2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Will Be Built In Detroit And Offer Three Rows Of Seating

Detroit might be called the Motor City, but the number of vehicles built there can be counted on one hand.

That number could change in the future as The Wall Street Journal is reporting Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will open a new plant in Detroit. While the report is light on specifics, it claims the facility will build a new SUV.

A separate report from The Detroit News is more detailed and it claims FCA will convert its former Mack Avenue Engine plant into a new vehicle manufacturing facility. The plant has been idled since 2012 and will reportedly be retooled to begin production of the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Sources told the paper the new Grand Cherokee will arrive in time for the 2021 model year and offer three rows of seating. Jeep hasn’t said much about the vehicle, but FCA’s latest five-year plan revealed the next-generation Grand Cherokee will have autonomous driving technology and an available plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Despite being offered with three rows of seats, the redesigned Grand Cherokee will slot beneath the upcoming Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Both of those models will also offer autonomous driving technology and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

When the new plant comes online, the Jefferson North Assembly Plant – which currently builds the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango – will be retooled. Once that process is complete, the plant will begin building the new Grand Cherokee.

An official announcement is expected next week and the report suggests it could lead to the creation of 400 new jobs.

In related news, FCA is expected to begin retooling the Warren Truck Plant next year to support the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Those models are slated to arrive in 2021.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    With how old the current gen GC is…I’ll believe a new one is here when I see it on the auto show circuit.

    • TheAmerican

      You know how FCA does things. The Challenger has been basically the same in the past decade.

  • charlotteharry57

    All of this stuff that should have been here by now is slated for the 2021/2022 model years. SUV/CUVs galore from Jeep. Hopefully, most everyone will be back to sedans (wagons?) by then. Economy may force it. The current GC is already nearly as old as God. But, of course, the Gladiator was FAR more important. Hogwash.

    • Rocket

      The Gladiator was more important without a doubt. The GC is still a very competitive package, and its age doesn’t seem to be hurting sales much if at all. Frankly, I’m concerned about an all new model. FCA doesn’t have the best reputation for quality with new launches.

  • Socarboy

    I guess the 3-row version will be the Grand Grand Cherokee

  • IDLE SINCE 2012? SOME BUISNESS SENSE.

  • Craig

    A silly move. The GC doesn’t need to have 3 row seating.

  • Bash

    They already have a 3 row SUV for China only! Bring it to The rest of the world!!

  • performante

    and it will probably still use the old Benz platform.

    • david santiago

      No it is using Giorgio from the Alfa Romeo’s

  • Paul

    Three row seating in a Grand Cherokee will mean that last row will be suitable for kids only. They need that bigger one over in China to be here for this kind of duty.

    • Hot Twink

      Bigger one? You mean the fat, underpowered, transverse front-wheel drive Fiat CW car-platform based Jeep Grand Commander?

      The Chinese-market Jeep Grand Commander is 192 inches long. The Grand Cherokee is 191 inches long.

      They’re virtually the same size.

  • skinny

    I have a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Great car, lousy quality. 7 years into production of the current body style, still can’t get basic fit & finish of body panels right. Now heated steering wheel works intermittently. Will be first and only FCA product.

  • skinny

    They should leave the Grand Cherokee as is, a 5-passenger SUV and either make a long wheelbase version with 7-passenger capacity or differentiate the styling and call it a Grand Wagoneer, or Wagoneer. Based on current sales figures, the Grand Cherokee is still a strong seller even tough it is in year 8 or so of production. The size is about right, just needs to loose about 600 lbs. in weight and improve quality.

  • TheAmerican

    Because they keep the big American V8 tradition. There isn’t many mid size SUV’s that have V8s. The Challenger looks like an old muscle car, where the Camaro and Mustang are constantly trying to look more modern.

    • Hot Twink

      The next Grand Cherokee is to use the Alfa Romeo Giorgio platform. Giorgio was never designed to accept a large V-8. The biggest engine it can handle is a V-6.

      So the Grand Cherokee may be forced to drop the V-8 option.

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