Truck Thursday: 2019 Ram 1500 Uconnect ‘connects’ with Apple Car Play and Android Auto

Lighter, stronger, more capable.

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 has already checked some very important boxes in taking a winning truck to a whole new level of capability and innovation.

But step inside and discover another leap forward in technology with the award-winning unique 12-inch dual screen Uconnect system. It opens up a whole new level of connection, convenience and personalized customization that will help you keep your eyes and your attention on the road … where they belong.

Two of the most popular apps in demand right now are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and both are ready for you to pair with your phone on the 2019 Ram 1500 Uconnect system.

This week on #TruckThursday, FCA User Experience design manager Brad Gieske takes the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps for a spin.




1. 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk



The future hasn’t yet fulfilled its sci-fi promise of vehicles that fly, but the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk gets pretty darn close. The most powerful and quickest SUV ever1, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque. This speedster leaps from 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.5 seconds, conquers the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds and achieves a top speed of 180 mph.2



The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk also boasts an upgraded TorqueFlite® eight- speed automatic transmission and driveline components engineered to handle additional torque output, plus added stopping power courtesy of a new Brembo® braking system that includes the largest-ever front brakes on a Jeep® SUV, delivering 60-0 mph braking performance of 114 feet.2 Drivers will move forward quickly into a new generation of performance with world-class on- road driving dynamics thanks the Selec-Track® system with five dynamic drive modes and a Bilstein® adaptive suspension system.

2. 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude with Amazon® Alexa


Ready to look ahead to the future? The 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude offers a groundbreaking technology package that includes new Uconnect® with Amazon® Alexa capability. The technology is designed to eliminate everyday stresses by keeping drivers conveniently connected to their vehicle, for a completely unique and seamless experience. Drivers can now ask Alexa, through voice commands, to start the vehicle’s engine, lock and unlock doors, send navigation instructions to the vehicle, plus check fuel and tire pressure levels – from the comfort their home.

Customers who purchase the 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude with the Tech Connect Package will receive an Amazon Echo Dot device, a three-month subscription to the Amazon Music Unlimited3 Family Plan – the on-demand full-catalog streaming service with access to tens of millions of songs, thousands of hand-curated playlists and personalized stations – and a three- month subscription to Audible4, the world’s largest seller and producer of digital spoken-word entertainment.

In addition, the new Tech Connect Package features exterior enhancements including Diamond Black Crystal-painted lower cladding; gloss black finishes on the chin applique, upper and lower grille surround, roof rails and badging; plus premium 18-inch painted aluminum wheels.

3. The All-New 2018 Jeep Wrangler


The next generation is now. Introducing the All-New 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The rumors are true — the most capable SUV ever now delivers more 4×4 capability, advanced fuel- efficient powertrains, more safety features and advanced technology, all packaged in a modern design with even more open-air options that stay true to the original, iconic Wrangler design.



The All-New 2018 Wrangler stands out with its instantly recognizable grille, iconic round headlamps and square tail lamps, improved aerodynamics, a convenient fold-down windshield for off-road purists, and dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations.

Introduce yourself to the All-New 2018 Jeep Wrangler — a new chapter in the history of the Jeep brand, written to inspire exploration and adventurous discovery.

Come to Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Downers Grove and test drive all the New 2018 Jeep Models. Call 630-241-5500 or visit today.



2019 Ram 1500 SLT

Improved Efficiency and Performance

The All-New 2019 Ram 1500 flexes its muscle while getting trim, eliminating 225 pounds — despite an influx of additional content — through the use of advanced high-strength steels. With 98 percent of the frame and 54 percent of the core body structure constructed of advanced high-strength steels, the new Ram 1500 is not only lighter, it’s also the strongest Ram 1500 ever. Coupled with new features like the available eTorque mild hybrid system on the 3.6L Pentastar® V6 and 5.7L HEMI® V8, the no-compromise All-New 2019 Ram 1500 features greatly improved efficiency, boosted performance and enhanced capability.

The Latest Entertainment and Safety Tech

2019 Ram 1500

When it comes to technology, the All-New 2019 Ram 1500 redefines what a pickup truck can be, and marks an evolutionary milestone in the history of Ram Trucks. The list of  state-of-the-art tech features is seemingly endless, and includes a class-exclusive available 12-inch Uconnect® touchscreen with split-screen capability and tailor-made graphics for the various Ram models; the available 4th-generation Uconnect system with enhanced processing power; available SiriusXM® 360L with customizable on-demand listening and exclusive content; a powerful available 900-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon® audio system; new available 360-degree Surround View Camera; available Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Hold and Go; available Blind Spot Monitoring; available Forward Collision Warning Plus; and available LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist. Put it all together, and the All-New 2019 Ram 1500 is the most technologically advanced Ram Truck ever.

Increased Towing and Payload

Of course, the All-New 2019 Ram 1500 is built to get the job done, and to get it done right. That means dramatically improved towing and hauling capacity. The 12,700 pounds of max towingmarks a 20 percent increase in towing power, and 2,300 pounds of max payload marks a 22 percent increase. The result is an All-New 2019 Ram 1500 that gets to the worksite, or to the weekend getaway, more efficiently and without compromise — hauling more, with fewer trips and with more efficient powertrains.

Updated Exterior Appearance and Interior Comfort

The All-New 2019 Ram 1500 is built tough as nails, and is engineered and constructed to look the part. The new exterior design stands apart on the road, off the road and at the worksite, with a new “unbreakable” interlocking design theme. Up front, the chiseled “R-A-M” grilles define the new face of Ram, while the available LED Adaptive Front Lighting System provides an unmistakable, signature look. The completely redesigned, luxurious interior is built for comfort and style, with authentic premium materials, colors and textures, including available hand-wrapped leather trim. Active noise cancellation (V8 models) and acoustic glass reduce ambient sounds, contributing and an exceptionally quiet, serene interior.

The Best from Top to Bottom

Other upgrades and notable features of the All-New 2019 Ram 1500 include a 4-inch increase in cab size; the most rear-seat legroom in its class on Crew Cab models; more leather and real wood surfaces than Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado; the best ride and handling with class-exclusive multi-link coil suspension and class-exclusive available Active-Level™ four-corner air suspension systems; best-in-class standard pickup bed volume; class-exclusive available RamBox® Cargo Management System; the most entry-level V6 gas horsepower (305 horsepower) in its class; and much, much more.


Blue is the new hue of power and performance. The custom, high-impact color of the new special-edition 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue builds on the durability and power of the Ram 1500 with an alternative appearance and attitude that stands out everywhere. The 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue is this year’s final special-edition Sport model, and includes a Hydro Blue monochromatic appearance package with details designed to complement the new, cutting-edge paint color.

Attitude by Design

In addition to the Hydro Blue paint color, this special-edition truck includes a black-decaled Sport Performance Hood, new-for-2018 body-colored Sport grille with black billet inserts and black R-A-M letter badge, as well as flat black exterior body-side and tailgate badging. These details combine for a menacing, athletic appearance that looks as good on the highway as it does parked at a tailgate.


All in the Details

And when it comes to details, the special-edition 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue doesn’t miss a single mark. The black bezel projector headlamps and LED taillamps complement the black body-side badging, and the monochromatic exterior theme is tied together with a body-colored front fascia, rear bumper, side mirrors and door handles. Standard on 4×2 models are forged, polished 22-inch aluminum wheels; 4×4 models feature standard polished 20-inch wheels.

It’s What’s on the Inside

Inside, the special-edition Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport takes comfort and style up a notch with features like blue color-matched highlight stitching on the instrument panel, heated steering wheel and door trim. Blue Sport embroidery accents the deluxe high-back black bucket heated front seats with mesh inserts, while blue Ram’s-head logos flank the headrests. Blue anodized surfaces cover the instrument panel bezels, center console trim, door spears as well as a new instrument panel badge. A black headliner rounds out the interior package, and leather-trimmed seating is optional.

Optional Features

Other optional features include 22-inch (4×2 only) and 20-inch (4×4) gloss black aluminum wheels, black tubular side steps, chrome wheel-to-wheel side steps, Active-Level™ Four-Corner Air Suspension and the RamBox® Cargo Management System.

Next in Line

The 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport will be the final special-edition Sport model the Ram brand will offer for 2017. 

Visit Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Downers Grove to check out the New 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Truck.

All-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Release

Jeep reveals the new Wrangler Rubicon at the 2017 LA Auto Show

The flagship of the Jeep brand, the Wrangler is one of the most easily-recognized vehicles in America. When Jeep announces a new-generation of the Wrangler, it’s an event as momentous as Halley’s Comet: both rare and much-anticipated.


Highlights to the new-gen Jeep include a better turning radius, stronger crawl ratio, a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine option, some modern interior upgrades, added technology for infotainment and safety, and upcoming diesel engine and hybrid-electric powertrain options.

Mopar shows what it can do with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

As old school as the Wrangler might be, being the “Jeep” most people refer to when they use the brand’s name, this newest edition marks only its fourth generation since its consumer market debut in the 1980s. Since then, design details have changed, but the overall appearance of the Wrangler hasn’t morphed too far from the original. Technology has improved the Wrangler’s capabilities and performance, but the tradition of being as rough-and-tumble as they come and as iconic to off-roading as it can be has remained intact.

On the exterior, the new Wrangler retains the well-recognized slotted grille and round headlamps that have defined this SUV since it first appeared as a military vehicle in the 1940s. Trapezoidal fenders and a short wheelbase on a square body also remain. The legendary capability to remove doors, lower the windshield, and remove the top are also part and parcel in the new-generation Wrangler. As are heavy bumpers, ready-for-action tires, and a tailgate-mounted full-sized spare tire.

The dimensions of the new 2018 Wrangler JL are a bit larger than the outgoing Jeep, with an overall length of 166.8 inches (4,237mm) for the two-door model, versus 164.3 inches for the previous gen. Width and height remain almost the same, though, at 73.8 inches (1,875 mm) and 73.6 inches (1,868.4 mm) respectively, compared to the 73.7 and 72.5 of the JK. The Wrangler’s wheelbase will extend in the new version by about an inch and a half at 96.8 inches (2,460) from the current-gen’s 95.4 inches. The four-door models have a similar growth in size as well.

The soft top now uses plastic rails that snap into place on the roll bars, eliminating...

A big surprise might come when noting the overhangs on the new Wrangler. Despite the modest lengthening of the SUV, overhangs increase significantly with the 2018 model having 29.2 and 40.8 inches front and rear (741.6, 1,036.3 mm). That’s about 2.5 and 10 inches longer than the outgoing Wrangler’s 26.7 and 30.6 inch overhangs.

These changes in dimensions mean that the new Jeep would have a very different turning dynamic if linkages remained the same. Jeep changed those, however, giving the new steering ratio a boost from 16.7:1 to 17.4:1, which kept the turning radius about the same at 34.5 feet (curb-to-curb) versus 34.6 – roughly 10.5 meters. Turns increased a tad from 3.5 lock-to-lock to 3.6.

Another benefit of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s redesign is in approach, breakover, and departure angles. The new generation has a 41.4-degree approach angle on its base model and a 44-degree angle on its Rubicon edition. All about two degrees better than the outgoing model’s approach. Breakover and departure angles see improvements of about the same two degrees, starting at 25 degrees for the base and 27.8 for the Rubicon and 35.9 for the base and 37 for the Rubicon, respectively. Ground clearance also improves dramatically, jumping from 8.3 in the base model current-generation Wrangler to 9.7 and up to 10.8 in the new-generation base and Rubicon.

Jeep also says that it’s improved the new 2018 Wrangler’s weight by using aluminum on the hood and doors, and magnesium alloy on the tailgate. These weight losses, however, seem to be offset by other changes as the curb weight for the new-generation JL is a few hundred pounds heavier than the equivalent model in the outgoing JK. The 2017 Wrangler Sport weighs in at about 3,760 pounds (1,403 kg) whereas the new 2018 Wrangler Sport in its base configuration weighs about 3,955 pounds.  It’s the Rubicon model that seems to benefit the most from these weight-saving measures, having just a handful of pounds added (4,145 current versus 4,129 outgoing).

Added for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler in the new JL platform is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder

Also heavily anticipated for the 2018 new-generation Wrangler are engine and powertrain options. Everything is improved here, starting from the base model V6 to a newly-added turbocharged four-cylinder. Jeep promises that a 3.0-liter diesel and a hybrid-electric option are also coming, but has not yet released specifications for those. Most assume that the hybrid won’t be around until 2019 while the diesel will be introduced sometime mid-year in 2018, having only recently received US government approval.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will continue with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 it’s been using for years, but that engine sees several upgrades commensurate with what it’s seen in other Fiat-Chrysler models it’s used in. For reference, engine displacement and outputs remain unchanged from 2017 at 285 horsepower (209 kW) and 260 pound-feet (353 Nm) with RPM peaks for those outputs also staying the same (6,400 and 4,800 respectively). The greatest changes are a lower compression ratio, down to 10.2:1 from 11.3:1, and a resulting lower oil and coolant requirement (down 1 liter for oil, 3 liters for coolant), reducing weight. Added to the upgraded 3.6L is engine stop-start for improved efficiency, now rated at 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, 19 mpg combined (13.8/10.2/12.4 l/100km) for the standard transmission and 18/23/20 mpg (13.1/10.2/11/8 l/100km) for the automatic transmission-equipped model. This engine is now built in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.

Added for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler in the new JL platform is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This engine outputs 270 horsepower (200 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) at lower RPM (5,250/3,000) than the V6. This means that the turbo-four will have about the same output as the V6, but deliver it faster and with better torque to boot. Off-roaders understand why that makes a big difference as torque is what it’s all about. Fuel efficiency numbers aren’t released yet, but this little engine has the same towing capacity as does the V6 and will use the same transmissions. It’s a part of the same engine family developed by Ferrari for Alfa Romeo, and will be built in Chrysler’s Trenton, Michigan plant with overflow coming from Termoli, Italy.

Highlights to the new-gen Jeep include a better turning radius, stronger crawl ratio, a new turbocharged...

The 2018 Jeep’s transmissions are an eight-speed automatic, which has been seen in many Chrysler-Jeep vehicles in recent years, and a six-speed manual transmission similar to that offered in previous-generation Wrangler models. Both have improved gearing at the lower end to add more torque than ever before. The automatic, which is standard in the I4-equipped Wrangler and optional on the V6, has a first-gear ratio of 4.71 and a second-gear of 3.13. The manual trans has a 5.13 and 2.63 first and second gear ratio. Those are both about a point higher than the first and second gear ratios of the outgoing model’s transmissions.

Transfer case ratios remain almost identical from the outgoing to the new-gen, with crawl ratios of 2.72 to 4.1 from base model Sport to legendary Rubicon. Front and rear axles also remain the same Dana 30/35 and Dana 44 offerings from the current-generation, but with slightly different ratios (3.45 vs old-gen 3.21) in the base model.

The chassis for the 2018 Wrangler remains body-on-frame, of course, but the front axle moves from a live axle to a solid axle configuration, keeping the sway-bar disconnect system as standard equipment for the Rubicon. Shock absorption depends upon the package and wheel size, but remains equivalent to what was offered in the outgoing 2017 Wrangler.

Also added to the 2018 Wrangler's interior are creature comforts like a usable arm rest between...

Braking in the 2018 Wrangler gets more robust, though, with rotors up front changing to 12.9x.94 inch (330×24 mm) vented rotors on the Sport model and 12.9×1.1 (330x28mm) on the Sahara and Rubicon models. Calipers are now 1.88-in (48mm) twin-pistons on the Sport and 2-inch (51 mm) twin-piston on the Sahara and Rubicon. Rear rotors and calipers are 12.9x.47-inch (328×12 mm) rotors on the Sport and 13.4x.55 (342×13 mm) on the Sahara and Rubicon. Calipers are 1.77-inch (45mm) and 1.88-inch (48mm) on those models as well. Stopping power is about the same, with larger rotors and slightly smaller calipers for the new-generation Jeep compared to the outgoing models.

On the inside of the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, we can see use of the newest-generation Uconnect infotainment, remedying a chief complaint we’ve had with Wrangler models in the past. Also added are creature comforts like a usable arm rest between the front seats, more head and leg room, and an easier-to-use soft top. The soft top now uses plastic rails that snap into place on the roll bars, eliminating the yoga-inspired engineering required for installation of the soft tops of old. The new roll cage’s profile and the soft top’s installation method mean less wind buffeting at speed, Jeep engineers say. Jeep also labeled hinges and release points for doors, windscreen, etc. with the tool required to remove them (tools come as standard equipment), simplifying the learning curve.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and is expected to enter showrooms in January of 2018. Fiat-Chrysler has promised more information about the new Wrangler before it hits the streets publicly, as well as estimated release dates for the diesel and hybrid powertrains, along with their specifications.

Visit Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Downers Grove to test drive the All-New 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JK

Jeep just released the first official images of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, JL. And while it looks a lot like the current JK, there are a number of notable differences.

Here’s what Jeep had to say in its press release:

The most capable SUV ever delivers even more legendary Jeep® 4×4 capability, a modern design that stays true to the original, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, more open-air options, and is loaded with more safety features and advanced technology than ever before. The all-new Wrangler’s unique design includes an instantly recognizable keystone-shaped grille, iconic round headlamps and square tail lamps, improved aerodynamics, a convenient fold-down windshield for off-road purists, even more open-air freedom, and dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations.

And here are a few photos:

The photo above seems to show a windshield that folds while keeping the A-pillar in place. The current JK takes that pillar with it in what is a painstaking process to get the windshield down. Jeep says the JL’s windshield-folding process is “convenient,” which already makes it 100 times better than the JK’s.

You can also see what looks like a vent behind the front fender and a turn signal on the front of it. The interior looks to show a manually-activated transfer case (like the Jeep gods intended), a manual transmission (like the Jeep gods intended), a real hand-brake (like the Jeep gods intended).

Here’s another photo from the top. The hood looks pretty. Frankly, the whole thing looks pretty (especially with the headlights that carve themselves into the grille), though I haven’t decided what I think about that beltline running along the doors in that top photo.


Check out more information on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Body Styles by visiting Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Downers Grove.


The 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is a muscle car that flexes harder — and wider. The new widebody design fender flares add width and an aggressive look to the high-performance 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody.

Dodge and SRT enthusiasts have been clamoring for a factory-production Hellcat with even more grip. We listened. To start, Dodge engineers and designers took the world’s fastest quarter-mile production car,* the new Challenger SRT Demon, and transferred its style to the new 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody for improved performance on the street and a bolder, more aggressive new look.

Here’s a taste of what the 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has in store …

Fenders, Tires and Intimidating Design
You wanted more grip? You got it. With the new Widebody fender flares that add 3.5 inches to the overall width of the Challenger Hellcat, the Widebody model joins the Challenger SRT Demon as the widest Challengers ever. These wider fender flares cover the new 20 x 11-inch “Devil’s Rim” split-five-spoke aluminum wheels, which ride on new, wider 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero tires with a new tread pattern for added grip on the road and the track.

Complementing the 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody’s menacing stance is a power-bulge aluminum hood with center intake and dual heat extractors; Hellcat-exclusive new grille and fender badges, along with a raised SRT Hellcat badge on the rear spoiler; exclusive illuminated air-catcher headlamps that feed air directly into the air box and engine bay through the center of the parking lamps; and quad projector headlamps that give a unique detailed appearance, while the aggressive brow “chops” the upper portion of the lamp design for a sinister look.
Supercharged Hellcat Performance
Under the hood, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody owns the road and the track. Powered by the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI® V8 with 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody can be paired to either the Tremec six-speed manual or TorqueFlite® eight-speed automatic transmission.
On the track, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody boasts a top speed of 195 mph, and 0-60 mph acceleration improved by .1 second (3.4 in Widebody vs. 3.5 in standard Hellcat). Even more, the ¼-mile elapsed time (ET) improved by approximately .3 sec (10.9 ET in Widebody vs. 11.2 ET in standard Hellcat), while the road course lap time on a 1.7-mile track lowered by approximately 2 seconds per lap. Lateral skid pad grip increased by .04 g (.97 g in Widebody vs. .93 g in standard Hellcat).
Upgraded Steering and Handling
The 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is equipped with a new electric power steering (EPS) system with SRT Drive Modes that add new selectable steering tuning for the first time on a Hellcat model. The new EPS and SRT Drive modes offer drivers a tailored experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, steering, paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), traction and suspension. On the road and the track, owners will experience improved handling, and will notice better steering feel and ease of turning efforts at parking lot speeds.

In addition to steering, the 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody features a standard Brembo® brake system that includes two-piece 15.4-inch front rotors and six-piston front calipers that help provide outstanding heat management and longevity. And for even more control, the front splitter (shared with Demon) and rear spoiler (from Hellcat) deliver responsive and balanced handling at high speed.

Get Behind the Wheel
The new 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody completes the Dodge brand’s most powerful muscle car lineup ever, and will be available late summer of 2017 in 15 exterior color options. Visit to reserve yours today!


Here’s a look at everything the Jeep Wrangler Chief can bring to your next beachcombing adventure.

Performance Components | Jeep Wrangler Chief

When it comes to 4×4 performance, the Jeep Wrangler Chief Edition doesn’t just conquer the sand — the Chief owns every obstacle and challenge. Performance components include 32-inch BF Goodrich® KM off-road tires; Dana 30 front axle and heavy-duty Dana 44 rear axle; 3.21 axle ratio standard, 3.73 axle ratio optional; Command-Trac® transfer case with 2.72:1 ratio; and standard front and rear black tow hooks.

Exterior Features | Jeep Wrangler Chief

The Jeep Wrangler Chief knows how to handle itself near the surf, and looks every part of a leader in off-road performance. Exterior features on the Jeep Wrangler Chief include Gloss White Beltline accent decals; Gloss White heritage 4WHEEL DRIVE swing-gate decal; chrome CHIEF fender badges; body-color grille with Fine Silver Metallic accents and Jeep brand badge; power dome vented hood; Fine Silver Metallic side mirror accents; Fine Silver Metallic front and rear bumper accents; White Freedom Top® hardtop standard, optional Dual Top with premium Sunrider® soft top; side steps; black fuel filler door and taillamp guards; body-color fender flares and deep-tint windows.

Interior Details | Jeep Wrangler Chief

Owning the trail begins with commitment and dedication, and a state of mind that starts on the inside. Fortunately, the Jeep Wrangler Chief knows just when to look inward for inspiration. Interior details on the Jeep Wrangler Chief include a nine-speaker Alpine® Premium Audio System with all-weather subwoofer; heated black leather-trimmed seats with Light Diesel Gray accent stitching; silver passenger grab handle with CHIEF imprint; leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver accents and Light Diesel Gray accent stitching; vinyl-wrapped front door armrests and center console lid with Light Diesel Gray accent stitching; silver vent rings and door handles; Power Convenience Group; and sport bar grab handles.

Visit Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Downers Grove to see one for yourself.

Kentucky Derby

Louisville, KY was full of horsepower this past weekend. Ram Trucks was the official truck of the 143rd Kentucky Derby® on May 6th at Churchill Downs®. Ram Trucks entered its eighth consecutive year as the exclusive automotive partner to the races.





To celebrate Ram Truck’s continuing tradition with Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, the trainer of the winning horse, Todd Pletcher, was rewarded a one-of-a-kind special 143rdDerby edition Ram 2500 Limited truck. The special truck is in Brilliant Black and includes blue Kentucky Derby 143rd logos on the left and right rear panels and a hand-painted Kentucky Derby rose badge on the grille.







The races began on Friday, May 5, and were opened by the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade. The parade is a march of breast and ovarian cancer survivors and supporters. Those who attended the races, as well as fans at home, had the opportunity to check out Ram Truck’s Pink-wrapped Ram 3500 Limited dually leading the march. The Ram ProMaster® and the Ram ProMaster City® were the official transport of the traditional garlands for each day’s winning horses.

From Ram Trucks badges on the jockeys themselves to onsite truck displays, Ram Trucks had a strong presence both onsite and during the on-air broadcast.

 Ram Trucks surely dominated the field this past weekend at Churchill Downs.

Jeep’s Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee is a rolling monument to horsepower

jeep grand cherokee trackhawk news performance specs pics

Jeep has borrowed the vaunted Hellcat engine from sister company Dodge and stuffed it under the Grand Cherokee’s hood. Named Trackhawk, the supercharged off-roader will be one of the uncontested stars of this week’s New York Auto Show.

Dropping the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 in the Grand Cherokee’s engine bay was easier said than done. Earlier reports suggested Jeep needed to either ditch four-wheel drive in favor of rear-wheel drive, or settle for using a detuned version of the Hellcat engine. In the end, engineers managed to clear every hurdle and they avoided making compromises.

Check out the All-New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee at Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Downers Grove today!