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2018 Jeep Wrangler Spied

2018 Jeep Wrangler Spied with Rumored ‘True Three-Piece Hardtop’

Mar 08, 2017



The new Jeep Wrangler is rumored to have multiple roof options.

Spy photographers have caught a four-door Jeep Wrangler prototype testing what appears to be the rumored “true three-piece hardtop,” which would allow for the removal of the front two or all roof panels while keeping some pillars in place. There’s also the idea that the entire roof could be removed with the configuration.

Other roof options expected to head to the 2018 Jeep Wrangler include a hard glass roof, retractable fabric roof and the possible removal of the basic folding soft top.

The next-generation SUV is expected to get lighter with Jeep using some aluminum, but the body will still mostly be constructed from steel. Rumor has it that a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, called Hurricane, will be added to the Wrangler lineup as a more fuel-efficient engine. The popular Pentastar V6 engine will live on paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, while a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 engine could head to the U.S. There’s even the possibility of a hybrid powertrain being added to the lineup.



Look for more details later this year, as the 2018 Jeep Wrangler should debut in the coming months.


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Jeep Pickup To Get ‘Scrambler’ Name

Jeep Pickup To Get ‘Scrambler’ Name

Apr 17, 2017

The inbound Jeep pickup truck, which will go to into production in April of 2019, will see the revival of the ‘Scrambler’ name from Jeep, according to Autoline Daily.

The Scrambler nameplate was first used on a Jeep CJ-8 based pickup variant produced from 1981-1986. Jeep’s pickup was then called ‘Commanche’ from 1986 until it went out of production in 1992. Jeep called its larger line of pickup ‘Gladiator’, but dropped the name after 1971, eventually switching to the J2000, J3000 and J4000 names before it ended production of them in 1988.





Jeep’s new pickup has already been caught testing in the wild and will appear visually similar to the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL that is to debut later this year. It should have the same engine lineup on offer as the SUV, which we suspect will consist of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, along a similar cabin layout and typical Jeep headlamps and taillamps.

It’s not clear if the Jeep Scrambler will be based on the Wrangler JL platform or if it will use a modified version of the next-generation Ram 1500’s platform. Fiat Chrysler is currently looking at moving Ram production from Mexico to the U.S. due to the Trump administrations possible trade policy changes, which would allow for it to be built near the Jeep pickup in the U.S. midwest and if the two shared as many parts as possible, it would help simplify the production of both vehicles.
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2018 Jeep Wrangler Interior

2018 Jeep Wrangler Interior Spied for First Time

May 11, 2017



Spy photographers have grabbed a set of clean photos showing the interior of the upcoming 2018 Jeep Wrangler.


A full redesign has arrived for the center stack, which incorporates Chrysler’s updated UConnect infotainment system. All the standard fare, including the HVAC controls and center-mounted window switches, are all still present, but there are some new additions to the dash worth mentioning.

First is a set of four buttons marked “auxiliary,” which are probably up-fitter switches which can be used to run numerous aftermarket upgrades. Some added comfort is coming to the Wrangler as well in the form of a heated steering wheel and dual-zone climate control.

A “sway bar” button can also be seen, which will be used to operate the disconnecting sway bar system.

And to top it off, a stick shift is seen in this prototype, so there is a good chance that consumers will still be able to bring home a manual transmission. Powertrain options are expected to include a 3.6-liter V6, a 3.0-liter diesel and a small turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The new 2018 Jeep Wrangler should debut sometime before the end of 2017.


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2018 Jeep Wrangler Engine Options

2018 Jeep Wrangler Engine Options Revealed: Report

May 17, 2017

Plenty of speculating has been done over the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, and now what could be a credible source has leaked information on the engine options.

Jalopnik, sourcing an anonymous tip from a worker at an FCA engine plant, is reporting that the new Wrangler will have a total of six different engine options, including two versions of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, two versions of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two diesel options, a 2.2-liter and a 3.0-liter.

This story corroborates rumors that a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine would serve as the base option, though the tip did not specifically mention the small engine as a turbo. New diesel options have also been expected for some time with the Wrangler, though the possibility of two different diesels hasn’t been discussed. It’s always possible that one of these diesels will be available in Europe only, though availability remains to be seen.

Info on the body styles was also leaked, with a total of five different roof options available. There will, of course, still be two- and four-door configurations, while buyers will be able to choose between a black soft top, tan soft top, black hard top, body-color hardtop and a power-retractable soft top. A new small pickup based on the Wrangler is on its way as well.

Few secrets are left for the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, which recently had its interior exposed in spy photos. Expect it to debut sometime before the end of 2017.


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Alfa Stelvio SUV looms large in Fiat Chrysler’s global product plan

Alfa Stelvio SUV looms large in Fiat Chrysler’s global product plan

June 25, 2017



NASHVILLE – If the Alfa Romeo’s new Stelvio SUV doesn’t get traction with buyers, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' whole strategy is in trouble.

The Stelvio is the centerpiece of a $5-billion investment program to develop new vehicles for sale around the world, not just by Alfa, but Maserati and potentially Chrysler and Dodge.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne bet the automaker's future on Alfa when he postponed investment and new models from the company’s volume brands in favor of the ambitious global expansion plan for the brand and to develop the Giorgio, GMET4 and the Stelvio/Giulia assembly plant in Cassino, Italy.

The Stelvio showcases a new family of engines Fiat Chrysler's American and Italian engineering teams developed together. The 280-hp turbo in the Stelvio and its sibling sport sedan, the Giulia, use the top version of the engine, but Fiat Chrysler's mainstream Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat and Jeep brands desperately need a new generation of four-cylinder engines to compete.
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2018 Jeep Wrangler Spy Video


Published on Jun 26, 2017
Plenty of photos are already floating around showing the upcoming Wrangler JL, but now we have a video showing it driving the streets of Michigan.
 

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LEAKED! 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Unwrapped


Published on Aug 15, 2017

An image reportedly leaked from the Toledo, OH Jeep factory gives us the first look at a completely unwrapped 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited. What appears to be a JLU coming off the production line without covering of any sort reveals details that have been rumored about and hinted at through spy photos and FCA dealer system leaks. The photo clearly shows new side fender vents, longer vented hood and a new windshield hinge. The doors feature redesigned hinges and new door handles, and a body style line can clearly be seen that runs the entire length of the Jeep, alluding to the look of half doors. The side view mirror feature integrated marker lights and a dual tone seat option can be seen.
 

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Scrambler: Upcoming Jeep Pickup

The Upcoming Jeep Pickup Truck Finally has a Name

Aug 22, 2017



Screenshots from FCA’s dealer system have leaked more information, this time showing details on the upcoming Jeep pickup truck, confirming the name to be Scrambler.

Rumors have been flying fast and furious about the upcoming JL Wrangler, with speculation and spy pictures bounding around the internet. Now, thanks to the power of the almighty screenshot, we have what appears to be some details of the JT Scrambler. That’s right; the Jeep faithful will finally get a new pickup.

The members over at JeepScramblerForum.com have posted screenshots of what certainly appears to be details of the new model from FCA’s dealer systems. The shots show a single engine option: the 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel with start/stop technology. However, this could be simply be due to an incomplete upload of information to the FCA dealer system. It would be exceedingly odd for the Pentastar V6 or turbocharged inline-four not to be available, at least down the road.

Transmissions are not mentioned but the powertrain is seemingly connected to a Dana 12-bolt rear, which is an upgrade versus the eight-bolt Dana 44 found on current Jeeps. It could very well be a Dana 60. This new hardware will surely yield stout payload capacities.


Screenshots also show a variety of tops will be available, including two hardtops (body-color and black) and a Sunrider softtop. This will make the new Scrambler the first convertible pickup from FCA since the rarer-than-hen’s-teeth Dakota convertible, not counting those created with a ripsaw and shadetree ingenuity.

Not content to stick solely with screenshots, the folks at JeepScramblerForum.com have also posted CAD images of an alleged JT Scrambler frame. When compared with the frame of a JK Wrangler Unlimited, the JT’s frame has a vastly different shape, scuppering any speculation that the Scrambler will simply be a Wrangler Unlimited with an open cargo area.

The forum also notes a JT frame length of 205 inches, a vast 33-inches longer than a frame found on the JKU. For perspective, consider that a Crew Cab Colorado with a short box is but 212.7 inches in total length. This Jeep will not be a small pickup.

This author sincerely hopes FCA retains the Scrambler name for production, a fantastic throwback to the CJ-8 Scrambler, a long wheelbase version of the CJ-7. Until it arrives, there is always the AEV Brute Double Cab.


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2019 dodge barracuda!


Published on Sep 8, 2017
2019 DODGE BARRACUDA! Dodges' CAMARO and MUSTANG sized MUSCLE CAR!

ALL IMAGES ARE RENDERINGS AND CONCEPT ART WITH CREDIT TO THE ARTISTS
 

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The TRAILCAT: HELLCAT CONCEPT JEEP WRANGLER!!



Published on Sep 8, 2017
The TRAILCAT: HELLCAT JEEP WRANGLER!!
 

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FCA to Build a Hellcat-Powered Chrysler 300

FCA to Build a Hellcat-Powered Chrysler 300 in 2018, Report Claims
The horse ain't dead yet.

September 18, 2017

Fiat Chrysler has been on everyone's good side since it decided to swap the fabled Hellcat engine into pretty much everything it offered. Starting with the Dodge Challenger and Charger, then moving onto the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, the company hasn't pulled any punches when it comes to high horsepower people movers. Now, as Automotive News reports, the luxo-barge Chrysler 300 will also receive the same treatment as soon as fall 2018.

As detailed in the report, Chrysler plans on refreshing the lineup-staple 300 for 2019, but prior to that, it will be shoehorning in that monstrous 707 pony powerplant because, well, does there have to be a reason? Not really. Playing to the enthusiast market, it'll hop aboard that Hellcat hype train that has driven the brand's marketing scheme to one that's full of rowdy antics filled with tire smoke and 1/4 times -- oh joy.

Not much else was revealed, but it was confirmed that this 300 Hellcat will be built before the model makes the transition to the shared Giorgio platform. This far overshadows the addition of a turbocharged four cylinder, one that won't come until later.

Without FCA releasing anything else, we're left to anticipate and wonder just what will become of this skunkworks project. It's reasonable to assume that it won't take too much work to fit the supercharged 6.2L V-8 under the 300's hood, especially when you take into account that the standard SRT version packs a 6.4L. With the supercharger sitting in the engines hot-vee, packaging shouldn't be an issue. Now, all there is to guess is the looks.

Refinement is the name of the typical 300's game, but we can't help but think that things will be different in this case. Pictured above is a picture of the go-fast SRT version, so in addition to this muscular stance and flared bodywork, just imagine it all pumped up to 11. If you're looking for un-camouflaged versions of the supposed 300 Hellcat test car, just go here.
 

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Dodge Challenger and Charger to Adopt Maserati Platform

Dodge Challenger and Charger to Adopt Maserati Platform

Sep 19, 2017



The Dodge Challenger and Charger will move to the Maserati Ghibli’s platform from 2021.

The Challenger and Charger will remain on the aging Chrysler LX platform for a few years longer, with an updated version of the cars due in 2019. The vehicles will then undergo a complete redesign for 2021, at which point they will move to the Ghibli’s platform. The Ghibli is loosely based on the full-size Maserati Quattroporte, sharing aspects of its suspension and steering. It’s not clear how much of the equipment used in the Ghibli will carry over to the Challenger and Charger.

FCA had considered moving the Challenger and Charger to the Giorgio platform currently employed in the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio, but those plans have been shelved. The Chrysler 300 was also set for an eventual move to Giorgio, but like the Challenger and Charger, it will remain on LX for a while longer. FCA will work to heavily update LX for the new cars – a platform that is over 15 years old at this point.

Stay tuned for more information on the next-gen Challenger and Charger, along with the updated models due in 2019, as it becomes available.


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Fiat Chrysler CEO focuses on goals amid tech doubts

Fiat Chrysler CEO focuses on goals amid tech doubts

Oct. 2, 2017

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said he’s focusing on the Italian-American carmaker’s five-year strategy as the auto industry grapples with its biggest-ever challenges, stemming from new electric and self-driving technologies.

Battery-powered autos have yet to become profitable, with the company losing as much as $20,000 a car on its Fiat 500 subcompact’s electric version, Marchionne said Monday in a speech at a university event in Rovereto, Italy. The carmaker, which the CEO has wanted to combine with a competitor to share development costs, hasn’t been in talks with Hyundai Motor Co., he said in a Bloomberg Television interview, referring to South Korean media reports of a potential tie-up.

Global automakers are being squeezed as tightening emissions regulations effectively force them to accelerate introductions of electric vehicles, even as delivery figures are still tiny and battery-charging infrastructure remains patchy. While segment pioneer Tesla Inc. has successfully expanded sales volume, the California start-up’s cash burn underscores the difficulty of making battery-powered vehicles economically feasible.

“Because of the time-frame chosen in Europe, we have to electrify,” Marchionne said in the interview. “But if you tell me that this is the answer, I say no. As carmakers choose from a range of zero-emission powering systems, “we need to be absolutely open about the technology solution which would prevail.” Established carmakers also have to speed up decision-making to match new competitors such as Tesla, led by co-founder Elon Musk.

“The biggest fear that I see is that we will be left behind,” Marchionne said. “We are a very slow industry; for us to make a decision takes forever.” In contrast, “take Tesla: Elon moves at the speed of a rocket.”

Fiat Chrysler shares fell 0.1 percent to 15.15 euros as of 3:41 p.m. in Milan trading, reversing a gain earlier in the day, after Marchionne said there are no discussions with Hyundai and reiterated that he hasn’t been approached by Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor Co. on a potential deal.

“I have no big deal on the table,” the CEO said. Instead he’s placing priority on reaching debt-elimination targets for 2018, developing Fiat Chrysler’s business plan through 2022 and finding his successor. Marchionne, 65, is set to retire in 2019.

The business plan, set to be published next year, will include the spinoff of the Magneti Marelli car-parts operation, Marchionne said.

“The best solution would be to distribute Marelli to Fiat shareholders,” he said.

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Jeep Yuntu Prototype Spied

Jeep Yuntu Prototype Spied Testing in the US

Oct 04, 2017




Spy photographers have caught an interesting Jeep testing in North America.

The Jeep Yuntu Concept made its debut earlier this year at the Shanghai Motor Show, and at first, it was believed to preview a China-only model. After its debut, there were rumors that the production Yuntu could head to the U.S., badged as a Chrysler seven-seat SUV offering. But now, it’s appearing the Yuntu could become the Grand Wagoneer in the U.S. based on these spy photos.

What we do know is that this three-row prototype features a design that matches the Yuntu Concept, with similar headlights, tail lights, and overall profile. Our spy photographers say the Yuntu was testing with the elongated Cherokee-based mule, as well as a Chrysler Pacifica minivan and a Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid. Considering the Yuntu Concept promised to deliver a plug-in hybrid SUV, it makes sense that it’s being benchmarked against the Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid.

In the coming months, it will become more clear how the Yuntu will be used in the U.S., whether it’s the Jeep Grand Wagoneer or a new Chrysler SUV.


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Wrangler Engine Specs Leaked?

Partial Next-generation Jeep Wrangler Engine Specs Leaked?

Oct 06, 2017



The Truth About Cars’ resident document digger, Bozi Tatarevic, stumbled upon a document submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that may confirm at least some details about the next Jeep Wrangler.

The docs appear to confirm that the upcoming JL-platform Wrangler will offer two engines at launch – a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 285 horsepower and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 368 horsepower. Yes, you read that right.

The other piece of news gleaned from the submitted docs is that the Wrangler will initially debut as four-door only. Just three trim levels were listed: Sport Unlimited, Sahara Unlimited, and Rubicon Unlimited.

Don’t worry, Wrangler fans. Just because a two-door bodystyle isn’t listed, it doesn’t mean it’s not happening (as seen by this camouflaged model). The same goes for a diesel-engine option or the pickup-truck bodystyle, which Jeep has confirmed.

We’ve already reported that the diesel is still a go, and that it will appear later on, probably in the spring of 2018. We’ve also already reported that the truck version will bring back the Scrambler name and go on sale in 2019.

These documents appear to confirm some other bits of our previous reporting – we already wrote about leaks that indicate a production run beginning in November with the four-door hardtop bodystyle and a choice of engines between the 3.6-liter V6 and 2.0-liter turbo four.

We also reported the V6 would be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual and that the 2.0-liter would be a “mild hybrid” unit only offered with an automatic. The docs do not confirm anything related to transmissions, nor do they confirm or refute the “mild hybrid” reporting. It’s entirely possible that Jeep could offer a traditional turbo four and a mild hybrid, or that the turbo four is a mild hybrid.

Roof options are likewise not touched upon, nor is the type of 4WD system offered, although the docs do show there will be 4WD of some sort, as one would expect from a Wrangler.

I reached out to Chrysler for comment, and got the usual response, which is to say that Chrysler PR folks won’t talk about future product. I was unable to confirm whether the Wrangler would debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November – which it would if the production run does, in fact, start next month – or at FCA’s hometown auto show, the North American International Auto Show, which takes place in January.

Personally, I’d love to see a manual transmission matched to the 2.0-liter, but whatever the case is, the wraps will be off the package soon.

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Looks Like a 368-HP Turbo Jeep Wrangler Isn’t Happening

Oct 12, 2017

Remember rumors about the possibility of a new Jeep Wrangler with trail-annihilating levels of power? Well, FCA has revised its horsepower estimate.

As with the last report, this information was unearthed by human encyclopedia Bozi Tatarevic over at our sister publication, The Truth About Cars. In the updated NHTSA filing, both the six-cylinder and turbo-four remain listed as engine options for the upcoming JL Wrangler, but the turbo mill, previously listed as having 368 horsepower, has had its rating changed to NR (not rated).

Now, this could mean one of several things. The first – and most obvious – explanation is that FCA was none too pleased about the inadvertent revealing of the gonzo engine spec and rushed to refile the document with unlisted power ratings thereby giving them the opportunity to claim the number was an error.

It also stands to reason that the 368-hp figure may simply have been a typo at the hands of a ham-fisted FCA intern tasked with pounding out several documents between espresso runs for Sergio. A rating of 268 hp would not be wholly unexpected or unrealistic. If this proves to be the case, Jeep should invest in typing lessons for all its staff, or at least buy them special dialing wands like Homer Simpson used when he worked from home.

A third – and conspiracy-laden – reason could be that Jeep was simply trolling us all, putting out this huge power number for us to talk about while we wait for the new Wrangler to drop at the L.A. Auto Show later this Fall. If so, well played.

Codenamed “Hurricane” and speculated on for the better part of a year now, the new 2.0-liter turbo – however much power it makes – is expected to make its way into several vehicles in the FCA portfolio. It will likely be hooked to an eight-speed automatic transmission and built at Chrysler’s Trenton Engine Complex, located south of the Motor City.


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Jeep Scrambler spy movie


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Real Fast Fotography catches a Jeep Wrangler pickup on the movie
 

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Drop a Top, Again:

Drop a Top, Again: Upcoming Wrangler Pickup May be a Convertible

Nov 24, 2017



The leaks concerning Jeep’s next-generation Wrangler have been like a screen door on a submarine, with FCA itself fueling the fire by releasing a couple of official images during the recent SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Rumours of a Wrangler-based pickup began swirling ages ago, with Fiat Chrysler eventually assuring us that one will appear at some point during the new Wrangler’s product cycle. Now, in a report from Automotive News, there is speculation the new-age, four-door Scrambler will be offered as a convertible.

The report claims “a source with direct knowledge of the design says the Scrambler, like the current and next-generation Wrangler, will come with an optional soft top capable of being removed or lowered, making the Scrambler a true convertible.” Dandy, if true.

Screencaps and surreptitiously taken photos of dealer information systems have surfaced on the interwebs over the last few months, revealing what seems to be firm(ish) plans for a Wrangler with a pickup bed, perhaps called the JT. If the shots are to be believed, the JT will have a frame much longer than that currently found on the JK Unlimited, leading one to speculate that a four-door Wrangler pickup will actually have a usable bed (unlike that which was found on the Hummer SUT, for example).

In the official photos, we see a Rubicon in bright red paintwork with its top off, doors removed, and – joy of joys – windshield folded down. It appears that the folding windshield may be a bit easier to use in the JL than in the JK, where bugs-in-yer-teeth wheeling involves removing part of the roll bar system. Here, the roll bars remain intact, with the windshield seeming to pop out of a frame and fold forward. Sounds like a good solution to us.

BFGoodrich All Terrain KO2s, natty fender vents, and six-speed manual transmission are all present and accounted for on the Rubicon. The overhead shot shows off a pair of hood vents, the removable front bumper end caps, and Rubicon logos on the front seats.

This author sincerely hopes FCA retains the Scrambler name for production. It’s a fantastic throwback to the CJ-8 Scrambler, which was a long wheelbase version of the CJ-7. Expect to see a production version of the new Jeep Wrangler JL at next week’s 2017 LA Auto Show, with production ramping up just after the big reveal.


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2019 Jeep Cherokee

2019 Jeep Cherokee Gets New Engine to Go With New Face

Dec 06, 2017



We know from spy photos that the refreshed 2019 Jeep Cherokee will (finally) ditch its awkward stacked headlamps, instead adopting a conventional setup that doesn’t make the vehicle look like it’s squinting. The look is more in keeping with the second-generation Compass and Grand Cherokee.

Expect very little outcry over this sensible and long overdue decision.

However, an updated fascia isn’t the only change in store for 2019. The midcycle revamp also brings a new powerplant sourced from the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, documents show.

Thanks to the sleuthing of Bozi Tatarevic, we now know that the Cherokee’s engine family grows by one member for 2019. Joining the lineup, no doubt as an option for uplevel trims, is the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in the next-generation Wrangler. (That model debuted last week in Los Angeles to buckets of saliva from amassed journos.)

With a 48-volt mild hybrid system aiding both acceleration and fuel economy, the new 2.0-liter stands to sit atop the Cherokee powertrain summit. Its 270 horsepower is only 1 hp less than that of the 3.2-liter V6 found in the top-flight Cherokee Overland, but its 295 lb-ft of torque out-twists the smaller Pentastar by 56 lb-ft.

The same 2019 VIN code guide reveals the ancient 2.4-liter four-cylinder retains its 184 hp rating, presumably with the same 171 lb-ft of torque. When Fiat Chrysler finds a low-cost component that works, any changes are usually few and far between.

The Cherokee remains a strong seller for Jeep, though volume has tapered off some since the reborn model’s peak in 2015. Sales of the compact crossover rose 44.2 percent in November, year-over-year. Over the first 11 months of 2017, however, sales are down 17.9 percent.



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2019 Ram 1500 (DT) Running Footage:


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