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Jeep's future plans laid bare

Jeep’s future plans include a new-gen version of the Grand Cherokee that is expected to begin production in 2021.

A document outed after a dispute resolution between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union has uncovered Jeep’s five-year strategy to the end of 2023, revealing new planned models.

A new facility in Detroit will break ground next year and begin production of a yet-to-be-named Jeep seven-seater, while the plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler off-roader will also roll out in 2020.

Details in the documents also hint that new variants of the Cherokee mid-size SUV could also be built in 2020, though particulars were not divulged.

Following in 2021 will be the switchover from current to next-generation Grand Cherokee from the Jefferson North site, which will use an updated version of the model’s eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will also expand Jeep’s SUV portfolio in 2021, produced from the same Warren Truck facility that builds the Ram 1500.

Finally, Ram’s Ford Ranger Raptor-rivalling TRX pick-up will also roll off the assembly line next year, which is rumoured to be powered by a 429kW 6.2-liitre supercharged V8.

Of course, none of these models have been officially confirmed by Jeep, but the next five years will prove crucial to the SUV brand as its parent company prepares to merge with the French PSA Group.