JEEP: THE FOUR YEAR PRODUCT ORGY!

Over the next four years the Jeep brand will be launching at least two new or refreshed vehicles every year. This is according to a plan laid out by the company to shareholders and other stakeholders. Several new and familiar nameplates will be coming into the market, in order to bolster production and keep sales ticking along. It’s possibly also to keep potential Chinese buyers away, who have publically expressed interest in the Jeep brand. Jeep has been one of the few shining stars in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles company over the past three years.

In the Europe Middle East and Africa region, turbo diesels will be dropped off the options list, in favour of turbo petrol and Hybrids. Up to 13 hybrids will become available in this region, although for now we don’t know which of these will come to Mzansi specifically. Up to four new full-electric Jeeps will be in the market by 2022 but again, nothing confirmed for Mzansi yet.

All-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon

So between 2018 and 2022, Jeep will release a new vehicle in the entry-level segment. Currently the Renegade is filling up that space but apparently something even smaller is on the way. No names confirmed yet. The new updated Renegade has already been unveiled and will hit Mzansi in early 2019. Refreshed Compass and Wrangler models are also planned for the coming two years, although we expect the latter to be in this country before the year is over.

There is a brand new Cherokee planned for introduction within the next four years too. It will feature an all-new design and more modern tech – including semi-autonomous features – to take on the likes of BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC among others. Obviously Cherokee will have a stronger bias towards off-road ability than the softer Germans. A new Jeep bakkie is on the cards too, which would be nice to see in the bakkie-mad Mzansi. Sometime during this period the Grand Cherokee will be completely replaced. Interestingly alongside this icon will be a similar-sized model with an extra row of seats to make it a 7-seater. We wonder if it will be called Grand Cherokee too or something else.

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee. This car will soon make way for a new brand flagship in the form of the Grand Wagoneer.

At the very top of the pile the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will definitely return. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has been dreaming about a car that would compete against the big Range Rover, and he believes his team will make one in the Grand Wagoneer. Can Jeep play successfully in the luxury SUV market? We can’t wait to see them try.

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