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Bound next-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee to have a three-row version

08 December 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to build Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in a mothballed Detroit plant in 2020, four people familiar with the plans told Reuters on Thursday.

The facility, known as the Mack Avenue Engine II plant, was opened in 2000 to manufacture engines for Jeeps and trucks, then idled in 2012 as Chrysler replaced those engines with ones made in MI and Mexico.

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Fiat Chrysler plans to revive Mack Avenue Engine II, which has been idled since 2012, as a vehicle assembly plant to provide additional capacity to build the redesigned Grand Cherokee, including a new three-row version, said the sources, who asked not to be identified.

Chrysler could not immediately be reached for comment.

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According to United States media, the plant would start producing its Jeep sports utility vehicles (SUVs) in 2020, and create up to 400 jobs. Sales of the Ram line jumped 44 percent, but sales of Chrysler cars and minivans slumped 21 percent.

The news comes just a week after General Motors announced it would be idling plants in Detroit and Warren, laying off a total of 14,700 workers in North America. "They're kind of running up against being against full capacity". GM's moves drew fierce blowback from Washington, including President Donald Trump. Trump has promised more jobs in the auto industry.

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Lawmakers in both parties have also blasted GM, complaining that the company could be using savings from lower taxes to employ more Americans, not fewer.

Bound next-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee to have a three-row version