Jeep recently announced plans to introduce a new three-row SUV and now Jeep’s CEO has revealed a few more details about it. We don’t know what it will be called, but we now know that Jeep’s new three-row SUV will slot in between the next-generation Grand Cherokee and the upcoming Wagoneer in the lineup.
“We’ve made some announcements for investments in our U.S. plants, which are really important for us because that brings two additional products to our Jeep portfolio, segments that frankly I’ve wanted to be in for a long time,” Manley recently told Auto Express. “One is the large SUV segment. There are relatively few competitors in there, but it could be a great segment for Jeep and we’ll bring back the Grand Wagoneer at that time.”
Manley also spoke about the fact that many of the Grand Cherokee’s rivals have three rows of seats, so it hasn’t been able to fully compete, which is where the new three-row SUV will come in.
“Then the second three-row Jeep, which will technically play in the same segment as Grand Cherokee. Roughly 60 percent of that segment is three row, so Grand Cherokee has really only played in 40 percent. That will open up that part of the segment for us.”
The three-row SUV and the next-generation Grand Cherokee will likely share some parts, but will have a different name, since Jeep doesn’t want to mess anything up with the Grand Cherokee.
“We’ll have the choice of Grand Cherokee or a different model,” Manley stated. “For me, the Grand Cherokee is such an icon, so that’s why I talk about [the new model] three-row Jeep.”
It’s being reported that we might get to see the new three-row SUV at some point this year, but it won’t arrive until the end of 2020. The next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee is slated to arrive in 2021. The Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are also supposed to arrive in 2021.