Jeep Introduces the 2021 Gladiator Willys

For some time now, Wrangler owners have had the option to upgrade to the popular Willys edition to customize the look and feel of their Jeep. Now, potential owners of the Wrangler-inspired Gladiator can also upgrade their ride to the Willys edition for adventure-ready rugged capability.

2021 Jeep Gladiator | Ken Nelson CDJR | Dixon, IL

The biggest change between the standard and Willys edition of the Jeep Gladiator is the updated appearance. Gladiator Willys owners can choose from a list of eight bold body colors that will be emblemized with distinctive “Willys” decals across the hood. The truck rests atop aggressive 17-inch black aluminum wheels outfitted with 32-inch all-terrain tires.

The Gladiator Willys isn’t just good looking. The Willys edition grants the Jeep pickup truck some additional off-road features, including Rubicon cab rock rails to protect the truck from damage when traversing craggy terrain and a Trac-Lok Limited Slip Rear Differential for extra traction. Inside the Gladiator Willys edition, you’ll find all-weather mats to protect your beautiful Heritage Tan and Black interior from the messes you made on your latest adventure.

The Willys Gladiator has the capability to tow up to 4,000 lbs. when properly equipped thanks to a powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar engine coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. It offers 260 lb.-ft. of torque and up to 285 horsepower.

Contact Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to reserve your 2021 Jeep Gladiator Willys edition today and get ready for the great outdoors.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Honored by Popular Mechanics

2020 Jeep Gladiator | Dixon, IL
2020 Jeep Gladiator | Dixon, IL

Though 2020 might not have been the best year in recent memory for most of us, it has certainly been a banner year for the Jeep® Gladiator. The eclectic 2020 Jeep® Gladiator, which already has a mile-long list of admirers, can add a new super-fan to the growing club roster: the team at Popular Mechanics.

Each year, the Popular Mechanics staff honors the valedictorians in the year’s class of vehicles in its Automotive Excellence Awards. These awards – which are based on industry reviews, snazzy features, and affordability concerns – are given to vehicles that truly stand out amongst their peers.

In a demonstration of its superiority over the competition, the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator won this year’s Popular Mechanics Mid-Size Truck of the Year award. The award panel was impressed by the Gladiator’s open-air abilities, off-road readiness, and customizability.

Ezra Dyer, a Popular Mechanics writer, praised the Gladiator, saying, “It’s a rare combination of whimsical fun and everyday usefulness, a workhorse that doubles as a weekend toy.” Popular Mechanics joins an illustrious group of organizations that have given the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator accolades this year, including several “Truck of the Year” titles from various publications.

Visit Ken Nelson CDJR today to test drive the Mid-Size Truck of the Year, the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator.

Meet the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator Altitude

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Altitude | Dixon, IL
2020 Jeep® Gladiator Altitude | Dixon, IL

The 2020 Jeep® Gladiator Altitude edition will be available to customers soon. With the same off-road capability as the Gladiator Sport S model, the Altitude has a “blacked-out” appearance that customers have been asking for.

Black accents for flair

The Altitude offers many black accents including headlamp rings, badging and hard top, as well as seats, stitching and instrument panel. This dark edition starts at $40,340.

The Jeep®quality that the brand is known for

The Gladiator is a pickup truck with the iconic Jeep® look that is far more than skin deep. Altitude will feature a fold-down windshield and removable top and doors, as well as a reinforced body, heavy-duty axles, extended-life brakes and tough rear suspension that make the Gladiator the only Trail-Rated pickup truck available.

Power and convenience on every drive

A 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine delivering 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque with an eight-speed automatic transmission provides the Gladiator with plenty of power. Some of the convenient options are a detachable Bluetooth speaker located in the rear seat, a 5-foot, reinforced cargo bed featuring a tailgate that can be configured in three different positions and a 115-volt/400-watt power outlet and LED lighting system. The Gladiator is great for weekend trips to the mountains or tailgating at the game, and a tonneau cover is available to keep everything dry in case of rain.

Find out more about the 2020 Gladiator Altitude when you call us at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

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.