"Stellantis Spotlight" is a weekly recap of some of the major stories at Stellantis. The top stories for the week ending June 3, 2022, include the Jeep® brand launches a new marketing campaign, featuring the Wrangler 4xe, for the final Jurassic Park movie, the Grand Cherokee L wins an award for one of the best 7-passenger SUVs for 2022 from Forbes Wheels and the Drive for Design contest announces winners.
The new Abarth 595 Competizione highlights
The most important new feature of the 595 Competizione is the new Rally Blue color variant, a matte tone inspired by the legendary Fiat 131 Abarth Rallye of the 1970s. The new 17-inch "Montecarlo" alloy wheels are again a nod to the rims of the six-time world rally champion Lancia Delta HF Integrale car of the 1990s. To make the car even sportier, the Abarth Body Kit specific to this version is available in combination with the new Rally Blue or Scorpione Black color. Inside, in addition to the redesigned Sport Mode Button, other fresh character features include an Alcantara-covered dashboard, new leather seats and a carbon-fiber gearshift. For the top-of-the-line version, the 595 Esseesse, the Abarth team of engineers and designers has developed new titanium tailpipes for the Akrapovič exhaust system - and it delivers pure emotion with maximum driving pleasure both on the road and on the track. In addition, the 595 Esseesse gets a new dashboard in non-reflective black.
Tucson’s new Plug-in Hybrid model features an estimated 261 horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected hybrid powertrain coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Plug-in Hybrid battery is larger than the hybrid battery, with 13.8 kWh of power, yielding an estimated all-electric range (AER) of 32 miles and estimated fuel economy of 70 MPGe. Plug-in Hybrid Level-II charging capability is well under two hours to recharge the system using a 7.2kW on-board charger. The Plug-in Hybrid powerplant delivers power through a PHEV-tuned six-speed automatic transmission for smoothness and efficiency, with an estimated combined fuel economy rating of 30 mpg with all-wheel drive. The Plug-in Hybrid even offers an impressive tow rating of 2,000 lbs.
Nissan revealed the all-new 2023 Z sports car in a global broadcast from Brooklyn’s Duggal Greenhouse, about five miles from where the original 1970 Datsun 240Z made its world debut in October 1969. While the six previous generations of Nissan’s iconic sports car all offered numeric designations, the long-awaited redesign will be known in the United States simply by just one letter – Z. The 2023 Z offers a sleek, attractive exterior with a silhouette that shows respect for the original model – with a long hood and low rear stance. Inside, the driver-centric cockpit includes a 12.3-inch customizable racing-inspired meter display, available leather-appointed sports seats and 8-speaker Bose® audio system. All 2023 Nissan Z models are equipped with a 400-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine and choice of 6-speed manual transmission with motorsports-inspired EXEDY® high-performance clutch, or a new 9-speed automatic transmission with aluminum paddle shifters. The 2023 Z is offered in Sport and Performance grade levels and a special "Proto Spec” edition, which is limited to 240 units.