A Jeep Pickup is Coming, Wrangler Production Staying Put, Cherokee Production MovingPosted in News on September 1, 2015
In an announcement to the Toledo plant management this morning Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) revealed their plans for keeping Jeep Wrangler production at the Toledo, Ohio plant, while moving production of the very popular Cherokee to an undermined plant. Automotive News was able to confirm in a separate announcement that a Jeep Wrangler based pickup will be built at the Toledo plant in 2017 or 2018.
Details of FCAs official plan to move the Cherokee and expand the Jeep lineup will be announced after contract negotiations finish with the UAW. In a interview with Automotive News CEO Sergio Marchionne elaborated slightly on some of the plans details, he said “We found a solution that accommodates a variety of other interests because of the way in which we can move some product around…the only way I can move around the Wrangler is to move it into the other Toledo plant.” Marchionne has wanted to keep production in Toledo since rumors of the Wrangler move 11 months ago
There are two plants at the Toledo Assembly Complex, one that manufactures body-on-frame vehicles and another one that manufactures Unitbody vehicles. The current plan would require the Unitbody facility to convert to body-on-frame assembly line before the launch of the redesigned Wrangler, which is expected in 2018.
Cherokee production could move to either the Sterling Height Assembly plant in Michigan or the Belvidere Assembly plant in Illinois. Both plants are capable of manufacturing the extremely popular Unitbody SUV since the Cherokee shares the same platform as the Chrysler 200, which is built in Sterling Heights, as well as the Dodge Dart, which is built in Belvidere.
Jeep Truck fans have been begging for a new model truck and the Jeep Gladiator concept only made that desire stronger. After many years of being teased with a new Jeep truck we are excited to find out one will be coming again. There has been no information on the pickup other than it will be coming and be built in Toledo. With the popularity of the midsize/compact truck rising again thanks to the GMC Canyon, Chevy Colorado, redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma and the likely return of the Ford Ranger, the Jeep Truck could be a formidable challenger to the growing market.
We will keep you updated on more Jeep production changes and any more information on the Jeep Truck because we want one too!
Source: Automotive News