The Jeep Wrangler EV is scheduled to launch in 2028, and new midsize trucks are coming in 2027
- The strike-ending agreement between Stellantis and the UAW has produced a document revealing the automaker’s plans for its US factories, giving insight into upcoming models.
- The Jeep Wrangler is scheduled to go electric in 2028 but will offer a hybrid model that uses the gas engine as a generator to replenish the battery on the go.
- New midsize truck models are expected to join the Dodge and Jeep lineup in 2027, which could see the return of the Dakota name.
Stellantis and the UAW recently reached a tentative agreement to end a weeks-long strike that has halted production at several plants across the country. While the details are still being ironed out, the ratification process has produced a document Leaked on social media Which reveals Stellantis’ production plans for the next several years, laying out the automaker’s roadmap for how it plans to convert its heavy-duty truck lineup to electric power.
The document reveals that Jeep’s most popular model, the Wrangler, will continue in its current JL generation at the Toledo Assembly Complex until 2028, with the popular 4xe model with an electric motor getting an upgrade in 2025. The J70 arrives in 2028, but is listed exclusively as an off-roader Electric or hybrid. This plug-in setup will differ from the current 4xe, instead operating as a series hybrid with the engine serving a generator to recharge the battery rather than powering the wheels.
The related Jeep Gladiator is on a similar path, with an upgraded hybrid version due in 2025 and the current JT generation continuing through 2028. But the next-generation Gladiator is not listed at the Toledo plant. Instead, it appears Stellantis will invest $1.5 billion in its Belvedere, Illinois, plant to build new midsize trucks in 2027. The use of the plural and lack of brand exclusivity suggest this plan includes Jeep and Dodge-branded models, and perhaps a revival of the Dakota nameplate . . No details were provided on the powertrain, but the document expects a production run of 80,000 to 100,000 units per year. A new battery factory will also be built in Belvedere, with an investment of $3.2 billion.
In 2025, the giant Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models will receive a refresh, with a second refresh planned for 2027. Meanwhile, a new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer model will join the Warren Truck Assembly lineup in 2025 on the STLA Frame platform that supports the upcoming RAM 1500 REV. Initially, this model will have a plug-in hybrid setup to extend the range, with an electric model entering the mix on the same platform in 2027.
The electric Ram 1500 REV will start rolling off the line at the Sterling Heights plant in 2024, and the document indicates there will also be a range-extended model, something the company’s CEO previously confirmed. The gas-powered truck will also receive an update in 2024.
At the Detroit Assembly Complex, the Jeep Grand Cherokee — two-row and three-row L models — will continue in the current generation through 2027, with a refresh planned for 2024. The next-generation model will launch in 2027, with a document indicating that the two models will Gas and electric vehicles are on the way. But first, the Grand Cherokee’s cousin, the Dodge Durango, will receive a new generation in 2026 with internal-combustion and battery-powered models, likely sharing powertrains with Jeep.
Several models are not included in this list because they are not manufactured in America: Jeep Compass, Jeep Renegade, Dodge Hornet, Chrysler Pacifica, and Ram ProMaster van. Meanwhile, the Jeep Cherokee is discontinuing after the 2023 model year, freeing up space in Belvedere and Toledo. There was no mention of the Recon concept shown last year which was expected to arrive for the 2024 model year, with the Wagoneer S concept revealed at the same time expected to turn into the Grand Cherokee EV, albeit in a later time frame than originally planned.
Canadian successors to the Dodge Charger and Challenger are also absent from the document, as is the South American market Ram Rampage compact truck, which was hypothesized to be US-bound after prototypes were seen stateside. While the document doesn’t provide a complete picture of what’s to come from Stellantis before 2030, it does give a good idea of the groundwork for the automaker’s planned transition toward electric vehicles.
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