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2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition to be sold exclusively in Texas, surrounding states

Body-color accents make up the front of this truck.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Texas is the full-size pickup truck capital of the U.S. and Ram's new luxury trim level is aimed right at the heart of Lone Star State buyers. The 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition will be sold exclusively in Texas and neighboring states.

"For nearly 20 years, Ram has recognized that Texas and America's Southwest are the center of the truck universe," said Mike Koval,Ad Interim Head of Ram Brand, FCA - North America. "Ram was the first manufacturer to offer a Texas-exclusive model, and the Lone Star edition remains our most popular truck in Texas. Our new Ram Laramie Southwest Edition adds the segment's best combination of performance, capability, luxury and technology."

2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest EditionThe truck comes standard with power side steps that fold away when the vehicle is parked.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Laramie Southwest Edition features body-colored bumpers, mirrors, and grille surround. There are chrome highlights, including tow hooks, grille inserts, body side moldings, and polished 20-inch wheels. Included power side steps fold out of the way when the truck is parked or driving.

The truck comes loaded with a 12-inch infotainment touch screen, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, electric trailer brake control, automatic high beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring and cross-path detection, front and rear park assist, remote tailgate release, and rain-sensitive wipers.

Buyers can choose from bench or bucket seats. All Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Editions are delivered with a heavy-duty Mopar locking console when the bucket seat option is selected.

The 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition is available in all powertrain options. Buyers can choose Quad and Crew Cab body configurations and 5 ft.-7 in. (Crew only) or 6 ft.-4-in. bed lengths.

2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest EditionThe interior of the new truck is as posh as Ram's most luxurious 1500 model, with special design nods to the Southwest, like light colored leather that doesn't soak up the heat from the hot sun.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at $45,380, plus $1,695 destination.

It will go on sale in the second quarter of 2020.

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The FITS system allows customers to create custom components for their truck.

Ford

Ford has taken a refreshing DIY approach with the new Maverick pickup truck. Owners have taken to building their own ski racks, and the truck's Flexbed system allows owners to buy or build several other cargo management solutions. Taking things a step further, Ford just released 3D printer plans for the truck's interior accessory system to allow customers to create their own accessories.

2022 Ford MaverickIn addition to the 3d printer plans, Ford offers accessories for sale.Ford

The system is called FITS, or Ford Integrated Tether System. It allows owners to 3D print their own accessories or choose from a handful of Ford-made products, such as cup holders, a phone cord organizer, bag hooks, a trash bag, and under-seat dividers. The FITS receivers are located on the back of the center console and under the rear seat in the new Maverick.

Though Ford released its own files, the tiny slot offers huge possibilities, as shown by the number of customer-created accessories. We're talking everything from handheld video game console mounts to grocery bag hooks and more. Anyone with a 3D printer and some time can design a FITS component and release the idea to other Maverick owners. There's even an accessory that uses screws to attach so non-FITS vehicles can use the system.

2022 Ford MaverickThe Maverick has FITS receivers on the back of the center console and under the back seat.Ford

The neat, technology-driven feature is currently only available to Maverick owners, but that could change in the future. In the meantime, however, Ford's newest pickup truck is so popular that demand has far outstripped supply to the point that the automaker stopped taking new orders for the 2022 model year.

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New plug-in hybrid SUV

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe starts at $59,495

The Grand Cherokee 4xe is premium, inside and out.

Jeep/Stellantis

Last year, Jeep electrified the Wrangler, its most iconic model, with an innovative plug-in hybrid powertrain (PHEV). Not long after, the brand announced a similar version of the Grand Cherokee. The upscale electrified off-roader offers plenty of standard tech and features, solid safety equipment, and 25 miles of all-electric range. Today, Jeep announced pricing for the SUV, which will start arriving in dealers this spring.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xeThe 4xe powertrain delivers up to 25 miles of all electric range. Jeep/Stellantis

Pricing for the 4xe lineup starts at:

  • Grand Cherokee 4xe: $59,495
  • Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe: $64,280
  • Grand Cherokee Overland 4xe: $67,555
  • Grand Cherokee Summit 4xe: $71,615
  • Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4xe: $76,095
The Grand Cherokee 4xe comes with a turbocharged 2.0-,item inline-four that combines with two electric motors for a total output of 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The 4xe powertrain includes plug-in hybrid technology, which enables all-electric driving. In the Grand Cherokee, there's up to 25 miles of electric range, which could enable a completely gas-free ownership experience for people with short commutes. Once the electric range is exhausted the vehicle functions like a normal hybrid, and the batteries must be recharged to replenish range.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xeThe Grand Cherokee joins the Wrangler 4xe in Jeep's electrified lineup.Jeep/Stellantis

Fortunately, the 4xe's premium starting price buys a premium SUV, even at the base level. Standard features include Capri leather upholstery, a 10.1-inch touchscreen and 10.25-inch passenger display. A dual-pane panoramic moonroof and heated power seats are also standard. A full suite of advanced safety systems come standard as well. All 4xe trims come with full-speed forward collision warnings, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, LED headlights, and more.

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