Fiat Chrysler Automobiles originally announced plans for a new Jeep Grand Wagoneer back in 2011. The model was supposed to be launched in 2014 but obviously that never happened.
That same year, FCA unveiled a new five year plan which called for the Grand Wagoneer to arrive in late 2018. That, much like the Dodge Dart SRT, also isn’t happening but the story isn’t so bleak this time around.
Instead of becoming another five-year unicorn, Automotive News is reporting the long overdue model will finally arrive in mid-2019.
Set to become one of the most luxurious vehicles in its segment, the Grand Wagoneer will reportedly ride on the same platform that underpins the Ram 1500. That doesn’t scream upscale but it should enable the model to have plenty of off-road capability as well as an impressive towing capacity.
An entry-level Wagoneer is tipped to compete with the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition, while the luxury-oriented Grand Wagoneer will battle the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon Denali, and Lincoln Navigator.
In related news, the publication says plans to update the aging Grand Cherokee have been scrapped. Instead, FCA will focus on launching a redesigned model in 2019 that will be lighter and more fuel-efficient than the current vehicle.
The report also mentions an updated Renegade will arrive in the second half of 2018 and an entry-level A-segment model will be added to the lineup. The latter vehicle will reportedly be “sold exclusively outside North America, where mini vehicles predominate.”