FCA had an hour long meeting with their executives and talked about their past and future. A future where the Jeep and Ram lineups are getting expanded with new models including a new Jeep Wrangler pickup, Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.
Of course, to make room for a new pickup and luxury SUVs in the existing production footprint, less popular models like the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart will need to be produced by someone else. We already see this shift in production with the 1,300+ employee layoffs at FCAís Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. Sedans just arenít doing very well and itís not just FCA thatís feeling the small car market slowdown.
Theyíve already dumped more than $1 billion into the plant so they canít exactly have it produce sedan that arenít selling well so the plan is to use that freed-up plant capacity to build Ram Truck pickups and Jeeps.
We could potentially see the future Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer built there.
Aside from the Grand Wagoneer, I'd like to see a real Raptor rival come to market since the RAM Rebel was more of a package than anything else. Ford clearly saw potential to go forward with next generation Raptor. Then you have Nissan and Toyota slowly getting into the space, but at more of the pace RAM did with the Rebel.
I don't think they have plans for that as yet, unless we have something to go off of that states they plan for another truck development. If so that will be indication of a Raptor rival. Only thing we can do at this point is wait.
They might not be publically be talking about it but i'm sure in some boardroom they have it on the drawing board somewhere.
Fact is the truck segments are heating up and with that people are willing to buy trucks based on the fact that they're cool, not because of capability or anything else, just for pure fun. Look at the Mercedes 6x6 and many others like it. Even with regular mainstream trucks this is the case.
It's true, especially since it's not just the brands we all know as truck brands, there are others stepping up to the plate. Even Hyundai is trying to get in and Honda just came out with a new Ridgeline that seems to be along the lines of what Hyundai's truck will be like.
Just saw news releases about the new Ridgeline and it seems to be just about the right product for the segment. In the past they didn't to seem to have much luck, do you guys think they'll have better luck this time? The market for it is 'ripe'
So, things are heating up, a Fiat truck was spotted and this is exactly the sort of thing we need to see since if a truck can be justified at the lowest level of the market, a level that hasn't been around for a very long time, then any segment above that is pretty much green-lighted
looking back at these pictures i'm now noticing how much it looks like the Range Rover Evoque, not good in my opinion. The last thing Fiat needs is to be a copy cat and on American soil that might not sit too well with some folks, might fly in Europe.