It's been a little quiet lately on the Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer news front. The last thing we heard about these new luxury trucks was that they'd arrive before 2022, a tidbit from Fiat Chrysler's (FCA's) Capital Markets day presentation. Today, FCA in Michigan plants for Ram and Jeep production, and confirmed the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer would begin production in early 2021.
Pictured above: a 1991 Grand Wagoneer.
FCA will invest $1.5 billion into retooling its Warren Truck plant in Warren, Michigan to get ready for the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Right now, that plant builds the last-gen Ram 1500 (sold as the Ram 1500 Classic) and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Previously, FCA announced that it would move Ram Heavy Duty production to Warren, but with this new Jeep news, the automaker said that it'd continue building the HD in Saltillo, Mexico instead. For Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer production, 1400 jobs will be added to the Warren plant.
The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be Jeep's entry into a market currently occupied by the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X7, and the Range Rover. Back in 2016, then-Jeep-CEO (and current FCA boss) Mike Manley said the Grand Wagoneer might cost up to $140,000—well into Range Rover territory.
It's unclear whether the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will ride on a modified version of the next-generation Grand Cherokee's unibody platform, or a body-on-frame Ram platform. We do know for certain that both will be offered as plug-in hybrids—a tidbit that was confirmed at FCA's capital markets day presentation last year, and referenced in today's announcement.
Elsewhere in the announcement, Jeep confirmed the next Grand Cherokee and an as-of-yet-unnamed three-row SUV will be built at the Mack Avenue plant in Detroit, which currently makes FCA's Pentastar V-6.
The three-row SUV will begin production by the end of 2020, while the next-gen Grand Cherokee will start production in mid-2021. The new Grand Cherokee will also be built at FCA's Jefferson North Assembly Plant, where the current model and Dodge Durango are made.