Jeep Already Wins Two Awards in January
We’re only two weeks into January 2020 and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) already back at and winning awards. The 2020 Ram 1500 was named “Luxury Car of the Year” by Cars.com, and now two Jeep SUVs are getting their own “Best of the Year” awards. One comes from FOUR WHEELER magazine and the “2020 SUV of the Year” award. The second comes from The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards, a long-awaited contest that took place during the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, but the winners were recently announced. Go on, take a guess.
FOUR WHEELER “2020 SUV of the Year”
If you guessed, Jeep, you would be right. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel was recently announced and quickly became the most capable, fuel-efficient, and highest torque-rated Wrangler ever produced. So, it’s no wonder that is was also named FOUR WHEELER “2020 SUV of the Year.” The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine is able to generate 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain comes with engine stop-start (ESS) technology standard, and the fuel economy isn’t bad with Wrangler EcoDiesel models rated at 29 mpg highway, 22 mpg city, and 25 mpg combined.
FOUR WHEELER magazine, an opinion-leading off-road enthusiast publication, conducted a variety of tests over the course of a week when picking the winner for “2020 SUV of the Year”. These tests took place over 1,000 miles of varied terrain that included pavement, gravel, dirt, sand, rocks, mud and snow. For added difficulty, a loose-dirt hillclimb and water crossings were also included to test how well a vehicle handled not-so-great driving conditions, on and off-road. Editors and drivers also tested each vehicle’s lighting equipment and how well it could be integrated for driving at night. The judges included staff from several other 4×4 media brands, including FOUR WHEELER, 4-WHEEL & OFF-ROAD, and JP MAGAZINE.
“The Wrangler is a truly exceptional machine both on- and off-road, and the new-for-2020 EcoDiesel engine option complements the outstanding JL platform…The EcoDiesel’s power and efficiency raise the bar for the already incomparable 4×4, making it even more extraordinary.” – FOUR WHEELER Editor Ken Brubaker
The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards
The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards or (NACTOY), is a large contest with three main categories. As it says in the name, these are: car, utility vehicle, and truck. Two FCA vehicles, the Jeep Gladiator and the Ram Heavy Duty made the truck list, but only one could come out on top. The all-new Jeep Gladiator midsize pickup truck, already being called the most capable midsize truck ever, was just named 2020 North American Truck of the Year. Winners were announced at a news conference today at the TCF Center in Detroit on January 13, 2020.
“The Jeep Gladiator is not only the world’s most capable midsize pickup, but it’s also now the North American Truck of the Year as well…This honor is a testament to our customers who demand the very best and the Gladiator delivers with all of the 4×4 capability and versatility expected of a Jeep vehicle.” – Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America
Going on 26 years, the NACTOY awards pick vehicles every year to set benchmarks of what’s expected in years to come. The eligibility list started in June 2019, and finalists were announced shortly after the LA Auto Show. When it came to the awards, jurors evaluated all of the finalists based on their segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, and value for the dollar. The jury is made up of automotive journalists representing diverse media outlets from the United States and Canada.
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