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
When the 2023 Jeep Compass was first announced, the transmission was a mystery: it was an eight-speed, which could have been the ZF nine-speed with programming that ignored the top gear, or an Aisin, or any number of others. Then Jeep made it clear that it was a true physical eight-speed, not a nine-speed with … Read more
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
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
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
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.
Earlier this year, Stellpower noted that the Cherokee would be leaving in mid-2023. It seems mid-2023 is coming early this year, with Stellantis choosing to idle the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois on February 28, 2023. That is the only factory making Cherokees—and Cherokees are all the factory makes. The news was just reported by … Read more
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
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
The Alfa Romeo won’t be joined with a 256-hp 2-liter gasoline engine in the United States, though that was part of the original plan. The company claimed that the reason was emissions rules. Instead, the Tonale will be sold with a 177 hp GSE 1.3 liter engine with a 122 hp electric motor, which is … Read more
The Jeep Gladiator has an array of uniquely named colors and this week, the Trail Rated brand introduced the newest color for the 2023 model year. The color is named Earl and the company is calling it a “bold shade of gray with hints of aquamarine”. To me, it looks like a very light blue … Read more
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