Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announce a $4.5 billion plan to build a new assembly plant and add production to existing U.S. plants.

FCA says ” …next step in Company’s U.S. industrialization plan, announced in 2016 to expand Jeep® and Ram brands.”

A new FCA assembly plant is planned for Detroit. According to Automotive News, it’s not a done deal yet. FCA is currently working with the City of Detroit to acquire around 200 acres of land.

Preparing for hybrids

Mack Avenue Engine plant will re-open with a $1.6 billion investment. This will be the manufacturing site for the next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, a 3rd row SUV and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). This plant would potentially provide 3,850 jobs. Assuming land aquisitions happen.

An overhaul of this plant means it’ll be the first new assembly plant in Detroit city in nearly 30 years.

fca plant

The rendering is of the new Mack Avenue FCA Assembly Complex once the company invests $1.6 billion to convert the two plants into the future assembly site for the next-generation Jeep® Grand Cherokee, as well as an all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models, adding 3,850 new jobs to support production. Photo render: FCA.

Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer also says, ” It allows Jeep to enter two white space segments…and will enable new electrified Jeep products, including at least four plug-in hybrid vehicles and the flexibility to produce fully battery-electric vehicles.”

Modernizing and re-tooling Jefferson North

The Jefferson North FCA Assembly plant gets $900 million to modernize and retool. This is where the Next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee’s and Dodge Durango’s will be built. Jefferson North is will create around 1,100 new jobs.

Jefferson North plant, Photo: FCA

Warren Truck plant prepares for new Jeep

Warren Truck Assembly, Photo: FCA

The 3.31 million square feet plant currently produces RAM 1500’s. Moving forward, FCA is investing $1.5 billion in the plant to produce the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Warren Truck will also have the capability to electrified counterparts and produce RAM Heavy Duty trucks creating 1,400 new jobs.

Production of Jeep Wagoneer’s and Grand Wagoneer’s will start in early 2021.

1984 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The Jeep Grand Wagoneer was originally produced from 1963-1991). A 4WD station wagon that was the successor to the Willys Jeep Station Wagon.

Warren Stamping is to get $245 million and Sterling Stamping $160 million and 80 new jobs further supporting production.

FCA’s total commitment to investing in the U.S. will reach nearly $14.5 billion since 2009 along with 30,000 jobs created.