The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT will get a minor power boost to match the Challenger and Charger — going up to 475 hp. So far, there is no Hellcat, and while it was reportedly considered, Allpar finds it unlikely that the 707 horsepower beast will make it into the luxoJeep.
All prices in this article including a $995 destination charge. Hawaii residents have a $1,045 destination charge.
In addition to the power boost, a new Red Vapor Special will be available to Grand Cherokee SRT buyers (and, despite some odd speculation by other publications, yes, the name will remain Grand Cherokee SRT.) Grand Cherokee Summit buyers will also find un-named “enhancements” to the top of the line model, which will start at $49,590 without all wheel drive. (The base Laredo runs $30,590, in rear wheel drive form. The SRT makes even Summit look inexpensive, with a price tag of $65,390.)
Wrangler has stereo improvements and a new, optional “black steel” 31 inch wheel setup. It starts at $23,590 for Sport (two-door), and runs up to $36,190 for Rubicon Unlimited. Generally, moving from the two-door to the extended-wheelbase four-door Unlimited adds $4,000 to the price.
All Wranglers now have a 4×4 setup, and mail carriers (and presumably anyone else who likes the steering wheel on the “wrong” side) can opt for a right-hand-drive Sport Unlimited at $36,190. That’s around $5,000 more than the usual Sport Unlimited.
Cherokee adds a backup camera and automatic headlights to Latitude and Trailhawk models. It will start at $23,990 for the Sport FWD and run up to $31,190 for the Limited AWD; AWD adds $2,000 to the price. Trailhawk is the only model with skid plates and is the base model for those who really intend to go off-road, beyond gravel and dirt roads.
Compass and Patriot Latitude gain a navigation system option, but remain otherwise unchanged as they soldier on. The little Jeeps, made in the same plant as the Dodge Dart, start at $17,490 for the Patriot Sport FWD and end at $28,990 for the Compass Limited AWD. Generally, AWD adds $2,000 to the price, and Patriot is $1,500 to $2,300 cheaper than equivalent-level Compass, though it has more space and looks “more like a Jeep.”
For 2015, Chrysler will add new minivans to both the top and the bottom of the price charts.
A new Limited Platinum actually lowers the top starting price of Chrysler minivans to $40,990, including destination. It includes everything in the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country Limited, but adds a power folding third row seat and the power sunroof — at less than the price of the 2014 Limited.
At the bottom end, the LX (late availability) will match the Caravan R/T’s starting price of $30,990. The Touring, S, and Touring-L continue essentially unchanged, at $31,760, $33,990, and $35,460, respectively (including destination).
Dodge Caravan starts at $21,890. The Chrysler models come with many features standard, and more elaborate interior and exterior styling. Both share a six-speed automatic and 3.6 liter V6 gasoline engine.
The Dodge Caravan will remain the most affordable three-row minivan in America for 2015, with a starting price of $21,890 (including destination charge). That’s for the American Value Package, a setup derived from the popular Canadian Value Package.
The “normal base” SE starts at around $3,000 more, with the well-equipped SXT coming in at $27,990. The sport Dodge Caravan R/T, set up for better cornering and a snazzier look, tops the charts at $30,990.
The Grand Caravan is both the best selling minivan in America so far this year, and the fastest-growing, with sales up by 12%. For 2015, the R/T will get standard 17-inch polished aluminum wheels with gloss black pockets, all minivans will have standard daytime running lights, and there will be two new packages on SE and SXT. Both include Blacktop and UConnect Hands-Free; one adds a power driver’s seat ($995) and the other, the power window group ($1,195).
Timing for the new “RU” series minivans is uncertain, with a factory closure late in 2014 indicating an early 2015 launch, but Sergio Marchionne most recently projecting new minivans for early 2016. Some sources have said that the current Caravan will continue for one or two years afterwards, while a full-size crossover is being designed and tested.
Chrysler Town & Country starts where Dodge Caravan ends, with the base LX at $30,990.
The Dodge Dart is getting some minor upgrades for 2015, according to Allpar sources. An SE package (air conditioning and power equipment) will run $775. The SXT will get a new 16 inch aluminum wheel at the same price. Late in the run, buyers can get a black with red cloth interior on Blacktops; and there will be three new colors, “Laser Blue,” “Vitamin C,” and “Passion Red.” The latter may also come late.
For 2015, Dart SE will start at $17,490; the top end Limited runs $23,990. The high-mileage Aero runs $20,990 and the higher-performance GT runs $21,990.
Allpar sources say that the Alfa Romeo 4C, a high-tech, low-weight sports car using a carbon fiber unibody, will be sold in the United States with a starting price of $69,695 for the Launch Edition and $55,195 for the regular coupe. Only 500 Launch editions will be sold, each with a unique serial number.
There is a single powertrain for the car, a 1.8 liter, direct-injected, turbocharged four-cylinder coupled to a twin-clutch transmission. Powertrain and chassis controls can be switched to different levels of performance.
Many changes were needed for American sale, to conform to local rules.
The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C is the first new car from the brand, known in Europe for performance and in the United States for being found on the sides of roads in the 1970s and 1980s. Quality control is far higher today, and the future Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans on investing a great deal of time and money to firmly establish Alfa Romeo as a credible worldwide sport-luxury brand. The 4C is the first in a line of new Alfas. (“Alfa” is not a mis-spelling of Alpha, but an acronym.)
Wednesday is the last day for Fiat S.p.A. shareholders to exercise the exit rights they received in the merger of Fiat and Chrysler Group into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, N.V.
Shareholders voting against the merger, which was approved on August first, are entitled to a buyout of €7.727 ($10.23) per share but they must have exercised that option by sending a registered letter postmarked no later than August 20.
About 84% of Fiat S.p.A. shareholders voted in favor of the merger.
In the merger agreement, there is a cap of €500 million ($661.4 million) on payments for the cash exit options. Should the amount of shares sold back to the company total more than the cap, the merger agreement will be null and void.
Fiat estimates that it will be the first week in September before it is known how many shareholders exercised their rights and if the merger agreement will move forward.
Fiat S.p.A. stock is currently trading at €7.18 ($9.54) per share on the Milan Exchange. The stock fell as low as €6.26 ($8.32) immediately following the merger vote but has recovered and was trading above the option value as recently as the 18th of this month.
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