Jeep is working on expanding its lineup of SUVs to include a new 3-row SUV to sit above the Grand Cherokee.
But it won’t be as big as the Grand Wagoneer, which will top the line in all its full-size glory.
At the end of February, Fiat Chrysler announced plans to massively expand Jeep’s production capacity in preparation for a slew of new models. We already knew about the new Gladiator mid-size pickup, but Jeep also stated they’d expand their Mack Avenue Engine Complex to start building the next generation of Grand Cherokee as well as a new unannounced 3-row SUV.
FCA boss Mike Manley expanded on that announcement at the Geneva Auto Show while speaking with Auto Express. He explained that not only will Jeep resurrect the Grand Wagoneer nameplate, but that mystery 3-row SUV will sit next to the Grand Cherokee as a mid-size accompaniment to the Grand Wagoneer.
"One is the large SUV segment. There are relatively few competitors in there, but it could be a great segment for Jeep, and we'll bring back the Grand Wagoneer at that time," Manley said. "Then the second is a three-row Jeep, which will technically play in the same segment as Grand Cherokee. Roughly 60 percent of that segment is three-row, so Grand Cherokee has really only played in 40 percent. That will open up that part of the segment for us."
The Grand Wagoneer will compete against such massive beasts as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition, while the smaller 3-row will take on other mid-size 3-row SUVs that the Grand Cherokee can’t quite tackle, such as the Honda Pilot or the Ford Explorer.
Manley remained tight-lipped about what to call the new SUV other than a 3-row Jeep. “We’ll have the choice of Grand Cherokee or a different model,” said Manley. “For me, the Grand Cherokee is such an icon, so that's why I talk about [the new model] as a three-row Jeep."
It seems very unlikely for Jeep to keep using the Cherokee name (as in Grand Cherokee XL), so it seems that a new name is on the way. The Grand Wagoneer and the new 3-row are expected to arrive sometime later in 2019.