FCA pushes for extra truck and SUV manufacturing; Ram 1500 Basic, Dodge Durango could stick round
Fiat Chrysler Vehicles could promote the Dodge Durango and Ram 1500 Basic past this yr as a part of the automaker’s push unveiled Tuesday to promote vans and SUVs to keen patrons in North America. The automaker introduced a sweeping $4.5 billion funding plan that would rent as much as 6,500 new employees to construct a bevy of pickups and SUVs for Jeep and Ram manufacturers.
The automaker stated that it’ll divvy out $4.5 billion between three automobile meeting vegetation round Detroit that can construct a number of Jeep, Ram, and Dodge autos, in addition to amenities that the place it assembles powertrains. All three meeting vegetation will ultimately construct electrified variations of the Jeep SUVs, too, FCA stated.
Jeep’s SUV electrification plan will not be associated to the eTorque mild-hybrid system obtainable within the Wrangler and Ram 1500, an FCA spokeswoman confirmed to The Automotive Connection in an e mail. Jeep is planning at the very least 4 plug-in autos, and opened the door for absolutely electrical Jeeps sooner or later.
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In laying out its plans, FCA revealed that it’ll focus the extra SUV and pickup truck manufacturing at three automobile meeting vegetation within the Detroit space:
– One in Warren, Michigan, shall be reworked to construct the upcoming Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer by early 2021. The revived Wagoneer identify will adorn a brand new SUV whereas the associated Grand Wagoneer is rumored to be Jeep’s Vary Rover rival. The plant can even proceed constructing the Ram 1500 Basic, a carryover model of the last-generation Ram pickup truck that is offered alongside the 2019 Ram 1500, at the very least by means of 2019.
– The Jefferson North Meeting Plant in Detroit shall be retooled to construct a brand new model of the Jeep Grand Cherokee due in early 2021 in addition to the Dodge Durango.
– The automaker’s Mack Avenue Engine Complicated shall be reworked to additionally construct the subsequent Jeep Grand Cherokee in addition to an unnamed three-row Jeep SUV that is due by the tip of subsequent yr. The V-6 engines presently constructed on the Mack Avenue facility will as an alternative be assembled at a unique FCA plant southwest of Detroit.
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FCA stated that it’s nonetheless understanding closing improvement offers with state and native governments.