Off-Roading

Jeep launches revised Badge of Honor mobile app, adds 7 trails to program

The Jeep Gladiator is one of the more capable Jeep models and can conquer most Badge of Honor trails in the U.S.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Jeep is expanding its popular Badge of Honor program for off-roading enthusiasts with a new mobile app and expanded list of trails. The program was first created in 2013 and provides enthusiasts the opportunity to add badges with depictions of the trail they conquered to their model.

"We created the Badge of Honor program as a fun way to interact with our loyal off-road Jeep enthusiasts, allowing them to do what they love most and earn unique trail badges for their vehicles," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America.

"The program has really taken off and we often see Jeep vehicles with many different badges that represent conquered trails around the country. With continued program interest, we've expanded the Badge of Honor mobile app with many new features our customers will enjoy."

2020 Jeep Wrangler The badges help to complete a custom look for your Jeep SUV or truck. Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The fresh app includes seven new trails, trail check-in, and physical badge requests. It also has the ability to help users locate Badge of Honor trails, get directions, and see detailed trail information and highlights (including difficulty ratings). There is also the ability to upload and share photos from trail adventures to share within the Badge of Honor community.

Additionally, Jeep has added features based directly on feedback from users of the app. You can now suggest a trail, see new trails, have enhanced engagement with the Badge of Honor community, get information on Jeep brand events, share Badge of Honor accomplishments on social media, and created a detailed user profile which allows users to share personal Jeep information including modifications.

The list of 56 trails includes seven new ones including Northwest OHV Park in Texas, Tread Lightly! Four Wheel Drive Way in Florida and Bearwallow in West Virginia.

Jeep owners who are new to off-roading can take advantage of the app's Off-Roading 1010 section, which gives helpful hints and tips for those starting out on the Badge of Honor journey.

The Badge of Honor app is available now in the Apple App Store and via Google Play.

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Larger tires headline the upgrades.

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The off-road wars are heating up. This year alone, we've seen the new Ford Bronco, Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck, new off-road models of the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and Chevrolet Silverado, and more rugged versions of the Subaru Outback and Forester. Jeep, already deep in the game, doesn't need to do much to bolster its off-road offering, but the brand is doing just that for 2022. The automaker is offering a new Xtreme Recon Package for the Wrangler Willys SUV, which brings more capability and style to the boxy off-roader.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package The package can be ordered for Wrangler Willys models later this year. Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package

Beyond beefy 35-inch tires tires, the Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gets a 1.5-inch factory lift, a 4.56:1 axle ratio, 17-inch wheels and swing gate reinforcement. Jeep says those improvements give the Willys best-in-class approach and departure angles, ground clearance, and water fording capability. Approach angle improves to 47.4 degrees, breakover angle improves to 26.7 degrees, and departure angle jumps to 40.4 degrees. The extra ride height also pushes ground clearance to 12.9 inches and the water fording depth to 33.6 inches.

The package's 35-inch tires make the Willys Jeep's third Wrangler model with hardcore rolling stock. It joins the Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon 392 in the 35-inch club, all of which can be equipped with the tires directly from the factory.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package A factory lift helps improve ground clearance and capability.Jeep

The Xtreme Recon Package can be ordered starting in October and will be available for the Jeep Wrangler Willys with 3.6-liter eTorque engine. The package adds $3,995 to the Wrangler Willys' price tag, which brings the total starting price to $40,930, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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Biden will target 50 percent of all vehicle sales for EVs by 2030.

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In the last several months, we've seen automakers from all corners of the globe commit to some degree of electrification by the end of the decade and beyond. That includes the American Big Three: Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Stellantis (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, others). Today, President Joe Biden plans to throw his weight behind these efforts by signing an executive order that sets a goal of pushing the sales of zero-emissions vehicles to half of all vehicle sales in the U.S. by 2030.

Biden's target is not legally binding, but the industry is already jumping on board. In a joint statement, Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis confirmed that they aim to hit an EV sales volume of 40-50 percent annually. It's worth noting that the President's 50 percent goal and the automakers' sales targets also include plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use a traditional gasoline engine.


Jeep PHEV The target also includes plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use gas engines.Jeep


Auto unions and dealers are not opposed to the ambitious roadmaps laid out by the Big Three, but both have differing views on what is essential and how things will ultimately play out. While aware of the goals, the UAW is focused on wage growth and the preservation of jobs and benefits. It feels that an increase in EV production volume must happen here in the U.S. to include good-paying American union jobs.

Dealers, to a degree, are supportive of the goals but skeptical of their ultimate success. Some feel that electric vehicles do not present the earth-shattering shift in functionality and usability that other new products, such as smartphones, did in different industries. Regardless of concerns and skepticism, it appears that automakers are going all-in on the shift to electrification, so we're bound to see a wealth of new battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the next few years.


GM battery facility rendering Automakers are pledging billions to increase EV and PHEV production volume.GM

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