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Unread 06-15-2013, 03:16 PM   #1
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What platform will Jeep be forced to use when the current ML platform the Jeep Grand Cherokee is based on is just too old? Fiat has nothing. Chrysler has nothing right now. Last thing the Grand Cherokee needs is some FWD platform like the Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, VW Touarag, Audi Q5 and Q7. If The Grand Cherokee is based on some POS Fiat platform they have lost me as a customer. The current RWD and its handling characteristics is what sold me he on the GC. Might have to seriously take a look at the new 2015/16 Defender 110.

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Unread 06-15-2013, 08:12 PM   #2
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Unread 06-16-2013, 06:16 AM   #3
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OP, I see your point but I'm not too concerned yet. Could the next gen go fwd? Possibly, but it'd be a shame.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 09:30 AM   #4
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Not to worry, it will be based on the RAM pickup
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Unread 06-16-2013, 10:22 AM   #5
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Why be upset about something that hasn't happened when you love what you have right now?
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Unread 06-16-2013, 11:59 AM   #6
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I trade it every 5 to 6 years. Ram pickup? Wouldnt that be going backward.
No IRS for the rear. Out of all the pick up platforms Ram is my least favorite from driving dynamics and handling. Have no faith in FIAT being able to design a competent platform. Have a little more faith in Ram but not much. Mercedes did a great job with weight balance and chassis dynamics

But it could be worse I could be a Wrangler owner. Next Wrangler platform with probably be based on the Panda.

MPGs rule.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 12:17 PM   #7
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Unread 06-16-2013, 01:20 PM   #8
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Unread 06-16-2013, 02:40 PM   #9
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I trade it every 5 to 6 years. Ram pickup? Wouldnt that be going backward.
No IRS for the rear. Out of all the pick up platforms Ram is my least favorite from driving dynamics and handling. Have no faith in FIAT being able to design a competent platform. Have a little more faith in Ram but not much. Mercedes did a great job with weight balance and chassis dynamics

But it could be worse I could be a Wrangler owner. Next Wrangler platform with probably be based on the Panda.

MPGs rule.
I'm a Wrangler owner.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 06:02 PM   #10
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OP, the current JGC platform borrows some things from the ML platform that was generated prior to Daimler selling off Chrysler, but the majority of it was Jeep developed. Almost no parts are interchangeable, according to a recent post here or at another site from an insider. Jeep is Jeep. What you raise as a potential "problem" is a non-issue. Jeep is already likely deep in development for the next generation JGC that will debute in just a few years. They don't need to use a "Fiat" platform to accomplish that. And why would they even consider changing to a FWD arrangement? That would not make any sense at all given the nature of the power plants (which likely will not be substantially different that current ones) and the off-road expectation from customers.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 09:52 PM   #11
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Why not simply assess what your options are when you are ready to buy another SUV? I had 2 Toyota 4Runner's prior to buying my 2013 Overland. Never had an issue with either Toyota's, but this time around the Jeep won out.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 04:42 AM   #12
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I have a crystal ball for sale if anyone is interested. Works great.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 06:28 AM   #13
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I have a crystal ball for sale if anyone is interested. Works great.
Except for Jeep and Toyota went the FWD platform route. Should be interesting to what happens to the 4 Runner since its direct competitor was always the Pathfinder.

Look at the new Cherokee. Pentastar V6 and a FWD platform.

Current GC platform does show its German heritage if you hustle a GC down a country road. Almost 50/50 weight distribution makes a big difference.

Jeep has to have already started to develop protypes on the computer and I am guessing the platform is almost final. Should be interesting to see if the current so called hemi makes it into the next redesign. Or if Jeep comes out with a twin turbo V6 or a modern V8 with an aluminum block. GM and Ford are at least a decade ahead Chrysler in V8 design see GM's new small block
ie 2014 Silverado and Vette and Ford's Coyote.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 10:42 AM   #14
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It'll probably look like the new Cherokee but bigger... (I'm nauseous now!)
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Unread 06-17-2013, 11:34 AM   #15
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I have a crystal ball for sale if anyone is interested. Works great.
What platform is the crystal ball based on? I don't want one if it is based on old technology, or if its going to be based on new technology that is currently being designed.
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