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FCA Upping Wrangler Production by 50 Percent


Toledo Plant to Build 350,000 Wranglers a Year

Don’t be shocked if you seen a lot more Wranglers running around in the next few years. Fiat Chrysler America (FCA), the parent company of Jeep, announced that the Toledo manufacturing plant is soon to be geared solely for the production of the mighty little Jeep. A new Jeep Wrangler is set to come out in 2018, but FCA said there will be a period where the plant is making both the current and new generations of the Jeep. The Toledo plant also makes the Jeep Cherokee, but that production is expected to move to Illinois next March so the factory can focus on the Wrangler. Now with 75 years of history under its belt, the Wrangler is one of the most popular off-road vehicles of all time. Check out the inventory and take a test drive with a visit to Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

More Changes Afoot for Wrangler

The magical year appears to be 2018 when Jeep not only produces a new design for the Wrangler, but also introduces a diesel-powered model and a pickup based on the new Wrangler body. The current body style is expected to be called the “Wrangler Classic” and continue on sale for an undefined period of time. Mike Manley, head of Jeep production, says he wants to keep “supply just behind demand. We still see a strong order bank from the U.S., more demand from Europe and still some residual demand from Asia that we can’t fill.” Manley said the Wrangler “is the incarnation of the most iconic American brand in the world,” which accounts for its global popularity.

Devotees Excited About Rebirth of Wrangler Truck

There have been many different examples of a Jeep truck over the years, starting in 1947 with the Jeep Overland Truck, followed by the Gladiator in 1963 and the J2000 in 1965. The J-10 came along in 1974, followed by the CJ-10 and Comanche in the 1980s. Production of the Comanche stopped in 1992, ending the run of Jeep trucks and starting a public outcry for a new model. The 2017 Wrangler Truck promises to be a simple two-seater with a small bed that’s perfect for small utility jobs or taking a tent into some of the wildest terrain in the country.

Diesel, Hybrid Wranglers Still a Way Off

FCA says its diesel-powered Jeep Wrangler will only come on the unlimited model, potentially not until 2022. A hybrid model is planned sometime after that date, utilizing similar technology that is planned for the Ram truck. The hybrid will be a “mild hybrid,” which simply means that the electric engine will support the gas motor, but will not propel the vehicle by itself. Wrangler has plenty of great special editions for sale during Jeep’s 75th anniversary year. Check them out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

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