The Friday Five:The Dodge Jailbreak Custom Combos, Bronco Squatch Gets a Stick, and Kia Breaks Fast-Charging Record Edition

Beverly Braga | Nov 19, 2021

This week, another automotive industry event was resurrected: the Los Angeles Auto Show. As with many large gatherings, the show went on hiatus last year. And although smaller than in years past, automakers had plenty of big news to share at this year's L.A. show. Model-year 2023 debuts were the Acura IntegraKia Sportage HybridMazda CX-50, and twinsies the Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4X. Concept vehicles were interesting as well, like the Hyundai SevenKia EV9, and Barbie Extra (yes, that Barbie).

The 2022 Nissan Rogue Turbo also debuted, plus we covered updates on the 2022 Jeep RenegadeSubaru Crosstrek, and Toyota RAV4. As for general industry news, used car prices continue to climb, and in-car tech continues to confuse. You know, like Tesla Full Self-Driving, about which we offer an explainer.

For those currently in the car market, check out our latest minivan comparison, which pits the Chrysler Pacifica against the Toyota Sienna, as well as new reviews on the BMW 2 SeriesBMW 4 Series Gran CoupeBMW X3, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

But that's not everything that was happening in the automotive space.

Dodge Adds Jailbreak Package for Challenger, Charger - Find the best Dodge deals!

2022 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak Front Quarter View

True to its "Never Lift" business planDodge announced a new Jailbreak package for the SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody variants of the Charger and Challenger. In related news, Dodge set a Guinness World Record for the longest model name ever. (Kidding.)

With the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 retuned, Jailbreak models gain 10 horsepower to 807 hp for the factory engine. But that's the extent of performance upgrades. The crux is that, for $995, Jailbreak buyers will have access to previously restricted combinations on paint, wheels, badging, finishes, and amenities, as well as new factory-custom options.

Ford Bronco Sasquatch Now Available with a Stick Shift

Not only do enthusiasts want their wacky color combos, but they want their stick shifts, too. A petition started last year imploring Ford to make the 7-speed manual transmission available to all Bronco trim levels. Well, Ford listened, mulled it over, and offered a compromise.

Previously unavailable with the off-roadiest Bronco package, AKA Sasquatch, Ford CEO Jim Farley tweeted that the stick shift is now an ordering option. But there's a catch. The manual transmission is only available with the smaller Bronco engine—the 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. The 2.7-liter V6 is still stuck with just the 10-speed automatic. Here's hoping customers can option the new Bronco Raptor with both.

GM Nixes Heated Seats, Steering Wheel, Blames Chip Shortage

As the weather outside gets frightful, apparently, so will your vehicle interior—at least if it's a General Motors product. The automaker's creature comfort chip-shortage casualties already include SiriusXM satellite radio and wireless device charging. Now, as the frost moves in, heated and ventilated seats, as well as heated steering wheels, are on their way out.

According to Automotive News, more than a dozen SUV and truck models are affected from the Chevrolet and GMC portfolios. These include the BlazerColorado, and Silverado on the Chevy side, and the AcadiaCanyon, and Sierra, among GMC models. The changes don't impact certain Chevy High Country and GMC Denali trims, but GM will compensate affected buyers to the tune of $150 to $500. No word whether a retrofit will be doable, but GM is looking into it.

Kia EV6 Breaks Tesla Model S Fast-Charging Record

Records are meant to be broken, and the latest one replaces Tesla with Kia. The automaker's all-new EV6 battery-electric (BEV) crossover set off on a cross-country voyage, traveling from Los Angeles to New York City. Why? Well, as the results show, because it can.

The EV6 traveled 2,881 miles during the weeklong trip, and its average charging stop lasted less than 20 minutes. In total, the EV SUV needed only about seven hours of plug-in, which earned it the Guinness World Record distinction of "shortest charging time to cross the U.S. in an electric vehicle." The Tesla Model S held the previous record. Doing the exact same route, the Model S required almost 13 hours of charging time.

Tesla Model Y Starting MSRP Jumps $17K Within a Few Months

Where Tesla does seem to be winning is in price inflation. In February, the Model Y Standard Range (effectively its base model) was discounted by $2,000, while performance models increased. And that's fair. Except now, Tesla has apparently dropped the Standard Range, leaving the new "base" model as the Model Y Long Range. And, coincidence or not, the lineup saw another price hike just last month.

When last offered, the Model Y Standard Range started at $43,190 and could travel up to 244 miles on a full battery. The Long Range model starts at $60,190 and has a single-charge range of 318 miles. Tesla, you keep using that word "base," but I do not think it means what you think it means.

The automakers are the sources of information for this article. It was accurate on November 19, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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