by David Zatz • Posted on January 21st, 2013
A source has come in from the cold to tell Allpar that ordering is now open for the Ram 1500 Hemi with the eight-speed automatic, as well as the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2014 Jeep Compass, and 2014 Jeep Patriot.
The 2013 Ram 1500 Hemi with eight-speed automatic does not yet have an official gas-mileage estimate; with the six-speed, which is to continue production indefinitely, the truck is rated at 14 mpg city, 20 highway. In contrast, the standard V6 Ram, which comes with the eight-speed, is rated at 17 city, 25 highway; the Aero boosts that to 18/25, identical mileage as Chrysler minivans and the Dodge Journey. (All figures here are two wheel drive.)
With the eight-speed, the Ram Hemi is expected to get substantially better gas mileage; the Grand Cherokee went from 13/19 to 15/21 with a moderately different version of the V8 engine, an increase of 2 mpg across the board. Acceleration is also expected to increase, across the board.
The Compass and Patriot boast a new conventional automatic six-speed transmission (except with Freedom Drive II); Compass also has had a refresh for what appears to be its final year. Buyers who desire a Patriot will reportedly not have another chance to get one, as this is reputedly the last model-year for the Cherokee-profile front-drive/AWD crossover.
Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada.
Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....
Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.”
Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....
If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone.
The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone.
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