Cherokee SRT coming?

Allpar has been told that a Jeep Cherokee SRT is coming, using a hopped-up engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The car is likely to be an all wheel drive version, not surprising given potential traction and handling issues with front wheel drive.

So far, there is no word on which engine the Cherokee SRT would use; Maserati has its own 3-liter twin-turbo V6 pushing out over 400 horsepower, but that is likely too pricey for an SRT. A turbocharged 3-liter Pentastar V6 has long been on the planning books, with a single turbo guestimated at 375 horsepower and a twin turbo at 410.

The 2.4 turbo engine would likely beat 300 horsepower, but with the standard V6 coming in at nearly that level, it doesn’t seem practical for SRT. That could preclude making a Dart SRT with the same powertrain, but would simplify the creation of a next-generation Chrysler 200 SRT.

The Cherokee SRT would be unusual for its category, and could help to spread the word of the new vehicle. Cherokee is reportedly in production with front drive cars coming first, and Trail Rated 4x4s still to come.

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The Chrysler Journey

The current Dodge Journey form-factor is bound to move to Chrysler, according to Allpar sources, as Dodge moves to a rear wheel drive crossover — like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

A relatively inexpensive people-moving crossover will still be needed, and most likely, that will be Chrysler’s job. It won’t be based on the current Journey, whose design dates back quite a few years now.

Given current styling trends,

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Hellcat Charger-Challenger production soared in ’16


Final production numbers for the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat have been posted on the enthusiast website Assuming they are accurate, the production of the 707-horsepower Dodge cars nearly doubled from the 2015 model year.

FCA rocked the world when they introduced not one, but two 707-horsepower production cars with the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

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Allen Johnson re-ups with Marathon


Longtime Pro Stock Dodge driver Allen Johnson, cut off by Mopar at the end of the last season, has renewed his sponsorship deal with Marathon Oil for the 2017 NHRA drag racing season. It’s a natural fit: Johnson owns Greenville Oil and Petroleum, which has 37 Marathon-branded Quick Stop Markets.

The champion in 2012 and runner-up to Jeg Coughlin Jr. in 2013, Johnson is the only Dodge driver to have made it to a final round in the past two years.

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Challenger GT (AWD) hits the EPA

We may not know much about the upcoming all-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger GT, but we do know this: it will get 18 mpg city, 27 highway. The car is now listed in the database.

Those economy figures indicate that the AWD Challenger GT will have the Pentastar V6, since they’re the same on the V6 Charger. All wheel drive cuts about 1 mpg off city mileage and,

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Behind the rumors of “22 minute diesels”

German newspaper Bild am Sonntag claimed back in May that the German transport department, KBA, had discovered FCA was shutting off their diesel emissions controls after 22 minutes. That accusation was reportedly widely in worldwide media, but was never confirmed.

FCA’s chief technical officer, Harald Wester repeatedly denied the  “22 minute” charge in statements to the EU Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS):

Contrary to allegations,

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