The Stellantis Melfi Assembly Plant in Italy is on the brink of a significant transformation, marking a pivotal shift in its production lineup. This evolution comes as the facility gears up to manufacture five innovative compact electrified vehicles based on the company’s STLA Medium architecture, set to commence production in late 2025.
The plant, renowned for producing the Jeep® Compass, Jeep Renegade, and Fiat 500X, is set to bid farewell to its current roster between 2024 and 2026. The transition signals the end of an era for these well-received models, marking a shift towards a new automotive landscape.
Amidst this transition, the Melfi facility is anticipated to gradually halt production of the Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, and Jeep Compass within the specified timeline. The Fiat 500X will be the first to bid adieu in 2024, followed by the Jeep Renegade a year later. While the future of the Fiat counterpart will be succeeded by the Fiat 600e and the forthcoming Fiat Multipla, the Jeep Renegade’s successor remains under speculation, with possibilities pointing towards production in Spain, although uncertainties linger regarding its nomenclature.
As for the Jeep Compass, while the current generation will cease production by 2026, it will not depart from the Melfi plant entirely. The facility anticipates the introduction of the next-generation Compass soon after the current model ends production. The new European market Compass will exclusively electric and built on the STLA Medium platform, maintaining its roots within the Melfi Assembly Plant.
However, despite the promise of five new electric vehicles slated for production, concerns loom among workers and trade union representatives regarding potential job security and the ability of these upcoming models to fill the void left by the outgoing vehicles. The Fiat 500X, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Renegade have carved a significant market share, boasting commendable sales figures not only in Italy but across Europe. Expectations remain high that the forthcoming Stellantis-produced vehicles will continue this streak of success.