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All you need to know about the 2017 Jeep Wrangler and the upcoming Jeep Wrangler pickup!

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The 2017 Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Wrangler Pick-Up are a go. Both Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and Jeep CEO Michael Manley said as much when they appeared during the Detroit Auto Show recently. Both of them intimated the vehicles could go into production in the second half of 2017. The company had said as much in September and so far they have not given any indication that anything has changed. They will be spelling out more very soon, the Detroit news reported. The newspaper was referring to FCA leadership revealing to investors what the company’s updated 5-year product strategy.

The news so far is that the Jeep Wrangler pickup will be built in Toledo, Ohio in the same plant with the company’s next-generation Wrangler. Jeep has produced pickup trucks before, but this is the first time a pickup truck will be produced under the umbrella of the Wrangler. Like the next generation Wrangler, the Jeep Wrangler pickup is going to have lots of aluminum. Every single Wrangler that is produced in the plant in Toledo, Ohio is sold. In order to avoid inventory shortfall as they retool the plant to be able to produce the Wrangler pickup, the Jeep Cherokee, which is also built at the Toledo plant, may have to be move to another facility.

With the production of the new Jeep Wrangler, the Mopar-JK-8 pickup conversion kit will become obsolete. Since it went on sale in 2011, this conversion kit has been a favorite of Jeep pickup owners. This much-beloved kit has been tweaked numerous times over the years to make it better suited for the pickup. But Jeep pickup lovers are ecstatic to see the release date for the factory-built Jeep pickup drawing closer. To see on up close, go to Chapman Chrysler Jeep, where you can test drive one and see if you like the feel of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler.

At the 2016 Detroit Auto Show Jeep CEO Michael Manley told journalist Brian Makse that FCA will release a Jeep Grand Cherokee powered by a Hellcat engine. When asked if a V-8, 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat engine is able to be installed in a Grand Cherokee, Manley said not only is it possible, a Cherokee with a Hellcat motor would be released in the marketplace before 2017 is over. When officials at Fiat Chrysler were asked about the veracity of Manley’s statement, no one was willing to confirm his claims. Many speculate that once again Manley had spoken too quickly.

This isn’t the first time Manley has spoken prematurely. Last year he gave information about the next-generation Wrangler’s construction during an interview. However, Manley’s statement along with Fiat Chrysler’s trademarking of the name ‘Trackhawk’ are clear signals the Hellcat powered Grand Cherokee is in the works. When in Las Vegas last year FCA showed a group of Jeep dealers a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk rumors of a Hellcat powered Grand Cherokee gained traction.

While there hasn’t been official confirmation it seems likely the vehicle will be released in 2017 followed by the Wrangler pick-up. Fiat Chrysler will also debut a new compact SUV at the New York International Auto Show in March.

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