The Ram 1500 diesel has been praised by test drivers for its quiet operation, responsiveness, and apparently high fuel mileage. The light diesel was chosen for its economy and easy driveability, replacing earlier plans to use a light-duty Cummins engine (since adopted by Nissan), but it also has surprisingly long maintenance intervals. The same engine is used in the current Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel.
Originally, the Ram 1500 diesel was to arrive for the 2013 model year, but it was quietly pushed back to the 2014 model year. Now, it appears that it will need to wait until the 2014 calendar year as well, with reports coming in that production will not start until mid-January.
The reason for the delay is unknown. The engine has been in production for some time, but demand for the Grand Cherokee might be stronger than expected, and the factory has limited production capacity (though it is expanding). As a matter of pure speculation, Fiat’s agreement to purchase the rest of VM could result in engines also being made in an under-used Fiat plant.
Patrick Rall took the new 2015 Jeep Renegade off-road and on-road — in both cases, taking a standard AWD model as well as the Trailhawk, which has more ground clearance and skid plates. Though the venue, an off-road vehicle park and various city streets and highways, was chosen by Jeep, Mr. Rall was able to choose his route through the obstacles to get [...]
Rumors from Windsor suggested first that the current “RT” minivan body would continue for some years alongside the new “RU,” and then that it would be dropped as soon as the new designs came out — in Chrysler form only. Sergio Marchionne has thrown some fuel onto the speculative fire, commenting today in Detroit that: Where is Reid [Bigland]? If it [...]
Burns Motors has posted two videos of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat doing the quarter mile in 10.48 seconds. These stand in contrast to a video elsewhere which shows a $105,000 Tesla owner jumping the red light at the track to beat a Hellcat owner who was unused to the car, and struggled for traction through the run. The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT [...]
Today, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne implied that the odds were against the Toledo plant keeping Jeep Wrangler production, despite a recent land purchase and the city’s long history with Jeep in general and CJ and Wrangler in particular. He did say that, if Wrangler was to find a new home, new product would be moved to the plant: … if the economic [...]