Mopar’s Hurricane Six is official and very powerful indeed

Mopar twin turbo inline six: Hurricane engine

In a stunning move, Stellantis has revealed its new Hurricane Six—keeping the code name for the general public. The engine was accidentally revealed to the public yesterday, caught by an Allpar reader, and reposted on Stellpower.Stellantis confirmed that the Hurricane would be the primary internal-combustion engine for STLA Large and Frame vehicles, powering the future … Read more

Plant change means electric Grand Cherokees are coming, Durango is changing

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

Now that the new Grand Cherokee, including the Durango-replacing Grand Cherokee L, is in full swing at Mack, Jefferson North is shutting down for eight weeks for retooling. When it is done, a $900 million changeover, which is creating 1,100 jobs, will allow for the production of plug-in hybrids and full battery-electrics. … What does this mean for the Dodge Durango and WK Grand Cherokee?

Buyers can order (Jeep)’s charitable RED Renegade

Renegade (RED)

Jeep has come to the rescue of Mopar-following news sites by releasing a 2022 (Jeep®)RED Renegade Special Edition. The punctuation is from (Jeep®), which uses parenthesis around its own name and a superscripted RED on the special edition Renegade and Compass. Jeep wrote, “The 2022 Jeep Renegade – known for its best-in-class off-road capability – is … Read more

Rams, Dodges recalled for faulty ESC light

2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon axles

Incorrectly written software in the antilock brake control module in 370,437 Ram 2500s and Dodge Durangos can result in the ESC light failing to come on when the electronic stability control (ESC) does. This can increase the odds of a crash, as drivers will be less aware that they are approaching the vehicle’s road-adhesion limits. … Read more

Dodge may improve on Prowler/F1 pushrod-based suspension for EVs (updated)

Dodge Charger BEV AWD Burnout

The Prowler had another trick up its sleeve, too—a pushrod suspension design which had horizontal dampers and active controls. That suspension design also appeared on the Chrysler ME-412, an incredibly potent lightweight vehicle using an AMG V12 engine which was reportedly “production intent” but angrily cancelled from Stuttgart—because it made mincemeat of the expensive Mercedes SLR. According to Muscle Cars & Trucks (cited by Mopar Insiders), Stellantis recently patented a similar design adapted for electric cars…

Kokomo is pumping out 2.0 turbos

Wrangler 4xe system

… the Kokomo Engine Plant, which has been repurposed and renamed from making transmissions, has officially started production. Indeed, the plant has actually been churning out engines since late February, according to Stellantis—as quoted by the Kokomo Tribune.

Some Jeep options for the 2024 Jeep Cherokee

2023 Jeep Cherokee BEV

With nearly a decade on the same platform, the Cherokee has waxed and waned in popularity. While it’s a comfortable vehicle whose TrailHawk version crossed the Rubicon Trail, some of the Jeep faithful still deride it, and there are still 2021s in inventory despite a vast car shortage. The assembly plant that makes it has been running just one shift, and shutting down for weeks at a time. It’s clearly time for something new, and perhaps we have seen its future:

Sand-colored Gobi Jeeps for ’22

Gobi Wrangler / Gladiator

Jeep has added a new Gobi paint color to the 2022 Jeep Gladiator and Wrangler option sheet. the sand color, named after the Asian desert, was first available on the 2020 Gladiator; it has never been an option for the Wrangler. The color could be described as being near tan. 

Stellantis hit by Russian export ban

Russia has reacted to EU and North American sanctions by banning the export of numerous products—including motor vehicles such as the vans that Stellantis was gearing to export from a new joint-venture factory there. The vans may still be exported to other countries which are not affected by Russia’s 48-nation ban. Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, … Read more