FCA Midwest Vehicle Tour Showcases Latest and Greatest
Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) recently held a media preview of its Midwest Vehicle Tour to show off a few concepts and the latest and greatest models across its brands including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. Many of the vehicles on-hand were recently revealed via virtual presentations and had never been seen before in person.
2021 Chrysler Pacifica
The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica wowed crowds when it was first introduced at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show last February. Chrysler brought two new versions of the 2021 Pacifica to its vehicle showcase including the all-new Pinnacle luxury trim and the Limited trim with S Appearance Package.
The 2021 Pacifica sets a new safety benchmark with standard all-wheel-drive. The Pinnacle is packed with safety features including the new FCA Gen 5 radar with standard forward collision warning and pedestrian automatic emergency braking. According to Chrysler, the Pacifica has more standard safety features than its competitors – boasting 97 standard features total!
The Pacifica is also offered as a hybrid, making it the only plug-in hybrid minivan on the market. Chrysler says people don’t have to worry about range anxiety as the minivan has an overall range of 500 miles.
Pinnacle is the top-of-the-line trim available, complete with an abundance of platinum and chrome treatments. The entire front end has been redesigned and features a broader, sportier grille. New LED headlamps are larger and brighter for both safety and design purposes, yielding a more athletic, utility-vehicle look across the entire Pacifica lineup.
Orders for this trim could be placed just following the minivan’s debut at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show last February, with deliveries taking place now.
Limited with S Appearance Package
The primary distinguishing factor in the Limited trim with S Appearance Package are the blacked-out wheels and new Anodized Ink exterior accent finish. From a styling perspective, Chrysler says this look is extremely popular among its customers.
This trim also comes complete with FCA’s Uconnect 5 system with a standard 10.1-inch touchscreen. Within the Uconnect 5 system, there are up to five available driver programmable profiles, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, Alexa-enabled capability (allowing the owner to start the vehicle and lock/unlock it from the comfort of their home) and an exclusive FamCAM interior camera which includes a view of rear-facing child seat occupants, split-view display and unique “zoom-to-seat” feature.
Chrysler says Chicago is its No. 1 minivan market, and orders for the Limited trim with S Appearance package just opened up to local dealers.
While passenger cars only make up 28% of market share, Dodge/SRT performance vehicles attract buyers because they have that “want versus need” appeal, according to Dodge. Here’s what’s new from Dodge.
Challenger SRT Super Stock
An example of the “want versus need” mentality is the 807-horsepower Challenger SRT Super Stock, which Dodge says is the world’s quickest, most powerful muscle car. With massive wheels and tires, the Super Stock was designed to provide the best grip possible to be the quickest muscle car on the market. Additional features include 4-piston Brembo brakes, a limited slip differential, line lock technology, launch control and launch assist, torque reserve and race cool down.
The Super Stock was intended to replace the Challenger SRT Demon, which was limited to 3,300 units. There’s no limit on the Super Stock; it’s available for orders throughout the remainder of this year and will continue to be offered in 2021.
The new-for-2021 Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye puts out 797 horsepower and is capable of a top speed of 203 miles per hour, making it the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.
All Chargers will have the Widebody stance that wrap around its huge wheels and tires. It also features a new functional hood scoop with dual heat extractors. With more horsepower also comes a new hood with functioning air ducts to extract heat.
Durango SRT Hellcat
New for 2021 is the 710-horsepower Durango SRT Hellcat, the most powerful SUV ever (according to Dodge) with a uniquely tuned exhaust to give it the sound to match the performance.
The entire 2021 Durango lineup gets an exterior-styling refresh for a more aggressive look; a new interior with a Challenger-inspired, driver-centric cockpit; the new Uconnect 5 infotainment system on an available, largest-in-class 10.1-inch touchscreen; and a new Durango R/T Tow N Go package -- best-in-class towing across the lineup at 8,700-lb. towing capacity. The interior is also massively refreshed.
Jeep’s news is centered around bringing back a modern interpretation of a premium American luxury SUV, the Grand Wagoneer Concept, and sharing plans for electrifying its lineup in the coming years.
Grand Wagoneer Concept
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept is making its return as Jeep’s new full-size SUV in the summer of 2021. For now, we get a preview with the Grand Wagoneer Concept. The concept features an abundance of chrome, massive 24-inch wheels and intricate detailing throughout the exterior and interior of the vehicle. Inside the vehicle really shines with touchscreens everywhere including for the front passenger. Every detail was carefully designed and there are integrated finishes of teak wood and aluminum throughout.
Jeep says the Wagoneer will use a new version of the Uconnect 5 infotainment system and it will offer an optional premium audio system from McIntosh. Three-row seating will be standard with a seven-passenger configuration and captain’s chairs. Jeep states that the passenger volume is better than any other vehicle on the market as people well over 6 feet tall fit in the third row.
Jeep’s Wrangler 4xe (pronounced “four-by-E”) is a PHEV that combines a powerful electric motor with a gas engine, so even when the Wrangler 4xe isn't charged, driver’s can still use the gas engine.
The Wrangler 4xe has a 25-mile range and is the fastest Wrangler ever built. Jeep claims that the 4xe will also be the most powerful Wrangler as well as fully off-road capable.
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Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept -- teased as the ultimate Wrangler -- comes equipped with a 450-Hemi V-8. Though it is only a concept, the Rubicon 392 is expected to hit the market next year.
The “392” refers to the 392-cubic-inch (6.4-liter) naturally aspirated Hemi V-8, which is tuned for 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque.
Ram’s big news to share is the highly anticipated 2021 1500 TRX, which is still in concept form. Ram hopes to display this truck at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show and, if that’s the case, it’s sure to take the spotlight!
Though in concept form, Ram has already designated the TRX as the fastest, most powerful truck that will soon hit the market. The 702-horsepower pickup comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 and can reach 0-60 in just 4.5 seconds. Eight standard selectable drive modes, such as Sport, Tow, Snow and Custom, let drivers choose their preferred mix of settings.
While it’s certainly powerful and fast, the TRX is also intended for the off-road course (the three off-road drive modes include Mud/Sand, Rock and Baja). The significantly reinforced steel frame is 8 inches wider than a standard 1500 and it sits on massive 35-inch all-terrain tires mounted on 18-inch wheels. For rock crawling, the truck features four tow hooks and five skid plates. It also has a functional hood scoop that handles 50 percent of the airflow to the engine (the grille was designed to handle the remaining 50 percent) and comes with functioning heat extractors. The TRX has 11.8 inches of ground clearance, 13 inches of suspension travel and can ford 32 inches of water.
The TRX is packed with technology including available 360-degree cameras, blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control, park assist, head-up display, a digital rearview mirror and a forward-facing camera. The interior also features heated front seats and steering wheel as well as power steering.
The TRX will come in four different trim levels: Base, TR1, TR2 and a special Launch Edition. Six neutral colors will be available.
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