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Testing a Hurricane; next Cherokee?


According to Real Fast Fotography, which supplied the photo below, this Jeep Cherokee is busily testing the new Hurricane turbocharged four-cylinder engine, based on FCA’s “GME” engine series. A standard and turbocharged GME will replace the current “World Gas Engines,” as well as some Pentastar V6 engines.

The normal Cherokee’s headlamps appear to have been replaced by sensors, which also appear in a revised bumper.

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It’s official: US suing FCA

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit [full text] against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, accusing the company of bypassing emission controls through software. At issue are diesel engines, made by FCA subsidiary VM, used in the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee; Cummins-powered Rams were quickly cleared of any emissions issues.

FCA has denied culpability [full text],

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At last, the Demon price

Dodge has finally announced the complete pricing for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. When you factor in the gas guzzler tax, destination, the cost of the Demon Crate and both the front passenger and rear seats, the MSRP starts at $86,093. However, if all you care about is running 9.60s with a street legal, factory built muscle car, you can get into the Demon with everything that you need for the low price of $86,091.

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New 500L launched

2018 500L

Fiat has launched a new generation of the 500L, their answer to the Mini Clubman — a popular crossover in Europe, and a dismally poor seller in the United States and Canada. The company claims that 40% of all components are new.

The car now has a seven-inch UConnect stereo option, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto built in. Three models will be Urban, Cross, and Wagon.

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Updated: Engine recap

Analysis. A great deal has happened since the last time we looked at the future of FCA US engines — mostly, we have learned about the new straight six.

The GSE four-cylinders, already being produced for Fiat, will replace FCA engines under around two liters in displacement, adding efficiency and drivability.

The GME four-cylinders, replacing the current 2.0 and 2.4,

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Mopar dominates Funny Car, sets records

Ron Capps picked up his fourth consecutive win today, beating Matt Hagan to the finish line by 30 feet in the Funny Car finals at the NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka, Kansas.

Capps has now accumulated 748 points, 119 more than runner-up Hagan and 224 more than his closest non-Dodge competitor, John Force.

Capps’ latest Wally is the seventh for Dodge and the third time for an all-Dodge final round in the eight events run so far in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello drag racing season.

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Ram ad salutes veterans


For Armed Forces Day today, Ram is saluting veterans in a 30-second television ad, dubbed “Airplane Rescue” — featuring a veteran who is playing a veteran.

Debuting during NBC’s Preakness coverage, it tells the story of a WWII veteran driving with his grandson when they come across an airplane “graveyard.” After they find the plane the the grandfather flew in the war, the grandson tows it away and restores it for his grandfather.

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Ram 1500 diesel may return for 2017

Today, FCA US announced that it has filed an application to have its VM diesel-equipped Ram and Grand Cherokee certified for sale in the United States.

The 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel’s certification had been revoked after on-road testing by third parties. These tests showed that unauthorized software was shutting down the emissions controls in real-world driving, but not in lab testing.  While there was no outright “cheat,” as in the Volkswagen-Audi setup that specifically detected lab tests, 

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Dodge Demon

2018 Wrangler JL

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