Recalls: backup cameras and truck stalling

2017 Ram 2500 with Cummins diesel

Two Mopar recalls surfaced today, one which is quite serious but affects few cars, and one which is less serious but—also affects relatively few cars. The more serious issue is an engine computer with a misaligned capacitor; this can short circuit, killing the engine. Globally, it affects roughly 5,000 2022 model-year Rams built with the … Read more

First Hurricane gas mileage figures? (Updated)

Mopar twin turbo inline six: Hurricane engine

The Hurricane I6, equipped with twin turbos and a raft of high tech design features, has two versions, each of which easily outpowers the corresponding Hemi V8. The standard output engine’s peak horsepower and torque are above those of the 5.7 Hemi, while the high-output Hurricane runs over the magic 500 for both horsepower and … Read more

Eleven, yes, eleven Gladiators recalled for rollaway

2022 Jeep Gladiator Mojave

Jeep is recalling roughly eleven 2022 Jeep Gladiators in the United States, and most likely a few elsewhere in the world, because a small number of transmissions may have been made with “an improperly crimped parking wheel.” The Gladiators were all made from June 29, 2022, to July 6, 2022, based on supplier data and … Read more

2023 Jeep Gladiator revealed

2023 Jeep Gladiator in high velocity yellow

Few rumors have been buzzing around the 2023 Jeep Gladiator, so perhaps it’s not surprising that few things have changed—though one new package may be interesting to buyers who really need the pickup’s off-road capabilities. The new “Capability Package” for the High Altitude model has a winch-capable steel front bumper, steel rock rails, and a … Read more

Hornet GLH? Fratzogs? “Extreme” Jeeps? Clues dropped in plain sight

1985 Dodge GLH

In addition to bringing back the fratzog—its logo through the 1960s and early 1970s—Dodge may bring back a symbol of 1980s performance. FCA US trademarked three Dodge terms, all in the category of “passenger automobiles and structural parts therefor:” Fratzog—the Dodge symbol which, to our knowledge, was only informally named, and not trademarked by the … Read more

2023 Gladiator in High Velocity Yellow

2023 Jeep Gladiator in high velocity yellow

Jeep is adding High Velocity Yellow to the 2023 Gladiator options; it’s the first yellow paint available for the off-road-capable pickup. Other color options are Firecracker Red, Hydro Blue, Sarge Green, Silver Zynith, Sting-Gray, Granite Crystal, Black and Bright White. The color is $395 in the US, and is also available in Canada.

Mopar releases high-performance wipers for Jeeps

Mopar high performance wiper-washers for Jeeps

The Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) team at Mopar is releasing new high performance wiper blades for the Wrangler and Gladiator. They have 12 laser-cut holes along each blade which create “wet jets” of washer fluid along the entire length, flooding the dirty windshield glass as the blade travels along its arc. Dirt and debris are washed … Read more

Canada: Official 2023 Wrangler updates released

2023 Jeep Wrangler - Earl and Reign

The 2023 Jeep Wrangler will get two new colors, as announced earlier; and the Jeep Wave loyalty program will expand to include the Wrangler, providing up to six oil changes and tire rotations, dedicated call center support, trip interruption, and first-day rentals (all for the first three years). The Rubicon will get new wheels. In … Read more

Jeep recalls Grand Cherokees for lighting goof

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee (and L)

Jeep is recalling 2022 Grand Cherokees and 2021 Grand Cherokee Ls because the tail-light side markers may be broken. Around 100,000 vehicles in the United States, as well as exports to countries that use the same lights, are covered by FCA US recall Z50 (federal recall 22V544). Only 1% of the recalled vehicles are likely … Read more

Inside the new engine coming to the USA for STLA Medium

EP6 Peugeot engine for Stellantis STLA Medium 1.6 hybrids

On Monday, FCA US announced that it would be making a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine for use with hybrid powertrains in two American vehicles. This engine appears to be a new edition in the established EP6 series. The first EP6 four-cylinders had rather public issues with the valve timing; when these were fixed, PSA assigned the … Read more

FCA US, clearing up legal issues, paying $300 million for EcoDiesel cheats

VM diesel (Ram)

With Stellantis in charge and apparently eager to move beyond past mistakes, FCA US entered a guilty plea to conspiracy charges in federal court last two months ago. Today, the sentence came down: the company must pay $300 million for misleading federal regulators about the diesel emissions systems on 101,000 vehicles (Ram 1500s and Jeep … Read more

We know when the 2.4 is leaving—but what’s the replacement? (updated)

2.4-liter MultiAir Tigershark Engine

When the 2022 Jeep Cherokee eliminated the 2.4 liter four-cylinder, the writing on the wall became easier to read. The old “Tigershark” version of DaimlerChrysler’s World Gasoline Engine was now only used in the Jeep Compass and Ram ProMaster City. When we first wrote about this, weeks ago, we believed the 2.4 had around one or … Read more