Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Machionne recently released five-year plans for the automaker, and it appears Jeep is in for some monumental changes.
The automaker is looking to reposition itself as No. 1 in sales of sport utility vehicles and crossovers. They intend to do this by ramping up the brand’s image as rugged and releasing all-new Jeep models.
The first new model to be released will be the new Renegade subcompact, which is set to debut in 2014.
“The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade symbolizes the brand’s renowned American design, ingenuity and innovation, marking the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment,” said Mike Manley, president and chief executive of Jeep Brand. “Renegade expands the brand’s product portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment with a best-in-class combination of fuel efficiency and off-road capability while at the same time delivering outstanding driving dynamics and the open-air freedom customers expect from Jeep.”
In 2015, the Jeep Cherokee will receive a major update, while the Patriot and Compass are expected to be phased out in 2016 and replaced with a new compact crossover. However, perhaps the largest news of the Jeep five-year plan was the re-release of Grand Wagoneer. Set to hit dealership floors in the mid-2018, the Grand Wagoneer is the what Manley calls the “most premium Jeep we will have ever made.”
Jeep accessories ideal for improving performance
Fans of Jeep vehicles are likely thrilled by the automaker’s push toward innovation through new models. However, as these vehicles are highly customizable, owners often add Jeep parts and accessories to best suit their needs.
Whether someone wants a lock box mounted in their Jeep for improved storage security or they want a cargo drawer for quick access to gear, products are available to help.