Here's an article with no-so-great implications for the future: Stellantis to lay off about 400 workers at Jeep Cherokee plant in Ill. At first glance, this is just another piece about the latest layoffs, as already discussed here in posts #37 and #40 above. But then it makes a further observation:Obviously the next Cherokee will definitely be far beyond 2022, but I’m curious what the future will hold. Time will tell!
Hmm, perhaps an electric Cherokee? Actually, I've been mulling over that possibility myself recently. Jeep has promised electrification in every product segment, so why not a pure BEV as the next Cherokee? At some point, Jeep will need to leap beyond hybrids; would the world really need both a Compass 4xe (which I suspect will be coming to North America eventually) and a Cherokee 4xe?
But no! The article offers this hypothesis instead:
OK, if electric Dodge and Chrysler vehicles are going to be built at the Cherokee's current plant, where will future Cherokees be built?AutoForecast Solutions is expecting production of the Dodge Challenger and Charger muscle cars to move to Belvidere in 2024. Those redesigned models would be on Stellantis' electrified STLA Large platform.
AutoForecast Solutions also predicts that a new electrified Chrysler crossover will be produced alongside the next-generation muscle cars in Belvidere on the same platform.