Contrary to recent rumors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is not calling off plans to build the Jeep Grand Wagoneer three-row premium SUV. However, the automaker is delaying the model’s introduction and reworking the major update for Ram’s heavy-duty pickup trucks because the corporation wants to save money, Automotive News reports.
FCA has reportedly put the Jeep Grand Wagoneer on hold but hasn't completely cancelled the vehicle. Instead, the automaker has decided to spread out product investments. The company plans to build the three-row SUV at the Warren Truck Assembly plant in Michigan, but the site requires an expensive conversion for putting together the unibody Grand Wagoneer instead of body-on-frame pickups, according to Automotive News. On its own, this expense wouldn’t be so bad, but FCA is already retooling two other factories in the United States next year.
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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer appeared ready for a debut in 2019, and the brand even showed the design at a dealer presentation. With top trims selling for up to $140,000, it would have been the brand’s flagship product.
Financial demands are also causing a significant change for Ram’s development of a major update for its heavy duty and chassis cab trucks, according to Automotive News. Rather than plans for a complete overhaul with a new platform, the models should get more of a light refresh in 2018, including remaining on the current chassis. FCA can save money on development by sticking with the existing underpinnings, and it doesn’t need a complete retooling of the model’s factory in Mexico.
FCA’s decision to delay these products makes a little more sense considering that Jeep and Ram have a lot of new products on the imminent horizon. The highly anticipated next-gen Wrangler arrives next year, and the latest Compass arrives in 2017, too. Performance fans can also look forward to the Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Pickup truck fans can look forward to the new Ram 1500 for the 2019 model year.
Source: Automotive News