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World Debut: 2020 Gladiator Pickup is the Jeep Outdoor Enthusiasts Have Been Waiting For

by Kelly Taylor at TractionLife.com

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator & Gladiator Rubicon arrive late 2019, bringing back a pickup truck to a brand that previously sold Scramblers and Comanches.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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The Hellcat name is synonymous with high horsepower and tire shredding fun. We typically see the Hellcat badge on the back of Dodge’s Charger and Challenger, but now we are going to see it on Jeep’s Grand Cherokee designated the Trackhawk. What we know is that the supercharged 6.2L Hemi V8 will be stuffed under the hood of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee and it’s going to be an absolutely wonderful thing.

News about the Trackhawk being put into production has been circulating for a while now. Some spy shots have made it onto social media, but now a fully undisguised test vehicle has been spotted on public Michigan roads in all its glory. Like its coupe and four door brothers, Hellcats usually keep their exteriors subdued and lets the engine do all the talking. So it was expected that the Trackhawk would look quite similar to its SRT Grand Cherokee counterpart.

More details on the Trackhawk will come as its official debut draws closer. But we can expect that the monster SUV will be a class topper in the performance arena.


FCA Recall for Confusion Gear Selector

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Just days after the latest fatal accident related to FCA’s troublesome electronic gear shifter, the company announced that their dealers now have the new software ready to be installed into vehicles with the electronic shifters. The updated software should prevent the cars from moving when the “Park” gear is not selected and the driver’s door is open.

FCA announced that it was already to issue start a recall campaign on vehicles using their new gear selector. NHTSA reported that the troublesome shifter has resulted in 117 alleged crashes, 28 injuries, and now 1 death that of Anton Yelchin, most notable for playing Checkov in the new Start Trek movies.

The recall impacts Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge vehicles and now spreading to Maserati products as well as they announced today that they will recall the 2014 Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans manufactured from June 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014 because of their confusing gear shifters.


Jeep Drops Takata Airbags from Production Cars

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By now we are all aware of the airbag crisis facing the Takata company. The number of recalls mounting as a result of Takata’s exploding airbag inflators continue to climb. And as those numbers go up, so are the number of manufacturers dropping the Japanese company as an airbag inflator supplier.

Most recently, FCA has announced that they will be dropping Takata as a supplier. The change will happen gradually as FCA reduces the number of cars in their lineup using the Japanese inflators and moving to another brand. Currently, only the 2016 Jeep Wrangler still continues to use Takata inflators in their passenger-side airbags.

FCA is looking to cease using the Takata inflator in the Jeep Wrangler starting next week. Any car that currently is sold new which has the Takata inflator will be fully disclosed to the customer and they will be informed about a recall which will fix their airbag.


FCA Recalls Jeep Wranglers

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is issuing a recall on their Jeep Wranglers which were built between 2007 to 2010. The issue has bee identified as impacting the airbags. In total, 392,464 Jeep Wranglers are affected in the US.

Details released about the issue centers on an excessive amount of dust and dirt accumulating on the steering wheel which could weaken the clockspring in the steering assembly which ultimately increases the risk of the airbag not deploying in an accident. The Jeep Wrangler is naturally more susceptible to this because the car is constant open to the elements and used in rugged dusty environments.

The impacted cars will get inspected by the dealer and a new covers and shrouds in the steering assembly will be installed. If you own one of these vehicles, we encourage you to contact your local dealer as soon as possible.


FCA Recalls 2016 Grand Cherokee for Transmission Issues

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FCA will be issuing a recall on their 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee for a wiring harness issue related to their transmission shifter. The issue has been identified as a faulty wire harness terminal which is associated to the transmission gear selector could come loose and not engaging the shifter to move out of “Park” or “Neutral” after parking. FCA has said that the issue originated from a wire that was not crimped properly during production.

In the interim, FCA has advised that all owners of the affected vehicles use the parking brake when leaving their vehicle. The total number of vehicles affected by this recall is estimated at 32,267 in the US and 2,095 in Canada.

We encourage owners of these affected vehicles to contact their local dealers for additional information.


Jeep Wrangler 300hp Hurricane

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Fiat Chrysler has been hard at work developing a new turbo four cylinder motor which they are calling the “Hurricane”. The last time an interesting four cylinder came out of the FCA family was when we saw the SRT-4 engine inside the Dodge Caliber. Now, the new version turbo four is said to push the 300hp mark and could make its way inside the new Jeep Wrangler.

This is good news as turbo four cylinder engines are becoming a staple motor across many other automakers such as Volkswagen and Mercedes with power output from those companies ranging from 292hp in the Golf R and 375hp in the GLA45AMG. Thanks to its twin-scroll turbocharger and use of variable timing the new engine is both capable and provides great fuel economy.


Jeep Brings Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Summit to NY

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Jeep came out in full force today at the New York Auto Show bringing two new variants of their Grand Cherokee. The off road trail ready Trailhawk took a four year break but is finally back, and the comfort and luxury focused Summit were both debuted.

The Trailhawk name means Jeep has done some significant upgrades to the Grand Cherokee to make it more trail ready than ever. Suspension has been beefed up using a fully custom air suspension system giving ample lift and clearance for those unpredictable trails. Ground clearance improves 0.4 inches to 10.8 inches total. The bottom of the Grand Cherokee is now protected with a heavy duty skid plate under the engine compartment to ensure all the vitals like the oil pan doesn’t get damaged by large rocks.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

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Staying with tradition of the last generation Cherokee, Jeep is putting out another Trailhawk based on their current generation SUV. The Trailhawk is essentially a top level trimmed Cherokee but with all the bells and whistles to make it an even more capable off road vehicle.

Trailhawk packed vehicles typically have larger and more rugged wheels and tires for better offroading capability. The SUV will have an upgraded suspension that’s more capable to handle the demands of all terrain and will give the Cherokee a lifted ride height. Body work of the Trailhawk will also be updated to offer a more rugged look.

What we don’t know yet is which engine choices will be paired up to the new Trailhawk. What we do know is that there might be a good chance that another variety of the Cherokee called the Trackhawk may make production in the future. That particular model will carry the Hellcat’ supercharged powerplant which will give the Cherokee plenty of stump pulling power and torque.


Fiat Chrysler Recalls nearly 389,000 cars

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Fiat Chrysler is issuing a second recall to the electrical wiring in their sun visors which impacts close to 389,000 is recalling nearly 389,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs in the U.S.

The issue has been identified as faulty wiring that can cause an electrical short which increases the risk of a starting a fire inside the cabin of the vehicle. The impacted cars include Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees produced between 2011 through 2013. This is the second time a recall is being issued on the same problem with the same vehicles.

Chrysler hasn’t finalized details on the fix yet, but preventative repairs may include using a better adhesive to secure the wires and limiting any chances of the wires coming into contact with rough surfaces.

Owners of these vehicles are encouraged to call their local dealers for more information.


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