Stellantis announces future product plans, including electric Wrangler and new midsize pickup
As part of its new UAW labor negotiations, Stellantis has shared plans for its future U.S. production. This news includes plenty of truck and SUV production timing, some of which is not a big surprise, like the 2027 introduction of hybrid and battery-only versions of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.
Off-roaders got plenty of news as well, however, as the popular 4XE hybrid powertrain will finally come to the Jeep Gladiator in 2025, as will an upgrade to the current powerplant. We’ll get an all-new Wrangler in 2028, to include an electric-only powertrain as well as a hybrid with a range extender. It looks like 2027 will be the last year for ICE-only Wranglers. An all-new Durango is set for 2026 release, which means the current Durango, which will be on sale through 2025, will be among the oldest models in production, as it went on sale as a 2011 model.
The most exciting news is that we’ve got confirmation of an upcoming mid-size pickup set to be built at the Belvidere, Illinois, plant starting in 2027. This is a packed field, with solid entries from Nissan, Toyota, Ford, and the GM twins. However, Ram has proven that it can make great interiors and build mass-market as well as enthusiast pickups that drive sales and showroom traffic.
A new Ram 1500 is scheduled to debut next year, along with a refreshed version of the current Ram 1500 that will continue to be sold alongside the new model. That new Ram will likely give us our best look at whatever design direction the pickup brand will go as it brings out its new Dakota, or whatever this new midsizer will be called. For whatever it’s worth, we’re pulling for a return of the Dakota name so that a future off-roader can be called Badlands.