Big changes are in store for the Jeep brand, bringing in models from both the Dodge and Fiat brands, according to an Automotive News report. In addition to new powertrains aimed at improving fuel economy, it appears that Fiat models will underpin new vehicles that will replace some less-capable offerings from the iconic off-road brand.

The biggest change is the yet-to-be named Fiat model that is likely to be based on the new Panda 4x4. According to AN, it will be built alongside the Fiat 500X in Turin, Italy. No name has been given to this model, but it has been confirmed that it will have at least one trail-rated variant.

Elsewhere in the lineup, the Dodge Durango three-row SUV is set to be replaced with an all-new full-size model, possibly called the Grand Wagoneer. This model would compete with the Chevrolet Suburban. The Grand Cherokee, meanwhile, will get the much-anticipated 3.0-liter diesel engine (we also hope it may wind up in the Wrangler).

The standard Cherokee name is likely coming back as the moniker to replace the Liberty. It could be powered by a new 3.2-liter V6 and underpinned by a Fiat platform that it would share with the Dodge Dart – the first Jeep to do so. This new model would come in early 2013 as a 2014 model.

Jeep's soft-roading crossovers, the Compass and Patriot, are set to receive a new six-speed automatic transmission, replacing the CVT currently under the hood. Only one of these nameplates is likely to survive past 2014.

Jeep has been reached for confirmation or denial of this report, but declined to comment on future product.


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      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very much looking forward to the diesel Grand Cherokee, pretty much the only problem I have with the current Grand Cherokee is the MPG, this will solve that problem once and for all. If they keep the gas tank the same size as the gas model (i think it's around 24 gallons), this thing could get close to 1000 miles per tank!
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        If you think a diesel GC will achieve over 40mpg, you are crazy. That's almost double the highway mileage of the current 2wd 6cyl GC. Granted, yes the 8spd transmission will help (current 6cyl uses the 5spd to achieve 23mpg hwy), but it's not going to crest 40mpg with a vehcile that large and a relatively large diesel engine as well. Low 30mpg range is probably more likely with the 8spd, and still very good I might add. Consider that the 2.0EB Ford Explorer FWD achieves 28mpg but doesn't offer the off-road capability or towing capacity that the GC offers either.
      Felspawn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Diesel Cherokee?! awesome. cant wait to see it
      Vinuuz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Waiting for JGC diesel! Would be the perfect vehicle, passenger comfort, hauling capacity, off road prowess and fuel economy.
        Vinuuz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vinuuz
        Oh, and perhaps show the VW Touareg and the Audi Q7 how it is done! Their FEs from the 3.0 TDI's are not great at all.
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish they would bring the Jeep Gladiator/Scrambler Pickup out as well Gladiator - http://motorcitymusclecars.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/829210glada.jpg Scrambler - http://motorcitymusclecars.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/829210glada.jpg
      MAX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Word's out that Durango not only will be back but have Charger style "racetrack" tailights. Mopar uber alles!
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      I rendered the 3-row Grand Wagoneer for Automobile magazine about 18 months ago: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MnLRzUKKjOg/TfLiBu2GC_I/AAAAAAAAEU8/_Afm8m5dPHE/s1600/JeepGrandWagoneer.jpg
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess Dodge really wil become just a car brand. If the Durango is morphing into the Grand Wagoneer, makes no sense to keep the next Journey as a Dodge. For dealers that sell all 3 Chryco brands this will certainly stream line the products. Ram=trucks only, Jeep= Hardcore off roaders and crossovers, Dodge=cars only.
        throwback
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        Chrysler=Luxury cars only.
          Jonathan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @throwback
          I have to agree with you, it's a great idea. You have the sports cars, suvs, trucks, and near luxury car. Very smart.
        joejoe509
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        Don't forget SRT= Performance versions of all vehicles
      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bout time the cherokee came back.. That was a nice car.. Hopefully the redo wont screw up the reputation. It sucks for the Durango though.. It keeps getting cut short.. However the Grand Wagoneer name and idea is something i can get behind.. IF it is done right. Well just wait and see.
      Jim and Georgann
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Cherokee of the late 80s and early 90s was based on a Renault platform and was a horrible car,
        nnflfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jim and Georgann
        I had an 85. the only thing horrible was the engine, 2.8 GM V6. wish I bought a newer one with the in-line Jeep six.
        dtyree77
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jim and Georgann
        Are you kidding? So if you step back and consider what it was, it made a lot sense, it is a light weight, smallish off road capable SUV, that got reasonable gas mileage (with the 4.0L) and was roughly bullet proof reliability wise. The only down side was isn't inability to tow. Having owned two of them I was always impressed.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        wilkegm
        • 2 Years Ago
        It was before its time, just like the original Mazda MPV.
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 2 Years Ago
      Considering the issues that are having with heads on the new V6 and the fact that Wrangler drivers would be more willing to pull up to a diesel pump I wish they gave the Wrangler the diesel first. In my Grand Cherokee I can get better mileage, especially with the engine technology on the highway, but most of us Wrangler owners end up at about 17 MPG and we ruin that with bigger tires, extra weight from modifications, etc. Seems like a no brainer...
        wilkegm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Timothy Tibbetts
        That V6 diesel is REALLY expensive, that's why they don't use it in the overseas Wrangler now. The higher margin of the GC can absorb the cost better.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Timothy Tibbetts
        Wrangler owners spends tons of money on their vehicles as is (aftermarket wheels, lifts, tires, etc.), the extra cost of diesel engine would be easily absorbed. Especially when the fuel savings is taken into account.
      Justin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't want to see a name associated with a Native American people slapped back onto a car.
        ehisforadam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin
        Then you think they should rename the Grand Cherokee too?
        Jonathan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin
        ... But, Jeep is an American brand, wouldnt that make sense?
        fixitfixitstop
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin
        I see nothing wrong with this as it does nothing to offend the Cherokee people. I *DO* have a problem with the "redskins" name and the Cleveland Indian's logo.
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