Today’s news features exciting headlines from both Jeep and Chrysler. Read on to learn how these two very different brands are evolving under the Fiat-Chrysler umbrella which includes: Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati.
We’ve reported on the exciting new venture between Chrysler and Google that will see 100 Pacificas re-engineered to be self-driving. Currently, Google’s self driving fleet consists of 24 Lexus RX450h SUVs and 34 Google-designed prototypes, but with the addition of the 100 Pacificas, Google’s fleet and testing have already passed 2-million miles after just 7 years on the road. The first six minivans arrived at Google’s Mountain View facility, with some already having installed mounting systems and another two equipped with sensor suites. The group at Electrik alludes that the new equipment on the Pacificas are much smaller than the same equipment on the Lexus RX models, meaning the technology is evolving toward more commercialization.
In other FCA news, Jeep has seemingly revealed a look at the upcoming Grand Wagoneer (furthest right) and confirmed that the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler (second from left) will stick closely to the current styling. The lighting signatures show five upcoming vehicles; however, the new Compass is not shown. The vehicle believed to be the Grand Wagoneer shows seven LEDs per headlight on either side of a widened seven-slot chromed grill. For the rear, the horizontal tail light also features seven LEDs across a widened tailgate. The Grand Wagoneer is expected to ride on a stretched version of the next-generation Grand Cherokee platform, with plans for the model to rival a Land Rover in luxury and price (which could top $140,000).
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