Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) Warren Truck Assembly Plant (WTAP) is getting excited about its upcoming launch of its all-new 2022 Jeep® Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer (WS) models. The full-size Jeep models are the first entry into the full-size SUV segment since the company’s Mexico-exclusive third-generation Dodge RamCharger ended production in 2001. It also marks the return of the iconic Wagoneer nameplate, since its discontinuation after the 1993 model year.
The upcoming Grand Wagoneer positions the storied Wagoneer name as a premium extension of the Jeep brand. Wagoneer will define “American Premium” while delivering a unique and unprecedented customer experience, creating a sub-brand from the Jeep lineup.
To help make sure the new Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer are manufactured in premium facility using the latest techniques and technologies, FCA invested $1.5 billion into its WTAP. The investment included an all-new 300,000 square-foot state-of-the-art paint shop, a new exclosed shakedown track, an all-new quality center, and a vastly updated production lines for the Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, and the popular Ram 1500 Classic pickup.
The added production will add an additional 1,400 new jobs to the WTAP facility, according to the company.
A few weeks ago, the WTAP staff covered up one of the fourth-generation Ram 1500 models that are on display outside the facility. The cover makes the Ram 1500 morph into a SUV looking shape and proudly boast “Coming Soon – Jeep Grand Wagoneer”.
There is no doubt that there is a lot of excitement for the upcoming Wagoneer twins not just from the FCA/UAW employees and Jeep diehards, but the entire Metro Detroit area. The first production models are rumored to start rolling off the WTAP line sometime in May. The short-wheelbase models will start production first, with long-wheelbase coming in 2022, and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models coming soon.
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