FCA-UAW contract outlines Jeep roadmap, Ram TRX for 2020
A new three-row Jeep SUV is also slated for 2020 production.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' product roadmap has been indirectly revealed in the latest United Auto Workers contract, revealing target production dates for a range of Jeep and Ram models.
The company is apparently planning to launch a new three-row Jeep SUV in 2020, apparently a different model than the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer lineup that is pinned for 2021 as the next-generation Grand Cherokee (WL) arrives on the market. The mystery three-row SUV will be built at the same factory that assembles the WL Grand Cherokee, further indicating a closer relationship to the Grand Cherokee than the Wagoneer SUVs that will roll off a different assembly line at the Warren Truck plant.
The factory allocation list also shows several plug-in hybrid SUVs that were previously announced, confirming PHEV powertrains for the Wrangler and Dodge Durango in 2020 and then the plug-in Grand Cherokee WL in 2021.
For the Ram brand, the Rebel TRX will enter production in 2020. The Ford Raptor rival is expected to be the most powerful half-ton pickup, equipped with a detuned adaptation of the company's 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8. The truck will serve as an important halo model as Ram attempts to pass General Motors for the number-two spot in the pickup segment behind leader Ford.
FCA is known for making changes to its model roadmap, however the launch windows detailed in the UAW contract presumably represent final decisions that are unlikely to shift unless the company runs into unexpected problems during the pre-production process.