It even had a shiny new factory.
Fiat Chrysler has signaled plans to incorporate more electrified vehicles into its lineup. Specifically, the Italian-American (and now French) automaker says it will have 30 hybridized models in its lineup by 2022. Part of this plan has already been put into action with a new battery factory in Italy, which will supply battery packs for an upcoming Maserati sports car and the next-generation Fiat 500.
Some of these upcoming electrified vehicles will come from the Jeep brand after the company invested $18.5 billion to build plug-in hybrids and EVs. The first part of this huge investment, a manufacturing plant in Detroit, Michigan, has just been officially announced.
"Following numerous public and private discussions with residents, especially those nearest the facility, we're proud to share our environmental plans and the future of FCA manufacturing in Detroit," said Mark Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, FCA - North America. "We're honored the residents of the city support us, and know that every step of the way, we need to prove that we follow through on our commitments and will be good neighbors long into our collective future."
The facility will be located on the east side of Detroit, bringing 4,950 new jobs to the city. FCA also says the factory will be one of the most efficient and sustainable manufacturing operations in North America. When the plant comes online, it will build two electrified Jeep vehicles. But which vehicles will it build, specifically?
The rumored Wrangler hybrid will be among the two vehicles built here, while the second car still remains a mystery. Jeep is also readying a new three-row, full-size SUV and the next-generation Grand Cherokee, both of which are expected to roll off the assembly line in 2020. The three-row model is expected to go by the name Grand Wagoneer and should be based on the same platform as the new Grand Cherokee.