New Dodge Durango Set for 2025 Debut, Jeep Wrangler Electrification Scheduled for 2028

    Stellantis and UAW Reach Tentative Agreement for New Contract – Big News for Vehicle Production and Electrification

    October 28 marked a significant milestone for Stellantis and the UAW (United Automobile Workers) as they successfully reached a tentative agreement for a new contract. Although the UAW members employed at Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Chrysler still need to ratify the deal, some noteworthy details about vehicle production and electrification have already come to light during the negotiation process. This revelation sheds light on the timelines for popular SUVs, spanning their current lifecycle and extending into the next generation, while also providing some insight into their electrification plans.

    Let’s start with the iconic Jeep Wrangler, which is manufactured at the Stellantis factory in Toledo, Ohio. The current generation, known as the JL, will continue production until 2028. However, an upgrade is scheduled for 2025, where the Wrangler 4xe hybrid variant will be introduced. But here’s where things get interesting – the UAW agreement indicates that the next-generation J70 Wrangler, set to begin production in 2028, will come with two electric powertrain options. One will be a battery electric vehicle (BEV), while the other will utilize a combustion engine as a range-extender. Interestingly, there is no mention of a pure internal combustion model or a plug-in hybrid, which confirms previous reports of the next-generation Wrangler being fully electric.

    Moving on to the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, which cater to the opposite end of the size spectrum. These models will also continue with their current iteration until 2028, with a mid-cycle refresh slated for 2025. The UAW agreement provides insights into their electrification plans, revealing that an electric version with a range-extending engine will be introduced in 2025. Furthermore, a battery-electric Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer is scheduled for 2027. Interestingly, there is no mention of a next-generation model or any plans beyond 2028, although a second refresh for combustion models is mentioned for 2027.

    Now let’s discuss the Grand Cherokee, a popular SUV known for its versatility. The current generation, a two-row model, will continue production until 2027, while the three-row variant will extend into 2028. A mid-cycle refresh is planned for 2024, followed by the introduction of a next-generation model in 2027, equipped with both battery and combustion powertrains.

    Finally, we come to the Dodge Durango, which shares its assembly facility with the Grand Cherokee at the Detroit Assembly Complex. This model’s timeline is slightly shorter, with production of the current generation set to continue until 2025. However, a next-generation Durango is expected in 2026 and will also offer both combustion and battery-electric powertrain options, mirroring the electrification plans for the Grand Cherokee.

    While the leaked information from the UAW agreement seems official, neither Dodge nor Jeep representatives were available for comment when contacted for confirmation. Despite the lack of official acknowledgement, these revelations offer a fascinating glimpse into Stellantis’ plans for its popular SUV lineup.

    It is worth noting that the UAW proposal also allegedly includes plans for the reopening of the former Jeep Cherokee plant in Belvidere, Illinois. This facility will reportedly manufacture an undisclosed mid-size truck. While details remain scarce, this development strongly points to the arrival of a smaller Ram truck, considering Jeep already produces the Gladiator. Ram has chosen not to comment on this report, similar to their response regarding the SUV news.

    In conclusion, Stellantis and UAW seem to have reached an exciting agreement that outlines their plans for the future of vehicle production and electrification. With a strong focus on electric powertrains and a clear move towards a more sustainable future, it is apparent that the automotive industry is making significant strides in adopting cleaner technologies. While awaiting official confirmation and further details from Stellantis, enthusiasts and consumers alike can eagerly anticipate an electrifying future for popular SUVs from Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Chrysler.

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