Anticipating the 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Redesign

Anticipating the 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Redesign | Dixon, IL
Anticipating the 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Redesign | Dixon, IL

The 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee will be fully redesigned for the first time since the 2011 model year. The new Grand Cherokee is expected to be larger than the outgoing model, offer more engine options, and more luxury features.

Based on the Alfa Romero Giorgio platform, the 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee redesign will include a longer wheelbase than its predecessor and will still come with two rows of seating, though a three-row variant may be available at some point. The interior of the 2021 model is expected to be more spacious, with more passenger and cargo volume.

Auto journalists expect a turbocharged four-cylinder, 3.6-liter V6, and possibly HEMI or diesel engine options, as well as some level of hybridization for the more fuel economy-conscious. We can probably expect an off-roading trim under the Trailhawk name, as well as available front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive configurations.

We’ve only seen spy shots of the 2021 Grand Cherokee so far, so there aren’t details available on how the exterior will change. We can guess that inside, the Grand Cherokee will get tech upgrades like digital screens to replace analog gauges, as well as luxury materials and comfort features to create a family-friendly experience throughout the cabin.

Give us a call today at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Dixon, Illinois, for more about the Jeep® Grand Cherokee. Or stop by to take the 2020 version of this model for a whirl.

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Indoor Games to Play at Home With Your Kids

Indoor Games to Play at Home With Your Kids | Dixon, IL
Indoor Games to Play at Home With Your Kids | Dixon, IL

You’ve probably heard all the same advice: don’t let your kids stay up late and sleep in, stick to the same schedule, give them a sense of structure while they’re stuck at home. Sometimes, though, a restless and stressed kid needs a little break from the routine. If you and your little ones are going stir-crazy, here’s some indoor games to play at home.

Build Things

Remember the days of arts & crafts when all you needed was Popsicle sticks and some glue? Find some creative materials you and your kids can use to build towers and houses. Maybe together you can make a whole city!

Learn Magic Tricks

Kids, especially the younger ones, are easily fascinated by simple magic tricks. Teach yourself a few and put on a show, then show your young audience how it works.

Card Games & Puzzles

These can be a bit “basic” to us adults, but I think we take things like card games and puzzles for granted. To a kid, these can be major mind-benders that help their brains develop.

Your Favorite Childhood Games

What did you like to do as a kid? Connect with your inner child with games like hide and seek, hot potato, Simon Says, and all your favorite old board games. Pass your favorites down to your kids.

Another fun thing to do with your family is plan a future road trip. Call us at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram, if you need a new vehicle to ensure that your upcoming travels are safe ones.

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Jeep® Cleaning Tips for Spring

Jeep® Cleaning Tips for Spring | Dixon, IL
Jeep® Cleaning Tips for Spring | Dixon, IL

As you plan a spring filled with wilderness treks and road trips, follow these Jeep® cleaning tips to freshen up your ride and get it ready for a season of adventure.

Wash the underbody: Whether you’ve been driving on salty slush, mud, or sand, the underbody of your Jeep® is probably filthy from winter. If you let this grime hang around, it can easily cause rusting and other long-term damage. Thoroughly spray the underbody with a power washer so your muddy spring outings don’t just add an extra layer of dirt.

Protect the exterior: Give the exterior of your Jeep® a good spring cleaning, and don’t forget to scrub the tires while you’re at it. Consider adding a coat of wax afterward to help shield your paint job from the elements.

Clean the floors and cargo area: The floors and cargo area of your Jeep® have probably accumulated plenty of dirt and debris over the winter. First, get rid of any trash or litter that’s piled up. Then, take out the mats and clean them. Make sure you give the floor a good vacuuming before putting the mats back in. To protect your floors, you can also purchase a variety of Mopar® accessories like slush mats and cargo mats.

With these cleaning tips, your Jeep® will be in great shape to go wherever you want to take it. For even more spring readiness, bring it to the service department here at Ken Nelson and we’ll help you get caught up on scheduled maintenance.

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FCA Reopens Idled Transmission Plant in Indiana

FCA Reopens Idled Transmission Plant in Indiana | Ken Nelson CDJR
FCA Reopens Idled Transmission Plant in Indiana | Ken Nelson CDJR

Automotive manufacturing is an important part of the economy here in the Midwest. That is why we were excited to hear that FCA is planning to invest $400 million to convert an idled transmission plant in Indiana into an engine facility. This investment will add about 200 new jobs to the facility.

The idled transmission facility, located in Kokomo, Indiana, will build the GMET4 engine, which is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine currently used in the Jeep® Wrangler and Cherokee. In addition to the 200 new jobs, this investment will help retain 1,000 current jobs. This will bring the total FCA employment in Indiana to around 8,300 jobs.

FCA North America Chief Operating Officer Mark Stewart said, “While the 2.0-liter is a current engine option on the Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee models, a significant number of new technologies can be applied to this engine, making it relevant for the future. It will play an important role in our plans to offer electric engine options across 30 nameplates that FCA will bring to markets around the world by 2022.”

Once the facility is operational, which is expected in mid-2021, it will handle all U.S. production for this engine. This engine is currently built in Termoli, Italy. This will be the first time FCA has built engines in Indiana. Celebrate the brand’s other progressive steps when you test-drive a model at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

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2020 Jeep® Gladiator Named 2020 North American Truck of the Year

2020 Jeep® Gladiator - Dixon, IL
2020 Jeep® Gladiator – Dixon, IL

The 2020 Jeep® Gladiator has been named North American Truck of the Year by 50 automotive experts from across the United Stated and Canada in the 26th year of voting. The evaluators looked at design, features, safety, technology, value and the quality of the ride to make the decision.

The Power and Capability of a Truck

The Gladiator has a 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine that delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The Gladiator can tow a maximum weight of 7,650 pounds when a tow package is installed, and it earns a respectable 23 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city.* It also has Uconnect® technology, so you can access the entertainment, navigation, communication, and emergency services you need from just the touch of a button.

The Off-Road Expertise of a Jeep®

The wilderness is where the Jeep® Gladiator really shines. It is descended from the classic Jeep® Wrangler and has removable doors and windshield, lockable axles and an easy disconnect sway bar, as well as, 4×4 capability. A full complement of safety features protects you on the road or off. A back-up camera aides with parking, and blind spot and collision alerts keep you in touch with surrounding traffic.

Experience the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson for a test drive.

*Actual mileage may vary

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