The next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee will ride on Alfa Romeo’s rear-wheel drive Giorgio platform, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed yesterday at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Alfa’s Giorgio platform debuted in the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan and also underpins the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV. Both of those cars are compacts, so the platform will likely have to be lengthened in order to serve under the mid-size Grand Cherokee.
According to Automobile, the plan to move the Grand Cherokee to the Giorgio platform will keep production of the hot-selling SUV in America. FCA’s Jefferson North Assembly plant is currently tasked with producing the SUV. It also builds the related Dodge Durango.
Engine options for the next-gen Grand Cherokee could consist of a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, the rumored twin-turbocharged version of the same powerplant, or perhaps even FCA’s new 2.0-liter Hurricane four-cylinder. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 may also return.
It’s not clear when the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee might enter production.