By Fabrice Pierre-Toussaint
Jeep aims to release around four new eco-friendly model. By 2022, no less than 10 PHEV will be launched. The brand’s entire line-up will be hybrid and depending on the market, Jeep is going to offer the plug-in hybrid line or battery electric vehicles. According to Motor1, The first to be released will be the plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler, which is set for a market launch sometime in 2020. It will be produced at the Toledo North Assembly Plant, where FCA will invest around $160 million.
2021 will be one of the most important for Jeep. The SUV brand will release hybrid versions of the new Grand Cherokee, the new Wagoneer, and new Grand Wagoneer, scheduled to be assembled at both the Detroit 2 Assembly Plant and Warren Truck Assembly Plant. The five year plan for the company includes 10 PHEV and four-battery electric vehicles by 2022. According to carscoops, Jeep will stop selling diesel models around the Europe, Middle East, Africa region in an attempt to abolish this fuel type completely. It will introduce eight new models in China, one of the world’s largest market.
As for the United States and the rest of North America, Jeep is offering no more than eight plug-in hybrid models and enter the premium full-size segment with the reborn Grand Wagoneer. The company has confirmed that it will launch two new sub-brands to go along with the existing Trailhawk and Trackhawk badges. The first is Desert Hawk, which focuses on high-speed sand performance and includes plenty of models including the Cherokee, and the second one is an unnamed model that will focus on urban driving, offers full connectivity and all-weather capability. FCA will offer a subscription service that includes all of its brands, allowing customers to swap between models in FCA’s portfolio.
Even though it just got a diesel-powered Wrangler to the market, a move to electrifying its whole lineup in just two years does not seem to sit well with some critics, although it is known that plans are already in place for a hybrid Jeep Wrangler by 2020, and the Renegade and Compass are already offered as a plug-in in Europe. Throughout the last decade, it has been a significant time for the manufacturer worldwide, given the five time increase in sales. It believed releasing several electric models will help boost its sales. Overall, big trucks and SUVs focused on the North American market are not likely to be affected by the planned merger of FCA and PSA, a deal quickly got put into formation because the two companies are said to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses better than most, according to automobilemag. The first model that is supposed to be released in 2020 is already being manufactured at a Michigan manufacturing line. It will compete with the Suzuki Jimny’s line, some of them are found in the U.S but mostly found in Europe and Asia. Stay tuned for more information.