Chrysler Announces Five-Year Plan

Date 2009/11/4 21:25:48 | Topic: Miscellaneous

Today was a big day for the latest incarnation (pun intended) of Chrysler - CEO Sergio Marchionne led a marathon 7-hour news conference announcing the 5-year plan to bring Chrysler back from the brink (again) - including some very interesting Jeep news.

Perhaps the biggest Jeep announcement was that a Diesel Jeep Wrangler is coming late in 2010. It's not totally clear if it will be available in the U.S. at launch.

Other Jeep-related information included:

  • The much-anticipated Pentastar "Phoenix" V6 engine will make its debut in the 2010 Grand Cherokee next summer.

  • It appears that Chrysler's main thrust with the Jeep platform will be to grow international sales outside of North America.

  • Expect a new, Fiat-produced small "B-segment" SUV from Jeep for the 2013 model year.

  • The Patriot and Compass will get new interiors for 2010. The Wrangler will get a new engine.

  • The Liberty will have a minor refresh for 2010 and will be replaced in 2013 with a Fiat-produced vehicle.

  • 2010 will be the last model year for the Commander.

  • 2010 is the 70th anniversary of the Jeep brand. All models will have a commemorative edition.

  • The Patriot and Compass will be replaced by a single, new "C-segment" nameplate.


Overall, nothing ground-breaking, but lots of changes coming to the nameplate in the next few years - it'll be very interesting to see what Fiat-produced vehicles they slap the Jeep name on...


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