FCA To Invest $1 Billion For Jeep Pickup, Wagoneer And Grand Wagoneer

FCA has confirmed work on a Jeep pickup truck, a new Wagoneer and the long-rumored Jeep Grand Wagoneer, despite a recent report saying it had been put on hold.

The automaker announced the news while revealing a $1 billion investment to retool and modernize the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan to build the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer and for Ohio’s Toledo Assembly Complex to build the pickup.

As part of these investments, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will create 2,000 new jobs in the U.S. and will introduce the three models by the year 2020.

Speaking of the investment, FCA president Sergio Marchionne said “The conversion of our industrial footprint completes this stage of our transformation as we respond to the shift in consumer tastes to trucks and SUVs, and as we continue to reinforce the U.S. as a global manufacturing hub for those vehicles at the heart of the SUV and truck market.

“These moves, which have been under discussion with Dennis Williams and the rest of the UAW leadership for some time, expand our capacity in these key segments, enabling us to meet growing demand here in the U.S., but more importantly to increase exports of our mid-size and larger vehicles to international markets.”

Although FCA didn’t confirm specifics about the new Jeep pickup, we know it will be based around the next-generation Wrangler and should enter the production line in the latter half of 2018. As for the new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, both will be underpinned by the next-gen Grand Cherokee platform and in range-topping guise, aims to rival the finest offerings from Range Rover.

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  • Kash

    “…three models by 2020.” Let’s ask them again tomorrow and see what they say then.

    • Six Thousand Times

      That’s the thing isn’t it? FCA announce plans all the time. Let’s see something happen.

      • Kash

        Their word is worthless at this point, I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • kachuks

      I think for once we can take this one seriously. You don’t take the decision to drop a cool bill’ lightly.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Well…they’re saying they’re going to drop it. FCA announce plans all the time. Let’s see if cars actually get built.

      • Kash

        I think they’re serious but not about the timing. Give it 12 months and they’ll announce a revised plan that pushes this all back by another year.

    • fabri99

      They’ll say 2020 plus one day.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Then 2021, then 2022…

  • BqWsRe

    And it will be in the U.S.A.! Just like Ford and GM are moving back to the U.S. from Mexico and investing in the U.S. rather than Mexico because of President-elect Trump. All suddenly announced after Trump elected.

    Love how the writer tried so desperately to ignore any impact Trump’s border tax had on making the final decision (it did, since business decisions always come down to money), and even try to say it was union related. Seriously, so sad…

    Thanks, Trump, for another win.

    • Jason Miller

      These three vehicles have nothing to do with Mexico.

    • Astonman

      Hate to burst your bubbles but these types of business decisions were made awhile ago. And it’s in Jeeps best interest to have the their top line vehicles to be manufactured here in the States to keep them as American as possible because Jeep and USA goes hand in hand. For the same reason Porsche is made in Germany.
      Read part of article that says this – ““These moves, which have been under discussion with Dennis Williams and the rest of the UAW leadership for some time, expand our capacity in these key segments, enabling us to meet growing demand here in the U.S., but more importantly to increase exports of our mid-size and larger vehicles to international markets.”

      • Six Thousand Times

        He’s logic-immune. It saves time and trouble to block him.

        • smartacus

          you are one to talk.
          The resident illogic-troll.

          remember the time i plainly told you 1+1=2 and you said that’s not true

    • smartacus

      that is correct this has EVERYTHING to do with Trump.
      I’ve been following the industry for years now and this is unprecedented.

      As a matter of fact; since the election in November, US Steel, IBM, Softbank, Carrier, Black&Decker, and even FORD have announced creation of hundreds of US jobs each.
      Some announcing they will be building new factories in USA for those jobs, and let’s not talk about the cancellation of planned factories in Mexico (that is guaranteed NOT having been a long time in the planning).

      *and now this, another 2,000 US jobs announced.
      Yes you are correct, this has EVERYTHING to do with Trump.

      • smartacus

        but Ram trucks are still hecho en mexico

    • Enter Ranting

      No connection between Ford and GM’s plans and Drumpf, and you know it. But here’s one way Drumpf could create some American jobs: bring manufacturing for his and Ivanka’s clothing lines to the U.S. Or does he plan on imposing huge import tariffs against himself and daughter?

    • gary4205

      Idiot.

  • BqWsRe

    Thank you, President-elect Trump.

  • Craig

    I love that Wrangler pickup. But PLEASE don’t use those brake lights. They look like they came from a 1978 GMC Van.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f5428a9aa0f276c98836123a51ebdc7cbf147344837d56707a8c33878ec94a4e.jpg

    • Six Thousand Times

      Well, now you’ve just sold me on liking that detail. 😉

  • JonPaul

    Trump is a con man. Those that believe his diatribe have been suckered!

    • Enter Ranting

      They’re either too dumb and desperate to realize it, or too embarrassed to admit it.

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