Jeep’s latest “death wobble” solution

The Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator share a suspension which is fairly unique today, though common when the wartime jeeps were created. It combines solid axles in front and rear, a design which is easy to modify and capable off-road, but not necessarily ideal for on-road driving. When the steering and suspension parts are worn, they … Read more

New turbo-Compass gas mileage revealed

2023 Jeep Compass interior

The 2023 Jeep Compass has a new version of the GME 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, finally providing the torque and horsepower one would expect; the sole transmission is an eight-speed, dubbed 8F30, likely supplied by Hyundai. The Compass Limited lists for $35,495; all Compass trims now have standard all wheel drive. The turbo engine produces … Read more

Cherokee turbo replaces V6; down to two trims for ’23

2022 jeep cherokee trailhawk

The 2023 Jeep Cherokee will have no V6 version, with the 3.2 liter engines made only for that model already out of production. Instead, buyers will have a choice of two models; the Altitude LUX has the old 2.4 liter four-cylinder while the Trailhawk has the new 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder. (An earlier announcement suggested … Read more

No Hemi for the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee is No Surprise

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve

It has been reported by multiple outlets and confirmed by the Jeep brand that the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is not available in the 2023 Grand Cherokee in its shorter, two-row form. The only engine available in the “Build and Price” feature on the Jeep website for the Grand Cherokee is the 3.6-liter V6, although the … Read more

Hello, STLA Medium? Belvidere plant and the 2025 tax breaks

Belvidere plant

Stellantis announced recently that it would idle the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois, which makes Jeep Cherokees, on February 28, 2023. While Stellantis blamed the idling of Belvidere on multiple factors, including COVID-19, the microchip shortage, and electrification, a gap between the build-out of the existing Cherokee and its replacement was inevitable. U.S. Cherokee sales for the first nine months of 2022 were just 30,852, nowhere near enough to justify its existence when the Compass and Grand Cherokee were reasonable bookends. 

A set of Illinois tax breaks targeting EV production will go into effect in 2025, and that is likely when the plant will reopen to make new vehicles based on STLA Medium or STLA Large.

Some Jeep Wrangler 4xes recalled for software updates

2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe

Software issues can cause 4xe-equipped 2021-2023 Jeep Wranglers to stall out. Around 63,000 Wrangler 4xes from these model years are being recalled in the US. Similar recalls are usually conducted globally. Affected vehicles were made from September 2, 2020 through August 17, 2022. The software in question is part of the transmission controller. Jeeps without PHEV … Read more

All ranges: Hurricane adds power, economy to Wagoneer lineup

Hurricane Twin Turbo Engine

The battery-electric Wagoneer S might be coming, but the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are already on sale. They started out with 5.7 and 6.4 Hemi engines, but these have largely been replaced already by two varieties of the “Hurricane” twin-turbo straight six. The standard output variety produces more power and torque than the 5.7 Hemi … Read more

Jeep: “Name the electric Wagoneer for us”

electric jeep wagoneer

Apparently not wanting to go the route of GM (adding “BEV” to the Silverado and calling it quits), Jeep is asking the world to provide a name for the electric Wagoneer — which observant people may have noticed is referred to as just “Wagoneer,” not “Jeep Wagoneer.” The forthcoming battery-electric Wagoneer will not share the … Read more