Is Hyundai thinking about buying FCA?

This is from a question posted on TFLcar.com’s “Ask Nathan” weekly post.

You can read the whole column (here).

Q:Hi Guys, it is true that Hyundai will buy FCA?

Is this for real? If it is true, what’s going to happen to Jeep and Ram?1!? I have nothing against Hyundai, but this seems like a drastic idea. Hyundai is known for smart sensible engineering. As Nathan puts it, everything Italian is built for an emotional connection. They are two completely different philosophies with Hyundai appealing to the brain and Fiat battling for your soul. Also =, with all the instability in Korea, is it such a good idea to absorb a company that American consumers are so reliant on?

What’s your take?

Love your Ike Gauntlet and off road shows!
‘Schmitty

 

A: Hi Schmitty!

Normally, emails take time to post, but your email is rather timely. I just caught wind of this through our friends at Carscoops.com. I investigated this rumor and found out that – yes – there is some truth to the rumor.

My take? If this happens (and that’s a big “IF”), I think Hyundai would gradually make changes to allow the cash-cows of FCA (Jeep and Ram) to expand a bit while they get rid of models that are undesirable or competitive with their brands. I think they would kill off vehicles like the Fiat 500L, Chrysler 300C, Dodge Journey and more. They would plan to platform-share as well; perhaps something like a Chrysler sedan based on a Genesis platform?

There are lots of possibilities. The bottom line in my book is: this could be a good thing. It would make Hyundai the largest automaker on the planet, add to FCA’s financial stability and it would give Hyundai something its wanted for decades, a competitive pickup truck.

N

 

A: Hi Schmitty!

Normally, emails take time to post, but your email is rather timely. I just caught wind of this through our friends at Carscoops.com. I investigated this rumor and found out that – yes – there is some truth to the rumor.

My take? If this happens (and that’s a big “IF”), I think Hyundai would gradually make changes to allow the cash-cows of FCA (Jeep and Ram) to expand a bit while they get rid of models that are undesirable or competitive with their brands. I think they would kill off vehicles like the Fiat 500L, Chrysler 300C, Dodge Journey and more. They would plan to platform-share as well; perhaps something like a Chrysler sedan based on a Genesis platform?

There are lots of possibilities. The bottom line in my book is: this could be a good thing. It would make Hyundai the largest automaker on the planet, add to FCA’s financial stability and it would give Hyundai something its wanted for decades, a competitive pickup truck.

Curious about the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s Performance? [Video]

If you were waiting for an honest, first hand assessment of the driving impressions of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, we have a great video for you. The boys at TFLcar went out east to test the 707 horsepower, all-wheel drive monster on country roads, highway and a brand new racetrack.

You can read the story behind the driving impressions (here).

Check out this video!

The Fast Lane Truck has a Ton of Jeep Scrambler and Jeep JK/JL updates!

This new video from the boys at The Fast Lane Truck (TFLtruck.com) features the latest news on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK, the upcoming JL and the Jeep Scrambler pickup truck.

Here’s a taste!

“How much will the new 2019 Jeep Scrambler (Wrangler-based) pickup truck be able to tow? We get a glimpse into this question with the following prototype image. This photo comes to us via Facebook, uploaded by FourWheeler.com..”

There’s that and more in this video!

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Buyers Guide

Via: TFLcar.com

If you are in the market for a new Jeep Grand Cherokee, then you are probably know how many options there are. So, Tommy and Nathan decided to sit down and make TFL’s own comprehensive Jeep Grand Cherokee Buyer’s Guide. This video breaks down all of the different trim levels and options to help you pick a Grand Cherokee that best fits your needs.

ENGINE OPTIONS

The Grand Cherokee has a few different options for powertrains. First is the 3.6L Pentastar V6. This engine makes 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Power can be sent to two, or all four wheels through an 8-speed auto. The V6 can be had on every trim level with the exception of the SRT.

Next is the 5.7L Hemi V8. This power plant produces 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, a significant upgrade from the V6. Again, power is sent to the wheels through the same 8-speed transmission. This engine is available on some of the higher trim levels and will cost you roughly $3,000 more.

There is a dark horse to mention here in the 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel. Unfortunately, FCA is under investigation with this engine for potentially installing a cheat device. So, it is currently not for sale on the Grand Cherokee. However, if you could buy it, it would make 240 horsepower and a whopping 420 lb-ft of torque.

Finally there is the range topping 6.4L Hemi V8 which makes 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. This engine is available exclusively on the SRT trim level. It sends power to all four wheels through a specially tuned version of the same 8-speed auto in the rest of the range. This combo is enough to rocket the Grand Cherokee to 60 MPH in just 4.4 seconds. This performance comes at a price, with the SRT being the most expensive trim available.

Although it isn’t out yet, there will also be a 6.2L Supercharged Hemi V8 available in the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. This motor is a transplant from the Dodge Challenger Hellcat which makes 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Look out for more on that in the near future.

TRIM LEVELS

Now that we know about the different engines you can buy on your Grand Cherokee, we can breakdown all eight – yes, eight – trim levels available on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Rather than explain them all, I will simply list them here and make you watch the whole Jeep Grand Cherokee Buyer’s Guide to find out what comes with each trim:

In order, you have the Laredo, Laredo E, Altitude, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk (although this one is not out yet).

Be sure to watch the entire video for a comprehensive explanation of the different trim levels and options available throughout the range. Also be sure to stay tuned to TFLcar for more Jeep Grand Cherokee reviews and news.

How does the 2017 Jeep Compass do off-road? [Video]

The 2017 Jeep Compass is an all-new vehicle that slots between the tiny Jeep Renegade and larger Jeep Cherokee. It replaces the old Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot. It shares its platform and many components with the Jeep Cherokee, but it manages to have a completely unique personality.

In this video, our friends from The Fast Lane Car (TFLcar) take the 2017 Jeep Compass on to Box Car trail in Moab, UT. This event happened at the same time as our friend Charlene Bower filmed for her annual event and a portion of one of our newest shows, EMpowered Women!

Click (here) for more information.

One of the most compelling aspects of the 2017 Jeep Compass is its ability go to places where many other crossovers could never hope to go.

Check out the little brother of the 2017 Jeep Compass, the Jeep Renegade taking on a tough trail!

The 2017 Overland Expo West has a New Location

Join us May 12 – 14, 2017 for the
ninth annual Overland Expo WEST near
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA — NEW VENUE!

We are the premier overlanding event in the world—no other event offers the scope of classes taught by the world’s leading experts, alongside a professional-level trade show that brings together in one place all the camping and vehicle and motorcycle equipment and services you need to get outfitted and get going.

EVENT SCHEDULE — OVERLAND EXPO 2017 WEST

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
6 pm to 8 pm:  Overland Expo Gear & Beer + Cool Ride Party in Downtown Flagstaff (TBA)

Thursday, May 11, 2017
1 pm to 7 pm:  attendee check-in; exhibitors set-up;
camping opens for Overland Experience and pre-purchased Weekend Passes with Camping only

Friday, May 12, 2017
9 am to 5 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
5 pm to 7 pm: happy hour
7 pm to 10 pm: evening programs TBA

Saturday, May 13, 2017
8 am to 5 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
5 pm to 7 pm: happy hour
7 pm to 10 pm: evening programs TBA

Sunday, May 14, 2017
8 am to 3 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
430 pm: BBQ dinner for Overland Experience attendees, exhibitors, and media

Monday, May 15, 2017
departures . . . the adventures begin—where do you find it?

Details about Overland Expo EAST near Asheville, NC in October 2017, will be available in June 2017.

Why come to Overland Expo?

WHY TRAIN WITH US?

Several overland shows now offer worthwhile classes. But no other event comes close to the breadth and depth of education available to Overland Experience attendees at the Overland Expo, from choosing the right vehicle for your needs, to packing it with the proper equipment and provisions, to comfortably handling challenging driving conditions, to winching it out of a hole. Our team of instructors is simply the best on the planet: from ex-Camel Trophy team members to trans-Africa veterans to professional expedition leaders. The 2016 Overland Expo EAST schedule includes 140 classes comprising a full 320 session-hours of instruction. We now have attendees who have been to every Expo and have not run out of things to learn.

 

WHY COME EAST?

The Overland Expo EAST venue lies in the forested heart of Blue Ridge Mountain country, at the beautiful Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. We have access to several miles along the French Broad River for our vendors, training areas, and camping. Asheville is a culinary and micro-brew mecca, and before or after the show you can drive the Blue Ridge Parkway or head to the stunning Outer Banks to overindulge in seafood, climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and rest your hand on the rail from which the Wright Brothers launched their first Flyer at Kitty Hawk.

 

WHY BUY A WEEKEND PASS?

If you’re not quite ready for the full Overland Experience package, do not imagine your time won’t be busy. A weekend pass (with or without camping) gets you access to over 100 vendors, a drive in a new Land Rover on a specially built course, test BFGoodrich tires, plus dozens of demonstrations, slide shows, films, and roundtable panels on worldwide travel. You can effortlessly fill three days—some guests tell us it takes them hours just to look through all the fascinating overland vehicles in the parking lot. And as always, kids 17 and under get in free to Overland Expo (Biltmore entrance fees may apply).

 

WHY OVERLAND EXPO?

One word: Community. Of all the comments we get raving about the quality of classes, instructors, and vendors, one impression strikes people the hardest, and that is the people who come to learn, to teach, and to share. The Overland Expo has become a mandatory calendar event for travelers from all over the world, many of whom schedule trans-continental journeys to coincide with a West or East Expo, to see old friends and meet new ones. Those new to overlanding tell us again and again how welcomed they feel by this community whose reason for being, after all, is to explore, learn new things, and meet new people. It’s why our motto is: Overland Expo—where adventure begins and friendships last.

For more information about the Overland Expo West, click (here).

THE JEEP SAFARI CONCEPT Driven at the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari

Original content from TFLcar.com

DRIVING THE JEEP SAFARI CONCEPT: IS THIS THE NEW FACE OF THE NEXT JEEP WRANGLER?

As many Jeep fans are starved for details about the upcoming Jeep (JL) Wrangler, the Jeep Safari Concept may offer a few tantalizing clues. The grill and front bumper certainly look like they belong on the next Wrangler, but there’s a lot more to the Jeep Safari Concept than hints to the JL, it is a slick and absurd idea rolled into a great looking rig.

The roof is a translucent plastic-like material and it supports a faux drone that sits over the rear on its own launch pad.

The “windoors” are clear plastic vinyl laid over custom aluminium brackets. Zippers line the window section and the rear doors are rear-hinged (suicide-door-style) and give a great opening to the rear seats. By the way, the two rear seats are similar to the front seats, but they are canted slightly outward for better safari viewing pleasure.

Here’s some of what was added to the Jeep Safari Concept:

  • 35″ BFG Mud Terrain KM2 tires
  • Spray-in bed-liner on the floor
  • Jeep Performance 2″ lift and Fox shocks
  • Underhood air compressor
  • Custom cold intake and beefed up brakes
  • Front and rear Dana 44 axles
  • Front and rear (modified) bucket seats from a Fiat 500 Abarth
  • iPad center display/infotainment system

… and, by the way; the one thing that excited many journalists was the front windshield which is raked 3-degrees. We think this is off of the Jeep Wrangler JL. Still, like the steering wheel, which was sourced from a Fiat 500X, it may be something else.

This year’s TFL coverage of the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari is brought to you by Blackforestgear.com. Check out their web site for unique Jeep soft tops and other fun Jeep wheeling gear.

It’s a fun vehicle to drive, even if the future clues prove false!