Jeep’s High-end Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer Won’t be Unibody Right after All


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.

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Fiat Merger Won’t Come about Under Marchionne’s Watch

Sergio Marchionne. Photo courtesy Toledo Blade.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief Sergio Marchionne told Bloomberg on Monday that his business most likely wouldn’t merge with one more automaker ahead of his tenure is up in 2018.

The chief executive publicly courted General Motors in 2015 to merge two of the Huge 3. GM CEO Mary Barra publicly refuted that partnership, and Marchionne seems to have gotten the hint.

“I met Mary Barra significantly less than a month ago in Washington,” Marchionne told Bloomberg. “I do not believe I will have another coffee with her. It will not happen again in the future.”

Marchionne stated any merger would have to be completed following he leaves — in 2018.

Till then, the automaker plans on hitting its identical ambitious sales targets, Marchionne told Bloomberg, such as 7 million sales by 2018 — two million a lot more than numerous estimate the carmaker will really sell.

According to the report, Marchionne stated he shrugged gives from other automakers that weren’t as promising as a Fiat-GM alliance, but we’re not here to speak about the past anymore, you guys.

Instead, Marchionne and FCA will go at it alone and continue its ambitious $ 52 billion investment strategy that started by spinning off Ferrari. Sales of FCA shares dropped sharply Monday as Ferrari started trading on its personal, separate from FCA.

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