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Chrysler 2Q Profit, Sales Rise, but Cuts Full-Year Forecasts

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DETROIT — Chrysler Group’s sales picked up in the second quarter thanks to strong U.S. demand for trucks and SUVs, but the company still cut its full-year sales and profit targets after a slower than expected start to the year.

Chrysler said Tuesday that its net income rose 16 percent to $507 million in the April-June period from $436 million a year ago. It was Chrysler’s eighth straight quarterly profit.

Chrysler sold 643,000 vehicles worldwide in the second quarter, up 10 percent from a year ago. Sales were also up 10 percent in the U.S., where Chrysler sells 75 percent of its vehicles. Chrysler’s U.S. sales rose faster than the industry average of 8 percent in the second quarter.

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Revenue was up 7 percent to $18 billion from $16.8 billion.

Chrysler said it now expects to ship 2.6 million vehicles worldwide in 2013, at the low end of its target of between 2.6 million and 2.7 million. It expects to earn between $1.7 billion and $2.2 billion, down from its previous target of around $2.2 billion.

Chrysler’s first-quarter figures suffered because it was slow to release new versions of the Ram pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, two of its most popular vehicles. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne described the first quarter as a one-off event and urged workers to “just close your eyes and plug your nose and move on from here.”

Chrysler’s production issues were resolved and there were plenty of vehicles on the ground in the second quarter. U.S. Ram sales rose 30.4 percent over last year as construction companies and other small businesses raced to replace aging trucks. It was the Ram’s best second quarter since 2007.

Grand Cherokee sales soared 27 percent to 47,663. The Grand Cherokee is one of Chrysler’s biggest money makers. U.S. buyers paid an average of $40,294 for a Grand Cherokee in the second quarter, up 9 percent from a year ago, according to car pricing site Kelley Blue Book.

U.S. sales were up for the company’s Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram brands; only the Chrysler brand, with aging vehicles like the Town and Country minivan, saw sales drop.

In the second half of this year, Chrysler should get a boost from the release of the new Jeep Cherokee, which started rolling off the line in Toledo, Ohio, last month. The Cherokee replaces the Jeep Liberty, which was phased out last year.

“Chrysler Group is poised for a very strong performance in the second half of the year,” Marchionne said Tuesday in a statement.

Chrysler is majority owned by Italian automaker Fiat SpA, which is scheduled to release its second-quarter results later Tuesday.

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Report: Toyota reaffirms commitment to body-on-frame SUVs

By Brandon Turkus

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Toyota sold 121,055 Highlander CUVs in 2012, according to Automotive News. By comparison, it sold 78,457 examples of four different body-on-frame, truck-based SUVs (4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Sequoia and Land Cruiser). One could argue then, that the traditional SUVs aren’t pulling their weight from a sales perspective. Yet that isn’t stopping Toyota from reaffirming its commitment to a segment that has seen its former champions – Ford, General Motors and Chrysler – abandon it with alarming speed. Ford and GM still offer body-on frame utilities, but only in the very largest offerings, catering to seven or even eight passengers. Everything outside of the Expedition or Tahoe rides now on a unibody.

Toyota’s decision to stick with the technology is good news if you’re in the market for smaller SUVs that are still capable of heading well off the beaten path. Outside of the Jeep Wrangler, Grand Cherokee (a unibody) and perhaps Nissan Xterra, there’s not much in terms of capable SUVs between $20,000 and $50,000. As the Toyota brand’s US head, Bill Fay, says, “Clearly, the trend has shifted, but there is still an owner base that is interested in these vehicles.”

We don’t doubt Fay on that, but it may also be somewhat telling that Toyota’s SUV lineup is aging, and we haven’t seen or heard much about replacement models in the pipeline. Admittedly, the 4Runner (pictured) has been facelifted for 2014, but it’s mostly cosmetic in nature. Despite Toyota’s posturing, we still expect its body-on-frame lineup to thin in the coming years as sales dwindle and escalating fuel-economy standards make business cases even tougher. Here’s hoping that Toyota manages to keep at least one rough-and-tumble SUV in its lineup in the coming years.

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Jeep’s Moab Concepts Hint at Future Wrangler

By Aaron Robinson

Once again, Jeep is using the occasion of the massive Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, to show off a few fresh ideas to its rock-crawling faithful. The six concept trucks, several of which are just showboats for Mopar-brand aftermarket parts, aren’t likely to ever make it into production, but they say a lot about what’s on the company’s mind as it debuts a new Grand Cherokee diesel and firms up the blueprints for the redesign of the next Wrangler, due out in about two years.

With its fabric-covered body, carbon-fiber hood, and hugely lighter frame, the Jeep Wrangler Stitch is sort of an off-road Caterham 7. It’s 1100 pounds lighter than the current two-door Wrangler and is a low-mass fantasy from a brand whose engineers currently are obsessed with weight reduction.

Most of the vehicles in Jeep’s lineup are serious drags on Chrysler’s overall corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) rating, so weight reduction is a major objective for the next Wrangler. When the Wrangler debuts, you won’t see holes drilled in its frame and spindles, as you do on the Stitch, but you’re likely to see a frame that has been heavily re-worked for reduced mass, says Jeep vehicle line director Ray Durham.

“We think there’s a smarter way to design the frame,” he says, adding that he’s been fascinated by the way Japanese motorcycle makers save weight and cost by using a combination of aluminum castings and simple extrusions in their frames. The next Wrangler is unlikely to have an aluminum frame, but it may have hydroformed steel sections, or full-box sections only where they are needed for strength while lesser-stressed areas are made from open C-section rails, or some combination of the three, says Durham.

The Stitch concept highlights Jeep’s most-aggressive weight-saving ideas.

Engineers are scrutinizing every single flange, cross-member, and attachment mount to see where un-needed pounds can be culled. They’re also looking at using aluminum in the doors or hood, Durham says, which also would cut mass.

Another change in the next Wrangler will be a more comfortable rear seat for four-door models. Customers have complained that the current rear seat is too vertical, but the company has decided to wait until the full redesign to fix the problem owing to the high cost of swapping in a new seat frame and then re-certifying it with crash testing, says Durham.

Aerodynamic improvements, such as those hinted by the Jeep Wrangler Slim’s faired front bumper, also are being slated for the Wrangler. And so is a diesel engine for the U.S. “It comes up in almost every conversation I have with a customer,” says Jeep brand marketing director Jim Morrison.

The Slim concept’s bumper should preview a more aerodynamic piece we’ll see on the next-gen Wrangler.

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Chrysler Considering Diesel Option for 300, Report Says

By Andrew Wendler

Jeep introduced a diesel-powered Grand Cherokee earlier this year—which we’ve already driven—and an oil-burning Ram 1500 pickup won’t be far behind, so it should come as no surprise that rumors of a diesel option for the Chrysler 300 have begun to make the rounds on the internet. In an interview with Wards Auto, Saad Chehab, Chrysler president and CEO, addressed the reports, stating that the maker is investigating the possibility of a diesel-powered 300, but a final decision has yet to be made.

Should it happen, it’s a good bet Chrysler will call up the 3.0-liter diesel V-6 already in use in the 300’s European doppelgänger, the Lancia Thema. Chrysler tells C/D that the Thema’s diesel and the one found under the hood of the new Grand Cherokee are “fundamentally the same, but the U.S. engine has some different hardware for emissions purposes.” As it sits in the Jeep, the 3.0-liter diesel produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.



Referring specifically to the 300, Chehab says, “It’s a matter of how much the customer is willing to pay for that premium. That’s the only issue with it.” For the sake of comparison, opting for the diesel in a two-wheel-drive Grand Cherokee Limited will set you back $4500 over the base V-6 engine, or $2305 over the V-8. Jeep considers the diesel the premium engine within the Grand Cherokee range, and it’d likely take that same place in the 300’s lineup at least in price, if not the eyes of consumers.

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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee isn’t the original SUV, but it’s fair to say it helped spawn the rush to SUVs in the 1990s. Along with the Ford Explorer, the Grand Cherokee gave a generation of drivers a way to avoid minivans and station wagons, and permission to indulge every off-roading fantasy while stuck in rush-hour traffic. It could have… …read more
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Jeep and Mopar Reveal Six New Concepts for This Year’s Moab Easter Jeep Safari

By Andrew Wendler

Ah, spring, when a young man’s thoughts turn from the cold, dark struggle of winter to busting across the sun-kissed Utah landscape in a kick-ass 4×4. For devotees of the Jeep brand, the annual Moab Jeep Safari not only is an off-roaders dream vacation, but also an opportunity to check out some of the wilder concept vehicles the Jeep brand and its Mopar associates have been brewing up during the winter. This year the pair took a half-dozen vehicles—three from Jeep, three from Mopar—and went to work, reconvening at Chrysler’s HQ in Auburn Hills for a final shakedown before shipping out for Moab. Although the FC Concept and the J10 retro-truck from last year’s outing didn’t leave much turf in left field unturned for 2013, the teams still managed to put together a mighty impressive group of vehicles made from equal parts dreams and ingenuity, while hinting at products to come. Here’s the lineup:

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II Concept

Arguably the most impressive thing about the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II (pictured above) is how good it looks in person. Despite wearing jumbo-sized 35-inch Mickey Thompson tires on 17-inch wheels, the concept received no lift kit or suspension mods. To fit the tires, Jeep simply got busy with the Sawzall and opened up the wheel wells until the super-sized blackwall tires fit. Teamed with the custom flares and blood-orange paint, the results are ruggedly handsome. A 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 with a Banks Engineering exhaust provides motivation to the tune of 420 lb-ft of torque.  Exterior mods include a Grand Cherokee SRT hood, SRT front and rear fascias that have been modified for extra ground clearance, a blacked-out grille, a matte-black roof, and one-off custom roof rails. Custom front and rear skid plates, dual rear tow hooks, and modified Mopar rock rails finish off the package. All in, this is one Grand Cherokee that means business.

Jeep Wrangler Flat Top

This is what your gramps would call an “immaculate chop.” No ragged edges, no ungainly transitions, just a two-inch drop in roof height that looks so clean that you’d need a stocker next to it to illustrate is radicalness. To achieve it, Jeep clipped the windshield and removed the B-pillar, which, in turn, necessitated removing all side glass, and then put it all back together. It may sound easy, but there are no plans for the aftermarket. The exterior is finished in metallic sandstone with copper and brown accents. The hood and bumpers are customized versions from the Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary model, and a massive Warn Zeon winch and a TeraFlex spare-tire carrier round off the exterior enhancements.

Power comes from a stock 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and a six-speed manual with a Mopar exhaust. A Mopar/Dynatrac Prorock 44 axle sits in front, a 60 in the rear, both out fitted with 5.38 gears and ARB lockers. Thirty-seven–inch Mickey Thompson tires provide the height without a lift kit, while the suspension is beefed up with King remote reservoir shocks, pneumatic bump stops, and …read more
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Jeep Previews Two Concepts Headed for 2013 Moab Easter Safari

By Alexander Stoklosa

Jeep Wrangler Slim concept

It’s almost that time of year again, when the snow begins melting away, birds head north again, and Jeeps gather in the Moab for the annual Easter Safari. That also means that it’s time for Jeep to reveal a new batch of concept vehicles in a tradition that’s quickly becoming as eagerly awaited as the Safari itself. To kick things off, the legendary off-road brand has released renderings of two of this year’s six concepts: the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II and the Wrangler Slim.



Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II

Unfortunately, Jeep has yet to unleash any information on the Trailhawk II—which we assume is a followup to last year’s Trailhawk, which spun off a production model—or the Wrangler Slim. Both feature brightly colored paint and dark wheels, and the Grand Cherokee clearly is based on the updated-for-2014 model, but that’s about all the information that’s available at the moment. Both look relatively tame, however; we hope Jeep has more up its sleeve for the other four Moab Safari reveals, although that’s a tall order given the awesome-tude of last year’s wares, which included the J-12 and Mighty FC functional show vehicles.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT First Drive: We Hit the Track in Jeep’s Beastly SUV

By John Lamm

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Okay, you’ve read about the other Grand Cherokees. You’ve read about diesel engines and Eco modes and Trail Rating. Now forget all that. The SRT may be a Grand Cherokee, but its aspirations tend more to the Viper side of life. Appropriately, Jeep took us to Austin, Texas, and the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) to sample the new track-rated aspects of its updated hot-rod SUV.  READ MORE ››

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First Drive: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

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Choose Your Own Adventure… But Choose Wisely

Jeep has got you covered. We can say this without even having to know what it is you want, because there’s hardly an option or configuration that you won’t find in the 2014 Grand Cherokee. There are three different engines, three different four-wheel-drive systems (plus rear-wheel drive), four different trim levels – not counting SRT – two different suspension setups and five different settings for various off-road terrain conditions. If you happen to check the box for Quadra-Lift, you’ll also have five different ride-height settings for the driver-selectable air suspension.

As you might expect with so many customization possibilities, the way a buyer checks the options sheet can have a profound effect on the final product and its capabilities, to say nothing of its price. Nowhere is that more true than with the Grand Cherokee‘s choice of engines, with the brand-new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 stealing the spotlight from the still excellent gasoline-fueled 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V8 powerplants that carry over from last year. No matter which engine you choose, though, it will be paired up with Jeep’s new standard eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF. This, ladies and gentlemen, is very good news indeed.

We took to the ranch lands surrounding Austin, Texas at Jeep’s invitation to put the 2014 Grand Cherokee through its paces, both on road and off. Read on for our initial report card.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee V-6 / V-8 First Drive: Fresh Face, 8 Speeds, and More for Jeep’s Flagship

By John Lamm

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

It’s been three years since Jeep dramatically updated its Grand Cherokee, delivering a refined flagship with style and substance constructed on a chassis shared in large part with the Mercedes-Benz M-class. Jeep would be the first to admit that, in the past, it would slide out a new model and then ignore it for five years. No longer. The iconic brand has reloaded the Grand Cherokee for 2014 with a new engine, transmission, and other features.  READ MORE ››

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel V-6 First Drive: Like Diesel? You’ll Dig this GC

By John Lamm

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel

If Jeep’s Grand Cherokee didn’t have enough iterations—including gas V-6 or V-8, rear- or four-wheel drive, fire-breathing SRT, etc.—the model’s 2014 refresh brings with it a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6. The update also includes new exterior lighting, re-sculpted front and rear styling, and an updated interior. READ MORE ››

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Jeep Releases First Official Photos of 2014 Cherokee [2013 New York Auto Show]

By Erik Johnson

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The Jeep Cherokee is back. The sparse release accompanying these images—spat out on the heels of clandestine photos published today by Jalopnik, as well as the rather accurate rendering we published last month—confirms that the Liberty replacement will resurrect the hallowed badge when it debuts in late March. (At least in the U.S.; the Liberty was badged as a Cherokee for other markets.) The name change is something we’ve been discussing as far back as early last summer.

While official details won’t arrive until the New York auto show next month, we have a good idea of what to expect from the 2014 Cherokee. Built at Jeep’s Toledo plant on a version of the front-drive Compact U.S. Wide bones that underpin the Dodge Dart, it’s a solid bet that the engine bay will host four-cylinder and V-6 power. The identity of the former is still a mystery—The Dart’s 1.4-liter turbo four or Alfa’s 1.8-liter turbo four remain strong possibilities—but the V-6 will be a 3.2-liter version of Chrysler’s corporate Pentastar engine. We also expect ZF’s nine-speed automatic transmission, which would more than double the number of forward ratios available in the Liberty. (Read more about the 2014 Cherokee.)

As for the new Cherokee’s styling, it’s, um, rather funky. The Jeep badge is present, as is the all-important seven-slot grille, but the overall look eschews the old XJ’s boxy style in favor of softer crossover lines. It’s an aesthetic philosophy adopted by the latest Grand Cherokee, but that model has a more conventional front end: The face of the Cherokee thus far proves difficult to love. It features a Nissan Juke–light arrangement, with LED running lamps and turn signals arrayed up top and the headlights embedded in separate pods below. At least these professional shots—as well as the dark paint and the fact that it appears to be a top-spec trim with body-color bumpers—cast it in better light than does the gray-cladded and presumably base example that appeared on Jalopnik.



Even without taking the new look into account, it’s likely going to be tough to get the Jeep faithful to accept the Cherokee name on a front-drive-based suburban transportation pod, no matter how many versions end up wearing a Trail Rated badge. That said, the Liberty’s rough-and-tumble driving dynamics and unrefined character created few converts. Unfortunately for purists, we think we know which approach ultimately will prove most successful for Jeep.

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Video: Jeep's new <i>Chip Away</i> commercial has us hunting Al Pacino's back catalog

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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Chrysler has done a pretty good job as of late turning its television commercials into pep talks or rallying cries, but for its first ad for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, it turned to Al Pacino‘s inspirational speech from the movie Any Given Sunday. In the movie, Pacino’s character talks about how football is a game of inches, but the commercial, titled Chip Away, focuses more on the attention to detail that Jeep has exhibited on its updated flagship SUV.

Centering around the newest Grand Cherokee model, the luxurious $47,995 Summit trim level, the commercial shows off some of the hand-stitched leathers and real metal and wood accents found inside the cabin. Check out the new 60-second spot by scrolling below.

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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Review & Test Drive

By Harvey Schwartz

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2013 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE SRT8 BRIGHT WHITE ALPINE SPECIAL EDITION

‘BLACKED OUT ON WHITE’

With so many full-size, high-performance sport utility vehicles on the market and to keep consumers coming back to the fabled brand, Jeep introduces for model year 2013 a new, exclusive Special Edition Bright White ‘Alpine’ Grand Cherokee SRT8.  It is loaded to the gills and is the ultimate performance SUV.

The unique bright white ‘Alpine’ paint scheme comes with black gloss trim up front, on the sides and in the rear, no chrome here.  The new front fascia features a black Jeep hood badge, a black seven slot grille surround and inserts, Bi-Xenon headlamp clusters with a black surround, black incased premium projector beam foglamps combined with a strip of LEDs for the daytime running lamps, and a black lower air-intake with scoops at the sides with a L-shaped chrome surround to cool the giant brake rotors.  The side view shows a black Grand Cherokee door badge, black low-profile roof rails, sideview mirrors with black gloss at the bottom, the only chrome trim located around the greenhouse, deep lower side extensions, and new aggressively styled Black Vapor Chrome finish on the 5-spoke 20X10 inch forged alloy wheels wrapped with Pirelli 295/45ZR20 inch Scorpion Verde all-season run-flat tires.  The unique rear features a blacked out Jeep badge on the center of the black gloss strip that mates the big wraparound lamp clusters, a black rear light bar and step pad, and a chrome SRT8 badge with black lettering on the power liftgate.  Up top is a spoiler to enhance rear downforce and increase stability.  Down below is a black gloss diffuser with 4 inch black gloss trumpet shaped dual exhaust finishers.   The power dome hood features two working heat extractors with black screens.

Standard features in the new SRT8 ‘Alpine’ that I tested includes premium leather door trim panels, instrument cluster, dashboard, dash shelf, leather trimmed with suede accents, Nappa leather, 8-way power adjustable/heated/cooled, SRT styled deeply cut bucket seats with power lumbar support, black/gray carbon fiber trim on the doors, instrument panel, dashboard each sitting in chrome channels, an aluminum metallic around the side air-vents, center stack and center console with dual cup-holders and a two-tiered storage box with a padded armrest, heated rear seats, ambient lighting, power liftgate, and an exclusive, beefy, power tilt/telescoping and heated leather-wrapped/chrome sheathed  SRT flat bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters for hands-on-the-wheel shifting both on road and at the racetrack.  My Grand Cherokee SR8 ‘Alpine’ came with the optional rear DVD entertainment video system with headphones and remote control, one-touch power sunroof and a monster SRT high-performance Harman-Kardon Logic 7 GreenEdge amplifier with 19-speakers and a subwoofer.  Standard safety systems include adaptive cruise control, forward warning, cross path detection and Blind-spot Monitoring.  This new ‘Alpine’ edition is loaded with luxury and the latest infotainment/safety features but there is even more in store inside and under the stunning sheet metal.

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Good News For Pickup Buyers: 2014 Ram 1500 Getting Small Turbodiesel

By Kurt Ernst

2013 Ram 1500 - image: Chrysler Group LLC

2013 Ram 1500 – image: Chrysler Group LLC

While diesel engines in pickup trucks are nothing new, most models that come packing oil-burning engines fall into the “heavy duty” category, with commensurate price tags. If you’re the type who routinely pulls heavy loads, or racks up serious mileage in the name of work, such an expense might make sense. If you’re the average homeowner who pulls a modest boat or camper, such smoke-belching behemoths can be hard to justify.

Enter the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which will come to market with the same Fiat-sourced 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 used in the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel. Ram says the engine is the industry’s first small displacement diesel in a half-ton pickup, and Ram brand president Fred Diaz promises the EcoDiesel pickup will deliver best-in-class fuel economy, torque and range.

Ram isn’t publishing specific numbers on output or fuel economy just yet, but we can make a few assumptions here. To deliver best-in-class fuel economy, it will have to beat the 2013 Ram 1500 HFE, which returns 21 mpg combined, 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. As for the output, the same engine delivers 240 horsepower and 420 pound feet of torque under the hood of the Grand Cherokee, so it’s safe to guess that output will be comparable.

The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will go on sale in the third quarter of 2013. Look for details and pricing to be announced ahead of the truck’s launch.

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Official: Ram 1500 to get V6 turbodiesel engine later this year

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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Happy Valentine’s Day diesel lovers! Chrysler announced today that the Ram 1500 will offer a light-duty diesel engine when it goes into production this fall. Using the same turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 recently introduced in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Ram 1500 is expected to get even better fuel economy than the current 2013 model’s best-in-class 25 miles per gallon on the highway.

Power output has not been released for the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, but in the Grand Cherokee, this engine produces 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, and it will be paired with Chrysler’s eight-speed automatic transmission. This has definitely been a busy and exciting year for the Ram division, bringing home major awards such as the 2013 North American Truck of the Year, 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year and 2013 Truck of Texas not to mention the recent announcement that the Ram HD models will offer a best-in-class towing capacity of 30,000 pounds – all of which is pointed out in the press release, below.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s Pricing Leaks Online, Including New Diesel

By Alexander Stoklosa

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit

Pricing for Jeep’s updated-for-2014 Grand Cherokee SUV has found its way online, appearing first on a Jeep forum. Pricing for the mildly refreshed Grand Cherokee is, for the most part, unexciting and predictable, but the leaked info gives away one exciting tidbit: how much the SUV’s newly optional diesel V-6 engine will cost. The short answer is that it will cost quite a bit. 

If the source of the info on the forum is legit, buyers can look forward to shelling out an extra $4500 for the Jeep’s new 240-hp, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. Pricing for the Grand Cherokee’s two-wheel-drive/diesel combo wasn’t provided, but we assume the diesel will require the same outlay whether it’s powering the rear wheels or all four. From the looks of things, the diesel won’t be available on the Grand Cherokee’s volume and entry-level Laredo trim level; buyers will need to step up to the $38,790 Limited-spec model to unlock the ability to pay even more for the diesel V-6. When pressed for comment, a Jeep representative wouldn’t confirm the veracity of the diesel pricing, but did provide the base prices for each 2014 Grand Cherokee trim level:

  • Laredo: $29,790 + $2000 for four-wheel drive
  • Limited: $36,790 + $2000 for four-wheel drive
  • Overland: $43,990 + $3000 for four-wheel drive
  • Summit: $48,990 + $3000 for four-wheel drive


So the diesel’s price might not be official yet, but given that the base prices provided to us by Jeep match those in the forum post, it’s a pretty safe bet the $4500 figure is correct. If you’re wondering why the diesel costs so much, it’s because diesel engines cost more to produce; just look at the diesel iterations of cars like the Volkswagen Jetta (ignoring the VW’s base, de-contented four-cylinder model) or Audi Q7—both models’ oil-burners cost buyers between $4050 and $5200 extra.

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Report: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee pricing leaks out

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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With our deep dive and auto show coverage of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee revealed at the Detroit Auto Show, we brought you as much information as Chrysler would allow us to, but one thing were still left in the dark about was the pricing. It would seem that Jeep Garage might have the answer for that. The Jeep enthusiast forum claims to have gotten its hands on the ordering and pricing breakdown for the updated Grand Cherokee, and while a Jeep representative has yet to get back to us as to the validity of the site’s claim, these preliminary numbers look pretty kosher to us.

In base form, the two-wheel-drive Laredo will reportedly start at $28,795, which is a $1,100 increase over the 2013 model year, and the new Grand Cherokee Summit trim level starts at $47,995 for 4×2 models and $50,995 for the 4×4. As for the range-topping Grand Cherokee SRT (no longer called the SRT8), this added performance could run you an extra $2,700 with a new starting price of $62,995. More importantly, loaded to the gills with all available options, the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT will top out at around $72,400 – or around $6,000 more than a fully loaded 2013 GC SRT8.

We’ll let you know if the gang over at Jeep get back to us with any confirmation, but until then, head over to Jeep Garage to see the pricing details it has listed.

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