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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-08-2017, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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FCA to spend $1B to make Jeep Pickups in MI and OH

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I had read somewhere that it was going to be a Wrangler pickup truck which should be interesting.
The Wagoneer I am not so sure resurrecting will work for FCA.

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The bits and pieces concerning the Wagoneer that I have put together indicate that this will be a premium/luxury SUV. This is the first that I have heard that it will be 2 models. Perhaps the Wagoneer will be a two row, while the Grand will be a three row. What I have read is that Sergio wants it to compete with BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, and Land/Range Rover. Makes a lot of sense since Alfa Romeo and Maserati both just introduced SUVs! Market saturation, anyone?

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I sense a lot of interest in a Wrangler pickup truck, and personally look forward to that. I am more skeptical about the resurrected Wagoneer. Jeep tried a larger, more expensive SUV with the short lived Commander, which saw a quick death. Large families that want to larger size could not afford the high price of the Commander. I see the Wagoneer only filling a rather small niche.

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I bought a Commander right after they came out in 2006. They were based on the GC: same wheelbase, but with a higher roof and slightly longer overhang in the rear. Sergio said that it was a vehicle that never should have been built. I loved mine; especially the QuadrDrive II. The Electronically controlled LSD's - it could send 100% torque to any one wheel! I never got it stuck no matter how hard I tried. There used to be a YouTube video showing one backing up a ramp on one tire!
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I really loved the Commanders. I rented one for work, and I was really impressed with the comfy ride compared to my 04 WJ.

I think the new Wagoneer stands a good chance of success versus the GM tanks in the market. It blows my mind what loaded Tahoes and Suburbans and their GMC cousins cost. There is a lot of markup in those huge SUVs, so sales won't have to be huge in order to make a profit.
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