Production Dates Revealed for Newest, Biggest Jeeps

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
production dates revealed for newest biggest jeeps

If you spend your days decrying the bloat of American automobiles, you won’t like what 2021 has in store for you. It’ll be like 2020… only worse!

Scary stuff. For consumers enamored both with the Jeep brand and large, cargo-happy vehicles, however, next year will bring the dawning of a new age of glorious excess. Thanks to Fiat Chrysler’s second-quarter earnings report, we can now pin down post-lockdown production timelines for three Jeep vehicles boasting three rows of seating.

The production timelines, noted by Motor1, span the year. The first of the new Jeep models out the door is a three-row SUV due to start assembly in the first quarter of 2021. That model will shared a platform and powertrains with the next-generation Grand Cherokee, with production taking place at the converted Mack Avenue plant in Detroit.

Following on the heels of that model, which should appear with its own name (as opposed to Grand Cherokee XL or something similar), is the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Hulking, truck-based SUVs with varying levels of lux, the two biggest Jeeps will begin assembly in the second quarter of the year. Built at Warren truck, the two Wagoneers share the Ram 1500’s underpinnings.

Hybrid versions of all three vehicles are expected, and with good reason. Tesla has only so many green credits to sell. Don’t fret, though — there’ll be V8 engines to be had, for sure, and the price ceiling on on the Grand Wagoneer will likely satisfy those who can’t stomach paying less than six figures for a vehicle.

Also on the docket is the Grand Cherokee, long overdue for a revamp. Rolling out of the Mack Avenue and Jefferson North plants, the model slated for a Q3 production start will include a plug-in hybrid variant.

Overall, it doesn’t look like the pandemic-borne lockdown impacted the production timeline of the three-row models in any significant way, though the Grand Cherokee was initially expected to roll out in the first half of the year.

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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  • Oberkanone Oberkanone on Aug 08, 2020

    Nothing for Belvidere.

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Aug 09, 2020

      Belvidere in the last ten years was used to build the new Dart, Compass, Patriot, and regular Cherokee. The Dart and Patriot have been discontinued, and the Compass sold in NA is now made in Toluca, Mexico, where the Fiat 500 was built. Only the regular Cherokee is left in Belvidere's 5 million square foot assembly plant on 280 acres. I suspect the assembly plant will be closed rather than get any new models. The separate stamping plant is modern and automated, but the panels can be shipped to other assembly plants. I suspect the cost of labor in Illinois is part of the problem.

  • Bobby Bobby on Aug 09, 2020

    If the new Wagoneer is going to be a full-sized SUV primed against the Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition, they really ought to make a blinged-out, ultra lux version of it and call it "Chrysler Imperial." It could be a bargain basement alternative (relatively speaking) to the Escalade and Navigator; similar flash and sizzle for tens of thousands less. Plus the poor Chrysler brand is currently starved for product- just one minivan (with 2 names) and the aging 300 (a model which apparently won't see another generation).

    • Lie2me Lie2me on Aug 09, 2020

      I always thought Cadillac should have called the Escalade, "Truck DeVille" and the Lincoln Navigator, "Lincoln Town Truck"

  • Zipper69 The Bronco is a soft option and has the style that the Jeep lacks. The actual ability of the respective vehicles is irrelevant, they "compete" on image alone. The Bronco is new and trendy and production can't keep pace with demand
  • MaintenanceCosts Will the Bronco have a four-motor configuration a la Rivian? That seems to me like the right approach for an EV off-roader. Enables lots of neat tricks.
  • Lou_BC ERay? A southern model will be the BillyRay.
  • Lou_BC I've never used a car buying plan service. My Costco membership did get me 1,000 cash back on my last truck.
  • Jeff S I can understand 8 cars is a bit much unless you are a serious collector. I always loved the Challenger when it first came out and now. I don't need a car like this but I am glad it exists at least for 1 more year. If I had a choice between a Mustang, a Camaro, and a Challenger I would opt for a Challenger but probably with a V-6 since it has more than enough power for most and I don't need to be burning rubber. Challenger has the classic muscle car looks, more cabin room, and a decent size trunk which makes it very livable for day to day driving and for traveling. The base models of the Dodge Challenger has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that gives you 305 horsepower with 268 lb-ft torque. The car attains 60 mph from a standstill within just 6 seconds, which is quite fast. Even with their base engines, the Challenger and Camaro are lightning-fast. The Camaro reaches 165 mph, while the Challenger can go up to 11 mph faster!