Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Machionne presented a five-year plan for the company brands this morning, with Jeep first up on a long day of presentation. Jeep's head honcho Michael Manley wasted no time in laying out what the foreseeable future will look like for what he calls the "lead global brand" of the company.

Big goals for the next half-decade will include expanding the lineup from five nameplates built in one country, to six nameplates build in six countries. That expansion of models will include both a three-row competitor, and, of course, a small vehicle to slot below Cherokee. The company is also seeking to add a whopping 1,300 dealers over the next few years, to sell all this new metal, and has an aggressive goal of doubling Jeep sales by the time 2018 rolls around.

As expected, that first salvo from the off-road brand will be the debut of the much ballyhooed Renegade small crossover in the third quarter of this year. Jeep has already designated that Renegade will get refreshed for the 2017 model year, as well.

The three-row vehicle in question will be a redux of the Grand Wagoneer nameplate, slated to come to market in the second half of 2018. Manley called the upcoming product the "most premium Jeep we will have ever made," which sounds promising considering recent product offerings.

2016 will be an unusually important year for Jeep; fitting as it will also mark the company's 75-year anniversary. An as-yet unnamed C-segment SUV will make its debut in '16, and the current Cherokee will be due for its mid-cycle refresh as well while both the Patriot and the Compass lines will meet their maker by 2016.

Finally, on to brand cornerstones Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. According to the company, we should expect a completely new Wrangler in the second quarter of 2017, though there is, as of yet, little to no detail on what we should expect. The current Grand Cherokee is slated to get a refresh in the fourth quarter of 2015, before the next generation debuts in the third quarter of 2017.


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      mikeybyte1
      • 7 Months Ago
      The Renegade is going to be a huge global hit. I also think it will do extremely well in the US. Curious to know what the other C segment CUV will be. I may have my letters jumbled but I thought the Cherokee played in the C segment size class, no? Maybe they are going to size and style something to go after the Land Rover Evoque?
      Arizonarelax
      • 7 Months Ago
      What I appreciate Fiat/Chrysler is somewhat open about their plans. More specifically, it appears from all indications the Ivory Tower boys recognize Jeep's value and traditions - even though some of us have different opinions on the models. At a minimum Fiat/Chrysler is dedicating a staff of people to Jeep as a brand. That is a good thing. The Renegade I am anxious to see and fully understand its options and flexibility to adapt to performance vendors. If it is what I hope it will be, it could likely end up being the next vehicle, in addition the Wrangler, to accepted as a third-party performance and off-road mod Jeep. Can see it now - A Renegade Woody with surf-boards parked next to a BAJA Renegade and a custom Mud-Bog Renegade. This could actually be fun, again.
      psarquis
      • 7 Months Ago
      All terrific news! Jeep has always been one of my favorite companies. I hope the Grand Wagoneer is more than just a rebadged Durango. Will we see wood on the exterior again?
        zack_falcon
        • 7 Months Ago
        @psarquis
        It's more than a rebadged Durango, but it will ride on the same platform (stretched WK2 GC). No word on wood panelling.
      Terry Actill
      • 7 Months Ago
      When the economy tanks the vehicles become tanks. Just what we need a huge luxury Jeep around $70K+...
      luigi.tony
      • 7 Months Ago
      4-5 years from now, FIAT and Jeep will be saying, Chrysler who?
        • 7 Months Ago
        @luigi.tony
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      Wojo
      • 7 Months Ago
      Never again will I own a Jeep. The recent N23 recall of all Grand Cherokees has left us with a disabled 4 wheel drive system that Jeep refuses to fix. If you don't believe me Google N23 recall and 4 wheel low issues.
      Lukasz
      • 7 Months Ago
      and it will sell for cool $40K
      teridavisnewman
      • 7 Months Ago
      Chrysler is the worst car made and the worst car I've ever owned. What a chunk of junk!! I'd push a Ford before I'd EVER drive a POS Chrysler again!!
        • 7 Months Ago
        @teridavisnewman
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      Stinkyboy
      • 7 Months Ago
      the renegade is better looking in person.
      Eric Sibley
      • 7 Months Ago
      Aaaand, no mention of a Jeep truck. Unless it's tucked in with the new Wrangler, I'll be shopping around for a Commanche to get my fix.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Eric Sibley
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      throwback
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm looking forward to the Grand Wagoneer. My grandfather had one in Jamaica of all places in the late sixties early seventies. I can remember him planting his foot in to it on narrow mountain roads, and he and I grinning like fools! My only concern is what will it cost? Tahoes are 70K vehicles these days so I would expect the new GW to cost at least that much.
      Neez
      • 7 Months Ago
      I hope the grand wagoneer is a Ram 1500 based suv, like the tahoe or expedtion. A grand wagoneer ecodiesel would be ****.
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