Unofficial sources within Chrysler have told Allpar that the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, in Trailhawk form, will have full-strength skid plates and a taller stance for greater ground clearance. The Traihawk has been videotaped in Moab and tested extensively at Chrysler’s off-road courses, which were carefully engineered to match key offroad conditions and are constantly maintained to retain their form. Insiders are enthusiastic about its offroad performance, especially given its origins.
Source oh2o also confirmed that the Cherokee would have a fold-flat front passenger seat, to allow for carrying very long objects.
In related news, the Jefferson North plant is reportedly running seven days a week to meet demand for Grand Cherokees, after heightened quality standards and issues with the new PowerNet system and other 2014 upgrades resulted in lost output. 2014 Grand Cherokees with Hemi engines and eight-speed automatics have started to appear at dealerships, though full availability is weeks or months away.
Allpar’s informal sources have agreed that there are plans for a new Dodge Viper ACR, debuting for the 2016 model year, possibly replacing the current TA (Time Attack) model. Artist suzq044 provided the following rendering, which uses SRT’s trademark black wheels and a Dodge concept-car semi-rendering. The Viper ACR may have a mild power boost, but will be mainly a suspension and/or airflow upgrade, to increase track [...]
Dodge has released pricing for the full Charger lineup, starting with the V6/eight-speed Dodge Charger SE at $28,990 (all prices include $995 destination for the “49 states”). Charger was thoroughly renovated for the 2015 model year, with a new look, suspension and electronics revisions, a standard eight-speed automatic for ever engine, and other upgrades. The top Charger, the SRT Hellcat, has [...]
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler may leave its historic steel body-on-frame construction and Toledo plant behind, according to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, as quoted by Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette. The current Wrangler has good mileage for rugged four wheel drive vehicles, but poor economy overall, at around 17/21 mpg (depending on model and transmission). Mr. Marchionne said the Wrangler will need to lose weight [...]
Keeping a years-long tradition, Chrysler today released a number of “teaser images” for concepts to be revealed at the SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each brand is covered, though Chrysler has but one car — the 200S. That can be explained by the status of the brand’s three cars: the 2015 300 has yet to be launched, and the [...]
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]