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Update: EcoDiesel Engine Confirmed - First Look : 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL in Heavy Camouflage

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Update: EcoDiesel Engine Confirmed - First Look : 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL in Heavy Camouflage
Corey Simone News Editor, Four Wheeler Network

11:15 EST 5/3/16 Update

The exciting news for the next generation Jeep Wrangler just keeps on coming. We have confirmed that the JL platform Wrangler will be available with a 3.0L EcoDiesel engine. It has been rumored for some time that the United States would finally get a diesel powered Wrangler that fans had been wanting for years. Power numbers haven't been confirmed but if they are anything close to the Ram 1500, hold on tight. Aside from having enough torque to punish tires, the mileage from this redesigned and lighter Jeep should be well over 30 MPG.

Not only will you be able to get a diesel powered Jeep, but a diesel powered Jeep Wrangler truck, how freaking awesome is that! We will keep you updated with any more developments on the upcoming Jeep as soon as they are available.

We've known for sometime that the next-generation Jeep Wrangler is coming, but we haven't be able to get many details from Jeep about how the 2018 Wrangler JL might look. Well, we just got our hands on photos of a four-door 2018 Wrangler testing in heavy covering just outside of Auburn Hills, Michigan.

While it may look very similar to the outgoing JK Wrangler, there have been several changes that aren't hard to miss. The front end is significantly longer than the outgoing Wrangler, and the windshield appears to have more rearward lean for aerodynamics. The biggest change we can see even under heavy wrapping is the bulging front fenders, which gives the front end a much wider appearance.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Jl Rear Quarter View Lean Photo 103391439

Regardless of how well the appearance of the JL is taken, the good news is it will still have solid axles front and rear, which means the IFS rumors can end. While no technical specs have emerged from Jeep regarding the JL, we do know that the Pentastar V-6 will be the main engine for the chassis and a diesel powerplant will also be available in North America.

We know Jeep has been making changes to save weight to continue to meet fuel economy standards and has to contend with ever increasing safety regulations. That said, despite these changes, Jeep says that the off-road prowess of the Wrangler will not suffer but will, in fact, be better.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Jl Side View Photo 103391472

We're going to have to wait a little while longer to see the JL in the buff, but as soon as we do, we'll let you see it as well. The best part of this new Jeep platform is still to come: the Wrangler based pickup. Stay tuned to fourwheeler.com for all the breaking Jeep news.

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New Chrysler Pacifica minivans hit the road to dealerships

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Dealer Drive Away

Motorists driving on I-75 near The Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan likely did a double-take - or even a 200-take - as hundreds of brand new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans took part in a "drive away" program Wednesday, delivering the ultimate family vehicle to dealerships throughout the Great Lakes region.

The parade of minivans to dealerships in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky was the largest ever "drive away" event by FCA US, and provided an opportunity for a number of dealers and their staff to learn more about the highly anticipated new vehicle.

Following the presentation inside the arena, dealers headed out to the parking lot where rows upon rows of new Pacificas awaited their arrival and an eventual cruise back to their dealerships.

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Kevin Vanatta, owner of Newberry Motors, is one of those dealers who received his first Pacifica for his dealership in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

"I am just so excited to get out there and show it to customers," said Vanatta, who believes the redesigned minivan will lead customers "to take another look at a minivan." "I've been selling them since 1984, and wow, what a change."

For the Pacifica, Chrysler went back to the drawing board and redesigned the minivan from the ground up to make it more stylish, lighter and fuel efficient. The new minivan was first revealed at the North American International Auto Show in January and went into production at the Windsor Assembly Plant on Feb. 29.

Jeff Laethem, president of Ray Laethem Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, appreciates the refinements made to the vehicle and its "quiet" interior.

"It's the first thing you notice, it's just silent inside," said Laethem. "It feels like a vehicle that is radically more expensive than it actually costs. It is one of the most refined vehicles I have ever driven."

Dealers are reporting that between the auto show reveal, media reviews of the minivan and new television ads featuring Jim Gaffigan and Seth Meyers, a buzz has been created among customers for the new Pacifica and they are receiving a number of phone calls and online inquiries about the new vehicle.

"We are getting a lot of inquiries on it already. Lots of hits online and people are firing questions left and right," said Lincoln Phillip, sales manager at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep. "We are glad to now be able to answer them and have a car to show them. It's a tremendous opportunity for us."

There are about 1,000 Pacifica minivans in stock around the country, and production is increasing to get additional minivans onto dealer lots.

As vehicles arrive on lots, a number of customers are choosing to visit Chrysler's website to learn more about the minivan. More than 1 million customers have looked at the Pacifica on Chrysler.com.

"We are really excited about the consumer response to the campaign," said Bruce Velisek, Chrysler brand director. "Once we get them in stock and consumers see them on the lots, we think it will drive even more interest."

FCA Canada: Bolder and More Athletic Inside and Out: New 2017 Chrysler 300S Sport Appearance Packages

  • New Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Packages provide even more athletic attitude to the blacked-out 2017 Chrysler 300S model
  • More aggressive front and rear fascias, unique LED fog lamps, plus sculpted side sills and deck-lid spoiler are included with the Exterior Sport Appearance Package
  • New for 2017, the Interior Sport Appearance Package adds premium perforated leather performance seats with high-bolstered contours in suede, along with new discretely appointed interior accents and materials
  • New Ceramic Grey exterior paint provides the 300S with a "straight shade" hue for a truly avant-garde look
  • Ordering for the 2017 Chrysler 300S with new Sport Appearance Packages will start in August 
March 23, 2016 , Windsor, Ontario - For 2017, the Chrysler brand is updating its bold and blacked-out Chrysler 300S model with even more athletic and aggressive styling appointments thanks to new Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Packages, plus updated colour and materials to make this flagship 300 model the most enthusiast-focused ever.

"The 300S was born to be the Chrysler enthusiasts' choice, and with two all-new sport appearance packages that take the model's athletic styling and appointments further, plus an available HEMI V-8 engine with paddle-shifting eight-speed automatic and performance suspension, the new 2017 Chrysler 300S re-excites the passion of what owning a North-American flagship sedan is about," said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands - Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA - North America.

The 2017 Chrysler 300S with new Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Packages will debut at the 2016 New York International Auto Show and be available at Chrysler dealerships nationwide for ordering this August.

New Exterior Sport Appearance Package provides Chrysler 300S with even bolder styling
Making the Chrysler 300S model's commanding presence even more prominent, enthusiasts can choose the new Exterior Sport Appearance Package. At the front, a more aggressively styled fascia with larger air intakes and integrated LED fog lamps highlights the 300S model's world-class handling and levels of technology. Nestled below the blacked-out headlamps and Gloss Black dimensional textured grille is a larger Mobius strip in Gloss Black, which further emphasizes the flagship sedan's road-holding width, while tying in the brand's styling DNA. The Chrysler 300S model's signature proportions take on an even sportier aesthetic as 20-inch (19-inch with AWD) wheels flank the new package's sculpted side sills. At the rear, Chrysler 300S model's new Exterior Sport Appearance Package adds a deck-lid spoiler to complement the dual exhausts and further the sedan's athletic appearance. 

Interior Sport Appearance Package upgrades 300S
New for 2017, the Interior Sport Appearance Package takes the Chrysler 300S model's sport-contoured leather seating and upgrades it for more cradling and comfort. New premium perforated leather-faced performance seats with high-bolstered contours in suede provide front seat passengers with more lateral support during spirited driving. In addition, these front performance seats are heated and ventilated - adding to the flagship sedan's already lengthy list of convenience features.

Updated 300S colour and material selection for a truly avant-garde look
The Chrysler brand's product design office (PDO) team continues to build on the brand's leadership position in expressive and industrious exterior and interior selections by integrating colours and materials that were inspired outside of the automotive industry, including fashion, architecture and technology, and even in the design office's backyard - the Motor City.

In keeping with the Chrysler brand design team's use of unique finishes, the 2017 Chrysler 300S exudes an athletic-luxury interior with new Piano Black interior trim appointments on the instrument panel, door panel and instrument cluster bezels. New Light Grey Diesel coloured accent stitching expressively highlights the Chrysler 300S model's craftsmanship on door and centre console armrests, as well as the leather-wrapped sport seats, or on the new performance seats as part of the new Interior Sport Appearance Package.

New Ceramic Grey exterior paint provides the 300S with a "straight shade" hue for a truly industrial-tough look. Other 300S colours include Bright White, Gloss Black, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Metallic, Maximum Steel Metallic, Jazz Blue Pearl, Ivory Tri-coat Pearl and Redline Tri-coat Pearl.

Sport mode, plus an available 363 horsepower 5.7-litre HEMI® V8 engine
The 300S is the most dynamically capable and driver-focused Chrysler 300 model. Sport mode instantly transforms the Chrysler 300S model's performance and personality. By engaging Sport mode, drivers can reduce shift times from approximately 400 milliseconds to 250 milliseconds, increase engine and throttle responsiveness, plus firm up the steering feel of the electric power steering (EPS) system. For even greater V6 performance, the Chrysler 300S model increases the standard 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine's output to 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, plus adds a unique sport-tuned dual exhaust system with a more distinctive sound. For customers who want more performance, the Chrysler 300S can be had with a 363-horsepower 5.7-litre HEMI V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode FuelSaver Multi-Displacement System (MDS) technology.   
The Chrysler 300S model's chassis features a sport-tuned suspension with increased damping to make sure the flagship sedan's power and precision connects the driver to the road. For drivers who want more handling capability, a performance-tuned suspension with increased spring rates, performance-tuned steering and bushings, larger sway bars (with V8 engine) and performance tires are also available on rear-wheel drive Chrysler 300S models.    
Segment's most innovative all-wheel-drive (AWD) system
For customers who want the best of Detroit-born style and even more all-weather performance, the Chrysler 300S AWD model includes an advanced AWD system with a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect that seamlessly transitions from the outstanding performance and handling of rear-wheel drive to the all-weather traction of all-wheel drive. The advanced technology can deliver power to all four wheels when necessary, and automatically adjust back to two-wheel drive to maximize fuel economy.

The Chrysler 300S AWD pairs the 300 horsepower 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine with the state-of-the-art TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission and the segment's most innovative AWD system for fuel economy as efficient as 8.6 L/100 km (33 mpg) on the highway (based on 2016 EnerGuide fuel consumption ratings). And for driving enthusiasts, Sport mode turns AWD "on" (if off) and enables the 300S to deliver rear-biased torque for improved dynamics.

FCA Canada: Jeep® Grand Cherokee: Even More Capability and Luxury for the Most-awarded SUV Ever

Jeep Brand Introduces New 2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Summit models at the New York International Auto Show
  • New Trailhawk model expands Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup with most capable version ever produced
  • Grand Cherokee Summit models boast new, even more luxurious hand-crafted leather interior, new appearance and added standard premium features
  • Both new Grand Cherokee models arrive in Jeep showrooms in late summer
March 23, 2016 , Windsor, Ontario - Already the most-awarded SUV ever, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is about to become even more capable and even more luxurious. 
At the New York International Auto Show today, the Jeep brand expanded its Grand Cherokee lineup with the introduction of a new Trailhawk model - the most capable factory-produced Grand Cherokee ever. The brand also introduced the 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit, bringing a new exterior appearance, an available plush new interior, and even more standard premium features to consumers looking for the ultimate premium full-size SUV.
"With our new Trailhawk and Summit models, Jeep Grand Cherokee becomes even more capable and more luxurious," said Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand - FCA Global. "Our Cherokee and Renegade Trailhawk models are among our fastest-selling and most sought-after models, and we are following that successful formula to provide consumers even more legendary Jeep 4x4 capability for Grand Cherokee - the most awarded SUV ever."
"Our new Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit is in direct response to consumers who continue to ask for even more luxury, craftsmanship and standard premium features in a full-size SUV packed with capability," Manley added.
The new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Summit models arrive in Jeep showrooms in late summer. 
New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
The Jeep brand introduced the "Trailhawk" name on the Grand Cherokee concept vehicle that first appeared at the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The idea was to deliver a unique and more rugged appearance, with a host of functional features that resulted in an increased level of off-road 4x4 capability.
The "Trailhawk" name moved to production with the introduction of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee, as the most capable of four models (Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk), and continued with the all-new 2015 Renegade. It joins the Grand Cherokee lineup as a sixth model for 2017 (Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trailhawk).
Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models are equipped with a host of standard off-road capability features, including Jeep's Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system with rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential (ELSD) for all powertrains, a unique version of Grand Cherokee's Quadra-Lift air suspension - developed for Trailhawk - that offers improved articulation and total suspension travel, as well as Selec-Speed® Control with Hill  Start Assist and Hill Descent  Control. Skid plates, and a Trailhawk-specific anti-glare hood decal are also standard.
Approach angles on the Jeep Grand Cherokee are 29.8 degrees or 36.1 degrees when the lower front fascia is removed for severe off-roading, while the breakover angle is 27.1 degrees and the departure angle is 22.8 degrees. Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models offer up to 274 mm (10.8 inches) of ground clearance.
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk exterior features a front fascia and seven-slot Jeep grille that debuted on the 2016 Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary edition, Trailhawk-signature red tow hooks in the front and rear, standard rugged 18-inch or optional 20-inch Goodyear Adventure off-road tires with Kevlar reinforcement, new Trailhawk and Trail Rated badges with red accents, mirror caps and a roof rack with Neutral Grey accents, and optional Mopar rock rails for added protection.
Inside, Trailhawk models feature a unique black interior with leather and suede performance seats for comfort and control, red accent stitching, brushed Piano Black appliques, gun-metal finish on all painted interior parts, a Trailhawk badge on the Jeep steering wheel, and red accent stitching on the seats, doors and console.  A standard 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen includes updated off-road pages showing wheel articulation and other vehicle 4x4 capability features, such as suspension height and Selec-Terrain modes.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models are available in Redline Pearl, Billet Silver Metallic, Bright White, Rhino, Granite Crystal Metallic, Velvet Red Pearl, and Diamond Black Crystal exterior paints.

New 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
Packed with standard premium amenities, the new 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit is the most luxurious vehicle in the full-size SUV segment.
The Grand Cherokee Summit's exterior boasts a new look with an updated front fascia, grille and LED fog lamps, with new 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. 
A stunning new full-wrap Laguna leather interior package in Indigo and Ski Grey is now available. The full leather interior boasts a Nappa leather-wrapped dashboard, centre console and door panels, and Laguna leather seats with edge welting.

Other Summit interior colours are Black, Jeep Brown and Tan. All Summit models come equipped with a suede-like premium headliner, lighted door sill, acoustic windshield and full side glass, Active Noise Cancellation, premium Berber carpet mats, and a harmon/kardon® 19-speaker, 825-watt amp audio system with three subwoofers.

An array of technological and other features are also standard on the 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit, including auto-folding power mirrors, headlamp washers, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Path Detection, Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, and for the first time, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist. 
Jeep's Quadra-Drive® II 4x4 system with ELSD is standard on all Summit models, as is Grand Cherokee's Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Speed Control.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit models are available in Light Brownstone Pearl, True Blue Pearl, Bright White, Ivory Tri-Coat Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic, Velvet Red Pearl, Diamond Black Crystal and Luxury Brown Pearl exterior paints.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV ever and the vehicle that has long defined what a premium SUV should be. The Grand Cherokee Summit models receive added features, as well as a Summit Premium Plus appearance package that further enhances Summit's premium exterior aesthetics.
Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers best-in-class 8.4 L/100 km (34mpg) highway courtesy of an available 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V6 engine and standard eight-speed transmission. The 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V6 boasts an unmatched driving range of more than 1,100 km.
Legendary Jeep capability comes courtesy of three available 4x4 systems, Jeep's Quadra-Lift air suspension system and class-leading Selec-Terrain traction management system. Grand Cherokee boasts best-in-class towing of 3,265 kg (7,200 pounds), and a crawl ratio of 44.1:1.
A refined exterior design - complete with available bi-xenon headlamps with signature LED daytime running lamps (DRL) - provides a premium appearance. Interior luxury is achieved with premium amenities, including Natura Plus leather, exotic open-pore wood trim and unique colour offerings.
Jeep Brand
Built on 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.


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