Wait for Jeep pickup is almost over
Editor's note: The Wagoneer family will share a platform with the current Ram 1500. The platform to be shared was incorrect in an earlier version of this story.
After a long wait, a more fuel- efficient Wrangler will debut in early 2018, with a Wrangler-based pickup to follow the next year, returning Jeep to a segment it hasn't occupied in decades.
A-segment Jeep: This entry-level Jeep will be sold exclusively outside North America, where minivehicles predominate.
Renegade: The Italy-built subcompact crossover is due for a freshening, which has been pushed into the second half of 2018.
Compass: The redesigned Compass debuted in North America in early 2017 and won't be due for a freshening until at least 2020, based on Jeep's aggressive product freshening cadence.
Cherokee: Jeep's midsize SUV has been freshened in its move from Toledo, Ohio, to Belvidere, Ill. It sports a new front fascia and tail to more closely blend in with the brand's design cues. The Cherokee will be due for a redesign in 2021.
Wrangler: The next-generation Wrangler starts production in November and will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December. It should arrive in dealerships in early 2018. Longer and lighter than the previous model, the 2018 Wrangler should retain the off-roader's distinctive look while improving aerodynamics. Handling also should be improved, with the addition of an eight-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual transmission. Consumers will have a number of engine choices, including a long-sought diesel, as well as a turbocharged four-cylinder.
Scrambler: Production of the Wrangler-based pickup is scheduled to begin at the end of 2018 after the paint shop is expanded in the factory that currently builds the Wrangler. The pickup, which won't arrive in dealerships until early 2019, will be much longer than previous Scramblers, with a two-row cab and six-foot bed. Otherwise, it will share many components with the Wrangler.
Grand Cherokee: A planned freshening of the Grand Cherokee scheduled for 2018 has been scrapped. Instead, the Grand Cherokee will be redesigned in 2019 for the 2020 model year, with a focus on cutting weight and improving fuel economy. Meanwhile, the new Trackhawk derivative, powered by the 6.2-liter, supercharged, V-8 Hellcat engine, will arrive in dealerships this year.
Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer: The Wagoneer family will share a platform with the current Ram 1500, but it will push the upper boundaries of SUV luxury when it appears in mid-2019 after the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan is retooled.
The three-row Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be body-on-frame to compete closely with the GMC Yukon Denali and Chevrolet Suburban and will share a platform with the Ram 1500 pickup.
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