Jeep Wrangler to go electric-only in 2028, new Dodge Durango scheduled to debut in 2025
All kinds of production details are mentioned in the initial agreement between Stellantis and the UAW.
03 November 2023 in 3:56 PM ET
Stellantis and the UAW reached a tentative agreement for a new contract on October 28. UAW members who work for Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Chrysler still need to ratify the deal, but notable news regarding vehicle production has leaked in the process. In short, we’re seeing timelines of popular SUVs that take us through the current life cycle and into the next generation, revealing some electrification details in the process.
We start with the Jeep Wrangler. The current generation JL is built at the Stellantis plant in Toledo, Ohio, and will remain as is until 2028. An upgrade to the Wrangler 4xe hybrid has been listed for 2025, but things get interesting for the next generation of off-roaders. The UAW deal shows production of the J70 Wrangler will begin in 2028 with two electric motors. One will be battery electric, and the other will use a combustion engine as a range extender. There’s no mention of a pure internal combustion model or a hybrid, confirming previous reports of the next Wrangler being all-electric.
On the other side of the size spectrum, the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will also continue in 2028 with the current model year. A mid-cycle refresh appears for 2025, and the UAW shows an electric version with a range-extended engine arriving that year. A battery-electric Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer is listed for 2027. Unlike the Wrangler, there’s no mention of a next-gen model or anything after 2028. However, a second refresh for combustion models is mentioned in 2027.
As for the Grand Cherokee, the current-generation two-row model will last through 2027 with three-row production extended through 2028. A mid-cycle refresh is scheduled for 2024, and the next-generation model will appear in 2027 with the battery and combustion variants. Motors.
The Dodge Durango is built alongside the Grand Cherokee at Stellantis’ Detroit assembly complex, although its timeline is slightly shorter. The current generation will last until 2025, with the next-generation model scheduled for 2026. Like the Grand Cherokee, it will be offered with combustion engines and battery electric power.
It’s worth noting that although this all sounds official, the automakers aren’t talking. We have contacted Dodge and Jeep representatives to request confirmation and comment on the information included in the UAW agreement. Spokespeople from both companies politely declined to comment.
These aren’t the only Stellantis tidbits apparently leaked by the UAW. The proposal calls for reopening the former Jeep Cherokee plant in Belvidere, Illinois, where an unnamed midsize truck would be built. This certainly means a smaller Ram truck, as Jeep already has the Gladiator. As is the case with SUV news, Ram had no comment regarding the report.