The company might be able to switch platforms and revive the project.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has reportedly axed the long-rumored Jeep Grand Wagoneer over engineering issues – at least temporarily. The company reportedly can’t find a way to adapt the Grand Cherokee’s platform to work on a vehicle that would be a segment larger, according to Autoline Daily citing info from car industry planning company Auto Forecast Solutions.
The Grand Wagoneer was supposed to arrive for the 2019 model year, and brand boss Mike Manley indicated that work was “moving forward” on it. The company planned to reveal a concept, ahead of revealing the production version. The project had apparently progressed pretty far because a leaked dealer presentation earlier this year showed the big SUV’s LED-filled face and rear. Inside, there would have been three rows of seats.
Manley indicated that the Wagoneer would have been Jeep’s flagship vehicle. A more premium Grand Wagoneer would have been at the top of the lineup and could have cost $130,000-$140,000. It would have been the brand’s fighter against Mercedes’ and Land Rover’s high-end SUV offerings.
While the Grand Wagoneer reportedly won’t arrive for the 2019 model year, FCA will possibly keep the work going on the flagship vehicle. According to Autoline Daily, the company might adapt the frame from a Ram 1500 and use it for Jeep’s big SUV.
Even if the Wagoneer doesn’t materialize, Jeep dealers are sure to be full of new products in the coming years. Among the most highly anticipated updates is the next-generation Wrangler that arrives next year and the pickup that arrives later. Buyers looking for serious performance can anticipate the Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk next year, too. With handsome styling, the new Compass could be a success, and a recent drive of the Brazilian version indicates drivers should be quite happy with it.
Source: Autoline Daily (video below)