Fiat Chrysler Plans to Make New Jeep in Detroit, Adding Jobs

Fiat Chrysler’s idle Mack Avenue plant, which previously made V6 engines, will be extensively retooled over the next 12 to 24 months to begin producing the new Jeep, according to those briefed on the plans.

In 2015, Fiat Chrysler decided to focus on Jeeps, trucks and minivans and to stop making cars for the United States market.

General Motors said last week that it planned to idle five North American plants next year — three of them make sedans and the others produce engines.

Heavy bets on large vehicles reflect the automakers’ conclusion that gasoline prices will remain low to moderate for several more years.

Fiat Chrysler said in June that it intended to add at least three new Jeep models by 2022, including a Gladiator pickup that will go into production next year, and several battery-powered variants.

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page B6 of the New York edition with the headline: Fiat Chrysler to Add Workers To Make New 7-Person Jeep.

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