FCA announced plans for the next six years and we bid farewell to some mid-sized sedans and say hello to more efficient fuel-friendly 2017 Jeep Wrangler.
Earlier today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles went through a presentation that included the company’s plans to expand engine options for the next generation Jeep Wrangler. According to FCA and Left Lane News on their report, plans for the Jeep Wrangler included all new powertrains, a hybrid Chrysler Pacifica and a next Generation Dodge Ram 1500 with Next gen powertrains and a mild hybrid treatment. Check out these slides below and let us know in the comments below if you’d put down a couple of thousand down to option out a Diesel Wrangler.
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In a bid to double down on their SUV and crossover offerings, FCA has also announced that they’re axing the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200, citing that they’ve “run their course.”
According to an impromptu interview with Auto News earlier this week, CFO for FCA Richard Palmer was quoted to say that
"Jeep is the bedrock of this business plan."
FCA plans to sell more than two million Jeeps by 2018 compared to 1.2 million units sold last year.
It seems like FCA is implementing a strategic sales strategy to not only push sales of their Jeep products up, but willfully abandoning some of their more fuel efficient offerings in favor of SUV’s and crossovers. With the price of oil plummeting and with no immediate warning signs that this is just a temporary fluke, it’s a bold yet calculated move that we predict will pay dividends in the near future.
Not many people know, but Jeep has been selling Diesel offerings in their Wrangler and Commandeer in other markets (i.e. not the United States) and used to offer a diesel option on their now discontinued Patriot and Liberty. Just a few years back, with gas prices twice (and triple if you go far enough back) what they are now, smaller cars and hybrids were all the rage. These slightly more fuel efficient Diesel Jeeps were pushed to the wayside. But now is the time to reconsider optioning out a diesel.
Although the current American consumer still values fuel efficiency, if they can have their cake and eat it too, they will. In these days of low gas prices, who can say no to a Jeep Wrangler with copious amounts of torque. And if you want to keep your conscience clean, you can opt for a mild-hybrid.