Get Excited for Jeep’s New 3-Row SUV
In March 2019, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), which is the parent company of Jeep, announced the manufacturing of a long-rumored third-row SUV. In addition to the hotly anticipated Wagoneer, Jeep is producing this unnamed third-row SUV, which will slot in between the Grand Cherokee and the Wagoneer. All three of these vehicles should debut in late 2019 after Jeep launches its Gladiator pickup truck. Find out what else you can expect from this new seven-seat Jeep vehicle, which should roll off assembly lines at the end of 2020.
No Name, No Problem
Although the vehicle doesn’t have a name, there are some clues as to what the new name might be. It will not, however, share a name with the Grand Cherokee, despite the fact that it will share many of the same traits, including its platform and powertrain components.
Revamped Production Sites
FCA announced that it is investing heavily in two Detroit-based production facilities to support these new Jeep vehicles. The company is spending$1.6 billion to convert the Mack Avenue Engine Complex into the manufacturing site for the new Grand Cherokee, with plans to possibly have this unnamed vehicle manufactured here. Construction on this location began in the spring of 2019, so production of the vehicle can occur by the end of 2020.
The other location, found in Jefferson North, will receive about $900 million to modernize the site. FCA plans to produce the Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango at these sites with the possibility of adding the unnamed SUV. The production lines found at these locations will also manufacture plug-in hybrid variants of these vehicles with the possibility of converting to fully electric models in the future.
Plug-In Hybrid Drivetrain
All of Jeep’s new family of large SUVs, including the Grand Cherokee, the Wagoneer, and this new model, will have the hybrid drivetrain. It’s unknown if the new vehicle will have the full EV treatment. Although specifics are unknown, the Wrangler offers an eTorque four-cylinder turbo engine as an upgrade. This engine option is built utilizing a 48-volt mild hybrid system and gives you a better start-stop function. Power with this engine also gives you 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
One of the driving forces behind Jeep adding another third-row SUV to its plate is the need for the company to fill every niche in the large vehicle segment. More than half of the vehicles found in the Grand Cherokee’s territory have third-row seating. The company believes that the large SUV market doesn’t have a lot of competition and wanted to tap into that niche. It plans to compete with the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and the Chevrolet Traverse. These vehicles are smaller than the Grand Cherokee and Jeep sought a way to compete with these SUVs.
Although much about this anticipated third-row SUV from Jeep is unknown, what information is available is intriguing, especially its plug-in hybrid drivetrain and ability to seat seven people comfortably. If you have any additional questions about this SUV, contact the experts at Ray Laethem Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. They can help you get behind the wheel of one of these vehicles once they hit the market.