Jeep to Revive Grand Wagoneer Nameplate with New 7-Seat SUV, Marchionne Says Commander was "Unfit for Human Consumption"

In talking with reporters on Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chrysler and Fiat Group CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed plans to bring the Jeep Grand Wagoneer nameplate back to life with an all-new seven seat SUV model, based on the underpinnings of the recently launched Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango.

“It’s time we gave the market an upper-scale Grand Wagoneer,” said Marchionne. “You’ll see it in January 2013.”

As expected, reporters asked Marchionne how the Grand Wagoneer would differ from the seven-seat Jeep Commander, which Chrysler killed last year. The CEO’s answer was piercingly honest: “That car was unfit for human consumption. We sold some. But I don’t know why people bought them.”

Marchionne also said that the group plans to kill one of the group’s two traditional minivans (either the Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town & Country) for the next generation. It is believed that the Dodge model has more chances to remain in production. The firm’s CEO added the brand that loses the minivan will most likely get some kind of “people mover”, possibly without sliding rear doors.

The Chrysler Group is also close to making a decision on a successor for the Dodge Nitro and Jeep Liberty SUVs. “It’s the most significant hole in our product portfolio,” said Marchionne, adding that the Nitro needs to be replaced but not necessarily by a Dodge-branded model as Chrysler could also be up to the task. “Give us about 40 days” to make a decision, he said.

Last but not least for the Chrysler brand’s fans, Marchionne re-confirmed the group’s commitment to the V8 engine. “We need to continue to invest in the Hemi,” he said.

Source: Autonews [Sub. Req.]


See The New 2020 Toyota Supra In All Eight Color Options

The standard 2020 Toyota GR Supra will arrive in U.S. dealers in fall this year.

New Chevrolet Onix Is Yet Another Compact Sedan For China

The new Chevrolet Onix will be offered with 1.0-liter and 1.3-liter engines.

China’s 2020 Buick Encore II To Sit Alongside New Chevrolet Tracker

First photos of China’s new 2020 Buick Encore II have surfaced ahead of its debut later this year.

Tesla Gives Model 3 A 5% Power Increase Via Software Update

Even the base, $35k Model 3 can do the 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds, but now it’s even faster.

Cargo Ship Carrying New 911 GT2 RS’ Sinks, Porsche To Resume Production Of Model

The cargo ship was carrying several new Porsche and Audi models, including four 911 GT2 RSs.

Brand New 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Was Kept In Trailer For 11 Years

You can get this Challenger for $37k – or a 2019 R/T one and save $2,5k for fuel or whatever.

Here’s Our First Look At Top Gear Without Matt LeBlanc And Rory Reid

The two well known Top Gear hosts are being replaced by Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness.

New 2020 Corvette C8 Renderings Might Be Onto Something

The CGIs are modeled after the most recent sighting of 2020 Corvette testers.

Bugatti Could Be Working On An All-New Royale

Rumored to launch in 2023, the Bugatti Royale is said to be an electric vehicle which could have around 870 hp.

Someone Wants $85,000 For A Chrysler Sebring Posing As A Bentley Continental GTC

Would you spend $85,000 on a Bentley GTC replica? A real one costs far less.