Jeep Grand Commander?

Jeep K8

Back in April, Allpar’s Mike Volkmann showed images of a new Jeep for China, a seven-passenger crossover that started out as an extended-length Cherokee but seems to have moved on from there.

The crossover matched by the Jeep K8 and Yuntu, and new patent sketches reveal essentially the same vehicle Michael shared with us back in April. The name won’t be Yuntu, though;

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Here’s what the 2018 Wrangler JL will cost

With the official announcement of 2018 Wrangler JL prices, we have discovered that, setting aside changes to standard features, getting into a new Wrangler JL will cost around $3,000 more than the Wrangler JK — regardless of the chosen trim line and body type.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Pricing

We will have to wait a while for the 2018 JL Wrangler to reach the “Build Your Own” portion of,

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Aussies go for Mopar squads

The deal we’ve been watching is official now — Australia’s Motoring has confirmed that the New South Wales police will adopt a fleet of Chrysler 300 SRTs, with the big 392 V8 engines. The state’s new cars will be specially outfitted for the police, likely using technology from Dodge.

The cars are replacing Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores (from GM), because local production of Ford and Holden cars has ended.

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Compass’ loose nuts

2017 Jeep Compass

Jeep has issued its third recall for the new Jeep Compass, affecting 27,000 cars in the US and an unspecified number elsewhere. A relatively small number of Compasses have loose passenger-side airbag inflator mounting nuts within an assembly — not loose as in “not tightened properly,” but loose as in “extra nut just rattling around.”

The airbag assemblies were all built from August 28 to October 21,

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Another alternator recall

Allpar readers may recall a recent recall of V6-powered cars which may have bad alternators. There seems to be a second one out now, covering 17,116 Dodge Challengers and  Chargers, Chrysler 300s, and Jeep Grand Cherokees, all of them 2014s with the V6 engine and 160-amp alternator, and also because the alternator may fail. If that happens, and the driver doesn’t notice any warnings, eventually the battery will run dry and the engine will stall.

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Features: V8, Hyundai, and Mopar

This week, Allpar is posting two brand new features and one heavily rewritten classic.

We start at the beginning — well, in any case, close to it, with coverage of Chrysler’s second completely new V8 engine family, the B series. Created to produce good, cheap power and torque from large cylinders, they were a reliable mainstay of the company for years, inside cars, pickups, buses, motor homes,

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Inviolet and a new green

Two new colors have been generating a good deal of excitement among Dodge fans — a deep, deep purple dubbed In-Violet (coded PHR), and a new green which is quite far from the fluorescent SubLime that brightened classic and modern cars alike.

In-Violet will be used on the 2018 Durango, at the very least; while the new F8 Green (it’s not what you think, old-time WordPerfect users) was first seen on the Demon,

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Tornado following the Hurricane?

Allpar’s sources are again saying that a new inline six-cylinder engine, officially known as GME T6 — in the same family as the Wrangler’s eTorque/Hurricane — is “closer than we might think.”

The engine may or may not keep the Tornado name; there’s no catchy name for the new four-cylinder turbo, though hooked up to a mild-hybrid, it’s the eTorque.

We still expect a displacement of around 3 liters,

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