Jeep Grand Wagoneer Will Go Body-On-Frame
Jeep fans have been expecting to see a unibody Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer from the automaker for a while and now we’ve learned that they’ll be coming as body-on-frame vehicles instead.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne made the announcement at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this week. According to Automotive News
, the company plans to use body-on-frame construction for both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. This means the body and frame are two separate pieces resulting in vehicles with a quieter cabin, better at off-roading and hauling capabilities, and they’re generally easier to repair like the outgoing Jeep Wrangler.
Both new models will be manufactures at the company’s Warren Truck Assembly plant in Detroit. It’s currently building the Ram 1500, but the plant will be retooled when the time comes.
By going the body-on-frame route, Jeep will be able to produce a more affordable Grand Wagoneer which was previously estimated to cost around $140,000 each and rival the Range Rover.
Now it looks like Jeep will be competing against GM’s Chevy Tahoe and have an initial price of around $100,000. The drop in price could mean higher sales volume for Jeep, at least in the United States.