Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which owns Jeep, made a series of surprising announcements about future vehicles. One of the most shocking wasn’t that a hybrid Wrangler is coming, since we’ve known about that for some time. Instead, it was the fact that the upcoming Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be electrified.
It makes sense that FCA would make this kind of a move. After all, there’s no doubt these big three-row SUVs will guzzle gas like crazy. The dino juice won’t stay cheap and competitors will be rolling out plug-in hybrid versions if not fully-electric platforms in the near future.
Exactly what level of electrification the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be treated to isn’t a mystery. At least for now, these two Jeeps will be getting a plug-in hybrid powertrain, probably similar to what the Chrysler Pacifica has currently. FCA did make it clear that the facilities will be upgraded so a fully-electric version can be produced without too much reworking.
This also officially confirms that these two three-row Jeeps are indeed coming, and hopefully quite soon. Both will be built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant. That means the original investment plan for the facility, which was announced about two years ago, swells to $1.5 billion.