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Plant swap enables new Jeeps, Rams

by David Zatz on

Within the next couple of years, the Chrysler 200 will move out of Sterling Heights, there will be a mad rush to swap out machinery, and then the Ram will move in. Warren Truck, half of what remains of the mighty “Dodge City” complex, will sit empty.

Warren Truck plant

… but not for long, according to FCA. The plant is earmarked for Rams and Jeeps. One can speculate endlessly about what this means. Is it to do be an overflow plant for Wranglers or Grand Cherokees? Will there be new Jeeps and Rams, such as a new Ramcharger (Suburban-like, truck-based SUV) and a parallel-engineered Jeep Wagoneer?

At the moment, there’s no way to tell. It’s possible that the company is branching out into Class 6-8 rigs, or cooking up a new international Ram pickup, between the light Fiat and the heavy Ram 1500, based on the Mitsubishi L200.  There is no way of knowing now — but it does seem that, based on the new Ram International setup and the stated use for Warren past 2018, FCA has big plans for the “old Chrysler” truck brand.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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