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Annual FCA sustainability report shows reduced footprint, billions in investment

Aerial exterior view of the 3.3 million square-foot Chrysler Group's Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Mich.). The facility has been making trucks since 1938 and currently produces the Ram 1500.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

FCA has released its annual sustainability report revealing a significant reduction in environmental impact and billions of dollars in investments in the future. The goals of the company were designed to align with the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

In 2019, FCA reduced its water use by 40 percent, and carbon footprint by 27 percent, and waste generated by per vehicle.

Further, the company has made billions of dollars in investments in the global market. FCA has started an investment cycle of approximately $3.06 billion in Brazil to revitalize the Fiat and Jeep lineups with a new flex-fuel engine plant. When complete, the plant will be the largest powertrain hub for FCA in Latin America.

2021 Fiat 500 The new all-electric Fiat 500 revealed but it might not come to the U.S. Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

China is the home of the new Jeep Commander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the first electrified model in the Jeep family. The five-passenger vehicle is the first PHEV FCA has made for the Chinese market. It features a 13-kWh lithium-ion battery that allows for a maximum range of 70 kilometers on a full charge.

Italy, the historic home of the Fiat brand, is the recipient of approximately $5.44 billion in investment surrounding electrification. The Fiat 500 has be redesigned as an all-electric model for 2021.

Earlier this year, FCA committed to an electrified future for its Maserati brand starting with the next-gen Ghibli which was originally slated to debut later this year.

In the U.S., FCA has invested $4.5 billion to expand its facilities in Michigan and build a new state-of-the-art facility in Detroit that will open later this year and produce Jeep models. FCA has committed to adding 6,500 new jobs in Southeast Michigan.

FCA Jeep CES 2020 New plug-in hybrid electric Jeeps are coming and will be badged with "4xe". Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

In December 2019 FCA and PSA Group agreed to a $47 billion merger, joining together a portfolio of 13 different brands. U.S. President Donald Trump has named FCA CEO Mike Manley to the country's Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups as an influential resource for the direction of the restart of the U.S. economy post-pandemic.

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The Grand Cherokee gets a plug-in powertrain for the first time.

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Jeep just announced the all-new fifth-generation 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, featuring a new exterior and interior, updated tech, and class-leading capabilities from its optional engines. However, the big headline here is the new Grand Cherokee 4xe, a plug-in hybrid SUV that follows the Jeep Wrangler into electrified off-roading.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe The 4xe makes all-electric off-roading possible.Jeep

As it did with the Wrangler, Jeep electrified the Grand Cherokee for the new model year. The new 4xe powertrain is available in the Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve trims. It uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine and features an all-electric driving range of 25 miles, fuel economy of 57 MPGe, and a total combined driving range of 440 miles. The powertrain also produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe All Grand Cherokee models get a more upscale interior for the 2022 model year.Jeep

With the water and terrain involved in off-roading, an electric motor and plug-in components could be a recipe for disaster, but Jeep took steps to protect sensitive parts of the drivetrain and vehicle. All high-voltage electronics are seats and are waterproof, and Jeep says that the Grand Cherokee 4xe can ford water of up to 24 inches in depth. The battery also comes with its own heating and cooling system to hold it in the ideal temperature range for optimum performance. The powertrain delivers impressive capability, as Jeep says a Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe was able to tackle the Rubicon Trail on electric power only.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe The 2022 Grand Cherokee gets updated tech and safety features.Jeep

The 4xe's charging port is located on the front fender to allow easier charging in tight spots. LED indicators show the charging status and there's an LED battery monitor inside the vehicle on the instrument panel. Three driving modes allow the driver to select the right vehicle and powertrain behavior for the situation. Hybrid mode combines both the electric motor and gas engine, and balances the two for the best fuel efficiency and performance. Electric mode operates on electric power only until the battery's power is depleted. eSave prioritizes the gas engine to preserve battery power. As with all PHEVs, the Grand Cherokee 4xe functions like a traditional hybrid once the battery's power is mostly depleted.


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Larger tires headline the upgrades.

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The off-road wars are heating up. This year alone, we've seen the new Ford Bronco, Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck, new off-road models of the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and Chevrolet Silverado, and more rugged versions of the Subaru Outback and Forester. Jeep, already deep in the game, doesn't need to do much to bolster its off-road offering, but the brand is doing just that for 2022. The automaker is offering a new Xtreme Recon Package for the Wrangler Willys SUV, which brings more capability and style to the boxy off-roader.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package The package can be ordered for Wrangler Willys models later this year. Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package

Beyond beefy 35-inch tires tires, the Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gets a 1.5-inch factory lift, a 4.56:1 axle ratio, 17-inch wheels and swing gate reinforcement. Jeep says those improvements give the Willys best-in-class approach and departure angles, ground clearance, and water fording capability. Approach angle improves to 47.4 degrees, breakover angle improves to 26.7 degrees, and departure angle jumps to 40.4 degrees. The extra ride height also pushes ground clearance to 12.9 inches and the water fording depth to 33.6 inches.

The package's 35-inch tires make the Willys Jeep's third Wrangler model with hardcore rolling stock. It joins the Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon 392 in the 35-inch club, all of which can be equipped with the tires directly from the factory.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package A factory lift helps improve ground clearance and capability.Jeep

The Xtreme Recon Package can be ordered starting in October and will be available for the Jeep Wrangler Willys with 3.6-liter eTorque engine. The package adds $3,995 to the Wrangler Willys' price tag, which brings the total starting price to $40,930, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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