Following claiming that the upcoming Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs would use a variant of the subsequent-generation Grand Cherokee’s unibody platform, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has changed its mind.
Speaking at the North American International Auto Show, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne stated the prime-end SUVs will instead adopt physique-on frame architecture, Automotive News reports. The change tosses the vehicles’ lofty predicted value ceiling — $ 140,000, according to Jeep boss Mike Manley — in the trash heap.
Both models are bound for FCA’s aging Warren truck plant, which will acquire a significantly-needed money injection. Describing Warren as becoming “in dire need of a substantial overhaul,” Marchionne claimed that a portion of the automaker’s $ 1 billion will aid modernize and retool the plant soon after Ram 1500 production departs for Sterling Heights.
Given that the word “Wagoneer” initial left the lips of FCA executives, the trajectory of the two models has been a strange one. 1st, the two had been rumored to simply be upper-level trims of the Grand Cherokees. FCA then clarified the roles, although both future models remained without having a residence as FCA shuffled U.S. production in a bid to boost Ram and Jeep output. Even though no longer assembly plant orphans, this most current news just adds to the uncommon create-up.
Nevertheless, FCA’s greatest Jeep concern remains bringing the subsequent-generation Wrangler to marketplace. Describing it as “the ideal auto,” Marchionne mentioned boosted Wrangler output at the Toledo Assembly Complex (300,000 per year, on paper) will satisfy the worldwide demand for the off-roader as soon as the updated model comes on-line. “It fixes all the issues with the old vehicle and keeps the identity of the Wrangler,” he said.
The new Wrangler will seem as a 2018 model, to be followed by a pickup variant, while the two luxury SUVs could seem as 2019 models.
What frame will the new SUVs use? The updated platform employed by the next-gen Wrangler would be as well narrow, leaving the subsequent-gen Ram 1500 — due to start off production in January 2018 — as a possibility, at least.