What’s new for 2021?

Jeep is finally set to sell the Grand Wagoneer and Wagoneer in the second quarter; based on the Ram, as the original Wagoneer was created with the Gladiator pickup, it should set new standards of luxury for Jeep, while, hopefully, maintaining strong off-road capability and durability. Jeep is also getting a brand new Grand Cherokee late in the year, with a three-row version (yet to be named) to be sold early in the year.

1963 wagoneer
The 2022 Wagoneer is not likely to resemble this 1963 model.

Dodge will sell its Durango SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye; the Durango may be one of the last on its modified-WK2 platform (indeed, it may simply be one of the last Durangos, though it seems likely the name will move to something else).

Not surprisingly, Chrysler has nothing new; but Alfa Romeo is getting the Tonale plug-in hybrid compact crossover, roughly Compass-sized. Maserati is getting two cars, the MC20 sports car originally created for Alfa Romeo, and the Grecale crossover.

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Bad news for the Mopar world comes in two forms. One is a new 2022 Toyota Tundra set to be released in 2021; it will be the first new full-size pickup from Toyota since 2007. The other is Ford’s Bronco series, to be released in the summer, which is aimed straight at Jeep Wrangler, Compass, and Cherokee. A Mustang Mach 1 might or might not present the Challenger Hellcat with some competition, and a Silverado refresh may or may not divert customers from Rams.

David Zatz started what was to become the world’s biggest, most comprehensive Mopar site in 1994 as he pursued a career in organizational research and change. After a chemo-induced break, during which he wrote car books covering Vipers, minivans, and Jeeps, he returned with some friends to create StellPower.com, which is intended to end up as an enduring partnership. Contact him at (973) 925-6058 or check out the new junkyard/slant six book he edited.

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