Level

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

In just about every possible segment customers are demanding diesel, as the towing ability and raw power added to an already-rugged character are well-appreciated. The expert staff on duty at Car and Driver reported this week that a diesel engine will now be joining the 2020 Jeep Wrangler's engine lineup, and should be spotted on lots by the end of this year. This diesel will make 260 horsepower, and 442 lb-ft of torque, and be available on 4-door Sport, Rubicon, and Sahara models, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

 

It's the same trusty number that can also be found in the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, and the torque factor is expected to really make a difference in the Wrangler's performance. The gas engine options are a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four which makes 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.6-liter V6 which makes 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Spy photos we had come across earlier this year had alluded to the diesel being identifiable by a “3.0 D” badge. 4-wheel drive is standard, and the new powertrain comes with an engine start-stop system.

 

An 8-speed automatic transmission is a new unit that has been thoroughly adjusted to deal with the engine's increased torque output. EPA fuel-economy ratings are not yet official for the Wrangler EcoDiesel, but it is expected to offer better efficiency than the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four which offers up to 21 mpg, and the 3.6-liter V6, which boasts up to 20 mpg. The Jeep brand we love to represent here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta has roots that trace all of the ways back to the original World War II-era military vehicle, and the blend of off-road  capability with new tech options and luxury is likely to sway even those who have never even owned one.

 

No matter which version you opt for, you can still remove the roof and doors, fold down the windshield, and gain immediate access to the fresh air of the great outdoors. Make sure to ask us about the Black and Tan package: it includes a tan soft top as well as black exterior badging. The Wrangler Sport S provides a dose of extra equipment in the form of air conditioning, a leather-covered steering wheel, power windows and locks, automatic headlamps, heated mirrors, and more.

 

The Wrangler JL makes for a great blend of modern and vintage Jeep essence, and just like any other in the lineup, if you need a better view you can just remove the doors and pop the top. Before trekking out into the wild, it can also be a great option to outfit your new Jeep with a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, and while you are cranking the tunes on your way to the wilderness, know that you'll have two complimentary oil-change and tire-rotation services from the dealer per year for the first two years!

2019 Jeep Cherokee Secures IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating

Friday, September 27th, 2019

Tragedy can strike anyone on the road within a blink of the eye, and those in the market for a new car or truck have every right to be concerned about how trusty their purchase is when things get fearful. All of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta are proud to brandish our very own Jeep Cherokee as a Top Safety Pick for 2019: all models built after April of this year were hailed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Front crash prevention technology and high-beam assist on the LED projector are two options that help with this high-ranking honor in the name of safety.

 

Our favorite midsize SUV earned “good” ratings on all six crashworthiness tests including driver-and passenger-side front small overlap crashes, that simulate a “clipping” scenario from a frontal standpoint. Models before this had earned a rating of “marginal” on the crashworthiness tests, and were not put through the rigors of clipping. In-depth changes were made to the use of high-strength steel on the A-pillars, door sills, and front door-hinge pillars that were instrumental in the help of the small overlap front crash test results.

 

The Forward Collision Warning Plus system also helped pave the way for the superior rating from IIHS. Incorporating sensor-fusion technology, camera shots and radar cross paths to detect when a crash is likely, and greatly helps during situations that occur between 12 and 25 mph. The available high-beam assist was one of the true show-stealers in terms of securing this prestige: it actively couples the standard LED headlamps and will automatically toggle between high-and low-beam function after considering what other vehicles are nearby. These improvements are among more than 80 available safety features that will all be included in the 2020 model.

 

This gives us another reason to celebrate as far as the in-depth safety features for our vehicles are concerned: our heavy-weighted contender in the form of the Ram 1500 was the very first full-size pickup to earn the Top Safety Pick + award from IIHS. One very satisfied customer on the Autoblog.com forum we read over recently was very happy about the very quick and smooth transmission shifts, as well as the very limited squeaks and rattles noticed from inside.

 

Jeep could always instill in one's mind the great characteristics of nature that you will soon enjoy after embarking on a new journey: nailing down high safety ratings such as this provides the ultimate confidence with your choice. Whether you are climbing boulders and driving through raging streams or making your way diligently down Interstate 285, you will no doubt appreciate the badge of honor that the Cherokee enjoys as far as its crash factor. The IIHS rating is only designated for the very top performers in the ranks, and we are proud to stand by the promise to consistently keep you and your family safe during every minute behind the wheel!

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to Soon See Power From Demon-Derived Source

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Dumping massively high-powered engines into vehicles that seem a bit unassuming has been all the rage lately, and here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta, we couldn't be more enthusiastic about the trend! Autoblog.com made it public last week that the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is getting ready to get even quicker. Spy shots taken close to a testing facility suggest that Jeep's flagship SUV will soon be the recipient of the incredibly powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine that bestowed power upon the limited-edition Challenger Demon.

 

These spy shots depicted a standard, 707-horsepower model with a strange pair of power domes and a much bigger bulge positioned behind a scoop. When it was situated in the Demon, the supercharged, 6.2-liter Hemi V8 generated 840 horsepower and took just 2.3 seconds to reach 60 mph. It even was capable of popping a wheelie for nearly three feet, and so we are all having fun imagining a Grand Cherokee capable of this type of power. Having this engine under the hood would allow Jeep the claim of having the most powerful SUV on the market, as the Lamborghini Urus offers 650 horsepower, The Porsche Cayenne nails down 670 horsepower, and the Bentley Bentayga rings in at 635 horsepower.

 

A public announcement has not been made about the release of the more muscular Trackhawk, and the model will likely make its official debut in the months to come, arriving in showrooms during next year. This could be plans for a more-than-massive sendoff, as many in the industry believe that the Grand Cherokee will be discontinued after this year. A model that was truly built to have the capabilities to conquer both the drag strip and the open road, it also boasts a towing rating of 7,200 pounds. The 2020 model will include new 20-inch wheels, a two-tone black-gray premium leather interior, and an upgraded exterior lighting package.

 

Smooth leather on top of the dashboard and door panels are just a few highlights of the interior, and every Hellcat-powered model sports an 8.4-inch touchscreen that blends nicely into the dash. Driver-assistance features are one of the most-asked about elements in the car world today, as drivers worldwide are amazed by the ways how technology can benefit them every single day behind the wheel.

 

The Grand Cherokee comes with automatic high beams, lane-departure warning, and self-parking assist. Key safety features include standard forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, standard adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert. Taking a drive in this soon-to-be wildly souped-up Jeep model will no doubt be exhilarating and a weekend reward for any 5+ days spent at the digital or literal grindstone. This is most definitely a dream come true for any off-road enthusiast who is eager to get aggro with a stunningly insane amount of unfiltered and road-ready power!

Alive, Well, and Fully-Flexed: 2020 Dodge Challenger In-Depth and Pavement Prone

Saturday, September 21th, 2019



It has gone over a decade without a complete redesign, and everyone on duty here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta knows without a doubt that it’s because there's simply nothing to fix. Joel Stocksdale of Autoblog cranked out an in-depth feature this week that covers all the fine details of the brash and broad-shouldered incoming Challenger model. First off, it's one of the only modern pony cars that has all-wheel-drive, which is a plus if you're in any snowy or northern location. 

 

One thing that has remained the same is that the Hellcat Redeye is still the most powerful pony car on the market, with a staggering 797 horsepower derived from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8. There are so many different ways to customize the Challenger: colors, wheels, and trim are just a few of the available options. The 2020 model offers new wheel designs for every trim except the base rear-drive SXT, and the traditionally Mopar-name brandishing Hellraisin, Sinamon Stick, and Frostbite are 3 new colors to pick from. The interior has also been tended to with stitched dash and door panels on the Challengers that are leather-equipped, and carbon fiber trim and faux suede options for V-8 powered models. 

 

Even within the base trim, you see super cool characteristics ranging from the standard houndstooth cloth inside, to the two-tone leather choices available. A 7-inch touchscreen is standard, but all trim levels have an 8.4-inch version available as an option. Here Autoblog reminds us that both of these are definitely among the easiest to use in the industry and that the fierce competition in the form of the Mustang doesn't even come standard with any touchscreen. 

 

For a performance coupe, we fully recognize that this car is not at all lacking in the size factor. It is nearly 9 inches longer than a Mustang or Camaro, and the wheelbase is 6 or 9 inches longer. The testing crew here recommends the Performance Handling Package for GT and R/T, that upgrade brakes, tires, and suspension. Don't overlook the 1320 Package either: it is for the R/T Scat Pack and turns it into a naturally-aspirated Demon. Even the base engine in the Challenger family offers up 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque, as far below the Hellcat's ray fury as it may seem. 

 

When these seasoned drivers took the Challenger brazenly onto a cold snowy Maine landscape last winter, they were immediately struck by its poise. The active transfer case and the ability to disengage the front axle can make the Challenger a rear-wheel-drive car to help save fuel, and even the driver's behavior can trigger the all-wheel capability. The GT Interior Package was also enjoyed immensely by the crew: it includes Nappa leather and Alcantara suede seats, a leather performance steering wheel, and 9-speaker audio system backed with a subwoofer and 506-watt amp!

Ram 1500 Boasts Proud Title of First Full-Size Pickup to Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick 

Friday, September 20th, 2019



The Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a designation that is highly sought after in the auto industry, as it is an award that identifies the best vehicle choices for safety within size categories during a given year. Everyone here at Landmark Dodge loves to point out to customers the many fine aspects of the Ram 1500, and now there is a new one hot off the press from Autoblog.com to admire!

 

The 2020 Ram 1500 has now been officially heralded as the first full-size pickup to earn the sought-after top designation of a Top Safety Pick for 2019 by the IIHS. The stellar rating applies when equipped with adaptive LED headlamps with high-beam assist, plus Ram's automatic emergency braking system. What really helped push the Ram 1500 all of the ways to the finish line in terms of this rating is the addition of LED projector headlamps, both now available on the Limited and Laramie trims. Ram puts to use an integrated radar camera module that enables its forward collision mitigation system, which earned a “superior” rating for safety.

 



The camera and radar components behind the vehicle's rear-view mirror have been consolidated, which simplifies the interface and keeps the technology from being seriously harmed if you do experience a collision. The system first warns the driver to take action to avoid the collision, then will take control to activate the brakes if the driver does not. Other safety systems in place include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and ready alert braking. The 1500 also sees benefits from its patented splayed front frame-rails, which are in place to help better manage crash energy in the event of a sudden frontal accident.

 

As far as changes on the tech front, lane-keep assist and adaptive steering are now available on all trim levels, as well as blind-spot monitoring. The 2020 Ram 1500 also sees the option of a new trailer tire pressure monitor available, and the auxiliary camera system can now support two cameras. The crew cab variants with the 8-foot bed will now get the 50-gallon fuel tank as standard, and the Power Wagon trim boasts hydro blue and olive green as two new color choices.

 



The Night Edition provides the addition of black wheels, grilles, badging and offers a ready-to-go package right here on the showroom floor. Don't forget to ask us about the Ram Rebel Black: it sports a trusty black skid plate, dark styling cues, and all-black interior as standard. Aptly paired with the Rebel's already menacing swagger, the Black package adds even more aggression to this truck with the ultimate badge of safety branded courtesy of the IIHS!

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Up-Close: “4-Star Pick for Those Pining for a Rugged Option”

Friday, September 13th, 2019

It was the summer of 2010 when the Grand Cherokee first went on sale, and it has not surprisingly shown that it will always manage to stay desirable in a sea of rapidly evolving competition. The coming year's Jeep Grand Cherokee has been specifically designed to appeal to buyers that are on the hunt for a rugged option that can take them as far away from concrete-laden civilization as they ever dreamed. This week the staff on duty at Autoblog provided an in-depth feature that dug in deep and explored the finer points of the soon-to-arrive trail-climbing favorite.

 

The first detail that was given praise was the very luxurious accommodations offered inside, even with all of the Grand Cherokee's off-road capability. For 2020 the Trackhawk receives a new yellow badge, and optional 20-inch wheels sporting titanium finish and a black and grey leather interior package. The Limited and Trackhawk models gain a standard sunroof, bi-xenon headlamps and LED fog lamps, and Overland models now tout an available dark sienna and black interior. The Limited X returns for 2020 after its 2019 debut, and the Summit models now offer a Light Frost and brown interior finish.

 

In the top-level Summit trim, the interior is offered up in luxurious leather and wood trim, and if you opt for SRT or Trackhawk models, the track-focused technology package and bolstered seats are derived from the Challenger. A 7-inch screen featuring the Uconnect infotainment system sees an upgrade to 8.4 inches around the middle trim levels, and the system meshes excellently with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Autoblog staff was quick to claim that the Grand Cherokee is the favorable choice for headroom, shoulder, and legroom compared to stiff competitor Toyota 4Runner, which also offers optional third-row seating.

 

The Limited Trim is equipped with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and packaged with standard 4-wheel drive. EPA estimates currently reside at 14 mpg city, 22 highway, and 17 combined, and just as in the Challenger lineup, the V8's extra power is noticed as soon as you project rapidly off the line. You can go even further up the line for righteously ridiculous power with the 2020 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which brandishes the supercharged 6.2-liter V8, cranks out 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque, and goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.

 

Properly equipped, the Grand Cherokee and tow as much as 7,200 pounds, ready and able for an afternoon on the job site or quick recreational haul to the lake. When you visit us at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta here this fall, make sure to check out the Trailhawk trim: it boasts skid plates for the front suspension, fuel tank, transfer case and underbody, and 10.8 inches of ground clearance for experienced trail users to appreciate!

 

2020 Dodge Challenger's Visual and Equipment Upgrades Highlighted in CarBuzz.com

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Last year the Dodge Challenger saw the introduction of the 797-horsepower SRT Hellcat Redeye, as well as the R/T Scat Pack Widebody. These are two of the heaviest contenders in the entire auto market as far as anyone craving speed and the “huge guns” factor is concerned. Martin Bigg of Carbuzz.com took an up-close look at the updates this menacing and marvelous car sees for the 2020 year last week on the blog, highlighting the visual changes first.

 

Nine new wheels and finishes are now available throughout the entire lineup, and SXT AWD, as well as GT AWD models, now feature 19-inch Satin Carbon wheels as standard with available Black Noise wheels, which the Blacktop Package introduces. The GT RWD now has as standard 20-inch Satin Carbon wheels, available Satin Carbon Wheels that come with the Plus Group, and optional Lights Out wheels with the Performance Handling Group. SRT Hellcat Widebody and SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody models feature new standard 20 x 11-inch Low Gloss Black Wheels. SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye models can be fitted with optional 20-inch Machined wheels with Granite pockets, providing the ultimate in tread and grip for track hounds right here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta as well as nationwide.

 

There are new HEMI fender badges now added to R/T models, and a Scat Pack Bee spoiler badge present to properly represent the R/T Scat Pack. Sinamon Stick, Hellraisin, and Frostbite are the new three exterior paint options that are added to the lineup. Every model equipped with leather now will feature an all-new premium-stitched dash and upper door panels, along with optional carbon-fiber bezels packaged with a Dynamica suede headliner on every single V8 model. The Performance Handling Group package on R/T models and the GT RWD sees the addition of a new flat-bottom leather steering wheel, as well as the Dynamics Package on R/T Scat Pack and the Widebody package on the R/T Scat Pack.

 

When you are imagining dusting your competition late at night on the back roads or nailing down straight-track quarter-mile times you may think that your interior doesn't matter, and that any old variant will do: the Caramel Alacantara interior color option new for this year will change your tune after checking it out in detail! Engine options for the most part the same as they were on the 2019 models: SXT, SXT AWD, GT, and GT AWD models derive power from a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 305 horsepower, while the R/T Scat Pack and Scat Pack widebody models will use a naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V8 with 485 horsepower. The SRT Hellcat Redeye is truly the peak of sordid and snarling ability: it brandishes a 717- hp, supercharged 6.2- liter HEMI V8, robust and fine-tuned for business.

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel's Top 5 Features : In-Depth Focus Via Motor Trend

Friday, September 6th, 2019

The staff of Motor Trend consistently steers consumers in the right direction regarding their next car or truck purchase, while also providing valuable insight after getting their hands on the goods. Lately, they have had their eyes on the consumer demand for diesel engines, and advanced technology that the light-duty segment has seen massive benefits from.

 

Writer Mark Williams recently drove the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel off-road, on the highway, and during demanding towing duty. Chief engineer Mauro Puglia had already lamented that this new Ram engine would need to have the most torque and efficiency that could be squeezed out of it, and once the product was complete, it was evident that it was a massive success!

 

New Turbo Touches was the first item that was featured for the top 5: the turbocharger is an all-new water-cooled, variable vane Garrett design that can provide a greater amount of consistent power over a longer period of time, and spools up faster. This makes for less lag time overall while helping to accomplish better fuel economy.

 

Second up on the list is the Stronger and Lighter Block: the new EcoDiesel engine continues to utilize compacted graphite iron for block material, but engine builders tried thousands of computer models to get rid of more unnecessary weight and thickness wherever it was not needed. This helped greatly in the task of shedding 15 pounds of weight and seeing the engine make much less noise.

 

High/Low Exhaust Gas Recirculation was the stand-out favorite for chief engineer Puglia. This high and low-pressure EGR system is an ingenious way to use up as little of the exhaust gases from the turbo as possible. Coming in at about 20 percent less exhaust gas usage then normal EGR setups, a particulate filter is on deck to introduce much cleaner and cooler gases back into the system. This results in a lower emissions rating, and much better overall efficiency during the cooling process.

 

Making a Better Burn comes in strong for noteworthy characteristics of the new Ram: the completely revamped EcoDisel engine now has aluminum piston heads as well as smarter and faster injectors. These are combined with a redesigned combustion chamber that offers up a better and more thorough burn. The satisfactory result here is more coveted low-end power, and better mpg rating.

 

Less Noise All Around is the final attribute listed here from our expert cohorts at Motor Trend: although fuel economy and torque production were the engineers' top priorities, quieting the engine was also essential. The choice of materials for the new model and the redesigned internal piece is coated with carefully selected materials to aid with NVH. At one glance under the hood, there is more sound-deadening foam then has ever been present in any other pickup engine!

Autoblog.com Offers up Coverage of 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee's Leaked Details 

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta, the fall is quite possibly our favorite season: new models are rolling onto the lot very soon with the pride and prowess to satisfy the wishes of even the savviest and diehard auto fans. The Jeep Grand Cherokee has always been at the top of the wish list for many, and the Trackhawk provided a means for Hellcat lovers to obtain the power they love so much in all-wheel drive. The hard-working and always car-savvy folks on staff at Autoblog were on the scene to obtain top-secret spy shots of the Jeep Grand Cherokee expected for the 2021 model year.

 

It appears as though the next year's model will be completely redesigned from the outside, and other leaked photos allude to many changes on the inside as well. One Instagram post from the user “thejeep_guy” portrayed what appeared to be a slightly ruffled-up page from a presentation on the Grand Cherokee's new luxury and comfort features. It also appears as though the instrument panel will become steeper and flow into the center console, and the HVAC vents become a bit more horizontal-shaped, drawing attention to their strong width.

 

Included in the list is a 10.1” Uconnect, and 10.5 gauge cluster. There appears to be the deletion of the shift handle for a shift knob, and a new foot-activated tailgate. The list also shows an all-new steering wheel, as well as massaging seats w/button on the door panel. The standard dash cluster looks to include a new 7-inch, high-definition TFT screen, with the 10.5-inch cluster available depending on options or trim level. The 10.1-inch Uconnect screen at the top of the chain will also be able to display images from a new 360-degree camera system.

 

We are particularly excited about the new Select Terrain dial: it is expected to offer more aggressive off-road modes and can control a next-gen air suspension on the Trailhawk. Since the internal chassis is designated as “WL”, this SUV is expected to now be built on the same Giorgio platform that supports the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV and Giulia sedan. The big news in regards to power is the planned arrival of the turbocharged inline-six, predicted to boast a displacement slightly over three liters. A 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder with eTorque could serve the low end of the engine range, with a revised version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, 5,7-liter Hemi V8, and third-generation 3.0-liter EcoDiesel. The Grand Cherokee's debut is slated to take place at next year's Detroit Auto Show, which at this point be rescheduled to June 2021.

Motor Trend Ranks Dodge Durango as the Most Practical SUV For a Family Vacation 

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

The brawny appearance, powerful engines, premium interior, and hefty towing capacity are just some of the ways that the new Durango distinguishes itself from the many other offerings out there. Kelly Lin of Motortrend cranked out a great feature last week about why she thinks that the Durango takes the cake when it comes to going on vacation, and the traits it has that rank it at the top. For starters, the towing ability was one of the deciding factors: the Durango can tow up to 8,700 lbs on the SRT trim.

 

 

Being able to haul is a huge commodity when it comes to lugging around summer gear and large-sized toys. This year's model also has an integrated trailer brake when equipped with the optional Trailer Tow Package, and it brings about a heightened peace of mind with the ability to view your trailed items through a rear-mounted camera. Power is another quality that allows the Durango to prevail in this category: the SRT trim packs a 6.4-liter HEMI SRT V-8 engine making 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Other options are the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 making 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, and the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with 360 hp and 390 lb-ft.

 

The Durango comes standard as a two-row SUV, but the third row is now optional. With the addition of the third-row bench, it can seat seven, and the seats can be configured 50 different ways. Behind the seats is 17.2 cubic feet of space, and when the second and third rows are folded, the cargo capacity maxes out at 85.1 cubic feet. Top-of-the-line appearance is another reason why the Durango is so well-fitted for vacations: new 20-inch wheel designs add to the SUVS already aggressive stance, and the available Blacktop Package adds an even bolder touch.

 

Another reason why the Durango was picked as being such a great choice for a vacation vehicle is that the existing bold paint colors can have you looking just fine sans the upgrades. Options such as F8 Green, Redline Red, and Vice White cloak you in the ultimate shiny coat, and you can even opt to make the Durango look like a Charger by dipping it in your choice of available stripes.

 

During a long road trip, keeping passengers occupied and entertained is of grave importance. In the front, there is an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and rear passengers can view what they want via a Blu-ray video rear entertainment system complete with two 9.0-inch screens. Video games are a viable option via HDMI or RCA cables, and the system also includes a remote and the benefit of wireless headphones. Come down to visit us this fall at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta, where you can see for yourself the many ways that the Durango is the best-suited SUV for your next vacation destination!

2020 Ram 1500 Brand-New Diesel Put to the Rigorous Test by Roadshow 

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Emme Hall of Road Show began her blog feature about the Ram 1500 last week by admitting full-on that it is her favorite truck in the highly competitive full-size pickup segment. Heavy on utility, with good looks inside and out, and excellent onboard technology, the story itself gets better this year with the addition of diesel. The new 3.0-liter V6 may sport the exact same displacement figures as the company's outgoing EcoDiesel engine, but 80% of its parts are now brand new!

 

There is a new turbocharger, intake ports, and combustion system. The pistons have been completely redesigned, and now feature thinner rings that provide less friction. There is a new low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system that reduces power loss from the turbo. All of these components aid in an engine that offers more power and torque than the outgoing model, while also reducing harsh ride quality, vibration, and cabin noise. This incoming engine produces 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, which are 8% and 14% gains over last year's. During her first drive, Emme said that the 8-speed automatic manages the power so smoothly she could “barely tell it's there at all”.

 

Even though the EPA numbers have not been finalized quite yet, Ram claims that the 1500 EcoDisel could complete the drive from Duluth, Minnesota, to Dallas, Texas, over 1,000 miles, without needing to stop for fuel. You could do the math after realizing that the truck brandishes a 33-gallon tank, but we'll wait for the EPA to give the final word. The EcoDiesel can haul 2,040 pounds in its bed, or two 12,560 pounds behind, it, which is a best-in-class success. The optional air suspension has a self-leveling feature that keeps the ride smooth during a tow, and the blind-spot monitoring feature covers the entire length of the trailer.

 

Ram's new multifunction tailgate has barn-door, side-opening functionality, and don't forget that you can score the EcoDiesel engine on every single trim, including the off-road-poised Rebel. Emme concludes her feature here by stating that Ram offers the best diesel package by far in the segment, dominating in power, torque, payload, and tow ability. This is a model that is known for the most luxurious ride inside that exists, and the air suspension makes for a cushy trip that leaves one forgetting they are in a truck, period.

 

Full-speed adaptive cruise is available, and a giant, 12-inch Uconnect infotainment screen comes standard for unlimited cabin productivity and entertainment. Come down to see us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta for a test drive of the most capable, rugged, and grunty rig in existence, and see why the Ram name carries so much worth and weight!

Motor1.com Reports on Dodge Charger Daytona's Production Return for 2020 

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

1969 was most definitely an milestone time period in the car industry, and that year's Dodge Charger Daytona won many over with its characteristically wedged nose and massive rear wing. Featured in the Motor1.com blog this week, the 50th-anniversary Charger Daytona will be resurrected during the beginning of next year and will be named the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition. Just as it was in 1969, production will be limited to just 501 models. 

 

All of this excitement adds up to much more than just a change in appearance: the powertrain calibration for the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 now generates 717 horsepower, and 650 lb-ft of torque, which is 10 more horsepower than before. Braking duties are handled by black Brembo Six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes. Another difference from the standard Charger Hellcat Widebody is the unique “Daytona” decklid, rear-quarter decal, and matching spoiler. Available colors are B5 Blue pictured here, Pitch Black, and Triple Nickel models. Rounding out this awesome new upgrade are the 20 by 11-inch wheels with a satin carbon finish.

 

Inside, the “Daytona” branding continues with embroidery of the name on the black Nappa leather and Alacantara suede performance seatbacks, with the added touch of blue accent stitching appearing throughout the interior on the armrests, door panel, dashboard, and shifter. The Charger Daytona also will sport a real carbon-fiber instrument panel and flat-bottom steering wheel, both exclusive to the Daytona, as well as a custom badge on the passenger sideboard. This model made its official debut to the public last Saturday during the Woodward Dream Cruise in Pontiac, Michigan, where it was proudly on display at the Modern Street Hemi Shootout Lot.

 

As we walked happily back through history online here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta to remember the origins of the Charger, the story begins during the early 1960s when automakers were exploring new ideas in the personal luxury and specialty car segments. The Dodge division was to enter the marketplace with a mid-size B-bodied sporty car to be situated between the Ford Mustang and Ford Thunderbird. This resulted in the production of the Coronet-based Charger that was released during 1966 when it was then billed as “a complete departure from the Dodge's mainstream car line”. Three years later, there were two different 383 engines available for the 1969 model year: the two-barrel was rated at 290 hp, and the four-barrel at 330 hp.

 

Highly popularized from being featured as the lovable and gulley-jumping General Lee in the “Dukes of Hazard” TV show, it performed star-studded stunts during nearly every episode. The Daytona was the result of many attempts being made to improve aerodynamics, and was the eventual recipient of an 18-inch nose, which at the time made 1,200 pounds of downforce. The very first 1969 Charger Daytona was on display that year during the World Fair in New York, and was the first legal car to ever run 200 mph, a record that held strong for 13 years!

Naples Illustrated Ranks New Gladiator Pickup as “Practical Magic”

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Howard Walker of Naples Illustrated claimed of the Jeep Gladiator in an article this past week that the new 2020 Gladiator is “the hottest set of wheels on the planet right now”, and all of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta agree that there has been a feeding frenzy of lust for this rugged 4 x 4. When Jeep created the potential by allowing the Gladiator to go on sale on April 4, the awesome new vehicle was sold out in less than one day.

 

He also laments that “Just like Raymond, everyone seems to love it”. There is a distinctive vibe present that is a throwback to the old Jeep Comanche pick-up of 30 years ago. Exposed door hinges, girder-like bumpers, and a very authentic vibe are what provides the ruggedness and essence that is in such high demand, and it has the off-road hardware to assure passage on the roughest of trails. The Rubicon that Howard had the pleasure of taking a spin in came with the Rock-Trac 4 x4 transfer case, heavy-duty Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock differentials, Fox shocks, and Rubie 17-inch alloy tires wrapped in Falken Wildpeak rubberware.

 

The promise of being able to load up and head out with ease and a sense of practicality are what excited him as he got ready: the fact that the Rubicon sports the pickup bed means you can load in a couple of dirt bikes, kayaks, or various supplies from Menard's for any weekend task. Towing ability is up to 7,650 pounds, and the windshield folds flat as well as doors coming off, trademark elements of the vehicle that inspired many to explore regions from the four corners of Utah to offerings such as Houston Valley Off-Road trails here just west of Dalton, GA, offering something for everyone from easy to difficult in a scenic wooded setting.

 

The overall take on the Gladiator after his drive was that it was still a Wrangler at heart with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 up front, same very capable 8-speed automatic, and the joy of abundant noise from the wind over 70 mph. We appreciate the sentiment that anyone who “needs refinement” can opt for a Lexus and that the Jeep line was the original conqueror of everything wild. This has been engineered to be that most off-road capable midsize pickup truck ever, brandishing impressive equipment such as front and rear locking differentials, branded FOX shocks, and available forward-facing TrailCam Off-Road Camera. The all-steel bed provides numerous hard-working features designed to aid with tying down your gear, keeping it ultimately protected, and organized for your next adventure!

Automobile Staff and Pro Racer Andy Pilgrim Take to the Track With 2019 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack

Friday, August 16th, 2019

In a previous episode of Pro Racer's Take, the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye was put to the test around the NCM Motorsports Park road course, which brandishes 3.15 miles of the nation's most challenging driving. The testing crew came away amazingly impressed after the Challenger then proved itself capable of much more than just winning drag races, with a final lap time of 2 minutes and 19.50 seconds. A vehicle that flaunts 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque never gets old, and although pro racers tell you that they never have enough power, this is one example of just the opposite.

 

For a brand-new feature as fall is right around the corner and crisp leaves will be blowing across many tracks nationwide, the Automobilemag team returned to the circuit and this time went on the full offensive with a 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack. Its 6.4-liter, 392 ci V-8 does not sport the Hellcat's supercharger or pull down quite as astounding numbers on the dyno, but 485 hp and 475 lb-ft tend to do more than just lend a helping hand in an all-out track dash.

 

The gang's test car arrived dipped in the 1970's vibe evoking Plum Crazy paintwork, and boasting the widebody option with 3.5-inch wider track, wild flares, and the Hellcat's front and rear spoiler. Other features include 15.4-inch six-piston Brembo front brakes, Pirelli P Zero rubber, and an overall curb weight about 300 pounds lighter than the Hellcat's. All of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta thoroughly enjoy how the team saw a true “big Detroit bruiser” within the Challenger, which makes perfect sense. When watching the video, we loved the heat extraction areas: they add the perfectly modern touch upfront while still possessing the bad-boy menacing prowess of yesteryear.

 

Other nice touches on the badging are definitely a throwback to some of the most glorious muscle cars of all, like the Super Bees of the late 1960s. Seasoned pro Andy Pilgrim also had a massive appreciation for the infotainment system: fairly retro-themed in its own way, it is great at conveying simplicity, and not featuring so many buttons and dials that it defeats its purpose. At about 140 mph on the straightaway, the hum of the Challenger is unique: it is at about this point that it reaches an otherworldly gliding sensation after revving hard to get there. The entire drive, Andy laments that the lesser horsepower in this model than the redeye in no way means any less fun is had while driving it and watching him make perfect use of the Challenger's stealth braking and steering abilities is most definitely thrilling!

Truck Trend Blog Spots 2021 Jeep Cherokee Prepping for Perfection in Southern California

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

The elaborate and durable Giorgio architecture that Alfa Romeo has perfected will now be the new frame for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which the staff of Truck Trend Blog spied testing on the roads of Southern California this week. This gives all of us loyal Jeep fans here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta a chance to have a close look at the style and stance, which is a bit wider and longer than the outgoing Cherokee. The heavier planted and sleeker stance will allow for a fiercer competitor against luxury SUV's like the BMW X3, as well as more on-road-oriented crossover SUVs such as the Nissan Murano and Ford Edge.

 

We think that the Giorgio platform should make a fitting and trustworthy base for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it will allow for the absolute best in safety technology features as well as world-class off-road capability. A more modern type of electrical architecture will most likely enable Level 2 autonomy for the Grand Cherokee, which paves the way for advanced driver-assist on freeways, and an extended glimpse of what the future holds when it comes to the car's onboard “brain activity”.

 

The new Alfa platform will also allow for the inclusion of 48V mild-hybrid tech, potentially being paired to a turbocharged 3.0-LIter I-6 that might replace the V-8 in the Grand Cherokee's higher trim levels. Mulling over the return of the straight-six is an exciting prospect, and lends its hindsight heftily to the AMC-designed 4.0-Liter I-6 found in the first-and second-generation Grand Cherokee. Other options could include a revitalized, direct-injected Pentastar 3.6-Liter V-6 and at least one or two incredibly high-powered V-8s for the SRT and Trackhawk. We're also hearing rumors that Jeep will build a plug-in hybrid variant with 40 miles of all-electric range, and are wondering about whether or not the 3.0-LIter EcoDiesel V-6 will be back as well.

 

Even though the Giorgio architecture was once found primarily under a sport sedan, one of the reasons why it will still be so great for off-road performance is its adaptability. It will still allow Jeep engineers to build in plenty of ground clearance, intuitive drivetrain technology, and suspension travel. When the Grand Cherokee is redesigned it will remain a two-row, five-seat SUV, and two brand-new Jeep SUV will be unveiled shortly after its debut.

 

One is rumored to be a three-row unibody SUV to compete with the Ford Explorer, Buick Enclave, and Lincoln Aviator, and the second will be the body-on-frame full-size Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer, boasting a size similar to the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon. We'll keep you posted here on the blog regarding any updates, and if we get the pleasure of checking out the coming Cherokee via secret spy shots again any time soon!

Torque News Feature Outlines Demand for Redeye After 2020 Charger Widebody Arrival 

Friday, August 9th, 2019

When the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye for the 2019 model year arrived wickedly brandishing 797 horsepower, many loyal enthusiasts in the American performance realm than expected a Charger with the same engine would rapidly follow. Up until both the 2018 Demon and Redeye models, the Challenger and Charger had shared the same engines, but while the coupe has dazzled buyers with as much as 840 horsepower, fans of the sedan are needing to settle for 707 horses. Since some loyal fans have now been left without a proper step-up from the current Hellcat, many in the vast Mopar community have been nervously tapping their feet in anticipation. 

 

When it was learned that a Charger widebody was coming for 2020, it was expected that just like the Challenger, the wider sedan would brandish the Redeye engine with almost 800 horsepower, but with much of the information still not made public, a more powerful model is not yet available. The folks on staff at the Torque News blog ran a feature this past week detailing just how high the demand for a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is, and how they are anxiously waiting for a 797-horsepower sedan to roll salaciously off the line.

 

The true sparking emerald of the Redeye Package is the 6.2-liter Hemi, topped by a 2.7-liter IHI supercharger. While the engine sizes are the same, the Redeye engine flaunts a larger supercharger, and internal upgrades that allow the stronger Hemi to crank out 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque, as opposed to 717 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque that resides in the standard Hellcat Challenger. You also get to enjoy the specially-tuned ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, the adaptive suspension system, huge Brembo brakes, and exterior appointments. The Redye is basically a Hellcat Challenger with much more power, and it is what Charger fans are craving from the burly Dodge sedan as well.

 

Now that the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat comes with the standard widebody design, many fully believe that the 797-horsepower engine should come ready to roll. Fans know that now Dodge just needs to get down to business and build, and are excited that they already have in the form of a Pike Peak race car that featured a custom-tuned version on the actual Redeye Hemi seen here. Fortunately for all the speed demons nationwide and right here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta, knowledgeable insiders have claimed that it's only a matter of when and not if. It completes production. We definitely understand why everyone is clamoring on pins and needles during the wait, and will let you know as soon as more details surface regarding this high-octane and drag-primed potential release!

Motor 1.Com Feature Reports on Goal to Continue Production For Ram 1500 Classic

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Christopher Smith of Motor1.com was excited to give the news this past week that the Ram 1500 Classic could be sticking around for a bit longer. Sales continue to be strong, as a low price point has the full-size truck in an amazingly reasonable entry-level. The very popular truck will now stay in production, and there is thankfully not a definitive cancellation date on the horizon! Other sources such as Motor Trend even claim that the truck could get an update of sorts.

 

Compared to what's available on the market for a very low price, you get a basic 1500 Tradesman single-cab 2WD pickup with a 305 – horsepower V6 engine under the hood. Don't forget to ask us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta about the Warlock, one of our all-time favorites which offers up a more sinister appearance and Quad Cab with 20-inch wheels. What really won customers over regarding this model is its relentless capability, which provides the means to take the road head-on with proven performance. This is a proud and rugged number that was designed from the beginning to stand out, and its one of our most unique and favorite grilles ever to see coming up in your rearview.

 

The available Class-Exclusive RamBox Cargo Management System is a secure and durable storage system located on the side rails that will make anyone with a busy day on the farm or ranch happy with its practical and modern build. Available Remote Keyless Entry with the Class-Exclusive AllSecure Central Locking System also allows you to lock and unlock the cargo box simply with the push of a button. The truck bed offers a spray-in bedliner, tri-fold Tonneau cover, and available LED lights.

 

Access to the bed is a bit easier with the available tubular wheel-to-wheel side steps: you can lock and unlock the power-release tailgate with the simple push of a button. You'll also want to check out how the new Chrome-Plus Package adds bright front and rear bumpers, a bright grille surround, body-color upper fascia, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. The RamBox Value Package spruces up the Ram 1500 Classic Big Horn with the Cargo Management System, Power Sunroof, Uconnect 4C NAV, and upgraded bed. With value-focused trims such as the Tradesman level, those who want to get into a brand new truck on a budget are fully able to do so, and the response from customers has been nothing but positive. Produced at the Warren, Michigan plant, the Ram 1500 Classic is a symbol of everything we love in a truck, and at a lighter-duty size that appeals to many!

Renderings on Motor Trend Blog Portray Potential 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

The Jeep lineup has seen the exciting and amazing editions of a pickup truck lately and more crossover offerings, but there has been one important element that is still missing. This past week on the Motor Trend Blog, they offered up some renderings that provide an idea what the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will look like when they arrive in a couple of years. The overall shape is reminiscent of the Grand Cherokee, and the Wagoneer is predicted to be body-on-frame, sharing a few vital components with the Ram 1500.

 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer rendering rear three quarter white 1

In some other photos that were spotted of testing prototypes, one can barely make out the truck's rear independent suspension. In fact, the Ram's rear live axle out for an independent setup should allow for more needed passenger space in the third row. Both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be built at FCA's Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan, right alongside the new Ram HD. The renderings shown on the Motor Trend blog draw heavily from the Jeep Yuntu Concept, which was introduced a few years back at the Shanghai auto show. This concept eventually evolved as the Grand Commander, which was a seven-seat crossover only to be sold in China.

 

This concept could still eventually influence the style and design of the truck-centric Jeep Wagoneer. One element that the two will share is the plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Within its Five-year plan, FCA revealed that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer would indeed receive plug-in hybrid variants. It could also share a few powertrain options from the Ram 1500, such as the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, and 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, also potentially with eTorque mild hybrid assistance. The latest version of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 may also be what the Wagoneer relatives could receive, which packs 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque.

 

Other images seen earlier this year show a lateral bar or frame underneath the vehicle of the type that provides the needed hard mounting points for an independent rear suspension. The exhaust appeared to be re-routed to make room for the components, and the Grand Wagoneer will be a larger, long-wheelbase variant created to compete with the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL. Funds have been set aside for upgrades to the Toledo, Ohio Jeep Factory as well as the conversion of the Mack Avenue Engine Complex into and assembly plant to cover demand.

 

The Jeep Wagoneer was originally in production from 1963-93 and is considered by many to be the first modern sport utility vehicle. During 1984, Jeep excitedly introduced the high-trim Grand Wagoneer, likely the first luxury SUV in existence before the Land Rover Range Rover made the move up. We at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta will keep you posted here on the blog regarding any updates on this creation, and as to just how far along the progress is concerning a vital missing link for the Jeep arsenal!

CarBuzz Questions the Potential Dodge Challenger SUV On the Horizon 

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

One thing that is very evident here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta is that the popularity of SUV's is still absolutely skyrocketing. As we are now situated in the tail end of the summer months, so many customers that are coming to us for guidance are coming with questions about popular and practical SUV's. As it is our business to fully understand the ins and outs of the competition, we know well that Ford is planning a new Mustang-inspired SUV, Ferrari has begun work on the high-performance Purosangue, and Aston Martin is developing the DBX crossover.

 

All of these exciting models have taken cues in the design arena from sports cars as well as supercars, which has stoked professional rendering artists to imagine how other models could be transformed into SUVs. Here on Carbuzz.com's blog, there was recently a very cool post that shows a render of what a potential Dodge Challenger SUV would appear like. At first glance, it looks like a lifted version of the Challenger muscle car since it has the same vented hood, taillights, headlights, and grille as the car it's modeled after. There are two extra doors and a rear hatch that have been added due to the SUV's extra size, and it is thought that under the hood could reside the Challenger SRT Redeye's 6.2-liter supercharged V8, cranking out a whopping 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque.

 

What is the likelihood of this Challenger SUV prototype ever coming to life? Well, at least one can already look intently at the fact that Dodge already carries the Durango SUV, which includes a high-performance SRT variant boasting 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. A Challenger SUV could be greatly justified as a formidable rival to Ford's future Mustang-inspired number and Chevy Bolt's electric crossover, and the possibility shouldn't be ruled out for the near future.

 

One of the absolute coolest features of this would be the defining characteristics of the front end: seeing the Challenger's grille bearing down on you in the form of an SUV is just all too much fun to daydream about. Those who are on the hunt for a daily driver and errand-running model with a sinister side would be elated, and dropping an engine with this much power into it just begs to be taken on a winding road minus the family for some head-clearing free time with the pavement. One thing we have realized over the past few years is that every once in awhile when the car-buying public gets wind of ideas like this, they come into fruition, and before you know it, a brand-new and groundbreaking model is being announced as a reality! We'll keep you posted on the details if anything further develops right here on the Landmark blog, and are hopeful about any developments.

Automotive Minute Hails 2020 Jeep Gladiator as “Everything Enthusiasts are Looking For”

Friday, July 26th, 2019

As traffic was winding slowly through the center of town in Helen, Georgia last week, a teenager happily grabbed his chest and yelled “Gladiator!” loudly as Jeep's brand-new pickup truck drove by. We know that our brand generates a high amount of enthusiasm, and it is one of the things we are most proud of here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta. Jeep is a line of car that was built from the beginning with the ability to tailor it to your own needs easily, and it is as off-road-ready as any vehicle can get.

 

Eileen Faulkenberg-Hull is the Co-host of “Let's Talk Wheels”, and she had a feature this week highlighting her opinions about the new vehicle. Her first thoughts were that it definitely has enough Wrangler in it to appeal to the very most loyal of the consumer base, and is aesthetically “everything the pickup needs to be”. We agree that from the seven-slot grille to the very beefy stance and square bed, it's unapologetically Jeep, and the excitement continues inside. Not completely trying to reinvent the wheel yet still touting a new-for-next-year sense of its own essence, the same base 3.6-liter V6 engine under the hood puts out 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

 

It is nearly 600 pounds heavier in its highest grade than the Wrangler, but the acceleration was still heavily noted for being awesome as well as responsive by the testing team of Automotive Minute. Purists will have much love for the six-speed manual transmission, with available 8-speed on deck: this crew surprisingly did prefer the six-speed for conquering rural roads. The Gladiator shares front suspension components with the Wrangler, and the rear suspension originates from none other than the trusty and rugged Ram 1500. The suspension change is most evident in the ride, which was immediately billed as better than the Wrangler's while feeling more complete overall.

 

The team here felt that Jeep has hit the nail on the head in its entirety with the Gladiator's exterior, giving enthusiasts exactly what they were looking for. There's a super cool imprint of a vintage-looking Jeep on the windshield, and a stamped version of the grill on the bed shows a “419” imprint, which is the area code of the Toledo, Ohio plant where its creation takes place. One feature the troop felt was worth the extra spend was the adaptive cruise control, and they loved the storage solutions provided in the center console.

 

There is at least 10 inches of ground clearance across the board, standard four-wheel drive, and the ability to ford through up to 30 inches of water. When properly equipped, the Gladiator can tow up to 7,650 pounds, and haul up to 1,600 pounds. The Gladiator's design and demeanor are going to guarantee it a large fan club and massive off road functionality, so we are excited for you a test drive to check out its world-class candor!

Jeep Wrangler Secret Prototype Photos Snagged by Car and Driver

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

The Jeeps we love to provide and service so much here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta are known worldwide for having the supreme ability to tackle serious off-road obstacles and handle easily where others would have difficulty. Spy photos surfaced via Car and Driver this week that appear to show a Jeep Wrangler that is very specially equipped to tackle serious off-road obstacles. It looks like the now stripped-down two-door Wrangler has no windshield, side glass, exterior mirrors, rear seats, or tailgate. The engineers spotted riding inside were seen wearing safety goggles to protect against any stray debris that the safety of a windshield can usually block.

 

One of the individuals who was lucky enough to snag the shots claimed that the vehicle had the appearance of being a very early prototype, as it was being driven very slowly and the engine was still running a bit rough. You can also gather from the images that the rear of the Wrangler reveal the use of a Fuel Safe Systems fuel cell, and we wonder if it could maybe be a high-performance Wrangler or Gladiator model to compete with the off-road ready Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison or the Next-generation Ford Bronco. It also could be a factory-custom one-off that will be displayed during the SEMA trade show in November.

 

Maybe this is just a variant for show that could display customization options, which is the reason why so many have Jeep as their number one choice. If the beach or nearby campsite is your destination, it's true that every Wrangler is indeed as remarkable and individual as the person who drives it. We are always excited about the opportunity for you to use the Jeep Brand Graphics Studio, which lets you apply hundreds of different graphic combinations to your Wrangler for purchase, then receive them directly. When every single Jeep is constructed, much care is taken to assure that freedom is not limited to the outdoors, and the sense of adventure is felt inside as well. The latest Uconnect system onboard helps keep you connected so you can explore at great depths the wilderness you choose to.

 

You can turn your Wrangler into a high-powered 4G Wi-Fi hotspot that accompanies you anywhere you need to drive, and the signal covers up to a 50-foot radius as well as up to 8 devices. If you're planning a long trip, the seats in the Wrangler are designed to provide comfort and exceptional support during every journey, and two-way lumbar adjustment with premium armrests help to make every trip a memory-making experience. The available 7-inch Driver Information Digital Cluster Display allows you to view vital driving data without losing any focus on the road in front of you. It allows you to keep close track of safety and security features, Navigation, Vehicle speed, and more! 

Motor Trend's Angus Mackenzie On Why He'd Buy 2019 Ram Rebel 4x4: “Capable Any Time of Year”

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Angus Mackenzie of Motor Trend admittedly chose a 1967 Alfa Romeo as a daily driver, and we can't say that we blame him: it is one tidy bundle of sleek and stylish upper-end foreign craftsmanship. Even though he doesn't need to haul around anything much bigger than a laptop, he fully recognizes that a pickup truck is a best friend of types on four wheels, being useful, versatile, and a tool that can be configured multiple ways to “get stuff done”.

 

The Ram already boasts the title of 2019 Truck of the Year within Motor Trend's prowess, and Angus proclaims here that it is by far the most rounded within the current generation of light-duty trucks. His personal pick of the 1500 lineup is the Rebel 4X4, because of its all-weather capability and completely year-round functional. It is shown in detail here just how the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 for extra power and torque over the standard V-6 is a great choice, as well as the additional height-adjustable air suspension, which offers five height settings ranging from low-slung entry mode to high-riding off-road mode.

 

Make sure to ask us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta about the Level 2 equipment group: this is where you obtain automatic climate control, parking sensors, keyless entry, automatic wipers, and a 115-volt auxiliary rear power outlet. The Rebel 12A pack includes power seats with black leather trim and red accents, the largest 12-inch Uconnect 4C entertainment touchscreen, and 9-speaker audio system. Angus also claims that the available panoramic sunroof makes the interior of the Rebel feel like that of a luxury car, and the cabin's ambiance is contributed to greatly by the rotary transmission controller on the dash that loses the clunky work truck vibe.

 

The Billet Silver Metallic paint was favored over the Black Crystal, and other highly useful options such as the RamBox storage units and spray-in bedliner came highly recommended. There is even an available 33-gallon fuel tank that boasts a nearly 30 percent increase in cruising range, and a deployable rear step that makes climbing in and out of the back much more simple. Experts have tested this truck from the cactus-laden deserts of Arizona to the snowy terrain of Michigan and Vermont, and all have claimed that the ride is quiet, luxurious, and displays off-the-charts composure. The added extra layer of off-road ability will better serve those of you out there on the hunt for the perfect trail on the weekends and is the perfect touch for those who prefer their spare time spent as far away as possible from urban areas!

Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody Featured in Hotcars.com: The World's Fastest Production Sedan

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Anyone out there who is into fast cars knows well that the Charger is one blisteringly-quick and track-ready machine. With the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine as standard cranking out up to 300 hp, other available steps up include the 5.7L Hemi V8, 392 V8, and Supercharged 6.2L Hemi SRT Hellcat V8 Engine. This week on the Hotcars.com blog, it the two elements that make this world's fastest production sedan even faster were covered, as Dodge has now reveals the new Charger Hellcat and Scat Pack Widebody packages.

 

This time around the Widebody treatment did not provide the Charger with the Hellcat Redeye's 797 horsepower engine, but up for grabs is the standard Hellcat supercharged HEMI V8 with 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The available Scat Pack Widebody is the same 6.4-L Hemi V8 with 485 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. There is the addition of front and rear fascias boasting much larger air intakes, a new rear spoiler, and wider fender flares that combine with the bigger tires to add an extra 3.5 inches of width. As the seasoned staff on duty of Hotcars.com agrees, “A Widebody Charger is for owning the parking lot, not for going grocery shopping”.

 

The Hellcat Widebody for the Charger receives 20 x 11-inch wheels with wider Pirelli 205/25ZR20 tires, and a set of 6-piston Brembo calipers are expertly combined with larger 15.4 – inch two-piece rotors in the front for a major boost in extra stopping power. The Hellcat rings in Bilstein 3-mode adaptive damping with 32% stiffer springs, and the 20% stiffer springs on the Scat Pack. The Hellcat now is the lucky recipient of larger anti-roll bars in both the front and back, while the Scat Pack offers just the larger rear anti-roll bar.

 

The 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen can control the electric power steering along with selectable drive modes to control horsepower, transmission shift speeds, paddle shifters, suspension settings, and traction. Launch Control, Launch Assist, and Line Lock will help you with any drag race duties you are facing, and Race Cooldown is on deck to keep the car's intercooler pump and radiator fan running even after the engine has fully shut off. What you are looking at here in terms of off-the-line trot is a dazzling 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds, and quarter-mile time of 10.96 seconds. With the use of the Scat Pack, it can manage 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, and the quarter-mile of 12.4 seconds. We'll keep you posted right here on the blog for Landmark Dodge of Atlanta about any updates, and orders for the new Scat Pack widebody and fat cat start in the fall, with expected deliveries during early 2020! 

Upper-End Tuning for The Trackhawk: Hot Rod Provides Extra Close-Up on a 4WD Mopar

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Jeff Wollerman is a very interesting and skilled character within high-performance auto circles: a successful union crane mechanic in beautiful Port Heuneme, California, he has enjoyed personal ownership of some of the absolute hottest cars out there, like a 2017 Camaro ZL1, a Corvette, and Hellcat. He just added a massively-tuned Trackhawk to his arsenal, and the guys from Hot Rod were there on the scene to check it out. He located his model in the San Fernando Valley with only a few options: it had red seatbelts and black forged aluminum wheels but came minus a sunroof, extra speaker system, or tow package.

 

He added with a snicker that it was “the lightest 5,000-plus Trackhawk he could find”. He was initially impressed with the performance at hand, but not fully satisfied. He was off to the races immediately to begin the task of sourcing performance parts and requested Borla to create a 3-inch-diameter tubing exhaust system. This was the first instance of developing exhaust for the Trackhawk platform, and Borla proudly prototyped an S-Type and ATAK-style muffler system from his original vehicle. Once he heard the depth of the exhaust tone emitting from the S-type, it became his pick, now taking up space finished off with a set of quad carbon fiber tips.

 

He then began the search for the ideal tuner, and was interested in the Livernois Motorsports line of products. He chose the S-1025 mail-order kit, which included a 2.85-inch-wide upper pulley from the Innovations West to complete the task of providing a 9 percent overdrive to the lower balancer. The job of pinning the crank pulley to the crankshaft took quite a bit of skill, and he was rewarded for his patience with the final product shown here.

 

Wollerman then made the decision to shift the propellant to E-85 and went to work adding new fuel-injection enhancing components, a 180-degree thermostat, a transmission tune, and NGK spark plugs. The computer underwent an intense reworking, and Livernois sent him a special laptop to dial everything in perfect, and meet the constantly changing demands of race and street performance. He loved the power derived from the Livernois S-1025 kit so much that he exclaimed: “The Trackhawk now pulls like a freight train on acceleration”! With the changes already made up to this point and the sticky Mickey Thompson Street tires, he had completed a launch of the SUV to a 10.4 – second quarter-mile time at 131.72 Mph.

 

He implemented help from Solls Racing Group for a set of custom Eibach special edition springs and a set of racing brake pads for the Brembo calipers. For the task of keeping the sticky rear tires planted, AAD Performance went heftily to work developing a set of Black Ops Adjustable rear control arms. The achievement of a 9-second quarter-mile time did transpire after all of this very detailed work, and it all went down on March 24, 2019. After the computer was completely retuned and a switch made to a 2 ¾ inch-diameter pulley, the result was a boost turned up to a full 22 pounds. Everyone here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta is not surprised in the least that you're going to have to “prepare to get your heart broken” if you line up next to this SUV, and dare to challenge its 6.2-Liter supercharged V8 engine!

Ram 2500 Power Wagon One Year Later: Reflections From the Motor Trend Posse

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Capable of hauling 1,466 pounds and towing 9,910, the Ram Power Wagon has proven itself over time to be one of the best off-road oriented pickup trucks there is on the market. The well-versed troupe from Motor Trend put one to use for 12 months and 22,264 miles to be exact, and offered up their thoughts on this rig powered by a trusty 410-horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. Sporting locking front and rear differentials, electronically disconnecting anti-roll bars, and a warn winch rated for 12,000 pounds, there really is not much the Power Wagon is not capable of.

 

During the middle of its testing span, it served the purpose of taking writer Christian Seabough and his wife to Arizona where it was able to pull out stuck SUVs and motor homes from snow and sand. It was also fantastic at commuting duty, with top-notch visibility and responsive powertrain making the Ram much better in the narrow streets and tight traffic of LA then the gang had ever imagined. When some of the other vehicles they test get to take it easy the 12th month after they have written about all the fine details, their last month with the Power Wagon towed a 20-foot flatbed trailer carrying a 1949 Cadillac Sedanette for a story celebrating Motor Trend's 70th anniversary.

 

The extra weight was barely even noticed, and the ride remained very composed, brakes strong, and transmission and engine consistently cooled. After this day, the Power Wagon was then taken to one of the best overland trails in the Southwest: the Mojave Road. It was used to provide transport for the 4-person photo and video team and all of their gear and was also chosen because they knew how useful it would be off-road. It successfully tackled the trail with no serious issue and kept the team feeling confident that they would finish through with ease. Many customers here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta ask about maintenance frequently when considering a vehicle purchase, and understandable concern and issue of doling out extra dollars.

 

This Ram simply needed three scheduled oil and filter changes, and the team grew so attached to it that they frequently thought of it as “home” every time they stepped up and in. Christian admitted that the Ram was so outstanding in all ways that he really did feel “true love” for it, and claimed that “his next long-termer is going to have mighty big shoes to fill – both literally and figuratively”. Ask us here during your test-drive about the rewards and ultimate peace of mind regarding warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles and 5 years/60,000 miles on the powertrain are brought to the table to provide security and longevity for you!

 

 

The Family Van's All-Purpose Appeal: The Return Of The Voyager 

Friday, July 5th, 2019

One of the most common reasons people visit us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta is the need to find a vehicle for a growing family. As one of the most important and fulfilling milestones in life, this is a time when you at some point will gather around the table and fire up your tablets and laptops to sort out the many options available. Internet news sources and review sites alike have all had high regard and praise for the Pacifica since its arrival: drivers from all walks of life heaped on the appreciation for its six reclining seats, a Blu-Ray player, three TVs, surround sound Wi-Fi, two skylights, and a built-in vacuum.

 

We also want to provide for everyone out there the scoop on just what is happening this coming year with the Voyager namesake: It is returning for use on the L and LX trim levels of the Pacifica. The Plymouth Voyager was one of the original Dodge minivans, arriving during 1984 alongside the immensely popular Caravan. The Voyager name temporarily resided poised on the entry-level Town and Country minivans, but was put to rest after a few years. For 2020 models, the LX Trim with the Voyager name offers up power to the driver's seat, swaps captain's chairs into the second row, and also sees the addition of a ceiling-mounted DVD player.

 

Both of these trims are front-wheel-drive and powered by the same 287 hp V6 as others in the lineup. Along with the Pacifica and Voyager – the Dodge Grand caravan will continue to be sold as a more budget-friendly choice. The Pacifica was named North American Utility of the Year when it came out among many other prestigious winnings, a truly mobile office and base of operations for a family on the go. After many years of being buried by the intense rise of the SUV for sales, minivans were up 25 percent during 2017, and sporting a hefty amount of gadgets and crossover vibe has heavily boosted the Pacifica's appeal. 

 

The L trim is slated to receive 17-inch steel wheels, a push-start button, electronic parking brake, and the same ample and smart storage you get in the Pacifica. The Voyager is available with a single-screen rear-seat entertainment system mounted on the headliner, and all three trims will get the foldable third-row bench. The L models will still get a second-row bench, and LX Voyagers get the quad seats instead. All Voyagers have manual sliding side doors, and manual liftgate. During the summer season when it becomes time to pack the troop up and roll for the distance, it's a great opportunity to check out a minivan: we hope to see you this summer to show you just how tech-rich and fun to drive they have now become! 

USA Today Proclaims Jeep Cherokee as Title Champion For “Most American Car of the Year”

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Now more than ever, many consumers are really honing in on their desire for goods that are “Made in USA” in entirety, and concerning themselves with what issues such as restrictions on auto imports will mean for jobs in the USA. Cars.com data released last week showed that nearly half of all American consumers are definitely concerned about the possibility of the government slapping taxes on car goods that are arriving from other nations. What can make matters even more complicated for buyers is the fact that the entities that truly make up an American brand can come with hazy lines, because sporting a U.S. Automaker's emblem on your car doesn't mean that every last bit was constructed right here in the States.

 

USAtoday reported over the past week regarding the Cars.com data which models reign as champions contributing the heftiest contribution to the United States economy and were concerned with the findings and results. Everyone on staff here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta has reason to be excited, however: For the second year in a row, the proudly built in Belvidere, Illinois took the first-place spot on the American-Made index.

 

At a close glance last year, this very detailed report revealed that the Cherokee was composed of up to 72% domestic parts. Other factors that contributed to the final decision were engine and transmission sourcing, very important elements of a finished vehicle that many consumers now want American-made. Around 120 various models are now being assembled in the United States for the 2019 model year, and Cars.com found that at least 50% of vehicles bought by consumers are currently built in the states.

 

The always-capable and revamped Jeep Cherokee received a nice refresh for 2019: it includes a completely redesigned front fascia, headlights, and hood. A new 270-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four engine joins the ranks of the carried-over 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6, and 2.4- Liter inline-four engines. It is now also 200 pounds lighter, and offers more cargo room than last year's model. Experts such as those on staff at Motortrend.com have said in the past that “If you're planning to take your compact CUV off-roading, bump the Cherokee to the top of your list”.

 

This is a vehicle that is an absolute blast to rip around in the sand, and immediately after your test drive, we guarantee that you'll fall in love with the raucous yet refined pitch of the exhaust note. Keep in mind that since now we are situated in the fully-fledged days of abundant rays and summertime spent with Jet skis and boats at nearby lakes, turbocharged Cherokees can now haul up to 4,000 lbs of payload with the optional Trailer Tow Package! Whenever you see a vehicle in the wild that has the instant stance and ability to climb or conquer anything in its way, that's distinctively and undeniably a Jeep: once you own something as legendary and longstanding as the Cherokee, you'll notice the commanding sense of rugged capability every time you turn the key!

Edmunds Names 2019 Ram 1500 “Best Family Truck” of the Year 

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Hot off the newswires during the blazing summer heat, we were proud as ever to find out that the editors of Edmunds announced that our beloved Ram 1500 has now earned the 2019 “Best Family Truck” Award. Editor-in-chief Alistar Weaver claimed that “A truck as a family car makes sense when you drive the Ram 1500 – especially if your family is outdoorsy and has lots of toys.” Features such as reclining rear seats, top-of-its-class legroom, and coil-spring rear suspension are what poises the Ram 1500 above many traditional SUVs in luxury and longstanding comfort factor.

 

During their search for the best in family vehicles, Edmunds' experts put around 300 vehicles a year to the test using a 115-mile real-world proving grounds with city streets, canyons, and freeways to gather data for ratings. These are based on 30-plus scores that cover in-depth the very important traits of comfort, interior, technology, utility, and value. The durability of the Ram we love so much here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta was one of the factors that really stood out during extended testing: a growing number of consumers are using trucks as family vehicles, and so the comfort factor's supreme stance helped as well.

 

This year's 2019 Ram 1500 is a no-compromise truck leading in luxury, efficiency, innovative design. Just one of the ways that it is leading the full-size truck segment with significant gains in fuel efficiency is by means of an all-new eTorque mild hybrid system in both V6 and V8 configurations. Overall weight for the truck has been reduced by 225 pounds, and the frame incorporates advanced materials to eliminate another 100 pounds. The new Uconnect 4C with a giant 12-inch touchscreen is definitely the tops of the pickup category as it features split-screen capability, front-running content from SiriusXM, and incredibly detailed 360-camera views.

 

With a complete lineup of trucks, the Ram brand builds prime-contending pieces of work that get the hard day's tasks done with ease, and still are a pleasure to drive around town. The Ram 1500 truly defines the future of pickup trucks with very innovative design, the highest quality materials, and class-exclusive technology. Stepping up boisterously to the Ram Heavy Duty gives you the ability to out-power, out-tow, and out-haul any competing element, while also offering up the most comfortable ride and handling there is.

 

This is by far the most-awarded light-duty truck in America, and it's a solid fact that after 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road out there grinding daily. Brandishing both real wood and real leather inside, every drive you take with the Ram will see you in enthusiastic enjoyment of everything upper-end you can imagine to round out the rough edges of a “big cab” cruise!

Fox News Claims 2020 Jeep Gladiator is “The Ultimate Wind in the Hair Experience”

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

A lot of diehard Jeep fans out there have been rabidly excited about the arrival of the Gladiator, and all of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta have patiently explained to many that “It's so much more than a Jeep and a truck blended together”! However, we humorously admit that by all means, this was the original allure and draw to the concept. The folks on staff at the Fox News blog featured the Gladiator this past week, and were thrilled about the composure, adjustability, and stance of this exciting release!

 

The Gladiator shares most of its body and a high amount of parts with the Wrangler, yet there are several elements that stand out with originality under the steel and aluminum skin. There are a set of stronger front tips on the frame that compensate for the heavier weight in case there is an accidental impact, and greatly improved cooling functionality for its 3.6- liter V6 engine. In the back, the Gladiator's frame is strengthened as well as lengthened, and the suspension completely redesigned with a five-link coil spring setup swapped from the Ram 1500 pickup. It also included forward-facing shocks that can better handle large loads in the five-foot bed.

 

The Gladiator is currently available only with the same 285 hp 3.6- Liter V6 as the Wrangler, and can haul up to 1,600 pounds. The tow rating resides at 7,650 lbs, and this review from Fox claims that anyone who is used to being in a Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, or Chevy Colorado will immediately notice the drastic improvement. Dropping the soft top or optional hardtop provides immediate instant headroom, and elbowroom if you take off the doors.

 

One of the traits the testing team really appreciated during the drive was the extra-long wheelbase, which does wonders for smoothing out the ride, as well as the 10 inches of ground clearance to heed to while off-road. Other elements that stood out as extreme positives were the full-width locking bin under the rear seats for secure storage when the roof is open, and lockable seatbacks if you have anything urgent to safely store. Having 5 passenger capability as well as a bed is going to be popular: as soon as a Gladiator is spotted on the road, you're going to have quite a time shaking the all-out attention understandably doled out for this rugged and trail-ready release. Come down to check out the Jeep arsenal we have on hand this summer, and get ready to feel exhilaration and excitement at every turn!

Dodge SRT Hellcat Octane Edition Featured in Motor1.com

Friday, June 21st, 2019

The Charger is still absolutely one of the most sought-after and asked-about models here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta, and it has seen some excellent additions lately to add to its boisterous and brawny flavor! The Satin Black Package, as well as new body stripe options, change up the look quite a bit and the Widebody version for the SRT Hellcat is likely coming soon. This week the crew on staff at Motor1.com ran a cool feature about the 707-horsepower beast we love so much, and its Octane Edition now available for a limited amount of time.

 

It features pitch black finish combined with other dark accents, and can also be had in White Knuckle, seeing both shades being touched up with an awesome full-length Satin Black center stripe featuring Octane Red accents on its edges. This limited-run Charger also received a dark look for the front grille and rear spoiler, as well as black badges and black 20-inch aluminum forged wheels from the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. You'll also get to put to use Brembo brakes equipped with red six-piston calipers up front and 4-piston calipers at the rear.

 

Also new for the Charger SRT Hellcat are the SRT Performance seats adorned with the SRT Hellcat logo, a Houndstooth insert, and red contrasting stitching. On the inside, there are glossy black accents as well as a black-on-black look for the SRT Hellcat badge situated on the instrument panel. The Octane Edition will be on display in the fall, and we guarantee you'll love the stealthy and sinister vibe. Standard is still the 3.6 – Liter Pentastar V6 engine offering up to 300 hp, as well as the option of a 5.7  - Liter Hemi V8 engine, 392 Hemi V8 engine, or Supercharged 6.2 – Liter Hemi SRT Hellcat V8. The latter is the one that beefs things up to an unearthly 707-hp, a model that was in its entirety “born bold”.

 

You can still opt for the available heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and add Remote Vehicle Start to automatically activate when the temperature drops below 40 degrees. You also have the option to “pick your power” and choose from Normal, Comfort, or Sport modes. The class-exclusive 7-inch display provides instant information on performance, available Navigation and vehicle stats, and gives you the ability to customize the display with controls mounted conveniently on the wheel. You'll never have to worry about anything that goes wrong on the road with the Charger: ask us about the available Uconnect 4C NAV, which features available SiriusXM Guardian that includes Roadside Assistance, Remote Vehicle start, and more!

Autoblog Highlights Feature-Rich Chrysler 300C Sport Appearance Package 

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Distinguished design and bold styling are elements that absolutely make our prized Chrysler 300 stand out in star-studded presence from the crowd! Two years ago, we were all very excited about the new option of a Sport Appearance Package to the sporty trim level of the 300 sedan. This package featured trim pieces that made their way over from the 300 SRT sedan that are not available in the states, such as the front fascia with LED foglights and SRT-style side skirts. This month all of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta were excited to see after checking out this feature from the folks at Autoblog that the same upgrade is now available on the 300C trim as the Performance Appearance Package. 

 

The S Model Appearance Package is a newly-offered option that includes body-color fascias with signature Daytime running lamps, premium LED fog lamps, sculpted still moldings, and sinister and capable body-color rear spoiler. When a newcomer first lays eyes on this car, the platinum chrome finish on the grille surround, exterior mirrors, and door handles immediately evoke a sense of glistening and well-polished stature. There's also the choice of nine different wheel designs to perfectly suit your preference in 17, 18, 19, and 20-inch sizes.

 

Featuring the award-winning standard 3.6 – Liter Pentastar V6 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission, you'll be nailing down 30 miles to the gallon on highway, or any other scenic route that has an early summer's wayfaring vibe of calling your name! To effectively carry out sheer performance with a purpose, you can also opt for the available 5.7 – liter Hemi V8 that delivers up 363 horsepower, and 394 lb-ft of torque. The available advanced all-wheel-drive system will seamlessly engage during any speed needed to enable optimal traction and control based entirely the road's surface, your driving style, and changing conditions.

 

On-board electric steering makes for very precise tuning adjustments – you can have highly responsive steering, to very easy handling during low-speed situations like the telltale daily task of urban parking. There are so many other amazing and revolutionary developments in the current auto industry, and we're proud to offer Fuel Saver Technology within the 300 C: included with the 5.7 – Liter Hemi V8 engine, it uses sensors to detect when full power is not necessary and will work to deactivate four of the 8 cylinders to improve efficiency.

 

The best in thorough and well-honed customization gives you 16 interiors to choose from, so you can outfit your 300 in the style that best fits you. The 300 is one of those car models that speaks volumes no matter what location it pulls up at: souped-up, stately, and sensational, it is surely Dodge's trademark sedan that strikes a poignant pose under any circumstance!

2019 Ram 3500 Hailed by Autoblog for “Improved Ride, Reduced Noise, and Precise Steering”

Friday, June 14th, 2019

James Riswick of Autoblog was on a mission this past week to provide an in-depth article about his experience on a long drive with the 2019 Ram 3500 Regular Cab, and first laid out how most members of the heavy-duty segment can tow toys worth more than the truck itself! This particular Ram 3500 is a dedicated tool for hauling and towing, and has a regular cab with a three-person bench minus the back seat. At 8 feet, this is the longest bed available, and also the largest payload with a towing ability situated at 17,490 pounds.

 

It is powered by the hefty 6.4-liter 10-horsepower Hemi V8, and also happens to be the only Ram pickup that doesn't have a coil spring rear suspension. The 1500 and 2500 have the five-link setup with coils which is strong for their variants and also provides amazing ride quality and handling. When you get up to 3500 size, the old-school leaf spring is still required, and anything you feel you have to sacrifice all of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta guarantee you'll gain back in sheer grunt and brute force when it comes to any hard work that needs to be done on your rigorous itinerary.

 

James loaded up the bed with 500 pounds of mulch and set out to give the 3500 a proper testing and review. His first observation on this end was that the Ram really emulates an honesty of purpose, and it goes way beyond just its capability and body style. He was at the helm of the Big Horn, which includes a rearview camera, a 5-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, a six-speaker sound system, and gray cloth upholstery. Other add-ons heavily appreciated here were the 5th wheel/Gooseneck Towing prep group, a transfer case skid plate, a spray-in bedliner, LED bed lighting, and the Premium Lighting Group that sees the exchange of the head, tail, and foglights for LED units.

 

While he was really paying attention to every little detail that consumers would mull over during their truck-buying decision, the well-crafted cabin and stronger chassis were two outstanding qualities that improved the ride. The mean sound is what many hardcore Georgia truck lovers will appreciate as well: with less cab between you and the actual exhaust, it is high on the guts factor and provides satisfaction during all stages of any haul or quarry duty. We hope that you come down to visit us this summer and test drive what we are confident is the best truck line in America. Named truck of the year by Motor Trend six times, this is simply THE glowing and prime example of what any hardworking individual would want waiting loyally on deck for them in the garage!

Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel Spotted by Autoblog.com Pre-Production

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

As summer is nearly here and this is the time of year when purchasers of new vehicles at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta get anxious to put them to the test, many daydreams turn to off-roading and trails! A choice such as the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is a fantastic one to put to use on the many diverse areas we have in Georgia to hit the dirt and boulder-strewn landscapes that call for an off-road warrior that is built to last and rugged enough for the task. We have taken a good look at websites like All Trails.com, and found some of the best locations there are to get out and enjoy the fresh air while aptly putting your skidplates to the test!

 

Tray Mountain Road is a 14.2- mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail near Helen Georgia. There's a scenic waterfall to enjoy, and the elevation gain is right at 2,500 feet. Ranked by drivers as a place that is adrenaline-packed, it also provides very rewarding views at the finish. With so many great areas such as this one at our disposal, many are asking us what kinds of prototypes have been spotted for future models, and what is slated to be rolling off the production line as far as Jeeps are concerned.

 

The folks on staff at Autoblog spotted a bright red Jeep Wrangler Unlimited lately seen here with one very important letter on the tailgate: the 3.0 D Badging indicates this is is the new prototype deriving power from Fiat Chrysler's 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine. It's a turbocharged V6 that is expected to produce around 260 horsepower, and 442 lb-ft of torque, identical to what is cranked out in the Ram 1500 and Jeep Gladiator trucks. It will be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and will send all of that muscle to each of the four wheels.

 

It should be expected to now have an official debut to happen soon, along with specific pricing info and fuel efficiency ratings. Production should begin by the end of the year, and we'll keep you updated on everything we hear regarding progress. The Wrangler is the MotorTrend “SUV of the Year” for 2019, and incorporating classic Jeep Brand vehicle design along with all-weather capable engineering and off-road domination make it so. Anyone who owns a Jeep can tell you how liberating it is to remove the top and doors to give you the ultimate open-air experience, and truly give you an expedition-conquering champion to be proud of. From the available 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen to first-rate cargo storage, everything you need is embedded into the trusty Jeep Wrangler!

Jeep-Gladiator Based Maximus Unveiling Featured on USA Today

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Hennessey Performance has “Been making fast cars faster” since 1991, and they recently set out to create the most wicked Jeep Gladiator on the face of the earth. Dalvin Brown of USA Today lamented in an article this week that they accomplished just that. Just a brief glance at their achievements shows absolute gems such as the special edition 2018 Mustang: it went from 0-60 MPH is just 3.3 seconds, and delivered an astonishing 808 hp at 7,200 RPM! With chassis dyno calibration, a sweet special exterior graphics package, and the patented 3.0-liter supercharger system, it was an amazing example of the world-class work that the company cranks out. 

 

The company announced that they are finally accepting orders for the 2020 Hennessey MAXIMUS 1000, a Jeep pickup variant that's aptly named after the star character of the movie “Gladiator”. Production is scheduled to begin next month, and only 24 of these $200,000 gems will roll off the line. At the core of this mega truck is a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 motor, upgraded mightily with Hennessey's proprietary setup to crank out 1,000 horsepower, and 933 lb-ft of torque. There is not going to be a manual transmission available, but we are in awe of the rugged design, LED auxiliary lights, and a 20-inch wheel design cloaked in special BF Goodrich off-road tires.

 

There was also a major suspension tweak to boot, providing a six-inch lift that jives just perfectly with the custom wheels. We haven't seen pictures of the interior yet, but Hennessey says the cabin has custom leather upholstery with MAXIMUS and Hennessey embroidery. This is one of those companies that all of us on staff here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta have been in awe of for many years: just another example is this perfectly-executed upgrade to the HPE 1200 Demon. It brandishes the joys of stainless steel long tube headers, high-flow supercharger bypass valve, upgraded high-flow fuel injectors, and a high-flow air induction system. 

 

Anyone lucky enough to own one of these Gladiators will be a force to be reckoned with in many ways: you will basically be equipped to “fully own” and conquer any Baja-esque scenario. When this crew gets their hands on something that is already special, they really go to town, as we feel they are truly the only ones to trust with the duty of beefing up any vehicle to the power-laden point of no return. Precision and extreme engineering at this level is worth every penny, and a glance at other creations such as the 2019 Goliath 6X6 is proof of their prowess. This one was done channeling a bit of a Jeep spirit as well: with an 8-inch lift kit, 6X6 bed, and 37-inch off-road tires, it was a truck that really raised the bar for all things badass!

Autoblog Dives Into Pricing, Specs, Performance, and Photos of the 2019 Challenger 

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Many of us on duty here at Landmark Dodge in Atlanta are constantly answering inquiries and giving advice regarding the Challenger, which is no surprise: it's a burly and mean contender that has been hanging out in the big leagues without a complete redesign for a decade! Still absolutely getting more popular in its old age, it has received a substantial overhaul a few years ago, constant tinkering, and a yearly roll-out of new features. James Riswick of Autoblog cranked out a great feature this past week about the 2019 model, and everything there is to love about it.

 

We agree with his claim that there are an inherent honesty and unique goodness to the Challenger that allows it to still be an amazing contender up against the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang: it is for sure 100% muscle car with a heavier focus on straight-line performance instead of precision and handling. The larger size of the Challenger is what definitely makes it better in the daily driving sense, evoking a bit of practicality while still boasting a powerful and menacing stance. This year the SRT 392 and Demon bit the dust, but the 797-horsepower Hellcat Redeye was introduced, as well as the R/T Scat Pack Widebody.

 

The regular Hellcat now has received a 10-hp bump, as well as the super-cool “dual snorkel” hood. All-wheel drive is also available now on the base SXT, an important asset for anyone dealing with inclement weather and road conditions. Once inside, the 7-inch touchscreen is standard, but all trim levels will now have an 8.4-inch version available as an option. This review claims that both are among the absolute easiest to use in the industry, and that the 8.4-inch unit is better than what's offered in the Camaro and Mustang. The Mustang actually does not even come standard with a touchscreen, let alone the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto you'll find with every Challenger.

 

The Challenger has a 16.2- cubic-foot trunk, nearly have the size of the Camaro's, and we like to tout the fact that it is enormous for a performance coupe. It is nearly 9 inches longer than a Camaro or Mustang, 3 or 4 inches taller, and with a wheelbase that is 6 or 9 inches longer. The most basic Challenger SXT has 400 more pounds of weight than a V6 Camaro, another good feature along the lines of interior space and being suitable for everyday use.

 

The zero to 60 time is in the low 6-second range for the 3.6-liter V6, which cranks out 305 hp, and 268 lb-ft of torque. Make sure you ask us here this spring at Landmark about the R/T's Super Track Pak: it adds precise sport-tuned suspension and steering, as well as heavily upgraded brakes. Another great piece to check out is this first drive two years ago, when the Challenger easily rallied full-force to conquer the snow-covered farmland of the Northeast!

WFYI  Indianapolis Takes Jeep Gladiator, Renegade, and Ram Rebel To “Crawl the Quarry”

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

The challenging rock dens of Arizona, desert of Moab, and tricky climbs of Rubicon Trail are the types of off-roading locations that most people think of when seeing if a vehicle is up to its hefty and trail-ready reputation. The auto review staff at WFYI Indianapolis had a good idea that was home-brewed right in their very own backyard, and took our beloved Jeep Gladiator, the Ram Rebel, Ram Power Wagon, and Jeep Renegade to Attica, Indiana to be put to the test on the Badlands.

 

Still a prime example of a place to see if your off-roader of choice is really in check, it is a former rock quarry with over 1,000 acres of incredibly demanding and rugged terrain. They picked the Gladiator with the Rubicon trim and loved off the bat the removable soft top and hard panels, removable doors, and folding windshield. They also came fully prepared with electric front and rear axle lockers to grip the electric sway bar disconnect, which enhances suspension articulation, and hill descent control that brings you back in sheer and confident safety. This is a vehicle that is certainly river and stream-ready, as it is capable of fording 30 inches of water while brandishing 11.1 inches of actual ground clearance.

 

You also get the convenience of a forward facing camera with spritzer on hand to clear mud, providing a clear view ahead, which can really help as you are bouncing around inch by inch on rough terrain: it's definitely not the same as cruising effortlessly down the smooth highway! Behind the very familiar grille is the standard 3.6-liter V6 delivering 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Renegade, but the WFIY testing team opted for the 8-speed.

 

Part of what makes the Gladiator so capable are the skid plates underneath: you can put it in 4Lo and not be insanely worried about protecting the very vulnerable pieces beneath. You are also able to pull up to 7,650 pounds or carry 1,600 pounds of payload. The Gladiator was also thankfully not one of the vehicles that ended up with a few pebbles in the brake rotors, which is not a complete surprise after slogging it out through mud, power sliding through sand, and driving haplessly through creeks chock full of boulders. We hope to see you here at Landmark Dodge this spring, where you can check out and test drive the vehicle that Consumer Reportsdeemed “A wildly fresh twist on a classic!”

 

Bloomberg Declares Ram's I-Pad Size Touchscreen “Hottest Add-on in Trucks”

Saturday, May 25th, 2019



To be able to stay competitive in the U.S. Truck market, the battle regarding torque and towing capacity has been in full swing for quite some time now. As eager consumers compare notes online, it is always going to be to the brand's advantage to be above and beyond the others in these strength categories. But as the folks on staff at Bloomberg have agreed, now winning over valuable truck owners means that your dashboard display screens have to boast large size numbers as well. Fiat Chrysler Autos NV proved this in a major way with the redesigned Ram 1500 pickup which features an Apple iPad-inspired 12-inch touchscreen in the center console.

 

The interior has really been targeted as of late as trucks try to differentiate themselves, and Ram was proudly early to the market regarding trucks with this kind of display. But as in any full-fledged battle designed to take the lead in valuable sales, we do expect others to catch up rather quickly. Usually when marketing a truck, the vehicle's raw grunt, not elegant touch screens – are a reflection of the mostly male buyer segment that is looking to haul on the job and manage projects requiring high delivery on the muscle factor.

 



But as Americans are choosing in very large numbers to ditch passenger cars, trucks are becoming more mainstream, and fulfilling the role as family haulers in addition to grunty work duties, attracting more female buyers in the process. Amenities like top grain leather, connectivity and technology options that are akin to what is in a premium sedan, and heaps of legroom are becoming more common. According to Consumer Reports, Fiat Chrysler ranks in the top five with its infotainment system, and in the top three for smartphone integration. Sung Moon, VP of business development at Detroit Manufacturing Systems, claimed in regards to the current model that “the interior is definitely the benchmark in the industry right now.”

 

This year, 60% of vehicles produced worldwide have a touch-screen dashboard, up from 32% in 2014, according to IHS Market. Even as current tariffs affect the prices of many goods, touch screens themselves are a relatively cheap commodity. There is most definitely more content in vehicles than ever before, and here at Landmark Dodge, we have been proud to offer the Ram to customers who are looking for a solid and high-performing addition to their fleet. We were excited to see this review from Car And Driver confidently proclaim that “this is the automotive industry's best attempt at melding efficiency with outright capability!”

Jeep Grand Cherokee Deemed by Dayton Daily News as “Win For the Customer”

Friday, May 24th, 2019

 


Jimmy Dinsmore of the Dayton Daily News made it known during his feature for the paper this week about the Jeep Cherokee that many consumers out there think of the old Army Willys or Today's modern Wrangler. But as we love to proclaim here at Landmark Dodge, there is an entire family of Jeep vehicles, with one in particular having a long and very loyally-followed existence. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is now in its fourth generation and tends to get overshadowed by the very iconic Wrangler, or by the younger and smaller Cherokee.

 

Jimmy got an entire week to spend with the 2019 Grand Cherokee Limited, and first noticed that it possessed the “very prototypical Jeep front end,” as well as an SUV feel that was timeless. It is a bit long off the tooth, but still feels fresh, and he also liked the unique flavor and pizzazz that the headlights add illustriously to the front end. The rear spoiler adds a sporty touch to the SUV, and the manner in which the body is chiseled creates a bit of a throwback to the retro and off-road ready Jeeps of yesteryear.

 

The last Jeep that Jimmy had put to the test was the 6.2-liter V8 Trackhawk, which doles out more than 700 horsepower. Even though speed freaks nationwide would be a bit disappointed to hear him say this, he had then made the conclusion that it was simply “too much power for an SUV.” We aren't laughing by any means, as we fully remember ourselves the lap times that were achieved as well as the positive feedback we got from those out there who love cars like the SRT Demon, a track legend in its own rite. His tester sported the 3.6-liter V6, with 295 horsepower and a towing ability up to 7,500 pounds.

 



His first thoughts on the 8-speed automatic transmission were that it is “outstanding,” smooth, and efficient. He rated the brakes as neither too sensitive or mushy, fulfilling their task on a dime yet comfortable. The interior during this testing was deemed more mature and spacious, flaunting soft touchpoints, and very definitely aimed at the Jeep owners who have a family in tow. He claimed that the Uconnect infotainment system was definitely one his favorites as it is easily integrated with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and comes with a practical and responsive 7-inch screen.

 

There are a very high number of specs, trims, and options, and some of the most rewarding are roof rails, 20-inch wheels, LED running lights, and specially customized grille. The EPA rating is 18 mpg/city and 25 mpg/highway, and during the week the testers nailed down an average of nearly 21 mpg in the city. Even though some feel the design is a bit dated and it may not be the brightest shining star under the Jeep's namesake, Jimmy ranked at as an off-road ready and enjoyable drive quality SUV, that is “full of fine technology, and a very comfortable interior.”

Journal-Gazette Deems 2019 Dodge Challenger GT “Ferocious on a Wide-Open Two-Lane”

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Casey Williams of the Journal-Gazette claimed in a close-up feature last week that the Hellcat on a wide-open two-lane is one of the most ferocious and danger-embracing examples of fine automotive craftsmanship in existence! All of us here at Landmark Dodge couldn't agree more, and the sensation among anyone who loves drag racing and raw power that the Hellcat generated was pretty substantial. Casey was so blown away by the Hellcat's abilities that he thought as far as being real, you simply can't drive a car like that every day.

 

This is where the Challenger GT AWD comes in: it may not seem as ferocious off the bat, but it's a very civilized variant of muscle car for daily driving. It is essentially a full-sized car on a shortened wheelbase, possessing similar architecture with the Dodge Charger, as well as Chrysler 300. The styling is still pure Challenger, sporting quad round headlamps, very long hood, wide taillamps, and a kicked up beltline. Casey really appreciated the dark green paint over 19-inch Hyperblack alloys as well as the satin black rear spoiler and blacked-out badging that further distinguish aggressive stance and speed capability. Once inside, gray houndstooth cloth seats greet passengers and bit of a retro vibe, as well as the large driver-focused dashboard with large analog gauges, and trim that makes its way down the console.

 

Plenty of black vinyl still feeds off of a 70's feel, but dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats, and a heated leather-wrap steering wheel are comfort amenities that possess a more current environment. Chrysler's Uconnect system controls audio, climate, and navigation by means of voice or touchscreen, also boasting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The GT comes with the 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque; this is a noticeable difference from the Challenger SRT's 485 horsepower 6.4-liter and chart-topping 707 horsepower.

 

Casey felt that the Challenger was great at soaking up rough pavement, and professed that this is most likely the world's first all-season muscle car thanks to the all-wheel-drive. During parking, he realized that it is frankly “a really big car”, but this contributes to a very rooted and solid driving experience. We appreciate his getting the message loud and clear that this model “looks ready to eat Mustangs, Camaros, and all of those other cute little coupes”, part of the appeal of the platform and prowess of the Challenger GT. This video review from The Boston Herald showcases the AWD ability more in depth, and provides an awesome view of a red Challenger souped-up and ready for the scenic sundown!

Central Maine.com Doles Out Jeep Gladiator Love: “Much More Than a Wrangler With A Pickup Bed”

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

The experienced staff on duty at Central Maine.com live in a region that would definitely have a great appreciation for the Jeep line: it is known for low, rolling mountains, heavy forests, and many waterways, with beautiful yet challenging rocky coasts. They ran a great feature on their blog this week about the long-awaited Jeep pickup that is the Gladiator, the very first on the market since 1992's Comanche. While it is based on the Wrangler Unlimited 4-door model, it is so very much more than “a Wrangler with a pickup bed wedded to the back”.

 

When the Dodge Hellcat debuted 4 years ago, there was the same kind of hype among consumers hungry for new offerings: so many would stop to get a close-up look, ride alongside and take pictures, or follow the driver down the road just to check it all out. The team had a 7-day visit from the Jeep Gladiator, and noticed many double-takes as it was out on drives. The Gladiator adds another entire dimension to the raw excitement surrounding Wrangler, and it is not a secret in the least that people are wildly excited about the Gladiator's arrival. From the front seats forward the Gladiator feels a lot like a version of the redesigned Wrangler, with enhanced controls, more comfort, and a heavier dose of stability and safety.

 

The rear cabin is much larger, also featuring underseat storage, plus a compartment for keeping the hardware needed to remove the doors, lower the windshield, remove the top, and otherwise make the pickup into an off-road ready convertible of sorts. The wheelbase is 19.4 inches longer than the 4-door Wrangler, which gives the Gladiator the longest wheelbase when going up against the Chevy Colorado, Honda Ridgeline, Toyota Tacoma, and Ford Ranger. Power is derived from the 3.6-liter V-6 spinning out 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, running through a six-speed manual, which Landmark is very excited about!

 

There is also the option of a new 8-speed automatic transmission, and by fall a new 3.0-turbodiesel engine will be available sporting 260 hp, and a startling 442 lb-ft of peak torque. This is a robust 42 percent increase over the gas engine, and the tow ratings now reside at an astounding 7,650 pounds. It was noticed that in passing, everyone paying attention was very drawn to the steel pickup bed: it is a full 60 inches long, and 50 inches wide. There are ingeniously created “pockets” behind the wheel wells to help create a flat load deck for hauling 4 x 8 sheets of drywall or other material.

 

The two-stage aluminum tailgate also helps with this useful load deck, and LED lights, as well as several tie-down hooks, are included. Many Jeep fans that love to customize their vehicle to the “ends of the Earth” love the extensive options list, which boasts racks, tent packages, and many other accessories that brand the Gladiator as your own. The testing team found the soft-top to be very quiet at speeds under 65 MPH, and during your very first ride, you'll sense the smoothness that is derived from the longer wheelbase and upgraded chassis. With other options such as front winch bumper, hard rear tonneau cover, body-color fender flares, forward-facing trail camera, leather seating, and much more, this is one of the most customizable and haplessly trail-ready vehicles ever produced by Detroit!

2019 Ram 3500 Defined by Roadshow Blog as “King of the Big Truck Crop”

 

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Everyone hard at work producing the daily and weekly scoops on the Cnet blog has the thrilling responsibility of informing readers about the ins and outs of various new technology, including cars and trucks. This past week they cooked up a blog about the 2019 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty, nothing short of an all-time favorite among customers at Landmark Dodge. Their bottom line was that if you need to haul and tow big loads but also have to do the usual run of errands, the Ram 3500 is hands-down THE truck to beat.

From the frame all the way down to the engine and axles, heavy-duty trucks are optimized to the T for enormous towing loads. At some point, the element of luxury and comfort much as one would think about for a sedan comes to mind, and frequently this is when you do daily tasks such as going to the bank or grocery store. Auto writer Emme Hall spent a week with the Ram 3500 on a trip to Colorado, to see how it handled the more mundane of daily driving duty. The base engine for both the Ram 2500 and 3500 is the 6.4-liter V8 paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, which puts out 410 horsepower, and 429 lb-ft of torque.

 

You can also make the choice for a hefty step-up to the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine, which cranks out 410 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque. Earlier this year, he successfully towed a 35,100 – pound trailer through rain and snow, some very cumbersome elements with a huge rig behind you. This time around, he was using the 3500's abundant power to quickly accelerate onto the highway, and have a casual cruise around town. He noted what a big beast the Ram is, but this is understandable: what the current climate demands has consistently grown inch-by-inch yearly.

 

The brakes were rendered as very firm and easy to modulate, and forward collision warning is an excellent feature to have. Blind-spot monitoring is standard on the top-trim 3500 Limited, and optional on all others. In a vehicle this size, the Blind-Spot Monitoring feature is essential: there is that pocket during movement down the highway where a motorcycle or small car could truly pose a very dangerous threat when changing lanes. The testing model provided standard heated and cooled front seats, as well as heated rear seats.

 

This article called the 3500's interior the “best you can get today”, and the fit, as well as finish, are top notch, with noise reduction being at an all-out amazing level once you embark on the road. Whether or not you have a family in tow, ask us about the additive of the Safety Group on the Ram, as well as the capability to upgrade to a 12-inch touchscreen on the inside. The competition in this particular segment is fierce, and we love this heavily-positive nod from Roadshow: this year's Ram model is fiercely capable yet thoroughly luxurious!

Motor1.com Posts Video of 29,000-Lb. Towing Test For Ram HD

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019


This year's Dodge Ram model line has a completely revamped HD pickup truck, and depending on the options you spec out to your liking, it can tow a startling 35,100 pounds! That is admittedly much more than the average truck buyer would ever need, but there are the folks out there who use their trucks to pull down some seriously hefty loads. The Fast Lane Truckon YouTube nails down the task of digging into real-world performance specs of all sizes of pickups, and to properly discover the potential of the very large Ram 3500 sporting the 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel, the testing crew loaded a 50-foot gooseneck horse trailer with 29,000 pounds of ballast, and hit the road.

 

With 400 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft of torque, the engine easily rises to the task, with the only question being how well the load is actually handled, and the amount of diesel the engine burns up during the job. The towing test shown here was conducted on TLF Truck's 98-mile highway test loop, with a target average speed hovering at around 70 mph. None of us on staff here at Landmark Dodge were surprised in the least to see the large Ram having no trouble at all maintaining that speed, even though it was pulling over 14 tons of water ballast in the gigantic horse trailer.

 

The entire time, the interior was surprisingly quiet, and the Ram HD 3500 Limited appears to be a pretty luxurious place to haul an incredibly weighted-down load. At the very end of the run, the fuel mileage estimate on the ram indicated an average of 8.7 miles per gallon for the 98-mile run, and up-close manual calculations matched the estimate to the T. This level of fuel usage is not bad at all considering the heavy load and interstate-friendly speed, though the testers did point out the Ram's fuel capacity means that every 250 miles or so is when a refuel would be needed. It is absolutely amazing that even if you had the need to tow seven Dodge Challengers at once, this truck is up to the job.

 

Motortrend.com also provided a track test with this year's Ram HD, and reported their findings here:  the two testing the truck thought that perhaps the trailer was empty due to the way it handled, and they had been hauling over 16,000 pounds of rocks the entire time. They took it through the California Grapevine area and once they approached a serious uphill climb, climbed to 65 mph nearly effortlessly. The Car and Driver review for the current year's model stated that the 3500 is a “brawny heavy-duty pickup built to handle everything from dirty jobs to family trips”, and billed the cabin as so spacious that it is “virtually an apartment with a cargo bed”!

Kelley Blue Book Blog Showcases Five Reasons For Their Love of Easter Jeep Safari Concepts 

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019


When eggs are hidden around many backyards and the freshest of Sunday's best clothing make an appearance for the arrival of spring, the town of Moab Utah has a very unique Easter celebration that off-road fanatics love. For an entire week, Jeep vehicles compete for the various types of approval from passersby, and show off just how iconic and unique the entire lineup really is. The staff on duty at Kelley Blue Blook ran a great article this past week about the event this year that was inspired by the launch of the epic 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

 

The writers here were absolutely on point when they state that the views at Moab “extend to infinity from Islands in the Sky in Canyonlands National Park as a background”. This year's event produced 40 designated trails for wheelers to get their hands on, and during the safari, some eye-popping new concepts were shown that were based on the new JT truck. The Kelley Blue Book crew shared five reasons why they loved the event so much, and simply can't wait for it every year.

 

The 80's Are Alive and Kicking: Two of the six concepts on display this year were based on the legendary Scrambler CJ8. It was never officially classified as a truck, but the Scrambler was a long wheelbase CJ7 that gave it a pickup-like box instead of a traditional bed. The Gladiator Scrambler Version has super-cool retro decals in colors like Metallic Orange, and Nacho. It also has a vintage Amber Freedom Top, and a custom roll bar in the bed. Times when games like “Tron” ruled the arcades and movies such as “E.T.” topped the box office are always OK in our book!

 

Hell's Revenge: Jeep got their hands on a 1968 military M517 truck and called it the Five Quarter, a historical nod to the one-and-a-quarter trucks of yesteryear. It wasn't just a simple engine swap, but a “swap from hell”, and poised under all of the sheet metal is the 6.2-Liter supercharged Hemi V8 that can crank out more than 700 hp. There are some off-the-charts insane qualities about it, like reserve fuel tanks for a drink, low-back leather seats that look like they were derived from a flight jacket, and 40-inch tires attached to a Dynatrack pro-rock axle up front and an 80 in the rear. It's just heavy-duty all around and celebrates the spirit of the outdoors in full.

 

You Need Stinkin' Badges: The decals and badges on all of the concepts are some of the best parts of these new concepts. You get to see greats like the old school 4-WheelDrive badge on the J6, to the menacing Hell Crated badge on the Five Quarter. We also love the climbing lady decal, and the Mopar one as well. Just like one would notice on surfboards and jetskis, the allure of a decal that has been designed by the most creative and gifted team there is simply rocks.

 

Over There: The Jeep's Wayout concept is prime for overlanding and lugging along with you goods like a roof ten, batwing 270-degree awning, and maybe even a margarita bar built into your bed-storage compartments. Jeep had most definitely thought of everything and then some, and the Gladiator truly proves just how much of a “survivor” you can be once you embark on the trail of your choice. Boasting a max 43.3-degree approach angle, a 20.3-degree breakover angle, and a departure angle 11-degrees less than the Wrangler Unlimited, the Gladiator can truly cover many different types of ground. Its crawl ratio is 77/2:1 by means of the automatic transmission, and 84. 2:1 on the manual.

 

Brap-Tastic: Best-in-class towing is a fantastic boast: The Gladiator has the same 5-coil rear suspension setup that makes the RAM 1500 the strong and healthy contender it is. Now instead of the Jeep being the toy in question, you are able to easily bring more toys with you on the journey. The flatbill concept removes the rear tailgate, and then installs two tracks for dirt bikes and a 4-inch lift with 40-inch tires. It's absolutely true that this model quickly turns the heads of even the most die-hard Jeep lovers, and it has really brought about some amazing gusto into the midsize pickup segment.



Classic Dodge Demon Outfitted with 426 Stroker V8 Featured on Msn.com 

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019


The blistering-fast, drag-strip conquering Dodge Demon of today is truly amazing and is one of the items that we field the most questions about here at Landmark Dodge. With 840 horsepower at its disposal and the ability to do 0-60 In under 3 seconds, it has been an object of desire for those who not only crave raw danger, but power and performance. This was actually not the very first Dodge to bear the Demon name, as this 1972 model shown on Msn.com proudly shows.

 

The classic version is based on the 1970s 2-door Dodge Dart, and designed to be the range's prized performance model. There were different performance packs that could be added, and bodywork that really made it stand out. The sizable hood scoop quickly became a coveted and signature item, and every single time you glance at it you can sense the massive pride that the Dodge brand evokes on its craftsmanship. This mustard yellow muscle car sports plenty of performance goodies that prime it for the next time it gallops through the quarter-mile.

 

Directly beneath the hood scoop is the large  426 Stroker V8 engine, so one is meant to ignore the “383 Magnum” script on the display. The engine bay is host to a very quick fuel carburetor, ceramic long tube headers, and aluminum pulleys. There are a few other luxuries like power steering and a decent sound system for the time, but most of the equipment here was fitted with domination on the drag strip as a top priority. A line lock function as well as Micky Thomson tires and the Hurst shifter are all signs that was a car that was not playing around, and could brutishly crush just about anything in its path.

 

This entire car is in restored condition to boot, and the interior has had special attention given during the lengthy job. The bucket seats don't have a single mark on them, and the classic wood trim seats pave the way for the delightfully old-school experience. It is so incredibly exciting to stare down the hood, grip the wheel, and prepare to be blasted back in time literally to the age of muscle cars which was hands down the finest and most authentic.

 

The Demon only has 41,894 miles on it, and we don't expect it to last too long. Models from this era are experiencing a huge growth in interest, and it is no surprise: we love high-tech safety features and honed-in sensors that govern suspension, but any purist would agree that the older Demon is a champion within its own realm: There is nothing on this Earth more sinister and alluring to the drag aficionado than a 70's-era specimen such as this!

CarBuzz.com Deems Ram 1500 Classic Tops With Claim: “Competitors Don't Even Have a Direct Answer” 

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The folks on staff at the Carbuzz.com Blog did a piece lately about the Ram 1500 Classic, the Landmark Dodge favorite that claimed nearly a third of Ram's truck sales during the first quarter of this year. After speaking to multiple dealers nationwide, one in particular claimed that the Classic was a great asset to have on hand during the changeover time at the end of the year when having a discounted vehicle on hand helps greatly.

 

It's not a secret in the least that a fully-loaded pickup can easily run over $60,000, and average income in the United States over 2018 was only around half of that. The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is a base price of $42,845, and there are still various rebate offers that shave even more off the price tag. Many customers aren't quite certain how much longer the classic will stick around, and are showing up to snag one for themselves. Available in regular-cab, Quad cab and crew-cab form, the 1500 classic also offers three bed lengths. Power is derived from a standard 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 or an optional 395-hp 5.7-liter V8. The trim selections are Tradesman, Express, and the Big Horn/Lone Star, with three new appearance package to help customize your ride to your liking as well.

 

The use of a coil-spring rear suspension provides a much better quality of ride than you'd find on the average full-size pickup truck, and just one look at the consumer reviews here on Cars.com illustrates every category being rated as 4.8 out of 5 or higher! One in-depth reviewer on this forum praised the Hemi for being a great engine and also had good things to say about the spacious crew cab and very useful fold out shelf under the rear seat.

 


On the base Tradesman, you'll get keyless entry with the Chrome Plus Package, a body-color grille, chrome bumpers, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a carpeted floor. The new Tradesman SXT now provides chrome bumpers, a 5.0-inch touchscreen radio, and a first for a base Ram model: fog lamps. There are also 20-inch chrome rims and dual exhaust, and a very cool Black Accent package adds a nice dark hue to the wheels, headlight surrounds, and badges. This feature from Car And Driver does a great job of outlining the plans for Ram for the next five years, including an off-road pickup that goes head to head with Ford's F-150 Raptor, and a mid-size truck to face off with Ford's upcoming Ranger and GMC's Canyon! Come down to see us here at Landmark Dodge this spring, and check out an old and reliable favorite that is bound to stick around for awhile!

Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Reported by Autoblog Staff as “Coming Soon”

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

This year during the New York Auto Show, Joel Stocksdale of Autoblog.com enjoyed the opportunity to speak with the head of Ram Trucks Jim Morrison, and had a few interesting tidbits about what's happening with the future of the brand. First on the order of business for the exciting news docket is that the 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel is finally coming to the all-new Ram 1500 later this year. Until now, the engine was only available in the current Ram 1500 Classic, as well as the previous-generation Ram 1500.

 

It is actually not slated to have the same engine, and will now brandish a redesigned 3.0-liter turbodiesel that will also appear in the Jeep Gladiator for 2020. It should also make 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, unless there is some unique tuning that could alter the final output. Other pertinent details weren't really discussed, including whether or not it would incorporate the eTorque mild-hybrid assist that its gas-powered siblings possess. Other news involved rumors of a midsize pickup truck, although it may not be seen soon.

 

Until then, the current strategy is to provide the trusty Ram 1500 Classic as an option to those who would be potential midsize customers. There was also no mention of a regular cab offering in conjunction with the redesigned Ram 1500: the only full-size Ram 1500 that now sports a regular cab is the Classic model, which leaves only four doors models for the normal 1500. We'd bet that a future Ram 1500 regular cab would have similar characteristics to the Ram 2500 and 3500 regular cab models, but perhaps a grille that is a bit more subdued. The folks on duty at The Fast Lane Truck also reported on this diesel model as a potential upcoming event after speaking with Morrison themselves, and you can read about it here.

 

In Car and Driver's feature about this year's Ram 1500 release, they first praised the weight drop of 225 pounds on the volume model, a V-8 Crew Cab 4x4. Redesigned active grille shutters complete the very necessary task of helping the new Ram literally slice through air, and they remain closed in cold temperatures to allow for the fastest possible engine heating. Coil-spring versions of the truck receive a 2.5-inch deployable air dam that is consistently working to reduce turbulent air movement under the pickup, increasing aerodynamic slipperiness.

 

Ask us here at Landmark Dodge about the Rebel trim: it brings to the table the ultimate in off-road potential with a one-inch suspension lift, remote-reservoir Bilstein dampers, and electronically locking rear differential, tow hooks, hill-descent control, and skid plates. There are 9 USB ports on board, and drivers have tons of love for the reconfigurable center console, which offers vast storage options for tablets as well as laptops. The top-level Limited model provides aluminum speaker grilles, wood-inserts, and piano-black trim: this is where the comfort factor peaks to ultimate in high-society luxury, blended with the grunty traits of a hard-working ranch or cattle hand's dream vehicle!

2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Close-up Courtesy of Motor Trend

Friday, April 19th, 2019


A great benefit of owning the most muscular and brash member of the Dodge vehicle lineup is the potential to beat out lifelong Dodge rivals such as the Mustang or Camaro on the drag strip! If that is what happens to be one of your favorite daydreams for the spring season, all of us here at Landmark Dodge definitely have the perfect Challenger for you. Motor Trend reported on their blog last week about a high-octane trip they took with the Challenger to a location where it felt right at home: the world-famous Pomona Raceway drag strip. 

 

Beginning with a 2019 Challenger R/T Scat Pack and its 392-cubic-inch 485 Hp/475 lb-ft V8, the article really does a great job of highlighting how the scat pack makes the 2019 Challenger a very consistent, reliable, and low-cost quarter-miler that a drag enthusiast can regularly put to the test. The package includes a robust ZF 8-speed automatic transmission which replaces the Tremec six-speed manual, a limited-slip differential with a 3.09:1 ring gear, extreme-duty 41-spline rear-axle halfshafts, 9.5 x 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with knurled bead seats to minimize wheel rotation within the stationary rear tires, as well as street-legal 275/40R20 Nexen SUR4G drag-radial tires developed for the 1320.

 

In order to achieve the ideal launch, the package adds adaptive dampers with Drag mode, which allows for the all-important more rear weight transfer, front-brake line lock for easy burnouts, and Torque Reserve System, which Dodge describes as “managing fuel flow to cylinders and controlling spark advance or retard to balance engine RPM and torque to maximize power delivery and launch performance. There is also the presence of a “TransBake” which puts a solid lock on the transmission's output shaft to hold the car stationary with the engine revving immediately before a standing start.

 

To put the drag-related features to use, you just access it from the Performance pages within the touchscreen. At first, the team was running one lane at a time instead of side by side in one of five stock 1320s, reducing the collision potential and keeping it safe for starters. On his first pass, automotive journalist Chris Walton realized that it is kind of easy to get the TransBrake wrong, and he was relieved to see that you putter away from the starting line and “nothing breaks or explodes”.

 

He was so excited to get it right that he then claimed during his second attempt that the 6.4-liter Hemi should be part of our “Star Spangled Banner”. This is the car that is so mean that it includes a one-year NMCA/NHRA membership with the purchase. Even though the Demon no longer exists, this less expensive version is still a pleasing offering for those who are looking for a great option for aspiring asphalt performance. During Chris's final launch, he had the RPMs increased to 2,200, and while he forgot to switch the Performance screen to the onboard timer page, he knew deep down inside that as far as the quarter-mile is concerned, “That was the run!”. You'd be amazed at the sheer force and sleek power you can feel on a straight-line launch, and we guarantee you that the current Challenger is a vehicle that re-defines “Vicious and Victorious”!

Motor 1.com Reports on Dodge as “Most Loved” Brand on Facebook for 2018

Thursday, April 18th, 2019



Cam Vanderhorst of Motor 1.com took an extra moment to reflect on the Motor 1.com blog about the widely-loved and very high-performance Dodge brand last week, and all of the great models that have been released through the years. As of now, there is just another element of our brand to really be proud of on the radar here at Landmark Dodge: according to #1 social media platform Facebook, Dodge is by far the most loved car brand. This is actually in reference to the numbers of heart reactions to posts by Dodge, and the rankings through the year 2018.

 

Throughout the year across 408 posts, Dodge tallied up 461,187 total “love” reactions, as the closest runner-up Mercedes-Benz stacked up in the lower slot boasting only 382,629 reactions. What was really discovered here was that Facebook users have a great love for muscle cars, and the top five posts reflect just that, as they had grave focus on Dodge's current assortment of muscle cars, as well as the brawny and brutish favorites we all love from the past. The single most loved post by the Dodge brand last year was titled “Respect the Beast”, a video featuring the drag-track conquering and all-powerful Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye.

 

Dodge also really commanded their social media presence by engaging well with their audience of owners and enthusiasts, and a photo of a black Challenger sporting matte black racing stripes became the fifth most loved post of 2018 after the image was shared brandishing the caption “Muscle redefined”. Part of this massive success within the digital realm was the result of the social media team at Dodge's combined work at engagement, humor, and good old fashioned American muscle to become a brand that customers truly feel is accessible and aligns with their day-to-day lifestyle.

 

When social media first became wildly popular, many brands were not yet paying attention. There a few auto manufacturers out there that were trying to get away with infrequent posting, too vague of taglines like “Check this out!” and simply leaving their pages alone while their fans provided a slew of comments. Just a decade and half ago, fans would see products that came out and have to go through a very old model of doing things such as calling customer service, and talking among their friends in small groups when a model came out that they were crazy about.

 

Once car lovers are thrown all together on a forum where they can send their own photos, chat about horsepower and torque, and compare notes, they are hands down one of the most passionate and enthusiastic demographic categories that exist. We are looking forward to having as much positive momentum for 2019 as reigning kings of automotive social media, and will be thankful for every single login and like from you, our loyal base!

Road and Track.com Hails Dodge Challenger RT Scat Pack 1320 as “Poor Man's Demon”

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Richard Pinto of Road and Track was absolutely correct when he claimed just how hard it is to ignore the beating in your chest when you are getting ready to take the run down a daunting dragstrip. As you are rolling into the staging area waiting for yellow lights, your pulse quickens and other senses inside you may be begging you to rethink your decision. But at the moment when there is really no more time to ponder, then comes the green light.

Dodge cordially invited the Road and Track staff to the dragstrip at the Auto Club Speedway in Pomona, California to see just how well the Dodge Challenger RT Scat Pack with the new 1320 package behaves on the blistering-fast and punishing straight segment! 1320 is the exact number of feet found in a quarter-mile, and one of the reasons for this test is that the Demon,  our other prized possession within the drag track realm, is currently deceased. Aside from proving that a street car could pull off very awesome wheelies, all of us here at Landmark Dodge also realized that the Demon also showed that the market for dragstrip-level performance was on the small side. And why shouldn't it be?

 

So many consumers out there have been hyper-focused on the crossover SUVs that provide a nice, smooth means of getting from A to B, and even though the movies and media may have you thinking otherwise, there are only an elite handful of track-savvy contenders who are “truly game”. There may not be that many 1320s sold either, but everyone lucky enough to get their hands on one will definitely want to make the most of the one-year included NHRA membership. The new dragster costs nearly just half of what the Demon did, and even though you don't necessarily get the Demon box and its tools, accessories, and skinny front tires, you do score the adaptive dampers and dragstrip-friendly suspension setup that works overtime to transfer weight to the rear during launch.

 

There are also a trans brake and finger-actuated line-lock on board that puts a firm clamp on the front brakes while releasing the rears. These allow you to make the best use out of the burnout box, and as this line lock partners with the 6.4-liter V-8 to get to about 4000 rpm, the rear tires are free, and get a high amount of smoke out on the track pronto. The fairly-well verified word on the street about the quarter mile is that the 1320 completes it in about 11.7 seconds, and one driver did unfortunately cross lanes and pummeled the 1320 into the wall nose first, heftily. After a few runs and attempts to manage the available 485 horsepower, the overall conclusion was not too surprising: the writers and other staff members agreed that “It might not be a Demon, but your heart won't know the difference”!

Car And Driver Spies Jeep Wrangler Plug-in Hybrid Road Testing Near Auburn Hills 

Friday, April 5th, 2019

As Landmark Dodge staff are fully geared up ready to answer questions about our stock and administer test drives, we always keep track of multiple blogs that show us how future projects are shaping up. The Jeep Wrangler was recently spied by the seasoned staff at Car and Driver testing near The Fiat-Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, but there's one more variable in the equation: as the impending future is now literally right around the corner, it's the plug-in hybrid version that was hitting the pavement this time!

 

One awesome trait about this hybrid system is that it could very well help administer a takeoff point to provide electric power in very remote areas or emergency rescue scenarios. Jeep chief Mike Manley was front and center at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show hinting at the development of this exact vehicle, then admittedly did not comment much on the product for months. What interests us most after a glance at the top-secret dossier of photos is the wrap that runs across the Wranglers hood and down each side.

 

On either side where the hood joins with the fenders, there is a small bulge which we expect is covering the plug-in port, probably on the driver's side. The spy photographer himself confirms that he observed the Wrangler traveling at speeds up to approximately 25 mph in EV mode for about 3 miles, when the internal combustion engine then fired up to bring more grunt to the journey. At first glance, it may seem that the Wrangler is kind of an odd counterpart within the realm of a PHEV treatment. One huge benefit is the availability of torque from zero rpm, and Jeep brand marketing director Scott Tallon also told the Car and Driver staff that this introduction of power source could allow engineers to leverage technologies in a completely revolutionary way.

 

This particular new Jeep could possibly have the ability to employ a two-directional system of sorts allowing it to be used as a power supply for a weekend camping trip or cabin, or be the ultimate saving grace in a dire emergency situation. As the climate keeps changing rapidly around us, the Midwest has been ravaged by floods, and we have seen firsthand many situations that this could be beneficial in.

 

The core components of the Pacifica hybrid with be the initial outlay, and will ultimately be reconfigured for the Wrangler's very specific needs. If everything remains on schedule, we would expect an unveiling later this year at a location such as the Los Angeles auto show in November, with initial sales taking place sometime early next year!

Maxim Magazine Covers Dodge Demon's Record-Setting quarter-mile Sprint

Friday, March 29th, 2019



One of the coolest Dodge Challenger SRT Demons in existence was built by the Speedkore Performance Group, and you can see video here of its mind-blowing acceleration capabilities. When you look under the hood, the Wisconsin-based company has swapped out the stock supercharger for a pristine pair of twin-turbos that squeeze 370 more horses out of the 6.2-liter V8, making for a grand total of 1,200 hp reaching its final destination in the rear.

 

That Racing Channel claims that this demon is, by all means, the “Fastest and quickest” in the entire world, and all of us here at Landmark Dodge were blown away by this daunting muscle car that clocked a record-setting 8.77-second quarter-mile drag attempt at a blistering 162 mph. A torque converter is now present in the powertrains, there is the addition of a DSS carbon driveshaft, and a differential brace that keeps everything safe and sound when the pedal is thrown down rigorously on a hard launch.

 



The entire exterior has also been revamped with lightweight carbon fiber panels, and the Road and Track staff had the pleasure of seeing the car close-up last year. They were not quite able to discern how much weight the material was able to conserve compared to the base model. To keep the Demon street legal, a roll cage had to be added, a symbol of just how raw and powerful this car is. The navigation system and 8.4-inch touchscreen were left as they are, and we can guarantee that this is a car that will be sought after and talked about for years to come.

 

This video shows the difference between a Demon and a Hellcat, showing off their top speed, and the dire importance of just one precious second during the quarter-mile. Even the most powerful pony-car competitors like the 650-hp Chevy Camaro ZL1 and 700-plus horsepower Mustang GT500 have been incredibly challenged to come close to matching the straight-line acceleration of the Demon. The staff from Car and Driver drove this memorizing machine at the drag strip, and claimed with humor that you should not under any circumstances “accidentally mistake the right pedal for the left!” For just one measly dollar, you can provide the addition of the “demon crate,” which provides skinny front wheels, a whole lot of flex, and the ultra-special engine controller that is instrumental in unlocking the full potential of the exciting and historic engine! 

Jeep Brand Presence At Geneva Auto Show Coverage Courtesy of Motor 1.com 

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019



There was a large barrage of coverage in the many auto blogs and websites this past week about the happenings at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show. The Supercar lineup was pretty spectacular this year, with concepts being introduced from the likes of manufacturers like McLaren, Bugatti, and Rimac. Jeep heftily doled out the goods for the show, bringing to European buyers a few tweaked and very stylish takes on the Cherokee, Compass, and Renegade. You can check out this gallery for images of the Compass S edition models that will be introduced for the Renegade, Compass, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee.

 

The Compass S incorporates the use of the color Low Gloss Granite Crystal to stylishly cloak the 19-inch wheels, badges, grille, and light surrounds. Once inside, you get to check out the black leather seats with Tungsten-colored stitching. The package also comes with Bi-xenon headlights, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, power tailgate, and 8-way power seats. The Cherokee S uses the Granite Crystal Metallic gloss throughout the exterior, including 19-inch wheels, lower fascia, badges, and fender flares. The interior features black Nappa leather with Tungsten-colored stitching, and there are excellent technology features on board like adaptive cruise controls, forward collision warning, brake assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, and keyless entry.

 

The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is a vehicle that we are always beaming with pride about here at Landmark Dodge: rugged and ready to rumble with any patch of off-road terrain, it has a .78 inch suspension lift that provides 8.66 inches of ground clearance. A locking rear differential and five driving modes give drivers the power to go wherever they please, and the model on display in Geneva also featured adaptive cruise control, navigation, and 9-speaker stereo. The testing staff on duty at KBB.com took this Jeep model on a drive through Saline Valley, a long open stretch of dry lake bed surrounded by miles of lava rock and sharply crushed granite. Here is where they put the “sand and mud” driver's setting to the test, and were very pleased with the turbocharged engine's performance and ability to conquer steep inclines.

 

A “Night Eagle” edition of the Jeep Compass was introduced at the auto show this year as well, with super awesome laser blue paint over the body, and a package that includes Gloss Black trim on the grille, fog lights, and headlight bezels. This trail-savvy setup rides on 19-inch wheels, with a combination of Diamond Cut and Gloss Black colors. A customized example of the Renegade Limited was on display at the auto show as well, wearing the “Bikini” turquoise color of paint. The interior sports Polar Plunge gray leather upholstery, and the front splitter, grille, side moldings, door sill guards, mirror caps, and rear scuff plate are Subshine Grey. One of the traits we love most about every single Jeep model is its undeniable essence of can-do determination, and we guarantee that a test drive of any current model will sway you to prepare for a spring filled with the lesser-traveled roads of Georgia's unspoiled wilderness!

 

Jeep Renegade and Compass Await Addition Of Plug-in Hybrid Models

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

 

This year on display at the 2019 Geneva auto show, plug-in versions of the Jeep Renegade and Compass made an appearance, solidifying the fact that electric-derived power is one of the hottest things on the future's horizon. Car and Driver ran a feature this past week about two great vehicles that both offer up to 240 horsepower of combined output from an internal-combustion engine and electric motor. Both Jeeps would boast an electric-only range of approximately 31 miles, and an electric-only top speed of 81 mph. 

 

 

 

The brand we are so proud to represent every day here at Landmark Dodge may not always be the first that comes to mind when customers envision highly efficient and low-emissions vehicles, and Jeep has a large desire to change that notion with these two versions. Incorporating the use of batteries optimized for plug-in charging, Jeep is now able to fit powerful electric motors that offer this range and top speed. The system combines a turbocharged 1.3-liter gasoline engine with the electric motor that can get the Renegade up to 60 MPH speed in less than seven seconds. 

 

 

 

 

Emissions are claimed to currently be lower than 50 g/km by EU standards, which is situated well below the proposed 2021 EU target of 95 g/km. A dedicated rear motor is in place to power the rear wheels, bypassing the need for a traditional prop shaft. The PHEV Jeeps are not the first vehicle to employ this arrangement: various Toyotas are using the technology which allows for the greatest in accurate proportioning of the torque split for better control. When combined with the constant torque properties of an electric motor, it provides more precision and control providing the ability to maneuver with ease in rugged terrain. 

 

 

 

A PHEV-dedicated instrument cluster as well as infotainment offer features and information that helps the hybrid driving experience in both the Renegade and the Compass. The model's appearance in Geneva was referred to as a “preview” and the pricing and specific stats have not yet been released by official confirmation. This article from InsideEVs.com details the hybrid versions of the Wrangler and Renegade as well, following along briskly with Jeep's five-year electrification plan, unveiled last summer. It will definitely be an amazing and monumental landmark when every single dealership in America has a pure EV model for sale, and a day that many thought would never arrive. All of us on sales and service staff fully agree that there is nothing like the joy you get from hearing a well-piped engine roar, but as the demands of our constantly-changing planet dictate our lives, benefiting from electric power will provide peace of mind and ultimate longevity!

Winnipeg Free Press Proclaims new Ram HD as “A Beauty and a Beast”

Friday, March 15th, 2019

 



One of the features we found on the web over the past week about the cars we love to offer here at Landmark Dodge was written about the new Ram HD, and older models were first remembered with a sense of nostalgia. Writer Harry Pegg notes that “if you're old enough to remember the first Cummins-powered Ram, I'll wager the overwhelming memory is noise.” You definitely could hear it coming for miles and it was a bit difficult to have an audible conversation inside. This release was back in 1989, when the available torque resided at just 500 lb-ft, a spec that gradually rose until 2013, when it finally weighed in at 850 lb-ft. 

 

The current 2019 Ram model is rated at 1,000 lb-ft, and 400 horsepower, boasting the ability to pull just about whatever you could dream of, and can do it minus a hefty amount of the volume found in the still-lovable trucks of yesteryear. Now offered in regular cab, crew, and Mega Cab, the engine in the base model is a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 gas engine, rated at 410 horsepower, and 429 lb-ft of torque. For the first time, the truck is available with an 8-speed transmission, and comes equipped with a taller grille and larger radiator, as well as much stronger frame and axles.

 



The testing staff greatly appreciated the easy-to-read gauges and well-sized center console, and the convex section of the towing mirrors is now fully power-adjustable. This particular drive site for the Ram 1500 was the historic Eldorado Canyon Mine site, an ideal location to pull trailers and take an off-road jaunt in the wild areas of the Nevada desert from behind the wheel of the new Power Wagon. Right off the bat the steering was defined by the team as “well-weighted and communicative,” and the quiet qualities of the ride are on par with what you'd expect from a full-size SUV. When they arrived at the mine site, there were trucks ready to roll and hooked up for the all-important trailer testing.

 

The models on hand were the regular cab Tradesman 3500 with a flatbed trailer load of 35,100 lbs, a 3500 Longhorn with 11,000-pound horse trailer, a Ram 3500 with a 12,400-pound travel trailer, and a Laramie touting a flatbed trailer loaded down with 10,150 pounds of the heaviest variant of cargo: concrete blocks. Even on a grade that was the primo definition of “uphill,” towing seemed effortless, and the downhill trot was a cinch with the Ram's first-rate exhaust brake. The excited team was also able to put the rear air suspension feature to use, which now incorporates driver activation for bed-lowering, normal/payload mode, and trailer-low mode.

 



When combined with the surround-view camera for trailer-reverse guidance view, all you have to do is lower the suspension, back up slowly to the gooseneck, engage the hookups and you're on your way. We hope to enjoy multiple visits from customers out there who are on the hunt for a brand new truck this spring: with tax season, business and family growth, and recreational impulses on the rise, the timing couldn't be better!

FCA Blog Details Factory-Customized 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock 

Saturday, March 9th, 2019



The FCA Blog is always a great place to get the scoop on new happenings and available features for the Dodge car family, and this past week they doled out the goods on the 2019 Ram 1500 Warlock. Based on the original Ram 1500 Warlock version, it features the bold grille with RAM lettering, and sporting powder-coated bumpers in both the front and rear. You also get to enjoy the trademark 1-inch factory ride height lift, Warlock decals, and available Sport hood. 

 

Originally introduced in 1976, the factory-customized Warlock genre has a massive appeal for buyers on the younger side that are on the hunt for a truck with a custom appearance that is on its way straight from the factory floor. This year on Valentine's day was the official unveiling of the Warlock, which pays homage to the original Warlock-styled pickups of the 1970s and is the ultimate well-equipped and customized truck with a massive dose of capability and value. Head of Ram Brand FCA Reid Bigland claimed last week that the “Ram 1500 Classic Warlock is proof sensitive that value never goes fully out of style,” and highlighted the fact that the monochromatic exterior is certain to resonate positively with consumers. 

 

Included as standard with the Warlock package is Diesel Grey cloth seating, ParkSense rear park assist, and ram 1500 Classic's Luxury Group that features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, overhead console, 7-inch cluster display, LED bed lighting, and power foldaway mirrors. There is also the option to add heated bench or bucket seats, an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with navigation, black side steps, and a spray-in bedliner.

 

In the all-important engine department, you can make use of the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 which sports 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, or the legendary 5.7-liter HEIM V-8 that cranks out 395 horsepower, and 410 lb-ft of torque. Both are paired with the TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission, with available configurations being the 4x2 or 4x4, Quad Cab or Crew Cab, and many colors to choose from. True Blue and Flame Red are a few of our favorites here at Landmark Dodge, truly providing a personal and edgy touch to this already very unique and individual pickup. 

 

During the illustrious and milestone year of 1976, the first production Dodge Warlock was first introduced, following very positive response from the public to a pickup that was designed as a concept for auto shows. Touting the fact that it could “play as hard as it works,” it came decked out with bucket seats, what was then referred to as fancy wheels and fat tires, chrome-plated running boards, real oak sideboards, and special gold accent stripes. The Ram 1500 Classic already boasts unique features in areas that current truck buyers swoon over, such as outstanding handling accomplished with a very uniquely-engineered link-coil rear suspension. 

 

From Car and Driver to Autoblog.com, most of the news on the web is decidedly positive, and the Ram aggressively swoops in to take the top place in most rankings and surveys that measure quality and durability. As soon as you climb in, this is THE interior that everyone is raving about: just as seen in film genres and many examples of the best music ever made, “The spirit of the 1970's” will no doubt inspire you in your decision to own the warrior-esque and segment-leading Warlock! 

2019 Jeep Cherokee Ranked By Baton Rouge Advocate As “Sleek, Athletic, and Intuitive”

Friday, March 8th, 2019



The good folks on staff at the Baton Rouge Advocate were definitely right when they started their newest feature off by exclaiming just how legendary the Jeep Cherokee's off-road performance is. This is a vehicle that has always been known as the go-to here at Landmark Dodge for anyone who loves to aggressively climb boulders, blast through areas with loose sand, or take a scenic and exploratory jaunt by means of trails that don't necessarily experience the luxury of prime maintenance. 

 

For this year's model, designers and engineers came up with nice styling changes that give the Cherokee a very sleek, athletic look, and the new 4-cylinder engine choice outruns the 6-cylinder option. Other new features are fog lights as well as LED lights, a capless fuel filler, more room for precious cargo, and a hands-free liftgate that can be operated with a simple foot tap at the bottom. Auto features writer Steve Wheeler was really impressed with the engine: the new 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged inline 4-cylinder creates 270 horsepower and a very impressive 295 lb-ft of torque, allowing the new Cherokee to boast excellent fuel efficiency as well as primo power potential. 

 



The turbo-four is EPA-rated at 21 miles per gallon in the city, and 29 mpg on the highway. If you are on the hunt for the engine that will provide an immediate and drastic change in the off-the-line trait, the 6-cylinder option is a 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 that create 271 hp, and 239 lb-ft of torque. All engine choices are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission, and maximum towing for the V6 is 4,500 pounds, with the turbocharged 4-cylinders ability to lug weighing in at 4,000 pounds. Now manufactured in Illinois, the new Cherokee comes in five trims, including the Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland, and Trailhawk. 

 

Each trim level is available in 4WD, and the Trailhawk meets Jeep's thorough and astringent guidelines for first-rate off-road performance. The Trailhawk model delivers amazing 4x4 capacity with a 29.9-degree approach angle, a 22.9 – degree breakover angle, and a departure angle of 32.2 inches. If the many streams of Georgia are calling your name and appealing to your adventurous spirit, the Trailhawk model can also ford water up to 20 inches deep! Inside the cabin, you get to enjoy the critically-acclaimed Uconnect Infotainment system, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Uconnect has always received very high rankings for its clear and crisp graphics, as well as larger touchscreens that instantly evoke a sense of familiarity and user-friendliness. 

 

 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Cherokee its highest score of “good” in every crash test category except the passenger-side small overlap test, which simply has not yet been completed. 4 stars were also obtained by the Cherokee for the Govt. rollover test, and the 2019 model comes with 8 standard airbags and other first-rate modern safety tech systems like forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. We hope you come to visit us soon and check out for yourself the model for 2019 that Car and Driver describes as “easy on the eyes and even easier to drive!”

Challenger Hellcat Powertrain Heralded in The Chronicle/Herald.com As AJAC Selection

Friday, March 1st, 2019



The 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye was just announced this past week as one of the top-four entries in the innovation category for its powertrain. The annual Automobile Journalists Association of Canada selections for top new technologies and innovations are a very exciting time: This group of very tech-knowledgeable journalists gets  together to hear various presentations from the automotive industry on the newest innovations and advances around the corner.

 

This year, 30 entries were whittled down to just the top 12, with four in each category of green offerings, safety features, and overall display of innovation. The staff on duty at The Chronicle/Herald.CA covered the winners in each category, which were announced at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Presented in the innovation category, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is already aptly known by every drag racing fan in North America. Now capable of just under 10-second quarter-mile runs, the more powerful version has turned the heads of many who have always loved the excitement of the track, and the boisterous allure of every summertime urban burnout you can cook up with a beast like this.

 



To increase maximum engine rpm, the valve keepers were designed with a single groove rather than the standard 3-groove keeper, ultimately providing a large amount of aid for the stability of the valve train. These springs also went through a re-design with a new damping coil on the spring re-positioned to the top, which enhances long-standing durability, and damping of vibrations in the valve train. The camshaft also underwent some changes: it is now a gun-drilled 5150 steel shaft with induction hardened cams to handle demanding loads of a higher capacity. Power always needs fuel, and to ensure the most efficient in delivery, the Hellcat Redeye puts to use a dual fuel pump system so when the throttle and fuel injectors are fully open, both fuel pumps sustain the ability to maintain full fuel pressure.

 

The hood for the Challenger was completely redesigned with twin scoops, that complete the duty of aiding in vehicle stability, and to allow cooler air to reach the engine. One glimpse at the open airbox system utilizing cold air induction shows the astute production of more power, and when you are considering the potential of all-out drag racing, there is really no other arena in existence where every little inch matters so much. The weather element of going from a rainy day to a sunny one can equal a 50-horsepower loss because of higher air temperature, less humidity, and a lesser amount of dense air. The top drag racers in existence are constantly taking it upon themselves to monitor air temperature, barometric pressure, and humidity so they can constantly tune their cars to produce the most power possible.

 



When the Hellcat is fully engaged, it produces enough to heat about nine homes, making the need for three heat exchanges very pertinent. During engagement in track mode, the AC system is switched from cooling the vehicle interior to cooling the condenser just in front of the radiator. This reduces the all-important air intake by about 10C, which aids in power output. It is amazing to see innovation at its constant best, and this is one of the cars that you need a bit of composure to claim as yours: this really is a great example of pure-bred American sentiment and aggressive showmanship at its rawest and fullest-blooded stance!

2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Tops Car and Driver's Annual Truck Stack-Up List 

Thursday, February 28th, 2019



Over the past few years, the competition in the truck realm has been absolutely fierce. We have all heard people joking within their own private circles about the brand of truck they favor least always being broken down on the side of the road, and jabbing at each other lightly about their own preferences. Even though information in these circles can sometimes be of value, everyone here at Landmark Dodge like to have their sights set on sources with a bit more credibility, and it just so happens that the Car and Driver yearly list came out for trucks, ranking them from best to worst. 

 

The all-new for 2019 1500 has proven itself in their latest pickup comparison test against its tougher-then-ever rivals from GM and Ford, and as the blog says “efficiency now takes a front seat.” The air suspension was ranked high for the way it smooths out the ride, and the model boasts an amazing 10,620 pounds of towing capability. Two cab styles – cab and crew – join forces with three engine choices that make for a truck that is undoubtedly #1 in many ways: The Ford F-150 was recently the magazine team's favorite full-size pickup, snagging up multiple coveted 10Best awards. Fortunately for us, the Ram beat it out in a very important comparison test, making us the proud purveyor of this list's current King of the Hill.

 

 

On Cars.com reviews, the traits appreciated most were the stunning limited interior, smooth ride, spacious cabin, and plenty of storage space. Beginning by stating that this is perhaps the “nicest interior of any American vehicle made today,” the 2019 Ram 1500 works as a luxury vehicle or a hard-working truck for the daily grind. The base engine is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that features the eTorque system. The Pentastar has always proven to be an incredibly solid engine, and with a bit of electric boost, is now even better. You can also opt for two versions of the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, which comes with a noticeably larger dose of sheer grunt, as well as generation capability for 395 horsepower. 

 

All of the engines are paired with the 8-speed automatic transmission, and brandishing an EPA rating of the 1500 4x4 with the eTorque V-8 at 17/22/19 mpg city/highway/combined, a boost of over 12 percent from past models. Active noise cancellation and a redesigned frame both work together seamlessly to create a cabin environment that is amazingly hushed, and this is one trait that really adds to the lavish feel of the truck overall. The well-versed folks at Cars.com went so far to say that this is the “nicest pickup truck ever made,” doling out high amounts of praise for the Limited Edition's rich leather covers and class-leading décor. 

 

 

Some people love the feel of vehicles such as the Lincoln Navigator to evoke comfort and high-end prowess: if your daily checklist involves lift-and-tow necessities and you also have a knack for being on the showy side, the new Ram is the perfect choice! Featuring the latest version of Uconnect, you can enjoy all of the digital productivity potential by means of a massive 12-inch vertically-oriented touchscreen. When you are down here scoping out all the action, make sure you check out the inside storage compartments: they now have interior lights, 115-volt grounded outlets, and pressure-touch latches. 

Motor1.com Breaks Down The Fine Points of 2020 Jeep Gladiator's Cool New Bed

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019



Writer Cam Vanderhorst of the Motor 1.com blog has long been watching the astute and experienced engineers of Jeep working hard on the Gladiator. Their task has always been to make it not just fun, but very functional, as this was the vehicle that fit the niche so well at the place in the market where Jeep fans and pickup lovers meet. Jeep fans have had to patiently wait for the day when the Gladiator would finally make its way to their local dealer lots, and all of us here at Landmark Dodge are happy that it is finally coming soon.

 

In a video you can check out here, Quadratec breaks down its great features, and they go full-out while describing the dimensions and features of this vehicle that we can't contain our excitement about. Rob Jarrell of Quadratec attends the Philadelphia auto show and while brandishing a trusty tape measure, gets up and close to explore every aspect of the Gladiator. Published figures attest the Gladiator's payload capacity at 1,600 pounds, sporting a five-foot bed. The width right at the bed's opening is roughly 49 inches, and since it comes in at over four feet, it's plenty of space to slide in a 4 x 8' piece of plywood.

 



The tops of the wheel wells are perfectly flat, and there are narrow channels behind the wheel wells that fit a 2 x 6' board, creating a space and platform to allow sheets of plywood to be supported. The three-position tailgate also incorporates a large degree of clever thought to get the job down. You can simply tuck the tailgate cables underneath the support bracket, and the top of the tailgate rises to the optimum height to provide necessary support for the tail end of the load. The video begins by opening the tailgate, and showing the over 4' width right at the back of the bed. Then, the wheel well-to-wheel well width is shown clearly, at 44 and a half inches of clearance.

 

We really love the way in which this video shows how contractors and construction workers can put the vehicle to use: Jeeps were long known as the vehicle that you want when going off-roading in the Rockies, therefore categorizing it as more of a recreational buy. As demands for building and brand-new construction skyrocket worldwide, the timing could not be better to engineer such a hybrid purveyor of a rugged creationists' delight. The measurement on the Rubicon model from the floor to the top of the bed rail is shown here in close-up detail, with a 17.5“ depth from the top of the bed rail down to the bottom, allowing you that necessary access to the cargo. This video is also the ultimate inspiration for one to stay tuned for updates on camper-themed additions for the bed: in the very near future, there will definitely be all sorts of ways to put the bed to use as your own form of roving and thrilling real estate!

 

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Rated By InsideEvs.com As “Near Perfect”

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

 

The folks on staff at InsideEvs.com have long been experts on the types of arriving technology that will change the shape of the future car landscape for good, and we're extra excited about their recent display of love for the Chrysler Pacifica. They have quite a bit of knowledge about the arriving technology that will literally change the world, and ran a feature last week embracing its practicality, and proclaimed avidly that there is “not a reason to buy any other minivan.” They jokingly poked at some consumers who may buy battery electric vehicles hoping to prevent a Day After Tomorrow- like scenario, and then inject a dose of reality when claiming that the reason to buy a plug-in or hybrid can eventually boil down to just simple dollars and cents. 

 

This is a vehicle that everyone here at Landmark Dodge is proud of for many reasons: it has the ability to travel 32 miles on a charge, and can avoid being filled up for weeks or even months depending on what demands are put on your family or business. Ask us about the available tax credit that can help you to alleviate the premium you need to cough up for the plug-in hybrid powertrain, and bring the up-front cost back down to the space occupied by the gas-only competition. 

 

 

The available trim levels are the Plus, Touring L, and Limited, and are based on those offered for the gas-only variant. Experienced testing staff on duty for the InsideEvs.com staff agreed that the S Appearance Package, Advanced SafetyTec Group, and tri-pane panoramic sunroof were some of the additions that provided the heftiest value. Over time, this is a minivan that is most definitely cheaper to operate than the valiantly remaining defenders of the gas-only universe, because it instantly becomes more fuel efficient when the gas engine is running, and can instantly switch to run primarily on electric power. Families who are hitting the road for a matter of just 20 minutes or two days straight can all agree that they love storage space, and this is one area where the Pacifica really claims the lead. Cubbies, various nooks, and compartments, that are for the most part out-of-sight, provide any goods needed for a trip prime stowaway real estate. 

 

140.5 total cubic feet is the measurement on the bragging rights that the Pacifica Hybrid touts in the cargo carrying capacity department, and the Uconnect infotainment system is definitely best enjoyed by means of the available 20-speaker Harmon Kardon Stereo. The Uconnect Theater option is way more than just a screen to playback DVDS, and there are two 10-inch HD touchscreens mounted on the backs of the front seats, which are connected to a built-in Blu-Ray player and also feature HDMI ports. 

 

 

Even though the battery pack adds around 500 pounds of weight to the new Pacifica, the nature of electric motors gives them the ability to provide enough torque on demand to make them seem more powerful than output specs suggest. When the battery is depleted, the Hybrid still offers us considerably better fuel economy than its gas-only competition, and the EPA rates it at around 32 mpg. With its 16.5-gallon fuel tank, the Pacifica Hybrid also offers 520 miles of total driving range, out-lapping a standard Pacifica for around 100 extra miles of longevity! 

 

Carbuzz.com Features 2020 Dodge Charger Potential Widebody Treatment

Friday, February 15th, 2019



The good folks on staff at the Carbuzz.com website reported last week that during an original chat with Dodge and SRT design boss Mark Trostle last month in Detroit, it was said that a widebody charger was not going to be on the drawing board. The reason for this is that the sheet metal needed is all sorts of different types, but according to Mopar insiders, a few sources have acknowledged that the widebody treatment is coming within a year to two different models, the Charger SRT Hellcat, and the R/T Scat Pack. When Dodge higher-ups were contacted for comment, they did not have anything to add, but speculation levels are still running high!

 

Some have realized that since the 2020 Charger is said to feature drastically different looking front and rear fascias, this may still mean that it could be an eventual destination for a widebody contender. Trostle was actually referring to the Charger that is currently on sale when he was grilled about the subject in Detroit, but the crucial element of sheetmetal is needed for the dual-snorkel grille, and to accommodate the existence of the wider front and rear fenders. Much like the 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat and R/T Scat Pack Widebody models, the Charger sedan counterparts are expected to come with retuned suspension, standard electronic power steering, and unique 20-inch aluminum wheels sporting a 5-spoke design.

 



For a car on the larger side, many knowledgeable entities such as U.S. News have ranked it high for its superb handling, and also had doled out praise for its user-friendly infotainment system. One of the Charger's fierce competitors is the Chevy Impala, but its performance with the available V6 doesn't come anywhere close to the power delivered by the Charger's V8. You'll find 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space inside, which is more than enough for an entire family's luggage during a weekend getaway. While inside you'll have no problem staying constantly connected as well as entertained with 4 USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an available 7-inch touch screen.

 

You can choose from the 292-horsepower V6 base engine all the way up to the snarling and salacious 707-horsepower V8 that powers the SRT Hellcat, and no matter what you decide, this is a sedan that has the ability to get up and go under any urban or outside-the-limits location. The best fuel economy in the lineup goes to the base engine, which nails down 19 mpg in the city, and 30 mpg on the highway. By way of the V6, the Charger gets fuel ratings that are identical to the Chrysler 300. Come check out how you can be covered under the best protection with a three/year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, leaving you confident that you'll easily prevail in regards to the all-important test of durability.

 



Some of the absolute best in safety features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist will assure your constant protection in this high-powered and exciting vehicle that doles out the top-line goods in Detroit-derived muscle!

2019 Ram 1500 Praised by Detroit Free Press For Addition of 4-Way Tailgate 

Thursday, February 14th, 2019



When any hard-working contractor or busy individual with a hauling duty gets an extra item on their to-do list thrown at them, there's nothing quite as comforting as the confidence that it won't take up all of their time. We saw via the Detroit Free Press this past week that during spring, the Ram truck line we love to represent here at Landmark Dodge will add a new 4-way tailgate that makes the job of loading cargo in tight spaces easier. Due in dealerships during the second quarter, the Multifunction Tailgate is split 40/60, and has hinges on either side in addition to the bottom hinges present on all pickup tailgates.

 

This allows you during any unplanned pinch to open just a fraction of the tailgate to the side, when they don't have enough room to lower it. It may be in a tight parking spot, or when a trailer is in its place behind the pickup. Tailgates have remained predominantly unchanged for nearly a hundred years, and GMC were the ones who initiated the feature race with the MultiPro tailgate on the Sierra 1500 pickup a year ago. It opens up in six different ways to make it easier to load items, carry loads and access the bed, but its model only incorporates traditional bottom hinges.

 

Our Ram's 4-way tailgate is the first response to GMC's ingenious invention, but we would be willing to bet that Ford is also trying hard to develop new tailgate ideas for its prized F-series pickup. We are now positioned in a time where pickup owners are on the hunt for technologies and innovations that make any aspect of their tasks easier, and the valuable notion is quite understandable! From right here in the metro area of Atlanta to the oil-rig and rancher checked plains of the Lone Star State, the Ram 1500 has long been the leading contender in the truck realm for those who are looking for a dependable, long lasting, and fiercely loyal companion for their use.

 

This new four-way tailgate has the ability to support loads up to 2,000 pounds, making it a great option for hauling livestock and other heaviest types of gear. The available modes are traditional open flat, open right side only, open left side, and open both sides. There will also be a center tailgate added in the future to make it easier to step in and out of the pickup bed, and the 2019 Chassis cab models were slated to be revealed at the Chicago auto show this week. These are supposed to be released in the 3500, 4500, and 5500 medium-duty varieties, and are sturdier models that don't come equipped with a factory-made bed.

 

The folks on staff at Cars.com claim that interior quality regardless of trim level and the quiet smooth ride are their favorite traits: ask us about the available 12-inch vertical touchscreen, which makes everything you're browsing multimedia-wise within the cabin that much more eye-popping! No matter how many times you may have seen or read that “scaling down” leaves you with the best in vehicle choice, we can attest that the sensation of gripping the road with the largest-in-tow is commanding, thrilling, and primo-grade productive.

2019 Dodge Durango SXT Heralded as “Ace of Base” By Truth About Cars Blog

Friday, February 8th, 2019

 



One bellowing trait about America is that it is absolutely perceived as a country where everything is super-sized, and customers can get a lot more for less. The price of fuel and portions at fast food establishments are just a few examples, as we have always been a proud and sovereign nation that enjoys the pleasantly larger things in life. The creative writers on staff at the Truth About Cars.com blog jokingly stated that our prized base model Durango should have an American flag on the hood and pictures of bald eagles stitched into the seats, as it is a lot of truck for an under $30,000 price tag.

 

The current Durango burst out on the scene 8 years ago, and as it is built alongside the Grand Cherokee in Detroit's Jefferson North plant, it is one big honkin' machine. It measures 201.2 inches in length, stands about 76 inches wide, and 71 inches tall. In comparison, the present competition in the form of the Ford Explorer comes in at about three inches shorter, and a couple thousand dollars heftier price tag. The Explorer is based on a front-drive platform, which is known throughout our industry to be just slightly more feeble.

 

 



These drive testers really loved that fact that a third row of seats can be added to the SXT trim, and the Durango's center console and storage cubbies are better laid out and useful than those in similar models. From the outside, the Durango looks at every inch like a standard SUV, not the strange blend of crossover that has become so common among competitors. The base model SXT's still get fog lights, and the characteristic chrome grille in front of the engine. Racetrack-style taillights are present on the rear, and they fit just as well visually on the Durango as they do on the fast-and-furious Charger. When you visit us for a test drive at Landmark Dodge, check out the Octane Red color scheme: It is one of the coolest hues to ever grace the lot!

 

The experts at The Car Connection website loved the muscle truck looks and performance, as well as the upscale interior when they got their hands on the new Durango. Everyone has really been loving the fact that Detroit machismo is really what's at play here in the design instead of a model that has been pressured too hard to blend in with the rest. Rear-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel as an option for most configurations. The rear-drive design is what we really attribute the smooth handling to, and nailing down 25 mpg on the highway is beyond acceptable for the V-6 all-wheel-drive models. At the top of the lineup, the Durango SRT is truly a “sportscar for seven,” offering massive acceleration coupled with a towing ability of 8,700 lbs!

 

 

 

Quick Facts to Know About the 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trackhawk Featured on Trucks.com 

Thursday, February 7th, 2019



This past week, the folks on duty at the Trucks.com blog featured a “quick fact” writeup about the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, our prized high-performance midsize SUV that is in direct competition with the Porsche Cayenne GTS and Lamborghini Urus. One of the most-noticed features that it sports is in the coveted power department: there is now the 6.2-liter V8 from the Dodge Challenger Hellcat present under the hood, all-wheel drive, and a 3.5-second 0-60 mph time. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is one of the absolute fastest SUVS on the market, and the addition of a menacingly “overpowered” engine has been well-accepted in the automotive media world.

 

For the 2019 model, the drivetrain remains the same, but has been fortified to assure more strength and durability as time goes by. Towing ability is rated up to 7200 pounds, and four-wheel drive is standard. The wheelbase is 114.7 inches, an overall length of 189.8 inches, and with mirrors, a width of 84.8 inches. EPA-estimated fuel ratings are at 11 mpg city, and 13 mpg highway, which is honestly right at about where anyone would expect them considering the power abilities of the Cherokee. Multistage airbags are on board for the ultimate in protection, as well as blind-spot monitors, hill-start assist, parking-distance monitors, a backup camera, and anti-theft system.

 



Blind spot monitors are one of the features that many of us here at Landmark Dodge feel are among the most revolutionary ideas introduced to modern driving technology. Just a decade ago, we all remember the feeling of making that quick switch right or pass, and not having a passenger on board to quickly check the blind spot for you. Other features in this category on board the new Cherokee are braking assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane-departure warnings, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, full-speed forward collision warnings, adaptive cruise control, and rear-cross traffic alerts. One of the most exciting ways to beef up the audio element in the Cherokee is by means of true sound wizards Harman Kardon, who offer 19-speaker high-performance audio by way of a truly amazing upgrade.

 

During every single drive, you'll notice the results of the active dampening suspension system, which controls the vertical movement of the wheels relative to the chassis by means of onboard mechanics. While adaptive suspensions only vary shock absorber firmness to match changing road or dynamic conditions, active suspensions use an actuator to actually do the job of raising and lowering the chassis under close scrutiny at each wheel. This is the vehicle that Car and Driver deemed “the hottest thing ever to wear a Jeep badge,” and stated that it possesses truly one of the most responsive throttles on the planet. We hope that you embark on a pre-Valentine’s Day test drive in the Cherokee Trackhawk: this is probably the most revolutionary mix ever of a family vehicle infused with off-the-charts and ridiculously ramped-up torque! 

2019 Ram Heavy Duty Laramie Longhorn Edition Debut Covered by The Drive

Friday, February 1st, 2019



Oil country has long been an ideal spot to check out the features and attributes of brand new cars and trucks, and at the 2019 Houston Auto Show, models such as the Laramie Longhorn Edition are right at home. As the oil riggers and ranchers go about their daily work and picturesque red rock wraps around bustling cities like El Paso, Texas is most definitely the ideal location to have a new Ram named for it. Jerry Perez of esteemed auto blog The Drive pointed out at the beginning of his feature this week that the Texas Ranger Walker himself drove a Ram, and that the styling of the truck is as strong as the Rio Grande current itself.

 

This all-new truck is on deck to add a new pinch of flavor to the normal Laramie trim, which already features aluminum accents and the best in soft leathers. The Longhorn variant expands on these great elements by adding real wood throughout the cabin, full-grain leather seats, satin warm-chrome accents with brushed-nickel metal badges, and “Longhorn” stamped on the strip of wood above the glove box compartment. Covering the center console, instrument panel, seat, and door-panel inserts is now a new alligator skin-embossed surface, the perfect additive to evoke a tough and outback-familiar persona.

 



The front fascia is now covered in chrome, with everything from the LED adaptive headlights to the grille seeing the shiny treatment. There are also now a variety of single or dual-tone exterior colors and wheel designs available – all of them with the trademark Laramie Longhorn badging that affectionately pays homage to the Lone Star State. Under the hood are the same two engines found in the traditional 2500 and 3500 models, with the hefty 6.7-liter V8 Cummins turbodiesel generating 400 horsepower, and a 1000 lb-ft of torque. The lower-variety 6.4-liter V-8 puts out 410 horsepower, and 429 lb-ft of torque, and is paired to a brand-new 8-speed automatic transmission.

 

Car and Driver claimed that these 2019 models for Ram “are the most powerful and capable versions yet,” and gave it a high dose of praise for features such as its 4G LTE mobile hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and five USB ports on board. Combined with new engine mounts, hydraulic body mounts at the C-pillars, active noise cancellation, new exhaust components, and vibration dampeners, the ambient interior sound level has been lowered by 10 decibels, making for a more peaceful ride under any circumstances.

 

The number one truck in America's 2019 model has also been upgraded with a new master cylinder and brake booster, and braking on diesel models is completed with the aid of an integrated exhaust brake. With the types of specs that the new Ram brandishes, we're pretty sure that Chevy and Ford won't be able to even come close to knocking us off our perch, where the heaviest loads are hauled happily, and raw strength and reliability are traits that are taken seriously during development!

Dodge Challenger Future Electrification Elements Outline in Newswheel.com

Thursday, January 31st, 2019



The Dodge Challenger is one of those vehicles that has long been known for its powerful HEMI engine, and horsepower ratings that are comparatively through the roof. Now that the automotive landscape as a whole is moving away from internal combustion engines as a power source, it was only a matter of time before the makeup of the Challenger and its strategy as a whole was bound to change completely. This week on the Newswheel blog, there was a feature about this topic, and the fact that Fiat Chrysler CEO Michael Manley recently told the Detroit News that the future of the Challenger may involve electrification.

 

Statements like this may make some die hard fans of the car a little edgy, as it has built its reputation around its internal-combustion power source. We know that the platform of this vehicle is aging a bit, and has not seen the detailed facelifts like some competitors such as the Camaro have. The raw performance and ability of the Challenger are what has allowed the model to remain so popular, even though it has not seen the constant upgrades that other ferociously track-ready cars have. Since fuel economy requirements are growing more strict with every passing year, an increasing number of consumers are now making the choice to purchase Evs and hybrids for their positive boost in efficiency.

 



With models from Tesla now proving that Evs can offer up a heart-pumping and aggressive performance in the speed department, FCE is mulling over the possibility of electrification for its vehicles most known for high-performance numbers. Even though electrification will certainly be part of the formula that redefines what American muscle is in the future, some think that it may not necessarily mean the likes of a V-8, supercharged, 700-horsepower engine. Some want to know if enthusiasts can expect a Challenger EV in the near future, but what all of us here at Landmark Dodge think is more possible is the creation of a hybrid Challenger that uses electric motors and components to assist power delivery of a traditional engine.

 

The current architecture on the Challenger and Charger is nearing 13 years of use, and the time has come that the redesign has been pushed back so many times, that the current executive staff on duty believes it is not an option to cast aside completely the possibility of a hybrid Challenger being made. Even though in many ways the imminent future is approaching fast, there still may not be a complete re-design of the Challenger until the mid-2020's leaving plenty of time for you to purchase a traditional petrol-drinking plaything to call your own. The Detroit News themselves claimed that “if any brand can ever introduce hybrids and EVs without compromising pure power, it would be Dodge.”

Chicago Tribune States Regarding Challenger Hellcat Redeye “There's nothing else like it on the Road”

Saturday, January 26th, 2019



Robert Duffer of the Chicago Tribune did a great job of reporting on the allure and outright ominous danger factor of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redye in a feature article this past week. When you hear this supercharged V-8 roar to life with vigor, there are some out there that may ask why you should buy something so powerful that its full worth only comes out on the drag strip? All of us here at Landmark Dodge admittedly loved some of the responses that were initially generated: “Because America,” and “Because bigger, faster, more.”

 

We absolutely take pride in the fact that our professionals in the Street and Racing Technology team at Dodge were referred to as “lovely lunatics” here, who are well-versed in squeezing more and more power by the minute out of this generation. We also recognize that 12 years is a long time for a model generation to stick around, and know that our sworn rivals in the form of the Camaro and Mustang have had a few redesigns within the same time frame. What we are so very proud of is the important statement gleaned here in admiration from the Tribune: they claim that just one of the elements of the Challenger that is so special is its “Unabashed American traits, as well as warm nostalgia for big-bodied muscle cars.”

 



There are ten different power choices for the Hellcat, beginning with the 305-horsepower base model, to the menacing and monstrous 717-horsepower Hellcat SRT. To make sure that every way to increase mileage capability is incorporated, the Hellcat Redeye is a street-friendly subvariant of the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, that does not have every ounce of its capability geared to the dragstrip only. Redeye puts to use the limited-production Demon's massively supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 along with high-strength mods and a total of 25 component upgrades to achieve 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, and a careening top speed of 203 mph.

 

The eager Tribune staff had to test drive right during the middle of a snow belt winter, and they were a bit disappointed that they did not get to go to a location such as Gingerman Raceway. Even though they had inclement weather conditions that were not optimum to really put the Redeye to the test, they recognized that when it starts, “the caged beast awakes with a hunger,” and admired the downright fearsome potential of this car. The wide-body package adds another 3.5 inches to the width, which results in a more planted weight shift in racing scenarios. We would have to agree with Robert that the Redeye is absolutely in the same club as Lamborghini and other supercar greats that cost four times as much, and we encourage you to check out this review here that praises the car for being “more affordable and more powerful than anything else out there!”

Over 200 Images Depicting 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Featured on Autoblog.com

Friday, January 25th, 2019



Numerous spy shots depicting the new Ram Heavy Duty truck have been circulated as of late, and we all have anxiously had our eyes on them. Just over the last week, the folks on staff at Autoblog.com provided an article with over 200 shots that you can check out here, and after gleaning the press releases as well as stats, were overly impressed with the 7,680-pound payload rating, and ability to tow 35,100 pounds. Wide-eyed diehard ram fans and our loyal customer base here at Landmark Dodge will take close note that the max tow rating is 100 lbs more than that available on a Ford Super Duty, giving it the “best-in-class” label in the meantime.

 

The other large number within these stats that's so exciting is the 1,000 lb-ft of torque generated by means of the Cummins inline-six turbodiesel, which is a 70-lb-ft increase over last year's outbound Ram 3500 HD. Thanks to technology like a compacted graphite iron block, lighter pistons, and a hollow camshaft, the engine in the new model has shed more than 60 pounds. The entry-level motor is now a 6.4-liter Hemi gas-powered V8, still hovering haughtily at 410 hp, and 429 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired to an Aisin AS69RC six-speed transmission, touting upgraded hardware and programming for a smoother shift.

 

There will be six trims to mull over while checking out these photos and visiting us here on the lot: Tradesmans, Bighorn/Longstar, Power Wagon, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and the Limited. Bumpers, wheels, and grilles are the main distinguishing feature between the 6, and there is a cool “interlocking” theme wherein some hood, fender, and grille pieces are shared, as well as within the instrument cluster and panel varieties. Every trim level does get extensive NVH-abatement measures, including acoustic glass, hydromounts on the C pillars, and a lowered front air dam.

 

On the models with the 6.4-liter V8 that features cylinder deactivation and over 98 percent of the frame is composed of incredibly high-strength steel. Definitely check out the 3500 HD with the Max Tow Package: it puts a larger 12-inch AAM axle at the rear, with 4.25-inch axle tubes. On every model, the Frequency Response Damping has three modes: Normal/Payload which actively lifts the rear to normal ride height, Bed Lowering, which lowers the back to make for easier trailer hookup, and Trailer-Tow mode, which can lower the rear suspension an inch to help trailer compatibility.

 

If you want a version of the new Ram that truly goes beyond all expectations and possesses the most extreme of ability, check out the Power Wagon: it snags up a unique lifted suspension, locking front and rear differentials, a disconnecting sway bar, and a 12,000-pound Warn Zeon-12 winch with synthetic line!

Dodge Ram 1500 Snags First-Place Spot on Car and Driver's Annual Truck Ranking 

Friday, January 18th, 2019



Here at Landmark Dodge, we always are prone to paying close attention to what the most-read blogs and articles in the nation are saying about our beloved cars and trucks. Any new customer can stand on the lot and test drive a vehicle to see what they really think once they are behind the wheel, but before they do so, some have already been reading about what the experts have to say. Car and Driver happen to be one of the most highly-respected and trusted sources in the industry, and we are prouder than ever to see that the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 topped their “Trucks ranked from worst to best” list this year.

 

Proving itself massively in the latest pickup showdown against rivals GM and Ford, its efficiency and overall prowess led it to take the coveted first-place slot in the showdown. The 48-volt hybrid powertrain option, automatic stop/start, and active aerodynamics helped the Ram 1500 to win favor points right away, and this was ranked after thorough testing as a simply outstanding truck to drive. The air suspension also does a great job of smoothing out the ride, and the quad and crew cabs pair up with three engine choices that top out at an outstanding 10,620 pounds of towing capability.

 



The Ford F-150 admittedly has legendary capabilities, and resided at the number one spot after last year's Car and Driver truck stack-up. Its touchscreen infotainment system, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, adaptive cruise control, and automated emergency braking rank it an admittedly fierce contender in the truck market as a whole. But our dominating 2019 Ram 1500 absolutely offers enough in the way of improvements and design prowess to lure loyal owners away from competing brands. We think you'll love the Laramie Crew Cab 4X4, with the shorter, 67.4-inch bed. This is a nice mid-range trim selection, residing just in between models like the Big Horn and Limited. 

 

The chassis is where the 2019 Ram really shows its amazing capability: the newly-designed boxed frame puts to use the high-and ultra-high strength steel, which helps decrease up to 100 pounds of weight. There is also now a larger midsection, with specialized front and rear sections that are specially tuned for Ram's coil-spring rear suspension. There are active damper modules affixed to the frame, that are essentially small cans sporting solenoid-activated weights inside, which move out of phase when undesired vibrations occur, to complete the job of canceling them out.

 



What this results in is a very refined low-speed ride, and quietest interior of any full-size pickup. We hope to see you here at Landmark over the winter months to check out a longstanding favorite for yourself: this is a truly unique truck offering, that is still completely aligned with the modern buyer's wants and needs!

 

Roadshow Blog 2019 Renders Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk's Performance “Irrational and Awesome”

Friday, January 11th, 2019



There are all sorts of reasons that any loyal Landmark Dodge customer might desire a brand-new vehicle during this exciting New Year's month. You may want to tow boats to the lake, haul plywood, or just want a solid and reliable vehicle for the daily work commute. All these are common characteristics needed during the purchase of a vehicle like the new Jeep Grand Cherokee. But as the well-honed and seasoned folks on duty at the Roadshow blog recognized this past week in one of their features, the 707-horsepower Trackhawk with its top speed of 180 MPH is one of those vehicles that for many reasons stands in a class of its own.

 

The Trackhawk differs at first from the other variants with its sporting of yellow brake calipers and quad exhaust outlets at the rear, and up front, you'll find cooling intakes where the SRT model's fog lights are usually situated. With this amazing display of raw grunt meshing with the best in modern engineering, you'll reap power being generated by the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, the exact same as is present in the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats. There is nothing more amazing than sitting down behind the wheel of an SUV that really blasts itself straight out of the “practical” category with this kind of muscle behind it.

 



You know things are pretty serious when the very experienced writer Emme Hall claims that “this is like entering a wormhole into another dimension.” Hearing the high-pitched whine of the supercharger accompanied by the ever-present rumble of that huge V8. When tested on backroads, third gear was the sweet spot that stoked the heart of the torque band between 3.500 and 5,500 rpm. The huge Brembo brakes offer up industry-commanding stopping power, with 16-inch rotors and 6-piston calipers up front, as well as 14-inch rotors with four-piston calipers taking up real estate in the back. Auto, Snow, and two modes are great for situations that arise during daily driving, and as anyone who has been reading about car tech the last five years knows, Sport mode is where the stiff suspension and penchant for things to feel appropriately aggressive lies.

 

When you try this vicious and valiant new vehicle out for a test drive, check out the optional additive of the red leather scheme, which flaunts fine quality material, and offers a viable option for bringing the interior of the Trackhawk even more lavishly to life. The Jeep boasts more headroom than the BMW X5 M, and there is an available 36.3 cubic feet of space offered up behind the second row. One of the absolute most exciting qualities of the Trackhawk is the Uconnect performance packages, where you can monitor valuable driving data even set up very specific parameters to control launch characteristics.

 



Finally described at the end of the blog feature as “over-the-top, loud, brash and totally unnecessary,” this is one prime example of modern auto development that offers up unapologetically a proven answer to the question “What good can come of injecting a massive power source into an otherwise average and ordinary crossover?”

North Shore News Claims Dodge Durango SRT as Possessing “Jaw-Dropping Performance”

Thursday, January 10th, 2019



The good people of North Shore News were definitely correct when they lamented last week that “SUVS and trucks rule the world these days.” All of us on staff here at Landmark Dodge would definitely agree that the shift towards them is so monumental, that automakers are canceling sedans and coupes from future development plans. With the love meter running so high as far as SUVS are concerned as of late, it was only a matter of time before a company such as Dodge was bound to introduce an ultra-high performance version that was, in essence, replacing some of the beloved sports cars in the lineup.

 

In the opinions of the North Shore News staff, the 2019 Dodge Durango SRT “blows the competition out of the water with regards to performance and capability,” and much of this is due to the amazing HEMI V8 engine on duty. After taking the Durango SRT out for a lengthy spin, seasoned auto writer David Chau lamented that the vehicle “means business” right off the bat, and the available acceleration factor is only matched by SUVS that cost twice as much. He really enjoyed the fact that the SRT looks like an SUV version of a decades-old Dodge Viper, with the exterior looking pleasantly imposing from any angle. The basic body style of the Durango has not been altered drastically for 8 years now, as some things in the auto realm that are quintessentially on-point don't need to be re-worked frequently.

 

 

Some of the new features for this year are optional red seat belts, as well as very cool new wheel designs in either Matte Vapor or Burnished Bronze. With all three rows, the Durango can be configured in up to 50 ways, and there is a spacious 2,406 liters of cargo capacity available for the various goods you may need to bring with you. One of the coolest features of the Uconnect system is the “Voice Text Reply,” in which incoming texts are read out, and you can reply by the means of 18 preset responses. Make sure to ask us about the rear entertainment option: here you can add two nine-inch screens that can show Blu-Rays and DVDS, as well as connect to gaming consoles for hours of kid (and adult) distracting entertainment en route.

 

 

Unlike some of the turbocharged and supercharged engines of modern SUVs, the SRT does not rely on equipment that is bolted in to cook up the massive power and torque. The North Shore News crew thought that the vehicle absolutely “tracks straight as an arrow,” and that corning is fantastic considering the weight and size of the vehicle. With a towing capacity of 8,700 pounds, it is evident during every single drive how the all-wheel-drive plays an integral part in weight distribution, and that the suspension is nothing short of world-class. Dual exhaust with five-inch outlets are paired with everything else needed to completely supercharge the SRT's performance ability to the next level, and we can attest that this is the fastest, most power-laden and capable SUV in existence on the market today!

 

2020 Jeep Gladiator Enters Reality Stage: Top-layer Details + Specs

Saturday, January 5th, 2019



Drive Arabia provided the scoop on details regarding a new pickup from Jeep this past week, which has now excitingly materialized into reality. The Jeep Gladiator is waiting heartily on deck and in production to be everything that the Wrangler is to Jeep lovers everywhere, but while sporting a pickup's body. Back in 1962, Jeep released a full-size pickup truck based on the Wagoneer, and this is where this coming concept that is finally now a reality materialized full-on. 

 

The Gladiator will be situated on an old-school ladder-on-frame chassis, and is slated to be offered only in 4-door form. Custom builders have been creating two-door versions for a while now, and we admit they have been useful, fun, and have scored many points with enthusiasts who love nothing more than veering off well-traveled roads into the areas heavy on the stream-and-boulder element. The body utilizes high-strength aluminum for doors, hinges, fenders, hood, tailgate, and windshield frame, and the pickup bed is five foot long with three positions for the tailgate. 

 

Both soft and hard top options are now available, and the top trim level will include LED headlights, fog lamps, and DRLs. Inside, the driver will enjoy multimedia functions from a 3.5-inch instrument cluster, or optional 7-inch unity. For center console offerings, the standard 7-inch infotainment system or optional 8.4-inch can be placed. Under the hood will feature a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 petrol engine, which aptly doles out 285 horsepower. Many tried-and-true purists will be overly excited about the diesel option: slated to join the lineup in 2020, it will be of the 3.0-liter variety. 

 

The Gladiator is scheduled to begin production by the first quarter of 2019, and most deliveries to respective dealers will begin during the second quarter. At this link here, you can check out other fellow Jeep enthusiasts' love for local trail areas, and testimonies about road conditions and other important details. Forest Road 630 to Conasauga looks particularly sweet: there are two scenic lakes right in the area, and it definitely takes a 4-wheel drive Jeep to have a successful and thrilling camping or day excursion here. One of the traits that people love most about Jeeps is the ability to go anywhere, and as technology and engineering begin to work together even more seamlessly to give the driver the best experience imaginable, and allow anyone with rocks or washouts in front of them the opportunity for explorer's excitement! 

2019 Dodge Charger Praised by Motor Authority For Stellar Launch Assist, Brawny Physique

Friday, January 4th, 2019



As the holiday trees are taken out and any shards of leftover gift wrapping are finally hauled out of the house for good here at Landmark Dodge, our thoughts are drifting to new features on vehicles, part of what really fires us up to talk cars with customers. The Charger has been one of those special examples of a vehicle that people are simply amazed by, and it is nothing short of jaw-dropping. For the latest updates, Dodge has very much focused on the SRT Hellcat flagship, the brawny and bold super muscle sedan that still puts to use the 8-speed automatic and 6.2-liter supercharged V8.

 



What has everyone up in arms is the fact that this combination generates 707 horsepower, and 650 lb-ft of torque. This fact alone has had many writers like myself and individuals who love to sit excitedly on the sidelines during the summer months of all-out drag racing fever on Atlanta streets. The 707-horsepower notch is one of those qualities of a muscle car that is always going to seem staggering, and make a driver confident that there's enough get-up-and-go to get through any situation ranging from the daily drive to outright weekend tear-it-up time.

 



Motor Authority blog did a feature this past week highlighting the fine points of next year's model, and was first and foremost giddy about the new grille with dual inlets, that are instrumental in the task of feeding cool air to the engine. The Launch Assist feature is nothing short of a revolutionary and amazing addition: wheel speed sensors actually watch for any elements of hop or drag-down during launch, and within milliseconds, modify the engine torque to obtain a healthier sense of full grip. The Line Lock feature engages the front brakes to hold the car stationary, freeing up the rear pair to complete the obligatory and pavement-crushing burnout.

 



The After-Run Chiller keeps cooling the supercharger after the engine is shut off, a dire need for a vehicle that is capable of so much raw power and aggressive output. Torque Reserve is on deck to prefill the supercharger, also managing fuel flow and spark advance to balance torque and engine rpm, which ultimately creates a larger reserve of torque that is delivered after suddenly launching off the line. Make sure to ask us about the R/T Scat Pack, which also sees a new launch control button on the dash this year. Using this feature gives you full access to coordinate the engine, transmission, driveline, and suspension to give you the end result that embraces why you were probably interested in the Charger in the first place: the absolutely perfect and show-stealing launch!

2018 Jeep Wrangler Detailed by Autoweek as “Perfectly Personalized and More Involved”

Saturday, December 29th, 2018



Wes Raynal of Autoweek has had the duty of being the chief editor for the publication since 2009 and has literally “seen it all” in terms of big truck love, shifts in tech, and massive safety feature upgrades across the board. This past year he was on assignment to nail down the finer points of the 2018 Wrangler, which you can still easily get your eager hands on here at Landmark Dodge alongside the brand-new arrivals. This is our midsize SUV that competes with the likes of the Toyota 4Runner, yet is a true marvel in a class of its own. 

 

It sports clearly capable 33-inch tires, locking front and rear heavy duty axles, and front and rear skid plates as standard equipment, and the Autoweek team was given the off-road ready Rubicon trim level as their tester. What you really have with this vehicle is a new truck top to bottom with a refinement instead of a massive change, to the entire makeup of the vehicle. Aluminum is now in use as the primary material for the hood and fenders, while magnesium is on deck for the rear gate. Window openings are now a bit bigger, and there has also been about two and a half inches added between axles and three and a half inches added to overall length added. 

 

 

Their tester also sported the 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which readily delivers up to 270 hp, and 205 lb-ft of torque. The 4-cylinder does use eTorque, also including electric power assist and extended fuel shut-off. The first time this team put the Wrangler to the test was a year ago in New Zealand, which offered pretty challenging and demanding terrain with plenty of rocks to conquer. After that, they went straight to the belly of the beast as far as off-roading is concerned, and saw how the Wrangler stacked up in the punishing terrain offerings of Moab, Utah. For both locations, the longer frame, heftier axles, and different approach and departure angles all mean that the new Wrangler was an even better off-road contender than the 2017 model. 

 

We were curious to see just how the regular day drive around town fared with the Wrangler, and the suspension that had been tuned for better on-road handling and ride comfort. Cutting cabin noise was another task that had been well-executed, as the many benefits that driving a Jeep in the wild can sometimes result in an audible shakiness to the structure that is comforting to the most seasoned of Jeep drivers. We were beyond happy to see that the new Wrangler was deemed as having “plenty of old school chops in a more-mature package,” and with options such as the Sky one-touch power top, it's a vehicle that is incredibly easy to love. Ask us how you can score the Alpine premium sound system, HD radio, and Sirius XM satellite radio along with active noise control system: all sorts of upgrades abound for this outgoing model that can hang with the best of them on any gnarly terrain-laden trail! 

2020 Ram 1500 Ventures Out Uncovered and Undisguised 

Friday, December 28th, 2018



As the first two rounds of holidays are behind us, the sales and service staff here at Landmark Dodge have been left to dream of our own automotive “sugarplum visions” that dance in our heads, and we fully admit that trucks have been the cream of the crop for quite some time. Locking differentials, added safety features, insanely high tow and trailering ratings, and amazing off-road capability have been stirring the pot in a majorly positive way for the past year. The next-generation Ram 2500 Power Wagon was spied recently without any protective covering, and the shots here give those who are impatient a glimpse at just how awesome this upcoming beast will be.

 

The new headlights and taillights are full-on LED units, and they look totally awesome. The design is absolutely similar to the 1500, but Ram also injected a heavy dose of personality straight from the Rebel, touting a bit more of a rough and tumble presence. It's expected that this Ram will have the same locking differentials front and rear, the front anti-roll bar disconnect and a winch cable lead. The engine will most likely be the same 6.4-liter V8, making 410 horsepower that is able-bodied and ready for the journey. There will be entirely new bumpers and fender flare design on this wagon expected now to make its debut during 2019.

 

Some of the other spy shots that were gleaned earlier this year showed us a complete range of model trims completing their final round of testing near Fiat Chrysler automobiles headquarters in Michigan. These included the ready-for-work Tradesman with dual rear wheels, the mid-level Laramie, and the deluxe Limited. The 2020 Ram 2500-3500 HD prototypes seen during this testing have a much higher ground clearance than the light-duty models, and the top-level Limited trim will no doubt be where many prying eyes will want to end their journey after mulling over their options.

 

One area of interest is regarding the question about if Ram will take the liberty to outfit the new HD series with the same active vibration quelling technology used in next year's model. Car and Driver were all-out impressed that the traditional power wagon kit was probably going to still be used for the front winch, and wholeheartedly deemed it a “reptilian off-road beast” in terms of how they felt it would be accepted. It's also true that diehard Ford and Chevy fans have been all-out attracted to the well-executed interior of the coming Ram, and the body-on-frame construction that resonates well with the contractor crowd and beyond.

 

The 1500 half-ton was definitely a huge success, and if you are planning on waiting it out until you snag down your next model, we'll keep up the news angle on the details and anything else slated to change for the model-to-be that will no doubt be king of the mound! We are all excited about the prospect of our brand's loyal and hefty truck model stepping up further through the ranks to dominate in the dependability field: stick with us, because as far as the scoop on future vehicles is concerned, we're just getting started! 

Ram North Edition Praised for “New Levels of Comfort” by Ellsworth American 

Friday, December 21th, 2018



Last week on the Ellsworth American blog, the debut of FCA's latest Ram pickup took place for the members of the New England Motor Press Association during a damp evening the day before a major storm. It was already widely known that the new Ram had already won Best in Class Truck by NEMPA members, as well as Winter Vehicle of the Year. Everyone here at Landmark Dodge has had great reason to be proud this year, as the Dodge brand models have rung in their highest sales levels ever! As holiday cheer is abundant throughout the nation, the coming of the North Edition will instill wishful gifting thoughts nationwide, with its 3.6-liter V6 with eTorque assist and 305 hp.

 

You can also choose the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, sporting 395 hp, and 310 lb-ft of torque. Maximum tow ratings are 7.730 and 11,610 pounds respectively, when fully equipped. Ram Product Development Manager Carl Lally was the leader of the presentation this time, showing obvious excitement about what has been packed into this model. The packaging of the interior and overall presentation now put this truck into a category brandishing truly amazing new levels of comfort, convenience, and performance. This model features a one-inch chassis lift over the regular 4x4 Ram models, as well as a standard locking rear differential that doubles as a selectable transfer case, that now includes 4x4 auto mode.

 

The standard tires are Specific Falken LT severe service M&S style, while ultra-sturdy tow hooks, engine block heater, and monochromatic paint are included with the base model. Many customers who love their tech gadgets will want to check out the optional 12-inch U-connect screen, as well as the 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless cell charging. Upgrading to the 19-speaker Harmon-Kardon stereo adds an unearthly dimension of pure audio prowess to the drive, massively putting to rapid shame sound systems from just a decade ago. The Level II equipment package is well worth the addition of heated seats, steering wheel, folding mirrors, Apple and Android compatibility, as well as front and rear electric park sense.

 

During drive time on well-worn Massachusetts streets, the Ram more than proved its reputation for offering a compliant ride, as the chassis is very capable of isolating its occupants from the punishing sensations of the road. When asked about the compatibility factor for snow removal duty, Lally said that Ram 2500 and 3500 series are the appropriate entry point for pushing powder. Now celebrating its 10-year birthday as a stand-alone brand, it is now truly evident that its separation paid off in a major way. 

 

Arriving to beat winter's challenges was the sheer name of the game in regard to this release, and our brand recognizes that cold climate dwellers face some of the most daunting truck-related challenges in existence. Additives such as Mopar all-weather floor mats make an unbelievable difference when dealing with the least favorite season for many: come visit us this holiday season here at Landmark, and see just how much the North Edition can pay off in demanding or high-drifting situations!

 

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Named a Two-Category Best Buy Via Consumer Guide Automotive

Thursday, December 20th, 2018



We are proud of our entire lineup here at Landmark Dodge, as the holiday season is in full swing now and many Atlanta-area consumers are making their choices for next year's vehicle purchases. The Pacifica has been particularly special as well as monumental this year, snagging awards left and right, and completely redefining the minivan segment as it was once known. It proudly brought home two Best Buy Awards from the editors at Consumer Guide Automotive, honored highly for its value as well as fuel economy, quality, and comfort!

 



Being impressed by its class-leading horsepower and excellent ride quality are two of the first things you will experience when you stop in for a test drive, as well as the high level of style the van is cloaked in. Six trim levels are available to help you nail down the exact right specs for you and your family, and each is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6, paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. You won't have much trouble getting to your destination on time in this vehicle driven by 287 horsepower, and 262 lb-ft of torque. When longer trips are on your schedule, the entertainment for your passengers will be right on point, by means of the Uconnect Theater with wireless streaming as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.

 



The presence of hybrids has been more and more common in the current automotive landscape and they are bridging the gap that will soon become much more narrow between fuel consumption and outright electric power. Touring Plus, Touring L, and Limited are the three trim levels available for the hybrid, and each one is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 eHybrid engine, mated to an eFlite Single Input Electrically Variable Transmission, with a total system output of 260 horsepower. The EPA-estimated rating is situated at 82 MPGe combined, an astounding leap forward from the stats of yesteryear.

 



Staff on duty at The Drive thought that this is absolutely “the ideal family vehicle,” and it did great at handling the stubborn-traffic slalom course with aplomb. The way in which the back seats disappear into the floor with the flip of a couple of latches is one of the most handy and ingenious forms of space-creation in existence, and the Limited comes standard with a DVD player, HDMI connectors, and seatback screens that will keep passengers entertained for hours. For 2019, the LX model sees the addition of standard auto headlamps, and the Touring L Plus models receive 17-inch polished wheels, sporting cool gray pockets. Ask us here at Landmark Dodge about the S Appearance Package: you score an all-black exterior, 18-inch wheels with black finish, and gorgeous black accents on the exterior!

Jeep Trackhawk Win Over Audi Quattro and TVR Detailed in Motor1.com News

Friday, December 14th, 2018



Many loyal Landmark Dodge customers and longstanding Jeep fans are aware of just how amazingly fast our 707-horsepower, Hellcat-driven Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is. It can get to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, and conquer the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds. Its top speed is 180 mph, and it is an example of just how insanely fun it can be to drop a very high-powered engine into a vehicle that had never experienced such raw and brutish pull. The folks at Motor1.com News detailed an odd matchup this week: The Trackhawk astutely taking on the Audi Quattro and TVR Griffith.

 



The Audi Quattro sports 340 hp, and the TVR only is armed for battle with a measly 220 hp. The Audi can hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, and the TVR is situated at exactly two seconds slower than that. The Audi has a 167 mph top speed, and the TVR 145. Right off the bat, the only area that the two coupes have an advantage over the Jeep in is weight: The Trackhawk absolutely tops out at 5,363 pounds. As anyone in their right mind could guess, this is not a very fair fight, and the Jeep really demolished both its competitors. 645 lb-ft of torque did well at pushing this large-bodied SUV off the line with vigor, completely blasting out the Quattro and Griffith with a sense of effortlessness, easily beating the Griffith by about three seconds, and the Audi by seven seconds.

 



You can watch this match up here, and see for yourself just how dominating our beloved vehicle is in every aspect. The 6.2-Liter V8 is every bit as powerful as imagined during engineering and conceptualization, and liftoff with a capacity this strong is an amazing sensation every single time. Whether you are in the wild or winding down an urban Atlanta thoroughfare, features such as rain-sensing wipers, navigation system, and parking assist will aid you during your adventure. Back in 1992, the original Grand Cherokee was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show, when Chrysler president Bob Lutz drove it right up the stairs of Cobo Hall and straight through a plate glass window!

 



During 2006, a 6.1-liter Hemi V8 with 420 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque was dumped profoundly into the first of the SRT Grand Cherokees, and really stoked appetites nationwide for raw power presence in an off-road vehicle. The ability to perform like this and still have room for five people and their belongings make it stand out from the rest in a very major way. Autotrader writer William Bird claimed excitedly that the exhaust “increases to a vicious, savage roar when you get on the throttle. Seriously, it sounds amazing.” The seasoned and knowledgeable folks at GTSpirit.com claimed correctly that “this is the vehicle you would want during a zombie apocalypse,” and the transformation from one of the first true luxury SUVs to an all-out speed demon ready for any form of atrocious battle has been amazing to behold!

Automobile Mag Spends One Fever-Pitch Week with the 797-Hp Challenger Redeye

 Thursday, December 13th, 2018



Cooking up a high amount of horsepower is not the only thing to keep in mind when selecting the production vehicle of your choice, but it sure makes heads turn when thinking about it: The Redye is a straight-production vehicle that is fairly accessible and available, with the ability to situate nearly 800 startlingly-able units of horsepower right underneath your foot for the taking. Situated directly underneath their headline for the blog covering this amazing car, the folks Automobile mag chucked out a humorous statement: “Time for Sir Isaac Newton to Get Back to Work!”

 

The supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 situated in the new Redye serves up 797 horsepower at 7,500 rpm, whereas the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 R rings in at 526, and closely-competing Camaro ZL1 can claim 650. Even the massively-equipped and frequently-chattered-about Lamborghini Aventador measures in at 759 horses. Writer Arthur Antoine was quite excited when the test model showed up on his doorstep, when at first ignition, his very first thoughts were: “Holy mother of Hemi!!” Citing that there is “zero effort required by the driver” to really get things going, he felt that the Redye gets up and goes just as if it were plunked down quickly on a glowing hot plate.

 

 

Zero-to-60-time is claimed at just 3.4 seconds, and from a car that weighs almost 4,500 pounds, that is a claim that anyone who has ever sat behind the wheel of anything with an ounce of power will jump at. No matter what gear you are in, the Challenger is a “straight ahead horizon-eater,” and with a test unit painted in TorRed with “Devils Rim” wheels, looks every bit as menacing as it truly performs. There is an SRT button on the center of the console that brings up a screen that allows you to configure everything from transmission responsiveness to steering effort, and a “power” tab that drops 300 horsepower right away from the Hemi's deep reserve of raw output.

 

 



We also really appreciated the ways in which this article painted the Challenger as “an old-school muscle machine that is beyond sense.” We know that there is a large segment of buyers out there that are wanting to start their year with a car that does a great job of transporting their family, behaves well on the highway, and has an overall vibe that is stable as a rock. With a top speed of 203 mph and an estimated EPA mileage rating of around 22 mph on the highway, this is an automotive item where you are completely thrust into the world of compromise: as the noteworthy band “Drive By Truckers” once lamented about a gear head fascinated with the allure of “Zip City” that even in those days: “I got 350 heads on a 305 engine, I get ten miles to the gallon, I ain't got no good intentions.”

 

 

A sleek car that is designed to go amazingly fast and push the envelope has always been in demand, and the new Challenger breaks rules at the same time it sets standards completely above any prior-perceived envelope: this “Redeye” experience won't be one that you will be able to get any snoozing done on, period!

Motortrend SUV Of the Year Honors goes to Unstoppable 2019 Jeep Wrangler  

 Friday, December 7th, 2018



Beginning their “SUV of the Year” article with a sentiment that we couldn't agree with more, the Motortrend blog began their expose on the Jeep Wrangler by calling it “unstoppable.” After the first glance past the iconic grille, you'll see the new features of a seven-decades longstanding design, which truly symbolizes freedom, and dominating off-road prowess. It was also quoted here that the new Jeep Wrangler “is what crossovers want to be when they grow up,” and that is part of why it won the Motortrend honors of “SUV of the Year.”

 

This is the model revamp that many have been waiting for, in that it can handle any daily commute with its upgraded pavement functionality, while off-roaders will appreciate how much more confidence they will now have to run game on their favorite trails. The mild-hybrid turbo-four has an improved EPA-rated city fuel economy by an astounding 38 percent, compared to the outgoing model. International bureau chief Angus Mackenzie said happily that “The Wrangler is a thoughtful, thorough rework of an American original, and is laser-focused on improving the performance of its intended function, right down to the last nut and bolt.”

 



The Jeep badge is relocated from the Wrangler's face to the front fenders, which makes it feel less cluttered, also while sporting round headlights that sweep down to touch the edge of the seven-bar grille. The Wrangler is not a vehicle situated in the crossover category that is hungry for a face-lift to make sure that new customers are still lured: it fully embraces the original style that is a very proud testament to what SUVs once were. Standard canvas top and plastic side windows are still available, and they are now easier to reinstall than on earlier models. You can further customize to your preference with black or body-colored hard tops, and the soft top comes in black or tan.

 

Many advances have been made to assure that your Jeep experience is better than ever before: this is not just a ho-hum model that you throw the camping gear in boorishly and get half-excited about. Ask us here at Landmark Dodge about features such as the power-retractable Sky One-Touch soft top, which features editor Christian claimed was a true “revolution for the brand.” Audio volume and channel-changing controls are right at the back side of the steering wheel, and once you drive with it in this arrangement, we guarantee you won't want to go back. The Uconnect infotainment system is about the most user-friendly one out there, as the controls can be learned in seconds, and response time is lightning fast.

 



The Rubicon trim sees total suspension travel, and some very impressive abilities to literally go anywhere on Earth you desire. This is where there is absolutely no stopping it in the sand, and differential locking really makes its mark on hardcore ride quality. The 2.0-liter eTorque turbo-four delivers 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is also equipped with a stop/start system that sports one of the quickest restarts in existence. Those who are in the game for more power will enjoy the 285-hp 3.6-liter V-6, which can be upgraded to the 8-speed automatic. Always on a mission to encourage you to appreciate your surroundings, the Jeep line is absolutely morphing into something new, yet bound by longevity: come down to see us over the holidays for a test drive, and already have your next assortment of open-stream territory ready on your GPS calling your name!

Motortrend Truck of the Year Honor Claimed Heftily by 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 

 Thursday, December 6th, 2018



Right at the top of one of the latest articles we have had the pleasure of reading online about the Dodge Ram, one very descriptive statement is loud and clear: “What a 21st-century truck can do.” It is true that Americans ask more of trucks now than of any other vehicle. At any given moment, the average half-ton pickup may find itself handling a commute as a sedan would, hauling bricks, towing boats and jet skis, or exploring trails in the wild. With all these options in mind, it's no wonder that 2.8 million trucks were sold during 2017!

 

The seasoned staff of Motortrend claimed that the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 is the truck that precisely meets the needs of the segment, with no element left uncovered. The fifth-generation Ram 1500 is the latest in the long line of transformations for the truck that is admittedly our “bread and butter.” The newest version is fit to meet the needs of the common buyer of this century, featuring more comfort, convenience, and durability than ever before. The redesign throws out many of the traits that we have become so used to, while still being unmistakably the same solid workhorse. The Ram badge that is usually in most places, mini-Mack fenders, and crosshair grilles have now been removed.

 



The new 1500 offers up a choice of seven grilles, and three designs of head – and taillamps. The new wheel designs feature stronger six-bolt hubs, ranging from an off-road-ready 18 inches to a rugged and knobby 22-inch variety. There are choices of extended or crew cab, and the two bed sizes are 5 ft 7, or 6 ft 4. Road test editor Chris Walton immediately claimed that he loved the styling, and that it's like the “Viper of Rams.” Inside, every single Ram cabin sports the necessary tools for play or work times, and the configurable center console turns the space into an office, with enough room for a large bag, laptop, even space for a holiday-flavored hot drink from Starbucks. There are three versions of the Uconnect infotainment system, offering a choice of an 8.4-inch, or 12.0 touchscreen as seen in the Tesla line.

 

Ram has absolutely put in tireless research while developing the design and package, and it shows with vigor. Crew cab versions feature a flat floor in the rear, and seats that flip up usefully, allowing you to store numerous items within the safety confines of the cabin. We love when pickups have firsts: features that have never been implemented before. And within this model, the higher trim levels have the first ever rear bench seat, that reclines up to 8 degrees, and is cooled and heated for ultimate comfort. Features editor Scott Evans claimed that “Cadillac could learn a thing or two by spending an afternoon in this cabin”.

 



Underpinning the entire truck is a new high-strength steel platform, which is 4.0 inches longer, and about 17 percent lighter than its predecessor. A four-corner air suspension with five different ride heights and load leveling is available, offering complete duality in ride quality. There's nothing that Atlanta residents have to be more excited about then the arrival of new truck models, and it just so happens that the Ram was once again hailed as “Absolute best of the land”. Come to see for yourself just how awesome and agile it is, as we may even make the choice to offer valet sleigh parking out front this holiday season!

2019 Lineup Alert: Coming Happenings On the Dodge Front For The New Year

 Friday, November 30th, 2018



We are full-on holiday-style festive and thankful that Andrew Ganz of The Car Connection claimed in a column this week that Dodge may as well be called “America's department of muscle cars.” For 2019, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles division has a strong bullseye on performance, which is the same as last year, but with some instrumental changes. All of us on staff here at Landmark Dodge are eager for you to take a break from the seasonal eggnog, caroling, lighting ceremonies, and other varieties of cheer to provide for you a glimpse of what to expect as differences in new models pop up. Here are some details about what's on tap for the excitement hitting the showroom floor next year!

 



The 2019 Dodge Challenger sees the Demon dropped in favor of the SRT Hellcat Redeye, as well as the new SRT Hellcat Redeye featuring 797-horsepower engine, boasting track-ready suspension to boot. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 takes the Demon's dragstrip gear, and the Standard Challenger R/T Scat Pack arrives as most track-focused and power-rich model in the lineup. Cnet.com claimed in an article this year that “no car better lets you relive the muscle-car dream today than the Challenger, and this version is the one to get.” The widebody treatment has fender flares, which widen the car by 3.5 inches, giving the car much more grip, and ultimately, greater performance. 

 



The 2019 Dodge Charger now features a tweaked lineup with revamped trim levels, and the SRT Hellcat adds more after-run chiller from last year's powerful and constantly-snarling Demon. Some models feature new launch assist programming, and there is currently revised steering and suspension on the Charger GT and R/T. The lineup now is no longer available with AWD, and the now rear-drive-only Charger GT carries forth with the AWD SXT's uprated engine. You also get to enjoy a large host of performance-type mods: a revised suspension, 3.07:1 drive ratio, enhanced steering, paddle shifters, and new Dark Dub Plate instrument-panel trim as well as more aggressive hood fitted as standard are included.

 



The 2019 Dodge Durango is still our high-powered “master of muscle,” and is total proof that a rugged ride can still rock some style. The optional Trailer Tow Package now includes an integrated trailer brake, and the base SXT trim can have optional leather seats, while the sporty GT trim now shares its front-end design and LED foglamps with the R/T and SRT models. Make sure to check out the Citadel, R/T, and SRT trims, where you can now enjoy the avidly-bumping raw audio power of a Harman Kardon premium audio system.

 



The seating options are plenty: there is a second-row bench seat or captain's chairs to an available third row. The very user-friendly and quickly responsive Uconnect multimedia system includes valuable connectivity to Android Auto, as well as Apple CarPlay. With its bold truck-inspired vibe, incredibly high-powered V-8 engine offerings, and massive towing capability, the Durango is known for always existing outside the box, and no other large Mainstream SUV can come close to matching it.

Landmark Lookout: CNBC Deems Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid “Best Family Car”

 Friday, November 23th, 2018



Love for the Pacifica hybrid has been pretty widespread this year, as many experts in the auto industry recognize its mass appeal and practicality. CNBC called it “the best family car you can buy,” with its massive track record for efficiency as a front-running reason why. They took it on a road trip with a few-hundred-mile duration, and packed it to the impending-holiday brim with passengers and luggage. The team was able to nail down 29 miles per gallon by use of the plug-in hybrid, and they felt if they had charged it thoroughly before the journey, it would have rallied on into the 30's for that all-important stat. 

 

The auto experts on staff at CNBC claimed that “to get more space you'd need to move up to a Chevy Suburban, or Ford Excursion Max,” which both yield around ten miles per gallon less than the Pacifica when put to the test. Also greatly appreciated by them in their expose on the Pacifica was the ability to qualify for a $7,500 tax credit, which we will gladly tell you the details about here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta this holiday season! 

 

Tech features are one of the predominant factors that drive new car sales, and we're pleased to say that the Pacifica is not at all lacking. The Harmon/Kardon stereo, touchscreens in the back for passenger, and the Uconnect infotainment system are just a few of the perks that will wow those who want to ultimately gain massive gadgetry points with their new vehicle. You can literally “charge up and get going” fast with the Pacifica: the available 240-volt Mopar charger allows you to get a full charge in only two hours. You can simply order the charger here at Landmark, and then set up an appointment for professional installation. 

 

Safety and security are very important features to examine while you are on the new auto hunt, and can make a drastic difference by saving lives while also preventing dangerous accidents on the road. 360-degree Surround View Camera, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, and LaneSense Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist are vital parts of the Advanced SafetyTec Group, which we can show you in detail. Drowsy driving and instances that occur during rush hour are concerns, and these features can give you confidence and a sense of quality preparedness during a trip of any length. 

 

The minivan was truly revolutionized and revitalized when the Pacifica was created: having your family in tow or running errands for your small business has taken a completely new and exciting turn. Check out just how the hybrid vehicle can  completely re-shape your daily footprint, and provide for you an ample peek at the future of high-tech engineering and attention to detail! 

Entire Fleet of 2020 Ram HD Truck Spy Shots: Inspiring Eye on the Future

 Tuesday, November 20th, 2018



Spy shots have always been one of the mediums that can give all of us here at Landmark Dodge an idea of what is coming in the future of auto production, and just what these amazing new vehicles look like on the street. Even though they are frequently covered with camouflage, getting our hands on spy shots can still give us a clearer picture of items such as front and back ends, any increase or decrease in size, and the general vibe the vehicle gives off at first sight. This week we acquired a more-than-averagely exciting surprise: the 49 recent spy shots we got our hands on featuring the 2020 Ram HD pickups showed us not just one, but an entire fleet of trucks during a test outing.

 

This was the case this past week in Michigan, when the group of 2020 Ram HD pickups we saw were caught on film, showing the range of models that are currently being developed. Catching them all together in one spot made it easier to spot a few key differences in the lineup, where the lead quad cab model appeared to be the 2020 Ram HD Limited. The single cab appeared to be a Big Horn edition, and Tradesman. The lineup will borrow some of the striking visual cues that are evident on the new half-ton Ram 1500, but the big trucks will continue to feature grilles similar to what is present on the current HD models.

 

The Tradesman was designed with a work truck in mind, but the interior is expected to receive a hefty upgrade in the name of comfort. We were able to get a brief glimpse of it a month ago: much was still under wraps, but it could be seen that the infotainment screen will offer an optional 12-inch version, with the available 8.4-inch on board as standard equipment. The current engine lineup begins with a 383-horsepower 5.7-liter V8, and also includes a larger 6.4-liter V8 with 410 horsepower.

 

The 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel is a definite favorite among diehard truck hounds, and it produces 930 lb-ft of torque: most of these engine options are expected to carry over to the new model. Once the camouflage is removed permanently, it should be much easier to see the important details, and this is expected to take place in January during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The current 6.7-liter Cummins-powered Rams use a standard cast iron block that holds up fantastically, but moving to a CGI block will provide many benefits. CGI is around 75% stronger than traditional iron, and half as much more stiff, with double the fatigue strength as well.

 

Compacted graphite iron blocks also provide much better characteristics in the wear and tear department, and hold up over time better than iron or aluminum. We are excited to keep you consistently up-to-date on any developments with this fleet, and you can check out the spy shots Here to see for yourself the raw power and prowess regarding the Ram of the future! 

 

Lines Roaring Back to Life: Jeep Compass Trailhawk Production Launches during 2019 

Saturday, November 17th, 2018



All of us here at Landmark Dodge know when a vehicle that is filed under the “coming soon” category is announced, it is not a surprise that people are frequently wondering when production starts. As soon as the hard-working men and women on the production lines begin cranking out a vehicle line, excitement builds as everyone who can't wait to see the features and specs up close become full of anticipation, and restless. Production has officially been commenced on the Jeep Compass Trailhawk, with release still slated for early during 2019. 

 

Making its debut during 2007, the Jeep Compass has since been one of the most popular vehicles in its segment. It sits at the entry-level section of the products for Jeep, and features the Sport, Longitude, Limited, and Limited plus editions in its lineup. The Trailhawk is an off-road focused version of the regular Compass, and for that reason, it gets Jeep's Active Drive low-range 4WD system, also featuring the hefty and crawl-ready “Rock mode” in Selec-Drive. You'll also see redesigned front and rear bumpers with better departure and approach angles, and red tow-hooks in the front for the ultimate in off-road performance.

 



The Trailhawk also sports some awesome upgrades in the visual department. 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheel, skid plates in the front and back, and a contrasting black roof are all available on the new model. Inside, the theme is all-black, which results in a much sportier overall vibe than the other Compass versions. The Jeep namesake is reason to be very excited: the ability is provided to explore that trail that you always wanted to, throw the fishing and camping gear in the back, and experience wilderness like never before. Specifically provided for the times when the more urban destination is the end of the line, the global-spec Compass Trailhawk receives front parking sensors, as well as 8.4-inch touchscreen, panoramic sunroof, cruise control, and premium headlights.

 

One of the most ingenious and unique tech features on the Compass is Electronic Stability Control: it rapidly is able to detect when you are experiencing loss of traction, and automatically applies the brakes to wheels individually, such as the front or rear to counter the understeer effect. Lane Departure Warning alerts you when your car is about to veer out of the lane, by use of a camera mounted in the windshield near the rear view mirror that is always on the watch on the striped and solid lane markings from the road ahead. Capturing a moving view of the road ahead, when the car deviates or reaches the lane marking, the driver gets a visual alert and a tone, or even a vibration in the wheel or seat.

 



We encourage you to come down and check out the vehicle that Autoblog.com Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore claims, “is consistently providing plenty of capability,” while also enjoying the truck-like handling elements during his drives. We have loved taking pride in every single Jeep that rolls off the line and are looking forward to making many new Compass owners happy during 2019!

 

Henessey Performance Engineering Releases 1,035-hp Punch For Dodge Hellcat

Friday, November 16th, 2018



Many diehard track fans knew that it was only a matter of time before the Legendary folks at Hennessey Performance Engineering got their creative hands on the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye. Last week, the staff at Motor Authority reported that the widely-known tuning company has given the Hellcat 1,035 horsepower, boosted up from 797. If you choose to equip the already lightning-fast car with this package, the torque also sees an increase from 707 to 808 lb-ft. Hennessey was not at liberty to share any 0-60 or quarter-mile times, but the Redeye will surely one-up the standard version in any official or unofficial speed challenge.

 

Without the package, a standard Redeye will clock a 0-60 mph time of an astonishing 3.4 seconds, and rocket respectively down the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds at 131 mph. Those figures are quoted based on the optional Widebody kit, and standard-bodied Hellcat Redeye models add .3 seconds to both the 0-60 mph sprint, as well as the quarter-mile time. The goodies inside the package are massive: a 4.5-liter supercharger, a supercharger pulley upgrade, new throttle body, long-tube headers, high-flow catalytic converters, upgraded fuel injectors, and a high-flow air induction system.

 

Everything included to add this massive dose of thunder has been thoroughly honed and tuned on a chassis dyno, to make sure that everything works without a hitch, and each car undergoes 200 miles of strenuous road testing. This is the most exciting and powerful way imaginable to supercharge the Demon, a monster that is intensely fierce both within the realms of performance and underwent a design process that was heavily-focused on speed-generating details. Already in a very “supercharged” status with the 6.2-Liter Hemi SRT Hellcat V8 engine, it offers an unrelenting source of energy, combined with the standard 6-speed TREMEC manual transmission.

 

The first time most people lay their eyes on the hellcat here at Landmark Dodge or any dealer nationwide, they are amazed at just how heritage-inspired the design is: it massively evokes the ultimate blend of old and new: the very first model in 1970 was built using the Chrysler E platform in hardtop and convertible body styles, sharing necessary components with the legendary and then-untamed Plymouth Barracuda. If you are one of those drivers that is constantly fascinated by the utmost in precision, you'll be impressed with the Available Launch Control: this very carefully calibrated program delivers massively improved acceleration off the line. This upgrade available from the seasoned pros at Hennessey: since 1991, their company offers a complete line of street-legal with warranty, dyno-proven and track-tested upgrades in the aftermarket department.

Landmark Dodge's Truck Tech Touting Close-up: Modern Engineering Miracles

Friday, November 9th, 2018



If you choose to take on the duty of tracing the illustrious history of pickup trucks, you see that for years the “form-follows-function” mentality was the commanding force. For years, when features were invented that did not improve the efficiency or capability of the truck, it was quickly assumed that they were not worth putting into the research and development tank. Once the middle to late 20th century hit, that principle began to steadily take a back seat, and luxury features from cars as well as those that added convenience began to gradually be spotted in the cabs and beds of trucks everywhere. Now, trucks that boast luxury-car levels of equipment are common, and the face of trucks has seen a drastic change.

 

Everything from air suspensions to help lower the truck to built-in steps began to dot the truck landscape, and even though trucks held on tightly to their traditional form, many unique innovations began to pop up. One great example of just how far and diverse things have progressed is the eventual arrival of downsized turbo engines. In 1993, the Ford F-150 had a 302 cubic-inch V8, making just 185 horsepower, and 270 lb-ft of torque. Just as amazing advances have been taking place within the engine category, we also were excited to see the Rambox bedside storage system developed. It has lockable, waterproof, and drainable cubbies running the length of each side of the bed, and are ideal for storing items like a few cold ones, or extra fishing gear.

 

 



Blind Spot Monitoring is another development that has truly made driving a truck that much more pleasurable... and safe! Ram's system detects the length of the trailer, after you finish some calibration turns to the left and right. This is of great use on the highway, and during any other driving situation where you need to urgently see what's in your blind spot quick. New available Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go does the job of detecting vehicles ahead, and if increased braking is needed while driving through slower traffic, Advanced Brake Assist will kick in and automatically help adjust to a suitable distance.

 

Perpendicular Park Assist is a very awesome-and-able tech feature for your brand new Ram: the guidance system is able to direct you to engage the gear position, accelerator, and brake while it simultaneously controls steering. The six standard airbags on board offer up the best in safety and defense, while the adaptive venting technology in their front section adds an extra dose of calculated well-being. Last but not least, all of us here at Landmark Dodge are thoroughly impressed by the “eyes all around” on the Ram line.

 

 



A new available 360-degree camera provides you with a complete picture of your surroundings, to help make parking, loading and unloading, and the task of getting the trailer hooked up more simple. Come to visit us before the holidays arrive, and check out your options for awesome trucks that are loaded with current technology to make you more productive and profitable during your daily grind!

 

 Car and Driver: Claims 2018 Jeep Wrangler is “An Excellent Plaything with Unlimited Thrust”

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018



When the seasoned experts at Car and Driver chose to write about the new Jeep Wrangler this month, we were naturally excited, and knew that their years of experience would deem it an instant hit with the “undeniably off-road” enthusiasts of Georgia and beyond. The first thing they claimed about this year's model is that “every time you drive in a Wrangler, you feel as if you're getting away with something.” Wondering how it can even be legal to drive on public roads in a vehicle with a flat-folding windshield, and removable doors, they lament that it is incredibly liberating to be behind the wheel.

 

Undergoing a complete redesign for 2018, the Wrangler is now available with an electric motor. It's not the sole source of power since the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder does most of the heavy lifting, but there is a 22-hp motor on deck as a backup for the starter while the stop-start system is engaged, and it contributes up to 71 lb-ft of torque when pulling away from a complete stop. The 4-cylinder that the current model is equipped with is built in Termoli, Italy bearing close relations with the engine featured in the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio.

 

 



The testing staff from Car and Driver thought that the look on the 2018 is appropriately modern, still rugged, and ranked the 8.4-inch touchscreen as easy to read and work. Another awesome detail they were excited about was the Sky One-Touch Power Top: it etches a large hole in the hardtop roof, leaving a view above that makes one feel as if they are in a traditional convertible. During EPA testing, a 4-door Wrangler with the 2.0-liter nailed down 22 mpg combined, while the one with the V-6 weighed in at 18 mpg during the daily drive.

 

It was agreed that the 4-cylinder is the better bet for purchase, due to fuel economy, and the way in which there was a sense of “effortless thrust” off the line and in other driving scenarios. Citing this as “by far the best-handling and most refined Wrangler ever built,” and it is one of the vehicles here at Landmark Dodge that is as ready to conquer the wild as about anything in existence, period.

 

 



The top-level Rubicon is really where it's at as far as features and boasting the absolute best in off-road capability. Stepping it up to this well-equipped and adventuresome grade yields you Dana 44 solid front and rear heavy-duty axles, electronically locking front and rear differentials, a more capable 4-wheel drive system with a 4:1 low gear ratio, two-piece fender flares, and 17-inch wheels boasting all-terrain tires. The Wrangler unlimited comfortably seats five, and Blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert is available on the Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon trims as part of the Jeep Active Safety group.

Wrangled Straight From the FCA Wire: 2019 Chrysler 300 Fact Sheet 

Friday, November 2nd, 2018



It's no secret that there are some people left who still love offerings other than trucks or SUVS, and here at Landmark Dodge during fall, we have many of you looking for just that; a smokin' hot sedan that is practical, but still offers class-exclusive innovation, and spot-on efficiency. Straight from the FCA news blog is a fact and spec sheet on the 2019 Chrysler 300 which outlines all of the great things about this sleek and stylish new model. Providing the best in modern technology at your fingertips, the 300 lineup includes the Uconnect 4C System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, greatly improved features, and an interface that snagged up multiple awards.

 



The Torque-flight 8-speed transmission works constantly to provide up to 30 mpg highway fuel economy, and now comes standard on every model. The segment's all-wheel-drive system is available on the Touring, Touring L, 300s, and Limited models, and provides seamless engagement at any speed to enable optical traction and control depending on the road surface you are on and driving style you are incorporating. Now standard on the 300C and available on the 300S, the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine with 363 horsepower is without a doubt the most powerful V-8 engine in its class.

 



New for next year, the Black Noise wheel finish is standard on 300S models, and all V-6 models are now available with the most advanced AWD system there is, including a segment-exclusive active transfer case, as well a front-axle disconnect to boost fuel economy. You'll also enjoy rocking out and putting to use the available signature nine-speaker Alpine Audio system, with surround sound and trunk-mounted subwoofer, leather-wrapped sport seats, and exclusive Piano Black interior accents.

 



The Chrysler 300 also offers a 360-degree perspective, thanks to features with your safety in mind such as Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with full stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Blind-spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Path Detection, you'll feel like you are truly being watched over with the utmost in well-engineered care. If more handling capability is what you're after, there is an available performance-tuned suspension with greatly increased spring rates, larger sway bars on the V-8 engine option, and performance-tuned bushings.

 



We think Gloss Black and Ocean Blue are the most appealing color choices in the available scheme, but you can also mull over Ceramic Gray, Granite Crystal, Green Metallic, Ocean Blue, or Velvet Red. This is the car that Autoblog claimed truly possesses “power and refined stature,” and we hope you come to visit us soon and see for yourself what the true power of luxury feels like from the north end of the pedal!

Highly-Awaited Jeep Scrambler Slated For Reveal at 2018 L.A. Auto Show

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018



Many Jeep fans have only had the chance to see the Scrambler under heavy amounts of camouflage, covering up the vital details and design as it rolls stealthily yet proudly around. Carscoops reported over the last week that if revealed during this year's L.A. Auto show as expected, the four-door version should debut about one year after the Jeep Wrangler, so the timeline sounds about right! Models are said to arrive in dealerships during early 2019, and in showrooms by April.

 

Sharing most parts with the new Jeep Wrangler, the Scrambler will be a pickup truck with a bed. Sporting four doors and a removable top, the spare tire will also be found under the bed, instead of the tailgate where it would usually be on a Jeep. Three engines are expected to be available: a 3.6-Liter V6, a 2.0-Liter turbo-four, and hopefully a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. The greatest amount of fuel efficiency will be found with the 4-cylinder, and the eTorque system on board combines regenerative braking with electric power assist, as well as engine stop/start.

 

The 3.6-liter makes 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and the 2.0 liter sits at 270 horsepower and a touch more torque at 295 lb-ft. The 3.0-liter diesel is not currently available on the Wrangler, but if it sees placement in the Scrambler, will make 260 hp, and 442 lb-ft of torque. The good folks at the Motor1.com blog ran a great article earlier this year showing some artist renderings of the Scrambler, and informed the masses that it will be built in the Toledo, Ohio factory that assembles the Wrangler as well. The renderings showed the Wrangler in Rubicon trim, the top of the range line, and was also imagined in both traditional hardtop form, and with a folding fabric roof.

 

All of us here at Landmark Dodge are looking forward to showing off this amazing off-road vehicle, and it is the first time the Jeep brand has released a pickup truck in more than 25 years. It has been compared in size with other mid-size pickups like the Chevy Colorado and Ford Ranger, and announcement of its production first took place in 2017. Many eager aficionados expect the Scrambler to have amazing capability when it comes to payload, towing, and other truck-focused duties.

 

The Scrambler will most likely be trail rated, since it will have 4-wheel drive, axle design, and similar ground clearance to the Wrangler. We can't wait to show off this amazingly off-road ready new Jeep model: The Scrambler promises to provide the rugged stature and dependability that enthusiasts of the road less traveled will rave about!

 

2019 Ram 1500 Focus on Features: Autotrader Outlines New Vs. Newer

Friday, October 26th, 2018



As the powerful and popular Ram line makes the transition to 2019, many avid truck lovers are excited about the Ram 1500's fifth yearly sweep of showmanship. The knowledgeable staff at Autotrader.com weighed in on the allure of the coming model as it stacks up against the currently available Ram. Given their first impressions, the savvy-and-experienced auto writing team thought that the more curvaceous grille and up-tilted headlamps on the 2019 model make it seem pleasantly more aggressive, and a bit less sagging then the present offering.

 

The incoming Ram is also receiving high praise for its active new grille shutters, which along with other updated design elements that lower the overall drag coefficient to 0.357, the lowest in the entire segment. There are a much larger selection of headlamps for the 2019 model, which include available LED adaptive front lighting, which follows the steering during shine into turns, a huge bonus feature for those in rural areas driving at night. From the side, there are new features such as chrome trim around the windows, and some very cool new light sculpting on the door panels.

 



Frame presence on the 2019 is built with 98 percent high-strength steel, which helps it drop nearly 225 pounds, and allows it much better handling as well as trailering abilities. If the quality of ride is a huge priority to you, next year's Ram 1500 proudly touts a next-generation air suspension, with frequency-damping control shocks that are capable of automatic load leveling, and boast all-four-wheel availability. The 2018 version may be the one for you if you want a single-cab layout: it makes it a bit more affordable, and the incoming model will not have this option. The 2019 Ram 1500 has a 4-inch longer wheelbase, but since the majority of that space has gone into the cab, the bed lengths have not changed.

 

The locking mechanism on the tailgate has switched on the new version from a mechanical to an electric component, which allows it to be locked or unlocked remotely with the key fob. One of the biggest differences on the new model is the newly available 12-inch touchscreen. Proven to be very user-friendly, it can feature Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on a split-screen layout, with climate controls or radio tuning underneath. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, as well as the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, are the same in both models, but the coming year's version gets the cool addition of mild hybrid eTorque, which helps with stop-start function, and delivers extra torque when needed at low revs, by use of energy recovered from braking.

 



These versions are both currently on sale, and available for you to happily drive away in, ready to conquer whatever job duty, recreational jaunt, or open-windowed cruise is tugging at you. FCA intends to keep both versions on the market until next year's model hits 100 percent production capacity, so we can expect to have both “on the shelf” to choose from for quite some time yet!

Dodge Named Best Mass-Market Brand in Overall Quality During Strategic Vision's Annual Quality Impact

Thursday, October 25th, 2018



We have had many awesome award and achievements to enjoy this year, and every single one we receive is another reason for us to hail our brand while showing a new customer the finer points of ownership. Dodge led all Mass-market brands in total quality this year during the Strategic Vision 24th Annual Total Quality Impact Report. The Dodge Durango took full control of the Mid-size SUV segment for the fifth time in six years, while the Ram 2500/3500 captured wins in the Entry SUV and Heavy-Duty Pickup segments.

 



This specific TQI report does a great job of showing how people feel about their vehicles in their own words, which unveils value-based recommendations down in the future for projects in the planning stage. By gauging the landscape of how customers are advocating about their products, manufacturers of cars can have a solid idea of where the future of the U.S. Market is headed. TQI takes an in-depth look at not only the driver's evaluation of quality itself, but also at how perceived quality has completed the task of influencing drivers. This valuable report is based on results from the New Vehicle Experience Study, which actively surveys 44,000 July through December new buyers after 3 months of ownership.

 



This study incorporates the impact of various problems with the vehicle, as well as the drivers' analytical and emotional evaluations of quality itself. The Dodge Durango has shown a remarkable combination of advanced technology, uncompromised utility, and excellent design. For 2019, Dodge continues to highlight the comfort and proven track record of the Durango by means of the SRT model, as well as an available soft-touch hand-wrapped instrument panel.

 



The Jeep Renegade delivers a very unique combination of amazing off-road prowess, open-air freedom, as well as stand-out fuel efficiency. One of our absolute favorites here at Landmark Dodge, it features an all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission. Appearing as if it could crawl between rocks while simultaneously getting you to the after-school function of the day during the week, it is a true example of prime stature and capability.

 



The Heavy Duty 2018 Ram 2500/3500 builds expertly on the category of America's long-lasting pickups, proving extreme durability as well as quality. The Ram continues to offer class-leading capability in three-quarter and one-ton pickups with 31,210 pounds of towing ability, 7,930 pounds of payload, and 900 lb- ft of torque. There are more useful features and better ride quality than any competitor's truck as you peel back the covers and really dig in here, made possible by means of a five-link coil suspension, or optional air suspension on the Ram 2500. It has been a pleasure to watch just how well our trusty vehicles fared in this important consumer test, which really uncovers specific problems with the vehicle to the T!

Autoblog.com Provides Up-Close Look at Chrysler Pacifica's Fuel and Oil Refresh Mode 

Thursday, October 18th, 2018




Just like many others out there in the automotive reporting world, the good folks at Autoblog.com are pretty big fans of their long-term 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. In just the few months they have owned it, they have racked up quite a few miles, and have been closely paying attention to how all of the useful features make it such an excellent choice. This week in their blog they provided a closer look at the “Fuel and Oil Refresh Mode,” that aids in the battle against fuel becoming stale due to lack of use.

 



To prevent this from happening as well as maintaining an acceptable level of lubrication for the internal engine, the vehicle is equipped with this helpful “Fuel and oil Refresh Mode.” When operating in this mode, the gas engine will still run, to provide vehicle propulsion, inhibiting electric-only operation. On the instrument cluster, a message will be displayed whenever Fuel and Oil Refresh mode is active. Once conditions are satisfactory, the vehicle will automatically exit the Fuel and Oil Refresh Mode.

 

When this mode is first triggered, the engine will run whenever the vehicle is on, until the low fuel level warning activates. If you make the choice to pull over and add new fuel to the tank, the mode will “smartly” provide its own exit. The engine basically cycles on to help burn fuel and lubricate the engine if electricity has been the sole power source for some time.

 

 



To some this sounds like a bit of a waste, it is of grave importance to not let fuel go stale, and it's not healthy to let the V6 in the Pacifica go without circulating oil through it periodically. While the Autoblog staff have been happily putting their model to the test, they have only noticed it running for just a few minutes at a time. Since many of them live within a 15-minute drive from the office, they can usually make it home and back without using up the Pacifica's 33-mile electric range, and so this feature has been put to use to keep a healthy balance for the vehicle.

 



This revolutionary type of technology is bound to change the face of daily driving forever: it is amazing that it puts to use environment-saving electric power, yet preserves the longevity of the old-school engine. We hope that you come down check this and many other awesome features that the Pacifica sports this fall here at Landmark Dodge: we can guarantee that this fantastic and high-performing new addition to the minivan line is anything but ordinary!

 

Motortrend.com Reports on FCA's Plan to Produce Renegade Plug-In Hybrid by 2020

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018




The Jeep Brand has announced that they will be rolling out an electrified version of the Renegade as well as their plug-in hybrid Jeep Wrangler. It will enter the production phase at Fiat Chrysler's Melfi plant in Italy, finalizing the first models next year before the completed version gets its boots on the ground in the market during early 2020. Motortrend.com reported this past week that modernization efforts will be incorporated into place at the Melfi plant, which currently builds the Renegade and Fiat 500x, poising the location to be the ultimate in preparedness to construct the new plug-in.

 

Jeep aims to have 8 different PHEV models on sale in the states by 2022, and during the recent five-year product plan announced a few months ago, it was stated that Jeep vehicles built around a front-wheel-drive platform will soon offer a rear-mounted electric motor. The 54-year old Toledo Machining plant in Ohio will be on deck to produce the plug-in's amazing Power Electronic module, carefully install the applicable software, and conduct crucial final testing before the units are shipped off to the Toledo Assembly Plant. There is a Power Inverter module and Integrated Dual Charger module on board, and future plans are to mount it just in between the exhaust and drive shaft.

 

The electric motor should provide a boost in power, improve fuel economy numbers, and should offer a respectable driving range with all-electric power. Jeep has yet to announce which gas engine will be paired up in the hybrid, but some seasoned industry experts think it could be a 3.6-liter V-6, such as the one used in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. We understand that the rugged and adventure-ready off-road crew that loves to dip off the well-traveled road may not be immediately excited about the premise of all-electric power. But as the environmental demands of the future collide with the technology offerings of the present, sustainability will continue to be the new norm.

 

In Georgia, we have plenty of opportunities to get off road and enjoy the massive capabilities of a vehicle such as the Renegade. Durhamtown is one of those locations, which offers over 100 camper and RV sites, the majority of which have full hookup accessibilities. Offering a complete rustic experience and unlimited tent camping as well as pop-up camper space, it is a spot that offers a family vacation experience that is focused on outdoor connection. Located just two hours east of Atlanta, there are 15 unique tracks for fun here including the fast-and-furiously-inspired Turbo Track: it's a 60-80 mph course for race ready and turbo side-by-sides. Electric power will soon be prominent on the face of the auto landscape, and we are happy to take note of the forward strides many vehicles such as the Renegade have made to keep their spot in place at the head of the energy-efficient pack!

Hellcat-Driven Rebel TRX Featured in Maxim as “707-Horsepower Beast”

Friday, October 12th, 2018




During the annual product review event this year, Fiat Chrysler executives surprised many when they told attendees that the Ram Rebel TRX Concept truck has now been approved, and will be in production by 2021. Maxim magazine was one of the outlets that dropped the news, and earlier this year their writer Dan Carney speculated about the presence of raw power and 707-horsepower rating. Ram was aptly teasing about the notion of a supercharged pickup back when it showed the Ram Rebel TRX concept, during 2016.

 



At that time, the truck's engine was said to be rated 575 horsepower, with the expectation that a truck may require vastly different tuning than the muscle car version of the Hellcat engine. Many of the TRX concept's styling cues aptly edged their way into the design of the new 2019 Ram 1500, but if you wanted the Hellcat engine, you had to have it custom-installed by a professional. Installation of a Hellcat has improved every vehicle its raw power has christened, and so the expectations are quite understandably high for performance combined with flex factor.

 

 



The truck isn't promised until 2021, and as we lurk in the trenches and know the head-to-head battle may be ferocious with the competition, the folks at Ford will most likely be setting their sights on constructing an F-150 Raptor to rally moxie when the time comes. It is beyond exciting that this is going to be the most powerful half-ton truck that Dodge has ever built, and it is going to be wildly optimized for high-speed off-road driving. The transmission on duty is TorqueFlite 8Hp70 8-speed automatic, and a Dynatrac 60 axle spools power through an electric locker in the rear.

 



The Ram's 4x4 Performance Control System features a BorgWarner 44-45 transfer case, and is comprised of normal, wet/snow, off-road, and Baja driving modes. The high-endurance steel frame structure of the Rebel TRX concept is nearly identical to that of a Ram 1500, but the suspension is much different. Suspension travel has been increased by 40 percent, going from 9 inches to 13 inches in the back, while sporting custom-built upper and lower A-arms.

 



There are also adjustable coil-over shocks with internal bypass sort by way of the front load, while the back features a link-coil rear suspension system, with hardware snagged directly from the fastest desert-racing trucks in existence. Many hours were spent in the preparation and design of a vehicle that is optimized for traveling over rough terrain at speeds over 100 mph: this is the result of our dedicated experts languishing over every detail with a stellar end result in mind!

NY Daily News Says 2019 Jeep Renegade is “Loaded with Tech, Lighthearted, and Fun”

Thursday, October 11th, 2018




Three years ago, the funky and unique Jeep Renegade debuted as a lighthearted replacement for the Patriot, and it was an omen that the brand we love so much was going to become highly committed to making quality small SUVs. The Renegade acquired a few more features to keep it fresh for the 2019 year, and Brian Leon of The NY Daily News highlighted some of the elements that will make the Renegade more relentlessly awesome.

 



The manual transmission option is now gone, but a new engine on deck delivers awesome power: the 1.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is now offered as standard on Limited and Trailhawk models, and even an option of the Latitude and Sport trims. It generates 177 horsepower, and 200 lb-ft of torque, and is aptly paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. You'll also snag active grille shutters, and stop/start technology for increased efficiency on all models aside from the Trailhawk with the new engine. As far as the exterior, it is the recipient of styling touches like a new front fascia, and some new wheel designs similar to the redesigned Wrangler: 19-inch wheels with gray inserts on Latitude and Limited models will now be an option, as well as paint colors Bikini, Slate Blue, and Sting Grey available later in the year.

 



A super-cool new LED lighting group package adds LED headlamps, daytime running lights, cornering fog lamps, and tail lamps, as well as a new advanced tech package. This adds adaptive cruise control, parking assist, and front park sensors, as well as some new graphics in the instrumentation cluster to keep things fresh and lively. There is still the standard 8.4-inch Uconnect Infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone projection technology. Even though the manual option is now gone, it's a commonly-known truth that most buyers did not go for it in the first place, and the Renegade still absolutely remains the most off-road capable subcompact SUV, sporting 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and a 19-inch water ford ability on the Trailhawk.

 



It has been a long-standing promise that the new 1.3-liter engine will surely deliver improved fuel and economy numbers: since it comes with stop/start functionality and automatic grille shutters, it should definitely provide a substantial boost for the all-important EPA stat. Adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, and self-parking technology when you opt for the Advanced Tech Group package. Capability off-road is a very important component in a vehicle: All of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta have stood behind Jeep for decades, and as soon as the new Renegade hits the lot, you'll be able to test-drive a prime example of a vehicle designed to tackle the wildest of frontiers for the most adventurous of our prized customer base!

Look Back at the Jeep Namesake: Msn.com Highlights the Legacy of the Wrangler

Thursday, October 4th, 2018



Over the past month, MSN.com ran a feature that came across all of our desks here at Landmark Dodge, and really struck a positive chord all-around! It showcases the history of the Jeep Wrangler, an iconic and distinctive vehicle that won the adoration of many throughout the years. More than 70 years ago, the U.S. Military was looking for the perfect light reconnaissance vehicle to replace motorcycles, and the go-to Model T Ford that was then so prevalent. What was needed in terms of features was 4-wheel-drive, a 2-speed transfer case, a short wheelbase, and lightweight.

 

Three different companies were contracted to produce 70 vehicles each, followed by an additional 1,500 that were enhanced to meet revised specifications. Willys was chosen in the end to be the primary manufacturer, and the Willys Quad became the MA, then followed by the MB, putting to use characteristics from both the Ford, and Bantam vehicles. The “Jeep” name really stuck, which could have been derived from the abbreviated pronunciation of “GP”, which was the military label for “General Purpose”, or even the illustrious “Eugene the Jeep” character feature in the Popeye cartoon.

 

The first prototypes of the Willy models featured two round instrument clusters, as well as a handbrake on the left side. For the second-generation MB, there was a weight increase of around 400 lbs, and more than 368,000 vehicles for the U.S. Army were manufactured. During 1945 when the war ended, Willys patented a trademark to the name, and began selling Jeeps to civilians with the CJ model designation, with its roots ingrained deep in a civilian jeep.

 

During the 1950's, the entire nation enjoyed an unprecedented post-war, economic boom. At this time, the Jeep CJ received various updates for 1953 as the CJ-3B, with a taller hood, and grille to accommodate a larger Hurricane engine, producing 25 percent more horsepower than before. This consumer-pleasing and unique model was sold for 15 years, and more than 155,000 units were sold.

 

 



Introduced in 1955, the Jeep CJ-5 is slightly larger than the CJ-3B, with a longer wheelbase, and many properties being loosely based on the Korean War M-38A-1 Military vehicle. It sported softer body lines, and fenders with more rounded appearance. As many consumers' interest in off-road vehicles began to peak, the CJ-5 saw many improvements, including transmissions, axles, and much more comfortable seating. During 1965, a new V6 engine produced 155 horsepower, and 225 lb-ft of torque, nearly double what the standard 4-cylinder engine was able to offer up.

 

For those wanting additional room, the CJ-6 went on sale during 1956. Sporting a longer wheelbase, it also acquired the same engine upgrades in 1965 and 1973 that were on the CJ-5. The CJ-7 was the first major update of the CJ design in 20 years, and it allowed for an automatic transmission. Also the first model to offer steel doors and an optional molded plastic top, it became an instant favorite, and was sold alongside the CJ-5 until it was discontinued in 1983.

 



One of the all-time best in Jeep show was the Scrambler: it was a pickup alternative of sorts to the CJ-7 and was built on a longer 103-inch wheelbase with a longer rear overhang, increasing capacity of onboard cargo. Only 30,000 were released, making it popular among collectors who specialize in and love everything Jeep related.

 

The first production Jeep to sport the Wrangler name was introduced at the 1986 Chicago Auto Show, as a replacement for the long-running Jeep CJ-7. Sharing a few things in common with the new Cherokee, it was built to be a bit less rugged and suited for daily-driving vehicle, appealing to a broader customer base. More than 600,000 Wranglers YJ models were sold, and many loved the more modern looks, as well as the angled grille, and rectangular headlights.

 



Looking back at all these memories and fantastic models make us appreciate the newer of Jeep products as well. The new Wrangler that debuted in 2018 was the first re-design of the legendary vehicle in a decade and was impressively true to the original. It holds on to the same 7-slot grille and headlights, while featuring a lower belt line, and much larger side windows. While holding steadfast regarding its amazing off-road superpowers, the new Jeep boasts a much more comfortable ride on pavement, and both 2-door and 4-door Unlimited versions!

 

Forbes Renders 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 “King of the Hill”

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018



Veteran Chicago-based auto writer Jim Gorzelany is a bona fide expert on maximizing your car purchase investment, and how to find the perfect “motorized match” for your needs. In the beginning of his latest article, he claims that the full-size Dodge Ram 1500 is “the latest entry in the battle for supremacy among upscale pickups,” and praises it for being lighter, longer, wider, and more durable than the truck before it. The newer model features styling that has a much fresher appearance, bidding goodbye to the “big rig” look, resulting in an appearance that is a bit more bold, and upright.

 



The Forbes staff spent a week driving a top-of-the-line four door Ram 1500 Limited version, and claimed that the new model is in good enough shape to challenge rivals such as the Ford F-150 Limited, and GMC Sierra Denali models. Their tester was equipped with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, sporting 395 horsepower. Enhanced with the eTorque mild-hybrid system, it is noticeably quicker, and provides greatly-improved gas mileage. It is rated at 20/25 mpg city/highway with the V6, and 17/23 when the V8 is the salacious and spry power source.

 



Acceleration from the Hemi V8 is consistently very smooth, full of strength, and quickly responsive. When really put to the test, the standard 8-speed rotary-dial-controlled automatic transmission shifts effortlessly. The testing model was equipped with the optional four-wheel-drive system, and while the team was anxious to give it the true works, dry weather and no true off-road challenge nearby kept them from doing so. Some of the options you can nail down include locking storage compartments in the rear fenders, power tailgate release, power-deployable running boards, and a tri-fold soft cover for the cargo bed.

 



When you come to check out the new Ram here at Landmark Dodge, pay special attention to the benefits of the Limited model: even the grab handles are covered in leather, and there are also both heated and ventilated front and rear seats. One of the true jewels of the interior is a large 12-inch vertically-mounted display at the center of the dashboard. It is capable to pilot by touch control, and also runs the latest version of FCA's Uconnect Multimedia system.

 



While appearing pleasantly complex, it is characterized with an ease of operation that allows you full Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto interfaces. Ask us about the brand new Active Noise Cancellation System: it lends a helping hand to promote the ultimate in a peaceful cabin. You can also opt for the opposite route by adding the Harman Kardon premium audio array, offering a hefty 900 watts for eardrum-commanding clout!

Full Focus on the Durango Lineup: Muscle and Fuel Efficiency on Tap

Thursday, September 27, 2018




When an entirely new model year comes around, there are many changes to the lineup, and features added that bring an abundance of exciting value to each car! All of us here on sales and service staff at Landmark Dodge feel that the Dodge Durango is the ultimate “no-compromise” SUV – launching into 2019 with five distinct models: the SXT, GT, Citadel, R/T, and SRT – providing a rock-solid range of powertrain options. There's the big-and-burly 475-horsepower Durango SRT, claiming the title of the fastest three-row SUV in existence, ranging to the efficient V-6 power of the Durango SXT, that has available all-wheel-drive capability on every model.

 



New for 2019, all GT models continue to offer up V-6 power, but sport the same performance front fascia and LED fog lamps as the R/T. The SRT-inspired performance hood with center air inlet duct and two heat extractors will be slated for availability on the Durango GT, and Citadel models will get standard second-row captain's chairs. All Durango models equipped with the optional Trailer Tow Group now feature a brand new integrated trailer brake that cooperates hand-in-hand with the optional Trailer Tow Group to provide the best in ability in this all-important category.

 



Over the past decade, customer demand for utility vehicles has really grown exponentially, and Dodge Durango continues to deliver utility, the most advanced technology, as well as class-leading towing and driving range. Separating ourselves from the competition has always been important, as vehicle capability continue to rise, as well as overall expectations for level of performance.

 



When you get to check out the model of your choice this fall for a test drive, you will most likely agree that the Dodge Durango R/T offers the most value for anyone on a budget, and is powered by the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, and mated to the TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. This combination provides the ability to make 360 horsepower, 390 lb-ft of torque, and a class-leading tow rating of 7,400 pounds. Fuel Saver Technology has been one of the most awesome additives to hit the market as of late: cylinders are deactivated when needed, to alternate between smooth, high-fuel economy 4-cylinder mode, and up the ante to V-8 mode when more power is needed.

 



The Durango SXT Model is the location at which you really obtain a powerful and roomy means of transportation! Powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, it has a pretty strong towing ability, rated at 6,200 pounds. Next year's model will offer leather seats for an upper-end feel, as well as five-passenger seating that is able to be configured an astonishing 50 different ways. Electronic T-shifter, audio streaming with integrated Voice Command, and Blind-Spot Monitoring are all features that boost the appeal of this particular variant. Going big on elements such as performance tuning and high-delivery brakes are just another reason why the Durango line takes the cake in all ways: from outright drag strip technology to everyday accessibility and prowess, we have to admit that as far as many makes and models are concerned, we couldn't be more proud!

 

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Snags Cars.com “Family Car of the Year” Award

Wednesday, September 26, 2018




When we are asked about the new Pacifica and just why it is so great, all of us here on staff at Landmark Dodge love the wide array of bullet points that we have to choose from. The Pacifica is absolutely an achievement in the best of practicality, and sports great options ranging from the Stow 'n Go fold-flat seats to the available rear entertainment system. When this van was in the design stages, it was always meant to be the most innovative in existence, and sport safety features, a price reduction in base models, and necessary updates such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

 



When determining who is valuable as winners, Cars.com experts consider three different types of criteria regarding every single car tested: quality, innovation, and value are the main concerns when ranking how the best cars stack up compared to the competition. Completely re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform, the Pacifica has been an amazing choice for anyone who is carrying precious family cargo: there are more than 100 available safety and security features included on board.

 



The Pacifica is the very first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment, and nails down 84 miles per gallon in electric-only mode, as well as 33 miles of all-electric range. Ask us here how you can add the S Appearance Package to the Pacifica: it offers up a truly athletic and customized stance, with unique black accents.            Don't forget to check out the “Touring Plus” trim when you visit; it adds the amazing 13-speaker Alpine audio system, and a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen. The S Appearance Package is available with gloss black grille surrounds, black 20-inch alloy wheels, black Chrysler badges, and black seats sporting light diesel gray accents.

 



Equipping your new Pacifica with the second-row bench seat allows for seating up to 8, and you'll derive more-than-ample power from the 3.6-liter V6, rated at 287 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, while being paired exclusively to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Eco-friendly and wildly popular plug-in hybrid makes use of the same 3.6-liter V6 to an electric motor, a CVT, and a lithium-ion battery for a combined output of 260 hp. With the Pacifica, a minivan has been created that was meant to be the absolute best on the globe from the get-go. 360-degree multi-camera system, remote start, keyless start, automatic parking assist, alloy wheels up to 20 inches in diameter, and heated as well as ventilated front seats are all assets that assure you will have a permanent love and appreciation for Cars.com's “Family Car of the Year!”

Ram Proudly Launches new 2018 Harvest Edition Chassis Trucks 

Thursday, September 20, 2018




It is no surprise that ties to the agricultural industry are strong with our Ram product line: what could be a better tool for the labor and toil of harvest time? Now there is a new edition of truck that is designed specifically for America's hard-working farm families, and will be instrumental in every haul, planting, and breeding errand that may arise. The 2018 Ram Chassis Cab Harvest Edition is an agricultural market-specific truck, which will have the selection of Case IH Red, and New Holland Blue for color choice.

 



Ram stakes the claim of being the only manufacturer to now offer Chassis Cab commercial trucks in colors that match two of the most popular lines of farm equipment in existence. A high level of loyalty, capability, and promise of delivery fulfillment are all going to be valued components of this truck that provides farming families a way to show their brand loyalty. This exciting new configuration will be available across the Ram 3500, SRW and DRW, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab lineup, in all four-door Crew Cab and two-door Regular Cab configurations. There will also be the powertrain options in 4x4 versions of the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8, or 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel.

 



Among the functions that really stand up and make this truck different from any other for the fields of labor are two large front tow hooks, a transfer-case skid plate, side steps, fog lamps, and a rear back-up camera. Farmers demand a rare breed of technology features, as the demands of their type of livelihood rival and exceed many other professions. The Harvest Edition comes standard with an optional 8.4-inch Uconnect 4C touchscreen radio with navigation, 4G Wi-Fi capability, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. This gives buyers seamless connectivity, fingertip access to smartphone map mirroring, and the Sirius Weather feature, which provides up-to-the-minute weather maps and forecasts that can be quickly tailored to any location in the nation.

 



The cluster of tech is completely reconfigurable, which allows for easier monitoring of filter life, engine hours, and operating temperatures. The interior also sports an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering-wheel audio controls, and power-sliding rear window. During the early mornings when you may be surveying land and having that fresh-brewed cup of coffee, you'll enjoy the exterior appearance with its chrome headlights, side-steps, door handles and mirrors, and polished aluminum wheels enhancing all four corners.

 



The Ram Certified Agriculture Dealership Program is very meaningful to many truck customers, and this is where Ram Truck really sets to aim on its extended commitment to the local agricultural community. Much time and effort are allocated to providing the tools for truck dealers to best meet the needs of local ranchers and farmers, with great thought being put into industry-specific traits. Now is a better time than ever for customers to understand that staff at dealerships like ours have a far deeper understanding than ever of the agriculture business as a whole, and the very unique requirements that vehicles used for farming needs. All of us at Landmark Dodge Marrow are excited for those in the breadbasket and beyond to have another well-hone tool at their disposal, and the resonance of an iconic truck brand continuing to win one new loyal customer after another!

 

 

2019 Dodge Durango GT Model High on Fuel Efficiency Factor, Remains USA's Fastest

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018




It is absolutely no secret that the Dodge Durango is the ultimate when it comes to a “no compromise” SUV, and the 2019 model will offer five unique variants for the consumer. The SXT, GT, Citadel, R/T, and SRT all will provide a sturdy range of high performance and powertrain options. Ranging from the 475-horsepower Durango SRT to the efficient V-6 power of the Durango SXT, there is also all-wheel-drive capability on every model. New for next year, all Durango GT models will continue to deliver V-6 Fuel economy, while at the same time sharing the SRT and R/T's performance front fascia, and LED fog lamps.

 



Here at Landmark Dodge, we are excited about the pressing details: Citadel models get standard second-row captain's chairs, and Durango models equipped with the optional Trailer Tow Group will now feature a new integrated trailer brake to stand alongside the best-in-class towing capability. Now that customer demand for utility vehicles in the US has grown exponentially over the last ten years, the fastest and most capable three-row SUVs will always continue to separate themselves from the competition with the performance levels and ultimate power demanded by today's consumers.

 



The Citadel, R/T, and SRT models are available with an 825-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and there is a brand new integrated trailer brake on all Durango models equipped with the available Trailer Tow Package. The performance-tuned AWD system is present on deck to open and close the SRT's suspension damper valves, also seeing to it that the exhaust system is tuned to offer a very resonating and memorable sound upon each individual fire. This is the true beauty of many new breeds of large SUV: they possess traits that only vehicles prepped for the toughest of racing tracks used to have in the piping and exhaust department.

 



The 2019 Durango SRT still remains as America's meanest and fastest SUV, sporting the 392-cubic-inch HEMI V-8, which offers up 475 horsepower, and 470 lb-ft of torque. The 0 to 60 mph dash is completed in 4.4 seconds, and the quarter-mile was clocked at 12.9 seconds, officially certified by the NHRA. Many who are coming here to Landmark scoping out their next vehicle are concerned with the towing capability: this is the tried-and-true number that really lets you know what you can and can't haul. This rough-and-tumble miracle of auto-building has an 8,700-pound capability, giving you the option to powerfully pull about anything under the sun. Some of the very ingenious icing on the cake is the brakes: these are amazing high-performance Brembos with two-piece rotors, commanding a solid stop under any type of pressure!

 

 

2019 Jeep Renegade Trackhawk and Limited Styling Updates Revealed 

Thursday, September 6th, 2018




A few weeks back, a first glimpse was offered of the refreshed 2019 Jeep Renegade. This awesome Italian-built compact crossover is the smallest model in Jeep's lineup, and even with scarce details, there is still a bit of info available on the European-spec model. For the coming year, both the Limited and Trailhawk models get revised front fascias with dark LED and Xenon lighting that is similar to the new Jeep Wrangler JL. The bumper on the limited includes more body-colored panels with new turn signals, fog lights, and a lower-positioned air intake. There is also a bright red front tow hook on the front of the Trailhawk, and both models receive new taillights.



 

The Renegade Limited will now come with 19-inch wheels, and has new gasoline as well as diesel engines. There is a 1.0-liter turbo inline-three that makes 120 horsepower and a 1.3-liter turbo inline-four that makes either 150, or 180 horsepower. The Renegade is still going to be available with front – and four-wheel drive, and the Trailhawk's system will be of the more sophisticated 4-wheel drive variety. The removable My Sky roof panels and most of the interior are remnants from the earlier version, and it is very exciting to see the latest version of FCA's Uconnect infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on board.



 

The Renegade is a vehicle that was appropriately deemed “worthy of its seven-slot grille” by Car and Driver, who also were very excited about its true off-road capability, and very commanding sense of design. The Renegade is an SUV that you choose when you want truly solid off-road capability, which is optimum for jumping off the highway in a blaze of glory, and enjoying the perks of the smallest crossover on the market.



 

There are many instances, right here in Marrow, where you will want a vehicle that's easy to park, and all of us at Landmark Dodge can't recommend the Renegade enough. A front-running competitor for the likes of the Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, and Hyundai Kona, the Renegade is still positioned in a class by itself. The 1.4-liter turbo gets an EPA-rated 27 miles per gallon Combined, while the 2.4-liter rates 25 mpg Combined city and highway.



 

You'll feel confident behind the wheel with active-safety features such as forward-collision warnings, automatic braking, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot mirrors to keep you safe at all times on the road. The Renegade is a newer and refined product from the Jeep line that feels right at home in any driveway or dirt road, and is positioned in the right pricing range to attract those looking to keep expenditures at bay.

 

 

Autoblog Provides Close-up Look at E-Torque Systems in Ram 1500

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018




One of the events that can take place before the time during which new models can come out is a bit of disinformation in the specific spec and release detail categories. Just as some individuals worldwide have been lamenting that they are careful about the spread of “fake news,” we looked to a new article from Autoblog.com to gives us some specific answers about the new Dodge Ram 1500. There were some reports that called the new electrified version of the full-size half-ton pickup truck a hybrid. Instead, what it really does is feed in some electric torque at low RPM, which helps with fuel efficiency by spinning the engine during start/stop operation, and harvesting a bit of extra energy from braking.

 



The Ram's small battery pack and single electric motor is more similar to the original GM Parallel Hybrid Truck system than the two-motor, two-mode hybrid system that came out around 2009. The eTorque actually applies power to the engine as well as the wheels briefly, at very low engine speeds, and during gear changes. These are lightning-fast applications of power, and some are as quick as the blink of an eye. The experienced testing staff at Autoblog drove one of the Rams with a V6, and one with a Hemi this week, through beautiful Kentucky horse country, and left incredibly impressed by its large contributions to the truck's fuel efficiency, and ways in which it makes the overall operation of the truck much smoother.

 



We are informing all of our customers here at Landmark Dodge Marrow that Ram will offer the 3.6-liter 24-valve V6 with eTorque as the standard engine in most models, and at this time, the V6 will not be available without eTorque. The eTorque actually replaces the engine's alternator with a very small, 10 hp electric motor that acquires its belt drive from the actual crankshaft of the engine. On the V6, the motor is water-cooled, and an integral part of the actual water pump assembly, while the unit on the V8 is air-cooled, and spun with a special belt drive that is separate from other components.



 

This year the V6 gets a higher 11.3:1 compression ratio, up from 10.2:1, and possess more exhaust lift during cam motion. The rating is 305 hp at 6400 rpm, and 269 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm. Fuel economy is the largest benefit that the eTorque system offers. With its use, the V8 is rated 17 mpg city, and 22 mpg on the highway. That's an overall increase of 2 mpg in the city over the engine without the system, and the truck's overall range is slated at 750 miles. It is expected that there will be a 2-3 mpg improvement in both the city and highway ratings over last year's V6 model, which pulled in at 18 mpg city, and 25 mpg highway. We expect that this will ultimately put the Ram V6 ahead of Ford's 290 hp 3.3-liter V6 in both fuel economy and power rating, and tie it in efficiency with Ford's 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine. We hope you check out how the new telescopic steering wheel that has helped make the Ram more comfortable than ever before. The stiff frame, retuned suspension, and more immediate steering are a few of the other qualities that will have you reveling in the rugged domination of next year's Ram right off the bat!

2019 Jeep Cherokee Rigorous Rundown: Capable Midsize SUV With Comfort, Convenience

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

 

 

 




When it comes to Jeeps, some people take a quick pause to gather their thoughts about just how much there is to love. The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is going to quickly be known as the most capable mid-size SUV in the land, sporting a very authentic and new design. Once you hit your favorite off-road spot or continue your daily drive, you'll notice the advanced 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, which enhances performance and fuel efficiency. A very noticeable quality of the Jeep Cherokee is convenience: it really offers up everyday practicality with outstanding handling traits, independent front and rear-suspension systems, and three different engine choices.


 


The all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine is one of the most technologically advanced engines in the automotive industry, and it works consistently overtime to optimize premium performance and fuel economy with greenhouse gas reduction enabler. There is a great amount of fuel economy improvement from the V-6 engine, as well as the very crucial 0-60 mph acceleration factor. The new front lightweight aluminum hood evolves the Cherokee's unique waterfall grille design, continuing the visual accent that symbolizes the familiarity and rugged quality of the Jeep namesake.

 

 

The three engine choices are the 2.0-liter I-4 turbo, 2.4-liter I-4, or 3.2- liter V-6: these are all available 4-wheel drive systems that raise the standard for midsize SUVs that have Jeep Selec-Terrain traction control system, with up to five customized modes. You can choose Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand, and Mud and Rock, and the superbly-ranked towing capability is the best-in-class, at 4,500 lbs for the V-6 model. It has been amazing to see the ways that industry-first rear-axle disconnect has improved the Cherokee as well: it results in reduced energy loss when 4 x 4 capability isn't needed, and greatly improved fuel efficiency to boot.



 

The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk was praised by Car and Driver for its revised dampers, bushings, and anti-roll bars that yield a smooth ride, and they also claimed that the brake pedal was “wonderfully progressive”. Also billing the Trailhawk as what may be the only “true choice” for off-road enthusiasts, citing its numerous improvements, available V-6, and perfectly-weighted steering.

 

Scaling very steep hills, rock crawling, and many other off-road tasks are conquered with ease, but this is still a great choice for around the city travels. The staff from Roadshow tested the Grand Cherokee and said that they could “reach out the window and pluck a dandelion from the ground” during a tilt: this is going to continue to be the dominating ride for anyone citing lack of concrete as the main component of their next trip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 FCA Vehicles Hailed as AutoPacific Best-In-Class Finalists During Ideal Vehicle Awards

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018




Awards and achievements are some of the top-ranked reasons that a customer on the search for the perfect new car makes their final choice based upon. The 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Challenger, and Fiat 500L are all proudly ranked among the 2018 Ideal Vehicle Award category winners once again this year, carrying on a tradition of achievement and world-class performance! The Jeep Grand Cherokee won AutoPacific's Ideal Vehicle Award for the mid-size SUV segment for the 8th year straight, and the high quality and efficiency possessed by the Chrysler 300had it easily topping the large Car segment.



 

The very powerful and able Dodge Challenger was awarded Sporty Car segment winner, for the second time in three years, solidifying its ability to roar with the best of them in rugged drag fashion, but still get you around in safe and sturdy ability. The Ideal Vehicle Awards measure the changes owners desire in their vehicles based on 58,000 responses from a national survey. Scores are developed using the results from AutoPacific's national New Vehicle Satisfaction Survey, with respondents being owners of predominantly new model-year cars and trucks purchased from September through December 2017.

 

Respondents are on task to rate 14 vehicle attributes concerning their desire for change, and the ones that require the least change win the title for their class. Based on responses from more than 58,000 owners of brand new vehicles across all major manufacturing platforms, the survey clearly shows that the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300, and Dodge Challenger meet or exceed expectations for owners who have just purchased. It has been amazingly integral to give owners a chance to tell us what they would change and how they would change it, ultimately revealing which vehicles are designed to meet their needs and daily whims.



 

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has won 8 years straight as the AutoPacific Mid-Size SUV segment car, and holds the honor of being the most awarded SUV ever. The vehicle has long defined exactly what a premium SUV should be, and a refined exterior design is instrumental in its striking and unique appearance. The Cherokee now boasts a best-in-class towing of 7,400 pounds, and front-running Selec-Terrain traction management system.

 


The Chrysler 300  lineup is one to check out here closely at Landmark Dodge: it delivers on the brand's promise of iconic and elegant design executed with world-class performance, efficiency, and quality, all available at a pricing point that is reasonable by far. Innovations that are exclusive, the best offerings in advanced technology, and a lineup that includes the Uconnect 4 system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto all are included within the improved features, and award-winning interface. The Chrysler 300's standard TorqueFlite 8-speed transmission delivers up to 30 miles per gallon highway fuel economy, when aptly paired with the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.

2019 Challenger's Chiseled and Able First Impression: The 797-HP Hellcat Redeye

Saturday, August 20th, 2018

 

 

 

 

Even though some claim that there are enough Mopar muscle cars to dot every drag strip and spotlight in the nation, Dodge chose an unusual place for a few seasoned pros to drive its newest models. This was a location where the road has many turns, and the closest spotlight is an entire town away. In Tamweth, New Hampshire, Club Motorsports is a track with 2.5 miles, 15 turns, and about 250 feet of very intense elevation changes. Even the hardest-core of drag racer would suffer vertigo here, as well as short-lived periods of confusion. Dodge invited the staff of The Drive.com to experience the 485-hp V-8 2019 R/T Scat Pack Widebody on this hillside track.




 

This awesome ride includes a stiffened adaptive suspension, six-piston Brembo brakes, and 3.5-inch fender flares, as well as wider, stickier Pirelli tires, situated on 20 x 11 inch forged aluminum wheels. Spring rates are 14 percent more firm up front, with retooled shock valves, and larger anti-sway bars in place to boot. Every very unique 2019 Scat Pack gets a collection of fun goodies, including automated launch control, launch assist, and SRT drive modes. You can even put to use the Line Lock feature that disables rear brakes, allowing for the craziest in big-time track excitement.


 

 

Taking the place of the ferocious and very-able 840-hp Demon is the new Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. This is touted as the quickest, most powerful, and fastest muscle car in existence and one test driver lamented that it absolutely snapped his neck every time he put to the test its Hemi V-8, 797 horsepower, and 707 lb-ft of torque. This is a muscle car that reaches 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, and the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds at 131 mph. The Demon was very focused on drag performance and was limited to 168 mph due to the presence of its Nitto drag radial tires, and the Redeye has the ability to quickly reach to a breakneck 203 mph.


 

 

One of the most prominent features of this car is its very sinister, dual-snorkel hood, whose very unique nostrils help maximize the way the air is taken in periodically. All of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta love how this is a nod to vintage Mopar muscle cars like the 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger, and the ultra-classic and street-smart swaggering '71 Demon. If you are simply unwilling or unable to spring for a Hellcat, the 485-hp R/T Scat Pack 1320, which refers to the number of feet in a quarter-mile, is designed as more of a grassroots drag racer, including a Nexen 20-inch street-legal drag radial, an SRT-tuned adaptive suspension with drag mode, and cool Hellcat gear like Line lock, TransBrake, torque reserve, and very extreme-duty, 41-spline half shafts.



 

Our spokespeople and other various experts claim that this Scat Pack Widebody will pull an impressive .97 g of lateral grip, versus .93 for the standard model. The Widebody version was also said to have the badge of accomplishment of running two-seconds-per-lap faster at GingerMan Raceway, situated in scenic western Michigan. Hailing the wider rubber, stiffer suspension, and superior power-to-chassis balance, the Scat Pack Widebody does feel much more stable and grounded than the Redeye, and therefore more fun to drive in many ways. The staff at The Drive claimed that this all adds up to an experience that is “surprisingly comfortable and insanely fast, but also bulky, spongy, and isolated”.



 

 

The brakes are able to accomplish a 108-foot stop from 60 mph, and there are so many strengths and head-turning properties that this car has, that it is absolutely one of the most commanding and front-running personalities within the current market's offerings. It is no surprise that one of the sentiments about this new Hellcat was that you feel like a “party-hearty, rule-breaking teenager whenever you take the wheel”, and we're here to attest that this will be slated as one of the most game-changing and thrilling additions to the Dodge lineup ever!


Landmark Close-up Look: 2019 Ram 1500's Blind Spot Monitoring & Security Prowess

Thursday, August 16th, 2018


As you have hit the road numerous times this year, and especially during the summer, you may have been wished to “have a safe trip” by your friends and loved ones. The 2019 Ram 1500 does its part by offering the very latest and most modern in advanced safety and security technology, to assure that your next road trip is exciting, stress-free, and memorable! Heather Scott is the Project Chief for Active Chassis, Driver Assistance, and Passive Safety, and she was featured on a very informative video from the FCA detailing the finer points of the safety and security available on the new truck.


 

 

Blind Spot Warning is active as you drive forward, and will give you a visual and audible warning that there is someone in your blind spot. This is very helpful in situation like driving down I-285 right here in Atlanta, as it will help in situations that come up quickly, and are tougher when you don't have a passenger to help you spot what's happening. Rear Cross-Path Warning is a feature available when the vehicle is in reverse. If you are backing out of a spot, and there happens to be traffic crossing behind you, then the cross-path warning will offer up for you an audible alert.

 

 

Since customers have enjoyed bigger trucks as a whole the past few years, and so the blind spot sensors that are the most important component of these great features are located all of the way at the rear of the bed. Thanks to a number of fantastic weight-saving technologies, the new Ram also is going to weigh less than its predecessor. It's the awesome and rugged truck that Car and Driver claims “might just be the automotive industry's best attempt at melding efficiency with outright capability”, and will be the perfect addition to your growing family, business, or fleet of hauling and towing additives for your property.



 

Behind that amazing new grille, live active grille shutters are present to help smooth the big truck's front-end aerodynamics greatly. There is a new front splitter that automatically lowers by 2.5 inches at speeds greater than 35 mph, and on the fixed side of the aerodynamics package, the 2019 Ram 1500's slipperiness through the air sees benefits from bedsides that are raised by 1.5 inches, and a small lip spoiler on the tailgate. The hood has been designed to push air further away from the windshield wipers, which will improve the various directions of airflow nearby the truck. Also new for 2019 is the adoption of hybridization with the eTorque system, which replaces the alternator with a revolutionary motor/generator unit, that serves the purpose of feeding energy to a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack. This system has the ability to provide a brief torque boost of 90 lb-ft to V-6 Rams, and 130 lb-ft to V-8 Models!

Chrysler Pacifica Up-Close Comparison: Measuring up to the Odyssey and Sienna

Friday, August 10th, 2018

There comes a time in anyone's business or personal life when it's time to sit down and closely look at the ways in which a minivan can benefit your family or fleet. All of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta can attest to the fact that the Pacifica has turned many heads, and made many owners just as satisfied as can be. The well-educated folks at Autoblog wrote a detailed article showing how the Pacifica stacks up to the Honda Odyssey, and other rival Toyota Sienna. Right off the bat, it is stated that the brilliantly designed foldaway seating beats the runner-up rival of the Odyssey, citing high convenience and comfort factor.


 

 

We are proud of the fact that the Pacifica is quite likely the best minivan out there for hauling cargo, with a capacity of 140 cubic feet, and it is also stated here that there is “nothing mini about this minivan”. Developing the Pacifica allowed our Chrysler namesake to get away from the much more familiar, boxy profile, turning the notion of a very basic minivan into a family hauling machine that is sleek and sophisticated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the 2018 Pacifica five stars overall, and also specifically for frontal and side impacts.



 

One factor that really matters these days is sticker price. Many people are going to be lured in by the lowest one possible, and others will hold value on the type of car that will give them the best features no matter what the cost. We are proud of the fact that the Pacifica definitely comes in at the lowest in terms of price: $26,995 is the entry point when the Honda Odyssey begins at $33,960, and The Toyota Sienna right around $30,000. When it comes to the Miles Per Gallon factor, this is another very important element that some who have a family in tow are looking at: The Pacifica clocks in at 18 cities, and 28 highway. The following two vehicles are at 19/28 and 19/27 respectively, so this is one aspect of the race where the elements are nearly a tie.




The Pacifica has helpful cargo tie-downs, whereas the Honda Odyssey does not, and the Toyota Sienna does. The Toyota Sienna does have one more 12V DC power outlet than both other vans, and all three have the useful Rear Window Defogger. All three models have cloth as the seat material, and a six-speaker sound system, with the exception of the Sienna, which offers 7 speakers. The transmission types are 9-speed Auto with overdrive for both the Pacifica and the Odyssey, and 8-speed Auto offered as gearing for the Sienna.



 

One point of interest is that the Odyssey is the only van that offers the Remote Vehicle Starting System, which admittedly is useful when you are on the go. The Pacifica weighs in at the absolute lightest, with a grand total of 4330 lbs, and the Sienna has a fuel tank capacity of one gallon more, at a 20 gallon total. The knowledgeable folks at Car Gurus claimed that the all-wheel drive is not very useful on the Sienna, and praised the Pacifica for having a plug-in hybrid, rendering it very efficient and viable in the current climate. Come down to Landmark Dodge and test drive the world's class-leading minivan for yourself, and see just how your frantic and full-scheduled fall can improve with its addition to your garage!


 
 

Focus on New + for the Future: Chrysler and Dodge's Blueprint for 2019

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

During this time of year here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta, it is time to not only take stock of how customers feel about the performance of the models gleaned for the 2018 year, but also take a look ahead and think about what's coming in the future. As many of our valued customers are waiting for the back-to-school bells to ring, this is an excellent time to check out what features will be most important to you on models coming out down the line. Just two months ago, FCA held our Capital Markets day, outlining the latest five-year plan. During this event, esteemed CEO Sergio Marchionne did indicate that Dodge vehicles would migrate to Alfa Romeo's Giorgio platform.

 

 

Instead, it's also likely that the next Charger/Challenger will be premiering on an evolved update of today's platform, which has its roots in the Mercedes-Benz E-class. After much analysis and talk, it's evident that the Challenger needs to be smaller and lower to rival the Camaro and Mustang, and it should be expected that the Pentastar V-6 will continue as the base engine. It will likely be augmented by the 48-volt mild hybrid system offered for the Ram 1500, and a 2.0-liter turbo-4 cylinder option could be in the works.

 

It appears for now that the Hemi V-8 looks to still be a very prominent part of the picture, and many will be excited about the presence of a 797-hp and 707 lb-ft Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. With the ability to bang out a 10.8-second quarter-mile, and a top speed of 203 miles per hour, it will absolutely shriek relentlessly past anything lingering in its path. The new non-Hellcat trim offering of Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 comes equipped with a Drag Mode, and its line lock, adaptive suspension, heavy-duty halfshafts, and street-legal drag tires are likely to rapidly excite anyone among you who enjoy a longer-than-average walk on the untamed and thrilling side of driving.


 


Our beloved Jeep brand is slated to go through a major expansion, and there are many enthusiasts within the company and on the lot here that are anxiously awaiting the return of the Viper! The heavy-hitting powerhouse that is one of the biggest names in autonomous driving is planning on purchasing over 60,000 more Pacifica minivans for its fleet: Waymo has been overly impressed with the performance and prowess of what is the most refined and esteemed minivan in existence.

 

This deal could also eventually provide Waymo technology to FCA, which would allow its marques to also offer the convenience of self-driving capabilities by 2022. Whether it is the raw power and fury of a car like the SRT, or the exploratory and rock-climbing ways of a Jeep, next year's lineup is bound to have something for you with the Chrysler and Dodge realm!



Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk “Redeye” Possibility Drastically Upped

Friday, August 5th, 2018

 

 

There have been many exciting events over the last year to celebrate and prepare for in the future at Landmark Dodge, and power upgrades, feature additions, and claiming of awards have all been on the list. At this moment one very popular topic is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which is one of the most outrageously fast vehicles in production. There has recently been an upgrade to the Hellcat's supercharged Hemi powerplant, which means that if the Jeep models follow the lead, the Trackhawk could be the fastest SUV ever built – period. A few weeks ago, Dodge announced a new version of its 707-horsepower muscle car, the Hellcat Redeye, which took things to a heightened level by dropping the engine from the Dodge Demon aptly into a Challenger Hellcat widebody.

 

After this feat, the Redeye boasts a whopping 797 horsepower – just 43 less than the menacing Demon itself. Steve Beahm, head of Dodge, Chrysler, SRT, and FCA for North America, claimed last week on the record that “It's a Hellcat that's been possessed by a demon”. Right now, the Lamborghini Urus is technically the world's fastest SUV, thanks to its top speed of 186 miles per hour, versus the Trackhawk's 180, and both of these cars share the same 0-60 drive time, at 3.5 seconds. It is a very interesting and exciting premise to think that the Demon's crate engine may be able to fit into the Grand Cherokee's body.



 


There are definitely many ways that it could fit, and tweaks to the ECU as well as other minor components could increase the horsepower of the Trackhawk without actually fulfilling the duty of completely swapping the 6.2-liter motor. If Jeep really takes the plunge and follows the footsteps of its very high-powered relatives, the 797-horsepower Trackhawk “Redeye” could very easily nail down the title of the absolute fastest SUV in the world. No one has reported yet as to what it may be named, and if the plans continue moving forward, you readers of our Landmark Dodge of Atlanta blog will be the first to know!

 

This is the vehicle that Car and Driver claimed was “ready to defy physics in a new and thrilling way”, the true hot-rod version of the Grand Cherokee. All-wheel-drive, an 8-speed automatic, and yellow brake calipers are standard, and it's a true high-performing behemoth, that is capable of seating a family in comfort, while also towing 7200 pounds. It is also outfitted with much stronger drivetrain components, and upgraded cooling systems compared to its slightly-less ferocious SRT sibling. When you come down to check out the existing Trackhawk model here at Landmark Dodge, ask us about some of the coolest add-ons around you can choose from Pirelli P Zero summer tires, and other additives like the Trailer Tow IV Package, boosting your ability to laboriously lug and haul. One of the last things we have to tell you in today's post is that we are sorry that the dealership won't be able to be responsible for any of the tickets you may get: if it does get constructed, the available speed will be breakneck, boisterous, and downright bully some!

Every FCA Brand Sees Major Improvements During This Year's J.D. Powers APEAL Study

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Quality is based on improvement, and everyone we service here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta has been impressed with the way that people have responded to our brand's track record and longevity. FCA United States has continued to show improvement in quality as every single brand posted year-over-year improvement gains during the J.D. Power's 2018 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout Study. Dodge and Ram ranked third and fourth among all mass-market brands, and Dodge, as well as Jeep, were the second and third most improved brands during the year's study.

 

 

 

Before summer winds down and fall is around the corner with its whirlwind of activity and new beginnings, coming down to test drive a front-running vehicle such as the Chrysler Pacifica will help you set your sights on a great new season: ranking highest among minivans for the second consecutive year, this is a vehicle choice that anyone with a growing family or rising business can fully appreciate. Billed as “A hauler above the rest” by Car and Driver, the Pacifica is a van with quick-change interior, that sails through everyday driving life so well that it seems as if it were blessed with superhuman traits. Winning the instant approval of the editors after rivaling moxie in the 40,000-mile long-term test, this is a van that is so much more than just a people-mover and resonates with those who are looking for a true way to boost their productivity while owning a tangible slice of the world's most reliable brand.


 

 

The Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 ranked second and third in the Large Car segment, solidifying once again what a commitment to the Dodge brand can yield in terms of a worthy and sensational product. What the J.D. Power U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study does is based on responses from more than 80,000 new vehicle buyers or lessees about how gratifying their vehicles are to own after the first 90 days. Manufacturers have an abundance of use for this data, to help them in design and production decisions in the future. There are 77 different attributes of 2018 model-year vehicles that customers are surveyed regarding, with the quality of greater owner loyalty assuring that these vehicles will spend less time on dealer lots than many others before purchase.

 

 

Exciting new modifications to the rogue-and-ready Jeep family, powerful engines being put in vehicles like the hot-pursuit ready Durango, and many other exciting events are on tap for our family and friends at Landmark Dodge. Claiming awards, being hailed as one of the best in the business, and constantly churning out the most thrilling autos in the nation are just a few of the things we love to do on a daily basis, and there is a lot of excitement in store for the coming year. We are consistently proud and pumped up to be a part of the brand that brought you instant classics such as the Demon, a drag-racing beast the likes of what many had never seen before. Surveys are usually the best of the best as far as proving what customers appreciate and value, and this year's APEAL Study allocates once again the great opinions and experiences users have with Dodge cars and trucks nationwide!

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car Slated For Competition Debut This Weekend

Friday, July 27, 2018



Last week in the picturesque Mile High City, a new very wickedly quick, Mopar-powered NHRA funny car version of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was unveiled. Coming very soon to drag strips here and Georgia, and nationwide, the brand new 2019 Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car body made its competition debut at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, powered by Mopar at Bandimere Speedway. Head of Parts and Service Pietro Gorlier fully endorses the job of putting the best race car underneath all of the drivers, and keep them winning altogether.



 

He lamented to the press that “the changes made to this new Funny Car body will improve on-track performance and help us carry on the Mopar brand's long tradition of success at the dragstrip”. This is an exciting moment, as it truly showcases the commitment to performance and excellence at the dragstrip, and it is highly anticipated to celebrate our brand's first year as title sponsor of the Mile-High NHRA Nationals.

 

 

Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car driver Matt Hagan will be the first to harness the new 10,000-plus-horsepower best. The two-time Funny Car World champion will debut his personal Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar. Hagan's beloved comrades Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, and Tommy Johnson, JR will make the transition to the new Funny Car body, during the course of this year's thrill-laden season. This new Funny Car body is something that Mopar and Dodge/SRT have put a lot of work and support behind, from wind tunnel testing, all the way up to R and D.



 

The new body features major overhauls to the overall design in three key areas: the front end, body sides, and burst panel placement. At the front, the shape of the nose has been tweaked, and a new splitter that is built of carbon fiber and Kevlar is now added. The function of the splitter is to actually mimic the look and shape of the production vehicle's splitter while generating downforce to help more firmly plant the Funny Car to the track during motion. A production Charger SRT Hellcat was used as the template to create the super-cool vehicle graphics, and front-end graphics are present to recreate the distinctive Hellcat grille and badging.


 

As we keep a close watch on the progress of the funny car and how the season will shape up, it's exciting to realize that there were four very solid good runs in testing at Norwalk, and when this translates over to performance on the race track, more wins in the future will absolutely be the name of the game, as the call of late summer's thunder and roar of engines begins!

From The Leaked Files: Grand Wagoneer Hellcat Could Be on Horizon

Thursday, July 26, 2018

 

 

Bozi Tatarevic is one of those individuals who can find information about nearly anything auto-related online and has a vast knowledge of the Twitter and Instagram formats. There's a lot of information out there that seems cryptic to some of us here on staff at Landmark Dodge, and there's a lot out there that can be a bit misleading as far as the not-so-distance future of the vehicles we love so much. Over the past week, he found an internal ZF document that references a Jeep Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk, and it dates back to the early part of last year. The German auto supplier paperwork pairs what would be a 6.2-liter V8-powered 3-row jeep with ZF's 8HP95X transmission. The current Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk uses the 8HP95 gearbox, which is a version of the 8HP90 transmission used in the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats, but originally built for all-wheel-drive applications, and with a choice of gear ratio sets.


 

 

This may not be the concrete evidence that some are looking for proving that the public will ever see a Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk, but it sure alludes to the fact that the Jeep namesake has carefully thought about it! Also noteworthy is that Jeep wasn't just thinking about it, but thinking about it with the potential of using the brand-new-for-2019 Hellcat engine. The ZF document lists 729 PS for the engine in the Jeep, or a hair shy of 718 horsepower, which is one of the stats for the 2019 Charger and Challenger hellcats. What the listed production dates mean is that the ZF could potentially be planned for a build run of April 2017 to May 2017, and that the Rolls-Royce Cullinan has build dates from January 2016 until February of 2016.



 

This information leads one to believe that there will soon be a run of prototypes, which could be how the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk was included in the paperwork. A Hellcat-powered Grand Wagoneer could definitely make sense; the new Luxo-Jeep is slated to be built on a modified Ram platform at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant, and Ram is also currently working on a Hellcat-bound Ram 1500 TRX. Chrysler also has evaluated a 300 Hellcat, but nothing concrete manifested from it.

 


Car and Driver claimed earlier this year that “you might not understand this 707-hp Jeep, but one jab at the throttle will tell you all you need to know. Loudly”. Back in November, a group of around 20 writers were turned loose on a racetrack with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and as a few of them first sat on the line, they became fairly anticipant about the 3.5-second 0 to 60 mph time. The Trackhawk is one of those vehicles that is simply far more livable for anyone with a family in tow than a choice such as the Charger, and allows for better confines and storage, with an increase in power that truly “brings the thunder” to a counterpart that could otherwise be considered on the mellow side power-wise! We invite you to be our guest here at Landmark Dodge soon, and check out the full line of Jeeps that are ready to climb, sway, and ascend their way into the 2019 lineup!

Landmark's Off-Road Adventure Edition: Georgia's Top Action Alcoves

Friday, July 20, 2018

When the weather is scorching and the SUV's and Jeeps are flying off the lot here at Landmark Dodge, there is an abundance of things to do in the great state of Georgia. There is absolutely no better way to get down and dirty with nature than by going off-roading. There certainly is no shortage of trails to choose from, and narrowing down your options is going to be your only real difficulty. The hot days of summer are when the time is absolutely perfect to kick up a bit of mud on the car, and test the limits of extreme off-road ability.

 

 

The Beasley Knob Trails are one place to go if you are in the mood for a real challenge, located near Blairsville. The course itself runs about 10.6 miles, and is not recommended for first-timers or those with low ability level. There are many steep ascents here, and more difficult terrain, and it's recommended that you place a call before heading up the course, as rain can sometimes close it up. Don't head up here during January through March, as it is usually closed for extreme resource protection endeavors. Whether you are on a 4WD bike, motorcycle, or ATV, you're going to have a blast here, but the proper off-road vehicle is a must to get there safely.




The Davenport Mountain Trails are also located near Blairsville, and are a bit less difficult than the Beasley, having a much wider variety of terrain. If you are new to riding, keep to the well-marked easy section until more experience renders you worthy, and be careful when you suddenly may cross paths with a more difficult course. Most of the trails here are around 6 miles long, and both ATVs and motorcycles are allowed. They are all the way open from mid-March through December.


 

 

The Houston Valley Trail System is west of Dalton, Georgia. With over 22 miles of trials, this extensive system offers a range of difficulty levels that are appropriate for ATVS and motorcycles, all open from April through December. To enjoy this location to the fullest, pickups and four-wheel drives are not permitted, as well as vehicles with more than a 50-inch width. Still, your stealth Ram or Jeep is the proper medium to get you to this destination with all of your friends or loved ones in tow, and ready for prime action.



 

 

The Town Creek Trail System is located just north of Greensboro, Georgia, contains 15 thrill-packed miles of two separate loops, to ATVs and motorcycles don't cross paths. Sometimes closed sooner than others for inclement weather, but are well worth it. We are blessed in many ways with various types of terrain here in Georgia, and we wanted to make sure that all of our customers had a guide of sorts to point them in the right direction. When the time comes to make your decision for a new car or truck, come down to visit us for a test drive, and check out just how many awesome options for mudding it up that there are at your disposal!

7 Reasons Why the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the Ultimate Muscle SUV

Friday, July 20th, 2018.

Driven by the same 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat proudly sport, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is one of the most absolute powerful vehicles on the market, period. With 645 lb-ft of torque available, the 5,363 – lb SUV needs a mere 3.5 seconds to reach 60 mph. The good folks at Automobile blog showcased a video this week detailing 7 great reasons why this year's Grand Cherokee Trackhawk truly is the ultimate muscle SUV, a lofty statement that you can visit us here at Landmark Dodge to double-check on yourself.






 

Sensational styling was the first objective shown in the video, and that is definitely true: many at first glance have mistaken the Trackhawk for a vehicle  that  has leaned it's feet a little too far over into the “average crossover SUV” pond, but it surely is not: it appears as a trusty tool of a vehicle that could race through urban streets with ease during errands, or jump off-road in locations such as Forest Road 640 right here in beautiful Georgia. The video then jumps forward to highlight the exciting and very raw power components of the Trackhawk: 707 hp in a supercharged V8 definitely combines the utility and comfort of a daily sensible SUV with the hair-raising fun of an engine that is snarling and as menacing as the Hellcat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The exhaust note is just one more quality that is bound to get any new SUV-shopper excited: they billed it is “incredible, loud, and scary”, and even the most family-friendly driver will love the audible badassery that emits from this first-class SUV contender. All-wheel traction is another quality highlighted outright in the cool video, and anyone can appreciate this: it's one of the reasons why Jeep became such a household name to begin with. When the weather changes a bit or you just need to blast up a road with an unhinged sense of adventure, this feature is guaranteed to do ya just fine!

 








The Launch button is another characteristic of the new Trackhawk that is hard not to love, it offers up perfect launches every time, and you'll really notice  once you isolate this baby and put it to work. A 180 mph top speed is pretty fast for a ride that some lump in the same category as an average errand-runner, and having this much power at your fingertips is always a plus: we aren't encouraging you to do anything unlawful by any means in terms of speed, but isn't the potential to do so in your back pocket worth at least a healthy listen? Come on down to visit us promptly here at Landmark Dodge: this and other first-rate vehicles are waiting for you to selectively test drive, finally choose from, and embark on your next year's all-inclusive journey with.

Next Year's Dodge Durango Packs Wallop With Advanced Tech, Class-Leading Towing

Tuesday, July 17, 2018



The V-6 is a great category to exist in: it's known for delivering excellent fuel economy, and next year's Durango now takes up prime real estate in this engine slot. also having the same performance front fascia and LED fog lamps that the SRT and R/T models sport. You'll be excited to check out how the citadel models now feature second-row captain's chairs as standard equipment, with center air inlet duct and two heat extractors also available. Everyone that has talked to us regarding what they love most about the Citadel model is also pumped up about the 825-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon Audio System: The R/T and SRT models are available with it as well, and this auto audio supplier is also the manufacture of the best home theater sound bar in the business!

 

Next year's model has a 20-inch wheel design available on Durango GT and R/T, in a Satin Carbon or Brass Monkey finish, as well as a new integrated trailer brake on all Durango models equipped with the Trailer Tow Package. Sometimes something as subtle as a change in paint color can really make the difference with the satisfaction and vibe felt from a vehicle: F8 Green Destroyer Gray, and Reactor blue exterior paint colors all debut for next year as well. This is the vehicle that is truly the 3-row Charger of the SUV segment, delivering advanced technology options, class-leading towing and driving range, confident driving dynamics, and styling that is very aggressive.

 

What is most exciting about the Durango? This is the fastest, most powerful, and most capable 3-row SUV in America, with the proven 392 cubic-inch HEMI V-8 on board delivering 475 horsepower, and 470 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to go from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, while at the same time outhauling every 3-row full-size SUV on the road, boasting a towing capability of 8,700 pounds. Sometimes during the daily drive, you may need to slow down at a much faster rate then planned, and next year's model has lightweight, high-performance Brembo brakes with two-piece rotors, with an optional 20-inch Matte Vapor or Brass Monkey Finish. This is the vehicle that many of us at Landmark Dodge are the most excited about: it truly combines raw power with the most practical of functionality.

 

The performance-tuned AWD system as well as the Active Damping System that opens and closes the Durango SRT's suspension damper valves are other top-notch performance features, as well as an exhaust system that is tuned to offer the signature very deep and high-performance exhaust note these pipes are so well known for. This vehicle will truly offer the most muscle for the dollar, powered by the iconic 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, which cranks out 390 lb- ft of torque, and a superior tow rating of 7,400 pounds.

 

 

 

 

Fuel Saver Technology with cylinder deactivation is the key to alternating between smooth, high-fuel economy 4-cylinder mode, and the alternative of V-8 mode when more power is needed. When this model arrives, you're going to be excited about the SXT edition: leather seats can be added for a premium feel, and you'll immediately see why this is the SUV for 2019 is a scorching choice: steadily climbing on the hill of rising power under the hood, many owners are bound to call the Durango their next home-run choice!

 Forbes Ranks Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk as “Extraordinary”, “Arriving with a Rumble and Roar”

Friday, July 13, 2018



 

Jim Gorelzany of Forbes has long had the pleasure of reviewing the hottest and fastest automobiles in the world, and everyone here at Landmark Dodge was beyond excited that he picked the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk as his next target to dissect the functions and features on, and he right away excitedly billed it as “A Ferrari that can carpool, carry up to 68.3 cubic feet of storage, and tow up to 7,200 pounds”. It's absolutely true that excitement should be mounted in large heaps: packing the 6.2-liter 707-horsepower supercharged V8 engine is one trait that will allow it to smoke virtually any other SUV available, time and time again.


 

The team from Forbes put a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to the test over the course of a week and claimed it was far and beyond the most extraordinary vehicle they've driven all year. Citing its appeal and powerful stance as what behaves as an over-the-top American muscle car, it's also implemented as a great tool for family travel and the likes of tasks such as carpooling. You complete the 0-60 mph dash in just 3.5 seconds and are capable of reaching a top speed of 180 mph. Jim was adamant about touting the straight driving characteristics of the Trackhawk: with the ability, it has to generate such high G-forces, it can still limit the amount of dramatics that some vehicles with this much power possess.


 

The addition of all-wheel-drive to the mix is one of the components that help the Trackhawk handle so well at very high speeds, a surprise to many drivers used to various types of SUVs on the current market. The Forbes crew were able to test it on some remote roads with a high number of twists and were amazed by how well it adhered to the pavement without any drift or drama, with modest understeer when pushed hard, and the all-important minimal body roll. Performance selections that include driving in snow and towing are ideal for any bursts of inclement weather, and in “Auto” mode, the engine torque is split into a rear-biased setting, and the stability control is in a much more aggressive stance.


 

The Forbes crew claimed that the Launch Control setting is one that is all-around standard for daily drives, and optimizes the engine, transmission, stability control, and driveline for a smooth launch. Even though the experts conducting this test drive loved the many superhuman elements of it when you are fulfilling the desire to really open up, but when driven passively and slowly, it settles down quite nicely. Active noise cancellation helps greatly with any of the extra hum heard in the cabin, and the industry-superior Uconnect infotainment system has an 8.4-inch display, navigation, XM satellite radio, and both Android Auto and Apple Car Play interfaces with an incredibly awesome Alpine premium sound system. The Jeep namesake lives on in amazing sentiment with the new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: come to see us soon, and test drive the explorer's modern dream!

2019 Jeep Renegade Extensive Reveal: A Close-up Glance at The Coming-soon Version

Saturday, July 7 2018


Earlier in the month, there were a few vital pictures released on the web of the 2019 Jeep Renegade, heavily enticing fans of the awesome vehicle made with fans of the road less traveled in mind. There has now been a release of a full gallery of images and details on the updated model. These are still portraying the Euro-spec version, but now you can have a better idea of the recent changes made to our prized Jeep model that is a bit on the smaller side. The new grille is comprised of completely redesigned slots, and the lower front fascia is changed up for a more modern look.

 

There are new fog lamps and headlamps as well as full LED light clusters on the rear, with a new pattern in the form of an “X”. The Renegade will receive 19-inch wheels for the Limited trim, and will offer 16-inch, 17-inch, and 18-inch options as well, perfect to conquer locations near Atlanta for off-road adventure such as the Tray Mountain Forest Service Road: this is a secluded place with well-marked forest roads, and ample doses of mud to plow through, making vehicles like the new Renegade a great choice.