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Alfa to mark return to North America with special edition

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Alfa Romeo, which celebrates its return to the American market at the New York International Auto Show, will build 500 Launch Edition versions of the 4C coupe.

In addition to all the goodies already on the 4C, the Launch Edition will ride on a race-tuned suspension with front- and rear-sway bars and performance-tuned shock absorbers. It will have staggered (18-inch front, 19-inch rear) dark gray-painted forged wheels and red-lacquered brake calipers. Other exterior features include racing exhaust, bi-xenon headlamps with LED illuminated daytime running lights, carbon fiber rear spoiler and mirror caps, and an aluminum rear diffuser.

Inside are sport seats with black microfiber and leather-wrapped instrument and door panels with red or white interior accent stitching on the instrument panel, steering wheel, handbrake, floor mats and door handles.

Customer will have a choice of three exterior paint colors: Alfa Red, Rosso Competizione (Competition Red), or Madreperla (Mother of Pearl) White.

Each Launch Edition 4C will have a serialized “Launch Edition” plaque

The Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition will be available in June. Pricing has not been announced.



New Moparized Jeeps for Moab

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Jeep and Mopar have again joined forces to create six new concept vehicles for the upcoming Easter Jeep Safari, taking place in Moab, Utah, April 12-20. The Jeep Wrangler MOJO (above) and the Jeep Cherokee Dakar (below) are among the Moparized models that will be unveiled next week.
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Gilles: new four-cylinders

Ray Aurand reported that Ralph Giles announced a new set of four cylinder engines to appear in 18 months, during an Autoline After Hours appearance. That would set the calendar date at around August 2015, corresponding roughly to the appearance of a refreshed 2016 Dodge Dart.

These are almost certainly the previously rumored “Hurricane” series of turbocharged World Gasoline Engines, in 2.0 and 2.4 liter versions; though some would prefer replacements for the WGE series, perhaps based loosely on the Pentastar V6, this seems unlikely.

Correction: HellCat debut in May?

challengerSome months ago, the plans for the 2015 Dodge Challenger were thought to be clear, based on Ralph Gilles tweets: a reveal at the Southern California LX Club meet (which took place yesterday), then a public reveal at the New York Auto Show on April 16 or 17.

It now appears that the Challenger itself will be shown on April 16 or 17, with SRT chief Ralph Gilles pinpointing the public reveal of the HellCat engine as being two and a half months away.

All three large cars are to be refreshed during calendar-year 2014, for the 2015 model year. Reliable source oh2o wrote that the Challenger would come first, during the summer, followed by Charger and then 300/300C in December.

Of the three, Challenger is likely the one that needs refreshment the most, based on sales and competitive comparisons; it remains the sole large car without an eight-speed automatic, which dramatically increases the V6’s performance and highway mileage. Once the eight-speed is in place in Challenger, comparisons to Mustang and Camaro will come out much more favorably (especially since it is expected to replace the five-speed with the Hemi engines, as well.)  Charger and 300 are expected to drop the five-speed entirely, except perhaps for police use.

The spy shot of the 2015 Dodge Challenger above was taken late last week by reader Christopher Vest.



Jeep Renegade revealed (updated)

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Numerous media outlets, the most reputable being the industry publication Automotive News and now British Autocar, are reporting that the Jeep Renegade subcompact SUV will be revealed tomorrow in Geneva. Photos and some details were leaked by an American site, ignoring the media embargo, and other outlets picked up the story.

sideStyled in the US, engineered worldwide, and built in Italy, the new vehicle will include an all wheel drive Trailhawk version; worldwide, it will be sold with gasoline and diesel engines. The interior includes a choice of five-inch or 6.5 inch touch-screens, and it will be the first small SUV with a nine-speed automatic.

Autocar pointed out that the Renegade has a twin removable sunroof system, “My Sky,” and pointed out the red tow hooks in the blue photo.

A leading German publication, Auto Motor and Sport,  added that there would be 16-18 inch wheels, ground clearance of up to 22 cm (around 8.7 inches) — which, if true, would match Cherokee Trailhawk — and a height adjustable cargo bay floor.  They said the center display was customizable, and that there would be front wheel drive and two all wheel drive versions. The site, as interpreted through Google Translate, claimed, “In the version Trailhawk the Renegade will create the Rubicon Trail so even.”

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European buyers can get the Jeep version in summer, but Americans have to wait until late in 2014; the 500X will come later, and will be shipped to the United States in 2015.  Automotive News reported that up to 280,000 of both were planned per year, though unofficial Chrysler sources said that number was conservative. The Jeep is expected to outsell the Fiat.

Some details of the Automotive News Europe story conflict with past reports given to Allpar, including a statement that all Renegades would be all wheel drive. Allpar will have a full report on the Jeep Renegade tomorrow, when it is officially launched, with higher resolution, sharper photos.

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Allpar has responded slowly to this story out of respect to Chrysler and their desire to make a splash with the Jeep Renegade when it is unveiled. We have only moved ahead after major media outlets have publicized the leaks. Our full story and analysis, with tables, specs, and such, will appear tomorrow morning.

 

Yet more B-Jeep names (update)

First it was “definitely” Jeepster. Then Latitude. Then Laredo. Now, the rumors claim we will call the smallest Jeep in many years the 2015 Jeep Renegade… maybe.

Quattroruote claimed that the B-Jeep will be named Jeep Renegade. The name had already been making the rounds of forums; it is a traditional Jeep name, albeit for trim levels or special models, not for cars. It was first applied to the 1970 Jeep CJ-5, and was applied to other models over the decades, including more than one concept (a 2011 concept is shown below). Thanks to Karl, Morten, Mike V., tryphon, and several others.

Meanwhile, Brandon pointed out that Jeep’s new pre-launch site might reveal a brand new name: Jeep Adventure.

There is still time for the name to change before the final reveal.

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