Stellantis (FCA US, LLC) had a lot to celebrate at the 2022 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. SEMA exhibitors voted for the top trend-setting vehicles that represent the best business opportunities in the automotive aftermarket.
Ultimately, the Dodge, Jeep®, and Ram brands earned top honors for four of its vehicles.
SEMA Car of the Year – Dodge Challenger –
The 2023 Dodge Challenger still holds the title of the world’s quickest, fastest, and most powerful muscle car. The 807-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock continues to outperform the competition in the modern horsepower wars. From the most powerful and fastest muscle car, the SRT Super Stock, to the 303-horsepower V-6 efficiency and class-exclusive all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability on SXT and GT models, the Challenger meets the wants and needs of a wide range of Dodge performance enthusiasts.
SEMA 4×4/SUV of the Year – Jeep Wrangler –
The iconic Jeep Wrangler – the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world – delivers unmatched off-road capability and is produced with more than 80 years of 4×4 engineering experience. The Wrangler has one of the most diverse powertrain lineups in the automotive sector. There 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine, a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine (which will end production in January), a 6.4-liter HEMI V8, and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) 4xe model.
Wrangler continues to offer a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, solid axles, and electronic lockers and is one of the few midsize SUVs to offer a 6-speed manual transmission in addition to its available 8-speed automatic.
SEMA Mid-Size Truck of the Year – Jeep Gladiator –
The Jeep Gladiator, engineered from the ground up to be the most off-road capable Jeep truck ever, builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality, and versatility. Powertrain options include a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with engine stop-start (ESS) and a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine with ESS.
Equipped with a versatile box, a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, solid axles, and electronic lockers, Gladiator is one of the few midsize trucks to offer a 6-speed manual transmission in addition to its available 8-speed automatic. Gladiator is built to handle the demands of an active lifestyle while delivering an open-air driving experience in a design that is unmistakably Jeep.
SEMA Full-Size Truck of the Year – Ram 1500/2500/3500 –
In 2009, the Ram brand launched as a stand-alone division focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks, the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, and 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go.
“With four prestigious SEMA awards, it’s clear that Stellantis is supportive and dedicated to the specialty-equipment market,” said Mike Spagnola, President & CEO, of SEMA. “Voted on by the SEMA community, the awards validate that Stellantis is hitting the mark with the aftermarket.”
The SEMA awards, launched in 2010, are the show’s definitive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) honors, shining a light on the hottest, trend-setting vehicles that showcase and launch aftermarket parts.