The Jeep Grand Cherokee is allegedly going to drop its German roots in favor of Italian. According to AutoCar Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the company’s plans to build the next Grand Cherokee on an Alfa Romeo platform.
In speaking with reporters at the Detroit Auto Show, Marchionne confirmed FCA is studying switching the Grand Cherokee to the Giorgio platform, which was developed to launch Alfa Romeo’s global comeback. The Giorgio platform currently underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio. It is also rumored that the platform will be used for the next Dodge Journey and several other FCA products.
“The most natural application of a further evolution of the Alfa Romeo platform is the Grand Cherokee,” Marchionne said.
Marchionne went on to explain that FCA is still studying the concept of a Giorgio-based Grand Cherokee, but sees nothing that will prevent it from happening at this time.
The current Grand Cherokee is loosely based on a variant of Mercedes-Benz’s old M-Class architecture, which harkens back to the Daimler-Chrysler days. It is rumored to redesigned in 2019.