Jeep® Gladiator Adds Black-Accented Altitude Model

Jeep® is expanding its 2020 Gladiator truck lineup with the dark, handsome new Altitude trim.

The Jeep® Gladiator Altitude sports a blacked-out interior and gloss black exterior accents. The Altitude rides on 18-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels and all-terrain tires. Under the hood, it carries a 3.6-liter V6 engine with variable valve timing and an eight-speed automatic transmission, similar to the Gladiator’s other 4×4 trims.

Other comfort- and convenience-driven features on the Altitude include an available heated steering wheel, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ for integrating your smart device with the Uconnect® infotainment system touch screen, and SiriusXM® services such as Guardian™ Connected Services, Traffic Plus™, and Travel Link. 

The Gladiator Altitude trim offers available active safety tech like Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, Blind-Spot and Cross-Path Detection, and a ParkSense® Rear Park-Assist System. You can also get available Trailer Hitch Zoom, Adaptive Cruise Control, and other tech that makes towing, hauling, and long-distance driving easier than ever.

“Our Jeep® Gladiator Altitude model is a direct response to customers who ask for a ‘blacked-out’ look directly from the factory. The Jeep® Altitude models continue to resonate with customers, and adding Gladiator completes this lineup,” said Jim Morrison, head of Jeep® Brand – FCA North America.

The 2020 Jeep® Gladiator Altitude is available now to order, and we’ll be glad to help you out with that here at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Owego, New York.

Ram Power Wagon and Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon Win Gold Winch Awards

The Fast Lane Truck recently gave the 2020 Gold Winch awards to the Ram Power Wagon and Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon. Each of these pickup trucks outperformed competitors in grueling tests throughout Colorado and showcased their impressive off-road capabilities.

TFLtruck named the 2020 Ram Power Wagon the Best Heavy Duty Off-Road truck of the year for its variety of trim offerings, impressive suspension and adventure-ready equipment. The truck features 17-inch machined-face aluminum wheels, locking front and rear differentials, a disconnecting front sway bar and a 2-inch factory lift. It even comes with a 12,000-pound winch to help you clear the path of large logs or rocks.

The 2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon earned praise for the top-down doors-off driving experience it offers along with its powerful performance. As the Best Mid-size Off-Road truck of the year, this model doesn’t disappoint. The truck features rock rails, electronic locking differentials and the Rock-Trac® 4×4 system to help you handle rough terrains. Plus, its 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Both the 2020 Ram Power Wagon and 2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon make for fun drives on and off the road. Learn more about the features that make these trucks deserving of Gold Winch awards when you contact us at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Owego, New York.

Prep Your Car for Summer with These Emergency Items

Is your vehicle safely equipped for a breakdown or other roadside emergency? With the change in seasons, now is the perfect time to assess your readiness and stock the items you’ll need to handle summer misfortunes behind the wheel.

Hydration preparation

Make sure you keep your vehicle stocked with plenty of water — especially during the warmer months. That way, you and your passengers won’t run the risk of dehydration if you get stranded on a hot day. Prepare for a summer car emergency by stashing some bottled water in the trunk or buying emergency water pouches for the glove compartment.

Protection from the sun

Take steps now to limit your exposure to the sun if you get stuck on the side of the road. If you have to stay inside the vehicle, sun shades for the windows and windshield are essential. You may also want to consider purchasing a pop-up sun shelter for outside the vehicle. If there’s a first-aid kit in your car (and there should be), make sure it’s stocked with sunscreen.

Other essential emergency tools

Keeping the right tools on hand will make your summer emergency much less stressful. For flats or blowouts, make sure you have a car jack, lug wrench, and inflated spare tire. A portable charger can keep a dead battery from ruining your day. You should also have warning devices like flares or safety triangles so other drivers can more easily see your stranded vehicle.

Even if you’re prepared for a summer car emergency, keeping up with regular maintenance can help you avoid one altogether. If your vehicle is due for service, contact our service department here at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Owego, New York.

Tips for Sanitizing Your Car

Recent world events have made it more important than ever to keep a clean environment. Frequent drivers may be especially concerned about their cars. To help, these are a few tips for sanitizing your car.

Use disposable gloves

If you think your car needs to be sanitized for the sake of your health, then you ought to wear gloves in the process. Use disposable gloves — not reusable ones — to protect your hands while you pick up trash and apply cleaning chemicals to the surfaces of your car. When you’re done, peel them off your hands — turning them inside out — and immediately wash your hands.

Clean high-touch surfaces

The areas of your car most in need of sanitizing tend to be the ones that you and your passengers touch the most. Focus on the steering wheel, shifter knob, door buttons, audio, and climate controls as well as the infotainment touch screen. Use disinfecting wipes to avoid damaging the electronics, and stay away from ammonia-based cleaning products when cleaning the touch screen, as these can damage its anti-glare coating.

Clean fabrics

Soft surfaces, particularly the carpet, headliner and fabric seats, are very good at absorbing germs. You’ll want to use the cleaning solution that’s appropriate for each of these surfaces, such as upholstery shampoo, leather cleaner or vehicle carpet cleaner. Bleach-free sprays and wipes should also do the trick. If you use a non-leather cleaner for your leather seats, make sure to use a conditioner afterward to prevent cracking. Don’t forget to clean the back of the seats as well. When your second-row passengers cough or sneeze, that’s where it all goes.

Kevin’s Royal Auto hopes these tips for sanitizing your car are helpful during these difficult times!

Deluxe Jeep® High Altitude Trim Comes to Wrangler and Gladiator

Jeep® is known far and wide for its rugged, trail-ready trucks and exciting SUVs, and now you can add premium touches and sophisticated details to the list. At the recent Chicago Auto Show, the ultra-luxurious Jeep® High Altitude trim was unveiled for both the Wrangler and Gladiator.

The High Altitude versions of the Gladiator and Wrangler come with a bevy of exterior and interior upgrades. On the outside, you can outfit your vehicle of choice with 20-inch painted gloss-black aluminum wheels, matching body-color hardtops, door handles, bumpers, and more. You’ll also stand out wherever you go thanks to the exclusive Trail Rated® badge.

Inside, you’ll find yourself swaddled in luxury thanks to standard full-leather appointments like a leather-wrapped dashboard and center console, Nappa leather seating, and an available leather-wrapped steering wheel. You’ll also enjoy a standard suite of infotainment and connectivity features.

“We’ve taken the most capable SUV and midsize pickup on the planet and delivered a pair of truly unique vehicles, inside and out, so there’s clearly no compromise between luxury and capability,” said Jim Morrison, head of Jeep® Brand – FCA North America.

To get behind the wheel of the highly-sophisticated Jeep® Wrangler High Altitude or the Gladiator High Altitude, stop in at Kevin’s Royal Auto and take one out for a spin.