According to normally reliable source oh2o, Jeep has produced a fairly wide mix of 2014 Cherokees so far at their Toledo plant. oh2o wrote that the company has made mostly Latitudes (nearly 9,000 of them), with over two thousand Sports, four thousand Limiteds, and nearly two thousand of the off-road-specialized Trailhawks.
The FWD vs 4×4 mix is unknown, but given its friendly road manners, Cherokee is likely to have a higher proportion of 4×2 sales than the original XJ Cherokee.
Though not a single Cherokee has been cleared for resale yet, due to ongoing software development, the factory returned to two shifts today. Reportedly, 17,000 Cherokees have been built but cannot be sold yet. The issue is, according to an Autoblog report, related to the dog clutches used in the axles and limited-slip differential; dog clutches have been used in past commercial vehicles but not “civilian” cars.
As far as we can tell, the company is still trying to work around issues with the clutches, which could involve timing, noise, and smoothness of engagement. Work done to make the system smoother and quieter has to be balanced by longevity, a serious issue given 100,000 mile powertrain warranties and an expectation that cars will last 200,000 miles before major issues. Dog clutch engagement is mechanical and will vary in time depending on where each clutch’s parts are, relative to each other, when they engage; while the nine-speed automatic’s timing can come down to nanoseconds. The system presumably already has safeguards to prevent one clutch from engagement if the other cannot, which could also lead to problems.
Overall, given the issues involves, software delays are not entirely surprising; Chrysler officials are apparently optimistic, since the factory is pumping out Cherokees full time again. Many consider the delay in resale to be a good sign — indicating Chrysler’s unwillingness to sell a car they know has a problem.
Dodge and SRT are rejoining the Trans Am Series, with Miller Racing fielding two new Dodge Challengers at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 15 and 16. Driving will be four-time series champion Tommy Kendall, making his first Trans Am start since 2004 in the TA2 series class. The cars appear to be driven by 5.7 liter Hemi engines. [...]
Though the Ram 1500 just had major upgrades, another refresh is due in 2017, to deal with the new F-150s and a possible Chevrolet Silverado update. So far not much is known about these trucks, except that they will likely include the Pentastar engine upgrade, might include the rumored 5.7 Hemi V8 upgrade, and are likely to have undergone weight reduction therapy [...]
With the supercharged 6.2 Hemi delivering 707 horsepower to the Dodge Charger and Challenger, the Viper boys are reportedly looking for ways to get back on top. While the Viper may be superior on a tight racing course, the straight-line performance of Charger and Challenger, in five-seaters with all the amenities, large trunks, and automatic or manual transmissions, is a challenge for Team [...]
Artist suzq044 has provided an alternative view of what the 2017 Ram may look like. This refresh will counter new F-150s. The trucks will almost certainly include the V6 engine upgrade, might include the rumored 5.7 Hemi V8 upgrade, and are likely to have more high-strength steel and aluminum to cut weight. The 2017 Ram is also likely to have aerodynamic improvements to increase highway [...]
It has been years since Allpar first reported on the future launch of a new Jeep Wagoneer, and the dropping of the Dodge Caravan. With Wagoneer on the books, Chrysler planners may have had mixed feelings about the sudden success of the Dodge Durango. They wanted to drop the Durango for a more-profitable Wagoneer (essentially a Durango with the Grand Cherokee suspension design [...]