Mopar’s first PHEV wins Ward’s

The powertrain of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, unimaginatively dubbed the “Pentastar eHybrid,” has hit the Ward’s Ten Best Engines list for 2018 — the second time it’s made the cut in its two years of life.

The plug-in hybrid propulsion system makes the Pacifica Hybrid the most efficient minivan ever, with a US rating of 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe) in combined testing. Its electric-only range is 33 miles,

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Windsor, AWD, and the mysterious CUV

portal - journey crossover replacement

The Dodge Grand Caravan is still in production, riding with the same body it’s had with 2011, save some incremental changes here and there, to satisfy demand for a good cheap minivan. Most people don’t expect it to last past the 2019 model year, though, when its place on the line will be taken by a new Chrysler crossover.

That new crossover, whether it’s called Atlantic,

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How’s ProMaster doing?

The Ram ProMaster hit American shores some time after most expected it to, because the Ram team took a good hard look at it and said, “This won’t do.”

Two years later, with a beefed up suspension capable of handling American roads, and higher capacities for American loads, the front wheel drive commercial van went on the market. The US van world had changed, though: no longer was the only serious competitor Mercedes’ overpriced Sprinter.  

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Jeep Grand Commander?

Jeep K8

Back in April, Allpar’s Mike Volkmann showed images of a new Jeep for China, a seven-passenger crossover that started out as an extended-length Cherokee but seems to have moved on from there.

The crossover matched by the Jeep K8 and Yuntu, and new patent sketches reveal essentially the same vehicle Michael shared with us back in April. The name won’t be Yuntu, though;

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Here’s what the 2018 Wrangler JL will cost

With the official announcement of 2018 Wrangler JL prices, we have discovered that, setting aside changes to standard features, getting into a new Wrangler JL will cost around $3,000 more than the Wrangler JK — regardless of the chosen trim line and body type.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Pricing

We will have to wait a while for the 2018 JL Wrangler to reach the “Build Your Own” portion of,

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Aussies go for Mopar squads

The deal we’ve been watching is official now — Australia’s Motoring has confirmed that the New South Wales police will adopt a fleet of Chrysler 300 SRTs, with the big 392 V8 engines. The state’s new cars will be specially outfitted for the police, likely using technology from Dodge.

The cars are replacing Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores (from GM), because local production of Ford and Holden cars has ended.

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Compass’ loose nuts

2017 Jeep Compass

Jeep has issued its third recall for the new Jeep Compass, affecting 27,000 cars in the US and an unspecified number elsewhere. A relatively small number of Compasses have loose passenger-side airbag inflator mounting nuts within an assembly — not loose as in “not tightened properly,” but loose as in “extra nut just rattling around.”

The airbag assemblies were all built from August 28 to October 21,

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Another alternator recall

Allpar readers may recall a recent recall of V6-powered cars which may have bad alternators. There seems to be a second one out now, covering 17,116 Dodge Challengers and  Chargers, Chrysler 300s, and Jeep Grand Cherokees, all of them 2014s with the V6 engine and 160-amp alternator, and also because the alternator may fail. If that happens, and the driver doesn’t notice any warnings, eventually the battery will run dry and the engine will stall.

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