Sergio Marchionne Confirms Wrangler Pickup For 2019, Pacifica-Based Crossover Coming Soon

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is set to unveil a new five-year plan later this year and outspoken CEO Sergio Marchionne has provided a few hints at what we can expect.

Speaking with Motor Trend, Marchionne confirmed the company still has plans to introduce a crossover that is based on the same platform that underpins the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. The executive said the design work has already been completed and everything is ready to go so “We can probably get it up and running in 18 months.”

Little is known about the model but the company’s original plan called for the full-size crossover to be launched in 2017. It would have be sold as a Chrysler and offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

When asked about the long-awaited Wrangler pickup, Marchionne said “The product is done” but they are focused on building the regular model so the Scrambler successor will arrive in early 2019.

One of the major unveiling at the North American International Auto Show was the Ford Ranger and that naturally sparked questions about a Ram Dakota successor. Marchionne suggested the company will reexamine the possibility of creating a mid-size pickup but he said FCA hasn’t found an “economic way to get this done.” That’s a bit disappointing but the Wrangler pickup could help to offset the lack of something smaller than the Ram 1500.

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  • ME

    I would love to see the Chrysler Portal in production for soon.

  • Mark S

    Why could not RAM use Scrambler Pickup as a base for a new RAM mid-sizer?

    • Michelin

      Because costs rise and each model canibalize the other one.

  • Well they need to replace Durango soon, I wonder if Pacifica platform can underpin more SUV?

  • smartacus

    only 14 months after the Gladiator concept of 2005.
    er,,,i meant 14 years.

  • 18 month? To be honest I don’t see How Chrysler is still in buisness. It has an Old sedan and a Minivan.

  • Harry_Wild

    How long is the Wrangler Scrambler going to be?

  • Mind Synthetic

    thats one long turd waffle

  • Henk

    This is rearly funny, the streets are full with prototype Wrangler Pickups and you need a cofirmation?

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