A new Jeep pickup, like the old Scrambler, has been rumored to be under development for many years, but for now, buyers have to go to an AEV Brute or opt for a similarly expensive Jeep conversion kit. With Wranglers being snapped up by buyers as fast as the Toledo plant can build them, and a completely new model due in 2016-2017, there’s little incentive for the company to divert engineering resources or space to making pickups.
That may be changing when the next-generation Wranglers arrive. Rumored to be on a long-travel independent suspension similar to the pioneering Li’l Blue project (itself based on the first-year Jeep Wagoneer), the new pickup appears to be in parallel development with Wrangler. Moving to an independent suspension could allow for production increases, as the suspension modules would be assembled off-site, freeing up space in the main plant. The Li’l Blue project provided increased mobility (compared with 1997 Wranglers) with superior on-road performance, the primary drawbacks being limited after-purchase modifications and higher cost.
Mr. Source, who captured the admittedly blurry and low-resolution photo above, wrote that an internal, unofficial source said it was definitely not an AEV Brute or past concept.
Rumors have been floating around for years about a potential supercharged Viper. It appears that it is finally happening, but it is not a factory built package. Instead, it was developed by Arrow Racing, which has Chrysler’s permission to modify the computer programming. It will be sold at the largest Viper dealer in the country, The Viper Exchange a/k/a Tomball Dodge. There are [...]
Hellcat Grand Cherokee. The term sends shivers of revulsion or anticipation down people’s spines. Revulsion if you are a hardcore Jeep offroad type or any executive at AMG, BMW’s M, or Porsche’s SUV division. Anticipation if you are anyone else with a pulse. Nothing official has been said about a Grand Cherokee coming with the already legendary Hellcat installed, and there is not likely [...]
This week, reliable source oh2o wrote that the Viper ACR would start production in July of 2015 as a 2016 model year car. How much of the concept Viper ACR , which was shown at the 2014 SEMA show, will carry through to production is unknown. We can surmise that the enormous carbon ceramic brakes will make it to production, along with [...]
Recently, Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette reported that Chrysler planned to boost the price their least expensive minivan to around $26,000. This resulted in an extensive discussion on Allpar’s forums, with some outrage over the high entry price. Going back to 2000, when minivan sales were still thriving and Chrysler was the undisputed king of the North American mini-market, we see the [...]