Stellantis, the newly christened conglomerate that includes Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, doesn’t sell a single electric vehicle in the U.S. But when Stellantis execs head south on I-75 to see what rival General Motors is up to, we can’t imagine there’s much envy for GM’s EV plans, no matter how many headlines the General gets. What execs like is big, juicy profit margins, the kind that Cadillac, Chevy, GMC, Ford, and Lincoln make from the sales of big SUVs. Up until now Stellantis didn’t have a way to threaten the crosstown competition’s stranglehold on the jumbo SUV segment.
It’s not for lack of trying. A decade ago, the Grand Wagoneer name was to be slapped onto a three-row version of the Grand Cherokee. In the intervening years, the plans shifted from the Grand Cherokee’s unibody architecture to the Ram 1500’s body-on-frame pickup platform. After multiple delays, Jeep finally showed its long-awaited full-size luxury SUV earlier this year, and now the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are actually reaching dealerships. We can almost hear the cha-chings coming out of the accounting department.
For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.