As is usually the case, Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s new labor agreement with the United Auto Workers sheds some light on the automaker’s future product pipeline. While there are no bombshells in the new contract, it does confirm a host of new Jeeps and a mild hybrid Dodge Durango.
Perhaps the biggest news is that FCA is planning to construct a new assembly plant in Detroit that will produce an all-new three-row Jeep SUV starting in 2020. This plant will also produce the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee starting in 2021, though the Grand Cherokee will be shared with FCA’s Jefferson North Assembly plant as well.
Production of the current Grand Cherokee will end in 2021, but production of the Dodge Durango will continue. In fact, the labor contract confirms plans to add a mild hybrid to the Durango lineup sometime in 2020.
A few other future products mentioned are not new pieces of news. We got confirmation the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will go into production at FCA’s Warren Truck plant in 2021, while a plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler is confirmed for next year.
Lastly, the document specifically calls out the upcoming Ram TRX, which will be Ram’s answer to the Ford F-150 Raptor and powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. TRX production is scheduled to start sometime in 2020.
While the above rounds out the specific future product mentions in the contract, there is also mention of “fresh models / features off of the (KL) platform.” The KL platform underpins the Jeep Cherokee, which will continue to be produced at FCA’s Belvidere Assembly.
It’s anyone’s guess what “fresh models” implies for the KL platform. Perhaps other FCA brands will get new crossover models based on the Cherokee. Perhaps a new Chrysler product (finally)?
It’s worth a mention that the labor contract housing this future product information covers 2019-2023.