Fiat Chrysler will upgrade its Toledo, Ohio, assembly plant next year in order to boost production of the current-generation Jeep Wrangler before the next-generation model arrives in the first quarter of 2018, Automotive News reports.
The Toledo complex will be capable of building up to 350,000 units a year following the upgrades, internal documents obtained by AN indicate, an increase of about 50 percent from its current capacity.
FCA will move production of the unibody Jeep Cherokee from Toledo to Belvidere, Ill in March 2017. The Cherokee line, added to Toledo in 2015, will then be converted to support body on frame production in anticipation of the new Wrangler, causing a six-month shutdown.
The current Wrangler will be marketed as the Wrangler Classic and sold alongside the new model until March 2018, AN says. Taking its place in production capacity once following its departure may be the new Jeep pickup truck, which is to be built at Toledo alongside the new Wrangler.