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4x4 and Auto News and Rumors - RPM

Posted in News on April 18, 2016
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That’s Interesting
•Tread Lightly!’s Restoration for Recreation is awarding funding to 25 stewardship projects (aka 25 for 25), which will be about trail expansion, cleanup, campground improvements, recycling collection, trail repair, and more. Each project will be run by Tread Lightly! members or its partners, such as enthusiast clubs and individuals. Learn more at
•Might the rumored Mercedes-Benz/Nissan pickup be called Z-Class?
•GM has opened its Powertrain Performance and Racing Center, which will engineer and build race engines, as well as crate engines and crate powertrains.
•Utah Motorsports Campus has opened on the site of the former Miller Motorsports Park location for the 2016 racing season. Among the events will be the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series May 21-22.
•Some 2016 Dodge Durango models will have available Brass Monkey and Anodized Platinum appearance packages.
•Fuel delivery on demand? The WeFuel app allows you to select a fuel and pay for it, and then a WeFuel delivery truck arrives in 30 minutes or less to fill up your rig. Right now, it’s only for parts of the Bay Area.

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Is It True?
•Fiat Chrysler is going to create new calibrations for its existing generation of diesel vehicles to make them even cleaner?
•Jeep Wrangler hybrid in addition to Jeep Wrangler diesel?
•Jeep is going to open satellite stores?
•Uber drivers will be giving the Bop It toy to drunken passengers as the token shiny object so that they don’t annoy or get aggressive with their drivers?
•Ford has a pint-size SUV in the works?
•Ram will keep building its HD trucks in Mexico?

Your Government at Work
•The Environmental Protection Agency has written a proposal that would make it illegal to convert vehicles designed for on-road use into race vehicles. SEMA and other orgs are fighting this hard, as you can imagine.
•Planning on smoking in your car in Virginia while kids are on board? Expect a fine of $100 if a proposed bill passes.

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What’s Happening in the Industry
•You know Line-X as the provider of spray-on coatings, but you may not know of its charitable efforts. It has been voted Best for Vets Franchise, and it also has donated $50,000 to UCLA Operation Mend, which provides medical treatment to veterans wounded in war.
•Monroe has turned 100 years old.
•aFe has bought Sway-A-Way’s line of high-performance off-road racing shocks.
•GenRight 4x4 Night is happening each month in 2016 at various locations across the U.S. It’s a chance to hang out with fellow wheelers and talk shop. Go to to learn about dates and locations near you.
•The modified Jeep Wrangler Omix-ADA donated to SEMA Cares went up for auction at Barrett-Jackson and fetched $100,000.
•Yamaha will become a three-year Official Presenting Sponsor of the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series, Arizona.
•T-Rex Truck Products has been in business now for 20 years.
•WD-40 wants to give you $10,000 for a photo or video of things you already do. You see, it’s all part of the WD-40 Specialist Top Challenges Countdown. All you have to do is upload a pic or vid of how you use a WD-40 Specialist product to deal with a challenge. Products in the line include Machine & Engine Degreaser, Dirt & Dust Resistant Dry Lube, and Water Resistant Silicone Lubricant. Go to

Four Wheeler App
If you read Four Wheeler magazine each month, you probably already know we’ve been talking about the fact that we have our very own app. It’s kind of a big deal for us since not everyone has their own app. You should check out our app. We bring you tech, products, road tests, feature trucks, and loads more at the drop of an app. Go to the iTunes app store.

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2016 Chevy Silverado Realtree and GMC Sierra All Terrain X
The Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 is getting a new edition in 2016: the Realtree. As you may have suspected, it’s a camo theme—exterior graphics, headrest logos, and other miscellaneous Realtree graphics. Other additions include blackout trim, off-road assist steps, and black 20-inch wheels.

Over at GMC, there’s the All Terrain X for the 2016 Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab and shortbed SLT models. You’re looking at a special grille, Eaton locking rear diff, Z71 off-road suspension package, spray-on bedliner, inclinometer, and All Terrain logo’d instrument cluster.

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New Luxo 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland
There’s a new fancy Jeep in town: the ’16 Cherokee Overland. Various niceties include body-color fascias and door cladding, polished aluminum wheels, leather-wrapped and power things inside, a new steering wheel with wood trim, and Overland badging. It’ll have an MSRP of $34,495 when it arrives in the spring.

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2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
In the fall of 2016, we get the new ’17 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, which will feature an enhanced TRD suspension and exhaust, 16-inch TRD black-alloy wheels, an aluminum front skidplate, and other familiar TRD musts, including Crawl Control, Multi-terrain Select, Hill Start Assist Control, and Active Traction Control.

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2017 Nissan Titan 1/2-ton
The Titan XD is getting a little bro—a 1/2-ton. It’s a different chassis (no shared components) but also will have the 5.6L Endurance V-8, worth 390 horses and 401 lb-ft of torque, and will be hooked to a seven-speed auto-trans. A V-6 is in the works. The Titan will have a 139.8-inch wheelbase (the XD’s is 151.6 inches), with an overall length of 228.1 versus 242.8 inches. Width and height are pretty much unchanged. Get it in Crew Cab, King Cab, and Single Cab, with 5 1/2, 6 1/2, and 8-foot-long beds, and with S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve trim levels. The 1/2-ton will be available in the summer of 2016.

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2017 Ram Power Wagon, and the New 2500 Off-Road Package
This looks like a bloated Rebel 1500, right? That was the plan when the ’17 Ram Power Wagon got a new design, borrowing the grille from the Rebel. Overall, the new model year brings the same old truck, other than a few appearance changes, such as that grille design, new 17-inch wheels, special lighting, tire-tread patterns inside, and more color choices.

There’s also a new off-road package for the Ram 2500 crew cab and Mega Cab, which big front tow hooks, specially tuned Bilstein monotube shocks, larger fender flares, an enhanced suspension, a T-case skidplate, standard Hill Descent Control, and front and rear lockers, of course. It’ll be available later in 2016.

“Without creating additional capacity, in the United States, we need to ... to try and deal with the development of both Jeep and the Ram brand."—Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler CEO, according to the Detroit Free Press

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