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FCA Dealer Meeting: No Jeep Pickup, But Trackhawk, New Wrangler Shown

Marchionne Promises 30 “New or Refreshed” Models Within Two Years

Aug 26, 2015
There was fevered speculation yesterday that the long-awaited Jeep pickup might be shown at the annual Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) dealer’s meeting in Las Vegas yesterday. The pickup was not shown, but according to Automotive News, some other interesting hardware was announced or shown, including three key models for the Jeep brand. The Grand Cherokee Track Hawk was shown and confirmed, and as expected, it is packing Hellcat supercharged V-8 power. A 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds is expected from the über-Jeep. Also shown was the long-anticipated Jeep Grand Wagoneer luxury model with eight-passenger seating. And perhaps the most-anticipated model of all was shown: the new Wrangler . Sure to be much to the relief of Jeep enthusiasts everywhere, it is reportedly true to its traditional form of body-on-frame and live axles front and rear.
Other models shown at the event included a Dodge Barracuda convertible, based on the next-generation Charger and Challenger platform, which will also underpin the new Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan, as well as a new Alfa SUV. The future Charger model reportedly shared a strong resemblance to the sleek 1999 concept designed by Tom Gale. Several dealers confided to Automotive News that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne promised they would see 30 new or refreshed models within the next two years. Marchionne also addressed the 800-pound gorilla in the room by promising dealers that his outspoken plan for industry consolidation and collaboration would not have an effect on the retail channel.
UPDATE!!
In addition to the information from the Automotive News story, Chrysler enthusiast site Allpar also added some additional tasty morsels from the dealer meeting, including a new "more focused" Power Wagon shown with factory-optional 37-inch tires, a rear-wheel-drive Durango SRT with the 6.4L high-output Hemi, and finally, word that the next-generation Wrangler, in some forms, will get better than 30 mpg on the highway. That most likely signals the availability of the long-awaited diesel option. If even half of these rumors prove to be true, we're going to be in for some real treats in the next few years from Auburn Hills.
Source: Automotive News, Allpar

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