According to FCA boss Sergio Marchionne, the investment represented by Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio platform is going to pay dividends also in the form of a Jeep adoption.
So far the one billion euro Giorgio architecture has only underpinned two vehicles – the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV – and while the company is optimistic these aren’t really huge volume models. So there’s practically no surprise the head managers are looking to use the platform for even more models in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles stable. Leading the charge of group models might be the upcoming fifth generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. Marchionne hinted towards this development during his presence at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show: “The most natural application of a further evolution of the Alfa Romeo platform is the Grand Cherokee” – and this exactly what’s going to happen “unless something happens in the next 60 days that suggests it isn’t doable.”
The FCA head also detailed the aspects of this platform sharing – a Grand Cherokee using the Giorgio architecture “would really complete the story of architectural development for us because I think it would certainly nail in a big piece of the Jeep story.” By the way, this is going to happen in the not so near future because the current generation will not be presented before next year and arrive at dealerships sometimes in 2019.