Jeep Patriot and Initial-gen Compass are Really Dead 2018 Wrangler Information Leaked

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Amid all the hand wringing and social media sobbing more than the celebrities we’ve lost in 2016, no 1 thought to mention the Jeep Compass and Patriot — sturdy-promoting, cost-effective yet archaic autos that have been loathed by the automotive press.

Properly, the decade-old twins are dead. Gone. Finito. Pushing up daisies. The Toledo Blade reports that the Patriot and Compass ceased production on December 23, paving the way for a significantly-enhanced second-generation global Compass.

Whilst the new, bigger Compass prepares for its launch, the next-generation of the Jeepiest of all Jeeps — the 2018 Wrangler — remains heavily shrouded. We’ve seen specifics leaked about its appearance and drivetrain, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles remains silent on a production timeline. Properly, always count on a union representative to spill some beans.

According to the Blade, FCA’s Toledo assembly plant will cease production of the Jeep Cherokee in early April to make way for the subsequent-gen Wrangler. The move is part of a larger game of production musical chairs that is only just begun. A six-month shutdown follows the Cherokee’s Toledo exit, throughout which time the plant will retool for physique-on-frame assembly.

Bruce Baumhower, president of United Auto Workers Local 12, told the Blade that production of the 2018 Wrangler will commence in November. Pre-productions models must seem “much earlier.”

As the plant gears up for the new Wrangler, production of the current model should continue uninterrupted, Baumhower said. He added that the current generation must see production wrap up in March 2018. Soon after that, the line will convert to next-gen Wrangler pickup production — a shadowy model that has played a starring role in the fevered dreams of Jeep aficionados for years.

When out of Toledo, Cherokee production moves to the Belvidere, Illinois facility not too long ago vacated by the Heaven-bound Patriot and Compass. Retooling is currently underway at that plant, UAW officials claim.

(H/T to Tom!)

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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Honda Civic Hatchback Appears Mean in Leaked Photographs

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The Honda Civic hatchback concept that will debut at this week’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show will wear an aggressive-hunting physique, according to images leaked by Carscoops.

The 5-door bodystyle hasn’t turned the acclaimed 10th-generation Civic into an ugly duckling. The sloping roofline transitions smoothly into the rear liftgate, which incorporates taillights identical to those of the Civic sedan.

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The aggression comes by way of the front and rear bumpers. Gaping cavities on both ends signals efficiency and handling, a message completed by the centre-mounted twin tailpipes and twin hatch-mounted spoilers.

No matter whether or not these trappings makes it to the production model — even in the form of a top-finish Sort R — remains to be noticed.

With the addition of a hatchback to its stable, Honda’s Civic lineup will be a lot more or much less total.

The production 2017 Civic hatchback is expected to be unveiled at this October’s 2016 Paris Motor Show, whilst the notion greets the limelight when doors open in Geneva on March 1.


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LA 2015: Ohhai Fiata 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Leaked A Day Early

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AutoGuide has an early image of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider in full pixelated glory ahead of its reveal Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The two-seater sports vehicle, which shares a equivalent skeleton as the Mazda MX-5 Miata, will reportedly sport a Fiat engine underneath its lengthy hood — almost certainly borrowed from the Fiat 500 Abarth. That 1.four-liter turbocharged mill produces 160 horsepower, which is only five far more than the Miata.

If the Fiata does get the Multi-air treatment, items could get fascinating. For starters, the Fiat 500 Abarth uses nearly straight pipes out its rear finish, which makes the auto sound like an angsty 60-pound bee gasping for air. Top-down, cold begins could be magnificent in the 124 Spider. Second, power delivery in a boosted mill could be all types of lumpy enjoyable next to the Mazda’s naturally aspirated 4.

We’ll have to wait until Wednesday for official information from Fiat, like what may possibly be in retailer for a 124 Abarth model.

The vehicle is slated to go on sale sometime next year.


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Ford GT Specs Leaked In ‘Forza Motorsport 6,’ Apparently

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The keen eyes at Motor Authority spotted some thing that sounds like it is probably true, but no 1 knows for confident but, like life on Mars.

“Forza Motorsport 6″ lists its specs for the upcoming Ford GT at officially 630 horsepower and 539 pound-feet of torque to motivate 2,890 pounds of supercar with a 43-57 front-to-rear weight distribution. If true, it would be the initial word for Ford’s hyper car, which the company teased has “more than 600 horsepower.”

Ford announced that production of its hypercar would be extremely limited — 250 per year — and that buyers would require to apply to acquire the car.

The specs roughly align with the Ford GT’s rivals. The Ferrari 488 GTB produces 661 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque for a three,252-pound automobile. The McLaren 675LT makes 666 horsepower, 515 pound-feet of torque for a 2,927-pound car.

Ford hasn’t said how considerably the Ford GT will expense at launch. We reached out to Ford representatives for comment, but haven’t but heard back.


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