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From the FCA Proving Grounds: What’s New for 2019 Jeep and RAM Models

As human beings, we tend to fear the unknown. If the night before the first day of school was nerve-racking every year when you were a child, it was probably because you didn’t know if you would have any classes with your friends or who your teachers would be. Some horror movies feature a scene in which someone is alone in the dark and terrified about what evil may be surrounding them.

Sometimes we also await the unknown. You may not buy a large television right away because you’re waiting for Black Friday. You don’t know how much it will be discounted, but you’re willing to find out when the big day rolls around. Perhaps you’ve been delaying your purchase of a new Jeep SUV or RAM truck because you want to find out what’s coming for the 2019 model year.

You don’t have to wait any longer. FCA recently flew us up to its Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan for its annual What’s New event, where it shared the changes it’s made to its vehicles for the next model year.

Keep reading to find out just what upgrades Jeep and RAM have in store for 2019.

What’s new for JEEP in 2019

2019 Jeep Renegade

Jeep’s smallest model gets a big bundle of updates. The 2019 model will be available in three new colors: Bikini, Slate Blue, and Sting Gray. The company’s designers also gave the Renegade new front fascias and a fresh grille surround. There are new wheel designs, including the option of new 19-inch wheels on Latitude and Limited models.

The available Advanced Tech Group now features front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist Plus. The new LED Lighting Group includes LED headlights, daytime running lamps, cornering fog lamps, and taillights.

Jeep didn’t stop there. They gave the 2019 Renegade a new engine, too. The direct-injected and turbocharged 1.3-liter engine generates 177 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque while being more fuel efficient and producing fewer emissions than the engine it replaces. It’s connected to a nine-speed automatic and standard equipment on Limited and Trailhawk models.

All Renegades (except the Trailhawk) now come with fuel-saving active grille shutters; engine stop-start technology is standard on every Renegade.

2019 Jeep Compass

Standalone updates to the 2019 Compass range from a new paint color (Sting Gray) to a new finish on the Trailhawk’s 17-inch wheels to the availability of the Premium Lighting Group to the addition of the seven-inch Uconnect infotainment system screen that’s standard on Sport and Latitude models. The Advanced Safety Group Package now contains adaptive cruise control.

The 2019 Compass Sport model can be upgraded into the new Upland special edition. Features include the front fascia and 17-inch wheels from the Trailhawk, and a front suspension skid plate. Gloss Black covers the grille, fog lamp bezels, badges, and roof.

A High Altitude Appearance Package is available on the Compass Limited. Jeep filled it with goodies such as high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights; Satin Gloss Granite exterior trim, badges, and 19-inch wheels; a Gloss Black roof; LED taillights; and the Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch screen and navigation.

2019 Jeep Cherokee

We attended the media launch of the 2019 Cherokee and covered all of the changes Jeep made to it here. We also drove the Latitude Plus and Trailhawk models for a week a piece so be sure to check out our Cherokee Latitude Plus review here and our Trailhawk review here.

2019 Grand Cherokee/Grand Cherokee SRT/Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Slate Blue, Green Metallic, and Sting Gray join the list of available colors for the 2019 Grand Cherokee. Across the board (including a new trim level), the midsize SUV comes standard with Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection.

The Limited and higher trim levels get a substantial standard tech update in the form of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the Uconnect infotainment system and navigation running through an 8.4-inch touchscreen with higher resolution and pinch-and-zoom functionality.

The Overland comes with a new 20-inch wheel design while the Summit gets a new set of optional 20-inch wheels.

A new Limited X model joins the Grand Cherokee lineup. It’s decked out with unique front and rear fascias, a performance hood, Granite Crystal exterior accents, and 20-inch Low Gloss Granite Crystal wheels. The Limited X’s black interior is equipped with the Uconnect/8.4-inch touchscreen combo, Heritage perforated seats, and unique accents. Sound comes from a nine-speaker audio system with active noise cancellation.

2019 Jeep Wrangler

Jeep totally re-invented the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited for 2018 so changes for 2019 are limited to a new paint color (Bikini) and the addition of adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning to the Advanced Safety Group package. You can read all about the new model range here and learn about our time in the Unlimited Sport model by clicking here.

What’s new for RAM in 2019

2019 RAM 1500 Classic

The outgoing DS version of the RAM 1500 soldiers on into the 2019 model year as the 1500 Classic. You’ll be able to tell it apart from earlier DS-series 1500s by its Classic badges.

Not all of the 2018 model year trim levels are available on the 2019 RAM 1500 Classic. RAM has cut back on them, leaving only the Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star, and Laramie for non-fleet customers.

2019 RAM 1500

The all-new RAM 1500 is also a 2019 model. It sports fresh styling, a new platform, updated powertrain options, and state-of-the-art safety and infotainment tech. We made sure to tell you all about those big changes to the RAM 1500 after we attended the media launch event for it. You can read our write-up by clicking here. We also had extended test drives of the 2019 RAM 1500 Laramie (click here for our review) and 2019 RAM 1500 Limited (click on this link to read it).

2019 RAM ProMaster City

For 2019, RAM’s small work van gets a new RAM grille and a fleet telematics package that monitors driver behavior, tracks usage, records performance data, and provides vehicle diagnostics.

To learn more about the 2019 Jeep and RAM models, be sure to go into an AutoNation Jeep or RAM dealership. Then you’ll have all of the facts you’ll need to make a wise purchase decision and you won’t have to wait any longer to get the SUV or truck you’ve been wanting.

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