2009 Jeep Patriot

2009 Jeep Patriot

The next 12 to 18 months will be very busy for Chrysler as the company adjusts to working under the Fiat Group corporate umbrella and prepares a raft of all-new models and updates. Major introductions include the next-generation Chrysler 300 sedan and 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV but according to a new report there will be five other facelifted models released within the next 18 months.

Chrysler is also planning to rehire workers and schedule overtime to ensure all five updated models come in on time. Fiat Group CEO Sergio Marchionne reportedly wants facelifts within 18 months for the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan minivans and the Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot crossovers.

Such extensive updates typically take two to three years but Marchionne wants the changes in 18 months. Interestingly, Chrysler also plans to update its PT Cruiser, although no timeframe has been reported.

More information should be forthcoming once Marchionne submits his five-year plan to the presidential auto task force next week.

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