Supercharged Charger Hellcat

Yesterday, Glenn Paulina caught the SRT team in mule cars, testing the new supercharged 6.2-liter “Hellcat” V8.  At least one Dodge Charger was present, testing the 6.2 V8 engine, which due for a calendar-year 2014 launch in the 2015 Challenger, Charger, and possibly 300C.

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Allpar’s Danno wrote that, along with the high-powered engine, the next-generation Challenger will have a special lightweight hood, cutting weight a bit; there may be other weight-saving adjustments as well. This car will have a hefty price tag, but should still check in below equivalent Ford and Chevy cars, boasting similar or better performance with a much more livable cabin.

According to Danno, the Challenger’s lower front bumper has no less than three air intakes; on the outer edges, where the fog lights were, are intakes for the supercharger coolers. The supercharged Hemi makes a huge amount of noise, and as one would expect, gulps in a large amount of air; twin charge air coolers are set up to reduce the temperature of the incoming air.  Charger’s larger grille seems more amenable to the setup than Challenger’s, allowing Charger to keep its fog lights.

There is still development and durability work to do on the supercharged engine, but it appears that it’s proceeding well so far.

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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.

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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,

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FCA’s “22 minute” diesel defense

Harald Wester

After Volkswagen and Audi were found to have been deliberately violating emissions laws worldwide for over a decade, both Volkswagen and Germany started a hunt to validate their claim that “everyone does it.”

One result of this is a movement to have more practical tests that are harder to trick. Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche had set up their diesel engines with “test sniffing” software. Another result was the discovery that other automakers worked within the EU law by implementing rather severe “engine protection” software (which may be one reason Fiat never brought its popular small MultiJets to the US).

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Spy shot: is this the 2019 Ram?

Spy photographer Glenn Paulina wrote:

We may have just gotten a look at the face of the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup, thanks to new camera phone images snapped at a dealer meeting.

The Ram images were on a print-out posted on the wall, entitled “Ram Brand Lit Signatures.”  … it seems logical to assume that this Ram presentation also shows a truck that currently resides in the future product pipeline.

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