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Grand Wagoneer, minivan split, and more

by David Zatz on

Jeep Wagoneer

Sergio Marchionne confirmed in a meeting with reporters that a new Jeep Grand Wagoneer is in the cards for January 2013. The original Wagoneer was unveiled in 1962, and continued in essentially the same form through 1991 (the name was also used as a trim line on the 1993 Grand Cherokee; Wagoneer switched to the Cherokee line in 1984.) Pricing will be higher than the Durango Citadel and Grand Cherokee Overland Summit, and the Jeep will have seven seats and be capable of towing a boat.

In addition, the minivan split discussed by Allpar and others was essentially confirmed, but no final decision appears to have been made yet. Marchionne said that one of the two minivans would probably be dropped in 2014, and the brand that did not get a minivan would get a “people mover” probably without sliding doors. The minivan architecture is planned to support all wheel drive as well as front wheel drive, and “an E segment car.”

The next generation will most likely use the new nine-speed front wheel drive transmission to be launched in 2013.

The Dodge Nitro is to be replaced, but the replacement may not be a Dodge. A decision on the Liberty and Nitro will be made within 40 days.

Finally, Jeep announced special 70th anniversary edition Jeep kits, essentially appearance packages; the Jeeps will be in bronze, silver, and black, with special seats, mats, badging, and, for some cars, wheels.

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