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Grand Cherokee predictions vs reality

Based on tips from oh2o and other sources, Allpar made some predictions for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which has now been officially unveiled.

What we got right:

  • New front fascia and tailgate, mildly modified interior
  • The same engines with the new eight-speed automatic
  • Better gas mileage and better acceleration on both V6 and Hemi
  • “E-shifter” rather than Ram-like shift knob
  • All models get LED daytime running lights and tail lamps.
  • One VM Motori diesel, named EcoDiesel (240 hp, 30 mpg)
  • Similar towing (it went up just 200 lb, with the diesel)
  • New grille
  • UConnect Access (second generation) with both five and 8.4 inch touch screens

What we got wrong was fairly mild:

  • Slight power boosts (4 hp for V6 and 5 hp for V8)
  • “Possibly a stop-start system” — this did not happen

Overall, thanks to oh2o and other sources, this was a fine set of predictions.

New fours coming

Recently, Ralph Gilles commented that a new family of four-cylinder engines was coming to Chrysler in around eighteen months— just in time…

Chrysler plant cut energy use, got $1mm

Belvidere Assembly

Nicor Gas gave Chrysler’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois a rebate check for $1.3 million, the result of savings from three projects…

Dodge and Mötley Crüe kick off “Chance to be Bad”

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Dodge is kicking off the “Dodge Chance to Be Bad Giveaway” to tie in with its sponsorship of rock band Mötley Crüe’s…

V6: direct injection, turbos?

According to Allpar sources, Chrysler has resumed work on its original plans for the Pentastar V6 engine series: direct injection and forced…

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