The new subcompact Jeep, developed in India and Auburn Hills, will be called Jeepster, according to multiple sources, including an Australian dealer who saw the car.
The name, taken from a classic Willys-Overland car intended to expand Jeep beyond farmers, postal workers, and a small number of enthusiasts, has been applied to at least one concept of the 1990s, and had been rumored for over a year to be attached to the “BU”-coded mini-SUV.
Jeepster was codeveloped with the Fiat 500X crossover, and is based on existing, but reportedly heavily modified, Fiat dimensions and architectures. The vehicle reportedly took longer than planned to create, as Jeep executives insisted on higher capabilities than the original plans could provide. Many observers expect it to at least match KL Cherokee’s off-road capacity, which has been praised by numerous off-road magazine writers.
The car is now expected to be unveiled in the Geneva (Europe) auto show during calendar-year 2014. It is to be built in Italy, at a Fiat plant, and sold mainly in Europe and Asia, with possible exports to North America as well. Brazil is expected to produce its own version. A Fiat four-cylinder diesel is certain to power the Jeepster in Europe and India, likely alongside a Fiat four-cylinder gasoline engine; powertrains for North America are still a matter of conjecture. It will not be the first Jeep to be built outside the United States and imported in; before Chrysler purchased AMC, Wranglers were built in Canada for seven years, rather than in Ohio.
Update: Chrysler has applied for a trademark on the Jeepster name in Europe. The company already owned the trademark in the United States, dating from 2006.
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 [...]
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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 [...]