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MotorTrend Offers Up Spotlight on Ram 1500 Laramie's Giant Uconnect Screen

Friday, June 26th, 2020

Scott Evans of the Motor Trend staff lamented in his feature piece for the blog this past week that “We've left the time when trucks were merely implements of work far in the rearview, and as such, any review of one needs to include an evaluation of the big, fat touchscreen smack in the middle of it.” Everyone here at Landmark Dodge of Morrow would have to agree that the days of squabbling about whether or not big screens belong in trucks are over, and “That horse is out of the barn”.

The optional 12-inch Uconnect screen offered by Ram helped give this truck a major boost over the top when it won the Motor Trend Truck of the Year award, and delivered the goods when it comes to interior screen option. With the installation of a massive portrait-oriented screen in the dash, the Ram line now saw many opportunities to address the numerous drawbacks of said screens. Larger screens can definitely provide the benefit of fitting larger text, buttons, and images on them if they are programmed just right. Whatever is on the screen is easier to read at just a quick glance, handy when you are running late or happen to be careening down the road.

 

The 8.0-inch screen in many other FCA products is the average size for the industry, and on these sometimes every line of text and a virtual button is a bit smaller and crammed up closer to other graphic elements on the screen. To get to the information you need takes a bit of focus and concentration, and once you've been spoiled by the big screen, it's true that smaller ones just don't cut it. Lining either side of the screen in the Ram 1500 are physical hard buttons for the driver and passenger's climate controls, and knobs for the radio's tuner and volume.

 

If you don't want to take your hands off the wheel, there are buttons located right on the back sides of the steering wheel spokes and 9 and 3 for volume and tuning as well as the option to use voice commands. Completing the task of integrating outside technologies is where Motor Trend claims the Ram brings home the real triumph: on the Ram's platform, CarPlay or Android Auto is assigned as one of the two “cards” on the upper or lower half of the screen, and the other “card” can navigate audio, navigation, phone, or Sirius XM Travel Link offerings. 

We understand wholeheartedly that it took a while for people to recognize the benefits of a large screen as standard in a truck but also stand behind the review teams and new auto feature scouts out there that are ranking our achievements in the tech department as the best in the business. We also hope to see you here this summer checking out all of the benefits of brand new Ram, and just how many awesome ways it can help, haul, and be your family's solid backbone of transportation!

Muscle Cars and Trucks Spies 2021 Ram 1500 With Improved Tech and Towing Features 

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

With the introductions of the 2021 model year Ram trucks here at Landmark Dodge of Morrow coming soon, there has been a great deal of attention focused on the brutish and powerful Hellcat-powered Ram TRX. While the all-new Raptor-battling off-roading champion is definitely worthy of a high amount of hype, the great folks on staff duty at Muscle Cars and Trucks.com have just alerted all truck lovers out there that the new 2021 Ram 1500 will also be seeing some updates. There is nothing quite like summertime when it comes to owning your favorite truck: you can use it to see the stars, haul the day's duty, or complete the daily drive while having fun the whole time! 

 

They show a few spy shots here that hint at some incoming tech bits that could be trickling down soon from the much larger Ram Heavy Duty models. If you take a close look at the mirror arms on this prototype, you can clearly see the added plastic that is where a camera has been housed on the larger Ram models since last year. The smaller versions of the Ram 1500 at this time have not been equipped with the 360-degree camera system and tow mirrors, but we are led to believe that they will be soon.

Ram's entire line of trucks has offered the rearward facing camera mounted in the third brake for a few straight models now, and this prototype appears to be the same. In the days before this technology existed, it was so much harder to keep an eye on your cargo, and just glancing at the camera is a great way to make sure that all is still well right behind you. The 2021 Ram Rebel TRX prototypes have also said to have been spotted with a trailer steering knob right inside the cab, which is likely to carry over to the standard truck as well.

 

 

This interior is the one that FCA Jeep deems as the “Best looking in its class”, and it is all due to attractive aesthetics, way above average craftsmanship, and materials that consistently beat out the competition. The Ram 1500's inability to be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show this year admittedly left us with a need, and we know that die-hard truck fans are waiting to see what happens with the official reveal and destination dates.

 

One of the most exciting things under wraps that have been circulating is the notion that the 1500 AND the TRX will be doled with more horsepower, and it's hard to say just what engine will be bestowed on our prized pickup. We will keep you posted right here on the blog about when the new Ram will see light of day, pricing, specs, and trim level info for you to make your best choice! 

Ram 1500 Built to Serve Special Edition Second Edition Featured on Slashgear.com 

Friday, June 19th, 2020

All throughout history, entities such as the U.S. Military have had so many good reasons to incorporate trucks into their daily regimen. Last year in November, Ram unleashed its first batch of Ram 1500 Built to Serve models to commemorate the army, and this year the hard-working and brave men and women of the U.S. Navy are slated to see the model dedicated to their service. As showcased on the very awesome Slashgear.com blog this week, each batch is available in two colors, and this one will see Gator Green and Diamond Black as it's choices.

 

1,000 units per color of the 1500 Built to Serve Edition will be built and released, and each truck comes standard with a patriotism-inspired kit. Mike Koval is head of the Ram Brand 's North American division, and claimed proudly last week that “Ram honors those who serve or have served in the United States with distinction and we continue to welcome volunteers to our Ram Nation volunteer efforts.” Each one of these models built with the military in mind gets an all-black grille, darkened lighting elements, black bumpers, dual 4-inch black exhaust tips, and 20-inch gray wheels unique to this release line.

 

Each individual truck is garnished with the proud United States Flag and Built to Serve decals on both the interior and exterior. Owners are also given completely free reign to personalize their trucks with custom patches, flags, slogans, or any nameplates they are fond of. Also included as standard equipment is a lockable console storage bin, sports seats wrapped in cloth and vinyl, all-weather rubberized floor liners, and black chrome interior trim. Each of these special edition models also included the 4x4 Off-Road Group package which adds rugged goodies like skid plates, all-terrain tires, heavy-duty shock absorbers, and an electronic locking rear axle.

 

Tow hooks and hill-descent control are also included in the package, and here at Landmark Dodge of Morrow as well as nationwide arrivals will start to come as they coincide with Flag Day June 14. Editions coming in the next few months are going to be heartily on deck paying homage to the Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard with their respective traits and offerings. 

As the staff on duty at Car and Driver claimed earlier this year, the 2020 Ram 1500 is “always versatile, and completely capable”. The smooth-riding coil-spring suspension easily beats out all of its rivals, and optional air springs positioned at all four corners do even better no matter how heavy the load. If you want to get to 60 mph in less than six seconds, you even have the option of throwing in a Hemi engine, the rugged and outlaw-style raw definition of true torque, and capable power!

New ZF 8-Speed Transmission For Ram Heavy Duty Showcased on Muscle Cars and Trucks Blog

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Ram trucks have long been known for their smooth ride, extreme durability, and for always leading the pack in numerous other categories. Lucas Allen of Muscle Cars and Trucks has been delivering the digital scoop on everything truck-related for quite some time, and his last feature took an up-close look at the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission that is bound to soon reach its ultimate destination of the larger Ram Heavy Duty truck line. ZF is one of the top players globally in automotive supply, and many of the best cars in show over the years have used their transmissions.

Iconic models ranging from the Lamborghini Urus to the fast and furious SRT Hellcat products use a ZF-supplied gearbox. The well-versed teams at both Cummins and Ram have partnered with ZF to now create this all-new PowerLine 8AT transmission for commercial applications. It will be ideal for use in refuse management, construction and utility applications, distribution trucks, and heavy-duty pickups. It is rated for vehicles up to 57,000 pounds and can handle up to 1,000 lb-ft of engine torque.

 

This transmission will also feature some very valuable upgrades over the previous 6-speed, including the ability to send 500 lb-ft of engine torque to a dual-side PTO system. You also see the benefits of adaptive shift mapping, optimized shift comfort, and automatic powershifting for up to a 30 percent higher acceleration rate. Compared to the outgoing unit, this transmission provides savings in weight along with a boost of 10% increase in fuel efficiency. With the uncertainty the beginning of this year brought in the auto manufacturing environment due to the pandemic, it's hard to say exactly when you'll find this exciting and powerful new transmission inside the Ram Heavy-Duty Line, but it's guaranteed to not be too terribly far out.

 

The Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty models stole the show in regard to Motor Trend's 2020 Truck of the Year honors, and there's simply a lot to love. It was really appreciated just how each trim feels very unique, and buyers have the ability to choose between multiple color schemes and screen sizes for infotainment options. For 2020, all HD Rams get new shocks, as well as optional rear helper air springs that make a huge difference in ride quality.

The Power Wagon was already a very impressive off-road machine but now rides on a brand-new high-strength steel platform. It offers up much more precise steering and the Warn winch has seen an upgrade up to 12,000 lbs. When pitted straight up against the GMC Sierra the Ram felt much more confident towing a very large trailer courtesy of the Motorbiscuit.com team, as they did not experience any engine strain during the process. We invite you to come to pay us a visit here at Landmark Dodge of Morrow and check out the world's #1 truck: one test drive makes many an overnight and lifelong fan!

2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: 5 of It's Coolest Features via Carbuzz.com 

Friday, June 12th, 2020

We have to agree wholeheartedly with Jared Ronzenholtz of Carbuzz.com when he begins his latest blog post by claiming that “few vehicles are as recognizable and or unique as 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The off-road-ready and explorer-prone brand we love to represent so much here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta has managed to create a very old-school off-roader during a time in the market that seems to favor the entire crossover niche. Jared had the pleasure of driving a Wrangler for a week and after a thorough review, wanted to highlight his favorite five things about it.

Removable Panels: The Wrangler is at this time the only vehicle on sale with removable side panels, doors, and windshield. When it comes to open-top convertible, they can only provide a bit of the thrill one gets when a Wrangler has all of the doors removed and you realize how simple it is to do so. You just have to turn three bolts and unplug a wiring harness, and there's a storage area for the bolts situated right in the trunk.

 

Removable Roof: Every Wrangler model comes with a removable roof but there are three options available. The soft-top comes standard, and hardtop is available for heightened insulation and improved security in body color or plastic finish. This group's tester was equipped with the third roof option, the Sky One-Touch power-folding top. The One-Touch roof can be opened or closed at just the press of a button and opens up all passengers to the sunnier of weather elements.

 

EcoDiesel Engine: Now for the first time, the Wrangler Unlimited is available with a diesel engine. Taking an appropriate loan on the 3.0-Liter turbocharged EcoDisel from the Ram 1500, this version of the Wrangler cranks out 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. It is also plentifully available in the lower rev range, which is the best ingredient out there for low speed crawling. Possessing stats of the most efficient Wrangler ever, fuel economy ratings are 22 mpg in the city, and 29 mpg on the highway.

 

Rubicon Capability: All Wrangler models flex in a major way off-road but the Rubicon is the most tangle-worthy of the bunch. It rides on 33-inch all-terrain tires driven by a Rock-track four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case, 4:1 low range gear ration, and locking front and rear differentials. It also comes equipped with off-road attributes such as hill descent control and disconnecting sway bars. Anything from the underside is where you are going to experience a beating, and this is what the Wrangler is equipped to weather.

 

The Easter Egg Phenomenon: One very popular and bunny-dominated holiday has always seen its homage paid out in super-cool form on many Jeep models. The “Easter Eggs” in form of extras here include a Willys Jeep on the windshield, tires, and gear selector, a pair of sandals under the windshield wipers, and a plaque on the tailgate that shows the two-door and four-door wheelbase in full form. This is a namesake that has most likely hidden many other stamped treasures along the way, as a playful stance and long-time homage to the outdoors allow for throwbacks to those who love camping, fjording over raging rivers, and finding their inner peace outside during their downtime.

Ram Trucks Look Back to the Past: How We Carved Our way to the Top, One Truck at a Time 

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

Since all of the trucks we love so much here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta have done such a fantastic job of building our reputation, we were happy to see the blog feature last week from the folks at Hotcars.com that takes a closeup look at some of the best over the years. After going back into time a little bit to see how Ram trucks evolved into today's best-sellers, they praised the brand for being so sturdy, secure, and reliable over the many decades of their existence while honing in on some of their favorites.

1981 Dodge Ram D150: While the Ram was always a very essential part of the Dodge pickup history, it was not until 1980 that the Ram name was stamped directly on a truck. This model bore a lot of similarities to the D150 from the 70s and boasted availability of several engine trims including the likes of a hefty V8.

 

1984 Dodge Ram 100: The predominant reason for the existence of the Ram series was to help it compete with the modern and massive trucks Ford and GM were cranking out. To keep up properly and maintain a high standard within the line, they introduced this model. It was a bit basic, but many liked it due to its affordability.

 

1989 Dodge Ram D/W Series 5.9 Cummins: 1989 was a fantastic year for the Ram line, and this is when the 250 and 350 trucks saw release to the public. Sales were growing, and a turbocharged diesel engine was definitely helping out with the truck-loving public's approval.

 

1993 Dodge Ram 1500 (Second Generation): Dodge had already been planning to release the second generation of its Ram trucks from 1986, and had begun research and development to revamp every single model. This line was also massively successful, and after replacing the D150 was available in 3.9-L V6, 5.2-L V8, and 5.9-L V8.

 

1993 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 (Second Generation): These ultimately became known as three very essential models available in the Ram line of pickups. The 1500, 2500, and 3500 respectively represent the half-ton, three-quarter-ton, and one-ton truck, and replaced the 250 and 350. These saw availability in the same trims and enjoyed wide success.

 

1995 Dodge Ram 2500 (Twister): We very obviously enjoyed the boost by having a model featured in the tornado-chasing duo's classic movie “Twister”. It is the 2500 with the 8.0-L V10 engine, which takes a funnel cloud head-on and helps build the vehicle's reputation as always as tough as nails and ready to rumble.

 

1995 Dodge Ram 1500 (Walker Texas Ranger): We fully agree with the sentiment that real-life heroes don't get much bigger than Chuck Norris, and he chose to brandish a Dodge Ram 1500 during his Walker Texas Ranger series. Someone capable of so many lethal karate kicks could never endorse a truck that didn't give 110% on the daily.

 

1997 Dodge Ram Series: During the 1990s Ram knew they were onto something fantastic with the series and continued to make improvements to the lineup every year. It was then that the line became the first full-size pickup truck to get driver-side airbags, and both the 1500 and 2500 models received four-wheel ABS systems, coming in as very handy after serving up 300+ horsepower.

 

2000 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Off-Road Edition: The off-road edition of the Ram 1500 boasted 17” alloy wheels, limited-slip rear differential, fog lamps, 4x4 transfer case skid plate, and other off-roading features. There was a bit of lag with this model in popularity, but it was still seen as iconic and setting the stage for more coming in the future.

 

2002 Dodge Ram Series (Third-Generation): This truck underwent very significant changes including new interior, powertrain, frame, and suspension. The detail paid attention to regarding the interior was a game-changing effort, and resulted in yet another major sales boost.

2021 Ram Rebel TRX Spotted Dominating Nevada Desert Dunes by Muscle Car and Trucks 

Friday, June 5th, 2020

For the last 4 years, many customers here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta as well as truck fans nationwide have wondered when the Ram Rebel TRX trim will finally make its debut. Spy shots have become an exciting way to at least catch a glimpse of what is arriving down the line in the future, and some new ones of the Ram Rebel TRX have just been spotted testing in the Nevada desert by the Muscle Cars and Trucks crew.

 

These particular shots provide a clearer look at the truck's front end, and this new video was captured by YouTube user Wesley Burk. Even though the truck is heavily camouflaged as future production models usually are we can clearly see what appears to be the old-school style Ram crosshair grille. The reason why that is so interesting is that other variants of this wickedly cool concept simply did not brandish that feature. It could also be possible that this is part of an effort to throw viewers off, including a window line that is surprisingly reminiscent of what you see on crosstown rival Ford F-150.

 

The more aggressive appearance of the crosshair grille is suitable for a vehicle carrying over 700 horsepower, and the Hellcat V8 sounds fantastic during this clip. While we still await the true and official debut of the 2021 Ram Rebel TRX, now is definitely the appropriate time to put your order together! There is no doubt that these trucks are going to fly off the lines and lots rapidly. The folks on duty at the topspeed.com were correct when they claimed that the Rebel TRX doesn't have any expectations or nostalgia attached and that people like it for just how good its shaping out to be.

 

The RAM began the performance pickup truck niche almost 15 years ago when we celebrated the launch of the Ram SRT-10 with the Dodge Viper's ferocious V-10. We will always feel that at that time the market was just not quite mature enough to handle it, sending it off the production line just three years after it was introduced. First shown to the public during the State Fair of Texas, the concept was based on a ton of off-roading equipment, wider body, and raw and powerful engine under the hood.

 

We expect a skid plate on the bottom and the off-road necessity of hood scoop and wider front fenders with air vents. No one is completely positive yet if this Ram will equip the MultiFunction tailgate or not, but a bed-mounted spare tire is expected. Die-hard fans would also LOVE to see a special appearance kit to “bring out the true rebel” feel and look to the truck as well!

2021 Jeep Compass Teaser YouTube Video Featured on Autoblog.com 

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

It was just three years ago that the Jeep Compass right here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta was all new, and so as the folk on staff at Autoblog reported last week, it is nearing its time for a mid-cycle refresh. Jeep of Europe teased this exact sentiment in a YouTube preview post this past week indicating that the Compass refresh would be revealed June 4th. As usual, the teaser does not provide a whole lot of substance in regard to what to expect, but there are a few clues to make a guess about appearance.

 

The most distinguishable visual is of the grille, and the honeycomb mesh design looks just about identical to the one on the current Compass. We expect there to be new lights all around and perhaps some newly designed fascias to give it a fresh stance. With some new wheels and paint color selections, that will probably be about as far as the exterior changes go. But what the Autoblog crew cares most about is what's underneath the sheet metal. Currently, the Compass derives power from a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that cranks out 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.

 

Jeep has formally announced that the Compass is slated to receive a plug-in hybrid option, but still missing U.S. -specific details about it. We are sure that the PHEV will be brandishing a 1.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder combined with an electric motor for a total system output of around 240 horsepower. During the all-important WLTP testing, it proved the capability of 31 miles of electric-only motoring. Earlier this year at the CES conference, Jeep had shown its line of future 4xe PHEVs, but not much has been heard about their release or progress since.

 

As Car and Driver describe here,the Compass promotes Jeeps adventurous lifestyle in a more city-friendly package than other models that are ready to run across deserts and over boulders with vigor. Every model does offer all-wheel drive, however and the Trailhawk version can take on rocks and mud without much issue. The base Sport model now can be attained with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and more by means of the Safety and Security package.

 

One of the most valuable assets onboard is an automatic setting that allows the car to direct torque to the wheels as it sees fit, while Sand, Snow, and Mud modes allow varying amounts of slippage on the wheels that improve overall traction. This is the vehicle that has been billed as feeling “well-controlled, solidly planted, and capable on the road”, and we’ll keep you posted right here about any updates regarding arrival and specific refresh details!

Motortrend's Week With the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit: “Loving The Updated Cabin, and True Raw Performance”

Friday, May 29th, 2020

Everyone here at Landmark Dodge of Morrow realizes that ten years is quite a bit of time in terms of having the same model roll off the line year after year. Even though our prized Jeep Grand Cherokee has been around now for a decade, much attention has been paid to always keeping it current. From the budget-friendly Laredo to the Hellcat-powered and performance-focused Trackhawk, Jeep had done a fantastic job of keeping the two-row midsize SUV genre covered in all ways.

 

The MotorTrend blog staff took a close look at the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit trim last week, which is the most upscale model in the lineup. 20-inch wheels, a very unique grille and fascia, and upscale interior materials also set the Summit apart from other mainstream midsize SUVs. Once inside, an abundance of stitched leather covers the majority of the cabin, and dark wood trim contrasts perfectly with the light brown seats. The team on duty here during testing claimed that the 8.4-inch screen for the Uconnect infotainment system went way beyond their expectations, is fast, sports modern graphics, and is also very easy to use.

You don't have to dig endlessly for the menu you want, and everything is labeled well on top of being easy to operate. The 19-speaker Harmon Kardon premium audio system does an amazing job of upping the audio game and overall experience while inside the Summit; you can stream your entertainment choice through the smartphone, satellite radio, or by just playing a USB file. In the second row, you'll find heated seats, two USB ports, and even an optional entertainment system with two screens located on the front seatbacks.

 

As far as to what the actual drive quality is like, this crew was equipped with the optional 5.7-liter V8 engine, which cranks out 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque to the wheels utilizing an 8-speed automatic transmission. Included as standard equipment in the Summit is also a Quadra-Trac 4-wheel drive system, that keeps the Grand Cherokee out of dire trouble in case it lurches off the pavement. The engine possesses a fine amount of torque for hill climbing duty, and you can pull off a tight highway merge with no problems whatsoever.

 

On top of offering a very reliable 4x4 system with a two-speed transfer case, the Summit comes with a Selec-Terrain system with five very easy modes to choose from:  Snow, Sand, Mud, Rock, and Auto. The gang's overall final analysis was this flagship SUV from Jeep has had enough in the line of modification to make it more premium for those wanting an exclusive model. There are so many reasons to pick the Jeep line over crosstown rival Chevy's Tahoe, and we are glad that these experienced car journalists 100% agreed!

2021 Ram 1500 Praised by Carsguide.com For “Top Shelf Interior, Tech-Savvy Feel”

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Carsguide.com is a formidable source down under in Australia for everything car and truck related, and as of late American models have seen a growing popularity in the land of cute Koalas and primo pounding surf. Ford's F-150 truck is the only one that has not made the journey yet to compete, and staff writer Andrew Chesterton took a trip of his own to Los Angeles to check out the 2020 Ram 1500 utilizing a test drive before it screeches into the market.

 

Some of the features he appreciated most were the auto-dimming rearview mirror, parking sensors, automatic wipers, leather upholstery, satellite navigation, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, remote keyless entry, and remote-start functionality. For 2020 there will also be a 12-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen that's both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto equipped, that rounds off the cabin with a serious swagger of tech-savvy feel. After a few detailed drives, Andrew also determined that the Ram 1500 is the best-looking large-sized truck there is on the market, appearing premium, tough, and not trying too hard.

As so many others in his position after test driving have said, the interior feels top shelf and doesn't even feel at all like a truck. The essence of practicality was also appreciated with rear seats that fold up toward the tray so you can slide big boxes in behind the front seats, or the insanely clever cargo stoppers for the tray that can be moved forwards or backward to secure items in the truck's bed. His favorite feature was the Ram Box cargo storage outside the cabin, with one deep and lockable bin on either side of the bed, which is ideal for tool storage and has removable rubber plugs that you can fill with ice and beverages.

 

This is now the third generation of Ram's 3.0-liter diesel V6 here at Landmark Dodge of Morrow, fed respectably through an 8-speed automatic transmission. As far as what the drive feels like, you can tell you are deriving from a generous wave of torque, and it never feels underpowered. During most of his drives, he felt as if it did not even resemble a truck from behind the wheel, and that the steering is light and manageable considering the sheer bulk you are moving around in.

 

You’ll be protected by the “best in the business” as far as safety features including Forward Collision Mitigation with AEB, a reversing camera, Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Path and Trailer detection, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, and front, side and overhead airbags. The overall conclusion from the article was that better tech, more power, and better ride quality and capability then its competitors put the Ram in a distinguished and dominating category of its own!

6 Extra Cool Features of the Jeep Gladiator Mojave Courtesy of Carbuzz.com

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

The introduction of the Gladiator had persuaded many loyal Wrangler customers to make the switch, and the review staff on hand at Carbuzz.com claimed at the beginning of a blog feature last week that “this is truly THE adventure pickup truck”. The brand has already added a new Mojave trim level to the mix, which brings with it a large array of improvements that will likely see expansion to other jeep models in the near future. Whether in this new Mojave or any of the available trim levels, the Gladiator has some standout features the blog highlighted that make it shine above and beyond others in the mid-size truck segment.

 

Changes to the Exterior: On a recent test drive of the Mojave, the group enjoyed the appearance of the very impressive Punk'n Metallic. When out and about, they had never received that much attention driving any pickup truck. Other fellow Jeep owners rolled down their windows asking about which ways it was modified, and they got multiple thumbs-ups while in traffic. If you want a Jeep that is truly “factory modified”, the Mojave is the way to go.

 

Desert Rated Suspension: Jeep has a few different Trail Rated models but this is the first one to brandish the honor of the Desert Rated badge. The Rubicon model is built for low-speed off-road handling the Mojave acts as an aggressive vehicle ready to handle desert running duties at higher speeds. It rides on 2.5-inch Fox internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs filled with military-grade fluid to keep them properly cooled. It results in an incredibly smooth ride over rough terrain, memorable to anyone conquering the wild.

 

Changes to the Cabin: The Rubicon trim level sported primarily red accents; the Mojave's signature color is orange. The tester came equipped with cloth seats and the Mojave name stitched in orange, with the added choice of black or gray leather also available. The seats feature added-on bolstering on the sides to keep you planted during high-speed off-road excursions and additional super cool orange accents surrounding the air vents.

 

Off-Road Screens: FCA's Uconnect infotainment is flexible enough to offer different performance screens for different vehicles. A set of organized off-road pages allows the driver to view their steering angle, transfer case position, accessor gauges, steering angle, pitch and roll, and a front and rear camera to provide spotting duty for large rocks and other obstacles.

 

Removable Roof and Doors: The Carbuzz.com crew's favorite aspect of the Jeep Gladiator is its ability to remove the roof, doors, and windshield. No other pickup truck on the market can provide this, and it helps the Gladiator fully stand out as the most fun in its category. The two front Freedom Panels can be easily removed and stored in a carrying bag with no tools, and a few bolts and one unplugged electrical connection allows for simple door removal.

 

There’s Also a Removable Speaker! Here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta our staff was definitely impressed by the optional wireless Bluetooth speaker mounted right behind the rear seats: the Alpine-branded speaker can charge while mounted to the truck, and is loud enough for camping and tailgating antics. The party is always extra fun with better tuneage potential, and the power to crank it up while getting the camping gear ready to enjoy the

spread of outdoor scenery!

Carbuzz.com Confirms That Brand New Jeep Wagoneer's “Desert Rated” in a Major Way

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Jeep's new “Desert Rated” badge made its first appearance on the Jeep Gladiator Mojave and is expected to make its prominent way onto plenty more vehicles before too long. This list will include the famously rugged Jeep Wrangler, as we reported last week, and the next two vehicles scheduled to receive the badge are the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the not-yet-released Jeep Wagoneer. This was all according to MotorTrend, based on intel from some sources within FCA. Those same sources say that the smaller Jeep Cherokee might also see the badge in days to come.

 

Both the Jeep Wagoneer and the next-generation Jeep are expected to arrive in for the 2021 model year. The new Trail Rated badge is different in focus from the current Trail Rated one, but the basic concept still applies: to earn it, a vehicle needs to pass multiple tests related to its capability to run in the desert. That includes how well it can really offer up the traction over loose surfaces like sand, how it can maneuver in the desert and its level of ground clearance.

 

Where “Trail Rated” is in terms of a vehicle that has been certified for off-roading over rocky or muddy trails, “Desert Rated” is in relation to being able to perform off-road at higher speeds. The staff on hand at Carbuzz.com ran a feature with some awesome photos and a bit of explanation on just how the “Trail Rated” badge has been engaged. The Jeep Wrangler Mojave has still yet to make its official debut, and FCA will most likely want to show that model before rolling others out in the near future.

 

When originally introduced for dealers like us right here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta, the Mojave special edition basically added on Jeep's body-colored hardtop and fender flares in tan, white, or black onto the standard Wrangler Sport. Then the side steps were added from the Sahara model, as well as cool lizard decals on the hood and rearmost pillar, and some wheels were borrowed from the Wrangler Rubicon trim. Car and Driver also ran a great feature on what they know about the upcoming model and its offerings. 

 

Based on EPA ratings for the rear-drive 2020 Ram 1500, we’d expect the V-6 powered Jeeps to nail down around 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. The V-8 versions will likely be rated near 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. Both Wagoneer models will have three rows of seats, and both body styles will most likely offer driver-assistance technology such as adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and more!

Motor Trend Reports on Ram Dakota Being a Future Possibility Post Trademark Filing 

Friday, May 15th, 2020

For a few years now here on the lots and in the offices at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta we have heard rumors that Ram may see the reintroduction of a midsize pickup to the lineup and that it may sport the Dakota name. Last put into use when the pickups were branded as Dodges, the most recent information we gleaned from Autoblog is that a new trademark filing occurred for the name here in the States last month. Is it possible that a brand-new Ram Dakota could be waiting right around the corner?

 

According to records found online, this new FCA trademark is for “parts for vehicles, namely, automotive exterior decorative trim” in regards to the Dakota. The Dakota saw the end to its production days in 2011, shortly after Chrysler discontinued its commercial van and truck lineup under the “Ram” namesake two years earlier. Since then, FCA has been for the most part without a midsize truck offering, just brandishing the Ram 1500 and Heavy Duty models along with some rebadged Fiat van stock.

 

Previously, FCA claimed that there would be an available midsize pickup truck by 2022, but now it seems it may be an entire year sooner than that. If rollout goes as planned, it will likely have traditional body-on-frame construction, as well as a choice of gas or diesel six or turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. The Ram will most likely offer both single and quad cabs and both short and long boxes, while the somewhat similar Jeep Gladiator is just available for four full doors and a short bed. We see the seriously sworn competition in the forms of the Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier.

 

Car and Driver reported that the Dakota will most likely be constructed in Toledo, Ohio alongside the Gladiator, and that at this point there may not be a V8 engine in the works. The 3.6-liter V6 that is used across most of the entire Chrysler lineup is a pretty sure bet, with another potential option coming in the form of the recently introduced 3.0-liter V6, heftily cranking out 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. It would make rather good sense to offer a Rebel trim level with a bit more rugged appearance, tweaked suspension, protective skid plates, and knobby tires.

 

Based on the Gladiator’s towing and payload rankings, this coming Dakota could have the ability to pull up to 7650 pounds and haul up to 1600 pounds in its cargo bed. Interior styling

is expected to be like what is found within the Ram 1500, but maybe just a bit less luxurious with standard and optional features. We are confident that this new mid-sized

pickup will be available with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, and perhaps sport the larger “footlong”. We will keep you posted right here on the blog about any updates and release dates, and

hope you and yours are safe and healthy during trying times! Based on the Gladiator's towing and payload rankings, this coming Dakota could have the ability to pull up to 7650 pounds and haul up to 1600 pounds in its cargo bed. Interior styling is expected to be similar to what is found within the Ram 1500, but maybe just a bit less luxurious with standard and optional features. We are confident that this new mid-sized pickup will be available with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, and perhaps sport the larger “footlong”. We will keep you posted right here on the blog about any updates and release dates, and hope you and yours are safe and healthy during trying times!

 

RTI Ramp Ruckus: 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Suspension Under the Scope Via Autoblog 

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Autoblog's Dan Edmunds admitted right away in an article that for quite some time he had been eager to get his hands on the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave, and the specs were absolutely right up his alley. He had already taken note of the 1-inch front lift to level the truck, softer rear springs to allow better sync with the front, and hydraulic front bump stops to soften the really rough blows. Because of all these additives, the Mojave only has a rear locker, and its low-range transfer case ratio is 2.72 to 1 instead of 4 to 1.

 

Dan had just bought a Ramp Travel Index ramp designed to measure true flexibility of the suspension, and the Rubicon was the last vehicle he had ran up it to compare against. The ramp creates an artificial frame-twist situation that allows you to reach and measure the point of maximum suspension flex. These scores are based on a vehicle's performance on a 20-degree ramp, and if a vehicle has been heavily modified they can use a steeper ramp.

A “perfect score” of 1000 occurs when the rear tire reaches the ramp before it lifts off the ground. He does a good job of outlining here the point of maximum flex, at the left front suspension. The “torsinal stiffness” of the stabilizer bar is now defining the limit of deflection, paired with the stiffness of the spring itself. There is a gap between the bump stop and its landing pad that is the result of a disconnected stabilizer bar, one of the differences in the Mojave from the Rubicon. At exactly the right rear, the suspension sees full compression, and the rear stabilizer bar does not have the ability to be disconnected.

 

One of the important details everyone here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta noticed about the Mojave is that its track width is a half-inch wider than the Rubicon, which is accomplished by reducing the offset of the wheels. This is what ultimately pushes the tires outward to create more inside clearance for those bigger Fox shocks, and the views you get of the suspension in this article are close-up enough to show how adaptable and powerful it is.

 

When you feel the extreme call of the wild in a Jeep, you're going to need a suspension engineered to take on boulders and ruts that would be simply fatal to many other vehicles. We'll keep you posted on just how other experts such as Dan love to rant about how great the new Jeep line is, and how many desert-running and adrenaline-laced trips well take with our own Jeeps this summer!

Motor Trend Proclaims 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave “Wildly Passes the Most Rigorous Suspension Test”

Friday, May 8th, 2020

“For the Love of Trucks” has been one of the most popular statements and sentiments of the past 3-5 years at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta. Everyone wants to know which ones are the best for urban use, off-road action, and duties such as hauling and towing. Resident expert Scott Evans of Motor Trend set out to see just what makes the Jeep Gladiator Mojave so special this week and began with the verdict saying: “The End. You don't have to scroll down any further if you just want to know the answer, the Mojave is THE BEST.”

 

Also beginning by stating that the Mojave will do 90 percent of what the Rubicon will while the Rubicon can't do half of what the Mojave will, it is a reason that Scott says you will have more fun in any situation with this than any model. The Rubicon is respectfully set up to scratch and claw its way over anything, but still brandishes the longest wheelbase of any truck in its category. So even though it has the best ground clearance, it has an unfavorable breakover angle compared to other off-road models.

 

It is by no means a fatal flaw, it just means that it could prove to be potentially high center on obstacles that other trucks would clear, as this gang experienced frequently on the Mojave Road. Since long wheelbase vehicles are usually more stable when cornering, they are less likely to possess oversteering qualities, which in the very worst case may lead to a flip-over. The testing troupe went down the back-entry road into Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area, where the yearly King of the Hammers off-road race takes place. The Mojave easily ate up the winter-worn and ravaged dirt road on the way.

 

Soggy lake was living up to its name fully as late-season rain had been pelting it, and Scott was amazed at the way he could carry noticeable speed with the Falken Wildpeak A/T3W tires, doing an astonishing 75 mph on the trail. One of his cohorts used a Ram 1500 Laramie and felt like he was hurting it badly at just 45 mph, and here the team reflected that they could have pushed it even faster with a very reckless driver at the helm. They were conquering full-on moguls at 45 mph in the Mojave and proclaimed that it only truly met its limit once.

 

This was during the attempt to clear closely spaced moguls where the peak of one hump sees

the nose facing down just as the front end needs to prepare for the next hump. It’s where you are starting to relentlessly bash the front suspension, and the Mojave’s big shocks and hydraulic bump stops made the big impacts softer than any other off-road truck the group had ever driven. The conclusion here regarding the Mojave was that you can rip through an off-road park, forest or service road or the typical back 40 in ways you just can’t with any other Gladiator and that it is the Jeep product consistently armed and dangerous for whatever grime is thrown it’s way!

Road and Track Describes how Ram Rebel 1500 EcoDiesel “Turned me Into a Pickup Truck Convert”

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Writer Aaron Brown of Road and Track began his latest blog feature by saying that he was always a sworn sports car man and that he “could not fathom having a truck as his primary vehicle.” He had always envisioned the genre as a whole as slow, fuel-guzzling, and lumbering, and just felt that those traits would not please him on a daily drive. Thanks to his test drive in the Ram 1500 Rebel EcoDiesel, he finally admitted that he had fallen in love for good! 

 

For a few months, he engaged in putting around 3,000 miles on a longterm 1500 EcoDiesel. They planned for the truck to reside at the family shop in Knoxville, with an Aerovault trailer hitched up so it could do the job of the Caterham kit car project's official hauling agent. Aaron paired up with his editor and drove the truck from Los Angeles to Knox in early March, after a brief stop outside Las Vegas to acquire the trailer. The global events at hand changed the racing plans for the season, so Aaron was still using it daily as a supply-getter while cooped up in Texas.

 

As someone who has owned more than 15 cars, it would take quite a bit for him to be happy using a truck as his only vehicle, and he was simply amazed at how close the Ram came. It surely helped that his test truck was stacked with options in the four-wheel-drive crew-cab model boasting a well-sorted air suspension, punchy diesel engine, and array of technology packages. The 3.0-liter V6 Ecodiesel serves up 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, as well as a hefty 12,560-lb tow rating, which means it is very capable of most consumer-level tasks and hauling.

 

All of us on duty here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta can relate when Aaron humorously says that hearing the gravelly diesel echo off barrier and walls, it makes him feel like he is doing “Big Important Adult Industrial Business”, instead of just bringing two weeks of bagels and dogfood back from the local market. Here he also touts the flair that the Rebel package adds with 33-inch all-terrain tires, an electric-locking rear differential, a one-inch suspension lift, and a blacked-out grille. The first thing Aaron noticed on the inside was the massive 12-inch infotainment screen: although it was almost intimidating at first but then proved itself to be very user-friendly.

 

On the top of the screen, there is adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, forward-collision warning, blindspot and cross-path detection, comfortable leather trimmed heated seats, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and an assortment of USB ports. After so many years of being a staunch sedan lover, Aaron quickly got over the anxiety of driving the big rig around after finally getting it back to Tennessee. Among the fierce truck competition in the market today, our prized Ram 1500 is also the favorite among Cnet.com/Roadshow staff, who gave it high praise for onboard technology, comfortable ride, and handsome design.

 

 

The Drive Claims 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave is a “Charming and Capable Item for an Off-Road Enthusiast's Wish List”

Friday, May 1st, 2020

Last year when the arrival of the Jeep Gladiator proved the brand's new midsized machine could deliver truck-style practicality as well as off-road mastery, many customers we talk to here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta have been completely won over. As the staff of The Drive featured in detail on their blog last week, The Gladiator Rubicon's list of standard equipment “reads like a dirt enthusiast's wish list”, adding heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear axles, electronically disconnecting sway bars, Fox monotube shocks, rock rails, and 33-inch all-terrain rubber.

 

The Overland and Sport models are fantastic for off-roading within their own limits, but it was always the Rubicon that took the Jeep brand's essence to the pinnacles of extreme, and delivers with a gust of familiarity and function what most picture as the “ultimate Jeep”. The Mojave is the first Jeep model ever to earn the brand's Desert Rated badge, allowing it to conquer sand dunes, whoops, and rivers with ease. Writer Bradley Iger embarked in none other than the Mojave Desert equipped with one to see how it handled the harsh extremes and endless chances to perform off-road stunts.

 

The exterior additives on the Mojave include a hood scoop, orange tow hooks, and class-exclusive 17-inch wheels, and the majority of what really sets it apart is found in the suspension and chassis. To be able to handle what a desert dirt trail at high speed doles out as well as jumping, the Mojave is outfitted with a set of Fox 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks with remote reservoirs on all four corners. Then it sees the addition of Fox hydraulic jounce bumpers up front and a 1-inch front suspension lift.

 

This is all designed to work together to provide the best in ride compliance both off-road and on. The hydraulic jounce bumpers also provide the function of a secondary pair of shocks providing additional damping force to prevent the front end from seeing a bottom-out. The axles have also been upgraded to reinforce the frame to handle various forms of off-road abuse, and the Mojave also gets Jeep's Command-Trac four-wheel-drive system and 2.72:1 transfer case. The other option is the 4.0:1 Rock-trac system found on the Rubicon, which gives priority to speed and response over outright rock and boulder climbing.

 

Locking rear differential is a must in extreme off-road situations, and the Mojave's “Road +” mode ideally dials in the throttle response, transmission shift points, and traction control system for better performance when in the muck. The test driver headed out from central Los Angeles to a well-known cluster of trails in Victor Valley to encounter a good blend of challenging terrain. The test truck was equipped with a manual transmission, and the roughly 5,000-lb vehicle was handled here with ease by means of the 3.6-liter V6. The 33-inch Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires were also part of the setup that allowed for better clearance and overall navigation.


It was smack dab in the middle of high-speed trail sections that the raw goodness of the Mojave spilled out into plain day. Running loops in the dirt minus jumps and gathering up more speed each time around, this is where the gang really got the vehicle to shine properly. The faster it was pushed, the more settled the truck became, with the suspension on duty as it did the job of absorbing impacts any time the tires caught air. In conclusion, it was decided here that when stacked up against the competitions such as the Colorado ZR2 and the F-150 Raptor, the Mojave is the essential tool for running over washboard, camping the roads

traveled at slow-roving speed, and enjoying places and times ranging from the star-kissed night to the Vulture-laden Valley!

Hotcars.com Shines Introspective-Fueled Light on the Evolution of the Ram Pickup 

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Everyone on staff here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta has had a front-row seat at watching the Ram truck change a great deal since the brand was first founded in 1981, committed heavily to its vision of constructing premium vehicles for hard-working individuals. The crew on duty at Hotcars.com cranked out a great feature last week highlighting the Ram's life story, and showing just how different every generation was on up to the present. Although the first Ram truck was not created until 1981, Chrysler had been making trucks under the Fargo brand name since the late 1920s. 

 

After World War II, the Power Wagon civilian truck enjoyed an enormous rise in popularity due to its strong and sturdy nature, making it useful for farmers, construction crews, and other people out on a day's work. During the 1960s and 70s, there was a shrinking taking place within the heavy-duty truck market, and this lead to Dodge trucks becoming more like luxury vehicles and less geared for hard work. The very first generation Dodge Ram did not do very well in its first few years on the market. The design of the cab and chassis was a bit behind the times, and there were not many engine choices, but the presence of the Cummins B-series diesel was a help to save the new truck from failure. 

The Second Generation: 1993-2001: The Ram Truck of the 1990s was, for the most part, the same mechanically, with a completely redesigned exterior. Many other trucks on the market at the time had very flat and angular design traits, and the designers of the new Ram drew inspiration from large rounded front ends of other Studebakers and older rigs that blended this style with the forgivable flaws of the current generations. This truck was a massive success, and sales rose significantly. In 1994 the Ram lurched forward to ultimate victory and won “Truck of the Year” honors. 

 

2001 – 2009: The Third Generation: For the 2000s, Dodge made a few changes both inside and out, resulting in drivetrain improvements, offering a wide array of cab options, and adding a stocky quality to the truck that wasn't present the decade before. Inside, the dashboard was ushered into the 21st century sporting built-in navigation and the Mega-cab was born, which had room for 6 reclinable seats. The SRT 10 of this time period actually had the same monstrous V10 as the Dodge Viper, a symbol of raw power and purebred strength. 

 

2009 – 2018: The Fourth Generation: This was the first generation of Ram trucks that were sold entirely independent of the Dodge brand. In appearance, they share a lot of similarity with the 2000s Ram, but the big-rig inspired front-end was made out to be larger. Engine options boasted more power and a greater towing capacity than in years past. With mounting concern over the price of gas as well as the environment, Ram also began to offer different engine options including the High Fuel Efficiency Model and the Ecodiesel, both attaining 25 mpg and 27 mpg respectively. 

 

The Modern Ram: 2019 : The most recent version of the Ram 1500 that came out in 2019 it just as large and impressive that of the 2010s, bu the traditional cross-shaped grill has disappeared. Under the hood are a supplemental electric motor and lighter chassis, meaning that fuel efficiency now has risen up to 32 mpg. The cabin has been given very high ratings for its luxury comfort, and there is a larger center console along with heated and cooled rear seats. This new breed of Ram has been Motor Trend Truck of the Year for both 2019 and 2020, solidifying its stance and value for anyone on the hunt for the ultimate rig! 

 

2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Sees Drivetrain Upgrades, “Completely Opens up New Off-Road Skill Set”

Friday, April 24th, 2020

The torque and horsepower loving guys and girls on the staff of Car and Driver are the first to admit that they cherish sports cars and have enjoyed decades of writing about the raw and real connection one feels when out on the open road with a high-performance car. The lack of solid rules, changing varieties of terrain, and the sense of accomplishment when you conquer Mother Nature by means of a vehicle's powertrain cure a sense of mounting impatience on the spot.

 

Everyone on staff here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta can relate to the sentiment they offer up about clambering over rocks and through mud in production vehicles seeming like an affair that turns up short in the adrenaline department, but now Jeep has constructed the Gladiator Mojave, the first of the brand's Desert Rated vehicles to undergo specific engineering for very high-speed off-road performance. As you can see online or in person with a quick glance at the F-150 Raptor, Chevy Colorado ZR2, and Toyota TRD Pro model, there is rising popularity of production vehicles that are tuned and ready-to-go for desert racing.

The Mojave begins to whet the appetite with a lightly modified Gladiator Rubicon, which the Car and Driver staff already consider to be the best version of the 10Best-worthy Gladiator pickup. It arrives on the dust and cactus-laden scene with 33-inch-tall tires, stout live axles with 4.10:1 gears, and a two-speed low-range transfer case. All this greatness was hinted at a few years ago when Jeep introduced the Sandstorm concept, and there are several different attributes that create a bit more aggressive stance made for speed when compared to the Rubicon. A 1.0-inch front suspension lift is the means of vital wheel-well clearance for the new 2.5-inch Fox internal-bypass dampers.

 

If during your off-road journey you do manage to get air between the Mojave's standard Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain tires and solid earth, just rest assured that the ladder frame has been greatly strengthened at the mounting points to absorb hard landings better. It is also the recipient of a stiffer rear axle made of thicker tubing, a larger-diameter rear track bar, and a .5-inch wider track from standard 17-inch wheels brandishing greater offset. These are traits that allow the vehicle to reach high-speed drifts over rough and uneven terrain. The instrument on board that ties together the chassis and drivetrain electronics is the Off-Road Plus drive mode: here the V-6's throttle response is carefully adjusted, and calibration is relaxed for the ABS and traction to adapt to desert-running elements.

 

As far as extra options, the Car and Driver team agreed that leather upholstery and an 8-inch infotainment screen was among the best choices, and loved the overall slightly better ride comfort than the Rubicon’s. The prized Michigan Silver Lake sand dunes were temporarily closed for the testing crew on this jaunt, and so their full dossier on the capabilities and where the Mojave really shines will have to wait. Possessing such a solid front axle allows for the best in rock-bouncing ability and tackling the washout of a desert while gunning the gas pedal has ever, ever felt richer!

2020 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Laramie Branded by Motor1.com as “Lavish, Tech-Rich, and Abundantly High-Quality” 

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

We have witnessed heavy-duty trucks undergo quite the transformation during the last decade here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta. They are not just sheer appliances reporting for duty, and now offer lavish leather-appointed cabins, outstanding technology, and highly-advanced powertrains. Since the 2020 Ram 2500 is by no means an exception, the staff on hand at Motor1.com decided to highlight it in their main feature last week, and point out its updates and new additions for the year.

 

Undergoing an extensive refresh, the new Ram 2500 sees the gain of sharp new visuals, and the newest in in-house tech. Even though it is still technically incorporating the same platform as the previous generation, the ride is smoother and offers more in the towing and safety departments than at any time in its existence. As far as drawing the comparison to its sibling in the form of the 1500, the 2500 sees near-identical LED headlights, a very large blacked-out grille, taillights, and a few other features with cues taken from the robust relative.

 

If you're looking to add a tough element of appearance under the stealth cloak of darkness, the Night Edition package adds 20-inch gloss black wheels, exterior badging, mirror caps, and other completely blacked-out features. This was the way in which the Motor1.com testing team's truck was decked out, and they said the combination of handsome and mean-looking afterward was perfect. It also sees the very large 12.0-inch Uconnect central touchscreen housed in a high-quality, gold-colored surround. It's certain that the Ram 2500's cabin rivals that of many luxury cars out there, and there's tons of cargo space on board for trips out of town.

 

The rear bench is no less roomy, offering up 40.3 inches of headroom and 43.1 inches of legroom, completely blowing away most luxury sedans regarding this important trait. When it comes to screens and navigation on board, qualities such as iPhone-like touch responsiveness, very clear graphics, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are always received well. This is also one of the few screens in any car that has split functionality, so you can run CarPlay on the top portion and anything else you wish on the lower half. On the team's Laramie tester, a 7.0-inch digital display, wireless charger, and 3 115-volt outlets also add value and accessibility options.

 

Using the turbocharged 6.7-liter inline-six diesel engine instead of the standard 6.4-liter gas V8, this Ram 2500 produces 370 horsepower and a sizable 850 lb-ft of torque. This particular troupe didn't do any towing during their week-long test, and simply judged the ability of the diesel engine as a daily commuter. It moved off the line with determined quickness at the prod of the gas pedal, and the air suspension offered up a cushy ride that the Ram has long been known for. We would also recommend the Towing Technology Group: it adds a cargo-view camera, 360-view camera, and trailer reverse guidance, which projects a picture of the rear hitch directly to the 12.0-inch touchscreen.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Heads the List of Car and Driver's “Cars Worth Waiting For”

Friday, April 17th, 2020

Jeep is excitedly preparing for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee that's set to arrive sometime this year, and the Car and Driver staff cranked out a great feature for their blog showcasing its release. It is slated to use a version of the Alfa Romeo Giorgio platform, that is found underneath the Giulia and Stelvio. One of the first things that this article claims is that “The Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn't really need to be replaced.” First stating that it is as handsome and pleasant a vehicle to drive as anything in our entire lineup, they then do confirm that this current generation came out in 2010.

 

The new Grand Cherokee will be significantly longer than the Stelvio SUV that Alfa Romeo also constructs, surpassing the wheelbase at 114.7 inches. This leads us to think that the new model will be much roomier than what's currently available and will still launch as a two-row SUV. At some point down the road, a three-row Wagoneer is in the works and will be much larger while using body-on-frame construction. The base engine is anticipated to be a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-for, most likely hybrid.

 

Some are wondering if the Grand Cherokee actually may receive the diesel that is present in the Ram 1500 and Wrangler, and all of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta think it is a possibility. It also may play host to the incredibly mighty and powerful Hemi, as the Trackhawk sports one and we don't think that strategy will be abandoned anytime soon. Like the current model, the Cherokee is set to be offered as rear, all, and 4-wheel drive versions and an off-road-ready version such as the Trailhawk is positive to be in the mix.

 

We would expect a rotary knob to take the place of the older-school conventional shifter, and digital screens on board to replace the analog gauges. The Car and Driver staff were certain that this wholesale redesign of a market favorite on different architecture would be a success and claimed that they had the highest level of excitement for its coming. Another thing that makes us anxious as we wait for it is wondering just what kind of hardware will be on board to ensure it has a true “trail rated” badge, at the very least in Trackhawk form. This is true proof of a well-constructed and much-loved vehicle that survived perfectly for a decade, and now will enjoy a current refresh of its structure and top-notch interior!

Carbuzz.com Offers up 9 Stellar Features on the 2020 Ram 1500

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

The Carbuzzz.com staff had a great story this week about our tried-and-true Ram 1500 and began with doling out the reason that the three big American automakers aren't always running full-steam when it comes to building luxury sedans anymore. Full-size pickups have indeed made them a bit redundant, as you get a massive model with all the same features, a larger engine, enough room for a large family, and a bed to haul all the stuff. Well, to be particular, all of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta think that a red-hot and smoldering number like a Dodge Challenger still rules in many ways, but that's another conversation altogether!

Jared Rozenholtz of Carbuzz.com cranked out this feature over the past week that outlined 9 major bullet points as reasons why you want to rush down and get yourself situated in a new Ram 1500 right now, and fully embrace what we believe is the savviest choice for truck out there.

 

The EcoDiesel Engine: This team's tester model had the 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6: a hefty add-on with an impressive fuel economy of 22/32/26 mpg city/highway/combined. If you splurge for the 33-gallon tank, you can nail down 1,000 miles between filling stops. This engine is also remarkably quiet, and the group could barely even hear it with the radio on.

 

The Black Appearance Package is another add-on that deletes any chrome or silver accents and doles out a black RAM grille badge, 22-inch black wheels, black badging, black headlight bezels, a tri-fold tonneau cover, and tow hooks. As a special bonus, it also comes with the optional 19-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, which was the best stereo system this gang had ever tested in a pickup truck.

 

A 12.3-Inch Touchscreen replaces the smaller 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen when you make the step up to the Ram 1500 Limited trim level. Not only is it excellent to use, but also features a number of hard-key buttons surrounding it for very easy access to audio and climate controls. When it is part of the Limited Level 1 Equipment group the touchscreen also features the very useful 360-degree camera and trailer-tow mirrors.

 

The Multiple Charging Ports really ramp up the convenience factor, and there are so many the crew almost could not count them all. There are USB, USB-C, and 115-volt charging ports all throughout the cabin, as well as a very practical and well-placed wireless charger mounted in the center console. This console has a very unique and modern design that allows you to have a glance at your phone screen.

 

The Large Comfy Seats make the Ram 1500 that much more worthwhile due to its comfort factor during long journeys. It has hands down some of the most comfortable seats of any pickup this group ever tested, and they are heated and ventilated in the front and back. You'd be hard-pressed to find heated seats in the rear of a car, even once you get to the 6-figure category. Those who are occupying the rear get to enjoy over 45 inches of legroom, measuring in at more than what you'd expect from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

 

The Floor Carpets: The Limited floor mats feature a carpeted section that can be removed, then revealing a rubberized section. It's ideal for the winter when you don't want the moisture everywhere, and has a luxurious feel that the Ram has become so widely-known for. Part of the Ram's massive success and award-winning stature is due to the fact that we knew what people wanted to stay comfortable while still in a truck that is workaday tough throughout!

 

The Multi-Function Tailgate is the one that the Car and Driver staff thinks is hands-down the smartest of any in the industry. It opens up normally via a button on the tailgate, or remotely using the button or key inside the cabin. By clicking a secondary button, it will open up sideways, allowing you to reach anything in the bed without leaning over so far. It can also be paired with a center-mounted step which makes it easier to get directly into the bed.

 

The RamBox Cargo Management System is another innovative feature that new Ram 1500 owners are raving about. It adds to either side of the tailgate two storage areas and is perfect for carrying smaller items that could tend to roll around in the main bed. Both sides even feature water drains so you can fill the RamBoxes up with Ice for your next outdoor excursion!

 

Four-Corner Air Suspension: All Ram 1500 Limited models now ride on a 4-corner air suspension with multiple height levels for normal driving, entry and exit, and an increase in approach and departure angles. By using the power-retractable running boards, getting into the vehicle is easy after you activate the entry/exit height from the key fob. Even with the ride deriving from pretty large 22-inch wheels, the four-corner air suspension makes the Ram ride with the utmost in comfort when compared to any truck on the market.

Carbuzz.com Horsepower Heyday: Which 2020 Ram 1500 Engine Is Fit for You? 

Friday, April 10th, 2020

Jared Rosenholtz is an experienced staff writer for the colorful and always-knowledgeable Carbuzz.com, and all of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta would have to agree with him as he begins his latest article by saying that “buying a brand-new pickup truck can be more difficult than choosing toppings at a frozen yogurt joint!” Once you have made the decision on the cab configuration and trim, then there are tons of available color choices. If you count the mild-hybrid V8, there are four motors to choose from for the 2020 model.

 

Carbuzz was recently able to get their hands on a fully-loaded Ram 1500 Crew Cab Limited trim packing the highest up the chain of the three, the EcoDiesel. Here's a rundown of the separate engines available and just what the experts thought after taking a spin.

 

The 3.6-Liter V6 (with eTorque) This is the base engine choice for the Ram 1500, and it is a 3.6-liter V6 with 24 valves, variable valve timing, and the amazing eTorque 48-volt mild-hybrid system. This base mill cranks out 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, sent to rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive by means of an 8-speed automatic transmission. Since it relies on the 48-volt system, the V6 can offer seamless stop-start functionality, and expanded towing capacity with an extra 90 lb-ft of torque. The V6 1500 is rated at 20.26/23 mpg city/highway/combined with RWD. It is high on the efficiency and affordability factor, and the towing rating is 7.730 lbs.

 

The 5.7-LIter Hemi V8 is a definite upgrade, seeing two additional cylinders and much more power and capability with 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque paired to an 8-speed automatic. The mileage resides at 15/22/17 city/highway/combined, and towing capacity is brought up to 11,610 pounds. This is a great option for those who are needing a hefty amount of might and muscle but just aren't needing to move all the way up the chain to get what they command.

 

The 5.7-Liter HEMI V8 with eTorque is available for just $200 more than the base V6. There is not a significant gain in power or torque, but the addition of stop-start tech boosts improvement to the fuel economy to 17/23/19 mpg city/highway/combined. Towing capacity is upped healthily to 12,570 pounds, deeming it the most capable offering of the group. This is the engine that comes highly recommended by the Carbuzz staff, who fell in love with the low grumble of the V8 and overall performance.

 

The 3.0-LIter Turbo Diesel V6 Generation 3 has the bragging rights of the best-in-class driving range of over 1,000 miles when outfitted with the optional 33-gallon tank. It is not the absolute most efficient in its class but takes the prize for the most frugal Ram engine with up to 22/32/26 mpg city/highway/combined. 4WD drops these numbers just a touch, but the torque boast of a whopping 480 lb-ft is a definite consolation. Even though we know full well that diesel is a bit of a tough sell to the majority of buyers, anyone with frequent long trips should definitely keep it on their radar.

Wheels.com Proclaims 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel is “More Powerful While Wonderfully Quiet”

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Not only is it an incredibly tough truck, but the Rebel heartily brandishes every feature that a truck owner would want as an option or as standard. The 2019 model was redesigned and represented a huge advancement for Fiat-Chrysler's pickup line. The staff of Wheels.com reporting faithfully for us all here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta claimed after their test drive that the new truck is more powerful and wonderfully quiet in the cab, while also providing better handling and fuel economy to boot. 

 

2020 is now the second year for the new design, and the Ram always continues to impress. One healthy addition to the engine lineup is the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel, cranking out 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque while mated to an 8-speed TorqueFlite transmission. Also available is the base 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with the Etorque mild hybrid system, which is a spectacular engine that won't put you in the red in the performance sector just because you were out to save money! Finally, you have the choice to upgrade to the 5.7-liter V8 with or without the eTorque hybrid package, and it's recommended to obtain the hybrid because of its distinct advantages in raw performance. 

Trim levels range from the very affordable Tradesman work truck to the luxurious Laramie Longhorn and Limited, as well as the standout Ram Rebel. This model comes with a factory-installed body lift, tow and recovery hooks, and an electronic locking differential in the back. It is available in either rear-wheel or four-wheel-drive, and if you choose the Rebel trim any of the available engines can be yours. The Wheels.com test drive team had the pleasure of using the diesel, with the very smooth engine and forceful pull of a V8. Inside, the Rebel can be donned up for a gritty workday, or rugged off-road activity vehicle. 

 

We know its true that the very basic 5-inch screen doesn't cut it in the infotainment department anymore, and the Ram offers up your choice of 8.4-inch or very large 12-inch vertical screen. Both come with navigation, and there are other goodies onboard such as integrated trailer brake control, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking assistance, a dual-pane sunroof, a boisterous-and-booming Harman Kardon stereo, RamBox storage in the bed walls, and Ram's one-of-a-kind side-opening two-piece tailgate. 

 

One of the reasons why this truck is so heavily-loved is that it is highly capable of tearing up both the paved urban areas and off-road terrain. The Rebel TRX concept boasts specially designed suede seats that cling to cloth, the distinctive six-point Racing Harness, and uses a link coil rear suspension system shared only with the fastest off-road monsters that excel in desert racing. Check out the awesome gallery of the Ram in action here, and we guarantee that planning the best outdoor excursion in your new toy won’t be difficult at all in the spectacular coming season of spring!

Autoblog.com Praises 2020 Ram Power Wagon for “Perfect Blend of Luxury and Capability”

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

It is pretty easy to agree with Autoblog's Zac Palmer when he claims that “all of the heavy-duty pickup trucks try to be the tough kid on the block.” Beginning his review of the time spent with the Ram Power Wagon by claiming that it goes even further than tough, his sentiment was that it possesses a very brash and mean attitude. Ram imported all of the luxury interior appointments from the 1500 over to the Heavy Duty lineup with last year's refresh, covered in black leather, carbon fiber trim, metal accents, and very cool digital screens.

 

The pictures you can check out here on the blog give you a sense of just how luxurious the interior is for an off-road-ready vehicle. The quality of the interior is where all of us on staff here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta gloat in regards to the competition in the form of the Chevy Silverado: right when you sit down you notice a much higher quality in materials and technology offerings. When you're cruising around in the Power Wagon, you'll also benefit from the 2-inch lift from custom suspension, stellar absorption power courtesy of Bilstein shocks, front and rear locking differentials, and electronically disconnecting sway bar.

 

It was hurriedly decided that leaving the pavement was a must, and the testing crew took aim at dirt roads off the beaten path in the southeast Michigan area. There was recently a heavy amount of rain that had passed through, and the group excitedly found some fresh and seemingly challenging mud. It was then discovered that the big V8 had ample power to be let out of its shell in rear-wheel drive with traction control off. Even when traversing over roads with numerous potholes, the Power Wagon glided over with ease.

 

When you take a close look at what is needed for an off-road vehicle to be a true contender, you are facing a deep-seeded battle. Every element that is stacked against you demands conquering, and if you aren't valiant enough, (just like the hero Thor himself), you will see damage to the vehicle. When Zac felt the true nature of the truck's power was when the mud was beginning to slow the truck, and he just had to gun the throttle the old-fashioned way to “come out of the other side flying!”

Motor Trend Ranks 2020 Jeep Cherokee as “Upscale, Spacious, and Completely Connected”

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

It is no secret here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta that the automotive industry can tend to move very fast, and the competition is on fire within every single category and model. It's pretty standard for generations of vehicles to be refreshed periodically with new technology onboard and for safety, and the current-generation Cherokee got its mid-cycle refresh that gave it a much younger feel both inside and out. The seasoned staff of Motor Trend recently spent some time in the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and were very pleased right off the bat with the intense spaciousness and quality of materials in the cabin. 

 

Uconnect is definitely one of the best systems out there on the market, as it is very easy to use and still offers up high-quality graphics. Since the design basically resembles a smartphone, there's not much of a learning curve, and the team's testing Trailhawk model was equipped with the optional 8.4-inch screen, ideal for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as it's large enough to easily make out every font. Lower trims come with the very adequate 7.0-inch screen, which also is equipped with the Uconnect Infotainment system. 

Whether you are positioned in the front or second row, the 2020 Cherokee feels spacious the second you sit down. With the driver's seat adjusted for his 6-foot height, auto expert Miguel Cortina climbed into the second row and noted 40.3 inches of legroom. The panoramic sunroof made a huge difference by helping an airy and spacious feel, and passengers in the rear-set get to access their own USB ports and air vents. The second row folds completely flat, and before doing that you get to work with 49.4 cubic feet of cargo room. 

 

The Trailhawk model is where the most upscale interior is found: soft Nappa leather, premium red stitching, and seats ideal for long trips are all on board. Upfront there are perforated leather seats, and the leather wrapping the steering wheel and shifter is premium quality. A cool reminder of the Jeep's origins is badged on the steering wheel proudly claiming “since 1949”, and we think the only color offering for the Trailhawk is stunning, with its black-on-black essence. Under the hood, there's the standard V6 in addition to three available V8s: the 5.7-liter generating 360 horsepower, all the way up to the 6.2-liter V8 with a very burly-and-boisterous 707 horsepower. 

 

For a midsize SUV, the 7,200-pound towing capacity is top-of-the-line, and this is a family hauler that you can still take far off the beaten path. Edmunds.com claims that this is a “seasoned and appealing choice that is fully capable for most off-road situations, and offers top-of-the-line comfort.” Consumer reviews are rich with praise for the Trailhawk model as well, and hold it in high regard for “tech, appearance, and flawless performance”! 

 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Spotted by Motor1.com, Unveiling Could be by Year's End

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Motor1.com reader Chris Townsend was the lucky spotter this past week in regards to the coming of the new Jeep Cherokee, something that all of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta have been very excited about. He was on the road in California and caught sight of this test vehicle just before it turned off into a Jeep dealership. These shots give a pretty good look at the rear of the SUV, including a decent glance at the tail lights behind the camo. 
 
The traits of the vehicle that made us pretty sure it was the Grand Cherokee were the size and the camouflage that matches with the previous sighting from the same staff and having the more unobstructed view of the taillights reveals a style similar to what is seen on Jeep's flagship SUV. Another recent report alleged that the Pentastar V6 and Hemi V8 would remain as the power source under the Grand Cherokee's hood, and later a new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder will join the ranks. A hybrid model is expected to make its arrival in another year or two, and it's expected that the Grand Cherokee will stay as a two-row SUV that seats five. 
This is one very anticipated release that has been widely looked at for years, but not many details have been disclosed. Since customers wanted a pickup truck, there is now the Gladiator, and when they wanted a Wrangler with Diesel, they were awarded the EcoDiesel. Large and imposing, the Grand Wagoneer bears a bit of resemblance to the Grand Cherokee, but with bigger proportions. Car and Driver were the first ones to spot the Grand Cherokee out in the wild and published these shots of it roaming in Michigan early last fall. 
 
The incoming model is sure to offer more interior space and cargo room, and some speculate the inside could be the recipient of the 12.0-inch touchscreen from the Ram 1500, and it will likely see more improvements in driver-assist features, tech, and luxury elements. From the Car and Driver shots, it is evident that the incoming Grand Cherokee will still sport an independent rear suspension, and we have fond memories of its debut back in 2009 at the New York International Auto Show, when it left behind the “Quadra-Coil” rear suspension for a fully-independent setup. 2014 saw the return of a diesel powertrain to North America, which had not been available on any Jeep since 2006. 
 
It has now been announced that there will be a new assembly plant built for both the Grand Cherokee at the site of the old Mack Avenue Engine Assembly, in order to meet increasing demand. We expect the lineup to consist of the base Laredo, more equipped Limited, off-road-ready Trailhawk, Luxury Overland trim, and top-of-the-line Summit models. 

Wheels.com Proclaims 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel “The Ultimate in Performance and Luxury Advantage”

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Everyone on sales and service staff here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta loves to mull over just how hard the pickup-buying world was rocked by the arrival of the 2019 Ram 1500. At the time it was redesigned and signified an enormous jump forward for the entire pickup tier. Jeff Zurschmeide of Pamplin Media Group's illustrious “Wheels” publication took a good hard look at the 2020 model this past week on the blog and immediately reflected that the new Ram boasts more power and an amazing level of quiet in the cabin during the ride. 

A 3.0-liter turbo-diesel has now joined the engine lineup, cranking out 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque to the 8-speed TorqueFlite transmission. You can also opt for the base 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with the eTorque mild hybrid system, or most powerful 5.7-liter V8 with or without the eTorque hybrid additive. The trims vary from the basic but burly Tradesman work truck to the upper-end of luxury found in the Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims. The Ram Rebel is the iconic and very individual model that comes with a factory-installed body lift, tow and recovery hooks, and an electronic locking differential. 

 

It's available with rear-wheel or four-wheel-drive, and there is the choice of a 4-door crew cab with a 67-inch bed or extended quad cab with the 76-inch bed. Jeff and the gang from Wheels had the diesel engine for their test drive and immediately claimed that it was “unmistakably smooth with the force of a V8”. You also have the choice of an 8.4-inch touchscreen or a massive 12-inch vertical screen, and we would agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment that the “basic 5-incher won't please anyone this year”. There is also the ability to add integrated trailer brake control, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking assistance, dual-pane sunroof, RamBox storage in the bed walls, and Ram's one-of-a-kind side-opening two-piece tailgate. 

 

Proudly and fiercely coming right at ya from the final assembly line in Sterling Heights, Michigan, this is the only truck out there that we feel is perfectly capable of tearing up the urban pavement as well as very demanding off-road terrain. The link coil suspension system put to use is shared only with the very fastest off-road trucks that can handle tasks such as desert racing on the daily, and this gallery does a great job of showing the Ram in urban, suburban, and completely off-the-beaten-path locations properly ready to roll. 

 

We also love how this gallery gives you a great idea of what to expect in the interior: this is not the cheap plastic confines that our competitors tout as standard, but the best testament to sheer luxury and long-lasting durable legacy out there! We have long committed to our Atlanta area customers to bring you the best sales and service experience, while closely listening to the various needs that brought you looking for a new vehicle. During these times that are apparently going to be tougher than average, we still stand by every warranty, deed, and promise to be your go-to for anything automobile-related for many years to come!  

 

Ram 2500 Limited Crew Cab Diesel Billed by EllsworthAmerican as “Stunningly Compliant, Worthy of Honor”

Friday, March 20th, 2020

The Ram line is now so popular, durable, and class-leading that we can't stop the flurry of questions and test drive inquiries this March here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta. We are fiercely proud of the fact that last year for the first time, Ram outsold competing Chevy's Silverado to trail only behind the Ford F-series in overall sales. It was also named Motor Trend's Truck of the Year twice, continuing on the trend of excellence and satisfaction. 

Just like its 1500 series relative, the 2500/3500 series receive the best interior design, with textures, surfaces, controls, and technology that are right on par with the best luxury carmakers in the business. There have also been upgrades to the chassis featuring an optional auto-leveling air-ride suspension, on top of an upgraded Cummins turbodiesel engine that cranks out a segment-topping 1,000-lb/ft of peak torque in 3500 series models. 

 

Featured this past week in the EllsworthAmerican.com auto review section, the latest Cummins in-line 6-cylinder diesel comes in two versions. The base 6.7-liter generates 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque, brandishing the ability to tow up to 19,780 pounds. The high output option is a 6.7-liter that can be put to use on the one-ton 3500 series trucks with dual rear wheels and boasts 400 horsepower while pulling up to 35,000 pounds. For a straight-shooting comparison, the gas-engined version of the 2500 series Ram uses a 6.4-liter V-8 that makes 410 horsepower and can pull 14,370 pounds by means of an 8-speed automatic. 

 

Experienced car expert Tim Plouff first claims after his test drive that the Cummins motor has now been noticeably quieted, and inside you hear almost nothing. At certain engine speeds, the driver is still bound to experience a bit of “big truck” drum, which any diehard fan of Cummins will love. After over 1,400 miles of winter driving, the testing team's Granite Crystal Limited returned 18.5 mpg. During the more pleasant days when the temperature climbed above freezing, the on-board computer reported mileage over 21 mpg. 

 

Boasting a 17-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, heated and cooled leather seating, surround-view camera system, and massive 12-inch iPad-like vertical touchscreen, this Ram is downright impressive and loaded with the best features available today. The truck tracked perfectly on the highway and drove with an ease that made a lasting impression, and the interior was good enough to be deemed an “isolation chamber for space travel”. With an extremely handy pickup bed camera, power-folding running boards, and a trailer reverse guidance system, the Ram Limited is really pushing the most drastic positive limits in what pickup buyers can count on! 

Autoevolution Hails 2021 Ram 1500 Rebel TRX Reportedly Primed for Production

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

It was in September 2016 when the Ram truck line first presented the 1500 Rebel TRX, which was at that time just a burgeoning concept. Not long after the public first had this chance to lay their eyes on it, various reports began appearing that a series-production model sporting the burly 6.2-liter V8 from the force-and-fury laden HEMI club. As the dutiful staff of Autoevolution reported last week on their blog, this ultra-powerful Rebel TRX model is nowhere to be seen, but many in the deeply-layered aftermarket world would not mind doing the suspension lift and engine swap-out. 

In January 2018, there was a press photo circulating of the present-gen 1500 that mirrored the Easter Egg that was always used to preview the tough-and-tremendous Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Right on the infotainment system, you could make out the time frame 7:07, which was probably not a coincidence since Ram themselves officially confirmed the 1500 Rebel TRX for series production at the end of the cycle for the 2018-2022 product blueprint. There are also future plans for a rugged and robust metric ton workhorse that would be the successor of the Dakota. 

 

The quotation from a document that really got the ball rolling as far as excitement and anticipation was regarding a labor deal recently struck between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler that confirmed a very sizable investment in the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. A portion of said funds will be allocated to the “potential workforce increase of 200 related to the new TRX.” This document also mentions the launch of the Ramcat during 2020. If everything goes according to plan, this model should arrive at dealerships like ours right here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta during the 2021 model year. 

 

Not quite like the 575-horsepower concept, the real finished product is expected to be armed with 700-plus horsepower, and it is also wildly exciting to think that the supercharged V8 is capable of nearly 800 horsepower in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redye. Allpar.com also has a clear mention of a trusty towing package that includes the integrated trailer brake controller, which means that RAM's engineers worked overtime to master this on top of off-road driving elements. 

 

In this spy shot video, you can clearly see this truck that is poised and slated to fight its absolute hardest while taking on the task of dethroning the competing Ford F-150. It looks like the production-ready vehicle, and this clip also shows you the exciting moment of unveiling back at the Texas State Fair. There's also some primo race track footage, depicting in detail that this mondo and greatly monstrous creation is faster and more exciting than many souped-up cars currently available out there! 

2020 Jeep Wrangler Post Test-Drive Thoughts: “Exactly What Fans Have Been Hoping For”

Friday, March 13th, 2020

The wonderfully-appointed long-haul rock crawler that is the Wrangler has been a long time coming, and the 2020 model is the very first one available in the United States with a diesel engine, which is a very hardcore segment of the brand's fan base has been asking for since back in the glorious CJ days. Since these are vehicles that are highly celebrated for being driven off the beaten path, a V8-style grunt paired with fuel economy that's better than a 4-cylinder's is a vastly winning formula for any outdoor lover's dream come true.

 

Everyone here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta is excited to take you out for a test drive in the new Wrangler featuring one amazing star of the show: the regular version is the 3.0-liter V6, which has also made its appearance in the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. It cranks out 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque and has been reconfigured to fit snugly in the engine bat without sacrificing vital ground clearance or ability to make it through the water. This engine is offered across the complete Wrangler trim, and the 4-cylinder option cranks out 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

 

The EPA efficiency rating is 29 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined, which is quite a feat considering the added weight of about 400 pounds. The tank in question is 18.3 gallons, compared to 21.5 for the gas truck, and the Wrangler EcoDiesel will go around 530 miles between fuel stops. One of the biggest meccas for Jeeps to show off their chops is Moab, and that fueling range will get you from Salt Lake City to Moab and back, with a bit left over to climb a few more boulders and plow through duned wash-outs!

 

Expert auto journalist Gary Gastelu saw over 30 mpg in his Sahara tester, and he enjoyed the qualities of the motor even more than what he found in a Ram 1500. The Wrangler's maximum tow rating remains 3,500 pounds with the diesel, but you are going to have a much easier time hauling weight like that than with any of the regular gas-drinking trucks.

 

As the staff on duty at Car and Driver said, “the clatter and thrum” of the diesel engine is one amazing attribute of this creature. The off-the-line acceleration will always give the driver a healthy grin, and this is a vehicle that always drives like a true off-roader. Join us this spring to check out what we deem as the most customizable and personally-honed vehicle in existence, and have the trail bars and pitch tents ready to roll!

Motor1.Com Gets Acquires 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine Options a Few Steps Ahead of the Game 

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Many out there who love every single aspect of the outdoors and spontaneous getaways are going to be thrilled: all of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta are now positive that a new Jeep Grand Cherokee IS on the way! The staff of Motor1.com was lucky enough to catch their first glimpse of a prototype in heavy camo late last summer, and those shots have remained a much-gossiped about stigma in the spy photo realm. There is currently still just that single sighting to continue generating excitement for the next-gen SUV, but another recent report from Allpar speaks the engine language fluently.

 

Since so many automakers are now choosing to make the move to smaller engines with a turbocharged kick, some are wondering if the next Grand Cherokee in its standard form would forego the V6 ad V8 engines all the way. This report accomplished through an alleged insider info that the V6 and V8 options will be up for grabs as power options for this vehicle that is the wayfaring explorer and outdoor-loving family's dream come true!

 

The folks that did extensive research at Allpar.com claimed that the turbocharged 4-cylinders will arrive six months after the more powerful variants. It is no secret that a plug-in hybrid version of the Grand Cherokee is high on Jeep's priority list, fulfilling the very precarious task of giving economy-minded consumers a driving option for a big Jeep. Earlier this winter, the prototypes spotted testing in and around Detroit were cloaked under heavy camo, so it was a bit more difficult to see just how the incoming model had evolved.

 

The entry-level model will most likely offer a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, while higher trim levels will provide the option for a 10-5-inch unit. Production will take place at the Mack Avenue Engine Complex in Detroit, as well as the nearby Jefferson North Assembly plant for the creation of additional fleet as needed. Since its first arrival in 2011, there has been quite a steady flow of updates to the Grand Cherokee, including the ridiculously-fast 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter Trackhawk. With slimmer headlights and a very fresh take on the seven-slot grille, you're gonna know when the nearly playful yet devilishly off-road-ready Cherokee finds its way behind you on the road.

 

Jeep buyers now have a very exciting array of new options to consider. Everyone also loves the features and fun to be had with the likes of the Gladiator and the Rubicon will still see the Grand Cherokee stand out in many ways, and all the test drives required to make your decision will give you the opportunity to see under which setting sun you ultimately “Pitch your tent”!

2020 Ram 1500 Grabs “Best Interior for a Vehicle Under $50,000” Award

Friday, March 6th, 2020

We never have to do much explaining here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta about why the Ram 1500 is a vehicle in a class all its own, because it shines so brightly in the performance and endurance categories! The Torquenews.com blog covered the latest award the Ram was given: Autotrader selected the 2020 Ram 1500 for having the best interior in a vehicle under $50,000, and our prized Jeep Gladiator made the list as well. Editors rate the respective interiors on comfort, quality of materials, and logic of use to help consumers find the top vehicle choices that embrace quality interior design.

 

Head of interior design for the Ram 1500 Ryan Nagode said to the Torquenews.com team last year that many in the industry were calling the 2019 Ram 1500 a “Ritz-Carlton on Wheels” because of all the upgrades the interior had seen that year. His personal touch was the antique-looking wood finishes and higher grades of leather used for the seating, and he was striving hard to get the owners to feel that the truck was custom built just for them. Last year's Ram Longhorn has the most leather on board of any pickup on the market, and it's a truck designed to take wear and tear and amazingly look even better with age.

 

The editors on duty at Autotrader claimed that the Ram Truck now offers the nicest interiors available in the half-ton pickup truck segment, and it is obvious that Ram has consistently gone the extra mile in setting their truck apart from the rest. If you are spending most of your day driving a pickup, you will quickly grow to love the soft-touch materials, ingenious features and storage options that aren't flimsy. The Ram has now surpassed even some luxury cars, gleaning other awards this year that trucks have never received.

 

The Consumer Guide editors also bestowed their “Best Buy” award on the 2020 Ram 1500, and the ride and handling combination along with a high level of refinement, cabin appointments, and unique features were all traits that allowed for the win. Adding luxury in a segment that was once known only for work was a very smart move on behalf of the Ram line engineers, as comfort and rugged durability now meet up for a perfect ride. The Ram 1500 boasts 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload.

 

You’re going to be engrossed once your test drive shows you the rich interior, fluid power delivery, and industry-leading class that you get with the Ram 1500. Exceeding 1,000 miles on a single tank of fuel, it’s just another category where this pickup fully dominates above the rest!

Motor1.com Lays Down Confirmation on 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Debut 

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Facebook Live is one of the best sources out there within the digital realm for brands and individuals to show their followers what they are doing that second, and it has made a tremendous impact. If you have seen a change in your business, anticipate the arrival of a new product line, or just want to thank everyone for their referrals and loyalty, you can do so with the approval of an actual “commercial” dictated by FCC guidelines. FCA Head of Design Ralph Giles and FCA Head of Performance, Passenger and Utility Exterior Design Mark Trostle were on Facebook Live this past week discussing the professions they love so much.

 

During the video stream and as featured on Motor1.com, the details were accidentally doled out on a rumor that has been circulating among us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta for some time: the debut of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will take place this year. Giles brought it up when he was talking about his favorite designs and mentioned His adoration for the Grand Cherokee. Right at 15:00 in this video was when the staff at Muscle Cars and Trucks first noticed his venturing off into surely-classified territory.

 

His exact words stated that “it has survived so beautifully, it's getting on now, and we're about to replace it later this year. We're going to show the new one.” There are already some spy shots floating around of the next-generation Grand Cherokee, which will likely go on sale for the 2021 model year. We are loving the notion that may not be too far-fetched: on the mechanical side of things, some believe that the Grand Cherokee may be built on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The engine allotment could include a mild-hybrid-equipped V6 and V8 for those on the hunt for more muscle.

 

Another leaked document seen here could very well show the future interior of the incoming Cherokee, and it may see the removal of the shift handle for a new shift knob as well as an all-new steering wheel. We have long been proud of this vehicle's ability to be tailored precisely to its driver's needs, and the solid towing capability in question: the Grand Cherokee can pull 6,200 lbs for V-6 models, and 7,200 pounds with the V8.

 

Equipped with the standard V-6, the current model delivered 25 mpg on the real-world highway fuel-economy loop for the Car and Driver staff, who also greatly appreciated the use of soft-touch materials and leather where it counts. Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment system is known for its simple use and rapid response times, and available rear-seat entertainment and in-car Wi-Fi make the Grand Cherokee a movie a very comfortable place for a movie lover or gaming guru to complete their long trip.

2021 Ram 1500 Rebel TRX Defined by MotorTrend as “Wide-Fendered, Wicked, and Awesome in all ways”

Friday, February 28th, 2020

It was during the 2016 State Fair of Texas when the public first got to lay eyes on the concept form of the Ram Rebel TRX. Ever since then, die-hard fans and folks like us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta were excited about the possibility of an off-roader capable of long-travel deriving power from a supercharged Hellcat 6.2-liter V-8. Last year the TRX was officially confirmed for production, and the savvy staff on duty at MotorTrend offered up these spy shots of the Ford F-150 Raptor's sworn rival.

 

Many are eagerly awaiting the possibility of the full 707 horsepower fury of the Hellcat engine to make the swap to the Ram, and the 2021 Ram Rebel TRX will receive a greatly upgraded suspension. The spy shots depict forged and billet control arms and suspension links, and the front control arms appear to be much larger. This ultimately provides a wider track for better stability when you are conquering off-road locations at high speeds. In some of the photos, you can see Billet shock-absorber mounts, which provide durability when you are slowly forging through ruts and over roots.

 

A close look at the underbody reveals the identical skid plate package as is seen on the entry-level Ram Rebel. The TRX test truck was equipped with Goodyear Wrangler Territory mud-terrain tires, which are expected to measure about 35 inches. Larger tires will make for additional ground clearance under the truck, and there are rumors that taller springs and long-travel shocks will also be on board. Most truck experts we have talked to out there claimed that they expect the Ram Rebel TRX to feature as much as 14 inches of suspension travel, and the photographer on duty confirmed the presence of a delightfully whiny supercharger.

 

When the 2018 Ram 1500 was initially shown at the North American International Auto Show in 2018, the MotorTrend staff was impressed enough to name it as their pick for 2019 Truck of the Year.Also visible on the spy truck were additional new vents to provide ample cooling for the massive supercharged V8. A bulging hood appears to sport heat extractors or an air intake, could improve the depth you could wade through water in a gnarly off-road scenario. We will keep you updated right here on the blog about release dates and official roll-out, which at this time appears to be the first quarter of next year.

 

The Motor Trend crew claimed finally that this truck is “Wide-fendered, Wicked, and Awesome in all ways”, and you can also see some detailed photos here. At first glance, we admit we notice the tires: they appear to be so durable, knobby, and ready for anything from desert to the canyon that you immediately start making plans for dangerous drifting and descending when you lay eyes on it!

Jeep Cherokee Pitted Against Grand Cherokee Via Newswheel: Essence of Suspense 

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

Over the many years that all of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta have enjoyed serving our community, Jeep has added many new vehicles to their fleet that everyone always loves. As Spring is now approaching and there will be many opportunities to explore the great outdoors, it makes perfect sense to explore the possibility of joining the Jeep ranks with the best-equipped SUVs on the market to do so! The Newswheel blog put out a great feature this past week comparing the Jeep Cherokee in-depth to the Grand Cherokee, so buyers could have a solid foundation before making their choice. 

The Jeep Cherokee is of a smaller size than the Grand Cherokee, with a base trim offering a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that cranks out 184 horsepower along with 171 lb-ft of torque. Due to the smaller size, it can nail down better gas mileage and can be more sensible for the daily driver. If you are getting ready to tow in prep for a lake weekend or move to a different metro, the 3.2-liter V6 generously provides the ability to tow up to 4,500 pounds. 

 

The Cherokee Sport includes a fully equipped media center along with Bluetooth and voice control. The Sport trim is for those on a tighter budget who are on the hunt for high-end features like keyless entry, and LED lighting. 

 

The Cherokee Trailhawk is a much newer trim in the lineup and is great for those who enjoy luxury features while still being capable of heading off-road with confidence. It sees the addition of heavy-duty engine cooling for its 3.2-liter, and a locking rear axle along with the off-road suspension. 

 

The Cherokee North trim brandishes alloy wheels instead of steel. It also comes with deep tint glass providing more privacy, and climate controls on the touchscreen as well as fog lamps and modern interior LED lighting. 

 

The Cherokee Overland is the Jeep model for you if you are going to be traversing off-road locations with serious obstacles. You get all of the luxury perks along with power, and extra features like monitoring for blind spots, heated and ventilated front seats, and premium leather seating for the entire vehicle. This is the trim for you if you want to experience the comforts of an SUV, but are headed for locations that are not as forgiving as a paved metro thoroughfare. 

 

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is where you step up to the very full-sized SUV with much more power. It seats five comfortably and boasts 68.3 cubic feet of interior space. Due to the larger 3.6-liter V6 engine that outputs 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, it may cost a bit more for fuel in the long run, but luxury and sheer power factors are very attractive. Among the extras are perpendicular and parallel park assist, dual-screen in the rear seat sporting DVD and Blu-Ray players, and a premium Harman Kardon audio system. Towing ability for the Grand Cherokee resides at a quite robust 7,200 pounds. 

Which Between the two is the Right Choice for you? Taking one of these Jeep SUVs out for a test drive is the very best way to decide which one suits your needs to the T. If you aren't concerned with pure and unadulterated power, the base level Cherokee could prove quite suitable. If you are doing camping that is a bit off any paved path, the off-road suspension of the Cherokee Trailhawk could come in handy while absorbing bumps and smaller boulders. If you have a growing family and are wanting to tow a heavy load but not play in the dirt 24-7, the Jeep Grand Cherokee could well be your perfect match.  

 

Ram Rebel TRX Pickup Touting Supercharged Hellcat Inches Towards Existence 

Friday, February 21st, 2020

We have nothing but shared enthusiasm with the staff on duty at Car and Driver for crossing a huge line in an article this week claiming that “spring has sprung” in regards to news about the long-awaited Ram Rebel TRX model. Even though it's not even March 1st yet, all of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta will happily go along with the sentiment that spring is here, with its promise of loud engines on the road and cheerfully keeping the garage to the service bay wide open during warmer weather! 

The concept of the Ram Rebel TRX was first introduced to the public at the 2016 State Fair of Texas, as Ford had previously been generating a high level of enthusiasm with its F-150 Raptor off-roader for years. In an age rife with spy shots and leaked auto documents, the Rebel TRX managed to stay cloaked in secrecy, seeing only vague hints at its production during FCAs 2018 5-year presentation plan. Now Car and Driver offered up these spy photos that show a list of the key elements needed to transform the current Ram 1500 model for serious off-road performance. 

 

First off we notice increased ride height, the rugged fasteners for the fender flares, and the aftermarket production design wheels. A closer look also yields a trusty mount and trailing arm, made up of military-grade square-wall tubing. There is also an internal bypass/reservoir damper of a variety not before seen on the Rebel, and 8-lug wheels in the rear might even suggest that it could be a ¾ ton rear end in store for the model. The Car and Driver photographer from a distance simply had to say about the supercharged V8, “Boy is it fast!”. 

 

While only a select few high up the chain at Ram may know what will reside under the massive bulge of this hood, a safe bet seems that the 575-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V8 may be abandoned and replaced with the 707-horsepower of the full-on Hellcat when the Ram Rebel TRX makes its grand entry this year. A year ago, the Pickuptrucktalk.com blog heartily claimed that the Rebel 1500 completely “tears up the dirt and looks great doing it”. They particularly loved the large 18” wheels and 33” Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires as well as the factory-installed one-inch lift. 

 

Also adding to the effectiveness for conquering off-road terrain for the Ram before you even lay on the TRX goodness is underbody skid plates that cover the vital organs such as the oil pan, steering, gas tank, and transfer case. The interior is not just stylish, it is incredibly comfortable and boasts super cool striping that looks great in all light conditions. Last year's Rebel model featured new Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs, an electronically locking rear differential, optional upgraded air suspension and is available for the first time in a crew cab! With the rear wheels locked, there is more control during cornering and minimal wheel slippage while climbing rocks. 

Bloomberg Hails Diesel Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as “The Best Wrangler for Daily Driving, Period” 

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Bloomberg auto journalist Hannah Elliott had a very animated and funny statement after her extended test drive of the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: that she had never felt more like Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road! In the movie, Charlize Theron drives a “War Rig” truck to help free slaves from futuristic and oppressive rule. One reason she made the humorous reference is that the new Jeep sits very high above the ground, with 10 inches of clearance, which would help in an all-out apocalyptic landscape! 

It made her feel satisfyingly like a giant behind the wheel, and also contains various rugged spaces and built-in containers to hold things like safety gear that would be ideal for camping, fishing, or maintaining through any form of drastic landscape. For the first time now the Wrangler runs on diesel, courtesy of a 3.0 V6 Turbo Diesel engine that happily whistles and clatters as the turbo revs up to bear down on anything in its path. This is not the very first time that Jeep put diesel to use: in the  1960s, the CJ-5 offered a 4-cylinder diesel with 62 horsepower and 143 lb-ft of torque. 

 

In the mid-1980s, the Jeep Cherokee XJ and Comanche MJ came with diesel options, but this particular engine with 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque is the first Wrangler diesel to be sold in the United States. The diesel aids in helping the Wrangler nail down 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, as opposed to the standard 17 mpg and 25 mpg respectively. It's also a fantastic pairing with the industrial qualities of the heavy-duty brakes skid plates, 33-inch all-terrain tires; boosted suspension and shocks, and 4-wheel drive off-road systems. 

 

Make sure to ask us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta about the “HellaYella” paint: Hannah was crazy about it and thought it added the perfect burst of character to the drive. She also went for extras such as LED lights and LED fog lamps, and LED reflector headlights. Some of the features that had her sold on it for being the best Wrangler for a daily driver were the leather-trimmed seats and interiors, 8.4-inch radio and touchscreen display with Sirius, Wi-Fi, GPS Navigation, Bluetooth, and auto-dimming mirrors. Dual-zone climate control, power windows, and backup cameras, as well as keyless entry, now come standard. 

 

The light steering, very grabby brakes, a tremendous sense of connection to the road, and excellent sightlines gave Hannah a rabid appetite for action, and she greatly enjoyed exploring the back alleys of Chinatown and cramped streets of Brooklyn. The many ways that you can prepare the Jeep for the wild are staggering, and it's so customization-friendly that it can be ready to crawl over rocks at the drop of a hat. But city dwellers will also take great pleasure in the drive they will encounter with the new Wrangler, and daily groceries go just as well in the storage area as camping tents and explorer's gear! 

2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Deemed by Automobilemag.com as “Brilliant Best Crawler”

Friday, February 14th, 2020

 

Ed Tahaney of Automobilemag.com admits openly at the beginning of his latest feature that for the longest time he was not the biggest fan of the Jeep Wrangler, for a few very mistaken reasons. After thinking for awhile that the steering was on the loose side and not fully understanding the joy of extra cabin noise during the highway, he recently got his hands on a Trail-Rated Jeep off-road and as he climbed slowly up a rocky cliff, realized he was thoroughly in amazement.

 

He had driven it with an in-depth review when he visited family and friends for a week on the East Coast, and opted for a fully-loaded Sahara, growing the two-door's 96.8-inch wheelbase to 118.4 inches. A model that is available with a 3.6-liter V6 engine with or without the eTorque assist mild hybrid system, and for this test, he drove the hybrid. It is ranked at a combined 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque and mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard 4-wheel drive. It is also available with a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder with eTorque, and there's a diesel variant up for grabs as well.

 

Most Jeeps are available with removable hardtop panels that are easy to pop on and off, but the optional Sky One-Touch Power top is a feature Ed loved that turns the Jeep into a full-on convertible at the touch of a button. By these means, you don't have to fool around with storing panels and get instant fresh air on-demand. It was also appreciated how on the dash, the controls for volume and tune are very easy-to-find, and you can reach the touchscreen with no trouble at all while driving. As a cool extra feature, there is a screen-off button and a start/stop-defeat button as well, and the speakers built straight into the B-pillar above your head help drown out road noise.

 

You can score the Wrangler right here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta in 11 factory shades such as firecracker red, and the ultra-cool Mojito, brandishing a metallic greenish hue. There are now fat grab handles located very low on the interior A-pillar and a long running board to help ease the task of getting in and out. The testing crew on duty here also claimed that the Cold Weather package was so incredibly worth it to have a heated steering wheel and front seats: in a vehicle that the top is down in, it's good to stay toasty in all ways.

 

The Automobilemag crew was also very pleased by the fact that it is not a supposedly mobile air kit or tiny donut that comes on board, but a true replacement tire. Also included are tools to help take the roof off, doors, and windows, as well as convenient storage right under the rear seats so there's no chance of them being incognito when the time comes to regroup. Situated right in the center console, the built-in cell phone holder is simple, but snug and holds your most important go-to gadget right where you need it most!

 

 

Motor Week Driver's Choice Award Goes to Ram Trucks 

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta, we hold our heads high when talking about or being asked about the Ram truck line. Rough and rugged but also luxurious and capable for the long haul, MotorWeek has named the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 as the recipients of its 2020 Driver's Choice Award for Best Pickup Truck. Every year for the past 39 years, MotorWeek has paused halfway through its television season to thoroughly evaluate the best cars and trucks via input from various buyers about their detailed experiences.

 

Hardworking trucks that possess all of the comfort and amenities you desire are what Ram has always strived to accomplish, and host of MotorWeek John Davis claimed that after two years in a row of picking Ram, there is no other truck in existence that understands the consumer  and their wants better. Fresh innovation, purchasing trends, value, and reliability are all considered when selecting winners, as the end purpose is creating a buyer's guide for anyone on the hunt for a new car or truck. As sales figures and awards grow, more and more nationwide are choosing Ram and recognizing its power and prowess.

 

For 2020, the all-new V-6 EcoDiesel is now a member of the Ram 1500 lineup, which brandishes the best-in-class diesel torque with 480 lb-ft, and diesel towing capability of 12,560 pounds. Together with an available 33-gallon fuel tank, the Ram's driving ranch now exceeds 1,000 miles and includes the very first Ram Rebel in the lineup. There is also no question that the Ram 1500 is the truck industry's cargo-management and storage front-running option. The multifunction tailgate is one of the most useful and ingenious new developments industry-wide, and the 2020 model features twice the interior storage capacity offered up from the competition.

 

One of the reasons why the Ram has been selected so frequently for top picks and yearly awards is for a very important trait: the way the ride feels from day-to-day. Class-leading handling and the ride is delivered using a class-exclusive link-coil rear suspension system with optional rear suspension. This is the cabin that the U.S. News auto review crew calls “handsome, functional, and well-equipped”, state-of-the-art infotainment, and utility. They also adamantly claim that the Ram 1500 line easily beats out rival Chevy Silverado in the interior department with ease, also heaping praise on the fact that the diesel version is amazingly quiet.

Hotcars.com Cites 15 Important Facts About the Ram 1500 

Friday, February 7th, 2020

All of us on staff right here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta and truck fans nationwide are righteously excited about the 2020 Ram 1500. Last year's model received a 5-star review from Car and Driver, and it was also the Editor's Choice and featured on the 10-Best list and fared quite well as always against the firm competition from the likes of the Ford F-150, The Chevy Silverado 1500, and the GMC Sierra 1500. The staff on duty at Hotcars.com cooked up a cool feature that dished out 15 cool facts about the 2020 Ram 1500, and everything there is to be impressed about:

 

At the Very Top: This is the truck that is ranked as the #1 large truck by Edmunds, Editor's Choice by Car and Driver, and also made it to Car and Driver's 10-best list. Many customers want to know that they are buying simply the best, and here this is the case.

 

Something for Everyone: The new Ram 1500 comes in 5 different trims after its standard model all the way up to the Superior Limited Trim. No matter which trim you choose, you know that you are obtaining spectacular value for money.

 

A Hefty Competitor: The 2020 Ram 1500 weighs around 5,000 lbs, and is actually a lot heavier than most pickups it goes head-to-head with. It's also larger in size, but it does not affect its ride quality and power performance in the least.

 

The Beauty of the EcoDiesel: If you are on the hunt for an even loftier version of the Ram 1500, there is the EcoDiesel option. This enables the truck to have a cargo capacity of 2,040 pounds, and a towing capacity of 12,560 pounds.

 

Improvements to Said Sipper: The New EcoDiesel V6 is a lot better than the previous EcoDiesel. It sports a lighter block, and its cylinder-head breathing has seen drastic improvement. The turbocharger is also more efficient, and the 260 horsepower output along with torque of 480 lb-ft makes it one of the best engines out there in light-duty diesel pickup trucks.

 

The Powerhouse: As far as towing ability and capacity for cargo, one needs to look no further than the Ram 1500. The maximum towing ability is 12,750 pounds, and it can comfortably glide with a payload of up to 2,320 pounds on its cargo bed. Crew cab models including the Rebel trim, tow up to 11,500 pounds.

 

The Powertrain at Hand: Everyone has their own specific engine preference, and the 2020 Ram 1500 caters to that with the numerous engine options available across its trims. You have the choice between V6 and V8 engines, and they are both hooked up with a 48-volt hybrid system. You can also choose a V8 without hybrid, as well as EcoDiesel.

 

The Element of Suspense: The standard suspension system on the Ram 1500 is a coil-spring rear axle, and the optional one is a 4-corner air spring suspension. Both setups surely provide unmatched ride quality, as well as an adjustable ride height that is ideal for towing and access to the bed.

 

Fast and Furious: The 2020 Ram 1500 has nailed down spectacular numbers across the board!  Across the various trims and powertrain options, the 1500 can go from 0 to 60 mph in a range of 8.1 seconds and can conquer the 1.4 mile in around 15 seconds. Top speeds range from 106 to 108 mph.

 

Inner Beauty: The standard Ram model has a very comfortable interior with high quality materials and extras such as heated and ventilated seats and a sunroof. It is also widely known for offering extra head and legroom in both rows.

 

Practicality inside: Not only does the Ram 1500 offer a high-end luxury interior experience, but it boasts practicality as well. Inside are many phone holders, USB ports and 12V power points, as well as folding rear-seats for extra cargo, and bedside storage compartments illuminated in the cargo bed.

 

Safety Check: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, have bestowed stellar safety ratings on the Ram 1500. This is due to the existence of top-line features such as forward collision warning with automatic braking, a 360-degree camera system, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure alert, and adaptive cruise control.

 

Up in the Air: Ram Trucks have always been a highly-dominating force to be reckoned with when it comes to connectivity and infotainment features. It's a very easy-to-use and responsive touchscreen and offers a mobile hotspot with no difficulty.

 

Superior and Efficient: The new-model Ram 1500 offers superior specs for everything – and completes the task while being very fuel-efficient. The most efficient option for the Ram 1500 is the V6 EcoDiesel, nailing down 20 mpg in the city, and 26 mpg on the highway.

Dodge Durango SRT Sees Addition of Two Factory Appearance Packages for New Model Year

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Everyone loves the Durango: this excellent SUV on the larger size has been a crowd favorite here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta for some time. During the 2020 Chicago Auto Show next week, the Dodge Durango will see two new appearance packages introduced: The Black package sees the addition of blackened exterior components, including gloss black mirror caps and satin black Dodge lettering, plus 20-inch matte vapor wheels. The Durango and SRT badges at the back see the finish of metallic Midnight Grey color.

 

The Redline Stripe package adds a full-length satin Black center stripe with Redline Red accent tracers on each edge. Similar to the Jet Pack, it is slated to be available in 10 exterior colors: Billet Silver, DB Black, Destroyer Grey, F8 Green, Granite Crystal, Octane Red, Reactor Blue, Redline, White Knuckle and Vice White. Under the hood is still the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that cranks out 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered to all four wheels by means of an 8-speed automatic and performance-tuned all-wheel drive. The zero to 60 mph dash should be accomplished within 4.4 seconds, which makes the Durango the fastest, most capable and powerful American 3-row SUV out there.

 

The Durango's quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds is certified by the National Hod Rod Association, officially deeming it as a quick conqueror of sorts. The large touchscreen tech interface is one of the best in its class, and the strong V8 power offers up exceptional towing ability. Since Dodge is already known for the drag-strip-destroying Charger and Challenger muscle cars, it's not surprising at all that this is in most ways the muscle car of the 3-row crossover SUV genre. There's a good amount of space for up to seven passengers thanks to the overall large dimensions, and for the buyer who wants to spend time at the lake on the weekends, the capabilities go way beyond many other crossovers.

 

All Durango models except the SRT use rear-wheel drive and offer optional all-wheel drive, and seven-passenger seating is standard in the SXT, the GT, and R/T. Second-row captain's chairs reduce the capacity to six and are standard on the Citadel and SRT and optional on all others. Even in base trim, you get to enjoy features such as push-button start, three-zone climate control, power-folding third-row headrests, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Motor1.com Reports on Jeep Limited Edition Wrangler Unveiling at Chicago Auto Show 

Friday, January 31st, 2020

There are some situations where auto companies have to keep their lips sealed in regards to coming releases, and the special edition of the Wrangler to be released at the Chicago Auto Show next month is one of them. Jeep simply is not offering up many details at all about the incoming vehicle, but there is a rendering one can check out here to get a few hints on its components and general makeup. Extra knobby tire and tubular door bars are two main details you can notice at a glance.

 

The company's main teaser claims that “Mopar offers more than 200 Jeep Performance Parts; quality-tested parts and accessories specifically designed and engineered for off-road performance enthusiasts.” What that means to us experienced Jeep enthusiasts here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta is that the already-awesome ways in which these vehicles can be customized will probably be expanded on heavily for this new version. In the past few months, the Rubicon Recon and North Edition are two other new models that have been introduced, and it appears to be very off-road oriented.

 

There is also rumored to be a plug-in hybrid model on the way that details have not been given on, but a display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show indicated that the charging port is at the base of the A-pillar. Another major recent upgrade for the Wrangler is the introduction of the 3.0-liter V6 TurboDiesel engine. It cranks out 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic. All trims of the diesel model will also be outfitted with Dana 44 Heavy-duty axles, sure to provide a firm and calculated ascent or descent over strewn rock and roots!

 

The Wrangler is one of those special vehicles that lets you fully feel the wind, take in the stars, or be drenched in sunshine during the drive. A removable available Freedom Top hardtop, an easy-to-lower standard Sunrider soft top, or available Sky One-Touch Power Top can be combined with a fold-down windshield and removable doors give you your own choice of options to abundantly enjoy the open air.

 

We love how the Wrangler still possesses the same charm and personality that it had during its first-generation created to support our troops and will always have the option of removing the doors and roof. We'll keep you posted on the way this new model looks after the show in the Windy City during February, and all the cool ways it will be ready to conquer any off-road hazard thrown in its direction!

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Boasts Award-Winning Luxury and Ultimate Long-Haul Readiness

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

We have been startled by the rising popularity of trucks, and all of us here on sales and service staff at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta knew about 5 years ago that the attention and interest were going to explode. It did, and sales, as well as inquires, just keep rising and rising annually. The Latest and greatest Ram 1500 is now available with a new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, and hardcore truck enthusiasts couldn't be happier! The new engine delivers better fuel economy and cranks out 260 horsepower along with 480 lb-ft of torque. 

It comes paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and the tow rating is 12,560 pounds, the best among the existing array of light-duty diesel trucks. EPA fuel efficiency is 32 mpg highway for two-wheel drive, and 4-wheel drive versions are rated at 29 mpg. Seasoned car expert Gary Gastelu test drove a top-of-the-line Ram 1500 Limited Crew Cab 4x4 that boasted features such as adaptive cruise control and adjustable air suspension. He found that getting 29 mpg was no problem at all on the highway, which didn't change drastically until he pushed the truck above and beyond 70 mph. 

 

With the hood closed, the truck was so quiet for the testing crew that they lamented it seemed like the engine bay was filled with stuffing! The group calculated that at today's pump prices, the EcoDiesel will most likely save an average driver about $550 a year at the pump, and many will complete longer-haul driving that will save them even more. Boasting a 33-gallon tank, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is capable of traversing over 1,000 miles between filling stops. Also just named Cars.com's Luxury car of the year, traveling long distances inside with the cushy air suspension and comfortable leather seats will be nothing short of a pleasure. 

 

With a very impressive onboard technology suite, handsome design, and high-level capability, the Ram 1500 has long been the dominator when it comes to rivals Chevy and Ford. With the addition of the EcoDiesel, you get to enjoy gains in fuel economy and payload and don't have to sacrifice anything you already love about the Ram. The engine has a brand-new turbocharger, combustion system, and intake ports, and the pistons have seen a complete redesign to experience less friction. 

This new engine offers more torque and power than the outgoing model, and also sees drastic reductions in harsh feel, vibration, and noise output. Cnet.com offered up a cool feature here about all things towing, and it lays out in detail everything you need to know about hitches, balls, trailer weight, and other logistics. You'll also love the Ram's new multifunction tailgate, which has side-opening functionality and makes hauling and loading a cinch! 

2020 Ram 1500 is First Truck Ever Selected for Cars.com Luxury Car of the Year  

Friday, January 24th, 2020

 

It has been brought to our attention countless times here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta just how many awards the Ram 1500 has won over time, and we savor every single one. The latest and greatest is a milestone of sorts: the 2020 Ram 1500 is the first truck ever to win the Cars.com Luxury Car of the Year spot. Winners are chosen for their ability to represent the ultimate in drivability, usability, and luxury. Editor-in-Chief Jenni Newman claimed of the Ram 1500 that “The Longhorn and Limited trims stand out from the crowd thanks to their stunning interiors with premium wood, leather, metal and chrome finishes, an awe-inspiring multimedia system and outstanding rid quality”.

 

The 2019 Ram 1500 was the first to receive a very thorough makeover, then receiving hefty accolades from buyers and the automotive media. This was really when the vehicle was elevated from work truck status to more of a family-capable vehicle, and some have billed it as a “Ritz Carlton on Wheels” due to its state-of-the-art infotainment system, amazing leather and wood finishes, and reclining seats. The new Ram also boasts more interior storage than other similar trucks, brandishing Ram Bins built into the floor, and convenient additional storage under the rear seats.

 

The huge 12” touchscreen has been the talk of the truck industry for the past year, and the option to divide it into split-screens allows the driver to better navigate the surroundings. At this point, the Ram 1500 has already won more awards than any other light-duty truck in existence, and many of these awards are due to the quality of its smooth ride. The segment-exclusive link-coil rear suspension system provides optional active-level four-corner air suspension, that aids in the constant leveling of the moving truck. The 2020 Ram 1500 equipped with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 has a towing ranking of 12,750 pounds, with a payload of 2300 pounds.

 

When paired with the available 33-gallon fuel tank, the Ram’s driving range exceeds 1,000 miles. There are an astounding more than 100 active safety and security systems on board, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and ready alert braking. Naming a truck as the luxury vehicle of the year is a sign of just how essential and popular trucks are in the automotive realm today, and how widely accepted they have become as daily drivers. We hope you come down to Landmark to see us this January for a test drive of the new Ram 1500: countless awards have dictated just how rugged, trustworthy, and luxurious this amazing truck is!

Dodge Challenger and Charger Featured in Torque News as “Exactly What the People Want”

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

During 2019, our prized Dodge Challenger ranked second in 2-door car sales, and the third in rear-drive cars in the entire nation. What we love about this phenomenon right here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta is that industry experts are still insisting that there aren't any consumers around that want large-sized rear-drive cars with brutish engines. The consensus is that people want a crossover SUV with an electric engine, with autonomous features that will eventually drive itself without human input.

 

The input from these marketing geniuses has led some of the biggest auto manufacturers in the world to begin axing larger cars from their offerings, but despite all this Dodge stayed the course and has enjoyed strong results. Part of this formula involved giving people exactly what they want, instead of constructing the autos that people are being TOLD they want! We are proud to be representing the brand that isn't currently as interested as some in enticing the consumer who wants the compact 3-door hatchback powered by what the reporters from Torquenews.com snicker at when comparing it to AA batteries!

 

During previous generations of the modern Challenger, the hardest-core of muscle car fans desired more power. From 2008 until 2014, the Ford Mustang and Camaro had both upped the ante and threw down more performance and power than the Challenger. Diehard Mopar fans wanted a big-power model, and in 2015 the Hellcat came about to fulfill those wishes. Boasting 707 horsepower and priced very reasonably, the Hellcat was unlike anything the auto industry had laid its eyes on before. Dodge had finally brought supercar-like power to the average buyer, and many felt that it surpassed what Ford and Chevy offered by a longshot.

 

Dodge has successfully created what is arguably the meanest muscle car of all time: the 840-horsepower Dodge Demon. Yes, production was limited, but its existence gave hope to many that old-school raw power had not just been cast to the wayside during the “crossover SUV craze”. When some requested a bit of a less expensive model to take to the drag strip, Dodge came to the rescue with the 1320.

 

There has been a demand over the years for a higher level of quality of interior features in low trim levels, and Dodge stepped up to the plate by offering elements such as their award-

winning infotainment system in base levels. The Challenger GT model marked the first time that an American muscle car had a snow-ready AWD option in the lineup, which many

customers understandably flocked to! Writer Patrick Rall claims here that offering big, gigantic engines while we still can is our strong point, and we will continue to do so until the throngs of future electrification sink their teeth into our consistent mojo!

2020 Jeep Gladiator Featured in Automobile.com as a “Ready, Set, Adventure” Staple 

Friday, January 17th, 2020

The writers on staff at Automobilemag.com began their blog feature last week sitting in a lodge in gorgeous South Lake Tahoe, California warming themselves by the fire. They were interviewing Mark Allen, head of Jeep design, about our prized Gladiator, the first truck from Jeep since the Comanche stopped rolling off the line in 1992. The group had just been helicoptered off a mountain where they left several 2020 Gladiators parked midway through the very challenging Rubicon trail, which is littered with gravel, sand, and large rocks for obstacle content.

 

Ground clearance on the team's Gladiator Rubicon is listed at 11.1 inches, and since this particular part of the Rubicon Trail was so demanding, they were hitting all of the rocks on the trail so large that human scouts had to move them out of the way. This was a trail so littered with obstacles that no truck ever made could make it through without this type of help, and for a while it gave the group a dose of low morale, as they hoped they could make it through at all. As they forged further onward, they understandably marveled at how in the world pioneers could have made it across these mountains with a simple horse and wagon a century ago!

 

As they continued their trek, they encountered other “pioneers” on the trail that were in Jeep Wranglers and CJs, and past trips had been so brutal that many of them were left minus doors and fenders. From a strictly product-review standpoint, this crew claimed that they would take the Rubicon up the trail again without hesitation, but they would want tires bigger than the LT285/70R17 Falken Wildpeak A/Ts that are standard. Traction was more than adequate, but more ground clearance was needed to conquer a trail this demanding.

 

Some of the sheer modern wonders of automobile technology were a great help to make it through a trail with this difficulty level: the forward-facing camera allowed them to get a good look at the rock that was going to be high-centered on within seconds. When back in the warm lodge speaking with Allen about design of the Wrangler and Gladiator, he admitted that the team had to be able to show all of the “wrong” answers, since top executives were quick to add their opinions on various design schemes.

 

When you come to visit us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta and check out this vehicle that was immediately hailed by many after release, you’ll notice it takes some cues from the Jeep Scrambler CJ-8. The Scrambler’s wheelbase was 34 inches shorter than the Gladiator, and after being discontinued in 1992 is now a hot collector’s item. There’s no question that the Gladiator can be used like an actual truck, with a towing capacity that approaches four tons. This particular test on the trail it was named after was particularly punishing and had to end due to outright stormy weather, but the troupe agreed that this is by all means THE vehicle to have if climbing rocks and blasting through sand is on your itinerary!

2020 Ram 1500 Selected for Car and Driver's 10 Best For “Changing the Shape of American Luxury”

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Watching a well-produced series on Netflix such as “Mad Men” reminds the viewer that as Josh Jacquot of Car and Driver said in an article last week, that “American cars once new luxury”. Focusing heavily on the fact that cars could then be smooth, quiet, and very powerful, 1950s Cadillacs and Lincolns were brought up with great affection. It is then discussed how these fantastic cars would be loaded up and piloted across large distances, moving our families around to places other than home. Trucks have now evoked that sense of luxury, and it is the reason that our prized Ram 1500 was included in the prestigious Car and Driver “10 Best” yearly roundup.

 

The Ram has made this possible by completely re-working the light-duty pickup as a luxurious way to carry “families, fertilizer, and dreams”. Since the ride is so comfortable, the interior is so upper-end, and the delivery of power is so fierce and calculated, it has now elevated to a place some thought would never be possible for a pickup. Whether it is a simple commute, hauling tons of materials, or fancy evening out, the Ram is simply good at everything. Everyone on staff here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta is appreciative of the fact that customers  are claiming in droves that this is THE vehicle that is as comfortable as the best cars out there, and can still help move a couch or other load in a pinch.

 

There are four engines to choose from: an electric-motor-assisted V6 and V8, a turbodiesel V6, and a nonhybridized V8. All are mated to one of two ZF 8-speed automatic transmissions, and another element that really boosts the new Ram up to primo status is its suspension: it comes with either a standard coil-spring rear axle or optional four-corner air springs. The air spring option enables an adjustable ride height that eases ingress and egress, towing, and quick access to the bed. The air springs are the final touch on what is already an amazing performance for any trucks drive through challenging terrain.

 

The available V8 boasts a gas towing capacity of up to 12,750 pounds, and the 2020 Ram 1500 is also loaded with available sensors, cameras, and sophisticated software that consistently helps you maintain control. The available multifunction tailgate is engineered with a 60/40 split and offers more ways to access the bed while still having the ability to take on the most demanding of loads. On the Ram's main website one sees that “Rules were not made for this rebel”, and we couldn't be more proud of our product once again making this tremendous 10 best list!

Car and Driver Showcases 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition 

Friday, January 10th, 2020

The Jeep Wrangler is known for its ability to conquer any location off-road, and for always offering up special editions with unique flavor and flair. Car and Driver offered up an in-depth feature this past week about the Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition. It is offered on the Rubicon trim, which already comes standard with all-terrain tires, locking front and rear Dana 44 axles, and a low 4:1 transfer case. The big changes begin in a familiar spot for many: right under the hood where the standard naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6 and 6-speed manual transmission see a swap for Jeep's 2.0-liter inline-four paired with the 8-speed automatic.

 

The exterior now receives LED headlights and taillights, a red and black hood stripe decal, Moab rock rails, new wheels with a black paint finish, a gloss black grille, body-color fenders, a Recon fender badge, front and rear steel bumpers with bumper loops, and a classic black hardtop roof. The interior sees the addition of red seatbelts, and seat bolsters sporting red stitching. There is not a whole lot of other news about this new edition yet other than what can also be found on the JL Wrangler forum, but we'll be sure to fill you in here on the Landmark Dodge of Atlanta blog as updates come down the various newswires.

 

With a high air intake, sealed electrical connections and water-resistant body openings, the crossing of rivers, streams, and large puddles is made much easier. The Rubicon has a very amazing and revolutionary precision steering system and high-performance wheelbase, just another reason that it is such an optimal choice for anyone that has their mind set on some serious off-road adventure. With exceptional ground clearance and protective underbody skid plates, tasks such as maneuvering over rocks and logs become much easier, minus the worry of damaging vital components at every inch you lurch forward.

 

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler offers the available “Off-Road Pages” to constantly  keep you informed about important stats such as wheel articulation, transmission temperature, the height of your suspension, and drive modes. The eTorque Mild Hybrid System adds a dose of extra low-end power to 295 lb-ft of torque, which gives you smooth and dependable power off the line. The Wrangler is a vehicle with over 75 years of off-road evolution under its belt, and amazing traction is the name of the game when you are embarking up a boulder-strewn hill or pushing limits in the snow. With a 4:1 low-gear ratio, the Rock-Track- equipped Rubicon boasts an 84:1 crawl ratio with the manual transmission, which should mightily be enough to surpass the competition regarding any Earthly obstacle in your way!

Jeep Set to Reveal Cherokee, Wrangler, and Compass Plug-in Hybrid Variants 

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

What many have learned about the Jeep brand over the years is that it is well-known right here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta and across the globe for its ability to command brutal off-road conditions. It also has a very solid reputation as a vehicle that simply hasn't changed much over the years, as today's flat-sided Wrangler is a clear relative of the boxy Jeep that etched its way through the minefields of World War II. But as the folks on staff at CNN Business reported last week, the Jeep brand is now getting ready to undergo one of the biggest transformations in its longstanding history.

 

Next week at the CES technology show in Las Vegas, The Jeep Wrangler, Cherokee, and Compass will all see unveils of plug-in hybrid versions. All 3 of these versions will bear a new 4Xe badge, which is a play on the term 4x4 and identifier of the high-tech trio to soon hit the market. Right now Chrysler offers two plug-in hybrid models, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan and the Jeep Commander PHEV. As ordinary hybrids drive, the battery is charged during braking, and that power is combined with power from the gas engine to turn wheels.

 

In most hybrid vehicles, the electric motor can even power the vehicle by itself during low speeds where not much power is required. In a plug-in hybrid version such as the Pacific hybrid, the batteries can also be charged directly from the wall. After it burns through the electric-only range, it then operates as a hybrid with both gasoline and battery power incorporating internally generated electricity. The exact details have not yet been lain out regarding how the plug-in hybrid systems will be designed in the new vehicles.

 

Since the Cherokee and Compass are of the crossover SUV variety, they possess engineering that is a bit more like a car, and has been modified for off-road use. The Wrangler is a bit more like a truck, and while some categorize the ride as a bit on the bouncy side, this is the model from the line that fully dominates in off-road situations. This may mean that it could be sensible for the Wrangler to have a different sort of plug-in hybrid system to make it more feasible for the far corners of Utah and Colorado instead of the busy Atlanta streets!

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Dominates the Track During Quarter-Mile Display 

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

Everyone following our blog here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta gets to see their fair share of crossover SUV's, our beloved RAM truck line, and even features of how things will move towards electrified power sources very soon. But we have to admit without a doubt that what excites some to no end is talk of ferocious track times, and “speeding demons” down streets with a fervor. When our very own Demon was first shown to the public at the 2018 New York Auto Show, 9.65 seconds was the quarter-mile time that was promised for this blistering-and-brutish bundle of fury and steel. 

At the time it wasn't known that even with all of the painstaking conditions the Mopar crew put on trying to accomplish this, that particular time could not quite be nailed down. Now, almost two years later, the number has been beaten twice by almost a tenth of a second. Boasting a 6.2-liter V8 and a ridiculously massive supercharger that is bigger than the engines in most cars, it cranks out a hefty 808 horsepower. The combination of 100-octane racing fuel and skinny tires up front is what is needed to stand and deliver the 9.65-second ¼ mile time. 

 

It was skilled driver Byron Godbee that took his stock Demon to Carolina Dragway to lay down this landmark time. As with many great successes in driving, he did have a bit of trouble, as the beginning yielded him the dreaded “check engine” light and he cleared up after getting his hands on a code reader from a local parts store. Another car spilled oil all over the strip, right after Byron had clocked a 9.57-second run, but then he triumphed and pulled off the glorious and thundering 9.58. 

 

In this detailed review from Carbuzz.com, there are all sorts of juicy details about the Demon, and how every one of the only 3,000 or so first released are completely street legal, but it is pretty unlikely that owners will be using it for their kids daily school run. The transmission, steering, and suspension are all set up to squeeze out the very last capable and furious bits of the 840 hp engine, and the best results are when the car is pointed straight on the drag strip. 

Available leather or alcantara upholstery, sunroof and upgraded audio system all chip in to help make the trip to the track a bit more luxurious. We are continuously fascinated with the raw power and “king of the block” persona the Demon exudes, and love to share features about its high-octane conquests! 

Car and Driver Provides Sneak Peek at 2021 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer 

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

There's a brand-new full-size SUV touting a familiar name coming to the Jeep lineup soon, and Car and Driver offered up the scoop for everyone on their blog this week. The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are slated to make their return in 2021, and photos of a test mule back in April 2019 were the clearest indication yet that the Ram 1500's half-ton pickup body-on-frame platform would be the base, as well as it sporting an independent rear suspension. This will provide great improvements to ride and handling, and its compact design will open up more space in the cargo area. 

Jeep has several times confirmed that there will be electrified variants of both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, and since the Ram offers 48-volt hybrid systems for both the 3.6-liter V-6 and  5.7-liter V-8s, these are likely engines for the Wagoneer models. It's expected that 4-wheel drive will be standard, and that off-road packages will be available to further boost the Wagoneers trailblazing abilities. It's also expected that there will be two wheelbase lengths available, with the Wagoneer being the shorter, and the Grand Wagoneer the longer variant offering more room for passengers and cargo. 

 

In 2017, Jeep confirmed that both of these vehicles would be built at FCA's Warren Truck assembly plant in Michigan. There has now been an even larger investment into this facility, and production for both vehicles would begin during early 2021. Car and Driver asked the question in a blog a few months back that “How is it that in a market gone gaga for 3-row SUVs, there's not a single Jeep with a way-back seat?” The last three-row Jeep was the Commander, a Grand Cherokee sibling that was discontinued during 2010. 

 

The body-on-frame model will be similar to what competitors Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator ride on, but for the SUVs that are getting into the larger size of things, a diesel option is probably unlikely. These spy shots show the large SUV under thick camouflage and leads one to think that the interior may feel quite a bit like the Ram 1500. Here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta, we have loved watching the progression of the brand originally used as a slang term for a new recruit in the U.S. Army. The Wrangler is the model that has proven to be very quintessential to the brand's identity as a whole, but we are so very excited to see these three-row strongholds march into our ranks: we'll keep you updated as to progress reports and release dates as they unfold! 

2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel EPA Results Deem it Most Economical by Autoblog 

Friday, December 27th, 2019

As the 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel rolls proudly and ready for outdoor adventure onto dealer lots nationwide, the massive torque potential is the reason for many customers' desire for one. All of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta agree that torque is going to be on the minds of anyone seeking an adventuresome daily driver, but it was also promised that this incoming Jeep would be much more fuel-efficient than other Wranglers. The promise had definitely been fulfilled, as the EPA numbers show it nails down 29 mpg on the highway, 22 in the city, and 25 during combined driving.

 

Those are the numbers for the 4-door model with an automatic since that's the only configuration with the diesel V6. The diesel Wrangler even performs slightly better than the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel when it has 4-wheel drive, coming ahead of the full-sized truck by mpg in town, and during combined driving. 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque are what the current power stats are for the EcoDiesel, and beautiful parks in the area such as Rocky Flats OHV Trails, and Currahee Mountain Trail.

 

When the Autoblog crew took the 2020 Wrangler Sahara trim on for a couple of weeks of solid motoring, much of their praise went to features such as the very cool LED lighting, leather interior, and 8.4-inch infotainment system. Assistant Editor Zac Palmer reflected after his drive that putting a diesel engine in a Jeep Wrangler is something that should have been done years ago, and he loves how there is simply no mistaking a Wrangler for a diesel the second you turn it on. Crawling through mud and rocks or really opening up and flooring it through some loose sand is just as fantastic an idea as having one in a pickup.

 

Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore has done the Rubicon Trail and completed a pretty hefty amount of off-road driving, and claimed that during his drives, not a day went by where he was not excited to get in and turn the key. The way the Wrangler feels at every turn combined with the functionality and brightening up the FCE Uconnect system brings is what would lead him to use it as a daily driver. The four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has lately overtaken the two-door as the bestselling body style, and it offers considerably more passenger and cargo-carrying ability while still possessing off-road chops.

 

As always, you can feel free to remove the top, remove the doors, and fold down the windshield to gain a real dune-buggy ride quality. Other updates for 2020 are a brand-new Willys Edition with a limited-slip rear differential, rock rails, a Black and Tan Edition with unique colors and trim, and 32-inch mud-terrain tires!

Segment-Leading King: Ram 1500 Named Top Rated Truck by Edmunds 

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

If there's anything that all of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta can agree on this holiday season, it's that the Ram 1500 undoubtedly just keeps getting better and better. Edmunds is the entity that thoroughly tests every competitive vehicle on the market, and each winner represents the best of that segment regardless of when the vehicle was introduced. Its level of technology, interior built quality, ride comfort and capability, and currently, even stronger fuel economy were all high marks that deemed it fit for the honor.

 

Due to the new EcoDiesel variant, more gusto and improved towing capability is on tap, and the Ram 1500's all-new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel is the king of the pickup truck segment in torque with 480 lb-ft and a crazy good towing capacity of 12,560 pounds. Combined with an available 22-gallon fuel tank, the Ram's driving range even beats the 1,000 mile mark. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 is rated at a best-in-class 480 lb-ft of torque, which enjoys a 14 percent increase from the outgoing model. This 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is also now available for the first time in the Ram Rebel.

 

The Ram is one of those landmark vehicles that just won't quit outperforming the competition and thriving in the spotlight. It boasts a segment-first 1,000 lb-ft of torque with the Cummins Turbo Diesel, and a payload potential of 7,680 lbs with the Ram 3500. If you are on the hunt for a truck that evokes true luxury this holiday season, the Ram Limited boasts real wood, real leather, and 12-inch touchscreen. Numerous test drives aside from Edmunds have decided that the Ram has the best ride and handling out there, boasting exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions.

 

Don't forget to ask us about the Ram Mega Cab: this is where true luxury begins with the most  interior space available in the current truck market existence. Of any half-ton pickup out there, the Ram can boast the highest in owner loyalty: when a buyer buys an item twice in a row these days, any auto industry professional can agree that it speaks volumes about long-lasting quality. Over the last 3 decades, Ram has the highest number of pickups still on the road, another symbol of durability and strength.

 

It's not a big secret that the F-150 and Chevy Silverado are out there lurking in rivalry, and we know full well that they would love to lurch across the finish line in full-blown truck lover's glory. We are confident that the new Ram 1500 will remain the ultimate weapon to inch across the snow-covered finish line this holiday, and remain the best choice for your family or business fleet!

Motor1.com Provides Details on Smaller-Size Jeep Crossover Due in 2022 

Friday, December 20th, 2019

The entire Jeep line is one that we just can't stop the holiday love for on all counts here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta. Over the last few years it is a brand that has taken great strides at updating and expanding its lineup, and not for a second losing its character that appeals to those with wanderlust in a sea of so-same crossover options. There are two larger 3-row SUVs on the way in the form of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, but it has now come to our attention from the good folks of Motor1.com that there will be an “ultra-compact” crossover coming in 2022.

This news was originally gleaned via the Auto Express staff, who had spoken with European Head of Brand Marketing Marco Pigozzi, who let loose a few details about reasons to be excited about the coming model. It will be positioned just below the Jeep Renegade and there is a possibility of electrification, as Jeep as planned to offer a hybrid version of every vehicle within two years.

 

Jeep's Global President Christian Muenier claimed recently that electrification plans laid out should make them “The greenest SUV brand in the world” while realizing fully just how fierce the competition will be. As we have noticed among the ranks of various competitors, not every single family out there wants an SUV so large that it's difficult to park when the time comes and you are hulking over every single other inhabitant on the interstate. Sources say that the new vehicle will be approximately 13 feet long, which is just a foot shorter than two-door Wrangler or Renegade.

 

This new Jeep could very well see itself riding on a platform derived from the Peugeot-Citroen camp. Potentially using a modified version of the Common Modular Platform architecture used for models such as the Peugeot 208 and DS3 Crossback could be plausible scenarios for this new Jeep, and the addition of an electric motor for the rear axle could be incorporated to provide four-wheel drive capability.

 

As the team on duty at Gear Patrol is also consistently cranking out stories about everything car-related and in the now, they reflected that regarding the new Jeep's arrival in the States, “Where there's a will, there's a way”. During the past ten years, Jeep has grown from a builder of very rugged and specified niche models with an outdoorsy following to an automaker that has every bit of might and muster as anyone on the top layer of the mainstream, and we will be watching for them to continue to take strides towards an electric fleet just as others are hailed for doing alongside us!

2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD's Power and Flex Showcased in Motor1.com 

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

The current Charger sedan underwent a drastic facelift four years ago, but its solid origins and shell trace all the way back to 2011. Seeing a massive gain in sales last year, it is no mistake that the car-loving public is still head-over-heels for this car that has enjoyed wild popularity for 8 years. This week Christopher Smith of Motor1.com cooked up a blog feature about the new all-wheel-drive GT and began by picking the brain of FCA's Tim Kuniskis.

Tim claimed that most people think of Chargers and Challengers as high-performance muscle cars, and while they were born and bred in this genre, they can also be excellent 4-season capable and AWD performance cars. All of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta are proud of our brand that offers the perfect blend of practicality and ability to drive during all types of weather without sacrificing an aggressive stance. The Charger GT never experienced any difficulty looking like a muscle car, and is the recipient of a muscular fascia, scooped hood, spoiler, and high-bolstered seats like typical Charger GT models.

 

Now is the first time that you can score all of the track-inspired extras on top of an all-wheel-drive system that brandishes a front-axle disconnect. Previously, the only way to get an AWD Charger was to choose the SXT model. Under the hood is the 3.6-liter V6, connected to an 8-speed automatic that can be manually switched by paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Orders are slated to begin in January, and deliveries later in the first quarter of 2020. We guarantee that you're going to love the 19-inch wheels in a Satin Carbon finish, as well as 8.4-inch Uconnect multimedia touchscreen inside.

 

Many of us here remember the days when high performance meant “put away for the winter”, and of course right here in Atlanta we are happy to see all-weather potential in a car that still seats a few behind you but is ready for raw speed. When you come to visit us for a test drive, make sure you pay close attention to the fun you have in Sport mode, which allows for full-time AWD and quicker shifts, and the launch control activation that has gleaned rave reviews from many modern drag enthusiasts and daily drivers alike.

LED fog lamps, rear park assist, and a backup camera are also now standard. This is THE full-size sedan on the market that absolutely has no compromise when it comes to performance, and the one that Car and Driver says brandishes a “powerfully engaging driving experience” every single time! 

Jeep Gladiator Proclaimed by Gear Patrol as “Best New Car of 2019” 

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Especially over the last decade, it has become more evident than ever that Americans have a  massive love for pickup trucks. One is purchased every 12 seconds, and so it's clear that the entire nation is consistently hungry for big vehicles with a commanding road presence and the  trusty road grip of four-wheel drive. The Jeep brand we love so much to represent here at Landmark Dodge went almost three decades without making a vehicle that sported a metal bed, which explains the high level of excitement when the all-new Gladiator was introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of last year.

The folks on staff at Gear Patrol cooked up a great feature for the blog last week that laid out in detail the desire that Jeep's product planners had to keep it simple, by taking the four-door Wrangler and stretching out the wheelbase before the addition of the metal box everyone was waiting eagerly for. Since the design is based on the Wrangler, all of the parts and features that have made the model an icon over the last few decades are included, in a finished package that was well worth waiting for.

 

The ability to remove the doors, top, and even having a completely waterproof interior are traits that give this new model the swagger to leap over boulders and ford through streams at the drop of a hat. Another quality that has left many trembling in excitement: there is a manual transmission available. Being a pickup means that the Gladiator can easily accomplish things its SUV sibling is not able to, like lugging up to 7,650 pounds up against the Wrangler's slated 3,500. Even with two or three adults on board, it can still take the grunt of half a ton of gear, and also has great options like a 110-volt plug-in and integrated Bluetooth speaker that charges directly from the car.

 

After extensive drive testing, the Gear Patrol crew deemed that the Gladiator drives better than the last-generation Wrangler, which redefined on-road comfort in its own flavor. With a long wheelbase, there is massive stability factor on the highway, and added features like blind-spot warning, radar-based active cruise control, and parking sensors offer up the comfort and safety element that many of today's drivers are on the hunt for. This write-up bills the Gladiator as overall “every bit one of the most capable trucks on sale”, and we encourage you to check out the off-road ready Rubicon: it adds locking differentials, a lower range for navigating rocks, and an electronic sway bar disconnect!

Jeep Grand Wagoneer Spy Shots Via Car and Driver Depict 3-Row Commanding Comfort 

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta, this is the time of year where we love to put on our favorite holiday movies, talk about memorable holidays from years past, and present the best incoming car model selections for the future. As many of the films we love about the holidays portray happy families with relatives in tow forging through bad weather and many miles, this is an exciting time to announce that Jeep is going to bring back the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer nameplates!

 

The prototypes shown in the spy shots above look wide enough to be built on the Ram 1500's platform, and the Grand Wagoneer may be offered as the long-wheelbase version of the standard Wagoneer. The Wagoneer appears to share some styling with Jeep Grand Cherokee, as headlights and taillights can be spotted beneath the camouflage that are similarly shaped. Engine choices are likely to begin with the 3.6-liter V6 with the e-Torque hybrid as standard, and the 5.7-liter V8 Hemi as the more powerful option. Both engines will probably be paired with a ZF 8-speed transmission and either four-wheel or rear-wheel drive.

 

Many of the enthusiasts who have been following Jeep for years hope that retro wood paneling will be an option, the existence of which we are not yet sure of. Both of these vehicles are supposed to begin production in 2021, and we couldn't be more excited about their stature and potential. The Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, and Ford Expedition will be the front-runners in competition for this pair, and we are confident that the Jeep namesake will be the shining star in the race. Wearing the brand's unmistakable seven-slot grille and with 3 rows of seats to include the whole family, the large-sized hauler is a staple of the auto industry that isn't going anywhere.

 

Based on EPA ratings for the 2020 Ram 1500, we'd expect the V6 powered Jeeps to nail down around 20 mpg city and 25 highway. The V-8 versions will likely be rated near 17 mpg city and 23 highway. Predicting what type of connectivity and infotainment features will be around a year from now is a bit tricky, but the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will more than likely offer a large touchscreen and smartphone integration by the way of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

 

To keep you properly safe on the road, you can count on features such as adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist. Now on select models, complimentary scheduled maintenance is available for two years, and a limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles! Make sure to come visit us here soon to see about reserving your own incoming model, and bringing your family or business the ability to enjoy future-embracing large-sized transport.

 

Ram Heavy Duty Motor Trend 2020 Truck of the Year by “Meeting Real Driver Needs”

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Christian Seabaugh of Motor Trend had a very relatable viewpoint in his article about the Truck of the Year last week: It is really not that difficult to market pickup trucks. He humorously conveys that a TV producer can slam a truck through a concrete wall, as the introduction of the “new, more capable” model is proclaimed. He is correct in saying that the current landscape of advertising has moved into a sphere that is chasing max tow and payload numbers in a constant effort to be bigger and better.

 

Letting the engineers focus on performance, capability, and being truly versatile is how the Ram Heavy Duty was born and bred, which was coincidentally the Motor Trend's 2020 Truck of the Year. Here is discussed that the Ram Heavy Duty delivers in ways no other 3-4 or one-ton pickup does, as it first and foremost rides on a new high-strength steel platform with either a 6-foot 4 or 8-foot bed. The grille is 30 percent larger than before to feed the largest intercooler and radiator ever to heavy-duty Ram, and the aluminum hood aids in dropping weight.

 

The result is that now the design is the most aerodynamic in its class, and here the Motor Trend staff proclaims that it has an elegance “no other full-size rig can match”. There are six available trim levels with distinctive grille, wheel options, and trim outlining the character of the truck, from the work-ready tradesman models to the adventure-bound 2500 Power Wagon and Luxury-rich 3500 Limited. Once inside, Ram has invested very heavily in the brand new model to assure it's a fantastic space to spend time in. All models now offer up two to four color scheme options, acoustic glass, active noise canceling, and a variety of standard infotainment options, topping out at a 12.0-inch Uconnect system, sporting tools to help with the duties of hauling and towing.

 

This articleoutlines just how good a job the Ram does of delivering as a jack-of-all-trades machine, and backing up the legacy Hemi engine is the stronger version of the Ram 1500s quick-shifting 8-speed automatic. If for any reason this is not enough to satisfy you, the 6.7-liter revamped Cummins turbodiesel that cranks out 370 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque will, paired with an updated house-built 6-speed automatic. All of the new HD's receive Frequency Response Damping shocks, which work hard along with coil springs to improve the ride quality and handling.

 

The testing team at hand here really appreciated the Limited dually for being in all ways a truck meant for work and heavy hauling, where it towed 17,730 pounds of skid-steer, trailer, and excavator up the Davis Dam during a frustration test. All of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta concur that we too would agree during our drives that the engine never felt too entirely labored, the steering was well-weighted, and the automatic exhaust brake was a great aid in keeping downhill speeds reasonably low. Road test editor Chris Walton claimed that “at a little over half its max rating, this was an easy ask of the Ram”.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Billed by Car and Driver as “Swiss Army Knife for the Road”

Friday, November 29th, 2019

This year has been full of a lot of surprises and successes within the auto realm, and some releases were as game-changing and headline-grabbling as ever! The Car and Driver staff claimed in a new feature that our beloved Jeep Gladiator was the vehicle to come along to “force them to revisit  our priorities and question ourselves”, as they put together their yearly “10 Best” for review. They first lament that the Gladiator is the best-handling and best-riding Wrangler product ever to come out of Toledo, Ohio and that it is a better primary vehicle than most out there.

 

All of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta know that the Gladiator performs amazingly where sports cars fail, and towing large amounts as well as taking a secret trail to the beach that only locals know are both a cinch. The manual transmission is another great feature for the enthusiast that only a few other 10Besters flaunt, and here the Car and Driver staff herald the vehicle for being “a convertible pickup wagon dreamed up in the vein of an 83-function Swiss Army knife for the road”.

 

The ability to remove the top and doors or fold the windshield is described here by the savvy team as having a “toylike novelty”, and they claim that Rubicon-edition Gladiators are the off-road equivalent of a Corvette on a racetrack. On-road composure and stability were two key points that pushed the Gladiator into 10Best territory this year, and the wheelbase stretch of 18.9 inches is depicted here as the most likely “stabilizing sauce”. It does the job of softening the bucking ride that a solid-axle Jeep can possess, and due to having two live axles, a ladder frame, recirculating-ball steering, and 4-wheel drive, the Gladiator feels more modern than any other Wrangler.

 

We recommend the Gladiator Sport S and optional heavy-duty tow package for class-leading capability, but the alternate Gladiator Rubicon offers up specialized hardware and accessories that give you the ability to tackle the toughest of off-road terrain. The Sport trim is equipped with 17-inch steel wheels, all-season tires, crank windows, manual door locks and mirrors, cruise control, an 8-speaker audio system, 5-inch central display, and rearview camera. All trim levels come with a 5-foot cargo bed, 4-wheel drive system and 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The Overland model adds body-color wheel arches, side steps, and tinted rear side and rear windows. You also see LED ambient footwell lighting,  a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the 7-inch infotainment system, and the new 110-volt outlet for juice in the center console.

 

2020 Dodge Challenger 50th Anniversary Edition To Debut at L.A. Auto Show 

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

It was the fall of 1969 when the Dodge Challenger first showed its face on the American muscle car scene, and this year the 50th Anniversary Edition will see its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show! The new special equipment is available on the GT RWD, R/T Shaker, R/T Scat Pack Shaker, and R/T Scat Pack Shaker Widebody trim levels. 70 models of each model grade for each color will be built for a run of 1960 units, and all of the SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye vehicles score a unique 50th Anniversary badge.

 

This awesome and milestone-commemorating edition is available in the new Gold Rush exterior paint color, with other hues such as Frostbite, Hellraisin, Sinamon Stick, TorRed, F8 Green, and Go Mango. The shade swoops down to cover the shaker hood scoop on the applicable trim levels, and the rest of the hood is a perfectly sinister Satin Black, and each respective color spills nicely up to the roof, fuel filler door, and rear deck. The wheels are decorated in a special finish called Gold School, and the interior has black Nappa leather with Alcantara accents and Sepia accent stitching.

 

All of us on staff here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta took a close look here at all this model's unique features, and one of the coolest touches is on the instrument cluster, where a retro yellow pinstripe slopes around the gauge dials. In the press release, it was announced in the overview that “50 years and Zero Chance of Growing Up” was the theme, and we agree that it's suitable! When the Challenger first screeched out onto the scene, it had something that its rivals did not: the most fantastic range of engine choices in the industry, from the small-but-trusty 225-cubic-inch “Slant Six” to the completely dominating “Elephant Motor” in the form of a 426 HEMI.

 

Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Passenger Cars Division for Dodge claimed last week that “History was built on a few key things: big attitude and big muscle, loud colors and loud exhausts, and an enthusiast community that is as unique and diverse as our special editions.” The functional Shaker hood comes with a Mopar cold-air intake, conical air filter and optimized air box that results in improved airflow and performance. Much like the original 1970 Challenger, there is a “SHAKER” underhood decal, as well as illuminated Air Catcher headlamps that brandish 50th Anniversary Edition LED-illuminated “50” logos.

 

There's even a startup animation on the Electronic Vehicle Information Center screen that showcases the 1970 Challenger and its distinguishable gauges! The Challenger R/T is powered by the trusty and tough 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, rated at 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque when paired with the Tremec six-speed manual transmission. If paired up to the amazing TorqueFlight 8-speed automatic transmission, the Challenger R/T serves up 372 horsepower with 400 lb-ft of torque.

Military and Armed Forces Honor Shown Via 2020 Ram 1500 “Built to Serve” Truck 

Thursday, November 22nd, 2019

As the holidays are bearing down upon us here in Atlanta, our thoughts tend to drift to desolate and sometimes lonely places overseas, where brave friends and loved ones are located to serve our nation every day. As we have the strength and vigor to appreciate our loved ones who are with us at home, all of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta know that every single empty spot at the table honors the very courageous men and women offering up their daily service to keep the nation safe.

 

The Ram line of trucks is surely an ideal commemoration of recognizing those in our military, and  there will now be a line of trucks launched honoring the U.S. Armed Forces. These “Built to Serve” special editions will be offered in colors representing each branch of the military: Gator and Diamond Black for the Army, Ceramic Gray and Patriot Blue for the Navy, Anvile and Billet Silver for the Air Force, Tank and Flame Red for the Marines, and Spitfire and Bright Wight for the Coast Guard. Any body style or powertrain for the Ram 1500 can be matched up with these colors.

 

All of these models boast American flag logos on the bedsides, an off-road package with all-terrain tires, Built to Serve badges on the dash, heavy-duty shocks, an electronic rear differential, four skid plates, tow hooks, and hill descent control. The interior boasts Velcro patches on the front seats to hold military-style badges, and there will be one thousand of each colored model available. Spitfire and Bright White will be the only two that will see limited production of 500, and Ram will begin the ordering process every three months beginning on Veteran's Day. For any interested costumers, no military background on your behalf is required for purchase.

 

Hard work does bring about the demand for long hauls, and the 5.7-Liter Hemi V8 engine with eTorque Hybrid Technology brandishes a gas towing capacity of up to 12,750 pounds. When you come to check out these or any Ram 1500 models, one of the most awesome qualities you'll notice is the new sensors, cameras, and other sophisticated software on board that helps keep you in full control during every drive.

 

The Ram also has another one of the best features in the industry: the available multifunction tailgate comes with precision engineering on a 60/40 split, which offers up the raw power to handle big loads, and numerous ways to access the bed. The beyond-durable and chiseled frame of the Ram is composed of 98% high-strength steel, which ultimately contributes to the ability to roll with 2,300 lbs of payload and a class-leading towing capacity of 12,750 lbs. We'll keep you posted right here on the blog about these military-inspired and other unique models coming up, and hope anyone you know in proud service is safe and warm this holiday season!

2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel GLeans Automobile Praise For Navigation of Zion Canyon

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

The 2020 Wrangler JL Diesel has fulfilled a request that many enthusiasts have been demanding for some time, and Todd Lassa of the Automobile blog staff immediately dove in and claimed that the low-end torque does wonders for the task of rock climbing. It was also part of the solution to help Jeep meet the 54.5 mpg 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard in the States, which cast a bit of a foreboding shadow on development. Now that the model has arrived, it will be available in the four-door Unlimited's Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon trims, and paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

 

The Wrangler was constructed with very tough terrain and fording water in mind, which called for a complete redesign. This began by raising the oil sump's location up from the engine's bottom, and also a complete reworking of the lightweight aluminum pistons. They now have thinner rings and low-friction diamond-like carbon coating on the pin, and fight against parasitic loss with added compression ring. The piston pin itself is offset by 0.3mm from centerline for better noise, vibration, and harshness. The engine sees new updated exhaust-gas recirculation, high-pressure 29,000 psi direct-injection fuel-injector nozzles, and a slightly lowered compression ratio for better fuel economy and less engine noise.

 

The Rubicon EcoDiesel comes with the Rock-Trac two-speed transfer case and 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio, while the Sport and Sahara trims come with the Command-Trac part-time two-speed transfer case and 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. The addition of the diesel does also add 375 pounds to the Wrangler EcoDiesel's weight gain, but the one number that many Jeep fans will get most excited about is the torque: 442 lb-ft at 1,400 rpm. The test drive in question for this journey was through the beautiful Zion Canyon, where the group immediately took a liking to the plentiful power offered in the healthy mid-range.

 

Once the gang reached the rocks above the sand, they detached the anti-roll bars and began to really enjoy how the EcoDiesel shines. It took just the very slightest tip of the throttle pedal to get the Wrangler across the very rugged and demanding terrain. The skidplates heartily lived up to their expectations here as well and protected the underbody without issue. They embarked through sand easily at about 30 mph, and aside from a tiny bit of loosening in the chassis, navigated through the shake with no worries. We love to read here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta the numerous positive responses that drivers have when they take the Jeep line out into the wildest of habitats, which is exactly where these models were meant to thrive and conquer!

Mopar 2020 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Touts Non-Street Legal Goods at SEMA

Friday, November 15th, 2019

Car and Driver provided the current goods on the 2020 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak edition on their blog last week and its exciting appearance at the SEMA aftermarket show. Beginning their feature by admitting that “Building a fast car isn't as simple as measuring twice and cutting once”, the process is lenghty and depends on many eyes and ears trained for precision. Mopar had lain out the promise that their baseline tune will let customers hop in and launch the car gleefully with no assembly required, and are first limiting the run to 50 units.

 

Most of the mystery is admittedly surrounding the 354 cubic-inch V8, and Mopar was not offering up much in the way of hints within such close proximity to fierce competition. The last generation Challenger saw the debut of the supercharged 354-cubic-inch V8, as well as a naturally-aspirated 426 cubic-inch V8 which was in development for about two years prior. There is a Kwik-Shift manual shifter bolted tightly to the 3-speed to add a hand with shifting on the double. Strict NHRA rules prevent organized factory teams from straying too far from production-car similarity, but the rear suspension is sometimes fair game for a viable tweak.

 

In this case, the solid rear axle comes from the geniuses at Strange Engineering, and the four-link wishbone suspension is all brand-new. The addition of a Drag Pak exclusive lightweight wheel package adds black Weld Racing wheels wrapped in 30-inch Mickey Thompson drag radials on the car as well. The actual custom welded roll cage inside the new Drag Pak was certified for a car capable for 7.50 ET's on the strip, and the Mopar crew also pointed out that the Holley Dominator electronic fuel management controller will remain unlocked for those who prefer to be on “global warmer” mode, and the Racepak Smartwire power control module allows the driver to diagnose electrical problems quickly.

 

The Drag Pak is excitedly slated to compete in the 2020 NHRA Production Car Showdown, a competition that Mopar already won last year with the last-gen Drag Pak, nailing down a class-first 7.0-second ET. Mopar was also quoted last week as claiming that production for the 2020 Challenger Drag Pak will begin early next year. Right here on The Dodge Garage blog, you see the amazing preview of the 2020 Challenger and all it offers: an unrivaled horsepower-heavy and all-weather capable GT presence.

 

A few other things that are new for 2020 are nine new wheels and finishes throughout the lineup, new exterior badging on R/T models and Scat Pack Bee spoiler badge on the R/T Scat Pack, Frostbite, Hellraisin, and Sinamon Stick exterior paint options, and even all-new premium-stitched dash and upper door panels on all models that see leather on the interior. A new flat-bottom leather steering wheel is now included with the Performance Handling Group on GT, as well as a new Caramel Alcantara interior color option available on Challenger GT, R/T, and R/T Scat Pack models. We can't wait for you to come see us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta, where the award-winning 3.6 – Pentastar V6 as the base engine cranking out 305 horsepower resides in the Challenger: your next track run is guaranteed to be a teeth-chattering and heart-pounding driving experience!

Jeep Wrangler Freedom's Return Featured on Motor1.com 

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

It has now been officially announced that the Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition will be making a return, with a donation of $250 to the United States Army for each model sold. The Freedom Edition uses the Wrangler Sport S trim as its starting point and then adds American flags above the Jeep logos on the front fenders, a military star decal on the hood, and an Oscar Mike badge on the rear tailgate. The exterior features tinted rear windows, a black Sunrider roof, 17-inch wheels with a Satin Carbon finish, and side steps.

 

All of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta have been checking out the colors you can get this edition available in: Firecracker Red, Bright White, and Ocean Blue are the initial available exterior colors, and Black, Granite Crystal, Sting Gray, Billet, Punk'n, Hellayella and Bikini will be available later on. Once inside, The Freedom Edition boasts McKinley black cloth seats with matching leather bolsters, and then there is an embossed Oscar Mike logo in the center. Light Tungsten stitching is found on the steering wheel, chairs, doors, and front armrest, and there is the choice of a 5.0-inch of 7.0-inch infotainment display.

 

Safety options such as blind-spot monitoring and park assist are available for addition, and the   power is derived from a 3.6-liter V6 with six-speed manual. There's also the option to choose the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with a six-speed manual or 8-speed automatic, and the 3.0-liter turbodiesel. We love the look of the white one you can see here on the Motor1.com feature, with the visual stamp on the hood really making a cool difference. This is a cool contrast to the “305” editions shown at the Miami Auto Show over the past week, as it proudly retraces Jeep's original Willy's origins when they first began supplying the armed forces.

 

Now produced at Jeep's Toledo complex, The Wrangler is an indirect progression from the World War II Jeep. The very solid axle and open-top have been as integral to Jeep's identity as the rear-engined 911 is to the Porsche brand, and all models continue to use a separate body and frame. Upgrades to suspension, drivetrain, and interior were originally made to the Wrangler to attract a more daily driver, and ¾ of current Wranglers on the market are the 4-door variety. Come down to visit us here this holiday season, and check out the model that Kelley Blue Book claims many years over is the “Best to Hold Value” in the long run!

Ram 1500 Rebel Praised by Motor1.com as “Off the Grid Ruler”

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Adrian Padeanu of Motor1.com expressed this week in a blog feature that he was thrilled with the results of exploring the adventurous side of Ram, as they have now teamed up with Mopar to make the 1500 into an overlanding vehicle. It all began with a 2020 Ram 1500 brandishing the V6 3.0-liter EcoDiesel, that cranks out 260 horsepower and 480 lb -ft of torque. It gives back for the holidays generously in the form of 26 miles per gallon in the combined cycle, making the truck perfect for extended trips. If you're planning a trip to the wild, this is going to be one major anchoring and fit asset to your journey!

 

The work began with the task of fitting Mopar's two-inch left kit to achieve improved ground clearance and with the addition of Beadlock wheels wrapped in 35-inch Goodyear tires for better off-road capabilities. The new bumper up front sports a built-in winch, and the revised front grille sees a Ram badge specially designed for air to flow through easily. You can also add the snorkel, which is not a just-for-show gimmick. From the side, you can see fender flares at both the front and rear axles combined with rock rails that will amply provide extra protection. The Ram 1500 Rebel OTG has a different rear bumper, which is similar to what is seen on the Tradesman version and is well-engineered to improve the departure angle by the constant flow of exhaust.

 

Once you open the 60:40 split doors of the bed, you find the installed bed rack bundled with a collapsible rooftop vent that you reach with the stow-away ladder. The Motor1.com team claimed that the truck lives up to its “off the grid” moniker with an array of items high on campers' checklists such as a retractable battery-powered battery, gas stove, and sink featuring onboard water system. There's even an air compressor and solar panel set mounted on the roof to provide extra power supply, and additional LED lights on the roof as well as front and rear bumpers give you the means to have stellar lighting when you choose the off-road for adventures at night.

 

This Ram Rebel OTG concept is one of the 14 customized vehicles Mopar will have on display during SEMA this year, alongside heavy hitters such as the Jeep Wrangler with upgrades and the slick Mopar Lowliner Restomod concept. During the video here you can get a feel for just how great the added extras can make an excursion into the outdoors, as the truck becomes a base of operations extraordinaire. You also get a very close-up look at the new grille and just how much it changes up the feel of the truck, immediately complementing the rock and boulder-ready tires to boot.

 

It Is also easy to see just how useful the multi-function tailgate is here too, as the video illustrates all different types of materials loaded in with various formation and changeup options! Check back with us here on the Landmark Dodge of Atlanta blog for updates and release notice regarding this fit and Alpine-adjusted piece of expert work!

Car and Driver Showcases Special Mopar-Modified Editions of Gladiator and Wrangler

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

The Wrangler and the Gladiator are two vehicles that by all means are made to be modified. Part of the teeming popularity that we have noticed among loyal fans here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta is because Jeeps are so easily adaptable to the demands of the wild! This week Car and Driver featured a blog that highlighted the Miami Auto Show's excitement, and a pair of Jeeps that were customized specifically with a humid coastal region in mind. These “Three O Five” models are in honor of the city's area code, and they feature edition-specific fender decals and hood graphics.

 

305 of these models that will feature aftermarket goodies from Mopar will be made and distributed among dealers in the Miami metro. The Wrangler 305 is based on the Sport S trim and is equipped with that model's 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment is LED headlights, a power-folding top, a black fuel door, a 7.0-inch touchscreen radio, fender decals with a kite surfer, and hood decals branding it as “305”. The decals are in black and red, a perfect contrast to white paint on this special Wrangler model.

 

The special edition Gladiator is also based on a Sport S model, with power derived from a 3.6-liter V-6 and all-terrain tire package. The hood graphic is in a contrasting white, and the 305 Gladiator is painted red. While on display at the Miami auto show, the pair will sport tube doors, a winch and mount with a Fairlead mount kit, a two-inch lift, Katzkin leather seats, two separate LED off-road light kids, steel front bumpers, and rock rails from the innovative and always-awesome Jeep Performance Parts. 255 of these new models will be Wranglers, and 50 lucky buyers will find themselves with a boisterous and beach-ready Gladiator.

 

The much-loved Wrangler is currently in its fourth generation and has been manufactured since 1986. Much like the Willy's MB and CJ Jeeps that came before it, all Wrangler models continue to use a separate body and frame, rigid live axles on the front and rear, a fold-flat windshield, tapering nose design with flared fenders, and can be easily driven minus the doors. Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show during November of 2018, the Jeep Gladiator has since created a large stir in the auto industry as those who love pickups and Jeeps alike gleefully see their wish materialized at last.

 

When you come down to visit us this fall and check out your options, don't forget to ask about the Overland luxury trim. Here you see an upgrade to leather upholstery, and a soft-touch dashboard  surface and hand-stitched dashboard, similar to that found on the Wrangler Sahara!

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody and Scat Pack Compared via Cars.com

Friday, November 1st, 2019

When Dodge announced that the Widebody versions of the Charger were coming for the 2020 model year, many out there were excited because they knew the level of upgrade in performance it brings. Last week Brian Wong from Cars.com headed to beautiful Sonoma, California to put the updated 2020 Charger Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat with Widebody additions heavily to the test on pacific highways as well as the Sonoma Raceway.

 

Dodge had previously released the Challenger's Widebody Package with many of the changes that you can find on the Charger, and many car outlets and experts were huge fans. Regarding the Challenger, a car was created that was lightning fast in a straight line, and quicker around the bends. Widebody upgrades are meant to enhance the grip of the Charger, braking and handling characteristics to better match the Scat Pack and Hellcat's hefty amounts of horsepower, and the first item on the list is tires. Both the Hellcat and Scat Pack ride on standard 20-inch Pirelli P-Zero 305/35 ZR20 all-season performance tires with an 11-inch width.

 

The car's overall width is up to 3.5 inches because of large fenders that have been enlargened to accommodate the new rubber, and this feature is one of the easiest ways to distinguish a Widebody model from a regular Charger. There are also massive upgrades to the suspension, and the Scat Pack Widebody adds Brembo six-piston fronts and four-piston rears derived from the Hellcat. For the first time, the Charger Hellcat also makes a transition to electric power steering: the hydraulic system was not able to keep up with the higher steering loads provided by the added grip the stiffer suspension undergoes.

 

Beginning with the 2020 year, every version of the Charger Hellcat will see the Widebody Package upgrades standard, and its an incredibly useful upgrade for anyone who wants to drive on a curvy road. As far as engines inside, the 2020 Scat Pack and Hellcat engines are the same as they were last year. The Scat Pack's is a 485-horsepower, 6.4-liter V8 that makes 475 lb-ft of torque paired with rear-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic. In the Hellcat, it's a 707-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that cranks out 650 lb-ft of torque. The Scat Pack runs from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds, and the Hellcat in 3.6 seconds, which are both blazing-hot times considering the car's size.

 

The group in this article from Cars.com then weighed the two packages to see which was the better choice. They claimed that the Widebody Package enhances the great characteristics without any drawbacks, and the extra grip and stability perfectly enhanced the Charger. Initially, they thought that the Scat Pack Widebody would come out on top because it handles better, offers up more than enough power, and provided the ability to really push the car to its limit. They all agreed that in a Hellcat you worry that the accelerator can noticeably shake up the rear end, with a bit more forgiveness with the Scat Pack Widebody.

 

Since the Sonoma track is pretty hilly, the Hellcat's ability to roar up the steep grades without much hesitation was a real treat, and they agreed at times the acceleration from the Scat Pack was not quite as responsive. At the end of the day, this group declared the Scat Pack the winner: you can drive it hard, it handles a bit better, and the horsepower amount is just plenty for most. But everyone here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta wholeheartedly agrees that that one's “just a bit” righter than the other, and that 707 horsepower can be simply much too appealing to pass up!

2020 1500 Ram Ecodiesel Hailed by Roadshow Blog as “Best Full-Sized Truck Hands Down”

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

 

The folks on staff at Roadshow.com via Cnet provided a feature last week about the 2020 Ram 1500, and its new EcoDiesel engine option. It takes an already out-of-this-world truck and adds increased towing and payload capability as well as better fuel economy. Seasoned car reporter Emme Hall claimed immediately that even if you forego new engine options, the Ram 1500 is still the best full-sized pickup truck out there today. Seeing as how this is a division of vehicle that sees such firm competition, the massive capability, comfortable ride, and handsome design all help the Ram heartily surpass its rivals. 

The addition of a diesel engine to the Ram 1500 Lineup provides gains in fuel economy, towing and payload, but without ruining the best things all of us here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta love about the Ram. The 3.0-Liter V6 may possess the same displacement as the company's outgoing EcoDiesel engine, but 80% of its parts are new, and there is a brand-new turbocharger, intake ports, and combustion system. The pistons have seen a complete redesign, and now incorporate thinner rings for less friction. 

 

There is also a new low-pressure exhaust on board that provides a gas recirculation system. This aids with reduction in power loss from the turbo, and provides an engine that produces more torque and power than the outgoing model, while also seeing reductions in vibration and noise. During a test drive, the Roadshow crew was amazed at the lack of noise and vibration most drivers think is not escapable when you get into diesel. Here they highlight the very smooth ride that the optional air suspension provides, which is an asset that makes the truck fully road-trip-ready. 

 

EPA ratings currently sit at 22 MPG city,  32 MPG highway, and 26 MGP combined for the two-wheel-drive Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, and the addition of 4-wheel drive lowers those numbers to 21, 29, and 24. This gang was particularly happy that Ram does not skimp on driver assistance tech in the least, with the ability to heap on offerings such as lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. Within higher trim levels there is a very luxurious feel, with reclining rear seats, leather on the dashboard and seats, and more headroom as well as legroom with the Crew Cab body style. 

The strength in numbers doesn't lie when it comes to the Ram EcoDiesel: it can haul 2,040 pounds in its bed, or two 12,560 pounds behind it, which is a best-in-class statistic. The Roadshow staff concludes that the Ram 1500 is the “top pick in its class”, with the EcoDiesel option adding to its hefty appeal. 

2020 Ram 1500 and HD Pickups To Receive Time-Honored Blackout Editions

Friday, October 25th, 2019

Just as anyone would choose for a formal night out or an epic celebration, black is a selection of outfit that is distinguished, pleasantly menacing, and always stealth. As we anticipate all of the new fall releases here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta, we are “on patrol” on the showroom floors to excitedly let everyone know what will be new with incoming models. For the 2020 year, the Ram will now feature a “blackout package” for the Ram 1500 and HD models, sporting a new dark monochromatic stance.

 

They made their debut at the rather fitting location of the Texas State Fair, and sport black accents, badging and tow hooks, plus 22-inch black wheels as part of the package. All drivetrain selections including the diesel will have this package available, and will also sport the same vented sport performance hood found on the Ram 1500 Rebel. The Night Edition receives the very same treatment, offering up black badging and grille, dark bezels for the taillights and headlights, and black 20-inch wheels. If you are on the hunt for a rear-wheel model, the Night Edition comes with black 17-inch wheels and machined pockets.

 

As we are very excited about what the coming months and years will bring regarding new models, we also like to spread the word to customers about a very important element: the track and performance record factor. If you are getting ready to place an order for one of these deliciously devilish new black trucks, it's great to know how other experts in the business feel it performs. The staff on duty at Car and Driver claimed that their 4-door crew cab Limited 4x4 model was doing fantastic at around the 30,000-mile mark, after bringing a Toyota Supra and two snowmobiles back home on separate hauls.

 

The engine braking that is activated with the Tow/Haul mode gave the team the confidence to tow at speeds up to 75 mph. The shifts were smooth and unhindered, and technical editor David Beard loved the handling and comfort factor. We think everyone's gonna love these two new ways to properly darken the most luxurious and high-performing truck out there, and enjoy the difference in hue while hauling, towing, and having recreation time with a vehicle that is unfazed completely by demands. We will keep you posted here on the blog regarding the release and other pertinent dates, as many out there are looking forward to darkening their incoming rig with these prime packages! 

2020 Jeep Wrangler 3.0-Liter Diesel V-6 Joins the Wrangler Powertrain Lineup

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

As a vehicle known for its ability to plow through streams and demonstrate superior off-road chops, the Wrangler has quickly become a Landmark Dodge of Atlanta favorite. This is the time of year when customers and fans alike ask about what changes are coming down the line for the future, and we are happy to provide the details about what to expect when purchasing this year or next. The Jeep Wrangler is now officially slated to add a diesel engine for the 2020 model year: the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine will be available by the end of this year on Wrangler models that are the 4-door and paired with 8-speed automatic transmission variant.

 

It's the same engine found in the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, and it generates 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. This situates itself pretty favorably aside the current gas engine options for the Wrangler, which are the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four which makes 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.6-liter V-6 which makes 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. For next years' models, you can choose either conventional or eTorque hybrid versions, and spy shots we got our hands on recently have shown us it will sport a “3.0 D” badge.

 

The engine start-stop system comes standard with the diesel version, and the 8-speed automatic transmission is professionally dialed in to deal with the engine's increased torque output. Four-wheel drive is standard on the diesel, and as Jeeps are known for their easy-to-customize factor, it has several different configurations available for different levels of off-road capability. Official EPA fuel-economy ratings have not yet been released, but the Wrangler EcoDiesel is expected to offer significantly improved efficiency compared to the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. Currently, this 4-cylinder doles out 21 mpg combined, and the 3.6-liter V-6 offers up to 20 mpg combined.

 

You'll be thrilled to come down and check out this capable, truck-like creation that sports very solid axles and body-on-frame design. We guarantee that the newest version handles and rides better than any version before it, and it possesses a one-of-a-kind appeal that other SUVs just can't touch. The Sport trim can now be had with LED lighting, and the Advanced Safety Group option package now includes the 8.4-inch infotainment screen featuring automatic high beams and navigation.

 

One of our favorites is the Willys Edition: it brandishes a rear limited-slip differential, rock rails, and 32-inch mud-terrain tires. The Freedom Edition adds military-themed accents and is a throwback to the days when the Jeep brand chiseled its early stages of identity. Every available roof design allows the Wrangler to be a convertible, and you can remove the rear side panels without removing the roof and rear window part as well. This is the off-roader on the market that allows you to get up extra close and enjoy nature's elements, and we are looking forward to the front-running fervor and excitement the 2020 model will bring!

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