Even as Jeep Wrangler steps up to a five-speed, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee will come with a six-speed automatic, most likely the 65RFE, according to source MooseEater. In addition, Jeep will switch to an electro-hydraulic power steering system on V6 models, cutting weight and parasitic engine losses.
Grand Cherokee Overland will, late in the model year, get new 20 inch polished wheels (optional), while some Laredo models will get 18 inch polished aluminum wheels (optional). Jeep will also change the various option packages, adding an 18″ tire-and-wheel delete to Laredo X, separating some options on some models, and changing wheel designs.
The Grand Cherokee SRT8, already announced, will also be available. Chrysler claims a 0-60 of 4.8 seconds, mid-13 quarter miles, and an estimated 13% increase in gas mileage over the prior Jeep SRT8 despite a boost to 465 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. New Pirelli 295/45ZR-20 tires deliver skidpad results of up to 0.9 g, and buyers will be able to get a luxury package similar to Overland.
The Wrangler itself will move the premium 18 inch Anniversary Model wheels to a free-standing option on Sahara; and add a Max Tow package including the 3.73 axle, hitch, and wiring.
The 2012 Compass and Patriot expand the popular North All Season Group to FWD models, and make remote start available with the off-road CVT. The Patriot also adds fog lamps to the North group.
Liberty continues with package and feature modifications.
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]
Rumors from Windsor suggested first that the current “RT” minivan body would continue for some years alongside the new “RU,” and then that it would be dropped as soon as the new designs came out — in Chrysler form only. Sergio Marchionne has thrown some fuel onto the speculative fire, commenting today in Detroit that: Where is Reid [Bigland]? If it [...]
Today, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne implied that the odds were against the Toledo plant keeping Jeep Wrangler production, despite a recent land purchase and the city’s long history with Jeep in general and CJ and Wrangler in particular. He did say that, if Wrangler was to find a new home, new product would be moved to the plant: … if the economic [...]
While it’s not on the official charts, we still expect a new Chrysler Town & Country to appear in calendar-year 2015, though it may not hit dealers until 2016. The Windsor plant is already being expanded and pilots are expected to start rolling off the line midyear. Chrysler’s five year plan shows a few launches for 2015: Refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee (we [...]
With Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats just starting to reach owners, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing them hit the track in attempts to see what they can do in the hands of the public. Edinburg Raceway, in Texas, is working with a local Dodge dealer (Burns) and two Dodge Challenger Hellcat owners to try to [...]