Jeep to launch new Wrangler with an all-new Cherokee, its first pick-up and the return of the Grand Wagoneer by 2020, to which the company will also offer a plug-in hybrid version of every model in its range.
The american brand is the world’s largest SUV maker, and uses the launch of its most iconic model, the Wrangler â€“ replaced for the first time since 2006 â€“ as a springboard for the continued growth of the annual sales of two million dollars, in increase of 1.4 m in 2016.
Speaking of the Coach during the Wrangler’s launch at last year’s Los Angeles motor show, the Jeep boss Mike Manley has confirmed the new models due in the next three years, with the period beyond 2020 are likely to include the firm’s first electric car.
First of all, the Jeep is on the verge of launching the Compass in the united KINGDOM. Manley called later â€œcompounding building blockâ€ around to energise the brand in the united KINGDOM and continental Europe, the star for example, the firm’s most successful model, the Renegade. Manley said the new Compass, a Nissan Qashqai – sized model, is â€œcrucialâ€ for the brand that it is in competition in Europe, the largest in the segment.
It will be followed the next year by an all-new Cherokee, which is located above the Compass in the Jeep. Also in 2018, Jeep will launch a mild-hybrid 48V version of every model in its range. Each will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder of a gasoline engine and mild-hybrid system that allows you to improve the delivery of torque for off-road driving, better fuel economy and quieter on the road, according to Manley.
By 2020, Jeep has launched a plug-in hybrid version of every model in its range, including the Wrangler, the standard version of which will arrive in the UK next year.
Manley would not be established on the arrival of pure-electric models, but said they were inevitable with the way the economy regulations around the world are tightening.
Jeep has recently launched a 679bhp Trackhawk version of its Grand Cherokee, which, Manley said, it is important to give a â€œhalo effectâ€ of the range. The brand also plans to offer customers more luxurious versions of its cars, including more models in the premium Top trim and a back of the range topping Grand Wagoneer seven-seater in 2020, a year after the launch of its first pick-up.
Q&A with Mike Manley, president and ceo, Jeep:
What is the importance of the new Jeep Wrangler?
â€œThe Tamer can trace his lineage back to 1941. It was not only the beginning of the brand, but the mainstay of the brand. She is recognized worldwide as an American icon. It is the very embodiment of the brand. It is the authenticity, the freedom and the adrenaline, and the connection to the outside. It is precious, so you can see how important it is to get the next generation of cars on the right.â€
What has changed with it?
â€œIt is completely new. We started from scratch. It is 9% more aerodynamic. It is fit for the future, not only for the new powertrains, but for aero, weight. We started with the frame and completely redone. We restored the ability [off-road attributes]. We have improved the road handling and redesigned the key drivers of fuel economy improvements. The technology of today, car was from 2006, so we had to redo that, without being intrusive on this Wrangler. The engineers have done a good job. We can take Wrangler well into the 2020s.â€
How do you rate your performance in Europe?
â€œWith the rebels of the growth in Europe, we are where we want to be. We don’t have the deployment in Europe of the Compass, which is in Europe the largest segment. In 2018, I am looking for a significant increase in 2017.â€
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