Chrysler planning 4 new Jeep models by 2014, all new lineup by 2016

During a discussion with Automobile Magazine, Sergio Marchionne explained that the Jeep brand will benefit from 4 new models by 2014 with the entire lineup likely being replenished between now and 2016.

We brought you the news earlier this week that the Jeep Grand Cherokee would enter a new generation in 2016 but before the new top of the line Jeep arrives in 2016; the other models currently in the Jeep lineup will be revamped and a pair of new models will be introduced.

The first revamped model will be the midsized Jeep Liberty, which will be built on a modified version of the Compact US Wide platform (CUSW) that currently underpins the 2013 Dodge Dart. The new Liberty is expected to arrive sometime next year with the option of rear- or all-wheel drive and the buyers’ choice of an inline 4 or V6 engine. This is one vehicle that Chrysler has not been subtle about so it comes as no surprise.

Next, for 2014 there could be three new Jeeps with one revamped model in the new Patriot and two new models, including the new Jeepster and the new Grand Wagoneer.

The new Jeep Patriot arriving for 2014 will effectively replace both the current Patriot and the current Jeep Compass as the only compact SUV in the lineup. This new ute will be built in the USA with an inline-4 engine with either front wheel drive or all wheel drive and if we had to guess; we would expect to see a manual and automatic transmission although the automatic could be a new dual clutch unit. There will likely also be an Alfa Romeo model based closely on the next generation Patriot.

Next, the new Jeep Jeepster will be a subcompact crossover utility vehicle built in Italy and sharing a great deal of architecture with the upcoming Fiat 500X Fouristrada. The Jeepster will likely be available with either front wheel drive or all wheel drive while the power is provided by a compact Fiat-sourced 4-cylinder engine.

The last addition for 2014 is the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer – a full size SUV based on the new Grand Cherokee. Since the next generation Grand Cherokee isn’t expected to arrive until 2016, the 2014 (or 2015) Grand Wagoneer could be based on the current platform but we can expect this new model to be larger – with more seating and cargo room. The Grand Wagoneer will be powered by both V6 and V8 engine options, presumably from the Pentastar and Hemi engine families. According to Automobile Magazine, the Grand Wagoneer will be offered only with all wheel drive so this could be more of a premium model with a price ranging above that of the Grand Cherokee.

Finally, in addition to the new Jeep Grand Cherokee in 2016, the Chrysler Group plans to freshen up the Jeep Wrangler but the timing for that new model has not yet been announced. Considering that the rest of the recently announced plans end in 2017, we would expect that the Wrangler would receive its redesign somewhere around 2015. When the new Wrangler arrives, it will still be offered in two and four door variants with long and short wheelbase options.

By the time that all of these new/revamped models have hit Jeep dealerships around the country in 2016, the Trail Rated brand should have the most diverse collection of SUVs in the American market.

Source: Automobile Magazine

Comments

Lets hope Jeep keep a 4wd model on all the range, not just Ltd versions and also Jeep you must make your vehicles TALLER! Take a look a Land Rover's success....tall, prestigious vehicles high on style and interior finish that make their owners feel good. Very arrive-ist but hey it works and they sell loads with profits in the billions
where do you get your information? jaguar and land rover were near death 3 years ago. Like chrysler and the only reason they are having success is because they are one of very few SUV's available in China currently.
Leave the wrangler alone!!! Maybe lift it a bit higher but Leave the body style the same!!! Solid axle stays!
Leave the wrangler alone I don't care what you do to the others or how many you add just leave the wrangler alone same body style and solid axle! Maybe lift it an inch or 2 but no body style changes!
Leave the wrangler alone I don't care what you do to the others or how many you add just leave the wrangler alone same body style and solid axle! Maybe lift it an inch or 2 but no body style changes!
Wrangler Would like to see a small efficient turbo diesel model, something that get 30 plus mpg. A refined bodythat is a little more aero dynamic. Definitely solid axels and mabe a little lighter. The liberty needs a small TD too and a look more like the compass, Keeping the traction control features that are driver controlled.
Chrysler is clinging tenaciously to the heritage of the real "Jeep" (MB and CJ). In Australia our current Jeeps all come offered with VM Motori diesels and they are fabulous. As far as aerodynamics goes that should never be a real consideration for something that is trying to keep the icon of Jeep alive. So far they're doing a reasonable job. better aerodynamics along with indi suspension will be the final nail.
I think Jeep is in a great position to address a real gap in the the SUV and small pickup truck market with this products if it does the following: - Put a bench seat in the front - Give a pickup truck like tailgate - Find a way make it so you can drive with rear window open - Place the cargo above the wheel wells with a 4 foot cargo opening. - Hide the rear doors (2 door looks sportier!) - Allow rear seats to push back and super recline
I think Jeep is in a great position to address a real gap in the the SUV and small pickup truck market with this products if it does the following: - Put a bench seat in the front - Give a pickup truck like tailgate - Find a way make it so you can drive with rear window open - Place the cargo above the wheel wells with a 4 foot cargo opening. - Hide the rear doors (2 door looks sportier!) - Allow rear seats to push back and super recline
All Jeep enthusiasts unite!! We have to do something to make Jeep understand they should make taller jeeps. I mean with higher groung clearences as stock models. To give them an example, it is a mess to try to lift the current Grand model. On the other hand, it is a shame to see Compasses and Patriots with the Jeep badge on them running with such low clearences. OK, people do mostly city driving all the time and they have been a success story for Chrysler in many countries, but for the sake of the Jeep tradition and looks of all its lineup, they should save us all the effort, time and cost that represents the lifting of a Jeep with independent suspension.