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.
Some time ago, Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat Chrysler, said that the only way to reboot Alfa Romeo would be by amortizing engineering costs with Dodge. That’s gone down the memory hole, now. It had to. The Alfisti will have fitsies if they overtly share with Chrysler. The D-RWD platform is now Giorgio, an Italian name for something developed largely in Auburn [...]
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, [...]
We may have the first clear 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan spy shots, adding to a small “phone pic” shot posted some time ago. The vehicle, parked with the Chrysler Technical Center in sight, has camouflage and padding, but you can clearly see the openings for the side and front door handles. The photo gives some idea of the relatively length [...]
This year’s winners of the prestigious Ward’s Top Ten were (in alphabetical order) the BMW 5-series electric motor, the Corvette Stingray’s 6.2 liter V8, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat V8, the Ford Fiesta three-cylinder, one-liter turbo, Hyundai Tuscon fuel cell vehicle, Mini Cooper 1.5 turbo three cylinder, the Ram 3-liter VM diesel, Subaru WRX four-cylinder turbo, VW Golf 1.8 liter [...]
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has long expressed his desire to slash the number of Fiat and Chrysler platforms, emulating Volkswagen’s “back to the future” move of putting just about everything onto a single platform. Mr. Marchionne has allowed major exceptions; the combination of an over-ambitious plan and a grip on reality delayed the Jeep Renegade and some other cars, because the [...]