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2014 was another momentous model year for Chrysler, with refits, new engines, new cars and vans, and two anniversaries (30 years of minivans and 100 years of Dodge) to celebrate with special editions.
Now optional on every 2014 Challenger is a performance-tuned suspension and brake system with 20-inch aluminum wheels. R/T Blacktop includes the Super Track Pak and blacked-out appearance, and R/T Classic now gets Nappa leather and suede seats.
The following special editions have a 3.06:1 or 3.07:1 axle ratio with 215mm rear axle, 300 horsepower V6 (except on R/T which is still V8), paddle shifters, and wider performance tires.
Challenger colors include Header Orange, Redline 3 Coat, Plum Crazy, and TorRed, along with new Ivory Tri-coat and Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl. The car is in its final year in its current form; insiders have told us that the next-generation Challenger will retain much of the current model’s looks, with some changes to the front and rear clip, but will be able to use the eight-speed automatic already in Charger and 300 V6 cars, as well as numerous fancy electronic systems in Dart and Cherokee.
On SRT Challenger, Launch Control system is new for 2014. SRT Challenger Core continues as a lower-priced way to get SRT power. SXT Plus and higher have optional HID headlamps.
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Dodge Dart has more standard features, including the 184-horsepower 2.4 engine standard on Dart SXT, Limited, and GT, while the $15,995 Dart SE keeps the 2.0 and Aero keeps the 1.4. There are no optional engines on any model.
The Dart SE was upgraded with more standard features, and a Convenience Group to bring it roughly to old-SXT status. Dart SXT ($18,495) has the racetrack tail lamps, underbody aero kit, voice control, filtered air conditioning, and other conveniences. Rallye is an SXT package, with a touring suspension, black 17-inch wheels and grille, dual exhaust, fog lamps, striped cloth seats, audio controls on the steering wheel, and Rallye badge. (The touring suspension includes a rear stabilizer bar in both Rallye and GT).
Dart Aero starts at $19,995 and includes most of the options of Limited, with the Fiat turbo engine and top gas mileage of 41 mpg highway. Dart Limited, at $22,995, adds the 2.4, a standard automatic, racetrack tail lamps, keyless entry/start, Nappa leather seats, heated front seats and steering wheel, power sunroof, 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, dual-zone automatic temperature control, remote start, 10-way power driver seat, reconfigurable gauges, backup camera, LED interior lighting, garage door opener, heated power mirrors with lamps, fog lamps, and more. Limited buyers can also get the Technology Group, which includes blind-spot monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, rear park assist system, HID headlamps, rain-sensitive wipers, and an ultrasonic intrusion alarm.
Dart GT starts at $20,995, below Limited; it is an SXT with the sport suspension and steering, keyless entry/start, 18-inch wheels, dual exhaust, blackened look, fog lamps, heated mirrors with lamps, perforated Nappa leather seats, heated front seats and steering wheel, 8.4-inch touchscreen stereo, remote CD player, reconfigurable gauges, backup camera, dual-zone automatic temperature control, and remote start (with automatic).
The new Charger Redline has unique 20-inch black chrome aluminum wheels with a red painted lip and inner backbone, Beats Audio, and a V-6 engine with sport mode, cold-air induction, and sport-tuned exhaust raising output from 292 to 300 horsepower. New colors include Header Orange, TorRed, and Plum Crazy.
Charger Pursuit is now available with all wheel drive option (V8 only). Other changes to prevent defections to new Chevy or Ford police cars include:
The 2014 Chrysler Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition includes black Alcantara seat inserts with Nappa seat bolsters, glossy black steering wheel bezels and interior trim, third-row power folding seats, power folding mirrors, light gray lower instrument panel, Super Center Console, and logos in the gauge cluster, radio splash screen, and key fob.
Standard on these cars is the Driver’s Convenience Group, with heated first- and second-row seating, a heated steering wheel, adjustable pedals, keyless entry/starter, and bright door handles.
The Town & Country S has revised trim with a monotone black interior with leather-and-cloth seats and glossy black appliqués and a standard dual-screen Blu-Ray system with HDMI input, two USB recharging ports, a 12- volt outlet and a 115v two-prong outlet. The screens are higher-definition than in past years. The van has a performance suspension.
The 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan 30th Anniversary Edition is available on both the SE and SXT. It adds unique 17-inch polished satin carbon aluminum wheels, body-color heated mirrors, and 30th Anniversary badging on the front fenders.
Inside, it has silver accent stitching and glossy black accents, black cloth seats, a black leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, black headliner and overhead console, chrome trim bezels, and anniversary logos in the gauge cluster and key fob. The SXT version adds bright chrome window trim moldings and roof rack, fog lamps, automatic headlamps, Black Torino Leatherette seats with suede inserts and silver accent stitching, and a 10-way power driver’s seat.
The biggest value in minivans may be the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value Package, at $19,995 plus destination. It has the usual V6 and six-speed automatic, with air conditioning, anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, stability control, seven airbags, third-row Stow ’n Go seats, power windows, locks, and mirrors, tilt-and- telescoping steering column, cruise, and more. New for 2014 on AVP are easy-clean floor mats with the optional second-row Stow ’n Go seats.
New for the 2014 Grand Caravan R/T are automatic headlamps with black bezels and the Security Group, along with new black wheels.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X is new for 2014, with a winch-capable bumper, wider rock rails, and higher level of standard content. It starts with the Rubicon model (for both two and four door Wranglers), and adds BF Goodrich KM 255/75R17 tires on 17-inch Rubicon wheels, painted satin black with polished faces, and a red Jeep Wrangler “icon” logo on the inside pocket. The X uses black steel off-road bumpers, with removable front caps (to increase clearance) and a winch-capable design. A dual-intake Power Dome hood aids engine cooling.
Red tow hooks are installed in front and rear, and Mopar rock rails give added protection from trail damage (there is also a black fuel filler door). Red-silhouette “Rubicon” decals are on both sides of the hood. The Wrangler Rubicon X comes with a Premium Sunrider soft top and is available with a black three-piece Freedom hard top or body-color hard top. Black leather seats, heated in front, are standard, along with an X-styled gauge cluster, Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), Mopar slush mats, and unique axle locker and sway-bar disconnect switches.
The Jeep Wrangler Freedom III is the Sport S with graphics and a built in $250 donation to the United Service Organizations (USO). Jeep Wrangler Freedom III has sparkle silver 17-inch wheels, gray grille and bumper inserts, body-color wheel arches, star-in-circle fender badges and hood decals, rock rails, black tail lamp guards, special fuel fill door, and Sunrider soft top with tinted rear window. Inside, it has black fabric seats with silver embroidered logos, silver accent stitching on the steering wheel and accents, grab handles, and slush mats; the grab handles are new for 2014 Wrangler. New paints include Amp’d, Anvil, Copperhead, Flame Red, Granite Crystal and Hydro Blue (Freedom III only). Billet Silver, Bright White, Black and Dune continue on for 2014.
In Europe, the new Jeep Wrangler Polar was launched, in a new blue color along with silver metallic, bright white, and the new blue.
The "Polar" badge shows the 78° S and 106° E coordinates of Vostok, Antarctica, where the severest temperature in the world was recorded at -89.2° C (-128.56° F). Based on Sahara, it has many unique styling elements including new Ceramic White accents. The Polar uses the Dana 30 front axle and Dana 44 rear axle, with a standard Command-Trac NV241 part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio and Trac-Lok anti-spin rear differential. This replaces the manual rear-axle locker and is a torque-sensitive mechanical unit that works to maintain traction when travelling on slippery or rough road surfaces, such as on sand, gravel, snow or ice.
The Polar Pack 1 special package has front side air bags, UConnectTM with navigation system on a 6.5-inch touchscreen, 40-gigabyte hard disk, USB compatibility, AUX port and DVD player.
The 2.8-liter common rail diesel delivers 200 hp (147 kW) of power at 3,600 rpm and 460 Nm of torque at 1,600 - 2,600 rpm when paired to the five-speed automatic transmission. On models with a six-speed manual gearbox, it delivers 200 hp and 410 Nm of torque at 2,600 - 3,200 rpm. The gasoline V-6, available in selected markets, delivers 284 hp (209 kW) and 347 Nm of torque and is paired to the five-speed automatic transmission only.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee debuted with a new 3.2 liter V6 and 2.4 Tiger Shark four, and, in Europe, a diesel. It has front-drive and 4x4 setups, and a nine-speed ZF automatic.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee has a refreshed interior and exterior, and all engines have the eight-speed automatic. There are both 5 inch and 8.4 inch touch-screen stereos, and a VM 3.0 diesel in North America. Dodge Durango had similar upgrades, except the diesel.
Ram ProMaster was based on Fiat Ducato, but with a new interior and modifications to the body and suspension, with Ram engineers given the go-ahead to change whatever they needed to; the results expanded development time to three years but provided a van with much higher capacity, durability, and user friendliness.
For 2014, the Ram 1500 has optional stop/start technology, and buyers can get eight-speed automatics with the V6, diesel V6, and Hemi, along with a tough, lightweight ZF axle. A plug-in hybrid was developed (but not sold) in case of higher gas prices. (See the 2014 Ram 1500 page and the 2014 Ram HD (2500/3500) page).
A 6.4 Hemi option arrives for the Ram heavy duty trucks, along with a new Aisin transmission to compete with the GM’s Allisons. Heavy duty Ram pickups get an optional air suspension setup, more rugged than the one in the Grand Cherokee; Ram 2500 gets a link/coil rear suspension, Ram 3500 continues with leaf springs, and both get new front suspensions. The Long Hauler, based on the Ram 5500, may join the lineup in 2014 (as a 2015 model) at last.
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Viper continues, and for 2014, a new Competition Coupe is released based on tuning done at tracks around the world.
The 2015 ProMaster City is expected to arrive, built in either Toluca, Mexico or Fiat’s joint venture in Turkey; this small, front wheel drive van is expected to replace the Ram Cargo Van, providing better fuel efficiency and a lower price ina vehicle designed to be a commercial van from the start. It’s essentially a re-badged Doblo, though if it’s made in Mexico, one may assume that it’s been re-engineered as well, despite prior plans to the contrary.
A B-segment (subcompact) entry-level Jeep, coded BU and believed to be called Jeepster, is in development, built on a modified SUSW platform similar in size and basic architecture to Fiat 500L. This is also expected to appear in calendar-year 2014 as a model-year-2015 vehicle.
The 2009 announcement that Jeep would sell a subcompact (B sized) SUV made by Fiat raised hackles among the Jeep community. IndianAutosBlog’s Shrawan Raja told us that the vehicle, coded “BU” but often called “B-Jeep,” is being created primarily by Chrysler’s new engineering center in Chennai, India, on a unique platform. The delay would be explained if the original plan was to use a lightly modified Fiat, but Jeep successfully argued for increased uniqueness. The car shows up on Chrysler’s North America plan; it will be built by Fiat and imported.
For their final model year, 2014, oh2o said (correctly) that Jeep Compass and Patriot would get a six speed Hyundai automatic and a high-performance Magna all wheel drive system. The combination has been used for three years on Hyundai and Kia SUVs, and replaced the JATCO CVT. The new AWD system responds more quickly than the CVT-based one (which continues on Trail Rated models).
The 2014 Compass also gets a tailgate refresh. Both have an early 2014 model year; Patriot ends a few months before Compass.
Launching in 2014 as a 2015 model, the new Compass expands on the mini-Grand Cherokee look and feel. Like Cherokee, the Compass is built on the same basic platform as Dodge Dart, but with more ground clearance. We believe it will have a choice of two Chrysler four cylinders, coupled with a nine speed ZF automatic at the high end and the six speed Hyundai at the low end.
It is expected to have a similar Alfa Romeo model to replace the Fiat Sedici (Suzuki SX4).
Alfa Romeo and Maserati are only covered here where they come from American sources, such as Guila, Kamal, and Spider.
Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli are said to be based on the next-generation Chrysler large cars. There’s also the Maserati Levante version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, with a powerful engine from Fiat's premium group, coded W2 and built in Italy to satisfy the brand-snobs.
Alfa Romeo will still be busy, working on a rear wheel drive sports car leading the brand’s North American re-introduction; the Alfa 4C will bring a splash and help the reputation of later, more pedestrian Alfas. Don’t expect any 2014 Alfas in the United States, though; the brand will most likely enter with the 2015 model year, sporting a moderately complete lineup.
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