As part of Fiat’s new 5-year business plan, Jeep will expand its lineup and will become an important pier of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. By 2018, Jeep aims to sell over 1.9 million vehicles per year. As expected, the number will be achieved thanks to the introduction of the smaller SUVs and crossovers but also by adding the three-row SUV called Grand Wagoneer.
Moreover, the Jeep Wrangler will be overhauled in 2018 and will become lighter, more aerodynamic and fuel-efficient. Despite these qualities, the Wrangler will retain its off-road capabilities. The Grand Cherokee will also be redesigned by 2018. Still, Jeep counts on the markets outside North America to achieve its growth.
As you may know already, back in April, Jeep announced that it will build versions of the Cherokee and Renegade with Guangzhou Automobile Group, especially for the Chinese market. Later, the company will build the Compass and the Patriot compact SUVs.
Yesterday, we’ve told you that Jeep is already successful in Japan, where its sales increased by 55 percent in the first quarter of 2014. Jeep also plans to increase its sales in Latin America, especially in Brazil where it plans to build the Renegade and the Compass replacement.
As a result, the production in North America will be increased too, from 800,000 units to 1 million units. In Asia, Jeep will build around 500,000 units, while in Europe and Latin America 200,000 units.
The North American version of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has been fitted with the new EcoDiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine paired to an eight-speed transmission. This guarantees that the new Jeep Grand Cherokee has a fuel efficiency rating of highway 30 mpg, one of the best in the class. Driving range is unparalleled measured at least 730 miles.
The brand revealed the transmission coupled to the EcoDiesel engine is the same one paired to the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine. With this engine, the Grand Cherokee can go for at least 600 miles. Meanwhile, the 5.7-liter V8 engine is capable of going as high as 21 mpg highway. This new model continues to have the well-known capability of the brand due to a combination of the Selec-Terrain, the class-leading traction management system, the brand’s very own Quadra-Lift, an air suspension system, and a choice of three 4x4 systems. Towing is also the best-in-class at 7,400 pounds. Crawl ratio for this 2014 version on the other hand has been enhanced to 44.1:1.
Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC President and CEO Mike Manley said that under the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the brand made use of the most highly-praised SUV in the industry and advanced it to a higher level. He added that Jeep has managed to set this model apart from its rivals further by improving the technological features, capability, efficiency, and elegance.
Customers are sure to learn that the new Grand Cherokee is able to deliver a more pleasurable drive, he continued, regardless of the kind of roads, no matter the weather situation, and even on the most demanding of trails. There is no question that the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is able to redefine the premium SUV class due to a number of qualities. Customers are sure to experience driving range and fuel economy that are the best in the segment.
Not only is clean-diesel technology made available but there is also a wide choice of leading powertrains. Then there is the celebrated benchmark capability, premium on-road driving dynamics, and craftsmanship that is truly world-class. Included as well are a wide range of cutting-edge safety features and cutting-edge user-friendly technologies.