There has been much speculation on what FCA will do with the Jeep truck and Wagoneer…Will they be on the new JL platform or use the Ram platform?
Well, I came across two Allpar articles today that pushes me to think they will be using the Ram chassis for at least one Jeep model. This makes me excited, and nervous, to see what they do! 😯
The first article discusses a plant swap for the Ram. They will be moving the Ram manufacturing out of the Warren Truck plant at the “Dodge City” complex to the Sterling Heights plant where the current Chrysler 200 is manufactured. The Warren Truck plant is earmarked for Rams and Jeeps per FCA.
The second article confirms there will be two “all new” Jeeps, a Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, around 2018 which coincides with the plant move in the first article. Some are imagining the Jeep Rescue concept below.
There’s no way to tell at the moment, so I guess we will have to wait…. 😉
What’s your opinion?
Plant swap enables new Jeeps, Rams
by David Zatz on 2016-04-27
Within the next couple of years, the Chrysler 200 will move out of Sterling Heights, there will be a mad rush to swap out machinery, and then the Ram will move in. Warren Truck, half of what remains of the mighty “Dodge City” complex, will sit empty.
… but not for long, according to FCA. The plant is earmarked for Rams and Jeeps. One can speculate endlessly about what this means. Is it to do be an overflow plant for Wranglers or Grand Cherokees? Will there be new Jeeps and Rams, such as a new Ramcharger (Suburban-like, truck-based SUV) and a parallel-engineered Jeep Wagoneer?
At the moment, there’s no way to tell. It’s possible that the company is branching out into Class 6-8 rigs, or cooking up a new international Ram pickup, between the light Fiat and the heavyRam 1500, based on the Mitsubishi L200. There is no way of knowing now — but it does seem that, based on the new Ram International setup and the stated use for Warren past 2018, FCA has big plans for the “old Chrysler” truck brand.
Correction: cars, Wagoneer, Alfa CUV
by David Zatz on 2016-04-27
Sergio Marchionne’s comments in yesterday’s discussion of FCA’s earnings verified some rumors and solidified some dates, according to Prabhjot.
First, Dodge’s rear wheel drive series will apparently be the “sole survivor” of FCA US’ own, non-outsourced midsize and compact passenger-car portfolio around calendar-year 2018. Other sedans will be outsourced. The 300 does not appear to be covered in this.
There will be two “all new” Jeeps, a Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, around calendar year 2018. This coincides with the move of Ram trucks from Warren to Sterling Heights, and is not likely to be coincidental, especially if the Grand Wagoneer will follow the old Jeep Rescue idea of making Ram-based Jeeps.
Finally, the Alfa Romeo crossover (Stelvio?) will start production at the end of 2016. Based on when the current Journey is slated to be dropped, Dodge’s own rear wheel drive crossover should appear in 2018. It’s possible that the JeepWagoneer will be based on the same FCA-developed core as the Alfa Romeo crossover.
FCA is still profitable in Brazil, and even if sales fall in the US, Jeeps made in the US have a large foreign demand that could pick up the slack. The company is looking at a sale or spinoff of the Magneti Marelli parts division (originally a separate company); it is increasing its profitability. A sale is unlikely in the short term
because the division’s technical capabilities are vital to current development.