2020 Ram 1500 Makes List of Best New Cars with Apple CarPlay®

2020 RAM 1500 | Dixon, IL
2020 RAM 1500 | Dixon, IL

U.S. News & World Report recently named the 2020 Ram 1500 as one of the best new cars in 2020 to be equipped with Apple CarPlay®. The editors appreciated the truck’s well-appointed cabin and innovative infotainment system.

The 2020 Ram 1500 comes standard with wireless phone connectivity and six speakers for listening to your favorite music. Its available Uconnect® 12.0 system with Navigation has a large 12-inch touch screen, which you can easily see from the driver’s seat. The system also features split-screen capability and full-screen Navigation so you can more easily get to your destinations.

Through the system, you can utilize Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™. These features allow you to call a family member, respond to a text message, put on a playlist and access your favorite smartphone apps on the go.

The 2020 Ram 1500 packs tons of other smart technologies too, like the available active noise cancellation system, which makes for a quieter ride. Plus, opt for the 7-inch Driver Information Digital Cluster Display to stay up to date on key information.

If you’d like to learn more about the capable 2020 Ram 1500 or want to get behind the wheel of this truck, give us a call at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Dixon, Illinois, to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.

New Engine Option on the Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Reduces Emissions

Jeep Wrangler | Dixon, IL
Jeep Wrangler | Dixon, IL

The Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited is not only great for your next outdoor adventure, but this model is also designed to reduce your carbon footprint. The latest generation of the Wrangler Unlimited comes with an available 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, which reduces emissions by an impressive 15 percent compared to previous model years.

This 2.0-liter powertrain generates 270 horsepower, and it’s now offered on vehicles other than the Wrangler, such as the Jeep® Cherokee. The 15 percent reduction in emissions is enough to account for the “carbon sequestration” of 16.5 acres of U.S. forest over an entire year. In short, the Wrangler Unlimited is perfect for those who love the environment, whether you’re off-roading near Dixon, IL or driving on the highway.

“This is the outcome we expect when we launch a new vehicle,” says Mitch Clauw, FCA Vice President and Head of Global Pre-Programs and Program Management. “In all our processes, the mitigation of environmental impact is a baked-in consideration.”

Whichever version of the Jeep® Wrangler you prefer, you’re sure to find the right model to suit your lifestyle and preferences here at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram. Stop by to test-drive the current Wrangler models we have in stock.

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.

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.