It’s June 1st and time to start thinking summer road trips. In the market for something new? We have reviews of the Kia Optima and the VW Tiguan. Perhaps you’re looking for a true American hot rod. Don will review the 470 horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, a road rocket that will have the kids (and you) squealing with delight.
Our in-studio guest today is Jeff Dzieken with American Tire. Jeff has the information you need to make an informed decision about what tires to buy for your vehicle, whether it’s performance, all-season type, truck & SUV or off-road.
We’ll also talk LIVE with the Jeep Wrangler Brand Manager in Detroit about the hot selling “original” SUV. And General Motors Craig Eppling will call-in with news about the all-new Chevrolet Impala. “Fly Me to The Moon!”
We love lists and this week well tell you about the 13 truly made-in-America cars, auto brands that are predicted to disappear this year and the top 5 cheapest cars to maintain. This ought to be fun…
Join us this morning 9 AM to Noon on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 am, you’ll be glad you did.
Beatle George Harrison’s Aston Martin DB5 to Star in Guitars ‘n Cars Casino Night Benefiting U.S. Vets – Houston
Houston, TX – A renowned yet anonymous classic car collector in Texas has recently announced that his 1965 Aston Martin DB5 formally owned by Beatles rocker, George Harrison, will be on display at the third annual Guitars ‘n Cars charity event benefiting U.S. Vets – Houston on May 25, 2013.
This famous British National Treasure was purchased at an auction in London in December 2011 and depite many objections made its way to its new home in Texas. Manufactured in 1964, this Aston Martin DB5 was delivered new to George Harrison at his Surrey estate in England on January 1, 1965. Supplied in platinum silver with black Connolly leather, it was packed with all conceivable top of the line options available for that time and it remains in largely original condition today; with a little over 22,000 miles on its engine. The Aston Martin will be on display to play tribute to Guitars n Cars and the Beatles with a special display featuring George Harrison,s Iconi new owner plans to display the car at various charitable events across the U.S. to assist in raising money for worthy causes such as the Guitars ‘n Cars Benefit.
The event, hosted by Houston Construction Industry Charities (HCIC) is expected to raise substantial funds for the U.S. Vets Mid Town Terrace facility which provides benefits and services to Houston-area veterans in need. This local facility offers veterans assistance with housing, mental illness, employment, and substance abuse treatment. It is also equipped to administer the Veterans Re-Entry Project (VRP) which assists veterans in transitioning from military life back into civilian, self-sufficient lifestyle through peer-to-peer support. The facility offers veterans a safe, therapeutic environment. Proceeds from this year’s Guitars ‘n Cars Benefit will be earmarked to assist in the facility’s current kitchen renovation project. Once complete, the U.S. Vets Mid Town Terrace building will be equipped to feed more than 30,000 meals to veterans each year.
The Guitars ‘n Cars Top 40 charity benefit is aside from the annual daytime car show is a limited ticketed event where Houston’s Top 40 guitars and vehicles from the Houston Construction Industry Auto Show (HCIAS),will be showcased. This year’s benefit will be held on May 25th from 6-11:00 p.m. at Sam Houston Raceway Park following the free daytime annual HCIAS Car Show. The evening tickedted event will also include a silent auction and casino night. In a tribute to George Harrison, not only will his Aston Martin and many special vehicles on display, but guests will also be entertained by The Beatles tribute band, The Fab 5, fabulous food, cash bar and several casino games including slot machines, poker and blackjack tables and a roulette table. Exclusive entry into the event is very limited. Tickets are Guitars n Cars are being sold online for $75/each on a first-come, first-served basis.If remaining tickets will be sold at 100.00 at the door. For more information, please visit www.hcias.com or email email@example.com.
If you have any questions and would like to be a part of this year’s events please feel free to call our office at 281-356-5777 and talk to either Gordon Clunn ,Adam Clunn or Jerrod Clunn or visit our web site at www.hcias.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2nd Annual Concours d’Elegance of Texas and Houston Classic Auction is underway at LaToretta Lake Resort & Spa on Lake Conroe and Mike and Don will be broadcasting from this world class event live this morning 9 AM to 12 PM.
You’ll hear special guest Richard Rawlings from the Discovery Channel’s most popular show Fast and Loud talk about the Ferrari F40 that makes its first public debut here. If you remember, the F40 was in shambles when he bought it. His Gas Monkey Garage has it looking sharp in tuxedo black and it’s the first car you see when you enter LaToretta’s conference center.
Of course, we’ll also have a myriad of other guests from the Concours stopping by all morning long to tell us their involvement with the show and some of the finest cars on earth.
We’ll also be talking to the Chairman of the NTSB who’ll give us the inside story on global Youth Traffic Safety Month.
If you’re shopping for a new car you’ll want to hear our reviews of the GMC Terrain Denali, Nissan Armada and VW Jetta.
This is going to be a fun, informative In wheel time and we hope you’ll be able to tune in.
You’ll find us on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560am and streaming via www.InWheelTime.com 9 AM to 12 PM TODAY!
Erica Enders-Stevens is easily the most successful woman in NHRA Pro Stock history. After a stellar 2012 season behind the wheel of her GK Motorsports Chevy that produced four wins in seven final rounds and a fourth-place points finish, there is one thing that would make her even more proud: to win a Wally in front of her hometown crowd at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Royal Purple Raceway.
“It would be amazing to win at home,” Enders-Stevens said. “We were able to get it done in Super Gas at the national event in 2004. I’m hopeful that we can seal the deal in Pro Stock as well. Not only am I from Houston, but my sponsors are also. It would be twice as special.” For more on this story, please visit www.nhra.com.For tickets, call (281) 383-7223 or visit www.royalpurpleraceway.com.
DETROIT – The General Motors Foundation is providing a $100,000 grant to the American Red Cross to aid emergency management officials with relief efforts, to help provide shelter and meals to those in need and help the organization prepare for and respond to disasters in Texas.
“The recent events in Boston and West, Texas, and the severe flooding impacting many Midwestern states remind us that disasters can happen at any time and it is critical that the Red Cross have the funds to help communities prepare and respond,” said David Staszak, divisional vice president of Development at the American Red Cross. Annually, the Red Cross responds to more than 4,000 disasters in the state of Texas assisting nearly 6,000 families.
While headquartered in Detroit, GM has a significant presence in Texas.
“As home to our Arlington assembly plant, we count many Texans as family, friends and neighbors and want to help them in this time of great need,” said Selim Bingol, vice president, GM Global Communications and Public Policy and Chairman of the GM Foundation. “All of us extend our condolences to those affected by the West, Texas tragedy. We hope that partnering with the Red Cross will help build more resilient communities across the state.”
Since 2004, the GM Foundation has provided more than $7 million to global disaster relief efforts within the United States. In Texas, the GM Foundation last year provided nearly half a million dollars to colleges, nonprofit organizations and students across Texas through its Plant City Grants, Buick Achievers Scholarship Program and University Grants initiatives. In 2013, team GM Cares volunteers will help with neighborhood revitalization efforts in Arlington and Austin as part of the GM Foundation’s $1 million grant to Habitat for Humanity International announced in January.
The GM Foundation is a member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program and helps to ensure that the Red Cross has funds on hand to provide immediate relief when disaster strikes.
Anyone interested in providing support to the disaster relief efforts can visit www.redcross.org for more information or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog athttp://blog.redcross.org.
About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.
Houston’s most complete radio car show has a little bit of something for everyone today.
Car reviews are the first order of business at the top of each hour. This morning you’ll get an in-depth look at the Dodge Journey, Cadillac SRX and the Infiniti QX56, plus calls to local dealers to see what’s on the lot and what options your neighbors are getting on theirs.
Today’s in-studio guest is Mr. Know-It-All, Konrad Delong, Houston’s most knowledgeable mechanic and all-‘round good guy.
We’ll also be talking to Ron Stein about the upcoming Concours of Texas, our own Rob Geiger on next weekend’s NHRA O’Reilly Spring Nationals and Seth Angel, GM of Royale Purple Raceway in Baytown.
It’s a full three hours of entertaining car talk that can be heard on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 am and streaming LIVE via www.InWheelTime.com.
Turn on and tune in 9 AM to Noon today.
If you’re a fan of the Las Vegas-based television show Counting Cars then you’ll want to tune in to this morning’s In Wheel Time radio show. Danny “The Count” Koker will give you an inside glimpse into what it’s like to star in his car-centric hit TV series and what’s in store for the new season that starts next week.
Houston Performance Driving’s Troy Dixon will have a special report from this morning’s Coffee and Cars cruise-in.
Our new car reviews this week include the all-new Acura RLX, the Chevy Malibu and the Chrysler 200 Convertible.
In studio will be Sam Romeo from the Pate Swap Meet along with auto writer Greg Riley. Sam will tell you all about one of Texas’ biggest events for all-things automotive and Greg will tell us what it’s like to hob-knob with car collectors and other gearheads.
We invite you to join the In Wheel Time boys, Don Armstrong and Mike Herzing, for 3-hours of live, entertaining car talk, this morning 9 AM to Noon on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560am and streaming on www.InWheelTime.com.
Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH/Suzuki/Bel-Ray Supercross Team Autograph Signing and LivFast Freestyle Show Thursday April 4th 6pm-9pm Humble, Texas
The all New Texan Dodge is proud to host the official Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH/Suzuki Bel-Ray Supercross team pre-supercross kick-off event in honor and celebration of the Texan Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Grand Opening and Monster Energy Supercross coming to town at Reliant Stadium! Spend the evening with the Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH/Suzuki/Bel-Ray Racing Supercross Team and see the LivFast Freestyle Motocross show held at Texan Dodge on April 4th from 6pm-9pm in Humble, Texas. Event is FREE to the public!
Come meet the Supercross team with special guests Ricky Carmichael, Broc Tickle, Josh Hill, Dianna Dahlgren and the rest of the Monster Energy Girls! Enjoy LIVE music from American Idol Finalist Sundance Head. LivFast Freestyle motocross demo on site at 6:00pm, 8:00pm and 8:45pm.
Giveaways include: Suzuki DR-Z125, Hart and Huntington Apparel, and free samples of Monster Energy.
When: Thursday, April 4th 6pm-9pm
Where: Texan Dodge
18555 Hwy 59
Humble, Texas 77338
For More Information visit www.texandodge.com
About the all new Texan Dodge:
Texan Dodge was acquired by Garff Automotive Group in December of 2012. The store is located across the street from Texan GMC, also a Garff-owned store. Both Texan stores are being operated by Head Coach Bert Brocker. “We are thrilled to have two stores located right next to each other and hope to greatly impact the Houston market,” said Brocker.
Under the management of Bert Brocker, Texan Dodge hopes to earn the trust and loyalty of its community and customers by providing an unsurpassed experience every time.
Texan Dodge is Ken Garff’s seventh Chrysler dealership in the group, and third in the Houston area.
Christopher Hart, Vice Chairman of the NTSB, talks with In Wheel Time’s Don Armstrong and Mike Herzing about distracted driving on today’s show. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Mr. Hart will give us suggestions on how to break what has become a deadly habit.
Who doesn’t like sexy Italians? You’ll be able to fulfill your fantasies during the Lamborghini Festival next weekend, but to tease your senses THIS weekend; we’ll talk to Maggie Flecknoe about what you’ll see at the show.
Our in-studio guest today is Ron Stein. Ron is helping bring a real-deal Concours d’ Elegance to Texas along with a first class auction that car enthusiasts will be flocking to in a few weeks on the shores of Lake Conroe. He’ll give us an in-depth look at what we can expect.
In Wheel Time’s Mike ‘Out-of-this-world’ Marrs makes a rare in-studio appearance today, so not only will your hear him, you’ll also SEE him on our live, streaming video feed via www.InWheelTime.com.
This morning’s car reviews include the Chevy Traverse, Mazda 6 and the Chevy Tahoe, plus we’ll have interviews with local dealers who’ll tell you what options Houstonian’s are getting on theirs.
Mike Herzing has his car repair and maintenance questions to answer and Don Armstrong will bring this week’s automotive news to you.
It all happens on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560am, this morning from 9 AM to Noon. Join us, this is NOT an April Fool’s joke!
New York , Mar 27, 2013 – There is a new king of the hill in the mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment: the all-new 2014 Jeep® Cherokee.
The renowned Cherokee name returns to the Jeep® vehicle lineup for the 2014 model year. The result – the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee completely redefines the mid-size SUV segment, delivering legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent (versus the outgoing Liberty model), superior on-road ride and handling, a cutting-edge, revolutionary design, world-class craftsmanship, class-exclusive technology and more than 70 advanced safety and security features. The Jeep Cherokee is set to delight consumers both on the road and on the trail.
“The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be the benchmark for mid-size SUVs with a new level of on-road driving dynamics and fuel economy, while at the same time improving the 4×4 capability that customers expect from Jeep,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Jeep Cherokee boasts a new design, a nine-speed automatic transmission and two advanced engines, class-leading capability from three innovative 4×4 systems, more than 70 safety features, and a host of new technology features.”
Jeep 4×4 capability
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee provides a choice of three innovative 4×4 systems for best-in-class 4×4 capability in all weather conditions. The Jeep Cherokee is the first mid-size SUV to feature rear-axle disconnect, resulting in reduced energy loss when 4×4 capability isn’t needed, improving fuel efficiency. The rear-axle disconnect seamlessly switches between two- and four-wheel drive for full-time torque management and does not require input from the driver.
The Jeep Cherokee offers best-in-class V-6 towing capability of 4,500 pounds.
Jeep Active Drive I
Available on the Cherokee Sport, Latitude and Limited models, Jeep Active Drive I features a single power transfer unit (PTU) which is fully automatic and delivers seamless operation in and out of four-wheel drive at any speed. The system does not require any driver intervention or feedback, delivers yaw correction during dynamic events and improves both understeer and oversteer conditions.
Jeep Active Drive II
Available on the Cherokee Sport, Latitude and Limited models, Jeep Active Drive II includes a two-speed PTU with torque management and low range. 4-Low mode locks the front and rear drive shafts for low-speed power or towing. Low range provides a 2.92:1 gear reduction. The gear reduction allows for enhanced climbing ability as well outstanding crawl ratios for severe off-road conditions. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee with Jeep Active Drive II gives the off-road adventurer a ride height that is increased by an inch, a crawl ratio of 56:1 when powered by the 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine, and 47.8:1 when powered by the new 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine – up to a 90-percent improvement versus the outgoing model.
Jeep Active Drive Lock
Jeep Active Drive Lock includes all the features of Jeep Active Drive II and adds a locking rear differential for superior low-speed power for severe off-road conditions. Jeep Active Drive Lock is standard on all Trailhawk models.
All 4×4 systems feature the Jeep brand’s renowned Selec-Terrain traction control system, which allows the driver to choose the on- and off-road setting for optimum performance. Five customized settings are offered: Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock. Through the use of algorithms that enable unsurpassed control and capability, Selec-Terrain electronically coordinates and optimizes up to 12 systems on any terrain providing enhanced vehicle control including: drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, electronic stability control (ESC), transmission controller, powertrain controller and Selec-Speed Control (Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control).
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk: Trail Rated
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model exemplifies Jeep 4×4 capability with a distinctive, aggressive look, backed up by Jeep Trail Rated hardware, for the most capable Jeep Cherokee model and the most capable mid-size SUV in the segment. The Trailhawk includes as standard equipment aggressive approach and departure angles, complements of the unique front and rear fascias, one-inch factory lift, Jeep Active Drive Lock with locking rear differential, skid plates and signature red tow hooks. The locking rear differential is selectable in any low range terrain mode, but will lock automatically when in certain modes, such as “Rock,” to maximize tractive effort at the tire patch that can support it.
The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk boasts an approach angle of 29.8 degrees, a departure angle of 32.1 degrees and breakover angle of 23.3 degrees. Running ground clearance is 8.7 inches.
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model with the standard off-road package is Trail Rated. The “Trail Rated” badge on the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk indicates that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording.
FIAT Group architecture is the basis for the underpinnings of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide) platform’s proven modular architecture means many models can be built using the same basic underpinnings. The result is better quality and reliability, as well as lower costs, less development time and tooling. The architecture Cherokee is built on is comprised of common, modular and interchangeable components and allows for modularity of the wheelbase, front track, rear track, front overhang, length and width across vehicle lines.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee’s body structure has a high-strength steel content of roughly 65 percent. Hot stamped-, high-strength- and ultra-high-strength steel are used to construct a strong, lightweight, solid vehicle architecture.
Superior on-road performance and fuel efficiency
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee premium on-road manners and fuel efficiency are a result of a number of efforts by Jeep engineers.
Powered by the choice of two new engines mated to a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, the all-new Cherokee delivers the power drivers appreciate on the road with fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent compared with the outgoing model. With expected highway fuel economy ratings of up to 31 miles per gallon (mpg) and a driving range on a tank of gasoline of nearly 500 miles, the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee delivers drivers a no-compromise ownership experience.
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee features Chrysler Group’s 948TE nine-speed automatic transmission, the first time a nine-speed automatic transmission has been used in the segment and is standard equipment in all models of the new Cherokee. The nine-speed transmission delivers numerous benefits customers will appreciate, including aggressive launches, smooth power delivery at highway speeds and improved fuel efficiency versus a six-speed automatic transmission.
Efficiency and refinement also are hallmarks of Chrysler Group’s 16-valve, 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 I-4 engine, which comes standard in the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The 2.4-liter Tigershark engine offers up to an estimated 31 mpg highway fuel economy rating, a more than 45-percent improvement versus the outgoing model, and a driving range on a tank of gasoline of nearly 500 miles. The 2.4-liter MultiAir 2 Tigershark I-4 engine produces 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque.
The acclaimed electro-hydraulic fully variable valve-lift system uses a column of oil in place of the traditional mechanical link between the camshaft and intake valves. As a result, it delivers precise control of the intake-valve events – beginning and end – delivering reductions in engine-pumping losses and increases in volumetric efficiency.
In addition to reducing carbon-dioxide emissions, MultiAir accounts for a fuel-economy boost of up to 7.5 percent, compared with engines with conventional valve trains.
The 2.4-liter is the third engine to feature MultiAir technology from Chrysler Group and features the second generation “MultiAir 2” system that further enhances combustion control, improves fuel efficiency and reduces exhaust emissions.
Performance ratings for the 2.4-liter engine are 184 horsepower (137 kW) and 171 lb.-ft. (232 Nm) of torque.
The available new 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine is the first derivative of the celebrated 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines three years running. The available new 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine benefits from the same innovations that earned its larger displacement predecessor industry–wide acclaim for efficiency, power and refinement. For the driver, that means a refined driving experience with reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and an exceptional balance of higher specific power output (84.2 horsepower per liter) while delivering fuel economy improvements of 30 percent versus the outgoing V-6 engine. The 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine produces 271 horsepower, 239 lb.-ft. of torque and delivers best-in-class V-6 towing of 4,500 pounds.
The all new Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV sports a new front independent suspension with MacPherson struts and a new rear independent multi-link suspension. The front suspension provides 6.7 inches of travel while the rear suspension provides up to 7.8 inches of travel for better articulation. The isolated rear cradle, aluminum front crossmember and superior torsional rigidity all contribute to the quieter, smoother ride and superior handling characteristics drivers will experience in the Cherokee.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is equipped with an electronic power steering system (EPS) that improves fuel efficiency and contributes to the Jeep Cherokee’s nimbleness with a turn circle radius of approximately 36 feet in 4×2 models, approximately 38 feet in 4×4 models and roughly 39 feet in the Trailhawk off-road model. With EPS all of the power assist is provided via an electric motor system rather than a traditional hydraulic system. Because the system is fully electronic, the driver experiences optimal steering effort at all vehicle speeds, and there is less noise and better fuel efficiency since there is no parasitic loss from a power steering pump.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV debuts a new exterior designed for the future with a global appeal. Jeep designers were inspired to create a vehicle that moves Jeep into the next era with a shape that is efficient without losing Jeep DNA and design heritage. The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a vehicle that not only looks efficient and capable, but is efficient and capable – in all on-road, trail and weather conditions.
Fluid, sleek exterior lines highlight the efficient, wind-splitting upper body of the all-new Cherokee. The rugged, protective lower body conveys the legendary capability that is characteristic of every Jeep.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee has a powerful stance, an aggressive wheel-to-body proportion and a commanding road presence. The aggressive approach and departure angles contribute to the best-in-class capability. The first key feature in the front of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is the waterfall hood with the iconic peaked, seven-slotted grille which includes a crisp, horizontal snap – a feature in many classic Jeep vehicles. The hood is clearly defined and separated from the front fenders in a modern twist of Jeep heritage. The one-piece hood and grille assembly ensures a precise build.
Advanced LED lighting technology is used throughout the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Forward lighting features a unique daytime running lamp (DRL) shape that plays a dominant role in the fresh front-end proportion, giving the impression of a slim headlamp. Contemporary full LED tail lamps are an integral part of the rear backlight graphic, making the vehicle look stronger yet harmonious. This graphic is the connection between the upper and lower rear and brings a unique presence specific to this all-new Cherokee.
The Trail Rated 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model takes rugged design and capability to a whole new level. With exclusive exterior and interior colors, functional differences such as Jeep signature red front tow hooks, skid plates underneath and aggressive front and rear fascias add to the rugged exterior appearance and deliver exemplary approach and departure angles for class-leading 4×4 capability, resulting in the most capable mid-size SUV in the market.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee offers customers two industry-exclusive open-air options – the new CommandView panoramic sunroof or the Sky Slider full-length open canvas roof.
The interior of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is modern, inviting and comfortable. A sophisticated, refined design, hand-sculpted forms, signature Jeep design cues, high-quality materials, precision craftsmanship and attention-to-detail raise the bar in the mid-size SUV segment. A driver-oriented cockpit loaded with easy-to-use, useful technology, clever, thoughtful storage features and more than 70 available safety and security features including 10 standard air bags give the driver and passengers everything they want for any adventure they undertake.
Inspiration for the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV interior included countries and terrain around the world that brought beautiful imagery to mind. The Cherokee interior is a sophisticated blend of hand-sculpted fluid shapes, high-quality materials, innovative color and material choices, precision craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology and features that drivers and passengers appreciate.
Premium materials abound wherever the customer touches the vehicle – the door uppers and armrests, the center armrest, the upper instrument panel. Interior trim that is soft to the touch and pleasing to the eye is found throughout the cabin.
Seats in the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee are ergonomically designed to support the contour of the body, are trimmed with premium cloth or quality Nappa leather and available as power adjustable, heated/ventilated seats with memory. Premium cloth fabrics include a unique interlocking graphic. The 60/40 split second-row seats adjust fore and aft for increased passenger comfort and cargo flexibility.
Unique features such as the available heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, an available wireless charging pad and many more will delight both drivers and passengers alike.
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee was designed with thoughtful, state-of-the-art, high-tech features and amenities that are intuitive, easy-to-use.
The world-class thin-film transistor (TFT) LED 3.5-inch grayscale or 7-inch full-color reconfigurable instrument cluster allows the driver to enjoy a customized user experience and receive information and vehicle feedback in the format they prefer while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
The easy-to-use instrument cluster displays the basic information a driver needs at his or her fingertips but also allows the driver to add information they desire, similar to an iPhone.
The driver can select from a multitude of information that can be displayed in the center of the gauge cluster including turn-by-turn navigation, speed, real-time fuel economy, safety warnings, available Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, audio information and Jeep-specific features including Selec-Terrain.
The available ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist System (first Chrysler Group availability) is displayed in the center of the gauge cluster and operated with buttons on the steering wheel and the shifter. The graphic walks the driver through the steps necessary to utilize the park assist system. Jeep designer’s passion for the brand shines through in the park assist screen, which features a 1941 Jeep Willys graphic on each side of the open parking space.
An available award-winning 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia command center – the largest in the segment – or the standard 5-inch touchscreen multimedia command center are attractive, intuitive and easy-to-use, and located in the center stack. The 2014 Cherokee equipped with the Uconnect system allows the driver to control the audio, climate, heated/ventilated seats and much more from the touchscreen, redundant controls located on the center stack below the touchscreen or with voice commands. The touchscreen buttons are large and easy-to-see at a glance. The 8.4-inch color touchscreen Uconnect Access is user-friendly and includes Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM Radio, navigation, music, apps (Pandora, Aha, iHeart Radio and more), voice-to-text messaging and streaming audio capability.
The class-exclusive Jeep Cargo Management System makes the most of the cargo space in the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. A universal module rack is mounted on the side in the rear cargo area and provides for hooks and a removable grocery bag. Other optional accessories compatible with the system are available through Mopar and include an off-road accessory kit for Trailhawk models that features a tow rope, gloves and more; cargo bin, cargo mat, foldable cooler and first aid/emergency kit are just some of the accessories available that mount securely to the rack for secure storage solutions the adventurous customer desires.
Safety and Security
The new Cherokee was engineered with more than 70 available safety and security features. The Jeep Cherokee starts with a strong foundation constructed with 65 percent high-strength steel. Engineers then added both active and passive safety and security features, including: Chrysler Group vehicle firsts ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, and Lane Departure Warning-Plus; 9-1-1 assist call; ESC; Electronic Roll Mitigation; Blind-spot Monitoring; Rear Cross Path detection; ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines and 10 standard air bags.
The ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist feature in the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a first in a Chrysler Group vehicle. Using ultrasonic parking sensors on the bumper the system will find and guide customer into an available parking space when the driver initiates parking maneuver. The parking guidance system controls the steering angle automatically, the driver controls the gear position, brake, and accelerator. Parallel parking is possible on either side of the car; during perpendicular parking, the vehicle is backed into the space.
Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, a first for a Chrysler Group vehicle, is significant for its capacity to bring the vehicle to a complete stop without driver intervention in certain conditions. Radar and video sensors identify the locations of vehicles traveling ahead of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The sensors also help ensure the vehicles are separated by a gap determined by the driver. If the gap is dramatically breached, the ESC system can aggressively deploy the vehicle’s brakes to affect a full stop, even if the driver never touches the brake pedal. To resume travel, the driver need only press a button on the steering wheel or tap the accelerator pedal.
Forward Collision Warning-Plus, another Chrysler Group first, addresses traffic-gap changes when Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus is inactive. When radar and video sensors detect a fast-closing obstacle ahead, the system pre-fills the brakes to prepare for emergency driver intervention. If collision risk remains, Forward Collision Warning-Plus correspondingly ratchets up the response with:
• audible and visual warnings
• a brief brake deployment to alert the driver
• a 1.5-second brake deployment to quicken the driver’s reaction time
• deployment of Advanced Brake Assist (ABA) if the driver is not braking aggressively enough
Lane Departure Warning-Plus, which is offered for the first time in a Chrysler Group vehicle, uses a camera-based vision sensor to establish the Jeep Cherokee’s position on the road. If there occurs an unintentional lane drift, determined by trajectory change and the absence of turn-signal activation, the system will deliver a visual warning and a haptic warning – the subtle introduction of torque from the electric power steering (EPS) system. If the driver unintentionally drifts too far, the system provides a secondary visual warning.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee boasts numbers that make the difference for the SUV customer that cares about fuel economy and capability in all weather conditions — fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent, more than 70 safety and security features, numerous industry and segment “firsts,” a nine-speed automatic transmission, a 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque, a 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine with 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque, nearly 500 miles driving range on a tank of gasoline and three new, innovative 4×4 systems that deliver legendary Jeep capability including crawl ratios of 56:1 with the 2.4-liter engine and 47.8:1 with the 3.2-liter engine, an improvement of up to 90 percent versus the outgoing model.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee competes in the mid-size SUV segment, the largest SUV segment in North America, with roughly 2 million sales in 2012.
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is available in four different models in the United States and will arrive in volume in dealer showrooms in the third quarter 2013. Customers can choose from the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Sport, Cherokee Latitude, Cherokee Limited and the rugged, Trail Rated Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.
The Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV will offer consumers 11 different exterior colors from which to choose: Bright White Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Eco Green Pearl Coat, Mango Tango Pearl Coat, Auburn Pearl Coat, Cashmere Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat, and Anvil Clear Coat.
The Cherokee is built in the United States at Chrysler Group’s Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Plant.
V-10 overhead-valve engine. Performance ratings are 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world.
This condition could cause a wire harness to overheat and possibly lead to fire. Chrysler Group is aware of seven such incidents. None caused injury.
Affected owners are being contacted directly – by telephone and by mail. They are being advised to immediately refrain from driving their vehicles and to contact their dealers. Loaner vehicles will be provided, free of charge, until repairs are complete. Chrysler Group further advises affected owners not to park their vehicles in or near any structures.
Customers who are uncertain if they are affected should take the above precautions and inquire with their dealers.
This action affects only 2013 Dodge Challengers assembled with V-6 engines during an eight-week period ending Jan. 24, 2013.
The total recall population is 4,459 vehicles, of which approximately 1,900 are in dealer hands.
Today’s In Wheel Time will include live reports from the Oil Field Helping Hands Car Show. This big cruise-in will benefit the men & women of the oil patch that have hit hard times through no fault of their own. Our Mike Marrs will be reporting from the show.
Some of the finest hot rods, street cars, retro rods and show cars will be on display in Minute Maid Park parking lots B & C and everyone is invited free of charge. $10 dollar a plate B-B-Q will be cooked on-site and you can enjoy live entertainment featuring several bands. The NHRA’s latest Pro Stock event winner, Erica Enders, will be on hand to sign autographs and talk to In Wheel Time listeners and Don & Mike will be there too, right after today’s radio show.
Speaking of In Wheel Time, today’s 3-hour broadcast will include reviews of the 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid, Hyundai Sante Fe Sport and the GMC Acadia Denali. Officer John Sampa with the Texas Department of Public Safety will be in the studio to answer questions about new laws for 2013 and any questions you may have too.
The head of Jeep Brand will give us the status of his company and where it’s going and Mike Herzing will talk maintenance and repair.
Join us, this morning 9 AM to Noon on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM.
Oil Field Helping Hands Charity hosts a mega cruise-in in parking lots B & C at Minute Maid park Saturday, March 9, 2013.
This show is hosted by NHRA Pro Stock driver – and latest event winner – Erica Enders, who’ll be in attendance and signing autographs.
The event starts at 8 AM and runs until 3 PM with $10 per plate bar-b-q.
Oh, Mike and Don will be there too right after the In Wheel Time radio show ends at Noon.
Today’s in-studio guest is Konrad Delong. This guy knows more about cars than bull riders know about what they’re riding. He’s one of our most popular guests who can answer questions in a way that everyone understands.
The Ford Atlas concept truck is on display in the Ford booth inside Reliant Center this week and we had a chance to catch up with Ford’s Doug Scott about the one-off beast. Doug will tell you about the special features it has, some of which you probably see on the 2015 F-150.
Racing season at Houston Motorsports Park kicks off tonight and G.M. John Mandabach joins us to give you a preview.
No, we didn’t forget about the new car reviews. This week you’ll get our take on the hot little Subaru BRZ sports car, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Lexus LX 570.
The Oil Field Helping Hands car and motorcycle show is next weekend and Mitzi Flowers will join us to tell you what it’s all about.
Join us, won’t you? This morning 9 AM to Noon on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM or streaming on www.InWheelTime.com.