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Jeep vehicles to get updates in 2015

2015-Jeep-Wrangler

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler will receive upgrades, including an eight-speaker audio system.

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Both of the Toledo-built Jeep vehicles are getting minor updates for the 2015 model year.

For the Jeep Cherokee, which was just launched last year, the biggest change is likely the addition of start-stop technology, which becomes standard on all V-6 Cherokees. The fuel-saving feature shuts down the engine while the vehicle is at a complete stop. The engine restarts automatically when the driver releases the brake.

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There are also a handful of new standard and optional safety features. Backup cameras and automatic headlights, previously standard only with the Limited trim level, now come standard on the Latitude and Trailhawk models. Jeep is also offering a new optional SafetyTec package on Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk models that includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and parking assist.

Additionally, the Cherokee’s forward collision warning system has been upgraded to help the driver better avoid low-speed crashes.

The Wrangler gets a new standard eight-speaker audio system, while the optional premium package relocates the subwoofer under the cargo floor for storage room. The 2015 Wrangler also comes with a new standard Torx tool kit.

The Freedom Edition and Willys Wheeler packages carry over from 2014. There’s also a new Rubicon Hard Rock edition that takes last year’s Rubicon X package and adds a nine-speaker premium audio system and new grille inserts.

Both the Cherokee and Wrangler are built only at Chrysler’s Toledo Assembly Complex.

Contact Tyrel Linkhorn at tlinkhorn@theblade.com or 419-724-6134 or on Twitter @BladeAutoWriter.

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