Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced an investment into its Tychy, Poland assembly plant. The investment will modernize the facility to produce new hybrid and battery-electric vehicles. New Alfa Romeo and Jeep models have already been confirmed as new tenants of the Polish factory.
FCA has announced it will invest $204 million into the Tychy plant. The investment will allow the automaker to build the new products during the second half of 2022. Aside from confirming the new products will wear the Alfa Romeo and Jeep badges, FCA is mum on product details.
The new Jeep product is expected to be a new small SUV that slots under the Jeep Renegade. This particular model will likely arrive in hybrid and electric forms. FCA has previously discussed plans for a sub-Renegade Jeep product, plus the next-generation Renegade is expected to grow in size.
The Alfa Romeo product is a little less clear. Reports in Poland are suggesting it will be the Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV, a future product Alfa previewed with a recent concept vehicle. That said, it was largely believed the Tonale would be produced at one of FCA’s Italian factories. If the Tonale stays in Italy, the Tychy product will be a new SUV that’s likely smaller than the Tonale.
Regardless, FCA is expecting these new products to be a success. The company aims to churn out around 400,000 vehicles per year from Tychy. The plant currently produces the Fiat 500 and Lancia Ypsilon mini cars. It serves as one of FCA’s largest plants, employing around 2,500 people.
FCA is in the midst of a $38 billion merger with French automaker PSA. Stellantis, the new company, will be the world’s fourth largest automaker. It is unclear if the merger will have any impact on FCA’s plans for the Tychy plant.