The iconic Jeep Wrangler, which has been selling in ever-larger numbers as it moves away from the diminutive Willys Jeeps, is getting minor upgrades for the 2014 model year, including new colors. All models will get new floor mat retention systems and clear (rather than amber) park/turn lamps on the grille.
A Warn trail kit (Warn is a company, not a noun for “speak of future danger”) will become optional late in the model year on all Wranglers. An upgrade trip computer with readouts for speed, oil pressure, and coolant and transmission fluid temperature will be provided when buyers get the Connectivity Group. It also provides individual tire pressure readings.
A Mitsubishi-sourced UConnect 430 stereo, code RBZ, will be optional on Sport for just under $700; it has a 6.5 inch touch screen and 28 MB of hard drive storage. Sport buyers can also opt for 32 inch tires with black wheels. Rubicon X and Freedom Edition return.
New colors include Anvil, Granite Crystal, Copperhead, and Amp’d, while Flame Red and Dune, launched late in 2013, will return. True Blue, Rugged Brown, Rock Lobster, Command, and Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl are all being dropped.
The 2015 Dodge Charger squad has been tested in police trim for the first time, but since it kept the five-speed automatic, it has turned in numbers similar to past years. While the eight-speed V6 Charger does 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, the five-speed was timed at 8.05 seconds by the Michigan State Police. The civilian 2015 Charger gained acceleration from the eight-speed, [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]