With the exciting news about Fiat Chrysler Michigan plants today, we’re finally learning a bit more about Jeep’s new Range Rover rival. It’s been a little quiet lately on the Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer production news front. The last thing we heard about these new luxury SUVs was that they’d arrive before 2022, a little from Fiat Chrysler’s (FCA’s) Capital Markets day presentation. Today, FCA announced it’s investing $4.5 billion in Michigan plants for Ram and Jeep production, and confirmed the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer would begin production in early 2021.
FCA will invest $1.5 billion into remodeling its Warren Truck plant in Warren, Michigan to get ready for the Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Currently, that plant builds the last-gen Ram 1500 (sold as the Ram 1500 Classic) and will continue to do so for the upcoming years. Not too long ago, FCA said that it would move Ram Heavy Duty production to Warren, but with the Jeep news, the automaker said that it’d continue building the HD in Saltillo, Mexico instead. For Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer production, 1400 jobs will be added to the Warren plant.
The Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer will be Jeep’s entry into a market currently to compete with the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X7, and the Range Rover. Back in 2016, then-Jeep-CEO (and current FCA boss) Mike Manley announced the Grand Wagoneer might cost up to $140,000—well into Range Rover territory.
It’s not certain whether the Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer will ride on a modified version of the next-generation Grand Cherokee’s unibody platform, or a body-on-frame Ram platform. We do know for sure that both will be offered as plug-in hybrids—a tidbit that was confirmed at FCA’s capital markets day presentation last year, and referenced in today’s announcement.
Also in the announcement, Jeep said the next Grand Cherokee and an as-of-yet-unnamed three-row SUV will be produced at the Mack Avenue plant in Detroit, which currently makes FCA’s Pentastar V-6.
The three-row SUV will begin by the end of 2020, while the next-gen Grand Cherokee will start in mid-2021. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee will also be built at FCA’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant, where the current model and Dodge Durango are made.Categories: Auto News, Blog