FCA slams breaks on new Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer

First, Fiat Chrysler told us its plans for a new premier SUV were being delayed until 2018/19. This week, word comes the project has been tabled indefinitely.

For the only U.S. automaker currently underwater on its bills, launching the Alfa Romeo brand in the U.S. market is more important than reviving a historic Jeep moniker. What, you didn’t think we’d get a Wrangler-based pickup and a new Wagoneer, did you?

More on this story here: http://www.leftlanenews.com/jeep-puts-plans-for-wagoneer-grand-wagoneer-on-hold-93489.html

FCA teases SEMA concept Wrangler “CJ-Sixty Six”


That Fiat Chrysler would tease an upcoming concept is no surprise to industry watchers. What is a bit surprising, though, is seeing monikers like “Wrangler” and “CJ” conjoined.

The company’s teaser sketch released this week purports to show a Wrangler JK-based rig that uses concept parts to give a distinctively CJ-6-like appearance to the JK.

Read TFLCar’s story here: http://www.tflcar.com/2016/10/fca-mopar-challenger-durango-jeep-cj-pacifica-concepts-coming-sema


FIRST LOOK: 2018 Jeep Compass – raising the low bar

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. –– In celebration of the start of production at Fiat Chrysler America’s Jeep® Assembly Plant in Goiana, Pernambuco, Brazil, Jeep introduced the all-new 2018 Jeep Compass this week in that South American nation.

The latest small Jeep, slotting just ahead of the Italian-built Renegade, will be produced with 17 fuel-efficient powertrain options for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world, the company said in a news release.

Jeep’s all-new-for 2018 Compass combines the brand’s noted off-road capability, fuel-efficient powertrains, familiar Jeep design elements and a number of safety and technological features.

The new Jeep Compass will be available in North America in the first quarter of 2017. Additional images and information will be available at the vehicle’s North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

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In the flesh, er, sheet metal! Jeep pickup spied out for a test drive

It’s the vehicle Jeep fans have prayed for. It’s the bait with which Jeep has teased us for years. And, now, it’s finally reality.

While Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed long ago that a Wrangler-based pickup truck would be headed to America’s streets and trails, somehow the sighting of a prototype makes the whole thing seem more, well, real.

Check out the spy shots and more, courtesy Road & Track: http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/news/a30034/jeep-wrangler-pickup-spy-shot/


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Yes, it’s broken!

No, I’m not crazy. Since Fiat Chrysler issued a recall for Jeep Wrangler JK clocksprings, I’ve been waiting to see if mine would be covered. My dash has been displaying the telltale indicator for months, but FCA’s website has shown the recall didn’t apply to me. 

Ah, but my wait is over! I received a welcome notice today, which told me my needed parts are not available. 

That’s OK, though. They’ll eventually cover it, and I’m fine with that.