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Is the Jeep Wagoneer coming or cancelled?

by David Zatz on

Several Allpar sources have written that the 2019 Jeep Wagoneer (and Grand Wagoneer) were being prepped for production, based on the next-generation Grand Cherokee WL.

Then, out of nowhere, Autoline Daily, a reputable broadcast, claimed that plans for these pricey Jeeps had been dropped, possibly because the costs of upgrading Warren were too high. Perhaps, according to Autoline, Warren would simply build Ram-based vehicles, and perhaps the Wagoneer could be changed to something like the Jeep Rescue concept from a decade back.

FCA has been dropping plans left and right, according to one of our sources, with one or both of the Chrysler crossovers reputed to be in no-go status and the Chrysler 100 long past its due date. With sales slowing and Sergio Marchionne insisting on being debt-free by the end of 2018, new projects may well have been put into the deep freeze — something he also did with Fiat while rebuilding Chrysler Group.

Another explanation for dropping the Wagoneer would be that the Grand Cherokee platform could not be made luxurious enough — which seems unlikely, given the feel of some of the “luxury” SUVs we’ve been in.

Only time will tell if the WS Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer will indeed be produced at Jefferson Avenue (Detroit) or Warren (Michigan). The Jefferson Avenue plant already makes the Grand Cherokee and Durango; original plans had the Durango ending before now, and it’s possible that adding the Wagoneers would be too much for the plant. If a Warren renovation was needed to make the luxury SUVs, we would not be surprised to see them pushed back a few years — but that’s a big “if.”  Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer status/renderings page.

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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