The newly minted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is unveiling its five-year product plan today at its Auburn Hills, Michigan, HQ, and with it we just got our first real look at the near future of Jeep vehicles. The biggest news for hardcore Jeep fans is the announcement that a completely redesigned Jeep Wrangler is slated to arrive sometime in 2017, followed closely by an all-new three-row Jeep Grand Wagoneer. (The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys Wheeler edition is pictured).
The new Jeep products will begin rolling out in 2016, when Jeep will be celebrating its 75th anniversary, and there is plenty happening on the product front for the big party. The Patriot and Compass will be put out to pasture that year, with the new Jeep Cherokee getting an update. But the biggest news for 2016 is there will be a new, as-yet announced compact SUV that has most insiders scratching their heads. A Patriot replacement, perhaps?
But without a doubt the biggest year will be 2017 when the new Jeep Wrangler is scheduled to be revealed sometime around the second quarter of that year, replacing the venerable JK that has been on the market since 2007. Expect it to be a 2018 model year vehicle. Also expected for 2017 is an all-new Grand Cherokee (a refresh of which is scheduled for next year), and a mid-cycle update for the recently revealed 2015 Jeep Renegade. Finally, late 2018 will mark the introduction of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, adding a three-row SUV to the Jeep lineup.
Jeep has made no bones about the fact that it is going global with the brand, and China is high on the list. Plans call for six Jeeps to be built and sold in six different countries in short order.
But despite all the growth and products like Renegade that have turned off many hardcore fans, Jeep CEO Mike Manley continues to say the right things -- at least about Jeep and its heritage. At the event, Manley called trail-rating of Jeep SUVs “the gold standard," and also said that "the only thing that matters is if it passes that test." So there’s that. Stay tuned as we’ll have much more to come on all the future Jeep plans as we get it.
Check check out the image below to see the product plan. What do you think Jeep should focus on in the next five years? What should a new Jeep Wrangler have to keep it real?