Thanks to an image from a 2020 Quarter 2 earnings report, we can now see some future plans and timing for Jeep as they respond to new competitors like the Ford Bronco. Next year, is going to be a big year for the brand.
The earnings presentation shed light on the upcoming 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer as well as a still mysterious three-row SUV. Our friends over at MuscleCarsandTrucks.com got the screen grab from the report.
As you can see, the Jeep plans a 3-row full-size SUV for Q1 of next year followed by the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. The year ends with the next generation Grand Cherokee.
This information falls inline with the ongoing construction of Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles new plant being built in Michigan. The $1.6 billion dollar plant being built along Detroit’s Mack Avenue is expected to build the new 3-row SUV as well as the some of the next-gen Grand Cherokee models according to Ward’s Auto.
Currently, Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles are built at FCA’s Jefferson North plant. This plant also was earmarked to receive a $900 million investment for updates in the Fall of 2019.
Also, during the call FCA VP Joe Veltri also talked about the plant upgrades and timing.
“Warren Truck will be down for 14 weeks from late June, until early October for retooling to facilitate the production of the all-new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer,” said FCA VP Joe Veltri in remarks during the company’s Q2 2020 earnings call according to MC&T.
This means we should be seeing a barrage of Jeep news and unveilings in the coming months. With the auto shows closed down for reveals for the foreseeable future, Jeep will likely go the online route meaning they can hold off until the plant production gets closer.
Details on their vehicles is still unknown, however, we suspect they will come with a Hemi engine option, a base 3.6L and hybrid engine like the Ram 1500 offers. There is also some speculation the Grand Cherokee will be offered in a three-row variety as well to make it more competitive with the Ford Explorer and other vehicles of that size.
For the Grand Wagoneer and Wagoneer, it is expected to be on the Ram 1500 platform and be a direct competitor to the new Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon. This would leave room for the mysterious 3-row SUV to possibly compete with the Chevy Suburban.
While these large SUVs were shunned back in the 2008 recession, they have made a rebirth thanks to better fuel economy, lower gas prices and the growing needs of consumers who want more road trip, family camping lifestyle vehicles over cheap sedans.