Vehicle Body Styles: What’s the Difference?

Shopping for a new car? One of the first things you’ll need to narrow down is which type of vehicle type is right for you. These include trucks, SUV, and sedans, but there are also some basic distinctions that many car shoppers are unfamiliar with. For instance, what’s the difference between and SUV or a crossover? What distinguishes a sedan from a hatchback or coupe?

According to Car and Bike, the differences between a sedan, hatchback, and coupe has to do with space and exterior design. A hatchback often has the most cargo space, as the trunk connects to the cabin and opens upward like a liftgate (hatchbacks are often called five-door models). A sedan has four doors, and a coupe has two, though the actual distinction between the two is rear seating volume: A sedan has at least 33 cubic feet of interior space, but a coupe has less than that.

The distinction between an SUV and crossover is a little less clear, often because many manufacturers use the terms interchangeably. However, an SUV is technically built on a truck platform, with the body and chassis as separate components. A crossover has a unibody design, which means the body and chassis are connected (it’s usually a car platform, too). SUVs are more rugged, but crossovers are more efficient.

If you need more questions answered while you’re shopping for your next vehicle, call Tom Kelley CDJR. We’d be glad to clear up any confusion you have about vehicle body styles or other topics.

Chrysler Teams Up with Disney for a Toy Story Pacifica Promotion

The toys are back this summer with the release of Toy Story 4. To honor the return of these beloved characters, Chrysler and Pixar’s Toy Story teamed up for an ad campaign promoting the Chrysler Pacifica.

Woody, Buzz, and all their pals appear in a new Pacifica commercial. After the human passengers exit the van, the toys spring to life and engage in a spirited dance party. There are familiar faces, such as the long-lost Bo Peep, along with new additions to the franchise, such as the spork-based Forky. It’s a fun way to promote the spirit of the Pacifica minivan.

Toy Story teaming up with Chrysler to promote the Pacifica shows off the space and features that the Pacifica provides, making it the perfect family vehicle. You can watch the Toy Story Pacifica promotion on the automaker’s YouTube channel.

In Toy Story 4, Woody learns what it truly means to be a toy when his new kid, Bonnie, creates a new plaything out of arts and crafts in school. His journey will reunite him with familiar faces, while introducing some new characters.

If you’d like to see how the Chrysler Pacifica is perfect for you and your crew, bring them to Tom Kelley CDJR.

Ram Could Make a SRT-10 Successor

Pickup trucks are on the rise, and Ram is one of the brands experiencing the most growth. With so many competitors in the industry releasing different models, packages, and trims, it would seem there’s a pickup truck for everything. There is a hole in the market, however. In a place where luxury trucks and off-road trims are commonplace, track-ready performance has been overlooked. Ram might be hoping to fill that void with a Ram SRT-10 successor.

While other brands invest time and money in the off-road pickup truck segment, enthusiasts clamor for the days when more sporty, performance-oriented trucks were around for those who prefer to stay on the pavement. The Ram SRT-10 offered the same V10 engine found in the Dodge Viper and a 0-60 time of only 4.9 seconds. What better way to combine track-ready performance with pickup truck capability than to build its successor?

Right now, Ram is hard at work on the Rebel TRX, a powerful, full-size off-roader, to compete with others on the market. A closer look at the Rebel TRX could give us insight to what a Ram SRT-10 successor could be. The new truck even packs a supercharged Hellcat V8 engine under the hood. Could a street-performance pickup be getting a Hellcat engine, too? While Ram representatives won’t confirm that a new SRT-10 is coming, they won’t deny it either.

While the Rebel TRX isn’t ready to drive home with you, contact us at Tom Kelley Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram to earn more about the current Ram truck lineup.

Dodge Announces Two Wide-Body Charger Models

There is something about a wide body on a sports car that just gives it an aggressive, powerful look. If you have been wanting this look on a Dodge Charger, you won’t have to wait any longer. Dodge has announced two wide-body Charger models for the 2020 model year: the R/T Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat.

Dodge says the two new models have “radically redesigned” side sills and fascias in order to add the new wide-body parts. The unique models will also have retuned suspensions. A unique dual-snorkel grille with an upper intake will complete the bold, new look.

According to Motor Trend, the wide-body models will come standard with launch control and 20×11-inch wheels. Under the hood, the Scat Pack model will come with a 6.4-liter V8 rated at 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. As for the Hellcat, it has even more power with its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that delivers 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. It’s possible there may be a 797-horsepower Redeye version available later.

The Scat Pack models will come standard with Brembo® high-performance brakes, a heavy-duty engine cooling system, and a limited-slip rear differential. The Hellcat model adds an upgraded suspension and steering system.

If you’re ready for a test drive of any Dodge vehicle, contact us at Tom Kelley Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

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