Dodge Viper Rally Fighter Looks Like Off-roading Genius

Source: Auto Evolution

While the retirement of the Dodge Viper (production for the Gen V model ended in 2017, remember?) means the V10 beast is rarer than it should be, this won’t prevent eccentric enthusiasts from coming up with wild Viper-based builds. However, there’s a long way from this idea to a snake that can tackle rugged terrain and this rendering is here to offer a shortcut.

For starters, we’re not talking about Dodge Viper owners that take their supercars off the beaten path for the fun of it, as this guy did back in 2018.

As for the wicked real-life projects mentioned in the intro, here’s an example as good as any: dubbed Highway Star, this build, which was supposed to debut at the now-cancelled 2020 SEMA show, sees a second-gen Viper chassis (think: 1996-2002) animated by a Hellcat motor and wrapped in the body of a 1970 Dodge Challenger.

Returning to the rendering sitting before us, the work mixes the Gen V Viper (here’s our review, by the way) with the Local Motors Rally Fighter. Come to think about it, the melange isn’t all that strange. After all, Arizona-based Local Motors was open to any possibility when coming up with the Rally Fighter back in 2009.

First of all, the styling was selected via crowdsourcing (the winner was Sangho Kim of Pasadena, California, whose design was inspired by a P-51 Mustang fighter plane).

Secondly, the front-mid mounted 6.2-litre GM LS3 V8, which delivers 430 hp, works with a four-speed GM tranny and a four-link Ford 9-inch rear axle.

And, until we get to see a Viper actually taken down the off-roading path, this shenanigan, which comes from digital label Car Front Swaps, will have to suffice. For the record, we’re talking about an Instagram page that pixel-builds such toys while accepting proposals from users. So, if the idea floats your boat, feel free to drop a suggestion.

Jeep Grand Wagoneer Will Be Unveiled On September 3

Source: MotorIllustrated

  • Most luxurious Jeep ever coming on September 3
  • Jeep Grand Wagoneer will be joined by new Wagoneer and go on sale next year
  • New grille will keep include retro touches as a reference to the first Grand Wagoneer

The new Jeep Grand Wagoneer will be unveiled on September 3. Jeep made the announcement by once again teasing its new flagship SUV.

The latest Grand Wagoneer teaser pics show a retro chrome grille that has a clear resemblance with the first-generation Grand Wagoneer. It is complemented by an illuminated “Grand Wagoneer” emblem. The second pic shows what appears to be a rotary dial for the gearbox with quite a bit of detailing around the edge.

The new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be Jeep’s answer to the Ford Expedition and recent Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon duo. It has often been described as a luxury SUV and rumours suggest the top-level trim could top $100k in Canada. Both will offer three rows of seats.

Jeep Grand Wagoneer teaser
Jeep Grand Wagoneer teaser | FCA

Last week, Jeep teased the emblem and the interior push-start button, both once again showing quite a bit of detail. The emblem is complemented by an engraved American flag while the start/stop button looks to protrude from somewhere on the dashboard.

Jeep has big plans for the upcoming year with a redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee coming in 2021 as well.

Stay tuned on September 3 for the reveal of the 2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Wagoneer models.

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All-New Jeep Grand Wagoneer Teaser | Photo: Jeep
Jeep Grand Wagoneer teaser
All-New Jeep Grand Wagoneer Teaser | Photo: Jeep

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FCA Canada Introduces A New Ram 1500 “Built To Serve” Limited Edition Truck

Source: MotorIllustrated

2020 Ram 1500 “Built To Serve” | Photo: Ram

Stylish and ready to serve, the limited edition “Built To Serve” Ram 1500 enters its second phase


  • This is the second installment of the “Built To Serve” truck series.
  • The trucks will be offered in a variety of limited exterior colours.
  • All of them will include the 4×4 Off-Road Group.

The folks at FCA and Ram have announced that the production of the second installment of their “Built To Serve” limited edition truck is underway. These specific pickups will be available with Technical Grey 20-inch wheels, body-colour fender flares, an all-black grille, bumpers and light bezels, dual 4-inch black tailpipes, and more.

As Mike Koval, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – North America, puts it: “Ram truck owners, whether civilian or military, are familiar with the ‘Built to Serve’ adage as it’s something we strive to build into every truck and van we produce. Ram honours those who serve or have served with distinction.

These limited-run trucks are more than simply an appearance package. Each truck will feature the 4×4 Off-Road Group which includes: All-terrain tires, an electronic-locking rear differential, skid plates for the front suspension, fuel tank and transfer case, tow hooks, and heavy-duty off-road-calibrated front and rear shock absorbers.

Each Ram 1500 will also be available with low-volume paint options, including Ceramic Grey and Patriot Blue exterior colours along with a black interior with Light Ambassador Blue accent stitching. Other cabin enhancements will include a “Built to Serve” instrument panel badge, a lockable console storage, deeply bolstered cloth and vinyl Sport seats, and more.

2020 Ram 1500 “Built To Serve” | Photo: Ram

The Ram “Built to Serve” edition packages can be fitted on all body styles and with all powertrains. As well, a new “Built to Serve Edition” model will launch approximately every three months.

2020 Ram 1500 “Built To Serve” | Photo: Ram

1967 Dodge Charger “Copper Cool” Speaks of the Golden Era

Source: Auto Evolution

Nowadays, when new-age muscle cars are at least as exuberant and their retro siblings, it might seem odd to think that an icon like the Dodge Charger was once an experiment. Well, there’s no better way of illustrating this than talking about the first generation of the Mopar machine. And the example we have here is ready to take that legacy further.

The original Charger’s production version landed halfway through 1966 and while this could be optioned as a muscle car (think: medium-sized platform, big muscle), it was more of a lavish proposal, one built on the same platform as the Coronet. Perhaps the best clue towards the said nature of the car came from its cabin, which featured four individual seats, a console running the entire length of the interior, as well as a futuristic instrument panel.

With its fastback roof and its luxurious features, the B-body-based Charger came with a hefty $3,100 starting price. As such, Dodge introduced limited changes for the 1967 model year. Instead, the Charger was completely redesigned for the 1968 model year, reaching the form many enthusiasts think of when hearing this name.

The fastback roof and the upper-class image made roof for a sportier image, with a Coke Bottle profile, while the doors and hood were adorned with dual scallops.

Nevertheless, the original Charger remains a dreamer’s car, an image this Copper-finished 1967 example is clearly worthy of. Not only does the said hue match the black vinyl top of the car brilliantly, but the plush cabin of the Mopar machine is also a sweet display of the Copper theme.

Under the hood, we find the base 383ci (5.2-liter) V8, while this is mated to the optional three-speed automatic tranny.

The slab of America is up for grabs and here’s what it’s seller, which can be found in the Instagram post below, had to say about the Dodge: “Completely restored with 4,013 miles on the odometer, which was reset at time of restoration. Runs and drives excellent, with air conditioning,

Five Things To Know About The 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel

Source: Forbes

Jeep took a great idea from their corporate sister company, Ram, by adding a refined diesel engine to one of its vehicles. The 2020 Wrangler is available with a 3.0-liter Ecodiesel engine, which is mechanically the same as the one we see in the Ram, but it has been altered to help the off-roader maintain its hardcore abilities.

The upgrade to diesel is a significant improvement for the Wrangler, and should be on anyone’s shopping list that is considering buying a Jeep. Here are five things to know about the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Ecodiesel:

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2020 Wrangler FCA

It Has Torque To Spare

Off-roading is much more about precision, torque, and low-end power than it is about speed and handling, so the addition of a torque-heavy diesel engine to the Wrangler line makes perfect sense. The power plant’s 442 lb-ft comes on at just 1,400 RPM, which gives the low-down grunt a vehicle needs to be a competent off-road ride.  Unfortunately, the extra torque from the diesel didn’t add anything to the Wrangler’s towing rating, as it remains at 3,500 pounds. Today In: Cars & Bikes

It’s More Refined Than Ever Before

It’s a diesel, but it’s not the clunky, rough engine many of us probably remember from decades past. The Wrangler accelerates smoothly and gives little indication that there’s anything other than a gas engine under the hood. Shifts from the eight-speed automatic gearbox are timely and keep the diesel where it needs to be to produce the most power.

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2020 Wrangler FCA

It Comes With Big Diesel Sound

In motion, the Ecodiesel-equipped Wrangler is as quiet and compliant as anyone can expect from a rugged Jeep, but cold starts are another story. The sound isn’t all that different than a big diesel truck as the Wrangler is warming up, but the idle calms down once the vehicle is warmed up. Under acceleration, the engine produces a pleasant diesel turbo whine that is just loud enough to make itself known.

It’s Comfortable

This has less to do with the engine and more to do with the fact that Jeep has been hard at work for years to make the Wrangler as comfortable and usable as possible on a daily basis. We tested both the Sahara and Rubicon models, both of which bring several creature comforts, such as a leather upholstery, heated seats, power windows and door locks, and a premium stereo. It’s not a Lincoln, but the Wrangler is more comfortable now than ever before.

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2020 Wrangler FCA

Technology

The Wrangler doesn’t suffer in the tech and safety departments just because it’s a hardcore off-roader. Jeep, as part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, gets FCA’s crazy-good Uconnect infotainment system. In our Rubicon tester, that system ran on an optional 8.4-inch touchscreen that is both colorful and bright. The system also runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Though they’re locked away in added-cost options packages, the Wrangler is available with all of the latest safety tech. The $995 Safety Group brings blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and a rear parking sensor system, while the $795 Advanced Safety Group brings advanced braking assist, full speed forward collision warnings, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, and enhanced adaptive cruise control.

Overall, the diesel engine is just what the doctor ordered for the Wrangler. It’s well-suited for the tasks that makes it a special vehicle and the Jeep’s refinement, comfort, and technology make it one of the most advanced off-roader the company has produced yet.

A Message to Woodbine Chrysler’s Guests about the Coronavirus

To Our Valued Customers

In light of the ongoing situation concerning COVID-19, we want to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward.


Please be assured that the health and safety of our guests and staff is of the utmost importance. In order to accommodate the recent provincial state of emergency, we have made some changes to our hours of operation.

May 4th through May 30th revised hours of operation:

Sales Department

Monday to Friday – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Service Department

Monday to Friday – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday – Closed

Dealership Sanitation

All guest vehicles are outfitted with steering wheel covers and seat protectors prior to maintenance or repair work.  In addition, we have introduced enhanced cleaning protocols, including regular sanitizing of all high traffic areas in our stores.  The etiquette of shaking hands upon meeting guests has also been suspended, and associates have been instructed to stay home if they have any symptoms or have travelled recently.

If You Have Questions

We are doing our best to continue to be available to service your vehicle.  If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to one of our associates.

  • Call us at 905-415-2260
  • Woodbine Chrysler Jeep will continue updating this page for constant updates on our response to COVID-19

We at Woodbine Chrysler Jeep thank you for trusting us with your business and assure you every measure is being taken into account to keep our community safe.


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Government of Canada Updates: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

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2020 Jeep Cherokee vs Compass Comparison Test

For a brand that prides itself on its SUV virtuosity, there’s a bit of a logjam at the core of Jeep’s lineup.

That’s particularly true of the Cherokee and Compass, two not-so-different takes on small sport utilities. Both tout two rows of seats and good on-road comfort, competing directly with the likes of everything from the Chevrolet Equinox to the Subaru Forester – as well as with each other. Not much separates the pair dimensionally, especially on the inside, and they even look strikingly similar these days. But looks can be deceiving, and lining the pair up side by side reveals some surprising differences.

The Verdict

If you’ve got a Jeep on your shopping list that isn’t a Wrangler, it’s hard to go wrong with either the Cherokee or the Compass. Desirable models like the ones tested here aren’t cheap, but both are good at what they do and which one’s right for you depends on what you plan to do with them.

Those with plans to tow are left with little choice but the Cherokee. It’s also the better of the two in terms of refinement, delivering near-luxury levels of cabin comfort and an impressively refined ride. Folks looking to save a few bucks will find most of what they’re looking for in the Compass, with its stylish cabin to go along with a surprising amount of space for people and stuff.

PACIFICA HYBRID AWARDED “TODAY’S PARENT APPROVED” SEAL

Source: Chrysler

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The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has earned the coveted “Today’s Parent Approved” seal as a result of both lab and real-world parent testing. To earn the rating, Pacifica Hybrid passed exhaustive product testing, excelling in and beyond three core categories: quality, ease-of-use and value for money.

Today’s Parent Approved editors and parent testers were impressed with the Pacifica Hybrid results, covering a wide range of features, including safety and security, space for occupants and cargo, finish quality, ride and handling, and the entertainment system. Also factored was how well this vehicle meets the day-to-day needs of families, such as installing car seats, lifting strollers in and out, loading up hockey gear and taking family road trips, as well as the remarkable hybrid fuel economy, in assessing the Pacifica Hybrid’s overall value.

GET MORE OUT OF EVERY KILOMETRE

From maximizing driving range and saving fuel while reducing emissions, the Pacifica Hybrid conserves resources without compromising versatility and space. Increasing your options for less dependence on gas, the Pacifica Hybrid offers an astounding 2.7 Le/100 km (105 MPGe) fuel efficiency rating in city driving, easily covering an average daily commute up to 51 km of
electric range and a total driving range of up to 835 km.

EFFICIENCY TO KEEP YOU HUMMING ALONG

Working seamlessly together, the gas and battery operations allow drivers to effortlessly gain efficiency with the worry-free choice of power and charging, designed for simplicity. You’ll easily monitor your driving history and real-time results on the unique Pacifica Hybrid information screens, allowing for optimized efficiency. With the capability to perform highway cruising or city driving on battery power, you’ll also have peace of mind knowing the gas engine is always ready to take over as needed.

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MOST ADVANCED ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM IN ITS CLASS

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MOPAR FIVE-POINT CHARGE LEVEL INDICATOR ON UPPER DASH ® LEVEL 2 CHARGER
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TRI-PANE PANORAMIC SUNROOF

2021 Chrysler Pacifica To Boast All-Wheel Drive

Source: Motor1

Full-LED headlights are expected to be standard across the range.

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Rumours of an all-wheel-drive Chrysler Pacifica have been swirling around the Internet for quite some time, but the 2020MY introduced earlier this year only brought changes to the trim levels and a new Red S Edition. If you want the minivan with an all-paw system, it looks like you’ll have to wait for the 2021MY as a report published by Mopar Insiders says the family hauler will finally send its power to both axles.

It is believed the AWD system will be largely inherited from the Jeep Renegade and Compass plug-in hybrids introduced back in March at the Geneva Motor Show with an electric motor powering the rear axle. The SUVs equipped with the eAWD system and a 1.3-litre turbocharged gasoline engine have a pure electric mode offering 50 kilometres of zero-emissions driving and up to 240 horsepower in the case of the Renegade PHEV.

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Mopar Insiders has it on good authority the model year change will also bring some styling changes as the minivan will get a new look for the front and rear fascias. A more prominent and bolder grille is on the agenda, as are styling tweaks at the front influenced by the third-generation Chrysler Town & Country as well as the current 300.

More than 20 pre-production prototypes of the 2021 Pacifica have allegedly been built already and it’s only a matter of time before we’ll see some them out and about testing, while carrying camouflage. The report states an official reveal will take place in the first quarter of next year, possibly at the 2020 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto programmed for mid-February.