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’18 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited Softtop

 

’19 Mustang Shelby GT350

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Here is a first look at the ’18 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited Softtop.

Mechanical details are expected to include significant amounts of aluminum, although the body will be mostly made of steel. A new 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, dubbed “Hurricane,” is slated for the Wrangler as a more fuel-efficient option. The Pentastar V6 and an eight-speed automatic will be the mainstream powertrain, although the big news will be a 3.0L V6 turbodiesel for North America and likely global markets. A hybrid powertrain is also rumored, and a six-speed manual is confirmed to be available.

Expect to see the new Wrangler debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show.

 

This is the ’19 Shelby GT350, caught on the streets of Dearborn, Michigan.

Ford will update the GT350 following the facelifted ’18 Mustang line and the upcoming GT500. But this heavily camouflaged prototype was caught testing with the Porsche 911 GT3, suggesting a boost in performance abilities.

The GT350 already comes with a 5.2L V8 with 526 hp, but Ford could upgrade that a bit. A six-speed manual is likely to remain the only transmission. Settings from the Track Package or GT350R may also make their way onto the standard car. New styling tweaks will also be part of the update.

Expect to see the ’19 GT350 next spring.



’19 Ram 1500

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FCA is working to get the next-generation RAM to the streets and is anticipating a sales bump from truck-hungry customers.

The wheelbase pictured may provide a preview into a roomier model with more space inside for passengers and cargo. Chrysler is expected to upgrade the interior, especially on popular top-tier models, with the latest UConnect systems and other technologies previewed in the ’17 Pacifica minivan.

The V6 and V8 engines should carry on in the lineup but with a few updates. The 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel should stay put. The next RAM will also gain a mild hybrid system with a 48-volt electrical system, which sounds like the perfect place to put a turbocharged four in (already spied).

     
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