Three plug-in hybrid Jeep models coming to CES

When the Consumer Electronics Show opens next week in Las Vegas, there will be a trio of plug-in hybrid Jeep models on display, including a Wrangler, a Renegade and a Compass. Each of these vehicles will feature the new 4xe badging, which will be found on every electrified Jeep model. There will also be a Wrangler virtual reality driving display featuring footage from Moab, Utah.

Two of these three vehicles – the Compass and the Renegade – made their formal debut last year at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Will a new Dodge Dakota come out of Toledo?

For years, there have been rumors of a new Dakota. Now, Automotive News claims that we’re going to see one—based on the Jeep Gladiator—but reader Danny Katzenstein, who spotted a possible Dakota mule this week, thinks it won’t be a Gladiator clone. For one thing, the pickup he spotted—“looked like a Gladiator, but at closer inspection, was a loosely assembled old Dakota with an ‘M’ (manufacturers) plate”—appeared to have an independent suspension.

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Recalls for a new year

2019 fiat 500x

FCA is welcoming you to 2020 with a Jeep/Fiat recall covering the rather similar 2020 Renegade and 500X, because the right rear caliper may have been damaged during the casting process. The recall (#19V909 or VE8) is slated to start on or before February 7.  Fewer than 2,000 vehicles are affected; only cars made from November 14 through December 11 (December 6 for the Fiat) got the bad calipers, caused by a Tier II supplier using a bad tool.  

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FCA has built 56,686 Hellcat-powered vehicles through 2019

When the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was introduced for the 2015 model year, there were high ranking executives at FCA who were sure that the company would lose money on the project. These European bigwigs didn’t believe that there was enough demand for a 2-ton coupe (or sedan) with more than 700 horsepower for the company to break even on the all of the development costs of the Hellcat Hemi engine architecture.

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Horsepower Challenge winners begin receiving their prizes

On December 24th, Bill Goldberg delivered the first of the five unique Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeyes to a winner of the Horsepower Challenge. The five week program grilled fans of the Dodge brand with some seriously tough multiple choice math questions. Each week, a winner was drawn from the pool of correct answers, leading to five winners overall. Each of those winners will get a unique Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye,

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Here are the Peugeots, Opels, etc and their matching Mopars and miscellany

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FCA’s small, compact, and midsize car platforms are being dumped in favor of Peugeot’s in the upcoming years; but what exactly does this mean?

First, to be clear, it largely excludes the big Dodges, Chryslers, and Jeeps, meaning the Charger, Challenger, “possible future 300,” as well as the Grand Cherokee and Pacifica. From here on, we lean on Allpar’s David S.

Second, Peugeot has two platforms,

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Holiday recalls

2019 Ram 1500

It may be December 25, but we still have three recalls to report on. First is an odd problem affecting the 2005-06 Dodge Vipers (19V885), where the car may deploy the airbags or seat-belt pretensioners without cause. The cure is replacement of the restraint control computer, at no cost to owners; the recall is slated to begin at the end of January.  Vipers covered were built from May 18, 2004 (the start of the 2005 model year) through to August 28,

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Fiat platforms disappearing, Ram/Jeep staying

According to Automotive News Europe, Fiat’s small and compact platforms, which underpin all Fiat cars and crossovers (as well as the Jeep Renegade, Compass, and Cherokee), are going to be jettisoned in favor of Peugeot’s newer CMP and EMP2 platform/architectures.

The once-home-run Fiat 500 and Panda are being dropped entirely, along with the Lancia Ypsilon—a move which may spell the end of Lancia. That could be bad news for Chrysler brand followers,

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