The New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) has named the 2022 Jeep® Grand Wagoneer (WS) the “Official Winter SUV of New England” and the 2022 Ram 1500 (DT) the “Official Winter Pickup Truck of New England”. Both are huge wins from the automotive press in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
During the months of November through March, NEMPA journalists put numerous manufacturers’ vehicles to the ultimate test in New England’s harsh winter weather. Winners emerge at a one-day testing and scoring event at NEMPA headquarters in Middleborough, Massachusetts.
“The Grand Wagoneer sets the new standard for luxury SUVs,” said John Paul, President, New England Motor Press Association. “It has everything required to take on the road less traveled with up to 510 horsepower and the ability to tow up to 9,850 lbs. while surrounding its passengers in luxury.”
The win comes as the Grand Wagoneer makes its first appearance in the NEMPA Winter Driving Competition, resulting in a big win for the brand. Combining these attributes with strong SUV credentials, Grand Wagoneer builds on the original premium SUV by defining the next generation of an American icon.
“The Ram 1500 prevailed in the hard-fought pickup truck category with its five engine choices, including a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI®, two mild-hybrid versions, and available four-corner air suspension that not only smooths out the ride but helps improve fuel economy”, stated Paul.
The Ram 1500 features up to 12,750 lbs. of towing capability and 2,300 lbs. of payload. The eTorque 48-volt mild-hybrid system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V6 (standard) and V8 configurations. The Ram 1500 Laramie G/T and Ram 1500 Rebel G/T further solidify the Ram Truck brand as North America’s off-road and performance truck leader with unique technology and performance straight from the factory.
“In the midsize SUV competition, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee L was an instant winner with an available third row and seating for up to seven, plus the ability to handle the toughest off-road situations. And the legendary Jeep Wrangler proved once again that it’s tough enough to win the compact SUV category,” Paul explained.
The Grand Cherokee L debuted in 2021 to meet the growing needs of Jeep customers who have asked for more space and functionality. Designed to maximize overall passenger comfort, the Grand Cherokee L delivers uncompromised third-row capacity and increased cargo volume with seating for up to seven passengers.
The iconic Jeep Wrangler, the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world, delivers unmatched off-road capability and is produced with more than eight decades of 4×4 engineering experience. Powertrain options range from a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, to a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine, and a 6.4-liter HEMI V8. For those looking for more efficiency, the first-ever electrified Wrangler Unlimited 4xe uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and a high-voltage battery pack to deliver 21 miles of all-electric range and 49 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).