The UAW outlines the investment and product roadmap for Stellantis, including new Jeep and Dodge models
The UAW’s initial deal with Stellantis sheds light on potential upgrades and new models in the coming years.
On Friday, the United Auto Workers union offered more detailed bullet points to its hourly and wage-earning members — showcasing the fruits of six weeks of strikes and negotiations with the world’s third-largest automaker. Hundreds of pages of documents address the finer points of the deal that union voters will soon vote on, including pay raises, attendance policies, health care benefits, relocation allowances and retirement benefits. The landmark document also calls for an investment of $19 billion by the end of the four-and-a-half-year contract, with the largest spending at the company’s assembly plants. The UAW goes even further, outlining exactly what new vehicles will come down the pipeline and when they will arrive.
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One of the highlights of the UAW deal is the fate of the company’s plant in Belvidere, Illinois. Not only will the initial contract bring this plant back into competition after it closed earlier this year, but we know this plant will eventually build a new midsize truck. Right now, the general consensus is that Belvidere will build a new midsize Ram Dakota or build a Rampage for the Brazilian North American market. According to the documents, the UAW has also scheduled a $3.2 billion investment in Belvidere to launch a joint battery factory in 2028, with a yet-to-be-named partner.
More news for Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator fans!
Other than Belvidere, there’s plenty of action at the Toledo, Ohio store and its suppliers, too. The UAW’s tentative deal sets $1.5 billion at the North and South Toledo complexes, and another $270 million at the manufacturing plant.
The result? If Stellantis sticks to the timelines set out in these documents, the current generation Jeep Wrangler JL and Gladiator JT will last “until 2028.” In the meantime, we could see an “updated” version of the Wrangler 4xe hybrid, introducing the Gladiator 4xe midsize truck in 2025.
The next-generation Wrangler, codenamed J70, will arrive by 2028, including an all-battery electric model and an extended-range electric vehicle. As part of its “Dare Forward 2030” plan, it appears that Stellantis may phase out its current lineup of engines, including the 3.6-liter Pentastar and the 2.0-liter “GME T4” engine (also called the Hurricane I-4) by 2028. So When the new model arrives, it’s more likely that the range-extended version will have a new gas engine than anything you can buy now.
There are a few Possible The options are there: The Dundee Engine Plant in Michigan will see a $770 million investment to produce the GME – T4 EVO engine next year. This looks like an updated version of the 2.0-liter Hurricane, although the Kokomo, Indiana, plant will continue to produce the older engine until 2028. The plant will also “launch the EP6” in 2025 – which could be an updated version of the 1.6 turbocharged engine. Liter capacity is used in many Peugeot and Citroen cars.
Updates to the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer could come in 2025
The Warren Truck Plant is another site of significant investment by Stellantis, up to $600 million over the next few years. The plant currently manufactures the Ram 1500 truck, as well as the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. According to UAW documents, current-generation models will last until 2028. However, we should see updates (referred to as “mid-cycle action” in the agreement) in 2025, including a range-extended electric model in 2025. The electric version of both SUVs, built on the STLA Frame platform like the Ram 1500, will be available by 2027. At that time, we’ll see last Updated Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.
The Detroit assembly complex will see a $1.5 billion investment to support the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L, as well as the Dodge Durango. On the Durango front, the current WD model will last until 2025 – so the brand will keep its SUV lineup going while rolling out the new Charger, with the latter seeing both electric and gas-powered variants.
A new Dodge Durango, codenamed D6U, is supposed to appear in 2026. This generation will still include ICE models, as well as an all-electric version.
The Grand Cherokee, for its part, will see updated models next year, if the timelines set by the UAW hold true. Both two-row and three-row models will see a facelift, but not a generational overhaul until 2027 for the two-row, and 2028 for the Grand Cherokee L. Stellantis should roll out the next generation Grand Cherokee (codenamed J6U). In 2027, including battery-electric models, such as the Durango.
By consolidating its internal combustion models and moving towards electrified models, Stellantis will invest billions more in stamping plants, parts centers and battery joint ventures. Another $6.2 billion will go to Kokomo, Indiana (on top of the more than $600 million already going to existing casting, engine and transmission plants) to build another battery factory in a joint venture, this time with Samsung.