At Fiat Chrysler, the focus will remain on Jeep and Ram, the automaker’s two most-important brands. Thanks to a handy-dandy flowchart from FCA’s financial and corporate communications chief Jeff Bennett’s Twitter account, we now have an idea of what to expect from both brands in the near future with respect to vehicle debuts and production plans.
Foremost, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is imminent and the chart confirms the SUV will debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Production will then begin in the fourth quarter of 2017. However, production will actually shift from the Toledo, Ohio, South facility to the Toledo North facility. More on that in a moment.
Following the 2018 Wrangler will be the 2019 Ram 1500, which the brand will reveal at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. Again, there’s a production shift coming. FCA will build the next-generation Ram at the Sterling Heights, Michigan, assembly plant—formerly home to the Chrysler 200—beginning in quarter one of 2018.
So, what becomes of the two plants that formally built the Wrangler and Ram 1500? New product.
The chart details four additional Jeep models heading to production in the near future. At the Toledo South facility, FCA will retool for the upcoming Jeep Wrangler-based pickup truck. At the Ram 1500’s former Warren production site, FCA will also retool for the inbound Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Finally, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee will enter production at the Belvedere, Illinois, assembly plant in the first quarter of 2018.
The chart doesn’t describe when we’ll see the Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer or Wrangler-based pickup enter production, but they’re coming, and coming quickly.