Official Charger Daytona release

Dodge has officially released the 2013 Dodge Charger Daytona. As with every Charger Daytona made after 1971, it is essentially a cosmetic package with other minor tweaks.

On Friday, we posted Mopar392’s report that the new car would be based on the Dodge Charger R/T Road & Track edition, with the Super Bee’s blacked-out hood; the Charger Juiced’s lower chin spoiler; and a blackout treatment on the roof, spoiler, and front grille. The first batch will come out in Daytona Blue, with later models sold in bright white, billet silver, and black; only 2,500 will be made for model-year 2013.

Missing from our early report were the higher-performance 3.06 rear axle ratio, high-speed engine controller, paddle shifters with sport mode, and performance steering and suspension. The interior has dark brushed aluminum trim surrounds.

The only information released by Chrysler in addition to our early report is the interior, which, as shown in the photo, has black seats (leather with Road & Track, cloth with R/T) with Daytona Blue accents and stitching, with a dashboard plaque, Mopar pedal kit, and Beats audio (ten speakers, 552 watts). The cost is $2,500 above the R/T Road & Track, or $2,995 above the R/T (we did not know that one version would be based on the Charger R/T in our original report). Thus, the Daytona will be  $32,990 for the R/T and $36,495 for the R/T Road & Track (plus $995 shipping in the continental United States).

The original Dodge Charger Daytona was a short run of cars built solely to allow Dodge to put an aerodynamics kit on their Charger for NASCAR racing; they set speed records of over 200 mph, and came with a choice of the 440 V-8 or the ultimate muscle car engine, the 426 Hemi. Since that model was dropped, the name has periodically been used for lightly modified Chargers, including the pictured (above) 2006 model and a version of the late-1970s Dodge Charger SE which was visually similar to the Chrysler Cordoba.  There was also a series of front wheel drive cars simply called the Dodge Daytona, and a more recent Ram Daytona pickup.

Before Chrysler set the release, artist Susan Rand predicted the look of the car — see if you can tell which photo is the real Chrysler press image, and which is Susan’s prediction, without reading the captions.

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Rendering the Grand Cherokee

DarkSky envisioned a somewhat Range Rover-influenced 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, keeping roughly the same body shape but altering the front. This design makes the front end both more conventional and more aggressive, while separating it from the Cherokee and Compass alike.

This goes along, somewhat, with the photos recently seen on a Jeep display, assumed by many to be a Wagoneer — but most likely, a styling direction not taken for the current generation Grand Cherokees.

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Where are Wranglers sold?

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The Jeep Wrangler is an American staple, but it’s sold around the world. Recently, as part of a recall, FCA revealed the sales distribution of the 2016-17 Wrangler.

The great bulk of vehicles — 182,743 — were sold or distributed to the United States. Around 10% of those, 18,011, were in Canada. Accounting for around 20% of the Canadian number were 3,087 in Mexico. Finally, 20,948 were sold outside North America — a bit over 10%.

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Which Rams and Jeeps will we see?

The last few days have brought numerous photos to the fore; but which will we see?

The big truck-based Wagoneer, so far as it’s based on the photos above, seems least likely, at least in that form. Looking at it after the two images were set to the same scale, you can see that the “new Jeep” is likely a design study for the Grand Cherokee — either the next or current generation.

Read the full story: Which Rams and Jeeps will we see?  »

The Renegade-influenced Wrangler

Reddit member “arcsreddit” recently shared this photo of a Renegade-fronted Jeep Wrangler was photographed, in part-size clay-model form (which looks incredibly real).  While it’s hard to criticize on its appearance, it could send the wrong message — that the Wrangler has been “Renegaded” and lost capability.

Sources have told us that the next Wrangler will be as capable as the current one, if not more so;

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Could we see a Chrysler SUV?

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With the Warren plant soon to be emptied of mainstream Ram production, FCA will be able to create derivatives of the popular pickups without fear of disrupting production. The question is, will they do it? If so, what will we see?

There has already been some speculation about whether the Jeep Grand Wagoneer would be based on the Grand Cherokee, as statements from Mike Manley would lead us to believe,

Read the full story: Could we see a Chrysler SUV?  »

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