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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]