What on Earth is a Jeep Meridian? (Updated)

Jeep Meridian for India

Today, Stellantis announced renewed investment in India, with four Jeeps to be made there—the Wrangler, Compass, Grand Cherokee, and … Meridian. What on earth is a Jeep Meridian, you may ask? This is a Jeep Meridian. The Meridian is a seven-seat version of the Jeep Compass, complete with front wheel drive origins and similar front styling, …

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Latest threat to Jeep Wrangler comes from—VW and Navistar (updated)

IH Scout

Volkswagen did not make many waves when it purchased Navistar, the truck and diesel engine maker created from the ashes of Harvester International. Then, though, Volkswagen watched Ford’s success in reviving two dead nameplates—Ranger and Bronco—making a sub-brand of the Bronco; and they watched Rivian introduce a new SUV, the R1S, which awed reviewers with its …

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Wagoneer’s Hurricane power cuts gas guzzling

Mopar twin turbo inline six: Hurricane engine

The Jeep Wagoneer with rear wheel drive and the base 5.7 Hemi engine is rated at 16 mpg city, 22 highway.  Going to four wheel drive drops those numbers to 15 city, 20 highway—which, incidentally, is roughly the same as a 1990 Wagoneer with the four-liter six cylinder pushing out roughly half the power. Move …

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Grand Wagoneer gets unusual unanimous vote at Wards 10 Best

2022 grand wagoneer seats

The 2022 Grand Wagoneer was unanimously voted a winner in the 2022 Wards 10 Best Interiors & UX awards. Editor Drew Winter wrote, “The sheer artistry of the Jeep® brand’s lavish new interiors is breathtaking. The Grand Wagoneer easily earns its way into the six-figure SUV club on the power of its interior design.” Editor Christie …

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Stellantis Hackathon isn’t as Nefarious as it Sounds

Stellantis Hackathon

Last weekend, Stellantis held the company’s first “Hackathon”, inviting college students from around the area to team up to showcase their programming skills. The name Hackathon may suggest that these students were trying to hack into the various systems, but that wasn’t the case. Instead, the teams of students used data from Stellantis vehicles, the …

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Handful of Jeeps in exceedingly minor recall

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Limited Black

Under a hundred 2022 Grand Cherokees, including the L model, can fail to tell drivers if the turn signals are working due to a software error. The fix is, unsurprisingly, a software update. 65 Grand Cherokees in the United States, all made on January 26, 2022, are affected; 16 were the standard model and 49 …

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Small number of 2022 Compasses recalled for bad welds

2022 Jeep Compass Altitude

Jeep is recalling over a hundred 2022 Jeep Compasses because the front seat head restraints were not welded in the right place, which could cause injuries or death in a crash. Only 114 cars sold in the United States are affected, along with those sold outside the country (Canadian sales are typically around 10% of …

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Jeep chief talks about [gasp] future product

Jim Morrison piloting Grand Cherokee

Jim Morrison, head of Jeep, told Motor Authority that the Hemi will not be the Grand Cherokee’s performance engine in the future, according to an article by Joel Feder. That also means, he said, that the Gladiator would probably not have a 392 V8 stuffed into it. The Trackhawk model might be destined for history, …

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Exit Cherokee, enter Airflow: timing, Chrysler Future, and the KN

Feuell and Airflow

The current version of the Jeep Cherokee is near the end of a normal car’s lifespan—though, to be fair, it is not quite as long in the tooth as the still-surprisingly-competitive Charger and Challenger. Meanwhile, the Chrysler Airflow, whatever its final name ends up being, is getting closer to actual production. The Airflow is likely …

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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe First Drive: Another Great Hybrid

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

Some critics questioned Jeep’s move to make the Wrangler their first hybrid vehicle with all-electric driving capabilities, but the Wrangler 4xe quickly became the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the U.S. The Grand Cherokee is the second model to receive the optional 4xe hybrid drivetrain; after spending the day driving one around Texas, I have little …

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