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Challenger Only Pony Car With All-wheel Drive

People who live in Payson and the surrounding Rim Country are faced with the perpetual challenge: Do you buy a sporty car or one that will get you home in the snow? Thanks to Dodge, now you can have both with the introduction of the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD. The Dodge Challenger has long been one of America’s favorite muscle cars, but now it offers consumers the handling advantages of all-wheel drive. Having a car that delivers power to all four wheels is not only advantageous on snow days, but you’ll also notice the difference as you power through corners on your weekend mountain runs. Check in with the pros at Chapman Payson Auto Center to see when the Challenger GT AWD will be available for a test drive.

Shares Underpinnings With AWD Charger

Dodge already offers an AWD Charger, so it wasn’t that complicated to transfer the powertrain over to the Challenger. Since the AWD setup adds a couple of hundred pounds to the Pony car, Dodge is using the heavy spring and suspension setup from the Charger police car in the Challenger GT AWD. The result is a firm ride and superior handling that comes in handy whether you’re battling black ice or just trying to improve your run time from Payson to Phoenix.

Free-wheeling Axle Improves Mileage

Cars with AWD typically pay a huge penalty in fuel efficiency, but not so with the new Dodge Challenger GT AWD. The Dodge all-wheel system disconnects the front drive axle when all-wheel drive isn’t needed, effectively turning the Challenger into a two-wheel drive car. Once the system detects any slippage, the front clutch re-engages and provides traction to all four wheels. You also have the option to engage all-wheel drive at any time by selecting Sport mode.

Challenger Comes With a Variety of Options

In order to offer all-wheel drive to the most consumers, Dodge only provides it in the V6 version of the Challenger. That engine provides 305 horsepower along with an estimated 30 mpg on the highway, but if you want more power there are a whole slew of other Dodge Challenger models available. Start at the top with the 707-horsepower Hellcat and work down through the 392 HEMI versions until you get to the base Challenger SXT. Stop by Chapman Payson Auto Center and peruse the entire Challenger inventory until you find one at the price point with the right options that makes sense for your needs.

No White Walkers Need Apply

In the popular HBO show “Game of Thrones,” actors spent the first few seasons warning that “winter is coming,” and that the various kingdoms had best be prepared to fight the mythological White Walkers. Jeep has also issued a decree on the arrival of Winter, but this time it’s a special edition of the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. Inspired by all the skiers, skaters and snow boarders who battle the elements to go the extra mile in pursuit of personal records or championships, the Wrangler Winter edition combine a unique style with the iconic ability of the Jeep to go places where no other vehicle dare tread. Check in with Chapman Payson to see about the availability of the new Winter Wrangler.

Special Features Make Winter Wrangler Unique

Start on the exterior and you’ll see the Winter Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited have special features that make them distinct from other models. Seventeen-inch mid-gloss black wheels, black grille accents, a black fuel filler door and black taillamp guards set the tone for the vehicle design. Special BF Goodrich KO2 tires provide plenty of grip for off-road excitement, as well as the ability to plow through drifts for those snow days around Payson. Off-road steel bumpers and premium off-road rock rails also provide a little more protection should you encounter some obstacles foolish enough to stand in your way. Step into the interior of the new Winter Wrangler and you’ll immediately enjoy the warmth of the heated leather-trimmed front seats. Gray stitching provides a touch of class to the seats, armrests and center console, with more black accents throughout.

Capability is the Winter Wrangler’s Middle Name

If Winter is the first name and Wrangler is the family name, then the middle name of this special Jeep has to be Capability. Along with the afore-mentioned protective devices, the Winter Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited come with a Dana 44 rear axle with Trac-Lok limited slip differential. It works in conjunction with the Command-Trac 4×4 system to offer shift-on-the-fly ability to switch between four and two-wheel drive for maximum traction. This gives drivers the ability to enjoy the fuel efficiency of two-wheel drive, then switch to the four-wheel system when the going gets tough.

Comfort Might be the Other Middle Name

Okay, the Wranglers are widely known for their capability, but comfort is catching on as another important characteristic of this mighty Jeep. With a connectivity group that includes tire pressure monitoring, a remote USB port and voice command, the interior of the Jeep Wrangler has the features you might expect to find on a luxury car. You’ll enjoy the remote start system when its cold outside and the power group including door locks, windows and heated exterior mirrors. Call Chapman Payson today to see when the first Winter Wrangler will be ready for a test drive.