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Report: Jeep Delays Next-Gen Grand Cherokee by at Least a Year

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/26/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Jeep will delay a full redesign of the Grand Cherokee by at least a year, according to The Detroit News. The model was last completely redone for the 2011 model year.

Report: Jeep Delays Next-Gen Grand Cherokee by at Least a Year

The new Grand Cherokee was originally scheduled to arrive in late 2017. Now, it is slated for late 2018 or 2019. But Jeep CEO Mike Manley doesn't seem worried, considering sales for the model remain high. Last year, numbers rose 5.5 percent to 183,786 units sold, making it the Grand Cherokee's best year since 2005. And although we'll have to wait a long time for an all-new model, Jeep is planning a refreshed Grand Cherokee to tide us over.

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“If you look at the acceptance of Grand Cherokee in the marketplace today, it’s still incredibly strong,” Jeep CEO Mike Manley told reporters. “The level of refresh we’re planning for next year I think will continue that momentum. As I look out in terms of what we need to achieve for that vehicle, our view was it would be better to time it later.”

This isn't the first time we've heard of the Grand Cherokee delay. According to an earlier report, Jeep was holding out on a new Grand Cherokee until engineers could take "a complete re-look" at the vehicle's underpinnings, suggesting some mechanical tweaks may be in the works.

In fact, FCA is reportedly delaying about a dozen other vehicles, including a new Jeep Wrangler as well as a replacement for the Patriot and Compass small SUVs. Other delays lie outside the Jeep brand, affecting the Ram 1500 as well as the Dodge Dart, Journey, Charger, and Challenger models.

Source: The Detroit News, Bloomberg Business

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