2019 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition
It was not just Mazda which brought an anniversary edition model to Chicago Auto Show.The MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition might have stolen the limelight, but Chrysler and Dodge have launched anniversary editions of their minivans as well. Perhaps, they went unnoticed because they are humble minivans and not some fancy roadsters. Oh, automotive enthusiasts, thou art mean.
FCA Looking to "Wow" Chicago with A Pair of Special Edition Minivans
Thirty-five years after introducing the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is honoring the minivan OGs with a pair of 35th Anniversary special edition models, featuring the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Pacifica. Like most special edition models, the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan 35th Anniversary Editions are packed with exclusive touches, including fancy paint finishes and special badges. All special edition features come in the form of packages. The special edition package is available to a range of Pacifica and Grand Caravan models, including the Pacifica Hybrid. Pricing details have yet to be released, but the 35th Anniversary packages for both the Pacifica and the Grand Caravan will be available sometime in summer of 2019. The Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan 35th Anniversary Editions will debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.
The 6.2-Liter Hellcat V-8 Is Finally Available As A Crate Engine
Chrysler’s famed parts division, Mopar, is officially offering the mighty 6.2-liter Hellcat Hemi V-8 as a crate engine anyone can order. The package is called the “Hellcrate” and includes a brand-new engine with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty. The optional Crate Hemi Engine Kit adds all the parts needed for a plug-and-play style engine swap into nearly any vehicle. The announcement comes as the 2017 SEMA Show kicks off in Las Vegas with thousands descending Sin City for all things in aftermarket automotive upgrades. This marks the first time the Hellcat V-8 has been available directly from Mopar. Before this, gearheads were left scouring junkyards for wrecked Hellcat Chargers and Challengers hoping to find a working engine.
“Never before has a supercharged, factory-direct 707-horsepower crate engine kit been offered, and we are proud to be the first to deliver a solution enthusiasts have demanded,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Mopar for FCA. “This ultimate powertrain option fits the needs of owners and fans who demand iconic performance.”
The Hellcrate, combined with the optional engine kit, includes the powertrain control module, power distribution center, wiring harnesses, accelerator pedal, fuel pump control module, and all the necessary sensors scattered between the air intake and exhaust manifolds. In other words, the package makes it relatively simple to install the 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8 into any project car, providing you know what you’re doing. Additionally, there is a front-end accessory drive kit that adds the alternator, power steering pump, pulleys, and belts.
Naturally, the Hellcrate isn’t cheap. Mopar charges $19,530 for the base Hellcrate package and $2,195 for the Crate Hemi Engine Kit. The Hellcat engine joins the 6.4-liter Hemi and 5.7-liter Hemi V-8s, which retail for $9,430 and $6,135, respectively.
So, what would your power with a Hellcat crate engine? Let us know in the comments below.
2017 Chrysler Portal Concept
Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show turns up some outlandish but cool technology or conceptual technology that could one day be in our future. This year, Chrysler showed up on the scene with a new concept known as the Chrysler Portal – a vehicle that Chrysler claims is “designed to keep the driver and passengers connected to each other, to the vehicle and to the surrounding world.” The Concept was built, in part, with Panasonic, and uses the brand’s Cognitive Infotainment platform as a foundation for the technology contained within. To put it simply, the concept car showcases a future for vehicles where device sharing, social media interaction, and individual recognition of passengers is commonplace.
On the outside, this concept looks oddly familiar to the Volkswagen ID concept – at least as far as generalized design goes, while the interior is wildly futurist and looks like something straight out of Star Trek. With touch panels and a massive display suppressing the need for mechanical buttons to go with a two-handled steering wheel, this thing is quite literally a space shuttle on wheels. The only thing it’s missing is a self-sustaining atmosphere, an impulse drive, and gravity plating. Otherwise, this thing could be shipped off to space for an interplanetary joyride.
Okay, in all seriousness, we’re still a ways off from that, but this concept does showcase a unique interpretation to technology, future vehicles, and perhaps a future where autonomous cars don’t actually take away our ability to manually drive a vehicle, should we choose to do so. So, let’s take a quick walk down the page and see what all the hype is about.
2016 New York International Auto Show – Worst In Show
Meeting the high standards of a major international auto show is not easy. It takes creativity, an appropriately sized budget, and no small measure of polish. When it all comes together, the result is a beautiful thing to behold. A single model can shed light on an entire brand, sparking passion and lust in every corner of the automotive universe. We’ll cover those drool-makers in an upcoming Best In Show piece, but this article hits the other side of the spectrum – the monotonous, the poorly conceived, and the yawn-worthy.
This time around, our list of Worst In Show has a theme – special editions that aren’t that special. The 2016 New York International Auto Show was chock full of ‘em this year, so we collected some of the worst offenders for a little collective disdain.
Continue after the jump to read the full story.
2017 Chrysler 300S Sport Appearance Packages
Chrysler takes a lot of pride in its flagship 300 sedan. When it comes to the 300S, the S really tricks you into thinking it’s a more powerful version of the 300, but in reality, it’s just a darker take on the 300 Sedan. When it was first introduced, the 300S featured a blacked out grille, tinted headlights, black window moldings, and some black trim inside. In 2014, the 300S was upgraded to include a new Ambassador Blue interior and Beats by Dr. Dre audio system.
Now that the New York Auto Show has kicked off, Chrysler has dropped a new variant of the 300S that incorporates an Interior Sport Appearance Package and an Exterior Sport Appearance Package. The 300S V-8 model comes standard with the packages, and they are available as options on the boring V-6 variant. Tim Kuniskis, the Head of Passenger Car Brands for Dodge, SRT, and FCA of North America, said, “The new 2017 Chrysler 300S re-excites the passion of what owning an American flagship sedan is about." He continued, “And now for our Chrysler enthusiasts, two all-new sport appearance packages that take the 300S model’s athletic styling and appointments to the next level.”
In all honesty, these packages are nothing more than an extension of the 300S’ dark ambiance, but it’s worth a quick look to go over the details.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Chrysler 300S Sport Appearance Packages.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica
FCA has officially pulled the covers off its completely redesign minivan, sporting all new look, a vastly improved interior, and a slew of new technology, entertainment, and safety features – all riding on an all new platform. It’s so new in fact, FCA calls it the Pacifica. Gone is the Town & Country name along (with what FCA hopes) is the stigma about driving a minivan.
It’s no secret Chrysler basically invented the minivan segment back in the 1990s. The 1990 Town & Country revolutionized family travel, combining the space and versatility of the then-popular full size van with a car-like driving characteristic wrapped in a medium-sized package. Thirty years later, the minivan is suffering against the crossover SUV with young, hip parents choosing style over functionality – refusing to “give up” and buy a mommy-mobile.
It’s also blatantly obvious FCA is shooting for the moon with hopes of erasing that stigma of minivans. The new 2017 Pacifica wears a very attractive face, welcomes passengers with an upscale interior, and even offers a hybrid version that appeals to the eco-friendly crowd.
Will the Pacifica be enough to reignite the minivan segment? Perhaps. Chrysler has typically ran the segment, even in recent years with its aging Town & Country. Honda, Kia, Nissan, and Toyota offer highly competitive products, though none seem on the same level as the Pacifica. If any automaker has the chance to impact minivan sales, it’s FCA.
Update 03/21/2016: Chrysler announced the 2017 Pacifica will come with a pre-installed User Guide Application within the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system that helps guide users in learning their vehicle. It’s basically a digital copy of the owner’s manual.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
2016 Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition
Launched in 2011, the second-generation Chrysler 300 received a facelift for the 2015 model year. The update brought a much larger grille, revised LED headlamps, a sportier rear end,and higher-quality materials on the inside. However, the facelifted second-gen 300 also came with a bit of bad news, as Chrysler decided to discontinue the Hemi-powered SRT model. Although the beefed-up sedan did get a similar refresh, Pentastar decided to sell it only in markets such as Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and the Middle East.
With a third-generation model set to arrive sometime in 2017, you’d be tempted to think that the current 300 will be left to go out of production without much hubbub. Fortunately, Chrysler won’t let that happen just yet and the 300S Alloy Edition that’s scheduled to break cover at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show is proof that the full-size four-door is alive and kicking.
Available on the 300S trim with all-wheel drive and a choice of two drivetrains, the 300S Alloy Edition will be launched alongside a similar version of the smaller 200S.
“Chrysler brand embodies Detroit style, and our new 200S and 300S Alloy Editions are a perfect meld of our engineering innovation and craftsmanship, forged with cutting-edge colors and materials inspired by the Motor City’s ingenuity and creativity,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands of FCA North America.
Updated 02/16/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. Check the "Pictures" tab to see them.
Continue reading to learn more about the Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition.
2016 Chrysler 200S Alloy Edition
Just a week after the world found out that Chrysler was dropping the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200, Chrysler announced the “Alloy Edition” of the soon-to-be-discontinued 200 sedan. It’s slated to debut next to the 300S Alloy Edition at the Chicago Auto Show this month, showcasing some unique accenting that includes a dark bronze and titanium finish inside and out.
In the press release announcing the 200S Allow Edition, Tim Kuniskis – the Head of Passenger Car Brands for FCA – said, “Chrysler brand embodies Detroit style, and our new 200S and 300S Alloy Editions are a perfect meld of our engineering innovation and craftsmanship, forged with cutting-edge colors and materials inspired by the Motor City’s ingenuity and creativity.”
Of course, one has to remember that the death warrant for the 200S has already been written, so even though Chrysler feels the 200S is an “athletically striking sedan with coupe-like proportions and a timeless look,” it’s not going to be around for long. So, will this new Special Edition be enough to increase sales and save the model from going down as a total flop? Well, probably not, but let’s take a look at what makes it special.
Updated 02/16/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. Check the "Pictures" tab to see them.
Continue reading to learn more about the Chrysler 200S Alloy Edition.
Chrysler has made a massive splash at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with its all-new Pacifica minivan. Slated to replace the long-tooth Town & Country minivan for the 2017 model year, the Pacifica boasts several innovations on top of its good looks and swanky new interior. Leading headlines is the hybrid version. Not only is this a first for Chrysler, but it’s the first hybrid system found in a minivan.
The addition of the hybrid powertrain should help Chrysler clinch sales. The hybrid market is growing, but the choices of vehicles is limited. Families growing out of their Prius or Volt should find the Pacifica’s available eight-passenger seating most spacious. FCA is quick to point out the addition of the hybrid’s batteries does not impede interior space or cargo room. Sadly though, hybrid owners will have to give up their Stow n’ Go second-row seats.
Chrysler spent considerable attention to the Pacifica’s new looks. The minivan ditches the old, tired looks of the outgoing Town & Country for something more modern and fresh. The corporate design language is clearly seen in the front while everything rearward enjoys all new shapes. This is done in hopes of lessening the stigma of driving a minivan. The crossover SUV segment is hot these days, driven by people who don’t want to be seen as a professional parent. The Pacifica might not single handedly change that, but it should win over a handsome number of buyers.
Let’s dive into what makes the Pacifica Hybrid tick and its differences from the standard Pacifica.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.
Mopar is Chrysler’s parts, service, and customer service organization, but it’s also the go-to department for performance. Since Mopar offers performance accessories, it also puts together concept vehicles from time to time, and today at SEMA, Mopar has shown us that it’s at it again – this time with a Chrysler 200 S.
The 200 S by Mopar isn’t outrageous by any means, but it does showcase a number of accessories – some of which are currently available from Mopar. Unlike some of the concepts we’ve seen this year from other manufacturers, the 200 S Mopar actually has an equal balance between exterior modifications, interior modifications, and engine modifications.
Even if you’re not a fan of Chrysler’s products, you’ll still be able to find something to like about this modified, midsize sedan from Mopar. Let’s take a look.
Continue reading to learn more about the Chrysler 200 S Mopar.
The SEMA Auto Show is the one event in the calendar that attracts its share of concept vehicles that aren’t really concepts but are instead reinterpretations of regular vehicles. Take Chrysler for example. The American automaker has never missed a chance to peddle its wares at SEMA, often bringing as many as 20 modified vehicles to the annual aftermarket show in Las Vegas. This year, the Chrysler 300 is part of Chrysler’s roster of attendees at SEMA and it’s taking the name “300 Super S Concept.”
To be fair, the 300 Super S Concept isn’t the most radical of Chrysler’s SEMA bunch. That distinction falls somewhere between the Ram ProMaster DragMaster and the Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept. By contrast, the 300 Super S Concept sits right in the sweet spot where concept and functionality meet. It’s a concept because it has unique modifications, but these modifications are useful enough to be applied in a standard 300.
You might even say that it’s the most appealing of all of Chrysler’s SEMA offerings. That’s a good thing for the 300 since its stately persona could use an injection of exuberance and personality.
Continue reading to learn more about the Chrysler 300 Super S.
Chrysler first introduced the 300 back in 1955 as a high-performance luxury car built in very limited numbers. Often regarded as a forerunner to the muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s, the initial 300 "letter series" was produced with coupe and convertible body styles and powered by V-8 engines displacing up to 6.8 liters. Discontinued in 1965, the nameplate returned briefly in 1970 and 1979, before being revived with the sedan we’re familiar with today. The modern-day 300 debuted in 2004 with a range of V-6 and V-8 powerplants, including a diesel for European markets. Built on Chrysler’s rear-wheel-drive LX platform which features components from the W211-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 300 was redesigned for the 2011 model year. As we venture into 2015, Chrysler introduced mid-cycle refresh for the second-gen 300 at the 2014 Los Angeles Show.
Much like the 2015 Charger, the revised 300 gains a significantly altered front fascia, featuring a larger grille and brand-new headlamps. The rear end is equally new, while the interior boasts the most refined materials ever to grace a 300. Although the two available engines remained unchanged for 2015, the 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8 received the company’s much-praised eight-speed automatic transmission. Read all about after the jump.
Updated 11/21/2014: We took a trip to the LA Auto Show this year, so we snapped a few pictures of the refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chrysler 300.
With less than a month left until the 2014 SEMA Show opens its doors on November 4th, automakers are starting to preview some of the projects that we’ll get to see in Las Vegas. While Honda is planning to showcase a handful of modified Fit sub-compacts, among other yet-to-be-named cars, Mopar is readying no less than 11 vehicles for the event..
Chrysler’s parts, service and customer care brand didn’t provide any details of its 2014 SEMA lineup, but in traditional fashion, it released teaser sketches for each vehicle that will be displayed in the brand’s 15,345-square-foot exhibit. This year’s lineup is as diverse as it gets, including cars from each brand found under the Chrysler-Fiat umbrella. Read on to find out what Mopar has in store for us at the SEMA Show.
Click past the jump to read more about Mopar’s SEMA projects.
If there is one show that really brings the best out of Chrysler’s MOPAR tuning division, it is SEMA in Las Vegas.
Topping its past SEMA showcar roster, it looks like Mopar is once again pretty busy developing the models it will display in Las Vegas during the 2013 SEMA Show.
This year Mopar will bring no less than 20 heavily modified models, coming from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT. Plus a few buyer customers from Chrysler’s Facebook challenge prize-winners.
The first teaser images revealed today show:an updated Jeep Cherokee in various flavors some hot Fiat 500’s a Mopar Ram 1500 and the latest look for the Mopar Chrysler 300.
Those of you whom will be in Las Vegas this year will also have the chance to take a first look at the latest Jeep Performance Parts, developed by Mopar Off-Road Division and even for sale in many Jeep dealers.
The 2013 SEMA will open its door on November 5th, but stay tuned for all the pre-show news!
Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Dart Slingshot - the model that made quite a sensation last year at SEMA.
From June 8 to 12 in Paris, DaimlerChrysler will be showcasing its forward-looking drive concepts and technologies for sustainable mobility in eight vehicles at the Challenge Bibendum 2006. As the world’s most important competition for environmentally compatible vehicles, it takes place the sixth time since 1998, with the participation of DaimlerChrysler. The event is organized by the French tire manufacturer Michelin and is directed at automakers, suppliers, energy companies, and research (...)