Chrysler is showing signs of life as it continues to climb back to competitive relevance. While it awaits an overhaul of most of its mainstream line-up over the next few years as the alliance with Fiat comes to fruition, Chrysler is whetting the appetites of Mopar fans with a series of sketches of "Moparized" Jeep and Ram models that promise better on- and off-road performance.
Information on these vehicles is sketchy at best, but we know that they will be introduced at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, which runs from March 27 to April 4.
These vehicles are the Jeep Wrangler J7, the Ram Power Wagon, the Jeep Patriot Extreme, and the Jeep Wrangler Trail Boss.
We don't know much about any of these vehicles, but the Ram Power Wagon is likely to get a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine and be positioned as Ford F-150 Raptor fighter. Beyond that, specs are anyone's guess, but expect up-powered engines and beefed up transmissions in all these vehicles. The Wrangler Trail Boss is likely to be a trail-banger, based on its name, while the J7 might either be a Wrangler with affordable off-road goodies or perhaps a street cruiser. Maybe it will be a bit retro, a la the old CJ-7? The Patriot Extreme sounds like a pavement scorcher more than a trail-tested off-roader.
We'll see in Moab.