Newest Ram Built to Serve models honor the U.S. Air Force

This morning, FCA introduced the third installment in the Ram 1500 Built to Serve lineup, with the latest group of 2,000 uniquely decorated half-tons paying tribute to the United States Air Force. These trucks will officially go on sale on September 18, which also happens to be the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. Air Force, but we can expect to see these aeronautical-themed trucks reaching dealers during the fourth quarter of this year.

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Former Ram chief engineer Michael J. Cairns

Born in June 1962, Michael J. Cairns died on September 7, 2020, only 58 years old. Known as a “hard worker, selfless beyond measure,” Mike was a gifted engineer and leader.

Mike Cairns agreed to be interviewed by Allpar in February 2015, when the company was launching its Laramie Limited luxury truck. It was a revealing interview; Mike was enthusiastic and positive about pretty much everything,

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What’s new for ’21? The big list of changes

2021 Ram 1500 Rebel navigation screen

FCA has been releasing some of its bigger updates as separate stories, but now that we have the full list of what’s changed, maybe it’s time to look at everything at once.

Jeep

Our biggest story is really Jeep, since every continuing model seems to be getting upgraded, in some cases quite seriously. FCA has been trying to move Jeep a bit upmarket for a while, despite the Renegade,

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Wrangler 4xe, Grand Wagoneer Concept preview an electrifying future for the Jeep brand

This morning, Jeep took the wraps off of two vehicles that will play a key role in the future of the brand – the Wrangler 4xe in production form and the Grand Wagoneer Concept.

With the brand promising to electrify all of their models over the course of the next few years, the 4xe is the first of many hybrid-electric Jeeps slated to come to market around the globe.

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What’s new for 2021 Durango, and how much will it cost? (Including the 710-horse Hellcat)

Add the $1,495 destination charge to all prices (continental US).

The 2021 Dodge Durango will start at $31,765, with some hefty upgrades.  Those include LED projector headlights, a new front fascia and grille, new LED daytime running lights, and updated rear spoiler and wheels. Inside, Durangos get a new cockpit including a new instrument panel; UConnect 5 is standard, and five times faster than the prior UConnect 4.

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Hellcat powered Ram 1500 TRX is ready to slay the Raptor

It has been many moons since there was a proper high performance Ram 1500 pickup, but today, FCA introduced the quickest, fastest and most powerful production truck in the world. That truck is the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX and as we all expected, it is powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi.

This is the same engine that has taken the performance world by storm in the Dodge Challenger and Charger,

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Is this the new Grand Cherokee?

2022 grand cherokee?

The folks at oddly-named boutique site AutoBison have come up with a rendering of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which they claim was created based on leaked photos.

If AutoBison is correct, the Grand Cherokee will give up its long-held “curvy” design for something more along the lines of the original XJ—or, for that matter, a current Chevy Suburban or prior-gen Range Rover.  

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Slant six reborn as performance engine

Aussiespeed 4-barrel

The infamous slant six was born with a whisper, not a roar, but it dominated a new NASCAR compact-car racing series for the life of the series before retiring, or so it seemed, to decades of slow-but-steady daily drivers.

Gill Welding modified this Offenhauser manifold, including a modern V8 throttle body, for slant six performance.

Some have claimed that the slant six was originally meant to be a four-cylinder engine,

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