Jeep Grand Cherokee fans waiting for the redesigned SUV in 2017 will have to wait awhile longer.
This week, Fiat Chrysler confirmed that its fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee is delayed to 2018 or even 2019. Even so, Jeep CEO Mike Manley says the brand remains on track to reach its sales goal of 1.9 million by 2018.
The upcoming facelift is in honor of Jeep’s 75 anniversary and the next-generation will replace the current model introduced as a 2011 model.
Meanwhile, earlier this week FCA recalled nearly 7,700 2015 Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos because some suspension parts could fail. Sixty-five of those are already in the hands of owners and the automaker is calling them personally to tell owners to stop driving them immediately.
The automaker says all affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service. If the modules show signs of water exposure, they will be replaced. All recall-related work will be performed free of charge.
In the interim, FCA advises owners of recalled vehicles to monitor their cargo areas and make sure they’re kept dry. Customers with questions may call the FCA US Customer Information Center at 1-800-853-1403.
At to all this, the FCA will appear before a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hearing this week. Federal investigators are looking into the way Fiat Chrysler has handled nearly two dozen recalls.
“We have identified 20 recalls where we have concerns about Fiat Chrysler’s performance of its obligations under the Safety Act,” NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge said in a statement. “Those concerns continue, and the hearing is a part of the process for determining whether the company has met its obligations.”
The NHTSA hearing is scheduled for July 2.
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