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Mention to any Jeep enthusiast that something new is coming from their favorite off-road automaker and you’re sure to get their attention. Tell them there’s a new Wrangler model and you just might be trampled as they rush to the closest Jeep dealer. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler isn’t a total departure from what you’ve seen in previous generations, but it’s lighter and has enough change to the design to bring the iconic off-road vehicle smoothly into the 21st Century. The new Wrangler will be coming soon to Chapman Payson Auto Center.

Rounded Edges Add Grace to Muscular Design

The new Jeep Wrangler still looks something like a shrunken tank, and for good reason. Jeep knows the kind of torture Wrangler owners put their vehicles through. Although it has more rounded corners and softer edges than ever before, no one will mistake it for anything other than a vehicle built to tackle the toughest terrain. The top sports bars have been totally redesigned, now consisting of one piece of high-strength steel that’s painted to match the body color.

Easier to Lower the Top

People loved the ability to turn the soft top Wrangler of days gone by into an open-air adventure vehicle that let them fully immerse themselves in the outdoor. Truth be told, sometimes it took a little muscle and some intestinal fortitude to get the top down and back up. That could be a bit troublesome, particularly if you were trying to do it in the middle of a rainstorm. The new Jeep Wrangler has addressed that issue. Now you just have to undo two latches up front, fold the top back and release the rails holding the rear windows. There are no more zippers to fight. Once you have the windows out, release the central lever and everything neatly folds back. Voila!

V6 to Start, More Options Later

The initial release of the new Jeep Wrangler will incorporate the trusty 3.6L Pentastar engine everyone has come to know and love. It has been engineered for slight fuel mileage upgrades, but to get more efficiency you might wait for a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which is expected to come out not long after the vehicle’s initial release sometime early next year. A 3.0L diesel engine is also in the works a bit more down the road. It is rumored to deliver 442 pound-feet of torque, which comes in handy when you’re trying to scale a 60-degree hill that’s scattered with boulders. For more information on the new Jeep Wrangler and to register your interest, stop in today at Chapman Payson Auto Center.

Ram 2500 Built for Work and Play

If you’re looking for a truck that’s as capable at hauling a load of gravel as it is making a trip to the big box store, you really need to consider the Dodge Ram 2500. With a number of different trim levels ranging from the Tradesman basic work truck to the fully-decked out Limited model, the Dodge Ram 2500 offers a choice of diesel and gas engines that are built to handle the job at hand. For the most power and torque, you have the legendary 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel engine as an option, which provides the ultimate in towing and hauling capabilities. Check out the inventory at Chapman Payson and see how the Ram 2500 provides both the power and comfort modern drivers crave.

‘Best in Class’ Seems Like Part of its Name

The Dodge Ram 2500 blows away its competitors in so many areas the phrase ‘best in class’ seems like it should be emblazoned on the front of the vehicle right beside the Ram logo. Dodge HD trucks are built to set the bar for heavy duty hauling and towing, whether for a business or recreational needs. With 800 pounds of torque and the capacity to tow 17,980 pounds, the diesel motor can handle any trailer or load you want to throw at it. The large HEMI V8 gasoline engine generates a best-in-class 410 horsepower and load rating of almost two tons. Of course, the motor isn’t the only key in being able to haul and tow large loads. A class-exclusive five link coil rear suspension system helps reduce friction and provide a stable base that can handle all that weight.

Hard Working Doesn’t Mean Hard Riding

Just because the Dodge Ram 2500 is a beast when it comes to hauling and towing, doesn’t mean it rides like a tank. A smooth suspension and the availability of a luxurious interior keeps the work on the outside while providing a sophisticated ride with plenty of creature comforts. You’ll be in complete command of all the audio, communications and navigation if you choose the large 8.4-inch color touchscreen. Whether you use it for entertainment or as a necessary hub to your home office is up to you. Depending on the trim level you select, a variety of seating arrangements range from the functional to the extremely luxurious. Plush leather with ample bolsters in the Laramie and Limited are equal to that of any expensive luxury sedan. Choose the truck that fits your needs best when you search the inventory at the Chapman Payson Auto Center.

There’s still time for a couple of trips deep into the back country of the Mogollon Rim before the big snows hit, but just to be safe you should consider a Chevy Colorado 4×4 as your exploration vehicle of choice. Now’s the perfect time to score big on a 2017 Colorado with Chevy’s big end of the year sale, as dealers like Chapman Payson Auto Center are offering huge discounts on all previous model year brands. With a choice of two engines and running gear built to tame the toughest off-road courses, the Chevy Colorado ZR-2 is the perfect choice for your next Rim adventure.

ZR2 a Segment of One

There really is no competition to the Chevy Colorado ZR-2 in the midsize truck market. With a choice of a powerful 3.6L V6 gasoline engine or a Duramax 2.8 turbo-diesel that delivers incredible torque and efficiency, you’ll truly leave other trucks in the dust. Front and rear locking differentials are standard on the ZR-2, ensuring you’ll get traction from the wheel with the most grab. Multimatic DSSV shock absorbers help cushion the blow of an unseen rut or log when you’re out on the trail, and adjust automatically on the fly so even those monthly trips to Phoenix are as smooth riding as can be. Standard skid plates and rock sliders help protect your vital powertrain components and body from damage.

Z71 Offers Many Options

While the Z71 isn’t quite as geared up for supreme off-roading as the ZR2, it still delivers plenty of capability for hitting remote trails. Special models such as the Centennial and Midnight editions deliver some extra features to help your new Colorado stand out from the crowd. The Z71 Midnight is perfect for people who love a little secrecy in their lives. A black exterior, black bowtie emblem, black wheels and black grille let you travel in stealth mode during the night and makes for a mighty sophisticated look when you’re out on the town. Choose the Centennial edition for a classic look that comes in beautiful Centennial blue with plenty of chrome features on the doors, belt line and tow hooks. Of course you can always just add the four-wheel drive option to the standard Colorado and get an extremely capable truck starting at $28,995 for a 2018 model. Take advantage of the year–end savings on all remaining 2017 models by taking a test drive at Chapman Payson Auto Center today.

With the announcement that the 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude now offers a tech connect package that integrates voice recognition software from retail giant Amazon, you can now have Alexa as a permanent passenger in your vehicle. Alexa is the name behind the female voice that provides a number of services upon voice command, including firing up the engine, planning a route and checking the gas and tire pressure levels. “The introduction of Amazon Alexa to the Jeep Cherokee allows us to meet consumers’ increasing desire for innovation of information,” according to Jeep brand chief Mike Manley. “Jeep Cherokee’s new tech connect package allows customers to minimize the everyday stresses of busy lifestyles by providing them with a variety of ways to stay conveniently connected to their vehicles, while making every drive exceptionally informative, entertaining and unique.” Check in with Chapman Payson Auto Center to see when you can get a demonstration of the new Jeep Cherokee outfitted with Alexa.

Cherokee Purchase Scores Free Add-ons

Buy a 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude equipped with Alexa and you’ll also receive an Amazon Echo Dot for your home. The Dot also utilizes the Alexa service to let you do things such as buy from Amazon, turn on the house lights and arm your home security system. The package also includes 3 months of free service from the Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan, a streaming service that offers millions of songs and lets you create personalized stations. You’ll also get a 3-month subscription to Audible, the world’s leading audiobook publisher. “Customers with an Alexa device in their home can simply ask Alexa to start their Jeep Cherokee, send directions to their navigation system and more, before they ever leave the house,” said Amazon VP Ned Curic. “Voice is a big part of the future because it can simplify everyday tasks like these and we are excited that Jeep is bringing this level of connectivity to customers.”

Cherokee Latitude Offers Sleek Appearance

The new Jeep Cherokee Attitude delivers a sleek, sporty and sophisticated appearance featuring diamond black crystal paint, gloss black finishes and beautiful 18-inch aluminum wheels. The tech connect package includes an 8.4-inch infotainment package that doubles as a 3G Wi-Fi hotspot. It also has a one-year free Sirius XM satellite radio subscription. The UConnect system provides a wide range of services, including handsfree calling, a slew of entertainment options and navigation that provides clear maps with turn-by-turn directions. The new Jeep Cherokee Latitude will be arriving at dealers beginning in November. Keep in touch with Chapman Payson Auto Center to schedule a test drive and get a full demonstration of all the new technology.

Durango SUV Anything but Ordinary

Whether you’re tooling around the Forest Roads on the Rim, going to Phoenix or Flagstaff for your weekly supply run or simply dealing with the daily drive in and around Payson, the Dodge Durango SUV offers the performance, efficiency and room to make your life more pleasant. Offered in five different trim levels for a variety of budgets, the Durango is ready for your test drive at Chapman Payson Auto Center.

Adrenaline Junkies Love the SRT

When you hear the term “smoking,” if your thoughts go immediately to tires instead of a nice beef brisket, the Dodge Durango SRT is the vehicle for you. As America’s most powerful three-row SUV, it is one of the fastest SUVs on planet Earth with an elapsed time of just 4.4 seconds in the run from 0 to 60 mph. The Durango SRT sports a 6.4L HEMI engine that produces 475 horsepower and a giggle-inducing 470 pound-feet of torque. Along with being the most popular vehicle in the school carpool, the Durango SRT will tow 8,700 pounds, making short work of hauling your large recreational trailer to the top of the Mogollon Rim. The powerful engine is teamed up with a TorqueFlite 8-speed transmission that’s specially calibrated to maximize shift points and deliver the right amount of power to each wheel. The interior of the SRT is as dominant as the performance, with available Laguna leather seats and enough technology to keep you in contact with the outside world.

Choose Your Trim Level

The Dodge Durango also offers trim packages that are more efficient, while providing plenty of power for most needs. The Base SXT comes with a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine that gets up to 26 mpg on the highway while providing the capability to tow 6,200 pounds. Choose the SXT Plus and you get the same engine and capability, but with a few more creature comforts such as SiriusXM satellite radio, an eight-way power driver seat and roof rails to help carry your camping gear. The GT model is fancier yet, with leather bucket seats, heated seats in the first and second row and beautiful 20-inch black aluminum wheels. The Citadel is the top of the line for the V6 models with a rich interior finished in fine Nappa leather and dual exhaust tips.

Technology Works for Modern Driver

If your old ride still has an AM transistor radio hanging from the rear-view mirror, you’re in for a treat when you see all the technology that’s available with the new Dodge Durango. The UCONNECT 8.4 NAV system has an 8.4-inch color high definition screen that controls all your infotainment and communication, but also utilizes 3D graphics with the navigation system to give you a clear picture of terrain, trails, cities and landmarks. It also includes real-time traffic updates so you can find alternate routes to your destination. See the entire lineup of Dodge Durango SUVs at Chapman Payson Auto Center and choose the one that fits your needs.