Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

In the ever-evolving world of automobiles, the shift towards electrification has become more than just a trend; it’s a transition integral to the industry’s future. As nations focus on reducing carbon footprints and the demand for eco-friendly vehicles surges, car manufacturers are adapting swiftly. Among them is Stellantis, the multi-brand conglomerate home to iconic names such as Jeep, Dodge, Ram, and Chrysler.

Recently, tentative details emerging from an agreement between Stellantis and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union have provided enthusiasts and analysts alike with a sneak peek into the company’s roadmap.

Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer

From the rugged Jeep Wrangler’s transition to full electric to the anticipated revival of the former Jeep Cherokee plant in Belvidere, Illinois, the future seems electric-heavy. But, what does this shift signify? How are some of Stellantis’ most renowned models lining up in this green transition? Let’s delve into the recent revelations and decode the electrification strategies of this automotive giant.


Key points of the tentative agreement between Stellantis and the UAW:

  • Jeep Wrangler: The current generation (JL) will stay the course until 2028. Upgrade to Wrangler 4xe hybrid in 2025. Next generation (J70) will be all-electric, starting production in 2028.
  • Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer: Current generation will continue into 2028. Mid-cycle refresh in 2025. Electric version with range-extending engine in 2025. The battery-electric version in 2027.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee: Current generation (two-row) runs through 2027, three-row production stretches into 2028. Mid-cycle refresh in 2024. Next-gen model in 2027 with battery and combustion powertrains.
  • Dodge Durango: Current generation continues through 2025. Next-gen model in 2026 with combustion and battery-electric powertrains.
  • Mid-size Ram truck: Former Jeep Cherokee plant in Belvidere, Illinois, to reopen to build an unnamed mid-size truck. Almost certainly a smaller Ram truck, as Jeep already has the Gladiator.

Dodge Durango

1. Jeep Wrangler:

  • Current Model (JL generation): Continues until 2028 with a hybrid update in 2025.
  • Next-Generation (J70): Production starts in 2028 with two electric options – a battery electric model and another with a combustion engine acting as a range extender. The new Wrangler appears to be moving towards all-electric, without a pure internal combustion option.

2. Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer:

  • Current Model: Continues till 2028.
  • Updates: A mid-cycle refresh in 2025 and an electric version with a range extender are also expected that year. A purely battery-electric model is anticipated in 2027. A second update for combustion models is noted for 2027. There’s no word on a next-gen model post-2028.

3. Jeep Grand Cherokee:

  • Current Model: Two-row configuration continues until 2027, while the three-row configuration is set to go on until 2028. A mid-cycle update is planned for 2024.
  • Next-Generation: Expected in 2027 with both combustion and battery-electric powertrain options.


4. Dodge Durango:

  • Current Model: Production until 2025.
  • Next-Generation: Starts in 2026 with options for combustion and battery-electric powertrains.

Other Notable Points:

  • The former Jeep Cherokee plant in Belvidere, Illinois, might reopen for the production of a mid-sized truck. Speculation suggests a smaller Ram truck as Jeep already offers the Gladiator.
  • Both Dodge and Jeep did not provide any official confirmation or comments on the leaked details from the UAW agreement.
  • Pros of the tentative agreement between Stellantis and the UAW:
  • Stellantis is committed to electrifying its lineup, with plans for electric versions of its most popular SUVs by 2027. This is good news for consumers and the environment.
  • The company is also investing in new production facilities to support its growing electric vehicle output. This will help to create jobs and boost the economy.
  • The agreement also calls for the reopening of the former Jeep Cherokee plant in Belvidere, Illinois, where an unnamed mid-size truck will be built. This will create even more jobs and help to revitalize the community.
  • Cons of the tentative agreement between Stellantis and the UAW:
  • The agreement is not yet ratified by UAW members, so it is possible that some of the provisions could change.
  • The timeline for electrifying Stellantis’ lineup is ambitious, and it remains to be seen whether the company will be able to meet its goals.
  • The new mid-size Ram truck could compete with the Jeep Gladiator, which could cannibalize sales of the popular off-roader.


It seems that Stellantis is positioning itself to be competitive in an automotive market that is increasingly focusing on electrification. With legislative pushes in various countries for cleaner transportation, and consumers becoming more eco-conscious, the transition towards electric and hybrid vehicles is expected to continue growing. These moves by Stellantis reflect a broader trend in the automotive industry towards sustainable and cleaner alternatives to traditional combustion engines. via JL Wrangler Forums

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