Right now, all US-spec Jeep Grand Cherokees are constructed at Detroit’s Jefferson North Assembly facility, the place they have been constructed because the place opened in 1991. According to a new report, it might need some assist for the next-generation Grand Cherokee.
Jeep mother or father firm Fiat Chrysler will revive its Mack Avenue Engine II plant in Detroit to assist construct the subsequent iteration of the Grand Cherokee, Reuters reports, citing sources conversant in FCA’s plans. Representatives for Fiat Chrysler didn’t instantly return a request for remark, however the automaker declined to remark to Reuters.
The plant has been idled since 2012, so it is not like transferring some Grand Cherokee manufacturing there’ll displace another tasks. Mack Avenue Engine II represents about one-third of FCA’s whole Mack Avenue Engine Complex, which was once accountable for producing the first-generation Dodge Viper from 1992 to 1995. Now, the open bits of the complicated construct the Pentastar V6 for varied FCA merchandise.
According to Reuters’ sources, FCA believes it’s going to want the house as a result of there will likely be elevated demand for the next-generation Grand Cherokee. The supply talked about to Reuters that the Grand Cherokee’s redesign will even convey a three-row variant into the fold, which might positively enhance its demand. The final three-row Jeep to exist within the US was the Commander, which ended manufacturing in 2010.
The timing of this report, whereas nonetheless unverified, places FCA in a extra constructive gentle than its main competitor, General Motors. In late November, GM introduced that it to assist preserve prices in test. The transfer sparked backlash — not solely from unions, however from politicians on each side of the aisle.