2018 Jeep Wrangler: Success Won’t Be Cheap
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be forking out a total of $1 billion to retool its outdated Warren Truck Assembly plant to construct Jeep Wagoneers and Grand Wagoneers, according to Automotive News. Its Toledo Supplier Park will also be retooled so that it may be able to build the Wrangler-based pickup in the near future.
These retoolings are slated to be done by 2020 and it will bring about 2,000 jobs, revealed the automaker. These did not come as a surprise as it was first revealed in a 2015 negotiations with the UAW.
However, FCA stating, “an added benefit of the investment in Warren is that it will enable the plant to produce the Ram heavy duty truck, which is currently produced in Mexico,” was quite a surprise.
This hints at two possibility. One could be that FCA has changed its plans to build the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer using the same unibody platform as the next-gen Grand Cherokee. It may be opting to build them as truck-based frame vehicles, similar to the Chevy Suburban.
The second possibility is that the funds will be utilized for a second unibody line to Warren Truck Assembly, which has been constructing Dodge as well as Ram pickups since 1930s.
FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex currently produces the unibody Jeep Cherokee and the body-on-frame Jeep Wrangler, however, they are done on two different assembly lines.