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Fiat-Chrysler and Peugeot have announced a blockbuster $48 billion merger. One that would create the world's third-largest automaker and help them cut the cost on developing new vehicles.

With a deal of this magnitude, there's going to be ripple effects across all the different brands, including Jeep. With that being said, how do you guys think this is going to affect Jeep and the Wagoneer, if at all?

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/31/business/fiat-chrysler-psa-group/index.html
 

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It sounds like the merger won't affect plans for Jeep, thank goodness!

Here's what's happening with Jeep according to Motor Trend:

For Jeep, construction is underway in Detroit to turn the unused Mack Avenue Engine plant into an assembly plant to make more Jeeps. The $1.6 billion facility overhaul will be done early next year. Production will begin in the fourth quarter of 2020 on a new full-size three-row Jeep SUV to compete with the Cadillac Escalade and its GM brothers, the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator duo, and big boys from a number of other, more premium brands.

The Detroit plant will add production of the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee in the first half of 2021.

Mack Avenue will be one of three Michigan plants that will produce plug-in hybrids, and have the capability to make fully electric Jeeps, with the first models due in late 2021.

Manley has said the Jeep brand will include at least four plug-in hybrid vehicles with the flexibility to produce battery-electric vehicles, too. Plug-in hybrid plans include the Renegade and Compass, with a Wrangler to come, as well as the expectation of electric motors in the upcoming three-row Jeeps.

The CEO also said he is more encouraged by pricing on electric vehicles today, especially in Europe, than he was earlier in the year.

Plans also remain on track to start building the new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer three-row luxury SUVs, Manley said. FCA is spending $1.5 billion to retool its truck plant in Warren, Michigan, for SUV production to begin in the first half of 2021, including electrified variants.
 

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The Detroit Free Press wrote an interesting article about how the Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer and the rest of Jeep's updated SUVs come at a crucial time for FCA. Especially with the new merger.


ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah — While much of the auto industry ponders what to make of Fiat Chrysler’s proposed merger with the Peugeot owner PSA Group, Jeep engineers and executives have bigger fish to fry.

Their work over the next couple of years will go a long way toward determining what the future holds for Fiat Chrysler and whoever it eventually joins forces with.

On Jeep’s horizon:

  • A new version and expanded product line for the Grand Cherokee, the SUV that’s printed money like the U.S. Treasury for more than two decades.
  • Reviving the venerated Grand Wagoneer nameplate for a new luxury SUV.
  • Possibly returning Jeep to service with the U.S. military, the partnership upon which the brand built its legend.
  • Adding diesel versions of the Wrangler SUV and Gladiator pickup.
“We listen to our customers,” Jeep North America boss Jim Morrison said minutes before we drove a yellow 2020 Wrangler diesel — the first diesel Wrangler ever — into the canyons, and plateaus of Zion National Park in South Utah.

You can read about driving the 2020 Wrangler Ecodiesel at 12:01 a.m. Tuesdayon Freep.com or in that day’s hard copy of the Free Press.

A hint: It’s got the same 3.0L diesel V6 that powers the bigger and heavier Ram 1500 pickup. The engine sends 442 pound-feet of torque through a two-speed transfer case and eight-speed automatic transmission.

You can imagine how it performs on steep rocky slopes and deep sand. If you can’t, I’ll tell you Tuesday.

Morrison’s been busy in the four months since he returned to Jeep after a stint running FCA’s other money machine: Ram trucks’ North American operations. Morrison spent six years at Jeep before taking over Ram in 2016. He knows the brand inside and out, reveling at the wave Wrangler owners share on the road, and the questions other travelers ask when they see his Jeep jacket in the airport.

Jeep volunteers for the Army

A week ago, Morrison was pitching a sand-colored Jeep Gladiator pickup to the U.S. Army. Developed with veteran military contractor AM General, the Gladiator Extreme Military Truck, or XMT, is Jeep’s first venture back to the military in decades.

AM General upfitted the Gladiator with custom-made and off-the-shelf military-grade parts to create the XMT. The company would fit FCA-made Gladiators with mission-specific equipment to serve as personnel carriers, command and control vehicles and more.
  • A new version of the Jeep Cherokee, expected to be based on the Giorgio architecture Fiat Chrysler already uses for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV and Giulia sport sedan. The current Grand Cherokee is a long-running hit, one of the few good things to come from Chrysler’s merger with Mercedes. Expect the new Grand Cherokee to be bigger and far more capable off road than the Stelvio, but still to benefit from the Alfa’s luxury ride and handling. The new model will seat five and should go on sale in 2021.
  • A second vehicle, its name not public yet, that will offer a third row of seats to carry six or seven. Based on the new Grand Cherokee, it’s expected to be built in the new Mack Avenue plant FCA’s building near the Grand Cherokee plant on North Jefferson on Detroit’s east side. Sales are also likely in 2021. It’s not clear if the two- or three-row SUV will go into production first.
  • The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, bigger SUVs engineered and equipped to compete with luxury icons like the Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade and Mercedes GLS. Details are scant at this point, but the Grand Wagoneer will be more luxurious, if not bigger. The SUVs are expected to be based on a pickup-type body-on-frame chassis, like the Escalade and Navigator. Production is likely to begin in late 2020 at FCA’s sprawling Warren plant just north of Detroit.
Expect the sky to be the limit on size, interior luxury, features and price for the Grand Wagoneer. The Wagoneer will probably target less ritzy and possibly slightly smaller vehicles like the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon XL.
 
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