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Jeep To Launch Grand Wagoneer In Two Years

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On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 10:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

Jeep To Launch Grand Wagoneer In Two Years

Well this isn't exactly the Jeep that we've been waiting for, but it's not bad news either. Jeep is reportedly working toward bringing back the Grand Wagoneer, a large, seven-seat flagship. The Wagoneer will headline a revamped Jeep line positioned to double Jeep's annual global sales.

The report originates from a leaked document that Chrysler/Fiat showed to a group of investors in Germany. The presentation detailed the next few years at Jeep, and the document shows four new vehicles.

The most interesting vehicle is the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which will serve as the automaker's flagship. The Wagoneer will be built atop the Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango platform.

In the past, Chrysler/Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne has admitted to wanting a Grand Wagoneer, suggesting that the Jeep Commander was not the solution the company needs.

Marchionne said: "That car was unfit for human consumption. We sold some. But I don't know why people bought them." Ouch.

The Wagoneer served as Jeep's large, high-end SUV between 1962 and 1991 and was actually the father to the Cherokee, a smaller, less expensive model based on the Wagoneer. Because sports utility vehicle wasn't a term at the time, the Wagoneer launched as a station wagon.

In addition to the Wagoneer, Jeep will introduce an SUV in the B segment, where it currently has no offerings, one replacement model for the Patriot and Compass, a Liberty replacement, and updates for the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. Jeep hopes to double its 2010 sales total of 400,000 by 2014. Unfortunately, no mention of a pick-up.

All I know is they'd better bring back the wood paneling on the Grand Wagoneer.


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